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Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Impact Nations, gospel, Jesus, heaven, church, David Olson, Pastoral Care, LifeWay, declining, teach
David Olson, in his 2008 work The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches, tells us that “contrary to the oft-quoted 40 percent, in fact ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Healing
Tags: Jack Hayford, restoration, process, healing, prayer, time, discipline, fallen leader, mending, punishment, judgment, mercy, spiritual leadership, significance, submission
The discipline of a fallen leader is not a punishment by others. It is a voluntarily accepted state of one who believes the full teaching of the Word about three things: God’s mercy in forgiveness, God’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Mark Driscoll, single, pastors, Jeremiah, Jesus, apostle Paul, qualifications, lifetime, John Stott, ministry, tough odds, 1 Corinthians 7
The Bible is full of godly single men who served God faithfully. The prophet Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and, of course, the Lord Jesus come to mind first. However, they suffered difficult lives and died. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, ultimate goal, preaching, Christlikeness, character, convictions, conduct, information, Bible, obedience, behavior modification, challenges, disciples, repentance
If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, church trends, 2013, missiology, study, dying, America, transition, trends, fastest-growing churches, multisite churches, evolution, church buildings, continualist Christians, ...
... us in our shared mission once again. In the American context, 2009 was a turning point in regards to the perception of Christianity’s health in the United States. That year, the results of the American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, purpose statement, Saddleback Church, membership, maturity, ministry, mission, magnify
Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart, Christmas, classic, movie, hurt, pain, community
My wife Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the 30th time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”… if I ever had to ... [ +++ ]
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