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Brandon is a pastor at Midtown Fellowship, a family of churches in Columbia, South Carolina. He writes at DearBibleBelt.com and is the co-author of The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life.  
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January 24, 2018 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
I remember the first time I heard Tim Keller say “Being in ministry will either make you a much better Christian, or a much worse Christian.” Those words cut me, because I knew the pain and disconnect of participating in ministry as a stagnant and hollow Christian. It’s a temptation every one of...
December 28, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Years ago, when my wife and I started talking about wanting to develop a lifestyle of biblical hospitality, we made a decision that changed everything for us. We always felt like we were too busy to really practice this in a substantial way, but we realized we had most Tuesdays open. So we...
November 29, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
What we are finding is that there is a special joy that comes from sharing in the sufferings of Christ, in sacrificing for the good of another. The reason adoption is so representative of the gospel is because chosen suffering is necessary for it to happen, and chosen suffering is exactly the...
November 28, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
As hard as this process has been so far—here is what we are learning, slowly and fitfully—it’s supposed to feel this way. It’s supposed to be this hard. The grief that all of us are sharing in right now is not abnormal, and it doesn’t mean we’re doing it wrong. In fact, it means we’re doing it...
November 27, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
This series of posts was originally written in November 2016. We have been home from China with our adopted son Jeremiah for 6 weeks, and when people ask me how we’re all doing I usually say, “We’re alive, and that’s our only goal right now, so good I think.” We could safely say that this has...
August 22, 2017 by Brandon Clements, Send Network | Send Network
Years ago, when my wife and I started talking about wanting to develop a lifestyle of biblical hospitality, we made a decision that changed everything for us. We always felt like we were too busy to really practice this in a substantial way, but we realized we had most Tuesdays open. So we...
August 10, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
In church planting, you are trying to lead a group of people to make disciples through everyday, ordinary life in your community. For some of us, the stark reality that we stumble upon in planting is that this will not happen on accident. Non-Christians in your community are unlikely to somehow...
January 4, 2017 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Brandon Clements, pastor at Midtown Fellowship, a family of churches in Columbia, SC, explains how to remain an effective pastor in 2017. Learn more.
February 11, 2016 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
There are bountiful reasons you could come up with to NOT observe the Sabbath. Here are 5 reasons why you should abide in Christ by observing the Sabbath.
August 27, 2015 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Brandon Clements, pastor at Midtown Fellowship in South Carolina, discusses the keys to recovery and overcoming addiction. Click here to learn more.
August 21, 2015 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Radically Unprepared I was in the 10th grade when I had my first real brush with suffering. I was closer to my grandfather than most, partly because he was also my next door neighbor and I spent a great majority of my life at the house he shared...
July 16, 2015 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
It has been said that pride is the original and underlying issue for any sin—a willful choosing of self over God, independence over dependence, “I got this” over humility. Indeed, it goes back to our first parents in the garden, with their lustful...
Just Another Bum Blog Post
July 14, 2015 by Brandon Clements | Evangelism | Send Network
Rocky Balboa is talking to Adrian and he says: “Who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league...It don't matter, 'cause I was nobody before...I was nobody. That don't matter either, ya know...It really don't matter if I lose this fight. It...
November 17, 2014 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
The third chapter of Genesis is perhaps the most telling and profound piece of literature that has ever been penned on the human condition. You can feel the ache as you read the story. Our first parents turn their hearts from the warmth of the...
September 16, 2014 by Brandon Clements | Evangelism | Send Network
Brandon Clements, pastor at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC, explains how you can leverage college football for mission and glory for our God.
August 26, 2014 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
In this post my goal is to give some guidelines and tips for what it looks like for a church to have communities on mission as a major part of its discipleship and mission strategy. I’ll include some lessons we have learned at Midtown Fellowship...
August 25, 2014 by Brandon Clements | Evangelism | Send Network
Brandon Clements, pastor at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC, explains why missional communities are a hot topic in the North American church today.
August 13, 2014 by Brandon Clements | Send Network
Brandon Clements, pastor at Midtown Fellowship, a family of churches in Columbia, SC, talks about the race that lies ahead for ministers. Learn more.