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I love my church that’s why I resigned today

  For the past several years I have had the joy of replanting a dying church while investing in the lives of young leaders.  I have grown to love the young elders as my own sons, the elders in this … Continue reading

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Response to Racism

    The small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri has captured the attention of our city and to some degree the world. As followers of Jesus watch the events unfold, our hearts our crushed with the pain and raw … Continue reading

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A family has all generations

  My values of church health and church growth were shaped at the apex of the church growth movement.  I became an informed proponent of the homogeneous reality of church planting and church growth. I remain convinced that when our … Continue reading

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Moonshine, shotguns and Legacy plants

  My great grandfather, Jesse Benton Harris was a pioneer preacher and church planter.  I have always cherished this photo of Jesse Benton (standing in the water) about to baptize, some say the entire community of Posey.  If you blow up … Continue reading

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Jonah a fish and fireworks

During this season when many churches connect the 4th of July holiday with worship in one form or another, at Wornall Road we are concluding our months long series in the book of Jonah. It does us well to be reminded that … Continue reading

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Young Planters and Old Church Buildings

Over 4000 churches in North America close each year. Southern Baptist alone realize no fewer than 800 churches each year that cease to exist. A common assumption would be that closed churches are located in remote or declining areas.  Upon examination … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Heritage of Church Planting

As I reflect on this Father’s Day I am grateful for my two sons, my two grandsons and my dad, Harry Clifton.  I am truly fortunate to have him still with me as he approaches 90 years of age. His life has … Continue reading

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Beyond the Beaches

D day was 70 years ago today.  My dad and his three brothers all served in World War II.  Only my dad at 88 years of age is still with us.  My uncles served in Europe and in the Pacific, … Continue reading

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Legacy Church Planting Roundtable

On March 25, 2014, a roundtable discussion happened at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in partnership with NAMB to discuss topics related to Legacy Church Planting.  John Mark was joined by Johnny Hunt, DA Horton and other leaders from all over … Continue reading

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Grab a towel

  It is notable how few conversations among the disciples are recorded in the Gospels. Even more notable is the amount of recorded conversations between the disciples where they are comparing themselves to one another and seeking to climb the ladder … Continue reading

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