Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday Lagniappe: "6 Convictions of the Church That Change the World" and More - UPDATED

6 Convictions of the Church That Change the World

Saddleback has been built on six biblical convictions that are all based on God’s eternal Word. I’m willing to go to the mat for all six convictions. Here they are. Read More

Beware of the Undisciplined Pursuit of More

Instead of suddenly adding 5 new things, what if you added 1-2? You’re still moving forward and opening up the possibility to reach more people. At the same time, you’re gradually adding to your volunteer teams and as the growth supports it, more staff members. Read More

New: 4 Of The Primary Ways North Point Community Church Measures Success

Today, if someone is engaged with the church, that is a way that North Point defines success. Read More
How does your church define and measure success?
12 Observations after Reading The Porn Phenomenon

12 takeaways from The Porn Phenomenon. Read More

3 Signs That Giving Online to Your Church May Not Be Right for You

When you may need to wait to drop the check in the offering plate. Read More

Is the Christian Faith Rational?

I’ve had the question asked of me, “Is it true that you are a Christian rationalist?” I said, “By no means! That’s a contradiction in terms. A rationalist is somebody who embraces a philosophy that sets itself over and against Christianity.” And so, while a true Christian is not a rationalist, the Christian faith is certainly rational. Read More

4 Things They Don’t Tell You When Joining a Church Staff, but You Should Know Anyway

It’s been over three years now since I left corporate life to go work at a church. When I look back there are number of things that I knew were going to be different, and yet, there are some things that surprised me. Here are four things that I’d wish I knew before joining a church staff. Read More

New: The Leader’s Preparation

As you read this list, you might want to review your own history, present situation, and ideology of leadership. Read More
"God’s assignments are always based on character – the greater the character, the greater the assignment."
Leadership Legacies: Why Character Trumps All

Good leaders are known for leading, encouraging, and caring for those in their organization. Read More

One Critical Conviction

A preaching ministry is built on a whole set of convictions. Convictions about God, the Gospel, about people, about ministry. It is right that we let these convictions grow over time as we spend time in the Bible, and learn from mentors, from experience, from life. In this post I’d like to flag up one of these convictions. Read More

Read the Bible as Your Spiritual Food: Directions for Profitable Bible-Reading

The Bible is given by God to believers for their good and for their edification. The Scriptures reveal God, expose sin, highlight Christ, and demand repentance and faith. So how can believers read the Bible and profit from it? How can children of God read God’s Word as spiritual food and nourishment for the soul? This essay will provide a number of directions for believers. Read More

Brother, You’re Like a Six

Let’s examine two problems with the “attraction-as-foundation” approach to dating and marriage—one theological, one practical—and then look at the idea of biblical attraction. Read More

Family Ministry: Three Models for Ministry to Family [Video]

What should the implementation of family ministry look like in your church?

Here’s a brief video I made for my students that may help you as you as you try to answer that question. I don’t pretend to provide all the answers in this video. What I have tried to provide is a quick survey of three pathways to family ministry that may spark some helpful ideas in your mind for the congregation where God has placed you. If this video is helpful, feel free to use it as you train ministry staff and volunteers in your church. Watch Now

How Do I Know if My Child Has Become a Christian?

As parents we do have some guidance in knowing if our children are truly in the faith. Everything that would be present in an adult’s conversion will be present in a child’s conversion, but it will show itself in a different manner. Read More

Five Tips for Leading Your Small Group

As school starts back up, so will plenty of church-sponsored and church-related small groups. Some will study the Bible. Others will read a Christian book together. Almost all will have a designated leader or leaders. While knowing your Bible and having Christlike character are the more important factors, there are also a number of skills which go a long way in leading an effective small group. Read More

Audios and Videos of Talks from Proclamation Trust's 2016 Evangelical Ministry Assembly Are Online

I recommend taking a look at the audios first since the titles of the talks are listed with the audios but not with the videos. The theme of the conference was perseverance. Listen to audios here. Watch videos here.

Media Quiet About Dismissed Charges Against Planned Parenthood Whistleblowers

When pro-life journalists who revealed Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting were charged, media loved it. When charges were dropped, the media went quiet. Read More

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