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  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Stalker

    Church Marketing Sucks
    Jonathan Malm
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the past two weeks we’ve been asking for your Church Visitor Horror Stories. It’s been scary stuff. Thanks for sharing your church visitor horror stories. It’s all part of the launch festivities for our new book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors. It’s 20% off this week only, so grab a copy today before prices go up this weekend. We already shared the story of the fired pastor and the reserved seating. Now we’ll share the scariest story we heard, our grand prize winner: Horror Story Winner: Stalker After moving to a new small town, my husband and I went…
  • One Simple Strategy for Turning Around a Church or an Organization

    Greg Atkinson
    Greg Atkinson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    I’m taking a break today to finish writing my next book. Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:“‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you? Even so, be…
  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

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    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
  • Conference on Asian American Christian Mentoring

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    20 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I am officially inviting you to the Asian American Ministry Conference on the theme of “Mentoring for a Lifetime” on Saturday, November 8th, 2014, being hosted at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Whether you’re local or within driving distance of the greater Los Angeles area, or you need to book a round-trip flight, this is a special opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else! To provide you mentoring and to equip your mentoring, AAMC will have 14+ seasoned mentors sharing their lives and experiences from mentoring Asian Americans and/or being an Asian American…
  • An Interview with Naeem Fazal, Author of Ex-Muslim

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    Eric Bryant
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Naeem Fazal‘s story has always inspired me! As a Pakistani Muslim who grew up in Kuwait, he would seem to be one of the last people on the planet who would one day plant a church in North Carolina (Mosaic Charlotte). On his journey, Naeem discovered that God was not distant but actually pursuing him all along. Naeem says: “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.” I interviewed Naeem about his book Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever GET A FREE…
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    Church Marketing Sucks

  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Stalker

    Jonathan Malm
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the past two weeks we’ve been asking for your Church Visitor Horror Stories. It’s been scary stuff. Thanks for sharing your church visitor horror stories. It’s all part of the launch festivities for our new book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors. It’s 20% off this week only, so grab a copy today before prices go up this weekend. We already shared the story of the fired pastor and the reserved seating. Now we’ll share the scariest story we heard, our grand prize winner: Horror Story Winner: Stalker After moving to a new small town, my husband and I went…
  • Happy Halloween 2014

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    It's All Hallows' Eve, not All Hallows' Steve. — Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) October 29, 2014 Yes, church marketing is serious business, but sometimes we need to have some Halloween fun. Halloween Church Signs A couple years back we collected some groan-worthy Halloween church signs. Last year Ed Stetzer collected even more: No Tricks, No Trunks, No Treats, Just Truth The Only Ghost Around Here Is Holy Heaven Is No Trick, Hell is No Treat Whoever Thought Up “Fun Size” Chocolate Wasn’t Thinking As bad as all those signs may be (wait—I actually like the…
  • Embrace Some Awkward: Empathize With Church Visitors

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Tim Challies wants to not die, so he’s checking out a gym. It’s a good plan. In the process Tim learned a valuable lesson about what it’s like to walk into a new place for the first time, like, say, a church: “Let me explain. I am a pastor and I think, for the first time, I understand what an atheist feels like when he walks into church. I know that everyone is looking at me now and thinking, ‘That guy doesn’t belong!’ I don’t know what the expectations are here, I don’t know how anything works, and I feel like a total outsider.” That’s exactly the lesson we share in…
  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Reserved Seating

    Jonathan Malm
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the past two weeks we’ve been asking for your Church Visitor Horror Stories. Yikes—scary stuff. We knew being a first-time visitor can be frightening, but we had no idea how horrifying your stories would be. Thanks for sharing your church visitor horror stories. We’ll post the three winners this week with some expert advice. It’s all part of the launch festivities for our new book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors. It’s on sale this week only, so grab a copy today. We already shared the story of the fired pastor. Now gather ’round for another spooky…
  • Unwelcome Hangout: Visitors & Church Communication

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It’s launch week for Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. So we’re sitting down with Jonathan for a special hangout with Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein to talk about the book, church visitors and more. Watch the archived video now: “You can’t force your congregation to be welcoming, but you can cast vision.” Quotes: “A church will grow as long as we don’t get in the way.” “Anytime you can show people love—without being creepy—you’re good.” “If you draw people with gimmicks, you need to keep them with…
 
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  • One Simple Strategy for Turning Around a Church or an Organization

    Greg Atkinson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    I’m taking a break today to finish writing my next book. Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:“‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you? Even so, be…
  • 7 Characteristics Pastors Can Learn from Peyton Manning

    Greg Atkinson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Sunday night I, like many of you, watched Peyton Manning (Quarterback of the Denver Broncos) set an all-time record for most touchdowns in NFL history. As I celebrated his achievement and performance, I reflected on what makes Peyton so special and what we, as pastors, can learn from him.Passion: Peyton Manning’s passion for the game of football is evident. He loves to play and though he may look serious (with his game face on), he’s having a blast on the field. We, as leaders in the Church, should have passion as well. Danger: When being a pastor becomes your identity and you…
  • Book Review – Imagine: How Creativity Works

    Greg Atkinson
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    I’m taking a break to write my next book this month. Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the mega-blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:How do people like Bob Dylan cultivate their creative genius? They do it in part through dry spells.“The act of being stumped is an essential part…
  • Multisite: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Greg Atkinson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    I’ve been a Campus Pastor before and I’m preparing to be a Campus Pastor again. You may think I’m thinking, “I’ve got this.” Nope. I pray and think all the time about the learning curve that I’m about to embark upon. I have a brand new church’s DNA to learn, embrace and share. I have a new vision and values to learn, embrace and champion.I’ve always said that multisite churches come in all shapes and sizes. One size doesn’t fit all. I heard someone describe multisite to someone the other day as “You watch a teaching pastor on a…
  • Big Announcement: I’m Joining the Staff of Transformation Church

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Where to begin? For the past year, I’ve been speaking, writing, consulting and serving as the Editor of Christian Media Magazine. But as many of you know, my heart is in the local church. In a way that can only be described as a God-thing, God brought me and Pastor Derwin Gray together to talk. I found out they had been praying for a Campus Pastor for their Rock Hill campus and you know I had previously served as a Campus Pastor at a multisite church. I, too, had been praying for a Campus Pastor position. God got us connected and the rest is history.What you may not know is that…
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  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

    Ben Savage
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Guest Writer: Ben Savage When you work with church leaders for long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. I have been involved in lay leadership in several churches and have worked with hundreds of pastors over the years, and one thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Setting the stage for these encounters takes many forms. Each church is unique, but all face a similar challenge: How do we measure the intangible with the observable? Spiritual growth and engagement is largely…
  • How to Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World

    Kent Shaffer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In June 2014, I spoke at Biola Digital Conference about how can we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world. Biola University has been kind enough to make this video free for you. View it and my notes below. How do we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world? Now we could talk about… The importance of branding, design, and first impressions. Digital atmospherics and how to nudge users in the direction you want them to go. Emerging technologies and what these shifts mean for the future of ministry. Or even results-based strategy. I’ve taught about that, but it guarantees nothing!
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Growing up most church t-shirts I saw were simply wearable souvenirs commemorating the last youth retreat or something you attended. While this souvenir approach isn’t going away, the potential of a custom church t-shirt has grown to be a valuable tool used for identification, security, professionalism, and promotion. Let’s look in depth at these 4 areas, sizing tips, and the benefits of using water based printing like Real Thread. Identification The larger a church grows the more important it is that attendees are able to identify who can help. Using custom t-shirts helps…
  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

    Kent Shaffer
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    What’s the best way for your church to communicate to your congregation? Well, it depends on the church. The world is increasingly a complex melting pot of subcultures. Some churches thrive using social media while other churches need more traditional communication channels. There are hundreds of options. And text messaging may actually be one of the best tools you can use. Why texting? Text messaging (SMS) is as popular as email was a decade ago. According to Pew Internet Project, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, and 79% of them use text messaging in 2014. In other words, 7 in…
 
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  • Conference on Asian American Christian Mentoring

    djchuang
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I am officially inviting you to the Asian American Ministry Conference on the theme of “Mentoring for a Lifetime” on Saturday, November 8th, 2014, being hosted at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Whether you’re local or within driving distance of the greater Los Angeles area, or you need to book a round-trip flight, this is a special opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else! To provide you mentoring and to equip your mentoring, AAMC will have 14+ seasoned mentors sharing their lives and experiences from mentoring Asian Americans and/or being an Asian American…
  • Shape the Future of the Internet at ICANN Meetings

    djchuang
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Hey, conference lovers and Internet lovers. There’s a professionally-produced conference you can attend for FREE. It’s the ICANN Meeting, open to the public, held this week in Los Angeles, California (USA), and I attended on behalf of my work with the .BIBLE TLD Registry (operated by the American Bible Society). The official description of these events: ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person… ICANN meetings are free and officially run five days (Monday to Friday).
  • Next Innovation on the Internet: no more slashes?

    djchuang
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Here at the ICANN 51 conference (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in Los Angeles this week, sitting in on lots of policy details being examined and re-examined, so as it goes with a multi-stakeholder model of governance, and there’s sidebar presentations of technical layers too. By the way, did you know there’s now over 418 new gTLDs up and running already? A question I heard during one of the proceedings sparked my thinking about new possibilities ushered in with the new gTLD program (generic Top-Leel Domains): “What is truly the innovation with new…
  • Christianity Today cover story on Asian Americans

    djchuang
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Christianity Today Magazine’s October 2014 cover story is “Asian Americans: Silent No More — Asian American Christians are growing in influence and audience. Will they be embraced by their broader church family?” by Helen Lee, who recently started a new role at InterVarsity Press as Associate Editor. The cover’s wording is: “Asian American Ascent: They are finding their voices, leading churches, and connecting with people others cannot reach.” She also authored a handful of related articles (aka sidebar): Eugene Cho Leads the Quest for a Reconciled…
  • Most Popular Sermons by Pastor Rick Warren

    djchuang
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    As September 2014 marked the start a new school year, Saddleback Church is doing an encore of sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “ the best messages that I wish my friend could hear” and noted as “six of Pastor Rick’s most talked about, most watched, and most shared messages.” Winning with the Hand You’re Dealt How to keep from stressing out Escaping the People-Pleaser Trap (aka You Can’t Please Everyone) How to Recognize God’s Voice Learning My True Identity in Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10) Next weekend: Winning the Battle Inside Me (Romans…
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  • An Interview with Naeem Fazal, Author of Ex-Muslim

