Friday, December 18, 2015

Weekend Roundup: Ten Articles and One Podcast

Bob Roberts on Multiplication and Movement

Bob Roberts eats, sleeps and breathes church multiplication. He is a true practitioner, having been involved in the planting of hundreds of churches throughout the world, including the church he pastors, NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas. The author of multiple books for church leaders, including The Multiplying Church: The New Math for Starting New Churches, Bob also speaks about multiplication throughout the world, including Exponential conferences. We caught up with Bob to talk multiplication and what we as church leaders must do to see a multiplication movement in the West. Read more

Seven Implications of Decentralization in Churches – Rainer on Leadership #184 [Podcast]

On today’s episode, we discuss a recent post on the decentralization of facilities and leadership. At the core of these changes is a desire to move away from centralization. Read more

7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church

...Satan certainly loves to disrupt the work of God’s church – and the work of those who love the church. Read more

Did Jesus Even Exist? Responding to 5 Objections Raised by @rawstory

This Christmas it is happening again with an article by Valerie Tarico, “Here are Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed.” But she takes things even further than most other Christmas articles on Jesus. Rather than suggesting Jesus is different than we think, she is arguing that Jesus never existed at all. Read more

What Does the X in Xmas Mean?

The X in Christmas is used like the R in R.C. My given name at birth was Robert Charles, although before I was even taken home from the hospital my parents called me by my initials, R.C., and nobody seems to be too scandalized by that. Read more

Shepherd The Flock Of God That Is Among You

When I've preached 1 Peter 5:2, I think I've skipped right over the last part of this phrase. I shouldn't have. Peter calls our attention to the church that's right in front of us. The problem, for most of us, is that the flock that's among us isn't as exciting as we'd like it to be. Read more

Five Errors to Drop from Your Christmas Sermon

If you want to help people see Christmas with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies. Read more

5 Wrong Ways to Talk About Sin

,br/> If you’ve been around church long enough, though, you know there are plenty of ways to “talk about sin” that fall short of considering its full weight. I can think of at least five. Read more

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

After the parable of the sower, Jesus says: “Consider carefully how you listen” (Luke 8:18). He says if we listen in one way, we will be given more, but if we listen in another way, even what we think we have will be taken from us. It’s a life-and-death business, listening to sermons. So let us consider carefully how to listen. Here are seven pointers. Read more

Free Ebook: Reaching and Leading Millennials

Tony Morgan and the Unstuck Group have just released a great new ebook, Reaching and Leading Millennials: Practical Conversations to Get You Unstuck. Learn more

Human Rights as a Religion

Check out this superb essay on the Heritage website by Roger Scruton, “The Future of European Civilization: Lessons for America.” There’s much to ponder, but I’d like to focus on just one point. Scruton argues that “Human Rights” has replaced Christianity as the religion of Europe’s elites. Read more

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