Sam Rainer is the lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church and co-hosts the Est.Church podcast. He is the president of Church Answers, the co-founder and co-owner of Rainer Publishing, and the president of Revitalize Network. Sam has a wonderful wife, four fun children, one crazy old dog, and a cat his daughters insisted on keeping. You can read more from Sam at his blog.
Claremont UMC’s nativity scene shows Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus separated in individual cells surrounded by chain-link fence and barbed wire. But it certainly does not represent the first time the nativity has been imagined in a fresh way.
The modern church, says Brady Boyd, "has chosen some cheap substitutes to the original Great Commission." But there is a way we can correct our mission drift...and the key is the two greatest commandments.