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Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Charis Hillman Brown, Os Hillman, Christians, media attention, negative, Jesus, Harvard University, LGBT group, Westboro Baptist Church, abortion clinics, gay pride parades, Tim Tebow, Ira Glass, ...
Have you ever noticed that most of the media attention Christians receive is negative? As I have worked with my dad and seen a lot of the media response to Christianity, it has me really confused. The ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, Christians, jerks, behavior, reputation, traits, judgmental, hypocritical, pushy, mean, gospel, Jesus, excuse, angry, rude
It is no secret that Christians don't exactly have the best reputation outside (or even inside) the church. Jesus says we should be known by our love, but today it seems we're known for traits and behaviors ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, passion, rekindle, Christian, devil, 1 Corinthians, Gospel of Mark, Jesus, disciples, heart, supporters, vacation, mission trip, growth
Having been in ministry for over 30 years, I understand. The church is sometimes not easy to love. People claim to be Christian but act like the devil. We say the words, "I love the church" while knowing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: church, culture, Greg Stier, youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli, Youth Specialties, broken teens, healing, discipleship, relationships, Jewish culture, Christian faith
We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second-guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, money, biblical prosperity, wealth, Christian, balance, integrity, automatic, 10 percent, finances, happiness, pastors, business, spirit of poverty, faith, name and claim
There has been much written in recent years about the Christian's role in producing wealth on the earth. The following are common misconceptions in the church regarding prosperity and wealth creation that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Michael Briggs, Modern English Version, Bible, scriptural engagement, biblical literacy, King James Version, Christianity, church, millennials, Scripture, Barna Group, David Kinnaman, Dr. Stanley ...
... the woodwork of our local communities. Indeed today Americans and especially the millennials (born 1980-2000) are looking for God's Word to be more than just a bunch of words compiled in a book. They want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: David Santistevan, Gungor, Vicky Beeching, Mark Driscoll, David Yonngi Cho, celebrities, Christian, deity status, worship, idolize, criticism, cross, ministry, money, fame
Gungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common? Controversy. Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues. When situations like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Ministry Outreach
Tags: Perry Noble, New Spring Church, small groups, lives, changed, walk with Christ, laugh, cry, spiritual refreshing, singles, study, LifeWay Christian Bookstores
At NewSpring Church, we believe that you can't do life alone. Honestly, I would say that the single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Christianity, Bible, culture, Believers, doctrines, practices, church, Scripture, Evangelicals, American Dream, corporate vision, destiny, stewardship, individual prosperity
It has been evident to numerous biblical scholars that often (if not most of the time) believers (including preachers) interpret the Bible through the lens of their culture. This has resulted in many beliefs, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Thom Rainer, sermons, length, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, social media polls, anecdotal information, no constraints, shorter, longer
What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, pride, powerful worship, God, humility, C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, speak to your heart, yourself
I was looking back on a blog I wrote over 7 years ago and I saw something I felt God speak to me during a time of powerful worship: "When pride walks in, I walk out." I remember God speaking in His still, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, books, serious, marriage, prophecy, grace, epic Bible stories, Christian leader, radio, television, podcasts, one big thing, teaching, media platforms, lives changed
When most pastors write books, you can bet they're compiled from sermon notes and manuscripts. Preach a series on fear, and they end up with a book on the subject. Same with marriage, prophecy, grace, ... [ +++ ]
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