Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday Roundup:Nine Articles

The Tolerance Jesus Will Not Tolerate

Christians cannot be tolerant of all things because God is not tolerant of all things. We can respect differing opinions and try to understand them, but we cannot give our unqualified, unconditional affirmation to every belief and behavior. Because God doesn’t. We must love what God loves. That’s where Ephesus failed. But we must also hate what God hates. That’s where Thyatira failed. Read more

You Are Not Enslaved to Your Past

Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tender-hearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person no matter what your background has been. Read more

A Renewed Mind, a Transformed Life

To be sure, the gospel is good news about Jesus. But God’s Word also explains how the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit makes that news effectual in our lives as we repent of sin and believe the truth as it is found in Jesus. Read more

3 Ways Tesla Affects Your Church Metrics

Pastors, you can learn a lot from Tesla when it comes to evaluating your church's effectiveness. Read more

Two Simple Ways to Reinforce Culture

Because culture is what a group collectively values, you can quickly get a snapshot of the culture by looking at the heroes and the stories. Both heroes and stories reveal what is deeply important. Who the group holds up as the heroes to emulate and what is celebrated as “a win” gives a clear snapshot of the culture. Listen for the heroes and the stories to learn a culture, and if you want to cultivate culture, utilize heroes and stories. Read more

Five Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

As I have tried to help guys struggling in this area, and also remain vigilant and creative and fresh in my own Bible intake, I’ve come up with a couple basic ideas that some have found helpful. Read more

How To Tell If Your Church Is Actually Producing Disciples

Over the years we’ve worked hard on our discipleship process, engaging people in groups, serving, giving and inviting non-Christians to explore Christianity. It’s not perfect, but it’s getting better all the time. And yet any process begs the question: how do you know if you’re producing spiritually mature disciples or not? How do you measure? Read more

Assessing maturity

How would you assess the maturity of your church? If you were designing a maturity survey for your members, what questions would you ask? Read more

Openly gay clergy celebrate election victories to CofE General Synod

At least four openly gay clergymen have been elected to the General Synod of the Church of England. Read more

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