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Created on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, confessing, compromising church, Christians, pressure, Nazi Germany, society, religious liberty, culture, accommodation, Word of God, kingdom, ethnicity, methods of preaching, ...
During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mitch Glaser, Chosen People Ministries, prayer, Israel, peace, Jerusalem, Jews, Gentiles, Palestinians, Arabs, reconciliation, gospel message
... almost 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. By God's grace, Chosen People Ministries has been able to enjoy a growing ministry among these precious people. During the recent conflict with Hamas, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Ed Stetzer, millennials, challenge, younger generation, gospel, apathy, students, serving, saving, contemporary, culturally engaged, authenticity, hurting, connection
One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel. This week, I am ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, lesson, talk, interactive, pictures, visual learners, teach, less is more, repetition, learning styles, attention span, object, information, engage, se
Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught? 1. You didn't let them talk. Kids learn best not by being lectured to, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, genuine, friendly, church, guests, return rate, intentional, warmth, humility, worship service, website, clear signage, greeters ministry, information places
Several years ago, when I was involved in active church consultations, I assembled data on what I called GFCs, genuinely friendly churches. I set certain parameters for GFCs, and then I attempted to measure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 / Legacy
Tags: Dan Reiland, coaching, young leaders, listen, young-minded, slow down, conquer, temptation, be yourself, mentors, models, heroes, dig deep, discipline, dream big, discouragement
Coaching young leaders is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. I recently had lunch with six young college students who are summer interns at 12Stone® Church. I was impressed. They are all sharpies! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, blocks, small groups, community, koinonia, frequency, authenticity, mutuality, accountability, encouragement, courtesy, sympathy
What the public generally knows about Saddleback Church is that we have a large weekend attendance. But what the outside world doesn't realize is that the strength of Saddleback is really in our small ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, Satan, upper hand, church, chaos, confusion, Jesus, cross, sin, difficulties, discouragement, evangelism, position, power, kingdoms
Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God's church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 10 November 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, young adults, churched kids, panic, teens, college age, high school, frustrations, bar set low, ministries
The panic has been seeping in for a few years now. There are all sorts of statistics out there about "teens" leaving the church. Some say it starts around 15 years of age. Others say 80 percent of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Communication
Tags: Dan Reiland, 12Stone Church, communicator, public communication, message, Kevin Myers, John Maxwell, connection, content, audience, confidence, preparation
All leaders communicate. Not all leaders communicate well. Communication is a broader topic than just your Sunday morning or weekend messages. Much of a leader's most important communication takes place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, audience, Billy Joel, reaction, sermon, feedback, heart, message, amen, response, frowners, naysayers, seminary, church, ministry
Billy Joel gets it. This veteran entertainer does something I find fascinating. According to The New Yorker of Oct. 27, Joel "grew tired of having to look out at the fat cats in the two front rows, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, leader, age, challenges, newest idea, approach, technique, retire, pastors, leaders, expiration date
As we watch the news, we often see leaders retire. It happens in the sports world, the political realm, the educational system and even in the religious community. The pope retired. Pastors retire from ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bob Russell, friend, same-sex marriage, wedding, U.S. Supreme Court, society, standards, Sodom, Gomorrah, conscience, violation, Jesus Christ, gay couple
... That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, sheep, smell, speaker, leader, influencer, Dr. Lynn Anderson, innovative, engaged, listener, compassion, pastoring, authenticity, replaceable, humility
If you were to ask 100 pastors how they wanted to grow, you'd hear a variety of answers: becoming a better speaker, leader or influencer. There are countless books on these subjects—tips and tricks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: pastor, extra-marital affair, Ron Edmondson, marriage vows, Dr. Jennifer Degler, lie, drug, distraction, narcissist, inappropriate relationship, revelation, secret, exposed, abandonment, abuse, self-absorbed, ...
This post is from a friend of mine, Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But she's a difference-maker in the kingdom. I'm thankful for her influence. She writes: Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor ... [ +++ ]
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