    Eric Bryant
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Naeem Fazal‘s story has always inspired me! As a Pakistani Muslim who grew up in Kuwait, he would seem to be one of the last people on the planet who would one day plant a church in North Carolina (Mosaic Charlotte). On his journey, Naeem discovered that God was not distant but actually pursuing him all along. Naeem says: “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.” I interviewed Naeem about his book Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever GET A FREE…
  • Advance 2014 Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Shanghai is filled with people from all across the planet who have moved to the world’s largest city for business or school. I enjoyed touring such a beautiful city with friends from our days in Los Angeles who moved to Shanghai to work on the new Disneyland Park (Michael and Heather Chase) and getting to know new friends who are ex-patriots and part of Abundant Grace International Fellowship.   Here are some of the messages I shared: Session 1: Not Like Me Session 2: Come As You Are Session 3: Don’t Stay That Way Session 4: Catalyzing Community (GE Service) Session 5:…
  • “Unshockable Love – Love Your Neighbor” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    From the description of John Burke‘s book Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World through Imperfect People (formerly Mud and the Masterpiece): “We are designed to make an impact in our world, and we can start by loving our neighbor. What do you see when you look at the imperfect people around you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you shocked at the faults, failures, and moral shortcomings? Or do you see the beauty and potential that God said was worth dying for, the masterpiece hidden beneath the mud of sin in every person? How you frame a person in your mind…
  • The Exchange at Gateway Church

    Eric Bryant
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    An amazing Exchange takes place in who we are and how we can live life when God’s at the center. In this series, we take a deep dive into the profound transformation God offers us and the practical difference such change makes in our every day life lives. Here are some resources from this series: From Death to Life (message notes and audio/video) – Next Steps and Leader’s Guide (What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus?) From Despair to Hope (message notes and audio/video) -Next Stepsand Leader’s Guide From Lonely to Never Alone (message notes and audio/video) - Next Steps and…
  • The Most Amazing Time Lapse Documentary: This Is Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
 
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  • Christian Musician Summit – Northwest

    David Lindner
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    We hope you’re having a great time at the Christian Musician Summit – Northwest!
  • WMC Podcast – 0139 – Interview with Joel Payne of RESOUND Worship

    David Lindner
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Interview with Joel Payne of RESOUND Worship In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, we talk with Joel Payne of RESOUND worship about their recently released Christmas album “Christmas Songs.” The heart of RESOUND is to provide worship songs that are accessible for local congregation and local church musicians. RESOUNDworship.org is a group of British worship-songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs. We believe these should be birthed in the local church and then refined by a peer critique process, if they are…
  • 5 Tips for Leading Worship In a Rapidly Changing World

    David Lindner
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I’ve said in the past, we often wake up to a world that has changed over night. I was looking back through some of my posts from a few years ago, and it was kind of comical to think back through some of the transitions we (as a culture) have had in the past few years. I remember back in the day that we actually had our own social network on Ning. Those were the days. When we started WMC, the iPhone had just come out less than a year prior to our launch. Think about how much has changed since the first iPhone. I’m pretty sure things like Instagram weren’t a thing. In 2008,…
  • Focus – A communion Idea – A set of High Resolution Images

    David Lindner
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is an idea I used for communion a while ago, it would also work for a worship starter or sermon illustration… As we think about communion, the point is to remember. We need to remember what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It’s an amazing story and an amazing sacrifice. Without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we have nothing. The cross must be central to our churches, our worship and our communion. However, that’s not always the case. There are times when communion becomes an after thought. And I’m among the ranks of those who have allowed it to become routine…
  • WMC Podcast – 0136 – “I” songs vs. “global” songs

    David Lindner
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    “I” Songs Vs. “Global” Songs “I’ll stand, my soul, Lord, to You surrendered.” “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it.” Have you ever struggled with singing that line of “Heart of Worship”? Maybe you don’t feel like you’ve made it something it’s not supposed to be, but here you are in a corporate setting being forced to sing those words. Or maybe you don’t feel like your soul is completely surrendered to God, but if you don’t sing… In this episode of the Worship Ministry…
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  • Google Releases Several Big Named Updates and Apple Joins the Game

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Google has been busy once again. And when Google gets busy website owners get nervous. Google released their two biggest updates this month, Penguin and Panda. Penguin penalizes links Google doesn’t like and Panda goes after websites with thin or low quality content as well as sites with too many ads. How has this update affected you? I’ll talk about it in this month’s video. Apple also made a big announcement this month, launching them deeper into the search arena. If you have a local business, church, or school, you’re going to want to know what Apple is doing and I’ll tell you…
  • Church Social Media Survey Reveals a Striking Contradiction

    Paul Steinbrueck
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    How serious are you about getting better at church social media? Apparently, our words and our actions answer that question very differently. In the recently conducted Church Social Media Learning Survey we asked, “how serious are you about getting better at church social media?” 87% of respondents rated themselves 4 or 5 on a 1 to 5 scale (serious or very serious). However, further down in the survey we asked, “How much time do you spend each week learning how to get better at church social media?” 56% of respondents said they spend an hour or less a week learning how…
  • It’s time to get started… NOW!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Some of you may know that I am a big baseball fan.  I love to watch, coach, and play the game.  In particular, I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Ever since 1982 when the Cardinals won the World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers, I have followed the Redbirds through all their ups and downs.  Yesterday, was one of the biggest “downs” in Cardinals history.  One of their youngest and brightest players, Oscar Taveras, died in a tragic car accident in his native Dominican Republic.  It is not tragic that a baseball player died, or that a St. Louis Cardinal player died, but…
  • The Great Penguin Attack of ’14 That Wasn’t

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Penguin.  The mighty and ferocious beast created in a horrible experiment-that-went-wrong in a secret Google lab which strikes terror in the hearts of all webmasters everywhere.  Rumors were flying that this frightening aquatic fowl was on the prowl once again, looking to devour it’s next victims.  Webmasters ran for cover and hid in their homes hoping not to run afoul of this monster.  But now it’s here and it looks less like a monster and more like your standard, run of the mill, harmless Antarctic bird. The Build Up: It’s been over a year since Google released…
  • Analyzing and Answering the Top Church Social Media Questions #ChSocM

    Paul Steinbrueck
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    “What are your top 2 questions about church social media?” That was one of the big questions we asked in the recently conducted Church Social Media Learning Survey. There were about 40 questions submitted in the survey. As I reviewed them, five specific themes began to emerge: Leadership – There were lots of questions about how to get the church leadership (pastor, staff, elders, synod) to buy in, and to budget for church social media. Congregation Engagement – There were also lots of questions about how to get people in the congregation more involved. Strategy –…
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  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    Thomas
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Are Illuminated Mirrors Really Better?

    Thomas
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When you are looking for the perfect mirror for your bathroom you may encounter a new designer-style mirror that looks ideal for the smallest room – the illuminated bathroom mirror. The reviews for this product sound excellent, and the mirrors certainly look fresh and contemporary. But is it really worth buying one of these mirrors over a standard mirror? Are illuminated mirrors worth it? Here we investigate the advantages of a lighted mirror for your bathroom. Direction and Strength of Lighting It is important to be able to see your face clearly when you are shaving or applying make-up.
  • Consumer Confidence Reflected in the Property Market

    Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    The property market recovered in London and the rest of the regions of the UK followed on. The return in consumer confidence has ensured that the growth has continued despite the fact that it has not been uniform throughout the country. It does mean that property investment is once again on the agenda. That applies to businessmen who want to build a portfolio as much as to families who either want to improve their existing homes or to move somewhere bigger. All this is good news for people wanting to sell and for the construction industry that went through a period of lean years after the…
  • Promoting the Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows for your Customers

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Every customer is different and therefore every customer will put a different emphasis and importance on energy efficient windows. It’s your job to give the customer what he or she wants – but you can also use the selling process to advise consumers on the benefits of energy efficient windows and what they need to know in order to make the best purchase decision. Here’s how to give buyers information about energy efficiency without losing the momentum of the sale. Demonstrating Energy Ratings Each window is given a different energy rating so that the consumer – and the supplier –…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

    Thomas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Information on the R22 phase out If your office or home uses an air conditioning system that is still running on R22 then there is some information you need to know about the upcoming R22 ban. You have probably received notification that R22 is being phased out but what do you need to do next? The air conditioning installation company Breeze Installations inform us about the R22 phase out. All About The R22 Phase Out R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is widely used in air conditioning systems. However the substance contains chlorine which is an ozone depleting substance. The law…
 
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  • 5 Suggestions When the Senior Leader is Unpopular

    Ron Edmondson
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Making the right decision isn’t always appreciated. If a leader is going to do anything of value, it will involve risks and be subject to the opinions of others. There will be days, weeks and seasons where it feels as if everyone is against you — even though you know, because of insight you have — that others don’t have or because of a calling of God — that you are doing the best thing for the organization. These are hard days for the leader. I once wrote about the loneliness of these times in leadership HERE. How do you respond when your position of senior…
  • 7 Common Ways to Lose the Support of Senior Leadership

    Ron Edmondson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    As a rule, I’m pretty hard on senior leadership. Having been in such a position for over 25 years I know the bad side of senior leadership. I’ve witnessed it and, in full candor, I’ve been it. My goal is always to improve senior leadership for all of us. That’s a chief goal of this blog. But, what about supporting senior leadership? And, the support from senior leadership for those attempting to follow? Those are equally important topics in leadership. Any good senior leader knows he or she is nothing without the people on their team. So, that requires confidence in…
  • 7 Of My Most Repeated Leadership Nuggets

    Ron Edmondson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I meet with pastors weekly either in person or online. It fuels me to invest in younger leaders and always challenges me as I learn from them. I’m a better leader because I intentionally invest in other leaders. (There’s a hint for some of you more seasoned leaders.) It always seems the so-called wisdom I share gathers in seasons. When I say something to one pastor I usually end up repeating it to another. It could be that the nugget is in my schema or it is another way God stretches and teaches me so He can use me. I learn best with repetition. But, eventually, once I’ve…
  • 4 Tasks of the Senior Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    One reason leadership can make a person feel isolated is the weight of responsibility on the one who claims to be the senior leader in an organization. Whether in the business world, in non-profits or in churches, there are some things that happen in any organization that senior leaders help determine — whether intentional or not. In each of these cases, inactivity determines them just as much as activity. The weight of that responsibility can be overwhelming at times, but it’s unavoidable to a point. It comes with the position. Successful senior leaders are cognizant of their…
  • Wrestling Series, Part 4

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Wrestling – Week 4 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Wrestling Series, Part 4 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Wrestling Series, Part 3 Wrestling – The Series – Part 2 Wrestling – The Series – Part 1 Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series
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  • 4 Symptoms You Need More Leaders

    Tony Morgan
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    As you might guess, our Volunteer Rocket coaching is primarily about helping churches get more volunteers. With that in mind, you may be surprised to learn there are instances when getting more volunteers can actually create more problems. The primary reason this happens is because you have a leadership shortage. If more volunteers create more problems, you very likely need more leaders. Here are some symptoms that you have a leadership shortage. Your “span of care” is too high. In business, it’s called a “span of control.” Fortune 500 CEOs usually have seven direct reports. In…
  • A Person For Every Position: 4 Symptoms That You Need More Volunteers

