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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 / 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 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 Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church, sex, talk, culture, marriage, family, scrutiny, same-sex attraction, conviction, sexual sin, church sin, Christians, impurity, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy
How are you talking about sex at your church (or with your kids ... or with your friends) these days? Or are you talking about it? Sometimes when we don't know what to say, we say nothing. Or we say the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bob Russell, friend, same-sex marriage, wedding, U.S. Supreme Court, society, standards, Sodom, Gomorrah, conscience, violation, Jesus Christ, gay couple
... That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, sex-slave trade, child abuse, same-sex marriage, New York, liberal cities, church, Charles Finney, Second Great Awakening, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism, ...
A pastor of a New York City megachurch has, on more than one occasion, publicly related his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage: This pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, resign, quit, seasons, relationship, marriage, pastors, church staff, lay leaders, clarity, gratitude, joy, critics, discouragement, difficulty
You are frustrated. Or hurting. Or just don't know if you can take it any more. You may be in a difficult relationship. You may be in a job you hate. You may be the pastor of a church, and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Men
Tags: Assemblies of God, leaving, relevance, work, family, marriage, sexuality, finances, cause, greatness, challenge, action, missional, leaders, fun, brothers, healing
I am often asked, "Why are the men leaving the church today?" Sometimes it comes out as, "What can we do to keep the men of this church?" or "How can our church reach more men?" There is no easy answer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, stats, forms, accountability, poor, visitors, worship, passion, next generation, ministry, marriages, restored, addictions, broken, fear, conquered, tithers
Being loyal to a denomination, I'm no stranger to filling out forms and reporting stats. There are good reasons for this accountability, and we at 12Stone® Church are good team players in the Wesleyan ... [ +++ ]
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, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Greg Atkinson, super hero, leader, boundaries, life, time, career, health, marriage, excellence, obedience, pastor, unhealthy practice, late nights
I know what you're thinking. What's wrong with excellence and trying my best at leadership? Nothing. We should strive to lead with excellence. What I'm referring to is going to an extreme where we try ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Scott Attebery, churches, disciple, sister church, marriage, mentor, Bible, Thessalonians, imitators, Christ, size, location, age, joint fellowship, encouragement
The church where I formerly pastored, Wyatt Baptist Church of El Dorado, Arkansas, is one of the most mission-minded churches I know of. Every year they send a large percentage of church members around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Married
Tags: MarriageToday, Jimmy and Karen Evans, biblically equip, save, marriages, uncompromised design, reach the masses, gates of hell, resources, finances, sex, intimacy
Marriage Ministry No one has to tell Jimmy Evans about the spiritual crisis facing marriages in this day and age. Through their ministry, MarriageToday, he and his wife, Karen, have been laboring diligently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas, stability, longevity, plan, pastor, minister, personal walk, Christ, marriage, church, grown, together, perspective, circle of love
When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a plan about how long I would stay, but I always assumed I would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, blind spots, spiritual, Peter, deception, rebuke, Satan, Christian leaders, problems, marriages, staff relationships, security
Nobody wants to die. Everyone wants success. I think this might be the biggest struggle for Christians and Christian leadership in our narcissistic, self-centered culture. We lead people to seek a Father ... [ +++ ]
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