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A Friendly Easter Series on Hell?! Are we Crazy?

    People thought I was crazy for naming our church Substance.  (And I’ll admit, I am a bit crazy! )  But people will certainly say we’re crazy for doing a four-part series on Hell during the Easter season.  “Seriously,” one member asked, “are you really doing a hell series during the highest visitor time…
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Adding a 5th Service at Substance!

What a crazy few months it’s been at Substance!  Even though the staff and I are tired, it suffices to say that we’re also refreshed by all of the fruit we’re seeing.  Church: I’ve never seen so many radical conversions in my life.  Almost every week we’ve gotten a pretty radical God-story coming out of…
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Haiti Relief from Substance Church

Hey there faithful men and women of Substance.  As most of you already know Haiti has been undergoing one of the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen in a while.  On Jan.12th, a 7.0 earthquake rocked the capitol of Haiti resulting in at least 140,000 casualties.  As many of you already know, Haiti was…
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Observations on European Churches (from an American)

I’m in Switzerland right now, hanging out at a hotel in Zurich.  What a beautiful city this is.  In case you’re wondering why I’m here, I was lucky enough to be invited to help out with two different John Maxwell Equip conferences.  In addition, I got to preach at a delightful church and lecture on…
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Can Worship Be Like A Punk Show?

Every time I walk into our Operation Center in Roseville, I’m compelled to thank God for his grace.  After all, this facility is nothing short of a financial miracle.  A church our size usually has a tithing base that 3 times as large; yet, through thriftiness and the generosity of a small number of families,…
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Substance Magazine has Launched!

Who would have thought we could already be launching a magazine!  (Then again, who would have thought we could have become a triple site mega church in just a few years).  But God gets the glory once again!  And we’re excited to announce the inaugural issue of Being Substance Magazine. As many of you know:…
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Wow! Over 500 People at our new Campus!

  Today we officially launched a new Substance campus at Northwestern.   And, thanks to God, it was a wild success.  Using viral networking alone, we ended up getting over 400 new visitors at our new campus this Sunday… (And we’re not even going to do our “real promotion” of the new campus for another 4 weeks!!!!)…
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Pics of Lights at OC recording!

Well we just finished doing all of our new service times this weekend… and it all rocks. Wow.  Our Saturday recording at our Operation Center was stinkin cool! In case you didn’t know, starting this last Saturday August 1st, at 5pm, we started an event called the Saturday Night Recording at our Operation Center studio…
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Operation Center Opening Sunday!

  We have so many wonderful things going on this Fall.  We’re launching a new Substance worship experience at Northwestern’s fine arts theater (in addition to Fridley).  We’re also upgrading Fridley with a dual projection HD video system by this August (It will look like a huge vertical wall of video).  But, despite the flurry of…
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We’re going Multi-site! Fall Vision 2009

Well the staff and I just released some juicy church information in the new document:   The Substance Fall Vision 2009!  As many of you know, we continue to grow.  We have around 450 college students going home for summer this year…yet amazingly, we’ve filled almost every seat since they left!  Naturally, even if we…
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