    Tony Morgan
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since I love both football and strategy, it probably won’t surprise you that I’m an avid participant in fantasy football. Every year I pull a league together with my friends, draft the team that I think is going to win the championship and then manipulate my lineup each week to pull out another victory. I also like to win, so I take fantasy football very seriously. Here’s one key lesson I’ve learned with fantasy football: You can’t win games if you don’t field a full team. You need a player in every position. If you don’t, you won’t score points and you won’t win games. As…
  • Would you rather?: 10 Competing Choices for Growing Churches

    Tony Morgan
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    From an early age my son, Jacob, has been a big fan of the game “Would you rather?” He’ll come up with bizarre scenarios, and then force you to choose which option you would choose. For example, Jacob might ask, “Would you rather have no elbows or no kneecaps?” (I’d choose no kneecaps.) Or, he might ask, “Would you rather be 3′ 10″ or 8′ 10″ tall?” (I’d choose 8′ 10″ tall. That might offset my lack of speed or jump-shot on the basketball court.) Jacob’s little game got me thinking about…
  • Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore: An Interview with Thom Schultz

    Tony Morgan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS 80-85% of churches are stuck or in decline. People avoid church when they cannot get connected. People view church as one-way communication and they don’t want to be lectured. They want to participate. Successful churches understand how relationships develop. There is a difference between a friendly church and a welcoming church. INTERVIEW LINKS Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible Why Nobody Wants To Be Around Christians Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Faith Magnetic The post Why Nobody…
  • 10 Ways To Prevent Burnout In Ministry

    Guest Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    by William Vanderbloemen Ministry is a 24/7 occupation and can be emotionally and physically taxing. The pace of life, the demands of counseling and public speaking, the strain of leadership, and spiritual warfare can drain your resources. Burnout is rarely discussed because we often feel that we must have it all together and put on a happy face. No one wants to admit they are feeling weary from the everyday challenges of ministry. In our work as Executive Search Consultants, we have the privilege of talking with hundreds of people in ministry and hearing their stories. While many of them…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been caught up in my mind more than paper lately, an avalanche of thoughts I suppose…Relating in a real, tangible realm and relating in a social media world. I adore the people who have morphed from screen name monikers to friends. I cherish those who I always and only knew as flesh and blood, a pixel-less soul. And I wonder why it is we are so drawn in to the complexities of online connection. Indeed, we connect, but what we see and how we feel because of minuscule lights and squares and code sometimes astounds me – both in good and bad ways. Why do some things I see…
  • Depression, Prozac, And Where I Come Out As a Nerdy Girl

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’ve been around these parts for any amount of time, you know I’ve wrestled with seasons of anxiety, depression, and even a time where a shrink thought I was bi-polar II (I wasn’t). One of the crazy (ha!) things about mental health is it’s really difficult to diagnose and if you’re serious about getting healthy (Note: Not fixed, not medicated, but healthy), you agree to subject yourself to a myriad of paths to find that health. Paths like: A commitment to be healthy physically – heal thyself. All the stuff you hear about eating well and exercising…
  • “Lean on Me” Book Club Discount + Free Shipping

    Anne Marie Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Last weekend, I spoke at a church. Saturday was a women’s retreat and we focused on my new book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community. Each woman got a copy of the book. On Sunday, something awesome happened that blew my mind a little bit. About a third of the women who got a book on Saturday came back to buy another book on Sunday for a friend so they could work through it together. THAT WAS JUST SO NEAT. This was not a pat-on-the-back moment for me. Yes, I’m really quite happy with the way the story was written in Lean on Me, but what delighted…
  • How Do You Know It’s Safe to be Vulnerable?

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Do you have solid community in your life? I thought I could answer that question with an easy “YES!” until a crisis hit. It took that crisis for me to evaluate how I relate to God and to others. Today my book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community is officially out and available for your perusal. My dear friend Shelia–who is a character in the book, and a protagonist in my life–said this about it: “Lean on Me is not a stale “how to” book with seven action points to automatically fix all your relationship woes. It is a story. A…
  • Wanting God in the Midst of Imperfect and Crazy

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’ve asked my sweet friend Lisa to share on my blog. Because she has good things to say. Good things that resonate with my heart and soul and challenge me and beat me up in the best way. My life is usually crazy and always imperfect and I can choose to either embrace it with a bitter heart and want it all to be easy or I can want God. Lisa talks about this in her new book I Want God  and gives us a little glimpse of how deep this message goes in today’s blog post. I hope you love it! I will never forget the day in college when my friend asks me to describe God, the way I…
 
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • A Behind The Scenes Look At When A Married Man’s Wife And Kids Go Out Of Town

    loswhit
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are a married man with kids and have a somewhat healthy family life I’m going to assume this the truth of your bachelor weekends.   You love you wife and kids. Like you love being with them, snuggling with them, and laughing with them. But when the opportunity presents itself for all of them to go out of town for a few days… Something rises from deep within. This feeling of freedom that you once knew. They are going to leave on Friday and come back Sunday night. Thursday night you start planning it all out… Friday night beer, pizza, video games. Saturday you sleep in till 10…
  • A Dad’s Secret Taylor Swift Music Confession

    loswhit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is what happens when you have an 8 hour road trip from Nashville to Chicago and are bored beyond belief. So I need to know.  How many of you parents like TSwift as much if not more than your kids? Playa’s Gonna Play… Los
  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

    loswhit
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    I hear it all the time… “The biggest issue the church is facing is addressing the issue of homosexuality.” Excuse me if I rant for a moment… How is this the biggest issue the church is facing? Cause there are sitcoms with gay characters? Cause there are more “out” people in your congregations? Ring Ring Ring…  Clue Phone… Y’all have just as many gay deacons in your church as Billy Graham had at First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. They were there.  They are there. They will be there. When I look at the biggest issue the…
  • Why I was the top news in MIAMI last night & how 2 make your brand have an EPIC social media presence.

    loswhit
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    So listen. This wasn’t even a story worth reporting. I mean busses break, accidents happen, people are stuck on planes for hours, and there is not even a blip on the news radar. Why? Because there is no STORY. A story isn’t information. A story has a heart beat. People always ask me how I’m so lucky. How I get to have breakfast with the president, win a Peoples Choice Award, have videos go viral, have celebrities retweet my thoughts, or have such an amazing story filled life… IT IS NOT COMPLICATED. You must breathe YOU into IT. When you become the lead character in a…
  • A few thoughts from my plane about my blog.

    loswhit
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A few thoughts from my plane about my blog. So who knew? Who knew that after 9 years of blogging I would feel like I have nothing to say. It’s funny.  Most people that I meet say things like…”I love your blog.” But when I haven’t really used this space in so long I think maybe they love something that I used to be. But the truth is that this space is still important to me. But as I’ve grown, I’ve also grown into learning that not speaking is sometimes louder than speaking itself. I’m in this new season where I’m primarily an author and a speaker. With that I use more words…
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  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
  • A beard of prodigious length

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
  • Exponential West

    Andrew Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A big religious conference called Exponential West starts their LIVE WEBCAST in about  . . 2 minutes. I almost went down to SoCal to see some of my friends who will be there but decided I should just stay in San Francisco and watch a few streaming video sessions while my friend Dave is outside, setting up the smoker for some ...
  • Interviewed by TROV

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • Do You Know The Difference Between Trusting & Pleasing?

    Pete Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I think there are two fundamentally different paths you can take on the Christian journey. One is the path of Pleasing God while the other one is the path of Trusting God. There’s a huge difference. I”ll explain in the video below.
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • 7 Reasons You Have GOT To Be At NewSpring On Sunday For “At The Movies”

    web@newspring.cc
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This Sunday at NewSpring we will continue our “At The Movies” series at our church. While I technically am not allowed to say the title of the movie, I can tell you that the subjects we will be talking about are dating, relationships and marriage…and some questions that may be answered are…#1 – “Do you want to build a snowman?” #2 – How do you deal with “For The First Time In Forever” when it comes to how long you feel like it’s been since someone has asked you out? #3 – Is Love An Open Door,…
  • Celebrating 3D Church!!!

    web@newspring.cc
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    At NewSpring Church, we have the privilege to get to come alongside and support what Jesus is doing at 3D Church is Estonia. Here's a video of the baptisms that just happened at their brand new second campus!! Celebrate!!!
  • Seven Things I Want To Share With EVERYONE At NewSpring!

    web@newspring.cc
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    #1 – We saw 183 people pray to receive Christ yesterday!!! CELEBRATE! #2 – I know we were praying for 500; however, 183 people crossed over from death to life!!! And, every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God! #3 – We prayed big prayers (500) and God answered...He just didn’t answer the way were asking Him to. He’s still God, He still has greater plans and I really do believe that IN HIM the BEST IS YET TO COME! #4 – This coming Sunday at NewSpring is a “Can’t Miss…
  • Seven Reasons I Believe Jesus Is Going To Save 500 People This Weekend At NewSpring Church

    web@newspring.cc
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – Because at NewSpring Church we believe that “found people find people,” and we ALWAYS step up to do whatever it takes to bring someone to a place where they can hear a message about Jesus. (Who are you bringing? If someone popped into your mind shoot them a text right now and ask them to come with you on Sunday!) #2 – Because Jesus wants to save people (see I Timothy 2:3-5).#3 – Because we are praying Him to do it (would you please stop right now and say a 10 second prayer, asking Jesus to save 500 people on Sunday?) (Psalm…
  • How Do You Really Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

    web@newspring.cc
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was having a really great day…a REALLY great day…When all of a sudden “IT” hit me – the memory of what “that person” did to me over 30 years ago. Within a couple of seconds I went from happiness and joy to pain and anger...serious anger, like I wanted to hurt someone anger. What this person did to me was wrong! He never had to answer for his crime! He “got away” with it and left me holding the bag of guilt, shame and pain. I wanted to hit him. Seriously, if he would have been standing right in front…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • In Support of Under-promising and Over-delivering

    Kurt Johnston
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Lebron It’s not a leadership principle most would subscribe to; in fact I’m not sure it’s a leadership principle at all….but it makes sense to me most of the time: Be confident enough to under-promise and over-deliver. Lebron James reminded me of this last night as his much-anticipated return to Cleveland fizzled with a mediocre […]
  • Together?

