Author: davidhhorner

3 Characteristics of Churches with a Strong Disciple-Making Culture

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This week the International Missions Board published an article I wrote on how a church can become more intentional about developing a culture of disciple-making.  The focus addressed the global aspect of that culture but certainly pertains to local emphases as well.

Here is the link.  Let me know what you think!

https://www.imb.org/2017/03/14/3-characteristics-disciple-making-culture/

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“What a Beautiful Name”

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Sometimes the Lord calls your attention to something special.  Four times in the past week I have heard the following song, three times in worship services and once on contributor-header-brooke-ligertwood-1500x610-1YouTube.  This great worship song by Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood and Ben Fielding strikes at the heart with its reminder that Jesus is altogether lovely, worthy of praise

The psalmist says, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:  That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,  to behold the beauty of the Lord,  and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).  The very name of Jesus awakens that desire to see Him in His glorious beauty and then to reflect on the wonder in what we see!

So watch, listen and enjoy as Brooke herself leads a worshiping people to sing with her.

My Friend James White, MLK Day Keynote Speaker

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jamesThis morning, my good friend James White gave the keynote address at the annual MLK breakfast out at the Sheraton Imperial in the Triangle.  I’ve been before to this breakfast meeting several times but not in recent years.

I have known James for more years than I can count as a fellow-pastor and a leader with great wisdom.  So when I got word that he was to give the keynote address at the MLK breakfast before a crowd of well over a thousand people, I wanted to go support him.  What a huge honor to be invited to speak!  As a strong, biblical, passionate pastor, I knew his voice would be different from normal political speeches  Of that, I was certain!
In the first  several minutes, he recounts his own history and addresses some of the cultural issues and racial tensions still plaguing our nation.  But just as I was wondering how he was going to proceed, he introduced John 5 and then things got very interesting very quickly!
The results were extraordinary and I wanted you to have a link to the message.  His talk goes just under 30 minutes and I just watched it again and got the same chill bumps I got sitting there in person!  The video link from WRAL-TV is quite long so you will want to scroll ahead in the video to the 1:18:00 mark through the 1:47:46 mark to hear what James had to say.  Not your traditional political speech or polite platitudes by a motivational speaker–James demonstrates once again that God has gifted him as a preacher of His Word!!  He does not take it easy on Trump nor does he give ground to Democrats or Republicans or NAACP or Malcolm X–he just presents Jesus as the only hope, the only voice to which we must listen!
Sorry to go on and on but it was a great morning I will not soon forget!  If you don’t have time to watch, no problem!  Just wanted you to have access to it if you are curious!  Not sure how long WRAL will keep this video up so if you are interested, go check it out!

“Wexford Carol” Joshua Carswell and the Hall Sisters

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Well, December finally arrived!  I’ve been holding this post since October, waiting to share this beautiful carol.  Three connections with this piece–first, I’ve known these four sisters, their parents, and their grandparents going back many, many years.  Second, heard Joshua Carswell for the first time in connection with the Fine Arts Summer Camps organized by the Wolavers (of Annie Moses Band fame).  Third, Bill Wolaver plays piano on this recording and is one of the finest arrangers I’ve ever known.

So enjoy the music…but more to the point, hear the proclamation of the Good News that Jesus Christ our Savior is born!

Back home from Cape Town

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Cathy and I returned late Friday night from an incredible ten days in Cape Town, South Africa.  We got to see the diversity of the body of Christ in full display!

Leadership International from Nashville, Tennessee partnered with Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina to provide work teams to finish up work for a Xhosa church in the Khayelitsha township (over one million residing within a few square miles between the airport and the sea).

Meanwhile, I joined others in teaching a three-day pastors’ conference for church planting pastors from Ethiopia working under the auspices of an Bible Training Center for Pastors leadership team from South Korea!  Cathy got a tremendous response as she led a two-day retreat for women church leaders from the Khayelitsha township.Version 2

Over 750,000 refugees from Ethiopia make their home in South Africa.  In the past 10-12 years, this group of pastors and their colleagues have planted over 75 churches among those refugees, largely self-sustaining and committed to multiplying themselves all over the country.  The Korean leadership team offers training and some financial support. The Americans, like us, provide periodic teaching and training resources.  It is glorious partnership and snapshot of the international flavor of the church Jesus Christ is gathering unto Himself!

When you get a chance, check out the Equipped for Life website for a few more pictures!

In the meantime, here is a look at the Providence team at work on the church building and child-care center!

 

Cape Town

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No place I’ve ever been matches the rugged beauty of the mountains meeting the crashing waves of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans here in the Cape Town area.  Cathy and I have come here once again to lead a couple of conferences.  A team from our church back home arrives today for a week of work in one of the townships.

Cathy finishes up tonight with the Women’s Conference and I begin in earnest tomorrow.  She will have taught six sessions in two days!  I will preach tomorrow in a township populated by over one million people in an area about twenty miles square!  Yet great work for the gospel continues to grow out of such trying conditions as year after year more churches are founded and ministries are established for the sake of Christ.

I will be joining a team of Korean leaders here who oversee the labors of 60-75 Ethiopian church planters doing an amazing work among refugees from their home land.  George Tissiere and I will take part in a three-day teaching/training conference for these pastors , each speaking 6-7 times.  In doing so, we get to enjoy the honor of lending our efforts to support the work of Larry Warren and Caleb Davison of Leadership International who are partnered with Young Ohm and his team of Korean pastors.

So please pray for our time to be profitable…as they learn from us, and certainly as we learn from them!  Their ministry is amazing!  God’s Word anchors our hearts together as we exalt and glorify Christ together.

Look for more updates when we get back, but for now just take a look at a sample of the creative majesty of God’s craftsmanship in this extraordinary land!_dsc4950

 

“Home Again” featuring Joshua Carswell

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Need a break from political rhetoric?  Listen to this incredible song.  Sometimes music is just so good!!

When I was in high school, Carole King produced “Tapestry,” a classic album packed with great songs like “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “So Far Away,” and “It’s Too Late,” to name a few.

I just found this version of “Home Again” from that same album, this one performed by Joshua Carswell (first heard him in his connection with our friends the Wolavers from the Annie Moses Band), and accompanied simply by an upright bass (Scott Mulvahill) and classical guitar (James DaSilva).  All three of these musicians qualify as outstanding!

Denali

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For ten days, Cathy and I made our way up the inside passage in Alaska, then traveled up to Denali to see the marvels of this amazing national park.  Although we did not get to see the moose and bear population, we saw a few caribou.  But the star of the show was Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) which usually hides behind a shroud of clouds.  Yet in the brief hours of our excursion, we were treated to the following view…the tallest peak in North America!  We had prayed for the clouds to clear out so we could see this phenomenon–the picture says it best!

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Hopefully I will be posting more photos on my photography page, dhhornerphotography.

“How Can It Be?” – Lauren Daigle

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This song has been out for a while now but as I get ready to re-activate my blog, what a great place to start!

Lauren Daigle has a great capacity to present the hope of the gospel in song.  Hope you enjoy this live video version.

Getting ready to start up again!

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For those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years, thanks!  However, my last post was way back on April 13!  A few day later, I left for a month of ministry and study overseas and have not had opportunity to get back up to speed.

At the moment, Equipped for Life ministries is putting together the design for a full-service website which will be linked to this blog.  Lots of work to be done but I am excited about the prospects for the near and long terms.

So keep posted and I will look forward to keep posting again!  Thanks so much for your patience!