Author Archives: Jason Locke

Jason Locke is the preaching minister for the College Church of Christ in Fresno, California. He has been in full-time ministry since 1994, serving first as a church-planter in Prague, Czech Republic, and later as a university pastor at West Virginia University. Jason has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and has advanced degrees from Abilene Christian University, including an MDiv and DMin. Jason has been married to Julie since 1992. They have two sons, Jericho and Jacob.

The Path to Church Renewal Leads through the Desert

In the past, I’ve written and spoken about church renewal from a hopeful and theoretical perspective. I can now begin to speak of it from experience. May God be glorified! But here’s a warning: it’s been tough. Across the country, aging churches such as mine in Central California face difficult choices. Some still…

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Forget the Church Growth Model; Here’s How Evangelism Can Work

Evangelism according to the Church Growth model has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. The Church Growth philosophy of Donald McGavran and others has certainly worked at producing numbers. Most megachurches in North and South America, along with rapid church-growth movements in the developing world, rest upon the “homogeneous unit principle” of…

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Saving Pastor In from Deportation

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Each person should suffer the consequences for the mistakes they make. I’m going to guess that you hedged your bets. You likely didn’t say a straight-up true or a flat-out false. Perhaps your answer is like mine: “It depends.” For Vanna In, youth pastor at the North…

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The Day I Escaped My Bubble

Someone pointed me to a recent episode called “Bubble-Hopping” from the podcast Invisibilia. The focus was whether it’s possible to escape the bubbles we all invariably inhabit. The main part of the episode focused on Max, a tech industry employee in San Francisco. Max created an app to help him experience things he would…

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O That You Would Tear Open the Heavens and Come Down

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” These are the shocking words of the prophet from Isa 64:1. Doesn’t that sound somewhat appealing right now? With all that’s going on in our country and in our world, wouldn’t you want God to come down and straighten things out? There’s…

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The Emotional Brain, Romantic Idealism, and Church-Planting

If you’ve ever watched The Bachelor, then you begin to have an inkling of how messed up our decision-making is. I’m increasingly convinced that most people would make very poor choices if given an unlimited set of options with no restrictions on what they could choose. This is part of the reason, in…

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The Real Reason and Remedy for a Divided Society

I have some bad news. In case you haven’t noticed, our country is a little divided. There are deep schisms along multiple fault lines. It’s heartland versus coast. It’s white collar versus blue. Our rifts take on political, economic, religious, ethnic, and even educational contours. I’m guessing you’ve taken note of these divisions.…

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