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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, preaching, Thom Rainer, prayer, focus, criticisms, sermon, request, announcement, introduction, encouragement, support
For most pastors, preaching is one of the most important facets of their ministries. It is that time when they get to expound on God's Word. Much of their training has focused on preaching, and they often ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Social Media
Tags: Social media, churches, non-profits, Brandon Cox, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, gospel, why, who, strategy, communications, creativity, connect, angry rants, pithy quotes, respond, en
God invented social media, so church, you ought to use it! Nonprofits who hope to change the world? You too! I've written plenty about the theory and philosophy behind using social media. In fact, I wrote ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, church, Bible, secularized, influence, salt, light, Ezekiel, popular, controversial, standard, membership, serving, ministry, pre-marital sex, family, marriage, secular music, ...
The Bible teaches that the church is supposed to influence the world as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), but instead the church has often been influenced by the world. Ezekiel 22:26 sends a stern ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / 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, 20 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, church, sexual revolution, abortion, marriage, male, female, Christian vision
The Supreme Court announced last week that they are taking cases on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Effectively, this means that the highest court in the land will decide, this year, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Technology
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, YouVersion, church, digital revolution, Bible app, languages, cyberspace, Bobby Gruenewald, computer, mobile device, electronic evangelism
... Oklahoma, was in a long security line at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in 2006 when the thought struck: For spreading the Word, cyberspace could rival the printing press in historical significance. The 38-year-old ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 January 2015 / 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 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 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, church, visit, Saddleback, complaints, church, services, boring, sermons, messages, relate, church members, visitors, unfriendly
Before I started Saddleback church 34 years ago, I spent 12 weeks going door-to-door in our area trying to discover the answers to that important question. The answers I got were not at all what I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, Christmas, sermon, church, attendance, opportunity, message, return, keep it short, Bible, A game, boring, jokes, hook, story, gospel
For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, shortage, turnover, poor morale, mission, local church, meeting a need, filling a lot, doing your duty, serving Christ, relationships, serving, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, volunteers, church, ministry, chronic shortage, high turnover, poor morale, mission, cause, meeting a need, doing your duty, relationships, spiritual growth
So you'd love to see more volunteers serve in your church or organization. Who wouldn't? And yet when it comes to volunteers, a surprising number of leaders struggle. Many leaders suffer from: A chronic ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 December 2014 / Youth
Tags: Jon Nielson, pastor, youth, kids, good Christian, short-term mission trips, youth program, ministries, engaged, converted, equipped, entertained, parents, preach, gospel
"What do we do about our kids?" The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes. I'm a high-school pastor, but for once, they weren't talking about 16-year-olds drinking and partying. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Doug Lawrence, reviewing, responding, listening, attentiveness, expression, eye contact, body language, pastors, present, people
... is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and advisor, who helps churches assess and improve their skillfulness in creating engaging worship experiences. In 2007 he founded and continues to serve ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mitch Glaser, Chosen People Ministries, prayer, Israel, peace, Jerusalem, Jews, Gentiles, Palestinians, Arabs, reconciliation, gospel message
... almost 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. By God's grace, Chosen People Ministries has been able to enjoy a growing ministry among these precious people. During the recent conflict with Hamas, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, millennials, challenge, younger generation, gospel, apathy, students, serving, saving, contemporary, culturally engaged, authenticity, hurting, connection
One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel. This week, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, lesson, talk, interactive, pictures, visual learners, teach, less is more, repetition, learning styles, attention span, object, information, engage, se
Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught? 1. You didn't let them talk. Kids learn best not by being lectured to, ... [ +++ ]
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