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Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Environment
Tags: Greg Atkinson, beautiful, churches, people, building, church plants, Jesus, Dino Rizzo, Servolution, LA Dream Center, Matthew Barnett, Bill Hybels, Christians, new Christians
I’m going to list the most beautiful churches in the world. Are you ready? Follow me. If I said, “You have a beautiful church," would you reply, “Thanks. When did you visit our building?” or would you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Culture
Tags: Jesus, world, hatred, theology, sociology, likeability, Apostle Paul, social revolutionaries, temporal economy, earthly government, Christians, hatred, love, parallels, connections
I talk and write often about the concept of likeability because I believe it can have a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. The most difficult feedback I receive goes like this: “Okay, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: pastors leaving the ministry, Phil Cooke, Mark Brewer, Presybterian church, pastors committing suicide, pastors frustrated, megachurch, charismatic churches, baptist churches, mainline denominations, ...
... experience. Yes, it was President Reagan’s church. When I first got there in 2001, the president had not yet died, so I had to meet with the Secret Service my second month to prepare for his funeral. (Did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ed Stetzer, fencepost, flock, protection, Christians, emotional health, role, church, healthy ministry, boundaries, issue-Christians, Grace Church
This is the fourth blog post in a series (intro, Part 1, Part 2) regarding pastors developing healthy boundaries in their ministries. I’m sharing four key points in the process, thinking of them as four ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: Os Hillman, impact, culture, church, George Barna, Christians, biblical worldview, Dr. Henry Blackaby, corporate America
George Barna reveal in a survey in 2009 that only 19 percent of Christians hold a biblical worldview and that less than 4 percent of those in their 20s hold a biblical worldview. Are we losing the culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 July 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, plate, Apostle Paul, Acts, Christians, overweight, diet, congregation, Bible, bodies, pulpit
The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27). Christians are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Small World, Geoff Surratt, Christians, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, sing, cancer, devastation, marriage
I’ve always hated the Its a Small World ride at Disneyland. I don’t know if it’s the incessant song, the Chucky-like dolls or just the bland predictability of it all. I prefer Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, where ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Church, response, Christians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans, antidepressants, marketplace, hope, Jesus, depression, healing, behavior
It’s amazing how many Christians are suffering from depression. There are precious people who love the Lord dearly yet find themselves struggling in a day-to-day battle to simply enjoy their lives.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Worship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, Lifeway, conflicts, music, Christians, worship, doxology, theology, Matt Boswell, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas, renewed hunger
To say worship is a subject of great interest in the church would be an understatement. Worship is an integral part of our lives as Christians. That’s why I’m thankful for worship leaders like Matt Boswell. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, response, Christians, Bible, James, God's Word, sermon, prepared, verdict, commitment, message, challenge, mind, heart, will
The Bible is clear that Christians must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only,” (James 1:22) so it’s clear that our responsibility as pastors and preachers of the Word is to challenge people to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Culture
Tags: Ron Edmondson, lies, Christians, hurt, help, control, God, understanding, marriage, time, prayer
Here are 12 of the biggest lies I’ve heard people tell: 1. I’m not going to let him (or her) hurt me anymore. 2. I don’t need any help. 3. I’ve got this under control. 4. I’m only going to try it one time. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Married
Tags: Jimmy Evans, Marriage Revolution, divorce, homophobia, Christians, non-Christians, pain, devastation, symptoms, God, Genesis
... & Karen, which reaches more than 80 million households in North America and 200-plus countries online via satellite.  Jimmy is sounding a call to church leaders to start a marriage revolution ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 / Uncategorised
Tags: George Wood, accounting, church, financial records, money, treasurer, records, bookkeeping, CPA, Christians, God
A serious church management issue presented itself when I became a pastor in Costa Mesa, Calif. All the financial records were stored in a shoebox in a closet at the treasurer’s house. The record-keeping ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, pastors, burnout, vision, prayer, Word, Bible, dreams, comparison, non-Christians, negative, positive, fun, gratitude
There are few vocations that can engender burnout like the pastorate. The demands on a pastor’s time, emotions and energy can be overwhelming. When I was a pastor, I often felt at least the symptoms of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 May 2013 / Culture
Tags: Steve Reynolds, Anti-Fat Pastor, Anti-Fat Christians, ice cream, health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight loss, Losing to Live, Bod4God, Get Off the Couch
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I never thought I’d be called the “Anti-Fat Pastor.”  Not me, the one who for years wouldn’t go to bed until I’d eaten my nightly giant bowl of ice ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joey Bonifacio, Body of Christ, Pastors, Christians, Conferences, Overseer, 1 Timothy, reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, disciplined, ...
If you’ve been tracking my posts recently, you know that I have just returned from speaking at a conference in Australia. I understand the significance of conferences and their service to the body of Christ, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 April 2013 / Calling
Tags: John Bevere, leave, church, God, ministry, immature, Christians, obedient
I’m often asked, “When should I leave a church or ministry team? How bad does it have to get?” I respond, “Who sent you to the church you presently attend?” The majority of the time they answer, ... [ +++ ]
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