    Tony Myles
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Together. What a powerful word. It’s been a part of my email signature for years for that very reason. Today I learned it was the title of a powerful video featuring Lebron James. I like how one Cleveland area newspaper worded it: On the day LeBron James makes his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nike has released […]
  • Parents Matter

    Estevao Yu
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Through my years of serving youth ministry, I have been very blessed to have support from my students’ parents. Although there have been some ups and downs, I wouldn’t have been able to operate the ministry without their prayers, compassion, fundraisers, and representation. With such strong parent support, the students and I were able to […]
  • Why Churched Kids Hate Church

    Leneita Fix
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    The panic has been seeping in for a few years now. There are all sorts of statistics out there about “teens” leaving the church. Some say it starts around fifteen years of age. Others say 80% of the 19-25 age group will go out the door and never come back.The Barna group tells us 6 […]
  • Sick Games

    Tony Myles
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Every student got the flu… really bad. This was the quick story I shared with our church’s youth pastor last week, right before we were about to do something short-sighted. He’d be leading one of our student groups through a popular curriculum for the past few weeks. It just so happened that the suggested game for this […]
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    History in the Making

  • The Hidden Potential of Your Place

    Ben Arment
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    What's made STORY so exhilarating for me over the past 6 years has been realizing the hidden potential of spaces and the people who gather in them. Starting in the Paramount Theater in Aurora our first year sparked a creative resurgance in that sleepy little Illinois town. Moving into the House of Blues was about giving people a more irreverent experience. Projecting a thunderstorm onto the ceiling of the Cathedral was about surprising the audience with an unexpected canvas. And the Harris Theater was pure storytelling theater. I think we grow blind to the potential of our spaces. We fail…
  • An Extraordinary Story about the Dream Year Book

    Ben Arment
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    I wanted to share an extraordinary story with you about the Dream Year book. But more importantly, it's about the dream of an amazing person named Rachel Moore. She was the assistant editor on Dream Year and walked with me through the whole publishing process. What happened at the end is nothing short of remarkable. Here's an email she wrote me back in July. I just got permission to share it with you... Hi Ben, I wanted to write you with the sincerest thank you the book you wrote. In order to follow my own Dream Year, I submitted my notice of resignation last week to pursue a career…
  • Behind the Scenes at STORY with Welby Altidor

    Ben Arment
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    My good friend Ashton Owens hosted Welby Altidor, the executive creative director of creation at Cirque Du Soleil... and shot these incredible behind-the-scenes photos of him at STORY. Our emcee David Wenzel catching up with Welby before he introduced him. Affixing the microphone backstage. Consulting with Sherri Meyer, our amazing line producer. On stage at the event. Welby asked us the day before the event what he should talk about. =) Meet and greet with some of our STORY attendees after his main stage talk. We booked Welby through a speaker's bureau. When we first invited him through…
  • Look Better than You Are, Not Better than Others

    Ben Arment
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    I've gone back and forth so many times about writing this post because I didn't want to offend anyone. But I can't bottle this up anymore... If you're using an executive assistant - unless you're famous or incompentent - they're meant to be ENDO-skeletal in their support to you, not EXO-skeletal. In other words, they're meant to support you behind the scenes... not become your dumping ground for relationships. I can't tell you how many times someone has handed me off to an assistant to schedule an appointment, when all it required was one glance at a Google…
  • Photo Recap of Dream Year Pitch Nights

    Ben Arment
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    I've gotta be the luckiest guy on the planet. Who gets to launch a book by visiting 11 cities in four weeks? Don't get me wrong - I hated leaving my family, but we decided it was worth the investment. People forget that "real relationships" were the original social media. I'll take a real-life conversation. Every time. Last spring, I invited the friends on my mailing list to consider hosting a Pitch Night in their city when the book came out. It would allow people to engage with the message by sharing their own dreams... but also pre-sell books. Twenty people responded.
 
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    Eugene Cho

  • When your daughter’s name means “Joy of God” and yet, joy becomes the biggest challenge. #HappyBirthdayJubilee

    Eugene Cho
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. While I think I still kinda sorta wanna look young, I’m reminded how old I’m getting when I see my children. Today, my eldest child celebrates her 16th birthday. Her name is Jubilee and her name means the “Joy of God.” Jubilee also has a very powerful Scriptural meaning. It’s referenced in the Book of Leviticus where it is to “occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly…
  • It’s my birthday and I’d love to send you a gift – a personalized signed copy of my book.

    Eugene Cho
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Dear Friends, Supporters, Blog Readers, Critics, and Stalkers: So, it’s that time of the year. It’s my birthday on October 20 and I’m turning… [pause for dramatic effect] … 44 years old. Gulp. Double 4s. And for my birthday, I’d love to mail you a personalized signed copy of my book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World. Here’s how: In lieu of cards, flowers, iPhone 6+, drinks, or whatever…I’d like to ask you to consider making a small donation to my birthday campaign to help…
  • Thanks for your prayers and support. This is the week I share #OverratedBook with the world.

    Eugene Cho
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Dear friends, supporter, and folks that have prayed and encouraged me over the years: First, thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Sincerely. This is the big week/month I get to share my first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? with the world. (The official launch date is Monday, September 1.) I’m excited, nervous, humbled, and everything in between. In many ways, it feels like that hour immediately after you’ve preached your guts and heart out…and you feel very vulnerable to everything. You…
  • If we want to seek the peace of the city…we have to engage the conflicts and injustices of our city.

    Eugene Cho
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Unless you’ve been living in absolute isolation, there’s been much in the news – here, there, and everywhere – including the violence and protests in Ferguson. But in the midst of much shouting, screaming, finger pointing, tweeting, and ‘Don’t Shoot’ hand raising…we also need to engage in practical solutions. It would be tragic if it simply resulted in lots of noise…and it doesn’t compel us (as individuals and church communities) to examine our own lives, our blind spots, and our commitment to live into our calling as ministers of…
  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Ferguson and Michael Brown’s death.

    Eugene Cho
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have so much emotions and thoughts in my mind, heart, and body – in light of the oh-so-much that is going on all around the world – including the utterly tragic, brutal, and unnecessary “death” of Michael Brown. But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past week in their respective churches – not just for this weekend but for the future. I’m not suggesting that pastors have to completely alter their sermons but to altogether ignore the injustice of Michael…
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    Human3rror

  • Time Required To Find the Next Job

    John
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    A long-time friend and mentor of mine once gave me an interesting equation to consider when he was helping me with my next move. I had just gotten my ass kicked as a first-time executive in a Fortune 50 company and was looking to land on my next gig with the assurance that it wouldn’t be like the last time. My friend, being an experienced executive recruiter with decades of experience under his belt, gave me the following equation to level-set my expectations: Time to Land New Job (Months) = Base Salary / $10,000 / # of Years of Experience Now, naturally there is no exact science for…
  • The Best Desktop Publishing App

    John
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    When I first started blogging over 13 years ago I had very little intent and couldn’t possibly imagine that it would be something that would “stick” with me for years. I started small and there wasn’t any method or “strategy” or science to it in any way, shape, or form. It was raw, unedited, and brutally honest. Over the years I lost some of that honesty as I started trying to be a “real” writer, a “real” blogger if you will, and I got lost in the mix of what I would suppose were attempts at becoming more “legit.” I…
  • Thrive as an Outlier

    John
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Do you want your app, your organization to thrive? Especially as a startup it is almost required that you become an outlier of sorts. But being an outlier can be lonely business as, per the definition, there just aren’t that many out there. I love how Seth Godin puts this: The easiest way to thrive as an outlier is to avoid being one. He goes on to share succinctly that you must find the “treasured” few that will not only toe the line with you but walk with you on the very narrow path that you’ve decided to embark on: Surround yourself with people in at least as much…
  • A Startup: 5+ Year Endeavor

    John
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I love this from Chris Dixon: When you start a company, the most important consideration should be working on a product you love (a startup can be a 5+ year endeavor so if you don’t love it you probably won’t be able to endure the ups and downs). A secondary consideration should be matching the skills of the founders to the market. Mine for gold or sell pickaxes? Why not both? I think so. Another thought that has crossed my mind was how this plays out in hiring the right people for the job in new ventures and startups (see who not to hire here). Do some of these people have the guts and…
  • Leading Through Disappointment

    John
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Disappointment is part of life. It’s inevitable. Yet, many of us have never really learned to manage it very well (and you can think of 1,000 examples where you’ve seen this play out). But that’s the thing: It’s easy to spot in others and not so easy to spot (and thus manage) in ourselves. The “solution” seems apparent and so obvious when we encounter a friend or a colleague that’s experienced a disappointment that we can barely control ourselves and we liberally share our opinions and thoughts on how to recover and restore. Yet applying them to…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This weekend I’m speaking at the 2014 National Men’s Conference.  In the spirit of the conference I’m making my book “Going Social” available for a special price of only $12.00 — which includes FREE shipping!  This is cheaper than you … Continue reading →
  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church … Continue reading →
  • The Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs!

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was really honored to learn this morning that this blog made the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs of 2014!  Also pretty cool to see I made the Top among those listed.  It’s been incredible to develop my blog and … Continue reading →
  • Follow the D6 Conference LIVE!

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action: … Continue reading →
  • The Real Key to Success with Proven Results!

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there … Continue reading →
 
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com

  • Episode 09: This Is Why You Don’t Make Worship About You [Podcast]

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    09 Worship Is Not About You Sign up for The Worship Community and HighestPraise.com’s weekly resource list.   Summary:Join Russ Hutto as he talks about God’s blessing, how we bless God, and how we bless others. Show notes:Original post: http://bit.ly/1uKupBLScriptures referenced: Psalm 103:1-2 (ESV); Psalm 100:4 (ESV); Exodus 16; Matthew 22:37-39 (ESV); Ephesians 1:17 (ESV)Posts referenced: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-it-mean-to-bless-god; http://utmost.org/worship/ Related posts: Episode 08: Prayer: You Probably Didn’t Think Of It as…
  • There is NO place for performance in worship if…

    Editor
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Several years ago I wrote an article for The Worship Community titled “Is There A Place For Performance In Worship?” This was a challenge to musicians and singers to embrace the simple fact that by definition all musicians and singers are performers. You see, we render music by singing and playing, which is the most basic definition for the word perform. There are other flavors of the word perform, which aren’t fully relevant to this discussion, but generally speaking people tend to shy away from the idea that they can worship AND perform at the same time. Or, better said,…
  • Sunday Setlists #327

    Editor
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, October 26, 2014!! Welcome to the 327th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • Review: Laura Hackett Park’s Love Will Have Its Way

    Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Laura Hackett Park’s latest project, Love Will Have Its Way released in October 2014. One of the first things I notice when listening through this record is the quality of production. What feels and sounds less like a typical modern worship is a testament to the love and creative care taken by those involved in this project to deliver a beautiful offering of artful musical worship. From the get go I felt as if I were listening to a Gungor album, sung by Kari Jobe, with lyrics written by Misty Edwards. This is A GOOD THING! Fans of IHOPKC will recognize the influence of the IHOPKC…
  • How To Master The Hymnal

    Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    A few weeks ago I was speaking to a member of the choir at my church about the state of our music choices during liturgies. I am only a guy in the pew with my young family, but I thought there were certain times when the music choices reflected poorly in some liturgical seasons. Songs during the season of Lent, for example, should reflect a tone of repentance and personal lament, and not merely be the same songs we sing throughout the year. She countered with her own lament, how the music was limited because, well, “the songs in the hymnal are too limited.” In other words, we have a…
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  • Do You Work With a Fool?

