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Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Worship
Tags: Worship, distractions, music, choir, praise team, unsmiling faces, poor musicians or singers, unprepared, preachy music directors, sermon topic, disconnection, media, lyrics
A few weeks ago, I posted findings on common worship distractions. Since that time, some readers have questioned me more specifically about our findings regarding the musical component of worship. So, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 22 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, studying, pastor, next generation, leaders, business, leadership, courses, connections, volunteer, secular job, counseling course, mentor, accountability
I have the opportunity to talk with young pastors each week. I also interact regularly with those who are preparing for the pastorate. I love investing in the next generation of leaders and am thankful ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Noah, sin, bondage, power, movement, God, righteousness, immunity
The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though, also brings renewed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, church planters, creativity, Grace Hills Church, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, money, quality equipment, facility, advertising, launch, transferable principles
A quarter of a million dollars sounds like a whole lot of money to me. But that's the amount an expert in the field of church planting said I should have in the bank before attempting to plant Grace Hills ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, God, blessings, Abraham, Genesis, needs
Based on what we know about the rest of the world and how they live, would you consider those of us living in America to be unusually blessed? I think we'd all have to admit that our country—even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I'm thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Professional, pastor, singular, Christendom, David Fitch, ecclesiological sense, consolidation, organization, Holy Spirit, church planting, missional church, bi-vocationalism, Kingdom, active bo
The idea of the singular professional pastor running a church, doing all 18 spiritual gifts (depending on how many you read in the New Testament), has fallen out of favor. No one believes this is possible ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 29 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, The Profit, Marcus Lemonis, Shark Tank, money, business, humility, confidants, advisors, pride
I admit it: I'm a bit of a leadership junkie. I love reading books about leadership, hearing about the newest theories, and studying the techniques of great leaders. My passion also means that whenever ... [ +++ ]
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 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Jesus, relevance, God, Earth, Heaven, baby, Bible, communication, tempted, suffered, death, cross, God's love, sins
When man landed on the moon, it was big news. It was almost as if the whole world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. But it is nothing compared to the ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 12 December 2014 / Education
Tags: Mark Rutland, NICL, business, ministry, leadership, Daystar, businessman, pastor, Rachel Lamb, Joni Lamb, Marcus Lamb
Recently, Dr. Mark Rutland, Founder and Director of the National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) appeared as a special guest on the Marcus and Joni show on Daystar television network.  "What ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, passion, zeal, heart on fire, missing the point, records, concerts, royalty checks, jobs, productions, emotional feelings, desperate, God, desire, fire, Paul
Worship. How would you define it? Hearing that word almost creates confusion. It has become so many things. Songs, services, singing and industry. Records, sold-out shows, iTunes charts and royalty ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, failure, insights, relationships, business setbacks, bad circumstances, ministry, mistakes, forgiving yourself
I deal with people who feel like failures. Every day. It could be because of relationships gone bad or business setbacks. A personal life—that was private—but is not anymore. Bad decisions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 December 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Blake Lorenz, Samson, church, asleep, awaken, Leonard Ravenhill, Pentecost, prison, Rees Howell, money, perseverance, strength, sea of sin, power, spirits, Savior, Jesus
As I read a word from Leonard Ravenhill, two concerns began to stir in my soul. One was his insight that all it took for a great man of God to fall, Samson, was for him to sleep. And then I think ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Ron Edmondson, weight, isolated, responsibility, senior leader, business world, nonprofits, churches, intentional, activity, vision, values, victories, velocity
One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in nonprofits ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Court of Appeals, Freedom From Religion Foundation, federal tax code provision, church-provided housing allowances, income, tax-free, unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an important decision Thursday in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Lew, concluding that the federal tax code provision that treats church-provided ... [ +++ ]
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