Joel Hess - 1517 The Legacy Project

1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a message of hope for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

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Spiritual Anorexia

Recently a woman asked me, “do you think I’m a Christian?” She had recently become obsessed with this question. She is a regular church goer. She participates in a bible study and other groups. Anyone on the outside would quickly answer her question with “Well of course you are, aren’t you?” Yet standing alone in her […]

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When We Get Our Spiritual House In Order, We’ll Be Dead

“When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness.” (Flannery O’Connor, Habit of Being, pg. 354) A couple of days ago a member of my congregation said she was struggling with […]

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Stay in the Boat!

Many people, even those who are remotely familiar with Christianity, know the popular story of Peter walking on the water. Oh sure, Jesus was more successful at this miraculous task, but we are far more excited about Peter’s experiment right? Matthew tells us that one evening Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat […]

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You Are Already Dead! So Live!

“The only way for a soldier to not be afraid of wars is to accept the fact that he is already dead.” — Lt. Col. Ronald C. Speirs, 101st Airborne, E Company as portrayed in “Band of Brothers.” Speirs gave this remarkable advice to soldiers preparing for battle. He maintained that when a soldier stops […]

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Jesus Doesn’t Need You to March for Him

Last week in our local 4th of July parade, our church’s float (which consisted of a tight three piece band, including myself, playing Johnny Cash tunes) was followed by a large number of people wearing red shirts with the words “March for Jesus” on them. What does that mean? What might it mean to the […]

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A Better Altar Call

I still remember visiting a friend’s church. A fine church, I suppose. Bible based they kept telling me. It’s the very word of God, the preacher proclaimed. Some music pumped us up. Some were crying and raising their hands. Nothing wrong with that. Then something strange happened. A spiritual thing, I was told. The preacher […]

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Out of Our Minds Yet Safely in His

“Pastor, they told me not to cry!” Helen cried frantically when I answered the phone.  “There are six bibles on my night stand, can you pick them up?” She screamed for a moment, bellowed loudly and incoherently as if she was fighting off a stranger in her room. I told her, “You’re ok!”  “They’re telling […]

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What Do You Tell People Who Already Know the Gospel?

The Gospel. I vividly remember the first time I was asked to preach to a bunch of preachers. Not just preachers, but preachers whom I knew knew the Gospel well. They preached it well. They were the ones who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for Christ’s sake. I assumed I would need to […]

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Hey Pastor, Your Church Is Not Healthy (goggles required)

Dear New Pastor, I have to tell you something. Your church is not healthy. I know, I know, the districts have worked with these congregations to get them ready for a new pastor. Some have even endured interim pastors to try to help them get healthy after a previous pastor hurt them, or inner turmoil […]

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