    Tim Stevens
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Have you ever had a boss or employee who wouldn't take feedback or correction? You tried to coach them, or help them see how they were coming across to others, but they didn't seem to hear you?Henry Cloud, in his book Necessary Endings, says there are wise people and foolish people, and they are determined by how they accept feedback:Wise People - when truth presents itself, the wise person sees the light, takes it in, and makes adjustments.Foolish People - the fool tries to adjust the truth so he does not have to adjust to it.You've all met the fool. At times they are fun to work with, but…
  • 200 People Will Receive Tim's Book Free

    Tim Stevens
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    This blog has been hacked by Heather.Wait, wait, don’t leave yet … I just have a little message I wanted to get out to readers of LeadingSmart.com or friends of Tim-- and this seemed like the best way to do it.As you may or may not know, Tim’s newest book, Fairness is Overrated, is coming out three months from today (January 6, 2015). This book covers 52 leadership principles for both church and business leaders and is a must read for all. Our hope is that this book will get in the hands of leaders everywhere so it can have as big of an impact as possible.Just to give you a taste of the…
  • Things You Might Need to Remember Today

    Tim Stevens
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Many months ago I made a list for myself of things I need to remember as I go throughout my day. I've revised it slightly for you, but here are some things you might need to remember today:You don’t need to defend yourself.Don’t say anything in the emotion of the moment.It’s not your job to convict others of what they are doing wrong.You aren’t the general manager of the universe.You are more than your job.Trust God.You don’t have to say everything you are thinking.God knows.He is in control.It doesn’t matter what someone else says, always take the high road.People will remember…
  • When Hurting Someone is Right

    Tim Stevens
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    A good friend said to me recently, “Just because you caused someone hurt doesn't mean you did something wrong.”Of course, we know it’s true. When the abused finally decides to end the relationship, the abuser might be hurt. When a parent disciplines a child—the time-out or loss of privileges can be painful. When a doctor sets a child’s broken bone, extreme pain is immediately felt. When I made the decision to walk away from my job after twenty years—it was right, but it was also painful for some of my closest friends.Sometimes we hesitate too long to make the right decision…
  • What If I Am A Narcissistic Leader?

    Tim Stevens
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    This is the third of a three-part article on narcissistic pastors. I encourage you to read part one, “Mark Driscoll and Other Narcissistic Leaders” followed by “So I Work for a Narcissistic Leader, Now What?” before continuing.You may have determined that you possess many of the strengths, and perhaps some of the weaknesses of a narcissistic leader. Perhaps you are the type of person that can see a future that is better than the present, you can rally a crowd to your vision, and you can tenaciously move others toward building your dream. But perhaps you also get feedback from your…
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  • Worship Leaders: Musicians are more than fillers for your multitrack loop!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    There are just so many amazing technology advances today to aid the average church musician. You can get the original multitrack stems from the best recordings of modern worship music and do everything from rehearse with them, sweeten a live set with them, or fill an empty band spot with them. I applaud all of these and actually currently employ them in worship settings. However, how we lead our modern worship musician requires us to ask a couple questions. Are we dumbing-down our ability to lead by relying too much on tech and not enough on musical skill? Are we using musicians to fill a…
  • All Sons & Daughters cover by Dad & Daughter - "Great Are You Lord"

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Intergenerational worship is something we all say we value in the local church. But, it is not easy to display in real life. My daughter, Emilie, has led worship with me since she was about 13. Now, with her college work, songwriting, boyfriend and day job it is quite a treat to co-lead with her whenever I can. Ministry, whether as a paid "church worker" or volunteer lay person is a family business. Or, at least I think it should be. Our faith should be passed on not just in word but in deed.All Sons & Daughters song "Great Are You Lord" is now a Dad & Daughter song as you will see on…
  • Worship Team Administration 101: 5 tips to solve the details dilemma

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Photo credit: Pierre J. Creative Commons license. No matter the size of your church or worship team, you will have administrative tasks that require diligence. In my book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader, I make the argument that the job of being a worship leader is beyond being in front of people as you lead them in music. You all know this. However, how do you deal with the details and still remain an artist? This where the hat of the administrator must either be worn, shared, or given away. It is the task who requires hidden work, yet visible results. Imagine if no one shows up for…
  • Providence: Your story is weaved into something bigger than you

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    CC attribution. Photo via Flickr: Domiriel "Red Thread"  A while ago I wrote a song and put it in a drawer and forgot about it. One day it dawned on me that this song was in the voice of a woman. I had the picture of tapestry, of an artist weaving a single thread that makes its mark by how it is thread through the fabric of history. Providence is like this thread. We cannot see the whole picture, but the grand design and fabric might make sense if seen. Often, we will not see on this side of heaven the entire piece of art. However, we can still be connected to the mystery and have…
  • Silencing the modern prophets: Discourse between Christians is not something to be proud of these days.

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    In the news recently, Michael Gungor made some remarks that caused a backlash and disparaging of his character and even his intent. He said that Adam and Eve were not literal people we all came from, and basically that to think so is like believing in Santa Claus. Yes, I strongly do not agree with that part of what he claims. Even some scientists appear to disagree with him when you consider genetic studies that propose a “Mitochondrial Eve” existed–albeit not one they would claim is the Eve of Genesis. Yes, Gungor’s tone admittedly was defensive. But, why would Gungor not be…
 
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  • Leave Your Lights On This Halloween

    Bill Reichart
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    reposted from Provocative Church:I have made it a tradition to republish this post about Halloween from  Tim Challies I think that it is important to re-read this post as a reminder to us all as tonight as our communities celebrate Halloween.I am guessing my neighborhood is all-too-typical in that people typically arrive home from work and immediately drive their cars into the garage. More often than not they do not emerge again until the next morning when they leave for work once more. We are private, reclusive people who delight in our privacy. We rarely see our neighbors and…
  • What Is The Temperature Of America's Theological Health?

    Bill Reichart
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    from Ligonier Ministry:The infographic below reflects the results of a survey that has helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness. Hopefully this information will help Christians - that we might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.View the infographic, listen to Dr. R.C. Sproul discuss these findings on Renewing Your Mind, or download the official white paper and survey with key findings.(to view bigger image click HERE)
  • Why Finding The “Some” Will Satisfy

    Bill Reichart
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    guest post by Jaclyn RoweJust this morning, I was on the phone with a woman almost 700 miles away. As with so many conversations I have with those in ministry, she reluctantly expressed the struggle she and her husband have to not only reach, but also keep people coming to their church and Bible studies. I can easily relate. As a Bible teacher and lay worker at my home church, it often feels daunting to try and retain people. We are so thrilled when new people come and so discouraged when they don’t come back or when we see people leave. Even though our brains tell us to “trust the…
  • Top Ministry Tweets Of The Week

    Bill Reichart
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Here are the most popular tweets from the past couple of weeks. Don't forget you can get more helpful, engaging, inspiring and fun content by joining Ministry Best Practices' social media communities.Twitter - @BestMinistryFacebook - MinistryBestPracticesChurch Sign of the Week - Hipster #Jesus - pic.twitter.com/c54YHFzaMl— MBP (@BestMinistry) October 21, 2014 Dog and cat theology - pic.twitter.com/H8vzQMjFRQ— MBP (@BestMinistry) October 21, 2014 Martin Luther #quote on idols.... pic.twitter.com/A5lWK8u5k4— MBP (@BestMinistry) October 16, 2014 What Self-Aware Leaders Know…That…
  • Seeing Isn't Always Believing

    Bill Reichart
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Recently I re-read this very familiar passage from the Gospel of Mark:Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought…
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  • When I was thirsty…

    Joel Klampert
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    I have, in the last 37 years, had the pleasure of attending, being associated with or speaking/leading in many kinds of churches. I have been in liturgical high churches, charismatic, pentecostal, ones that speak in tongues, ones that don’t, those that have bands and those that think music is wrong, ones that don’t allow food or coffee in the church and those that eat popcorn and serve lattes, ones that center around communion and others that never do it… You name it and I have seen it. There is something I want to point out though… The father LOVES ALL THE FLAVORS of…
  • Vicky beeching: love can supersede everything

    Joel Klampert
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    My friend Vicky Beeching was interviewed for this article yesterday, announcing that she was gay. I have had the pleasure of working with vicky for a few years now. She is one of the nicest and smartest (borderline genius…can’t give her a big head) people I know. This article was heart-wrenching to read and broke my heart for her. I am sorry she had to walk this walk alone and that the “church people’s” labels superseded the truth in Christ over her life…I have seen so much spiritual abuse over the years, “in the name of Jesus”, and it sickens…
  • Even more Undignified

    Joel Klampert
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Angela Monet
  • 8th blogiversarry

    Joel Klampert
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    My blogiversarry came and went; I started blogging in June 2006, about the time my family moved to RI. It’s been 8 years now as a blogger. Yesterday I posted my 800th blog post. There has been close to 6,000 comments and a few hundred thousand hits (fb and twitter changed those things for the worse). I am amazed at the insights that have come from blogging. As I look back at my digital journal I can see all the places that God moved in my life. I can see the months where I walked away from my site to focus on a newborn child that was now in my home. I am in awe of the connections God…
  • How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness: Review

    Joel Klampert
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness: Serving People Just as They Are By Todd Stevens and Erin Stevens I was looking through the available books to review and came across the genius marketing title of this book. I know about strip church and organizations like “hookers for jesus” so I decided to dig in a bit more. It was then that the covers’ small print came into view. “and Other Acts of Kindness: Serving People Just as They Are”. It was that line that compelled me to grab this book and quite frankly I was not prepared for the roller coaster it…
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  • 8 Ways to Stay Motivated While Getting Out of Debt

    Joe
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You open that credit card statement and sigh. “It’s going to take forever to get this thing paid off.” When you add your student loan debt and your car debt, that sigh turns to a moan. You ask yourself, “How can I ever stay on task long enough to do this? Is there a way to stay motivated?” Yes, there is. Millions have been where you are now, and millions have stayed the course. You can too. These tips will help. 1Create a Debt Snowball A debt snowball will give you the early victories you need to start your momentum. List your debts from least to greatest, pay minimum on all but…
  • 11 Things To Never Forget – Even On Your Worst Day

    Kevin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are bad days, and then there are really bad days, maybe even rising to the level of your worst day. We can probably separate worst days from bad days based on the impact that the day will have on your life. For example, on a bad day the damage is usually limited to today or no more than a next few days. But a worst day is one of those days and will have a negative impact on your future, and maybe even for the rest of your life. No matter how bad your day is – even if it turns out to be your worst day – here are 11 things you should never forget: 1. If You’re a Christian You’re…
  • Why I will never ride in a taxi again – Lyft Review

    Bob
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Last weekend I was away at a conference and I found myself at the airport needing to get to my hotel which was about 20 miles away. So naturally, I did what everyone does in that situation (if you are not renting a car) – I called a cab. 30 minutes later I was at the hotel and found myself shelling out $55 + tip for the ride. Once I got to the conference, I found myself chatting with a fellow blogger friend about how she used an App called LYFT to get to the Airport and how it cost her about half of what it had cost me. What is Lyft? So, LYFT is an app that connects people needing a…
  • 35+ DIY Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

    Dawn
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Thanksgiving is for families. One of my favorite things in life is to be around my family. I want every holiday to be special.  And, for me, making a home festive for the holidays makes the day just that much more memorable. This year I am planning on having a girls craft day, prior to the holiday, to make our very own Thanksgiving decorations.  A perfect excuse to get together, right? The issue I am having is that I am still not sure what I will be crafting. In searching for for something fun to make I have come across some really cool and surprisingly easy ideas to get my DIY on. Now…
  • 4 Ways to Handle Money God’s Way

    Jonathan
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever feel like your life is stuck in fast-forward? From the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning, it seems like we never let up on life’s gas pedal. When we finally sit down to look at bills, we are exhausted and just want to pay them as quickly as possible and move on. Even some of us avoid logging in to our bank accounts all together because it is just too painful to really see what our current balance is. Is this how God intended for us to live? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing that you have always done and expecting a different result. God has made us…
 
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  • Be a Light to the World

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This is a fantastic article on the Christian hope to be the light of the World. It is in my opinion that this should be a call to all World’s religions to be a light to the World. Regardless of religious background or life we should all be treated the same. Please leave your comments below on your thoughts and feelings about it. Christian hope is no mere optimism – it’s a light for the world – Catholic News Agency http://news.google.com Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:23:41 GMT Catholic News AgencyChristian hope is no mere optimism – it’s a light for the worldCatholic News…
  • Should Religion and Politics be Mixed?

