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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 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 Monday, 19 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Great Commandment, pastors, physical, health, facemask moment, 10 commandments, LifeWay, exercise plan, sustainable eating plan, fitness, perspective, pray, discipline
The "Great Commandment" is what I like to call a facemask moment for both the original followers and opponents of Jesus. Those who have played football with a helmet know exactly what happens in that moment ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, scriptural discipleship, spiritual maturity, evangelicalism, growth, spiritual depth, Word of God, goals, fear of the deep
Lately there has been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree there's a discipleship deficit in evangelicalism. Perhaps the elephant in the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Multicultural
Tags: Bob Smietana, Lifeway Research, segregation, church, worshippers, pastors, Sunday morning, racial group, diversity, Protestant senior pastors, Evangelicals
Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.  And most worshippers like it that way. Two-thirds ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Technology
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, YouVersion, church, digital revolution, Bible app, languages, cyberspace, Bobby Gruenewald, computer, mobile device, electronic evangelism
... Oklahoma, was in a long security line at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in 2006 when the thought struck: For spreading the Word, cyberspace could rival the printing press in historical significance. The 38-year-old ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Prayer
Tags: prayer, intercession, intercessory prayer, intercessors, prayerlessness, church, pastors, Jennifer LeClaire
I believe prayerlessness is the greatest sin in the church—and unfortunately some leaders are propagating this sin and discouraging those with prayer burdens from cooperating with the Spirit of God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Surratt, example, morale, leader, Fred Richard, Seacoast Church, gifts, Genesis, Caleb, spirit, employees
What do great leaders look like? That's almost like asking, "When will I know I'm in love?" The answer: "You just will. You'll know it when you see it." Recognizing a great leader is similar. You'll know ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jon Bloom, complacency, spiritual life, lukewarm, faithful, grey, age, lured, enticed, sinful desires, symptom, disease, unfaithfulness, Jesus, prescription
As we give thanks to God for his "abounding faithfulness" (Ex. 34:6), it is good for us to examine our own faithfulness. How faithful are we? This is important because "it is required of stewards that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Deliverance
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, idolatry, church, sins, Ten Commandments, human sexuality, lifestyle choices, celebrity preachers, worship, entertainment, personal property, objectifying God, ethnicity
The greatest sin in the Bible by far is the sin of idolatry. Idolatry is when we violate the first of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20), which is "You shall have no other gods before me." It is when we put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, House Church Movement, disciples, hospitality, church, poor, outcast, New Testament, Paul, Romans, lifestyle, stranger, love, Jesus, powerful
As part of our travels to India, Impact Nations has been experiencing the House Church Movement first hand. This is a movement that is baptizing over a million new disciples a year and is now the largest ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Rick Warren, prayer, Bible, Christlike, illumination, Heaven, Holy Spirit, isolation, concentration, principle, insulation, transformation, exemplification, preservation, preparation, revelation, ...
Years ago, an old saint shared with me 12 prayer principles from the life of Jesus Christ. It made such a difference in my personal prayer life. There are only 17 references to Jesus praying, and most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: church, service, nervous, introvert, extrovert, worship, raising hands, praying aloud, socially awkward, group intercessory prayer, doing life together, external factors, show-off generation
I have a confession to make. I have spent my life in church. A preacher's kid, then a seminary grad. Now, after seven years of house church ministry, my wife and I are embarking on a new chapter. We don't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors' kids, positive experiences, healthy attitudes, churches, freedom, normal kid, defend, church members, time, mother, wife
Over a year ago, I wrote a post at this blog on pastors' children. According to the comments and the views, I obviously hit a nerve. Some of the comments came from pastors themselves. But a number ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
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