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Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Easter, preacher, sermon, declarations, springtime, eggs, Holy Spirit, death, Jesus Christ, resurrection, promise, claim, verification, heaven, eternity, speed bumps, sins, Good Ne
It’s Easter, preacher. What are you preaching? Don’t preach about springtime, as much as we all love it. This is not the day for that. Don’t make the analogy about how Easter eggs speak to us about new ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Married
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, husband, John Wesley, responsibility, home, household, gospel, Ephesians, wife, Father of Methodism, blind spot
That statement is a sobering one for me. It’s one that all pastors and church leaders need to hear. There’s a real temptation in ministry (at least for me), to spend my time ministering to those outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Facebook, Instagram, churches, gospel, Jesus, eggs, diversification, power, people, Grace Hills, money, advertising
The gospel did okay before Facebook and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Scott Attebery, pastors, Major League Baseball, fine, free speech, pastorate, 1 Timothy, Titus, standards, qualifications
I remember a few years ago when a major league baseball player was fined by his team for statements he made in public. Radio talk shows discussed the matter for several days. Some callers ranted about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Women
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, women, ministry, gifts, empathy, multi-tasking, gentleness, passion, relational savvy, optimism, integrity
There has been a long-standing debate about women in leadership in ministry. This is not new, although the way the debate has found its way online makes it feel like it is new. But really, this conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: John Burke, gospel, heart, God, Erwin McManus, church planting, leaders, Jesus, evangelism, communication, New Testament, God, life
Erwin McManus and I did a one-day event for church planters talking about creating "Come as U R" churches that help people far from God actually grow into future leaders for God. (Check out stories on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Bible, social issues, brand, Loving Choices, pro-life, pro-choice, homosexuality, liberals
Christianity has a brand, like it or not. So does your church. And so do you, for that matter. That might make more sense if you define branding the way I do—as the story people are telling about a person, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, God, usable, warrior, requirements, ministry, mission, personal character, clean life, cleansing, status, world, talent, eyes open, leadership, vision, wisdom, grateful heart, firm purpose, ...
If you’re a pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Women
Tags: Jennifer Miskov, Pentecostal, God, Holy Spirit, Society for Pentecostal Studies, family, tongues, prophetic sign, Cheryl Bridges Johns, Kimberly Alexander, Carrie Judd, sensitivity
I felt the power of God in that room more heavily than I ever expected to experience Him at an academic conference. When the Holy Spirit invaded our afternoon session earlier this month during the 43rd annual ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, chasing cars, leaders, dreams, goals, vision, pastor, dogs, growl, gifts, pace, walks
We’ve all seen dogs that chase cars. It’s funny that they like to try and catch up with a car going 40 mph and bark and growl like they really have a chance of catching it. As pastors and leaders, we’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, small groups, church, campaign, external connections, pre-qualified leaders, GroupLink, sermon-based groups, small group fair, market strategy, book club, Bible studies, classes
There are many ways to launch new groups. If you’ve limited your attempts to one strategy, you truly do not know what you are missing. Here are my top 10 ways to launch new groups: 1. Launch a churchwide ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / 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 Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, poverty, tools, kingdom, Daniel, Joseph, sermon, virtual debate, Republican, Democrat, scientifically oriented society, offense of the cross, raising the dead, good ...
There is a lot of preaching today that does not address the reality of our membership in the kingdom of God. Neither does it address the reality of the “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) that we might be delivered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: millennials, church, Generation X, leave the church, change, church complaints, the bride of Christ, making a difference, helping Christians mature, connecting believers to God, take a stand, youth ...
I recently turned 35. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons (DuckTales, Shirt Tales, lots of stuff with tales), cordless phones with extendable four-foot antennae, and Pop Rocks and Coke ... [ +++ ]
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