Author Archives: Andrew Hoffman

How to Explain the Gospel

The gospel is central to the Christian life. To be able to articulate it, both for ourselves and for those who might be interested in what we believe, is an essential skill. Here’s a simple way to explain the gospel … Continue reading

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Dance for the Lord?

Is Corporate Worship Prescriptive or Descriptive? It has been several months since my trip to Rwanda but I’m still chronicling the lessons learned while ministering there.  Among them is a lesson about worship and some musing over the extent to … Continue reading

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Notes on Humility

A very brief summary of Andrew Murray’s book “Humility.” Ways to recover humility, our intended nature: Remember your creatureliness Remember the example of Jesus’ life Consent to part with and cast away self, to let God be all Honor each … Continue reading

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Vision Comes Out of Vision: Connecting with Reality as We Dream for the Future

I was walking to my office Saturday evening to finish my preparations for “Vision Day” and feeling a little anxious.  I usually spend some time in devotions before working on the message, so I said a quick prayer as I … Continue reading

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Get to Know Someone: Lessons from Africa

As we pulled up the final steep section of the dirt road to the pastors’ conference, Bishop Esron met us in front and delivered some unexpected news.  “Today is umuganda and so we must delay the conference to serve alongside … Continue reading

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Just Call Them “Visits”

Ending the Fight Over Short-Term Missions Throughout my years in ministry, I’ve had many conversations about the advisability of “short-term missions trips.” They cost a lot and seem to leave little impact on the people they’re intended to bless.  In … Continue reading

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Tips for Christian Singles

I gave my first sermon addressing the topic of “singleness” while serving in Hershey, PA, when I was newly married and new to full-time ministry.  I worried that I might not appreciate the subtleties of the issue, so I made … Continue reading

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Making Community Work: Part 3, Calling the Audible

For those less familiar with this football analogy, an “audible” is when the play caller decides at the last second that the play everyone was planning to execute is no longer a good one (usually because of something unexpected that … Continue reading

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Making Community Work: Part 2, Setting the Dials

Home groups are critical to the ministry of Solano Community Church. To be successful, however, a home group requires constant thought and intentionality. Leaders and home group members are continually balancing numerous “tensions” within the small community. If left unattended, … Continue reading

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Making Community Work: Part 1, Constant Flux

Solano Community Church is emphasizing home groups this month.  As we grow in numbers, home groups become more and more important to discipleship.  We’ve never wanted to be that church where people merely “attend” on Sunday but see little impact … Continue reading

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