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Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, emotions, pastor, leadership, culture, John Mayer, passion, John Wesley, powerful leadership
I had a blah day earlier this week. Nothing terrible happened. There was no direct trigger. I just didn't feel great emotionally. Chances are you have more than a few of those days yourself. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, biblical worldview, counterculture, witness, families, empowerment, parents, nationalization, liberals, federal government, freebies, exchange, votes
Since World War II, the Great Society programs of the 1960s and more, the federal government of the United States has been getting larger at the expense of individual liberty and freedom. The liberals ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, society, culture, chaos, rejection, Christ, love, endurance, gospel, Sermon on the Mount, Moses, lawlessness, challenge, condemnation, false prophets, run the race, Jesus' vision
What should be our response to an age of lawlessness? How should we live in a world that is rejecting the laws of God as given in Jesus Christ? The immediate context of Matthew 24 gives ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 December 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiethnic, multicultural, churches, pastors, leaders, kingdom of God, Revelation 7, tribe, nation, tongue, simplicity, growth, changes, barriers
The church is called to be both an instrument and sign of the kingdom of God. As an instrument, the church is God's agent in the world, showing and sharing the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, culturally relevant, churches, cool, music, coffee, diversity, attract new people, conversation, lose focus, Jesus, sacrifice, truth
The concept of church is thousands of years old, yet we're still understanding, debating and re-forming what we believe church should look like. We all grew up with different experiences of church. Some ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, millennials, challenge, younger generation, gospel, apathy, students, serving, saving, contemporary, culturally engaged, authenticity, hurting, connection
One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel. This week, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church, sex, talk, culture, marriage, family, scrutiny, same-sex attraction, conviction, sexual sin, church sin, Christians, impurity, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy
How are you talking about sex at your church (or with your kids ... or with your friends) these days? Or are you talking about it? Sometimes when we don't know what to say, we say nothing. Or we say the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Troy Jackson, humility, church, culture, Timothy Thomas, Cincinnati, racial tension, Chris Beard, Pentecostal, Terry Thomas, redemption, repentance, Forgive Us, Civil Rights movement
In April 2001, an unarmed African-American teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by Cincinnati police. Thomas's death was the latest in a series of intriguing deaths of unarmed African-Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, religious liberty, freedom of expression, Houston, pastors, Fox News, gender equality, homosexuality, Annise Parker, bedroom, church, bullies, diverse culture
As reported Tuesday, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas for several pastors to hand over all their sermons regarding homosexuality, gender identity or Mayor Annise Parker. The far-left has now finally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, broken, heart, preachers, leaders, Catalyst, Andy Stanley, culture, God, invitation, homelessness, passion, hobby, coincidence, change, influence
I spent last week at a Catalyst conference in Atlanta, and I have to tell you: Being around so many world changers feels like having a fire lit in your soul—you cannot leave this weekend without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, cultivation, faith, church, Kingswood University, pastoral theology, 12Stone Church, evangelism, environment, Kevin Myers, hope, challenges, gospel, inspiration, investment
Dr. David Smith from Kingswood University located in Sussex, New Brunswick Canada, invited me to teach a class as part of their Masters of Pastoral Theology. The class title is "The Missional Pastor: Evangelism ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media, platform, audience, reach, strategy, vision, local TV, billboards, social media, church youth director, radio, newspaper advertising, multi-cultural, faith
Too many people use media randomly, with no real strategic vision. Perhaps a friend recommended local TV, or a board member suggested billboards, or a church youth director likes social media. All these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Jesus, cultural influence, beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, holiness, pietists, societal transformation, poor in spirit, mourn, comfort, meet, righteousness
The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12) contained in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the greatest exposition ever written regarding godly character and attitude. Often the 10 attributes mentioned here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, preschool, early childhood, ministry, church, childcare, elementary, pre-ten, students, culture, chapel, nursery, Bible, songs, God's Word
How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry. This ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: church, culture, Greg Stier, youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, broken teens, healing, discipleship, relationships, Jewish culture, Christian faith
We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second-guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action ... [ +++ ]
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