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Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christian, profess, commandments, Jesus, Sunday school class, public, declaration of faith, hypocrisy, scribes, Pharisees
"If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). The politician convicted of racketeering tells the press that since Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leaders, characteristics, public confidence, traits, defensive, selfish, proud, vision, Jesus, killers
Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader: Defensive If you're defensive as a leader, it means you aren't leading ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, salary, topic of discussion, congregation, contention, public information, humility, benefits, expenses, insurance, critics, leverage, misperception, overpaid, family members, ...
If you want a lively discussion, then the topic of the pastor's salary can usually meet that need. I have discussed this issue in the past on both my blog and my podcast. In both cases, the conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Phil Cooke, pastors, failure, experience, crisis, embezzling money, pedophiles, adulterers, incompetence, attorney, advice, liability, insurance, cover up, text, honesty, public, counseling, healing, ...
During my career, I’ve dealt with many crisis situations with churches and ministries. Pastors who experience moral failings, staff members embezzling money, leaders who turn out to be pedophiles, serial ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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