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Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Relationships
Tags: Patrick Morley, Man in the Mirror, Christian faith, difficult, harshly judged, innocent, behaviors, Bible, legalism, hearts, rules, grace, mercy
Many have left the Christian faith after being harshly judged for innocent or non-conforming behaviors. And many more will leave in the coming year. Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 / Adversity
Tags: Sermon, Joe McKeever, negative preaching, Christian, offense, Scripture, Jesus, George Whitefield, Pharisees, hypocrites, insipid, uninspired, safe
... Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office at the First Baptist Church of Kenner where he's working on three books, and he's trying to accept every speaking/preaching invitation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, earth, Job, Bertrand Russell, Heaven, Hell, God, pleasure, God's family, Christlike, service, mission
Everyone in your congregation wants to know if life really matters. Members, visitors, even your staff want to know, "What on earth an I here for?" They're asking three basic questions: First, there's ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 19 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: 2015, Evan Dolive, church, Christ, decrease complaining, increase giving, prayer, patience, peace, mercy, attendance, community, love, people, ministry, failure, missions
It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote "14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014," and many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 05 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should never be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 / College
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, young adults, drop out, church, first-hand faith, personal life, parents' pressure, relationship, Christ, Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, Protestant, Evangelical
Despite all the fear-driven presentations you've heard, not every young person is walking out of the church the moment they finish high school and never coming back. Here's what you need to know. The young ... [ +++ ]
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 / Culture
Tags: Phil Cooke, Internet, powerful technology, online education, great causes, connect, culture of attack, Christian news sites, worship music, op-ed piece, heated comment, social media, blogs
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 December 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, collaboration, principles, gospel, Jesus Christ, churches, youth ministries, synergize, network, bold, vision, prayer, God's Word, Doug Holliday, relationships
As I type these words I'm at a mountain retreat with 10 other youth ministry leaders from around the nation. We are collaborating around a vision that we pray will result in every teenager in America engaged ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Family Life
Tags: Ron Edmondson, Christmas, Jesus, stressful, joyful, New Year, resolutions, limit, expenditures, boundaries, relationships, plan, prioritize, time, lower expectations
It's Christmas time again. Seems to come every year about this time. The most wonderful time of the year. There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow. There'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, birth, Jesus, story, Christmas, adventure, genealogy, mystery, history, conspiracy, Herod, Holy Family, woman, babies, Bible prophecy
... (Luke 2:10). It's the best news ever. We praise His holy name. After five years as Director of Missions for the 100 Southern Baptist churches of metro New Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, unchurched people, excitement, attractive, dark reality, Christians, transparent, expectations, serving, multiple options, pro-active, well informed, child safety
A dark reality exists for many Christians that deep down they don't talk about at parties. Many Christians, if they would be totally transparent, are extremely nervous to bring their unchurched friends ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Children
Tags: Christmas story, birth of Jesus, principles, children, Incarnation, Mary, hard, situation, great faith, Bible, obedience, purpose, reverence, honor, gospel, praise
The Christmas story is literally crammed full of powerful teachings. Here are 10 takeaways that speak directly to students: 1. The Incarnation is awesome. Luke 2:6-7 says, "So while they were there, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Rick Warren, prayer, Bible, Christlike, illumination, Heaven, Holy Spirit, isolation, concentration, principle, insulation, transformation, exemplification, preservation, preparation, revelation, ...
Years ago, an old saint shared with me 12 prayer principles from the life of Jesus Christ. It made such a difference in my personal prayer life. There are only 17 references to Jesus praying, and most ... [ +++ ]
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