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Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox II, Soul Preaching, poverty, tools, kingdom, Daniel, Joseph, sermon, virtual debate, Republican, Democrat, scientifically oriented society, offense of the cross, raising the dead, good ...
There is a lot of preaching today that does not address the reality of our membership in the kingdom of God. Neither does it address the reality of the “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) that we might be delivered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Education
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, public ministry, seminary, define, church, supportive, paper, diploma, function, Bible, broader vision
Because of my public ministry, I receive a lot of questions. One that comes up from time to time is whether the questioner should attend seminary, and if so, where? I see myself in many of these people. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Churches, ministries, pastors, new media, dangers, publicity crises, social media, greater risk, reputation damage, credibility
Churches and Christian ministries are not prepared for publicity crises and under-estimate the dangers of the new media age, according to an international public relations and reputation management consultant. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 02 January 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, success, leadership, Sports Illustrated, Calvin Johnson, Jerry Rice, price, public, private, diligence, systems, small details, hard work, excellence, opportunities, adversity
Do you want to be a successful leader in 2014?  It is a rhetorical question isn’t it? Of course you do. A better question may be do you have a strategy or system for success? If not, I want to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, New Year, resolution, Jesus, Mark 5, seek, passionately, tightly, claim, readily, public attention, experience, faith, honor
One of my closest friends and I hosted a Christian radio talk show for 17 years. He was out of town one morning for Christmas break and I had to do the show alone. As I was preparing that morning, I read ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Mark Rutland, Obamacare, Sweden, Vasa ship, King Adolphus, designers, website, crash, rollout, politics, Republicans, Obama administration
In 1628, the king of Sweden was Gustavus Adolphus. Intimidated by the great naval powers of Europe, he decided Sweden should burst onto the stage with a resounding statement. King Adolphus commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 / Media
Tags: Freedom House Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phil Cooke, racism, media, social media, firestorm, crisis, response, Tory Maxwell, apology, team meetings, public information, secrets, digital age, ...
Recently, Freedom House Church in Charlotte, N.C., was confronted by the incredible power and influence of the media. When a member of the church’s leadership team sent an email to the congregation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Jesus, public ministry, government, orphan care, poverty, Geoff Surratt, medical care, Romans, resources, healing, feeding, raising the dead, The Four Disciplines of Execution, Wildly Important
I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while He was on earth. His public ministry only lasted three years, and in those years, His scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God, after all. It seems like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Ranier, criticism, anonymous, letters, response, dispose, assistants, confidants, merit, prayer, public, approach
Every leader will get one or more at some point in his or her leadership: the harsh, critical letter that is unsigned and unidentifiable. I recently asked via Twitter how leaders respond when they get ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Brad Lomenick, leaders, followers, finishers, anticipation, criticism, private, public, praise, trustworthy, vision copycats, principles
As leaders, it’s equally important for us to know how to follow as it is how to lead. In fact, many believe to be a good leader, you must first be a great follower and continue to follow well as you continue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church leadership, slump, discouragement, services, hurting people, exhaustion, envy, encouragement, public praise
Church leadership is difficult (in case you hadn’t already figured that out). Some days it is easy to feel discouraged, to wonder why you work as hard as you do. Especially when you don’t receive the thanks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, public scandal, God, space, heart, self-aware, honesty, temptations, healthy relationship, spouse
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: adultery, epidemic, J. Lee Grady, Orlando, Florida, pulpit, pastors, congregations, hostile public, Christians, hypocrites, moral failure, fire drills, isolation
It happened again. For the third time in six months, the pastor of a large church in my hometown of Orlando, Fla., has resigned from his pulpit because of adultery. I’m sad. I’m sick. I’m sorry for the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, constant, temptation, successful, pontificate, preen, posture, control publicity, discount
... services. Do not read such puffery for factual reports because you will not find any. The meeting attended by 200 people by actual count balloons to a thousand by the time his spin machine tells it. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Jonah, Republicans, Bible, Believing, Enemies, Assyria, Israel, Jesus, Beatitudes
... days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I went into two local mosques wearing my clergy collar, took the shoes off my feet out of respect, and spoke to the imams and told them I am not blaming ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 September 2011 / Main
Tags: Why Republican Debate Wasn’t Politics As Usual
It was interesting to attend the Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Fla., last week as a member of the media. Charisma and our other magazines don't usually cover debates like this, and I wouldn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 / Main
Tags: bake sales,budget cuts,church,pastor dave mcclamma,public school,school supplies,sponsorship
As thousands of public schools face huge budget cuts, many are looking to alternate sources of funding, from bake sales to corporate sponsors. But Combee Elementary School in Polk County, Fla., ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 / Main
Tags: arrested,bible,christian,cumbria,dale mcalpine,england,homosexuality,public order act
... time Christians have been arrested under the Public Order Act, which outlaws the unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress. One man was arrested in 2002 for holding up a sign saying ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 / Main
Tags: alliance defense fund,arizona,building code,gilbert,house church,john lewis,oasis of truth church,pastor joe sutherland,the arizona republic
... code, which was passed in 2006, states that “religious assembly uses are not permitted in single-family residential structures.” The story garnered international attention when the Alliance Defense Fund, ... [ +++ ]
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