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Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Phillips, minister, A River Runs Through It, grace, cost, gift, practice, preparation, sin, death, Cross, eternity
The movie A River Runs Through It is narrated by Norman, one of the main characters. He makes this statement about his father, a minister: “My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, beefs, bouquets, church consulting, files, ministry, God's Word, grace, law, strength, weaknesses, encouragement, journal
For more than 30 years now, through three churches and a season of church consulting, I’ve keep two unique files. One is titled Beefs. The other is titled Bouquets. It may sound a little strange, but it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, decapitated church, martyrs, prosperity, brothers, sisters, grace, love, courage, religious cowardice, legalism, brash, judgmental, homosexual, fallen minister, sexually ...
... 1,200 ministers across the globe. I would greatly encourage every reader to listen to call of Christ. You are equipped with unique giftings and a wonderful commission. Take courage, be vigilant and be ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Phil Cooke, Kyle Searcy, Evangelism, race, leadership, 21st Century, multi-generational, innovative thinking, nightclub, Birmingham
... had been a front for illegal activity. In a few weeks, we purchased the 2,200 seat auditorium and 374 acres of land for just $1.7 million and transformed it into our current sanctuary. We now serve Communion ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Steve Murrell, early morning, Manila, traffic, grace, expert, builder, Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, grace, gifts, foundations, flash, others, self
My alarm rang at 3:30 a.m. I’m not a morning person. My wife, Deborah, is. Most mornings I stagger around like a cranky zombie. She bounces out of bed ready to attack a new day. Opposites attract. We are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ed Stetzer, fencepost, flock, protection, Christians, emotional health, role, church, healthy ministry, boundaries, issue-Christians, Grace Church
This is the fourth blog post in a series (intro, Part 1, Part 2) regarding pastors developing healthy boundaries in their ministries. I’m sharing four key points in the process, thinking of them as four ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, hurt, congregation, pastors, leaders, church, ministry, sermon, class, choir, vulnerability, grace, sinner, forgiveness
Some of the people who sit before the pastor on Sundays have open, untreated wounds on their souls. The church can really help them through today’s ministries. Or it can damage them to the point that they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKever, race, discrimination, African-Americans, caucasians, West Virginia, south, Jim Crow laws, brothers, sisters, Christ
... this couple sat before me, they said they were from New Orleans and had moved there in the upheaval following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. I lowered my voice, smiled and said, “What’s it like being the only ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Heal Your Servant, David Vigil, conference calls, surprises, pastors, grace, II Corinthians, weakness, transgression, Internet, pornography
Through the ministry of Heal Your Servant, we have four scheduled weekly conference calls. Every call is unique, and most are filled with surprises. Sometimes we will have one person on a call, and other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 01 August 2013 / Communication
Tags: Ed Stetzer, social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, men, women, tweet, Grace Church, church, pastor, YouTube
Recently, Leadership Journal interviewed me about social media, publishing it under the headline: “Not Tweeting? Repent!" So, in light of the fact that I basically called pastors sinners for not being ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 June 2013 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, church planting, partner churches, denominations, Grace Church, Nashville, Tenn., Planting Missional Churches, Viral Churches, fear, sacrifice
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of planting another church. In April 2011, our church-planting team and a core group of believers launched Grace Church outside of Nashville. The methods ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Adversity
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, pastors, sexual indiscretions, hurt, pain, forgiveness, grace, failure, repentance
For some time now, the ministry of Heal Your Servant has been dedicated to helping ministers who are at any stage of a moral failure. Some have misappropriated funds. Others have made wrong decisions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Preaching
Tags: J. Lee Grady, spineless, Christianity, angry preachers, hateful, materialism, gospel, cheap grace, preach, Apostle Paul
People often complain about angry preachers. I don’t like them either, and I agree that if a person mixes a sermon with hateful language (or if he believes God has called him to picket other churches) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Ted Haggard, pastors, sexual indiscretions, sin, grace, lust, body of Christ, riches, expense, forgiveness, advocacy, redeem
Recently, I received a call into my Heal Your Servant conference call line. On the other end of the phone, there was the voice of a broken and frightened man. He was sobbing uncontrollably—so much so that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Steve Hill, Grace, Spiritual Avalanche, God, John Newton, mercy, undeserved, forgiveness
For some reason known only to the Lord I am reminded of a dear saint of God who would be spiritually crushed by the lack of depth in today’s Christian world. Of course, I can’t speak for him, but I can ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Pastors, respond, failure, hopeless, clam up, give up, blow up, shell, embrace, heart
God loves to turn around the things that you think are absolutely hopeless. How does God take a minus and turn it into a plus? How does He take the negative things in our lives that are bad and use them ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 February 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Heal Your Servant, Pastors, Grace, Forgiveness, Healing
In any city on this globe, a young man finds his way to an altar, committing his life to Christ. His genuine salvation develops into a deep heart desire to become a servant to both God and humanity. After ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 January 2013 / Features
Tags: Fear, God's will, grace, natural giftings
As a little boy raised in the church, I was often confused by the words of certain songs. For instance, whenever the song “Bringing in the Sheaves” was sung, I thought we were singing about bringing in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 December 2012 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Pharoah, Egypt, humility, grace, Searcy, Mursi, war, peace, pride, Prince of Peace, Jesus
The recent chaos in Egypt has the raised eyebrows of most of us. President Mohammed Mursi’s decision to grant himself sweeping powers and place himself above the courts has triggered sweeping negative ... [ +++ ]
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