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A really interesting surbey from NPR. It basically talks about how more and more Americans are favoring mixing religion and politics. To be honest this is a really interesting topic because as we go to war and make difficult decisions many of us wonder how it affects our core religious beliefs.  I don’t think that there is anything actually wrong with mixing the two if the politician believes it can help him or her make the right decision. More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says – NPR (blog) http://news.google.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:36:40 GMT NPR…
  • Insights into the Zoroastrian Religion

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Really interesting slideshare on another Religion. Check out this slideshare and post your thoughts below on how it relates to Christianity.  Zoroastrian Religion, World Religion ,Persian Religion http://www.slideshare.net 2011-07-12 02:51:11 UTC World Religion,Zoroastrian Religion, Persian Religion Read more …
  • Tweeting and Relationships

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I tweeted this earlier today… “If a relationship ends because expectations were not met, it means that strings were attached and it was never a relationship to begin with.” Needless to say I got lots of reaction. Both in agreement and in disagreement. Twitter is a great place for starting conversation, but not necessarily a great place to continue it, so I thought it would be appropriate to expand my thoughts here. We all are led by convictions, beliefs, morals. These things allow us to be well equipped as we choose who we enter a relationship with. One person I spoke with on…
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  • My Blog has Moved

    Josh Reich
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    My blog has moved to http://www.joshuareich.org. I hope you’ll head over there and read my latest post.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • You Aren’t Gospel Centered

    Josh Reich
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s been a resurgence in the last few years around the gospel. This is a good thing. We are starting to have a larger view of the gospel, seeing the gospel as more than just how one is made right with God, how one is changed and how one goes to heaven. We are seeing the gospel for Christians as well and how the power of the gospel changes us into who God has called us to be. This is positive. It has also created a new thing to complain about. Now, preachers are gospel centered preachers. If you want to sell a book, throw the word gospel into it. Parenting, preaching, church…
  • “I Want Deep Preaching”

    Josh Reich
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are some things that if you preach on a regular basis, you will hear at least once in your life: I love that you preach deep. I left my last church because the preaching wasn’t deep enough. I’m so glad you preach the bible at this church. I don’t like your preaching because it is too topical. I’m leaving your church because you aren’t deep enough (maybe someone said this to you yesterday). Deep preaching is a moving target, for the simple reason: Deep preaching takes on different meanings for different people. Usually it is a churched person that wants deep…
  • Links for Your Weekend Reading

    Josh Reich
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thom Rainer on 11 mistakes I made as an author. 6 questions every leaders should ask. Andy Stanley shares six questions every leader should ask and Michael Lukaszewski shares some application on them. Time Magazine lists 9 terrible habits you need to stop doing immediately. What makes Malcolm Gladwell so interesting.  If you believe that Gladwell’s success is primarily driven by his writing, I think you’ve overlooked the most important factor. What makes him most interesting is not the narratives themselves, but rather the ideas behind them. I am Ryland – the story of a…
  • How to Lead in Good & Bad Times

    Josh Reich
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The need for leadership varies according to place and situation. Sometimes, a church is growing and certain style of leadership is needed. Sometimes, things are rougher or just getting started, so another kind of a leader is needed. A good leader is able to know which season is which and how to lead in that moment. I came across this in Ben Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, showing the kind of leadership needed at different moments in a church. Peacetime CEO knows that proper protocol leads to winning. Wartime CEO…
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  • 36: Craig Groeschel: We Innovate for Jesus

    Resurgence
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Craig Groeschel: We Innovate for Jesus. Pastor Craig Groeschel leads one of the largest churches in America, which also created the YouVersion Bible app. In this message recorded at the 2012 Resurgence Conference, Pastor Craigs explains the role of innovation in ministry and why failure is a key ingredient.
  • Craig Groeschel: We Innovate for Jesus

    Resurgence
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. This Week Craig Groeschel: We Innovate for Jesus. Pastor Craig Groeschel leads one of the largest churches in America, which also created the YouVersion Bible app. In this message recorded at the 2012 Resurgence Conference, Pastor Craigs explains the role of innovation in ministry and why failure is a key ingredient. Subscribe iTunes Feed Coming Up Mark Driscoll:…
  • Mark Driscoll: Revelation

    Resurgence
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. This Week Mark Driscoll: Revelation - God graciously communicates in many ways so that we might know him and love him. Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance of the doctrine of revelation, recorded live at Mars Hill Church Staff Chapel in 2014. Subscribe iTunes Feed Next Week: Craig Groeschel: We Innovate for Jesus. Pastor Craig Groeschel leads one of the…
  • #35 Mark Driscoll: Revelation

    Resurgence
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    God graciously communicates in many ways so that we might know him and love him. Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance of the doctrine of revelation, recorded live at Mars Hill Church Staff Chapel in 2014.
  • RESURGENCE LEADERSHIP #034: JOHN PIPER, WHY I TRUST THE SCRIPTURES, PART 2

    Resurgence
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. This Week John Piper: Why I Trust The Scriptures Part 2 of 2: Many people dismiss the Bible as an outdated relic of the past that couldn’t possibly remain applicable to modern life. Author and pastor John Piper explains why we can have confidence that the Scriptures are trustworthy and true in this message recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2008. Subscribe…
 
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  • How Does Eric Dye Drink His Coffee? [Infographic]

    Michael Ernest
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I admit the title of this post is a little illusive, but Hey! I had to get your attention. However, to some extent I could be right, after all Eric is a coffee lover who lives in Italy. Coffee is a somewhat cultural thing in Europe (and a good part of the world), and the good folks of House Trip did us a solid by giving a comprehensive infographic of the drink across Europe. The infographic focuses on three European capitals – Rome (Italy), Spain (Barcelona), and Paris (France). This infographic highlights some things foreigners may not know about the coffee drinking culture of the…
  • Cooperation as Technology [Video]

    Johan Murillo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before writing this post, I was preparing an article about how you can start using Trello at your church as a collaborative tool. However, this week I watched a video about the rules for smart simplicity that made me think on how we tend to think that new technologies are the best solution for productivity and engagement problems in our organizations. A friend of mine, a systems designer, taught me to don’t ask him to develop a database until people were already doing that process using paper. His principle was based on cooperation. He knew that if the workers were not able to cooperate…
  • Fix Your Broken Smartphone Screen without Fixing It [Images]

    Eric Dye
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    My screen is broken. And I hate it. Meanwhile, I’ve seen some people use screen protectors with fake broken screen cracks. I honestly don’t understand this. Perhaps because 25% of smartphone users have a cracked screen, it’s become hipster? Real cracked screen or not, here is an awesome way to fix your broken smartphone screen without actually fixing your smartphone screen: Where do you find awesome smartphone wallpaper? I need to download one of these NOW! [via 22Words | Top cracked screen image via Daniel Kulinski via Compfight cc] Fix Your Broken Smartphone Screen…
  • To-Do List Tip: Using Tags

    Eric Dye
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week I shared a number of to-do list tips that I’ve learned and Darius asked: “I’d be curious to know how you implemented your priority and tagging system…” Since I use Asana, prioritization is integrated to a degree, but I’ve since learned that using tags brings a new layer that helps me prioritize tasks at the beginning of each day. I also use tags to organize some projects in sort of a sub-category fashion as well. In the video below, I show you how I go about doing this in Asana, but the fundamentals of using tags can also be applied in task management…
  • How Much Money Do ‘Christian’ Movies Make? [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    1 in 10 movies produced in Hollywood per year has a “Christian basis,” but how well do they fare in comparison to the general market? It’s no surprise that “The Passion of the Christ” has done very well. It’s the 16th top grossing films of all time, but what about those other movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “Soul Surfer?” The answer may surprise you: [Click for Larger]Selling ‘Chrisitan’ movies as a genre or marketing angle isn’t my favorite thing, nor do I think how much a money grosses is any kind of berometer for how good or bad a movie…
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  • The Walking Dead

    Zak White
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Here is what you need to know about THIS SUNDAY, October 26th, at Revolution Church: We are going to have an absolute blast the next few weeks at Revolution Church. Church should be FUN and make a difference in your daily life. Get ready for both to happen! We will kick off a new series called Walking Dead on Sunday. You can get more details here. We will also kick off our new schedule with four service times to choose from: 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm. Remember, the 1:00pm is The Salsa Service! We serve chips n’ salsa at that service only. If you are not serving on a REV Team…
  • Positive Music

    Zak White
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    We get asked often what music we do at Revolution Church. Here is a list with links to different artists and albums in iTunes. Amber and I hope it helps you bring more positive and encouraging music into your life! Hillsong: Young and Free Crossing Creative (ONE OF MY FAVORITE!) Elevation Worship Fellowship Creative Bethel Music Jesus Culture Aaron Keyes (We don’t play his stuff but I love it!) That’s a great start!
  • 7 Days in the Bible

    Zak White
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    My powers of persuasion rarely work on my kids.  But I’m hoping for better results today.  I’ll be straight with you – I want to talk you into doing something. I’m hoping to convince you to read the Bible every day this week. 7 days in a row. Here are three reasons I think you should: There’s interesting stuff in the Bible.  Don’t ever let someone tell you the Bible is boring.  If someone says that, they aren’t reading it right. Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, wars and conquest, love and marriage, Peter cutting off a soldiers ear, a dead man coming…
  • Every Father and Son Should…

    Zak White
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    For Father’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share my list of “Stuff Every Father and Son Should Do Together” Each of these things will teach some life lessons and impart so wisdom along the way. Enjoy. Go Deep-Sea Fishing Assemble His First Tool Box and Tools Get Lost in Nature and Find Your Way Out Teach Him How to Budget and Give, Save, Spend – In That Order Go to a MLB Baseball Game – or Whatever Sport He Likes Teach Him How to Shave (I recommend my method of shaving – a little old school - safety razor!) Collect Something – Coins, Baseball…
  • If It’s Important, Automate It!

