Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Lagniappe: "The 3 Biggest Problems With An 'Every Number Is A Person' Approach To Ministry" and Much More

The 3 Biggest Problems With An 'Every Number Is A Person' Approach To Ministry

Record-keeping and statistical analysis are helpful ministry tools. But we need to know their limitations. Read More

You’re Bored with Jesus; Here’s Why

Many Christians are bored with Jesus. There’s no passion in their lives. They go through the motions, but they don’t want to read the Bible and pray on their own. They don’t really feel anything when they worship. How do we get to a point like this? More importantly, how do we fix it? Read More

Why Attending Church No Longer Makes Sense

The trend is practically universal: fewer people are attending church every year. You might have even asked the question yourself. Why bother? Read More

Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

We may say what sounds orthodox, but we do what we really believe. We may say what sounds loving, but we do what we love. We may say what sounds like gospel, but we do what is our gospel. We may say what sounds like a disciple, but we do what our Master demands. Read More

8 Ways to Respond to Spiritual Attack

Earlier this week I posted on the topic, “10 Signs of Spiritual Attack.” Many of us must be facing attacks, for that post quickly spread. In response to requests for a follow-up post, here are some ways to respond to spiritual attack. Read More

5 Words of Advice for Young Seminarians

For those starting college or seminary education, I know it can sometimes be intimidating or overwhelming. And for those who don’t feel a little intimidated or overwhelmed, you may need to prepare yourselves, lest you get caught off-guard by the challenges of your studies and the seminary culture. Maybe the following few words can serve in this regard. Read More

Do You Know How to Rebuke?

When was the last time someone sat you down to tell you that you were wrong? Read More

The 5 Cs of Preaching

What are the basic elements of biblical preaching? How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture? Read More

A Plea to Preachers

We must never offer the benefits of the gospel without the Benefactor Himself. For many preachers, however, it is much easier to deal with the pragmatic things, to answer “how to” questions, and even to expose and denounce sin than it is to give an adequate explanation of the source of the forgiveness, acceptance, and power we need. Read More

4 Ways to Multiply the Impact of Your VBS

Use this one-week event to ignite year-long discipleship. Read More

5 Common Myths about Mobile Giving

A myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. Of course, myths can be based on some semblance of truth or have roots based in truth, but at the end of the day, a myth is still a false belief or idea. With that in mind, we thought we’d turn the light on a few myths that we hear commonly when it comes to mobile giving. Sound good? Ok, on with it.... Read More

How To Respond To A Culture You Don’t Like Anymore

You can debate when the collapse of Christendom in the West began, but there is little doubt we are witnessing a massive shift away from the cultural consensus that existed even a few generations ago.o as a church leader – as views on sexuality, family, parenting, drugs, finance and other values change – how do you respond? What do you do when the world for which you trained—maybe even the world where your approach was once effective—is disappearing before your eyes? Read More

What Andrew Jackson Could Teach Donald Trump about Religion

Certain Evangelical leaders friendly to Donald Trump recently prayed over the president....Hanging over the praying ministers was a portrait of the president Trump claims to admire most: Andrew Jackson. Perhaps unbeknownst to those in the room, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) had been offered a similar religious blessing by Christian leaders. Jackson, however, consciously refused to claim God’s protection on his presidency. He believed that it was presumptuous and inappropriate to claim any special favor from God in his presidency, a caution not shared by his successor in 2017.Read More

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