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.

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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Fight Club Faith

The fantastic book “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk surreally explores the desire of modern American males to feel something, anything. The book is an adult version of The Velveteen Rabbit. It begins with the protagonist going to a testicular cancer support group in order to cure his insomnia. As he says, “when you have insomnia […]

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Anything Else You Worship Will Eat You Alive

“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type […]

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Lost at Home

Everyone enjoys Jesus’ parable commonly called, ‘The Prodigal Son.’ For some time in church history Christians focused on the youngest son. Many commentators still today choose to title the parable ‘The Prodigal Son.’ At first glance the parable does seem to revolve around this youngest son. He appears to be the most doomed and therefore […]

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What Does It Mean When Jesus Says, “I Am The Way”?

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” — John 14:5-6 What is the way? Despite Jesus simple answer, Christians have been asking Thomas’ question for centuries. They also have been answering […]

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The Fruit of a Culture That Worships Individualism: Loneliness

The pop philosophy of our culture has drifted, well free jumped, into an individualism that not even Nietzsche could have hoped for. The guilty parties may not just be the usual suspects; those sinister European existentialists. Surely the red-blooded American dream that includes God and all that, is just as much to blame. After all, […]

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Through His Church, Christ’s Story is Your Story

A good book draws you in the story. This mesmerizing effect especially applies to works of sci-fi and fantasy. The Harry Potter series wonderfully transported the reader to Harry’s side as he walked the halls of Hogwarts, fought Voldemort and fell in love with Ron’s sister. Yet after the last page was turned the spell […]

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The Church is not a Hospital for Sinners, It’s a Morgue for the Dead

“Church is not a museum for saints, its a hospital for sinners.” This phrase or something like it has been bandied about for years in order to keep Christians clear on what they should expect as members of Christ’s church. Scriptural support for such a statement comes from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Mark […]

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