    Zak White
    20 May 2014 | 6:26 am
    In addition to being the founding pastor of Revolution Church, I’m also a financially contributing member. I give at least 10% of my pre-tax income to my church, and I wanted to share some of the reasons why. First, I believe in the mission of this church. I’m proud to be a part of a church that cares about reaching people far from God. I’m proud to be a part of a place where the mission is to reach people for Christ and help them follow Jesus one day at a time. Every time I hear a story about a family put back together or a teenager who decides to follow Christ or a husband who finally…
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • She's There Now

    Mark Wilson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    His wife's graveside  service was just barely finished, when there was  a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance. The little old man  looked at the pastor and calmly said,  'Well, she's there, now."
  • Finding Peace in the Woods

    Mark Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    A long walk in the woods is good for the soul."I went out for a walk,and finally concluded to stay out till sundown" said naturalist John Muir, "for going out, I found, was really going in."The forest brings the majestic symphony of God's orchestra alive -- a far better production than anything originating from Carnegie Hall.The heavens declare the glory of God. The birds, trees, sunsets. and lakes remind us that all is well.Want a good remedy for a troubled heart? Go take a hike! Get out into nature and observe - watch - listen. You will find peace there. It's hard to be all worked up when…
  • Clear Your Heart of Malice

    Mark Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Whenever you see a penny, remember the "Abraham Lincoln" attitude, and clear your heart of malice.In 1864, there was, perhaps, not a more hated man in our nation that the gangly president. People on both sides of the Mason Dixon line blamed him for the deaths of their loved ones in the Civil War.False friends betrayed him. Enemies assailed him. Throughout the course of his first presidential term, he had been misunderstood, condemned, despised and scorned.On top of that, there were issues at home. In 1862, his son, Willie, died of typhoid fever, at the tender age of twelve. His wife, Mary,…
  • A Good Place to Stop When You're Lost

    Mark Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    The other day, while returning from my retreat at St. John's Abbey, I accidently made a wrong turn and was heading the wrong direction.  I didn't even realize I was lost until I saw Woodland Wesleyan Church on the horizon.  At that moment I knew I was on the wrong road -- so I stopped at the church, said a prayer, made a u-turn and headed home.And my prayer is that Woodland Wesleyan Church will continue to be a good place for many lost people to make a u-turn and go in the right direction.It is such a blessing to see the great work Pastor Andi Witter is doing as she leads this…
  • Be the Best "You" You Can Be

    Mark Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    If you treasure the beauty that shows all around you, and try to add some of your own;Enjoy the companionship others can give you, yet value yourmoments alone.If you honor opinions that differ from yours; yet stand up for what you believe.Admire the accomplishments others have made,But take pride in what YOU can achieve.If you're a real friend who comes through when it counts,Who is always worthy of trust?If you follow your heart anywhere it may lead you, and do what youfeel that you must.If you love those around you and love yourself too.If your spirit is eager and free.Then you know what it…
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  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our good friends at Ligonier Ministries, and they’ve got about the freest Free Stuff Fridays you can imagine. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Ligonier Ministries Store.  But that’s not all. To mark Reformation Day, Ligonier is hosting Free Reformation Day Friday, and there is a whole collection of free downloads waiting for you: eBooks: John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology edited by Burk Parsons The Heroic Boldness of…
  • The Great Throbbing Verbs

    Tim
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The Christian faith is comprised of both nouns and verbs. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that the content of the Christian faith is comprised of both nouns and verbs. Michael Horton says it well: All of our faith and practice arise out of the drama of Scripture, the ‘big story’ that traces the plot of history from creation to consummation, with Christ as its Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. And out of the throbbing verbs of this unfolding drama God reveals stable nouns—doctrines. From what God does in history we are taught certain things about who he is and what it means…
  • A La Carte (October 31)

    Tim
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Here are just a few Kindle deals for today: The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard ($2.99); Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.79); God’s Will by J.I. Packer ($2.99); Autopsy of a Dead Church by Thom Rainer ($0.99); How People Change by Tim Lane & Paul Tripp (free). Of greater interest may be Free Reformation Day Friday — Ligonier has some great resources for free today (Kindle books, audio books, and teaching series), in honor of Reformation Day. Get ‘em while the gettin’s good! The Hardest Text to Preach - Here are three preachers giving…
  • 7 Marks of a Deeply Deadly Sin

    Tim
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Not all sin is the same. While every sin places you under the wrath of God, and while any sin is sufficient to create an eternal chasm between God and man, not every sin is identical. In chapter 9 of his work Overcoming Sin and Temptation, John Owen wants you to think about that besetting sin in your life to consider if it is an “ordinary” sin, or if it is one that is particularly deadly and that, therefore, requires something more than the usual pattern of putting sin to death. The deadliness of a sin is not related so much to the category of that sin, but to how deeply-rooted it is in…
  • A La Carte (October 30)

    Tim
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here are a few new Kindle deals: Spurgeon’s Calvinism by Stephen McCaskell ($2.99); Visit the Sick, Prepare Them to Shepherd, & Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft ($2.99 each); Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb ($1.99). The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description - Thabiti Anyabwile makes a good point here about an oft-neglected ministry. Boring Bridal Showers - I always enjoy reading about cross-cultural experiences like this one. Here’s what happens when a missionary attends a Tanzanian bridal shower. This Argument…
 
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    Desiring God Blog

  • We Are Not Our Own: On God, Brittany Maynard, and Physician-Assisted Suicide

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In several heart-wrenching videos (here, here, and here), 29-year-old Brittany Maynard has talked about her intent to take her life, possibly tomorrow, by means of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon, because of a fast-growing, inoperable, fatal brain tumor. Joni Eareckson Tada, who has suffered more and longer than most of us, has responded to Brittany’s sorrowful plan with empathy and biblical conviction. All of Joni’s concerns merit serious consideration. The one I want to expand on is this: She said, “I understand Brittany may be in great pain, and her treatment options are limited…
  • 10 Questions on Prayer with Tim Keller

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Pastor and author Tim Keller was our guest this week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Keller has a new book on prayer, releasing next week, titled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. He talked with us from his office in New York City about this often-neglected discipline, and we served him up 10 rapid-fire questions. Here’s a lightly edited transcript of the conversation. Question 1: Prayerlessness Among Christians today, how widespread is prayerlessness — and what does that reveal about our spiritual health? We know from empirical secular studies that everyone in our Western…
  • Where Sin Increased, Grace Overflowed

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    October 31 marks an important day in the history of the church — a day on which a monk deeply impacted by his close study of Psalms and Romans was propelled into the center of a revival of Christ-centered joy. So, before you stock the candy bowl and prepare to welcome people to your home this Halloween, consider a biblical reality that fundamentally shaped the life of Martin Luther and the course of the Reformation. Luther understood perhaps better than anyone the personal implications of Romans 5:20–21. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded…
  • The Light Shines on All Hallows’ Eve

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    There is a fair bit of ambivalence over Halloween in the Christian church. Some Christians see it as a harmless bit of costume and candy fun. Others believe it trivializes — or worse, celebrates — a satanic holiday. You might be interested to know that some of the more fundamentalist modern pagans (Wiccans) also refuse to observe Halloween because it trivializes their beliefs. But All Hallows’ Eve, which later also became Reformation Day, is a moment to celebrate and point to the Light that shines in the darkness of the world (John 1:4). A Brief History of Halloween The origin of…
  • What Will Make You Great

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    God wants you to be great. What would make your life feel great? Would it be a spouse or children or more children? Would it be a better job — more pay, better boss, more responsibility? Maybe it would be more time buried in your reading list or watching football on Sundays or shopping without a budget. All great, but are they great enough? God refuses to define the greatness of your life in dollars or cents, family or friends or kids, promotions or raises, accomplishments or recognition or fun. He loves you too much, and there’s too much at stake. When Jesus said he came that you might…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • When God Won’t Let You Run Away From Your Calling – featuring Mack Brock, Elevation Worship

    webteam
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    God created each one of us to worship. But what we decide to worship and give our talents, devotion, and lives to is up to us. Recently, we sat down with Elevation Worship leader Mack Brock to talk about creating music, writing songs, leading worship, and what it means to fully embrace God’s calling on your life. “Wake Up the Wonder”, the new album from Elevation Worship, releases on November 25. Visit ElevationWorship.com for album updates, and free resources supporting Wake Up the Wonder.
  • Keeping Your Faith In the Face of Bad News

    webteam
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    It’s not easy to be brave when it seems like good news is hard to come by. But fortunately for us as Believers, the news we receive is not as important as the report we believe. In part three of our series How To Be Brave, Pastor Steven explains how we can strengthen our faith in the face of any adversity with the knowledge of the hope of Christ.
  • Elevation Creative: Step Out

    webteam
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Bible says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Yet, most of us have times in our lives where our daily fears and anxieties prevent us from stepping out in faith, being brave, and trusting God’s plan. This video from our Creative team captures those moments we all face in our lives, and shows us what it looks like to have everyday courage in everything we do.
  • Elevation Worship: The King Is Among Us

    webteam
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Wake Up The Wonder”, the new album from Elevation Worship, releases November 25. Recorded live at Time Warner Cable Arena this past August, these songs are our prayer for the Church – a prayer for revival. “The King Is Among Us” is the first song and video released from that night. Tutorials, charts, and other free resources are now available at elevationworship.com.
  • How to Handle Your Thoughts of Fear and Doubt

    webteam
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    There’s no limit to the good thoughts God wants us to have. So, why do we waste so much time preoccupied with our doubts and fears? How are we supposed to handle these thoughts? In part two of our series How to Be Brave, Pastor Steven teaches us how to be brave in our faith by developing a courageous state of mind, holding onto the thoughts that come from God, and demolishing the thoughts that take hold of us.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Compulsion or context: the future of Sex and Relationships Education

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    This is another guest post from education expert, Gill Robins: Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is currently something of a mot du jour. There have been regular calls from a range of groups for an overhaul of SRE education programmes and on 21 October, a Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to the House outlining [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • How Ofsted appears to be systematically breaking the law

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Back in May, Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a Muslim school because the parents objected to the kinds of questions the inspectors were asking primary school children. As the Guardian reports, the parents were quite vocal: “One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The Shocking Hypocrisy of the Labour Party over Faith Schools

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    This is the third of a series of guest posts by education expert Gill Robins. In this article she exposes the agenda of the UK’s Opposition party against faith schools. This is following a statement by Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt. A note for my American readers: the Opposition is the second largest party in Parliament, [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The Gospel Gap: Janet Mefferd interviews Adrian Warnock

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    A few days ago I connected with Janet Mefferd and she interviewed me about the need for a greater understanding of the gospel,  even in church congregations. I really enjoyed the conversation. It is clear that Janet loves the gospel and understands the problem of the gospel gap, which led to us wanting to write [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Ofsted and Beis Yaakov High School – an assault on religious freedom

