The Downline Blog

Led Into Temptation

Written by: Sam Meeks It would be a bit dramatic (and inaccurate) to say any single verse is the most overlooked in the New Testament. But one verse in Matthew consistently astonishes me, as if each encounter is a fresh epiphany that waylays my perspective. I can repeat it for hours without feeling like I’ve […]

When God Chased Me (Reblog from The Gospel Coalition)

This post was written by Downline Institute teacher, Garrett Kell and originally posted on The Gospel Coalition.  It was early in my junior year at Virginia Tech, and everywhere I turned it felt like God was following me. It all began a few months before, when a friend talked to me about Jesus at a Halloween party. Since that […]

Service, Joy and Romance

Written by: Sam Meeks Weddings are very romantic. In a sense, a wedding feels like the culmination of romance – all of the wooing during courtship and dating, all of the anticipation during engagement, and all of the swelling emotions of the heart seem to collide in consonance during a wedding ceremony. That’s how it […]

Thoughts on Easter

Written by: Corey Latta I find Easter hazardous to my apathy. For most of my life, I’ve been content to move along the Christian year without paying much attention to the significance of liturgical rhythms. Honestly, I only take note of those holy days that culture calls to my attention, namely Christmas and Easter. And […]

A Gospel, Unashamed

Written by: Corey Latta To say that Paul’s epistle to the Romans is an important book in the Bible is an extreme understatement. Romans has influenced some of the most important figures in the history of the Church. Saint Augustine, in the moments before his conversion, heard a mysterious voice say, “Take up and read. […]

Racial Reconciliation: Our Identity in Christ

Written by: Marlon Wade, 2015-2016 Emerging Leaders Participant “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 If you look at the state of our society today, you will see a world divided. We have created so […]

Risk Worth the Reward (reblog from Radical)

This blog was written by David Platt and originally posted here. When I look at the big picture and what God is doing in the world, if I were to summarize what I see, on one hand I see unprecedented opportunity before us.  When you look at news headlines that we’re seeing with the refugee […]

Ending a D-Group (Reblog from Replicate Ministries)

This blog was written by 2016 Downline Summit speaker Robby Gallaty and originally posted here. As the end of the year finishes, your D-Groups are likely winding down. Here are some tips that we’ve come up with to help you finish well. Commit to Reproduce By this point, you should have already been praying about your new […]

Longings for a Heavenly City

This blog was written by Emerging Leaders Director John Sarver. I stand by, mesmerized, as she towers over me in all her brilliance: intricate and strong, she nearly reaches the heavens. Larger than life and exuding creative genius, the Eiffel tower attracts the masses, each of them eager to feel awe-struck and to capture her […]

10 Questions on Dating with Matt Chandler

This blog was written by Tony Reinke of Desiring God and originally posted here. Matt Chandler is a husband, father, lead pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, and author of several books, including The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption. Matt was our recent guest on the Ask Pastor […]