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How to Develop Godly Culture in Your Church

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It can be very difficult to repair a negative culture in a church. Here are some things to consider when assessing the atmosphere in yours, and some suggestions to improve it.

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Was Jesus Likeable, or Did He Care About That?

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The world hated Jesus, but he stil preached love to people

The world’s hatred for Jesus was theological, not sociological. Should we care what the world thinks?

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3 Business Books All Pastors Should Read

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Would you recommend these three books to your fellow pastors? (Ambro/Free Digital Photos)

Should pastors read secular books? Here are some that Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, recommends.

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David Vigil: The Decapitated Church

Jesus-smallWhen studying church history, some of the most fascinating individuals we meet are the martyrs. These are the untold multitudes who, when given a simple opportunity to deny Christ, found it easier to stand for their faith and die rather than disavow the One who was sacrificed in their stead.

They faced agony and torture of a magnitude that so few of us can comprehend. They were flogged, impaled, crucified, eaten by lions, forced to fight to the death in coliseums and decapitated.

Were they not like us? Would they not have loved to live lives of peace and prosperity in the name of Christ instead? Would they not have loved to sit in our beautiful air-conditioned edifices with state-of-the-art sound, lights and videography?

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7 Reasons Every Pastor Should Have a Blog

Pastoral-blog-smallThe title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes, I do.

I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing.

Understand that writing a blog can begin simple, with little time pressure. The pastor can commit to writing 400 words a week in one post. I do recommend that the number of posts increases to at least twice a week later, but you need to start somewhere.

I think you will be amazed how much the blog benefits the church and your ministry. Here are seven reasons why it is so important:

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In the Face of 'Preachers of LA,' Has the Church Become a Reality Show?

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Beginning this fall, a major television network will begin airing a new reality show called Preachers of L.A. Before you continue reading this article, please view this trailer.

Though every ounce of my being is tempted to respond in condemning judgmentalism, I will obey God’s command and judge not.

As with everything else, Christianity has changed in this new millennium. The question we must all ask is, Is it for the better or for the worse? Never before has the church earned such a poor reputation as we have in this generation. It appears as if the current church in America has two gods—the god of attendance and the god of money. We are seen as superficial, arrogant, self-serving, unloving and unholy.

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