Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On the Net: "3 Dangers of Dividing People by Generation" and Much More

The Mission Field
3 Dangers of Dividing People by Generation

In his new book, Impossible People, Os Guinness fears that generational analysis has devolved into “generationalism,” an overemphasis on the strong differences between the generations at the expense of the commonalities that unite us. After reading his chapter on this issue, I’d like to borrow a few of his insights and build on them here. Read More

20 Hidden Killers in Your Ministry

Discover these hidden factors that are undermining the health of your church congregation. Read More

Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation [Podcast]

Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new generation. Here’s his story. Listen Now

Why Your Church Doesn’t Need a Building

“Here are stories of three churches and how they are reaching their target area without owning a facility.” Read More

8 Reasons the Church Is the Greatest Force On Earth

The Church is the most magnificent concept ever created. It has survived persistent abuse, horrifying persecution, and widespread neglect. Yet despite its faults (due to our sinfulness), it is still God’s chosen instrument of blessing and has been for 2,000 years. Read More

Jesus’ Brother and Mine

Our sins leave scars. First, they not only wound others but hurt us, damage us. Then, by His grace, and by His scars, they are healed. They are forgotten by the One who knows all things, the beginning from the end, but not by us. Because we are healed, our past sins cannot hurt us. However, because we are scarred, we do not forget. Read More

10 Things You Should Know about God's Omniscience

The psalmist declares that our Lord is great “and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). We often talk about what we know and how we know, but rarely stop and ask: How does God know? What does God know? So today we turn our attention to ten things we should know about God’s knowledge. Read More

5 Doctrines Every Christian Should Know

Ed Stetzer: Five essential Christian doctrines that all believers should be able to understand and articulate. Read More

5 Ways to Lead in Ministry When Your Leader Is Not Leading

How can you lead when your leader is not leading? Read More

The Way a Leader is Expected to Respond – Determines the Response They Receive

The way others expect you to respond often determines the way they respond to you. Read More

4 Reasons Pastors Don't Trust Each Other and 5 Ways to Address It

I didn’t want to write this post, but I think it’s important. I pastored full-time for 14 years, and I’ve been in full-time ministry for 35 years. I learned early that many pastors don’t trust one another. Here are some reasons why, followed by some steps to correct this problem. Read More

Why I Will Not Be Preaching the Longer Ending of Mark

In a few weeks, we will be completing a two year expository study through the Gospel of Mark. It has been a great encouragement to my soul to preach through this wonderful gospel account of Jesus’ life and ministry. As I’ve prepared for the ending of this series, I’ve concluded that I will be ending our series at Mark 16:8 rather than the longer ending at Mark 16:20. In the world of textual criticism, the longer ending of Mark is one of the most disputed texts in all of the Bible. Below I’ve included the three main reasons why I will not be preaching the longer ending of Mark, but we must not lose confidence in the validity and authenticity of God’s inerrant Word. Read More

6 Reasons We Shouldn’t Freak Out over Word Variations in our Modern Translations

You may have had the common experience these days of hearing a text read from the pulpit, which doesn’t seem to line up exactly with the wording of the translation you hold in your hands. So should this trouble us? Read More

What to Do When Reading Your Bible Feels Pointless

Let's face the truth: Not everyone who reads the Bible experiences the power of scripture, and there are times when even the most devoted believer can open up a passage and not get a mighty revelation. Why does the Bible sometimes feel powerless and how can we avoid empty scripture meditation? Read More

What Does It Mean to Pray in the Name of Jesus

Praying in Christ’s name is less a form of precise words and more an attitude, a belief, an overall theology that says all I have is because of him and through him. It expresses utter dependence. Read More

When Pastors and Churches Pray, God Moves

Jesus gave his disciples at least four reasons to keep on growing in the area of prayer. Read More

An Invitation To Our First Billy Graham Center Vision Gathering

We are building a Center that is rock solid on a vision to build One Body of Christ that shows & shares Jesus well in our broken and hurting world. Join us August 25 in Jackson, MS, to learn more! Read More

The Insanity of God Featuring Nik and Ruth Ripken - Rainer on Leadership #251 [Podcast]

Nik and Ruth Ripken join Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe to discuss The Insanity of God and their story of God’s faithfulness. Read More

When to Question a Candidate’s Conversion

Let’s see (and hear) something from the candidate himself to indicate he has changed his way. Read More

Greece: Shocking reports of children being sexually abused in refugee camps

Young children are being groomed and sexually assaulted and women are afraid of sexual attacks in government-run refugee camps in Greece, according to reports. Read More

Indian Supreme Court: State Response to Anti-Christian Mob Violence ‘Inadequate’

The chief justice also said it was "very disturbing" that so many perpetrators had not yet been brought to justice. Read More

Christian Persecution Intensifies in DRC as 36 Tied Up and Hacked to Death

Another jihadist organisation is feared to be gaining strength after persecution of Christians intensified in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More

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