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Why Large Churches Should Target Urban Settings

Every 4 to 7 days, Substance (through the Association of Related Churches) has the opportunity to help launch another church somewhere around the United States. Substance was ARC church plant #15. And since that time, I’ve watched the ARC launch over 500 new churches with a 93% success rate (after 5 yrs). So, over the…
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Why I Love Skeptical People & You Should Too

At one time in my life, I thought skepticism meant “a lack of faith.” But as I matured, I realized that skepticism is often the evidence of “maturing faith.” As strange as it might sound, doubt is God’s way of making us hungry for deeper revelations.  It’s not something we fear; it’s something we explore. Keep…
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12 signs that your church is overly hipster…

I can admit that Substance is a strange church. When close to 70% of your attendees are under 35 years old, it results in a lot of trendiness. Every once in a while, someone will ask me the question: “At what point is your church overly hipster?” (as if we are intentionally advocating for this).…
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The unlikely key to living a longer, healthier life…

Did you know that frequent church attendance dramatically increases your life-expectancy?  In fact, epidemiologists (doctors who study epidemics) have routinely noticed a strikingly and significant health difference for those who devoutly participate in God-centered social groups. At first, researchers simply reasoned that, church-goers tend to have a higher number of supportive relationships – which has…
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Dancing, Flags, & Ancient Horns: How I Survived a Crazy Church Service & Learned an Important Lesson about Grace

When I gave my life to Christ, I experienced a deep sense of joy and freedom in knowing that I was loved by God and forgiven for all of the less than perfect things I had done. Truly, repenting for my past mistakes was exhilarating; knowing that I received God’s free gift of grace made…
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Substance is Going Downtown! – See the WalkThru Video!

A little over 8 years ago, the Lord spoke to me that I should start preparing for a church in downtown Minneapolis. It wasn’t just a passing fancy (& trust me, I’m dreaming about a LOT of locations). But those close to me know that I’ve never stopped talking about a downtown campus ever since.…
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Free Booklet Called: “Skeptics Guide to Tongues & Prophecy”

As we’ve been studying the Book of Acts, many people have been asking me questions about the Holy Spirit. For example: How do I know if I’ve received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? What’s the Biblical evidence of the Holy Spirit? Is it included in salvation? What’s up with Unknown Tongues? What does a…
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Don’t Die after the Resurrection – (Easter Recovery Guide for Pastors)

Have you ever had a “Holy Hangover?” “What is it,” you ask? Well, it’s a numb euphoria mixed with exhaustion and shepherding stress. For years, as a senior pastor, I used to hate Easter. Part of it was because, every year our church would experience record “low attendance” on Easter – partly because 70% of…
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State of the Church Address (exciting updates!)

When are we starting construction? Are we launching new services, new campuses? When will our building be done? A few weeks back, I answered all of these questions and more at an exciting “family meeting.” So, if you call Substance home and you missed this meeting, make sure to watch our “State of the Church”…
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Why Church Attendees have the Best Sex of Any Demographic in the U.S.

One of the most comprehensive and methodically sound sex studies ever done found that consistent church attendees have a significantly higher frequency and intensity of orgasms than the general population of the U.S.[i] Even more exciting, women who attend church more than once a week experience even bigger, (cough), …you know what I mean. But…
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