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Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, depressing, self-imposed, scars, sufferings, perfectionism, frustration, resignation, Dorothy Hamill, gospel, mother
When showing his scars and enumerating his sufferings, Paul ends with a mention of the daily care of the Lord’s people. That was a great burden also. You don’t bleed from caring for the Lord’s flock. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, church names, trends, Bible study, denomination, affiliation, Baptist, Christ, Assembly, Community, unchurched, Internet, relationships
The call came from an eager young man starting a new church in Florida. He already had 50 people meeting in homes in Bible studies. They had secured a leased space to launch the church in just a few months. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 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 Friday, 18 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, No Greater Love, Jesus, servant, kingdom activity, compassion, ministry, presence
Today I was re-reading a favorite book, No Greater Love by one of my heroes, Mother Teresa. The following words really stood out: “God loved the world so much that He gave Jesus. Today He loves ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, rhythm, God, reconciliation, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, community, Genesis, Malachi, return, apostle Paul
Central to God’s heart is community. From before the beginning of time, God dwelt in the triune community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He created man for community with Him and with each other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Steve Murrell, Every Nation Ministries, Rice Broocks, Philippines, fledgling ministry, stewardship, documents, plan, Phil Bonasso, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Maranatha Campus Ministries
Twenty years ago, Every Nation Churches and Ministries serendipitously started in my home when a couple of old friends had a layover in Manila. The date was March 4. The time of day was late, close to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Steve Stewart, Impact Nations, Healing, United States, England, India, Africa, quantity, quality, Jesus, faith, prayer
... 2003, Impact Nations has not only touched the lives of the thousands of people living in volatile regions with clean water, education, schools, businesses and churches, but thousands more have had live-changing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Doug Stringer, honor, anointing, generations, blessings, honor guard, Charles Burchett, Somebody Cares, Turning Point International, Arlington National Cemetery, throne, Unknown Soldier
Honor is a character value that attracts the presence of God in our lives. Malachi 1:6 says we are to honor God because He is our Father. Exodus 20:12 tells us to honor our parents so we will have long ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, church politics, 12StoneChurch, King Henry VIII, Catholic Church, Martin Luther, Anglican Church, torture, execution, decisions, church board, sacred cows, business meetings, worship ...
What do Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr have in common? In addition to being wives of King Henry VIII, they were all part of church ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 11 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, easy, shout, pain, emotional release, positive, superficial, African-American style, diagnosis, gravy, good outcome, incarnation
The other day I was listening to a preacher close a sermon about pain. The preacher preached about the very real struggle with pain and suffering that we all have to encounter in this life. In typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, leadership, drive, crazy, emotional battle, context, electrified atmosphere, vision, passion, direction, destination
Recently, I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, “At least you’re driving, bro. We don’t like it when you’re not driving.” More ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Jesus, gospel, more, Christ, peacemakers, follow
Jesus has invited us to a life of "more." It is what we were created for­—to move in the eternal and all-embracing purposes of the Creator. Jesus called it abundant life. But what does "more" look like, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Impact Nations, Steve Stewart, Pope Francis, weighty matters, Catholic church, Matthew 23, Jesus, condemnation, pharisees, scribes
This appears to be Pope Francis’ time. In only eight months, he has captured the attention of much of the world. Recently, the Pope said, “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 07 January 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, laugh, jokes, water, slime, pudding, funny song, whopee cushion app, costume, burping contest, prank, impersonations
I love hearing kids laugh. There’s nothing more precious than the laughter of a child ... especially at church.  Over the years, I’ve found ways to get kids laughing. Here’s 20 of them: ... [ +++ ]
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