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Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, kingdom-centered church, box church, Constantine, marketplace, cathedrals, clergy, building, equipping, Bible, the Word, celebrated, sacred, mission
Ever since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized "saints movement" to a temple-centered, "clergy-dependent" movement. ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 21 October 2014 / Fasting
Tags: Chuck Lawless, fasting, eating, local church pastor, evangelicals, believers, missionaries, God's kingdom, slow down, reflect, deepest longings, spiritual beings
Fasting—not our favorite topic. We don't usually like to talk about not eating. In fact, nobody talked to me about fasting when I was a young believer. I didn't learn about this spiritual discipline ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Apostolic Reformation, visionary leaders, body of Christ, apostle, integrity, kingdom influence, ecumenical, ecclesial titles, egilitarian spirit
The so-called Apostolic Reformation since the mid-1990s signaled the end of identifying Christian movements merely by denominations. With that, there was a new emphasis on visionary leaders in the body ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Steve Murrell, legacy, pastors, leaders, Andy Stanley, honoring God, making disciples, doing mission, serving people, empowering leaders
Before my recent trip to South Africa, I listened to an Andy Stanley leadership podcast that said great leaders are always thinking about their legacy. Confession: I never think about my legacy. And I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Dan Reiland, cultivation, faith, church, Kingswood University, pastoral theology, 12Stone Church, evangelism, environment, Kevin Myers, hope, challenges, gospel, inspiration, investment
Dr. David Smith from Kingswood University located in Sussex, New Brunswick Canada, invited me to teach a class as part of their Masters of Pastoral Theology. The class title is "The Missional Pastor: Evangelism ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: J.D. King, World Revival Church, growth, Africa, Asia, Brazil, China, antagonistic environment, church, Roman Empire, Jesus, Ramsey MacMullen, Pentecostal beliefs, signs, wonders, healing, deliverance, ...
One question continually being asked is, "How can the Christian church grow?" This issue is particularly relevant as we consider the harsh realities being imposed upon us today. How does the church find ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 / Healing
Tags: Steve Stewart, miracle, healing, Africa, Impact Nations, prayer, faith, expectations, compassion, Jesus Christ, kingdom
With all the traveling I do these days with Impact Nations, I get asked a lot of questions about a lot of issues. However, there is one question that I am asked more often—by far—than any other. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, sex-slave trade, child abuse, same-sex marriage, New York, liberal cities, church, Charles Finney, Second Great Awakening, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism, ...
A pastor of a New York City megachurch has, on more than one occasion, publicly related his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage: This pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Michael Briggs, Modern English Version, Bible, scriptural engagement, biblical literacy, King James Version, Christianity, church, millennials, Scripture, Barna Group, David Kinnaman, Dr. Stanley ...
... the woodwork of our local communities. Indeed today Americans and especially the millennials (born 1980-2000) are looking for God's Word to be more than just a bunch of words compiled in a book. They want ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Technology
Tags: Pastor, Phil Cooke, tablet, iPad, Android, speaking notes, technology, podiums, pulpits, classrooms, speakers, eye contact, audience, inept, practice, rotation, font size
I love technology and I applaud speakers, preachers, teachers and others who use an iPad or other tablet for your speaking notes. But as much I want people to know you're savvy with technology, here's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Pastors, ministerial leaders, suicide, depressed, difficult issues, escape, hopeless, discouraged, Christian, non-Christian, community, talking about suicide, indicators, teens, elderly, self-vi
He was a business acquaintance and a good friend. We did not commonly spend time together outside of necessary meetings, but when we did there was a mutual enjoyment of each other's company. From the outside ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 / Communication
Tags: Ron Edmondson, inadvertent, closed, church, closed for business, Sunday, community, friendships, happy, greeting, parking lot, confusion, signage, visitors, language, acronyms, closed groups, ho
I was running recently on a route I've run many times, but I missed this sign until this particular run. It was too "good" not to stop and take a picture with my phone. I saw the sign and the first word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, Dare 2 Share, laser, lightbulb, ministry, focus, Acts, obsession, status quo, spiritual growth, energize, generation, evangelize, disciple-making process
A light bulb can brighten up a dark room. A laser can cut through steel. Light bulbs disperse soft light in every direction for a short distance. Lasers can only be focused in a single direction but, theoretically, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Artie Davis, leader, bad habits, productivity, leadership, overloading, multi-tasking, excuses, email obsession, negative, disorganization, complaining, unhealthy eating, exercise, workout, phone, ...
What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad habits equal bad leadership. Here are 10 habits you must break to be more productive: 1. Overloading. Have you ever been in the middle of one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Nehemiah, action, activation, implementation, leadership ability, compelling, vision, need, relationships, human resources, cupbearer, king, distractions, opposition
The book of Nehemiah is an outstanding book that depicts going from a compelling vision to its activation and implementation. Nehemiah was a type of a master builder apostle (1 Corinthians 3:10-14) who ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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