Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Lagniappe: "3 Steps For Introducing Change Every Leader Needs To Know" and More

3 Steps For Introducing Change Every Leader Needs To Know

These three steps will help you evaluate every new or foreign idea to anticipate if it is a good fit for your organization, and then determine how exactly it will affect your vision, strategy, and values. Let’s start with the first step: performing a SWOT analysis. Read More

Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is)

In our own context, one of the most seductive false gospels is moralism. This false gospel can take many forms and can emerge from any number of political and cultural impulses. Nevertheless, the basic structure of moralism comes down to this — the belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior. Read More
This false gospel is one to which Anglicans have historically been susceptible. The eighteenth century evangelical movement in the Anglican Church was in part a reaction to the moralism that characterized much of the Anglican preaching of that century.
John MacArthur on the Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God. Listen Now

What They May Have Not Told You about Pastoring

Those of us who have been in the field throughout all our adult years could wish someone had told us a few things about this work. So, assuming we are speaking to beginning pastors, here are a few things we’d love to share. Read More

Pastors: Stop Competing and Start Hanging Out

The reality is many churches don’t compete on friendly terms. In fact, in a given city or zip code, the likelihood is many pastors do not even know each other. Reasons exist for this lack of connection, and not all of them are malicious. Pastors can get swept into the busyness of their own churches. I’m guilty. It takes effort to manage relationships with other past. Read More

Is It Sinful to Use Profanity?

What differentiates one word from another – making one word a profane word while another is considered normative? Why is one “four letter word” different from another one? It’s not always based on the precise definition of a word. Instead, it’s based on how that word has been used in the culture. Read More

10 Resolutions for Missions in the New Year

The new year is not only an opportunity for a new start. It’s another opportunity of grace to be part of reaching the nations. Read More

My Immigrant Family

Last night our church family held one of its members’ meetings. We began by hearing the baptism testimony of a Rwandan woman who as a young girl survived that country’s genocide and refugee camps to eventually be adopted by an aunt living in the United States. Jesus used the faith of her mother to keep her through the arrest, torture, and murder of her father and grandfather until that faith would become her own. Read More

Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks

Christians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Read More

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