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Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Wayne Hilsden, King of Kings Jerusalem, Israel, Holy Land, torch, truth, Arab Christian, Zionism, Millennials, Pew Research Center, younger generations
A few years ago I spoke at a conference plenary session at a prominent Christian university. The preceding speaker was an Arab Christian peace activist. The next day the two of us hosted a Q&A session ... [ +++ ]
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, 07 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Ron Edmondson, senior leader, adversity, unpopular, decisions, appreciation, loneliness, heart, God's will, loyalty, belief, flexibility, compromise, truth, push forward
Making the right decision isn't always appreciated. If a leader is going to do anything of value, it will involve risks and be subject to the opinions of others. There will be days, weeks and seasons in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, myth, sin, sinner, love, harm, conviction, heaviness, grace, truth, hate, conversation, mercy, Christ, shame, Pharisees, Bible prostitute, responsibility
If you've been in the church for a while, I'm sure you've heard this phrase: Love the sinner, hate the sin. We know we're called to love all people, but we use this phrase to explain how we can love people, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Communication
Tags: Sarah Bowler, Ed Stetzer, atheists, religious discussions, agnostics, social media, prideful truth-telling, arguing, kingdom, sinners, interpretations, infallible, social justice
If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists. I can still picture cafeteria ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, pastors, blatant sin, casual drifting, distractions, danger, neglect, soul, family, sacrifice, numbers game, comparison, affirmation, rebels, truth, popularity, glory, ...
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, sting, criticism, environment, toxic person, workplaces, response, critical comment, emotions, upset, complaint, prayer, sleep, truth, preachers, message, relationally, Andy Stanley, ...
Criticism. You dread it. I dread it. Who doesn't? In fact, it can completely derail your day, your week and your work. So what do you do when it comes your way? Finding a Criticism-Free ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 15 September 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Kyle Searcy, God, crutch, church, sovereignty, natural realm, grace, Bible, The Word, neglect, natural laws, confinement, fear, slothfulness
I was spiritually raised in a very strict segment of Christianity. There were great things I learned at that church. But, the emphasis that was placed on pleasing God actually created an unhealthy fear ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church, millennials, realism, state of the world, bandaids, bullet wounds, pacifists, activists, honesty, safe place, Truth, Bible, social activism, passionate
It's no secret that millennials aren't exactly flocking to churches these days. There are theories and statistics, but the fact remains the same: Our churches aren't a place millennials tend to call home. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: Jack Hayford, worship, God, reassessing, expectations, leader, truth, mind, spirit, heart, broken, contrite, faith, theology of worship, His presence, humility, sacrifice
What type of worship honors God?" or, to look at the question another way, "After all, theologically speaking, what is it that actually makes worship worshipful to God?" Even though I have practiced, led, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, Jesus Culture, concerts, idolize, artists, praise, glory, adoration, fame, honor, renown, exaltation, responsibility, spirit, truth, obedience, fear
"Wow, that worship service was amazing." It's a phrase we all hear, all the time. Whether you're leaving the arena after a Jesus Culture concert or driving to the buffet after Sunday's worship, we've all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, influence, kingdom, builder, economy, service, generosity, trust, prayer, example, faithful, truth, unity, criticism, price
In my previous article I argued that, "Everyone has influence. We all influence someone." And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. I defined a "kingdom builder" as one who has a great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, sanctification, truth, God's Word, Jesus Christ, Spirit, leaders, Solomon, repeat, elevate, congregation, character
Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature—completely like Jesus Christ. Another word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kristy Rutter, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, churches, multi-site, merger, strategy, success, The Chapel, Chicago, Kingdom, church plants
I have had the privilege of working with the Chapel, a multisite church in the Chicago land area for the last 4 years. I started with them in 2009 to spearhead this "experiment" to see if we could launch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Convoy of Hope, Donaldson family, humanitarian aid, natural disasters, social media, basic needs, food, water, church, truth
Humanitarian Aid At the intersection of U.S. 65 and I-44, the crossroads of America connect in Springfield, Mo., a place where passion meets need and hope meets healing. This junction forms the ideal location ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, funeral, tough, eulogy, gospel truth, straight, preacher, comfort, bereaved, Holy Spirit
At the funeral, as at every other place where you rise to serve the Lord, preacher, tell the truth—the gospel truth. You have an obligation to comfort the bereaved, true. But you have an even greater ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship, worshipideas.com, stale, rut, set, churches, Joel Houston, Hillsong United, Jared Barber, service, order, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist
As I’ve been visiting and playing in several churches over the past few months, I’ve noticed a few recurring problems that can easily be fixed to help the quality of your contemporary worship: ... [ +++ ]
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