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Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Joe McKeever, computer technology, Internet, pitfalls, rumors, inuendo, preachers, pastors, fact check, accuracy, Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, scurrilous, blog
... to "Archives." Scroll down to the beginning, sometime in 2004, I think. There they are, waiting forever, for the Judgment, perhaps. (I wonder if my great-grandchildren will still be able to find all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, young, growing, complacency, farmer, cull, mission, healthy, satisfied, renewing process, dying churches, changes, newcomers, innovation
The December 2014 issue of The Progressive Farmer asks whether to "Keep or Cull?" The subtitle of the article was: "High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd."   ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, critical, non-supportive leader, boss, bitter, unproductive, appreciation, discipline, demeaning, team environment, developing leaders
I was talking to a younger leader recently. He is feeling under-appreciated. His boss, the senior leader, never notices the work that he is doing. Even worse, for this senior leader, criticism flows easily. ... [ +++ ]
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 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, office hours, lay leader, expectations, relational, community, flexibility, unexpected issues, sermon preparation, evening responsibilities, lazy, understanding, designated hours, administrative ...
I know. I've been there. Almost every week, and sometimes two or more times a week, a lay leader would wait in the church parking lot to see what time I arrived. He would also come back in the afternoon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: Joe McKeever, worship, service, lies, enemy, whisper, wasting time, inspiration, worship leaders, pastor, preaching, hypocrite
The devil's first plan of attack is to get us to worship him. He tried that with our Lord, as recorded in Luke 4:7. "All these things will be yours if you will worship me." He soon found the futility ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, Samson, church, asleep, awaken, Leonard Ravenhill, Pentecost, prison, Rees Howell, money, perseverance, strength, sea of sin, power, spirits, Savior, Jesus
As I read a word from Leonard Ravenhill, two concerns began to stir in my soul. One was his insight that all it took for a great man of God to fall, Samson, was for him to sleep. And then I think ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 / Education
Tags: Joe McKeever, bad advice, young pastors, ministry, Baptist, preaching, study, diligence, relationships, theological education, opportunities, hurting, forgiveness, permission
People love to give advice to young adults just entering the ministry. I'm sure they think they're helping. I was a senior in college when the Lord fingered me for the ministry. When my coal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kenny Luck, Every Man Ministries, future, obsession, planning ahead, crystal ball, forecasting, imagining, potential pitfalls, burdens, predictions, King Solomon
Worrying about the future is big business and a big burden. We ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up. Tiger moms and dads pressure their kids to perform at a high level at very tender ages ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, audience, Billy Joel, reaction, sermon, feedback, heart, message, amen, response, frowners, naysayers, seminary, church, ministry
Billy Joel gets it. This veteran entertainer does something I find fascinating. According to The New Yorker of Oct. 27, Joel "grew tired of having to look out at the fat cats in the two front rows, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, words, power, life, death, tongue, transformative, believe, proud, leader, love, church family
"The tongue can bring death or life ..." (Prov. 18:21, NLT). There is so much power in your words. Your words can change a child's life. Your words can bring confidence and courage to a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, music, songs, finishing, creative projects, art, inspiration, motion, influence, good intentions, dreams, deadline, Evernote
You know what's difficult for me? Finishing songs. It's agonizing for me to declare a song "done" if there's still a possibility that it could be better. It could always improve. It could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Steve Murrell, discipleship, empowered church, Joey Bonifacio, Ministers Fellowship International, City Bible Church, Frank Damazio, WikiChurch, Holy Spirit, witnesses, apostles, growth, persecution, ...
It was a privilege to preach at City Bible Church during their Purple People (Purple Book) campaign and to teach WikiChurch discipleship principles at the Ministers Fellowship International (MFI) Focus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LGBT, gay rights, pastors, Christians, Houston, Houston bathroom bill, Houston pastors, Annise Parker, Steve Riggle, ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom
In an outrageous act of overreach that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) rightly branded "an inquisition" and a "witch hunt," the city of Houston has demanded that certain pastors preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Texas, Texas bathroom bill, Houston bathroom bill, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Steve Riggle, Dave Welch, Houston pastors
Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender-identity issues or Houston's mayor. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
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