John

Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, seminary, Biblical passage, sermon generation, church, song, Job, John the Baptist, walk, challenge, scripture
One of my seminary professors gave me a few approaches to generate sermon ideas: 1. The first approach would be to take the author of the biblical passage or one of the characters in the passage and simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, traditional, texts, sermons, preaching, Golden Rule, John 3:16, salvation by faith, love one another, forgiveness, the home, kindness
For good reason, young beginning pastors do not take the standard old texts for their first sermons. Few feel qualified to produce a full sermon on such subjects as: John 3:16. The Golden Rule (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, leaders, attention, Tom Brady, Nick Saban, command, Brian Dodd, language, clarity, intensity, focus, results, John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, Carey Nieuwhof, Urban ...
There are hundreds of great communicators in today's world who speak on the subject of leadership.  Everyone has their own preferences as to who and what style they enjoy hearing.  I personally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Justin Lathrop, pastor, Believer, love, theology, faith, John 15, commandment, leader, Christians, social media
I don't know a pastor—or even a believer—who isn't concerned with getting the theology of faith right. We want to do the research and settle on answers about the rapture, marriage, creation, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, maturity, leader, prayer, Word, Bible, ministry, connected, God's Spirit, community, confessing, Bible, Reveal survey, reading, reflecting
The single best practice to change your spiritual life is ...? Before I tell you what research says, let me tell you what I've noticed in my own life and watching others over 25 years of ministry. About ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Bethel Church, California, healing, sozo, Bill Johnson, Eric Johnson, Jesus Culture, miracles, Holy Spirit, last days
Healing At Bethel Church Redding, Senior Pastor Bill Johnson and his son, campus Senior Leader Eric Johnson, believe in the power of miraculous healing. In fact, it's probably safe to say nearly everyone ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, questions, preparation, Jesus, model, John the Baptist, Paul, master communicator, value, Bible, needs, practical, positive, encouraging, simple
I believe that the best model to follow in the history of preaching is Jesus. It isn’t John the Baptist, Paul or any contemporary speaker alive today. Jesus was the master communicator. The Bible says ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, blind spots, spiritual, Peter, deception, rebuke, Satan, Christian leaders, problems, marriages, staff relationships, security
Nobody wants to die. Everyone wants success. I think this might be the biggest struggle for Christians and Christian leadership in our narcissistic, self-centered culture. We lead people to seek a Father ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, vision, board, protection, Jesus, John, Peter, James, questions, kingdom, fruit, mighty men, followers, staff, deacons, influential
You spend some great time with God. You really feel you know what the next step of kingdom growth for your church should look like. You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy-in, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Dan Reiland, leader, identity, questioned, misunderstood, price, John, testimony, John the Baptist, conventional, Elijah, stability, edgy, Jewish leaders, authority
When you lead the way, things won’t always go your way. This is especially true when you lead change, challenge the status quo or disrupt the normal patterns of life as people know them. Good leaders spend ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 11 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, walk, chalk, talk, John F. Kennedy, observe, update, lesson, parents, volunteers, smiling, families
Our ministries are a work in progress—and always will be. There are three simple steps you can take to improve your children’s ministry. Though simple, they can accelerate your ministry if implemented ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, sin, root, appeal, Gateway, Austin, behavior, struggle, Frank Laubach, experience, selfish
I’ll never forget a quote by a guy who joined Gateway’s recovery group. He had just found faith earlier that year and had been growing to experience this moment-by-moment life with God. When asked what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Gospel of John, recruiting practices, Jesus, style, principles, success, transitional people, influencers, team, challenge, budget
Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John shares helpful insight into the leadership of Jesus. I’ve written previously about Jesus’ leadership style here and here. In John 1, I see three more principles. When Jesus ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, burned out, ministry, Messiah, intentions, Jesus, emotional, physical, spiritual, human limitations, bad choices, emotional state, guilt, human, healing
You can’t fix, change or save another person, but you can try! I almost burned out my first few years of leading others in ministry because I didn’t realize I was trying to be their messiah. I had great ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, memorize, scripture, John 3:16, Bible, Word of God, believers, Jesus, model, power, temptation, heart, sin, hiding, rebukes, garbage, mission field
I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized, even though I memorized them decades ago (and in the King James Version, for that matter): “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: John Burke, Jesus, lesbians, relationship, contempt, Christ, sexual issues, affairs, Gateway, shocking, ministry, healing, wholeness, relational struggles
“Let’s just go for fun! We’ll see how much we can push their buttons,” Amy teased her girlfriend, who didn’t like the idea of hanging around a bunch of Christians. “Come on,” Amy insisted. “I hear their ... [ +++ ]
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