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Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Adversity
Tags: Sermon, Joe McKeever, negative preaching, Christian, offense, Scripture, Jesus, George Whitefield, Pharisees, hypocrites, insipid, uninspired, safe
... Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office at the First Baptist Church of Kenner where he's working on three books, and he's trying to accept every speaking/preaching invitation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, church, sexual revolution, abortion, marriage, male, female, Christian vision
The Supreme Court announced last week that they are taking cases on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Effectively, this means that the highest court in the land will decide, this year, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should never be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, Internet, powerful technology, online education, great causes, connect, culture of attack, Christian news sites, worship music, op-ed piece, heated comment, social media, blogs
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, unchurched people, excitement, attractive, dark reality, Christians, transparent, expectations, serving, multiple options, pro-active, well informed, child safety
A dark reality exists for many Christians that deep down they don't talk about at parties. Many Christians, if they would be totally transparent, are extremely nervous to bring their unchurched friends ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, gospel, Christian community, cultural behavior, missionaries, Africa, Lottie Moon, syncretism, Muslim cultures, unchurched, hostile media, tweet, post, blog, compromisers, theology, grace, ...
For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: LifeWay Christian Resources, transformation, Mountain Vista Bible Church, TCAT, significant debt, consultation, worship experience
When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern "Bud" Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Jon Nielson, pastor, youth, kids, good Christian, short-term mission trips, youth program, ministries, engaged, converted, equipped, entertained, parents, preach, gospel
"What do we do about our kids?" The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I'm a high-school pastor, but for once, they weren't talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Burchard, pastors, John Piper, Christian ministry, body of Christ, Saul, king, Gene Edwards, A Tale of Three Kings, church leadership, model
Hopefully, if you're in pastoral work (or you work on a ministry staff at a church) you've read John Piper's great book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, and have embraced his conclusion that "the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Jonathan Feldstein, Thanksgiving, Chaunukah, Judean mountains, Abraham, God's promise, Israel, Temple, Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, Charisma, Ministry Today, Heart to Heart
... educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He has been blessed by the calling to fellowship with Christian supporters of Israel and shares his experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Barry Rubin, Messianic Jews, ministries, Jewish-friendly, Israel, Yeshua, Zionist, immigration, Holocaust, Intifada, Hamas, rockets, anti-Semitism, Christians, King of Kings Jerusalem, Caspari C
In recent decades, Messianic Judaism, a movement of Jewish people who have accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah and continued to embrace their Jewishness, has been steadily growing—especially in the ... [ +++ ]
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