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    In this second guest post by education expert Gill Robins, she uncovers damning evidence of Ofsted’s religious bias. It seems to me that thanks to the DfE’s new regulations, and the way they are being interpreted, Jewish schools are quite frankly being bullied. The distress of the young girls being grilled by inspectors was real, [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.28.14

    Steve McCoy
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.99)Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99)For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99)A Place For Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99)A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester ($0.99)Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99)Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.98)Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer ($2.99)Worship By The Book by Carson, Hughes, others ($2.99)Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson & others ($0.99)Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99)Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99)The…
  • Music Monday 10.27.14

    Steve McCoy
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    OUT TOMORROW - I'd like to highly encourage you to stream FREE the new The Twilight Sad album, Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave. It's out tomorrow. I still regularly listen to their 2007 album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters. Love this band! Their music is wonderfully moody.BURNING UP MY iPODDelta Spirit: Into The Wide | I'm desperate to get as many as possible to discover this album. And it's only $5. A steal. I've listened to no album more this year and it's still pretty new.Hozier: Hozier | A bluesy, rock-soul album. Lots of enjoyable stuff on this…
  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

    Steve McCoy
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson ($0.99)Galatians by Todd Wilson ($0.99)Church History by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99)Redemption by Mike Wilkerson ($0.99)Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian ($0.99)Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile ($0.99)Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99)Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99)A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester ($0.99)What's Best Next by Matthew Perman ($3.79)Facing Leviathan by Mark Sayers ($3.82)The Road Trip that Changed the World by Mark Sayers ($3.82)I recommend: Kindle Paperwhite
  • Bassically

    Steve McCoy
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    It's Friday so you need something to dance to. I'm listening to Tei Shi on repeat today. It's cool. Tell me whacha think. You can listen below or download "Bassically."
  • Adios Johnny Bravo

    Steve McCoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I watched this as research for a project I'm working on. Awesome.
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Dealing with Loss.

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    How does one deal with loss?Here are a few suggestions:I. Look Back .... look back at the good times and bad. Cherish the memories. Scars may always be there but looking back sometimes helps with the healing and looking ahead.II. Leave. Leave as in grief the loss and leave the past behind. It is ok to dwell on the loss but don't get so caught up that it makes you absorbed and not to move forward. It might be you have to leave certain areas, or items ...because the loss is too painful. It is ok to cry, give things away, to laugh. everyone deals with loss differently.III. Learn from the loss.
  • Teen Haven Camp

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Flashback Summer 1993 ... I had the honor of working with Teen Haven Camp ..and with Vinnie and the crew there.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • A Celebration

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    this past Sunday I had the honor to partake in a celebration of Delaine Hilborn and her family and have renewing of vowes for her daughter, Coral and her husband, Angel. It was a good time.Continue to pray for Delaine. Thanks. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Learning from Cows

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
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  • Flashback Friday: Water Street Mission

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    I spent the summer of 1992 there serving the Day Camp and later 1993 the Teen Haven Camp they had.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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  • Fall in Athens County

    Gabe Taviano
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
  • First meeting with IOM

    Gabe Taviano
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Today was a pretty big day in our preparations to move to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January. Purchasing our plane tickets for the trip has made the last day or two interesting. Our friend Pam purchased her round trip (she’s spending 2 weeks with us while we move) ticket on Tuesday night after we finished tutoring students from east Africa that live in our apartment complex. So she’s “officially” going to Cambodia before we are! Our tickets (Gabe, Marla and Olivia) were confirmed this morning, and Ava and Nina’s were confirmed just after today’s meeting.
  • Tweet from church last week

    Gabe Taviano
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
  • Cambodia is moving us

    Gabe Taviano
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    This won’t make total sense to you, and I’m fine with that. Marla and I took a trip a few years back with a short-term (10 days) missions team from the church we were attending. I wasn’t so sure it was for me. We were going to visit an orphanage that the church supported. I really liked the team we were going with, but the mission itself sounded like a long flight to hug a few children. That’s how I saw it. I now see that view as extremely selfish. Seeing the world like that is not how God sees it, that’s for sure. God doesn’t see me and my comfortable life as more important than…
  • A dream – Zoos turn animals into babies

    Gabe Taviano
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    Not sure how I got there, but I am pretty sure my brother (Revelate Event Management) played a role in it. I was sitting in a large room at a table with a couple random guys and Lecrae and Ben Washer (founder of Reach Records – except he was black). There were lots of other hip hop artists in the room, preparing to perform at some large event. I saw lots of people starting to get in line to grab a bite to eat, so I headed that way for some pizza (vivid non-factor in the dream). While on my way to the line, I saw this lady at a booth who was saying something about humans and animals. I…
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Parables Weren’t That Far Fetched

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    One thing about Jesus’ parables you can say for sure: The Good Samaritans and The Prodigal’s Parent represented the exception, not the rule. These stories would arrest the hearers in their tracks. But were they that big a stretch? We looked at that a few days ago at C201 You’ve heard of the story of The Good Samaritan. As with most parables, we believe Jesus invented the story on the spot. It begins in most translations “A certain man.” Only once — with Lazarus and the rich man — is the character in a parable even given a name. The surprise ending of…
  • Church Tech Gear: Feeding the Bottomless Pit

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Who’s up for some adventure? Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to get at least 30 church of varying size to grant you access to their budgets for the last 30 years.  Your job is to pinpoint how much churches are spending on tech-related equipment for the worship center, sanctuary, main auditorium or whatever you call the place where people now are led in worship by bands using the latest in-ear monitoring systems, the loudest amplification and the brightest spotlighting and back-lighting that money can buy; all while lyrics, sermon theme teaser videos and message…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Our graphic image theme this week is parody. The upper one is a supplement to the Orange Curriculum, a weekend service Christian education experience for children. You can click on the image and then surf the rest of the web page to learn more. A bumper harvest this week; get coffee first. The downside of giftedness: “When we elevate people in the church based on our need and their gifts, we put everyone in a precarious position.” This children’s book’s publicity was so ubiquitous this week, it’s hard to imagine that eleven publishers said ‘no.’ A…
  • The Westboro Saga Continues

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Religion News Service posted an interesting story and video last week. As many of you know the Westboro Baptist Church property sits just 50 feet away from another home in the suburban neighborhood that mounted a counter-protest by painting the siding in the rainbow colors of gay rights. I decided to check out the divide first hand on Google Street View and captured this: Two things surprised me. The first was how sedate and suburban the street is. The second was how unimposing the Westboro building is, given their worldwide infamy. (Was the word ‘God’ in the banner blurred out by…
  • Religious Persecution in America: The Gay Wedding Trap

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Whether it involves a wedding cake, printed invitations, or floral arrangements, everyone has heard a story involving a principled store owner who refused to do work for a gay wedding. But this story has a few twists. First, the proprietor, Barronelle Stutzman, had in fact done work for the couple previously; she was simply uncomfortable with doing the flowers for the actual wedding. Second, the couple didn’t file the complaint; if I understand correctly the state’s Attorney General heard about the situation on social media and filed its own charges.* This video was produced in…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Learning the Books of the Bible

    Felicia Mollohan
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Right now, I am teaching my kindergartener to memorize the books of the Bible. Before we began, I wasn’t too sure if he would be able to do it, but I thought that I would give it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised! He is doing very well with it all and really seems to like learning such a “grown up” thing such as this. Throughout this process, we are still in the midst of it, I have learned some good things to remember. Work on a few books each week – adding to the previous week’s books. For example: The first week we worked on Genesis & Exodus. The…
  • Story Time with Jesus: Lesson Four

    Tara Tegard
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Lesson Four: The Stories of the Kingdom, continued Main idea: As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, we are willing to give up everything to follow Jesus, and we tell everyone about how much Jesus loves them. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Deuteronomy 4:29, Matthew 10:37-39 Gather: Bible; dry erase markers or chart paper and markers; 2 buckets per relay race team; lots of ping pong balls or pom poms, or crumpled paper; one spoon per relay race team; crayons, colored pencils, or markers; Kingdom Mini Book 2, one per child (download here) Take time to meditate on this week’s…
  • Bringing the Bible to Life… Creating Memorable Experiences

    Kristin Schmidt
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Sunday School teachers (or any type of educator, for that matter) have quite a lot of competition these days…children are bombarded with all types of demands on attention. Between movies, video games, computers, and all the other “noise” that clutters our lives, it is no wonder that children might find a trite flannel graph less than thrilling. It is essential to catch the interest of our youngsters and as much as possible make them part of the story to communicate our Biblical points and values. This need not involve too many electronics, bells and whistles, or technical thrills,…
  • Bible Object Lesson Ideas with Popcorn!

    Mimi Bullock
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Popcorn is a classic snack and children love hearing it and watching it pop-pop-pop! Did you know that popcorn makes the perfect tool for an object lesson? Take this opportunity to teach the kiddos an important Bible truth about what happens when God turns the heat up! Demonstrate how a hard, inedible seed becomes a fluffy, delicious treat. I recommend using a verse like: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Supplies You’ll Need Microwave Bag of microwave popcorn Bowl Plastic bags…
  • “Do as He Says” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 23:1-12

    Stephanie Fernandez
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 23:1-12 where Jesus teaches about hypocrisy.  It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 21s Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 23:1-12. Opening Activity – Do as He Says – Not as I do In this variation of Simon Says, the kids will have to pay extra special attention to Simon’s instructions. Have all of the kids stand up, staying a full arms length away…
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    Man of Depravity

  • The Peripheral Should Be the Priority

    Tyler
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    My week tends to revolve around two different times: Sunday at 9am and Tuesday at 6am. Sunday at 9am is the culmination of a week of preparation. Tuesday at 6am those preparations start all over again. The times of studying for a message, practicing music, or coordinating with people involved with something on Sunday quickly rises to the top of the priority list. And then there’s meeting with people, knowing their lives, and prayerfully considering how best to care for and disciple them. These are the things that make my to-do list each week. These are the things that cause me to wake…
  • 30 for 30

    Tyler
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today I am officially entering the years of old. 30 years old to be exact. Those of you who are beyond 30 will chuckle, that’s okay. I’m sure I will in another few years. “Oh how young I actually was back then,” I’ll think. As someone who has typically identified himself as a “20-something” today is a day of transition beyond that label. Don’t blame me if my blog still says I’m 29. I have to hang onto something from the past. Nobody but you all will know the difference. I’ve taken time in recent weeks to examine my life over the past…
  • Millennials and Their Lack of Commitment: 3 Quick Steps to Prioritize Your Life

    Tyler
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Every previous generation seems to enjoy pointing out the generalized shortcomings of the millennial generation. We’re narcissistic. We’re lazy. We’re relativistic. I tend to roll my eyes. Plenty of people want to point a finger, not many want to lend a hand. Of course, the problem with ignoring issues is that it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. My friend JR tweeted this not long ago: My parents were asked by their church to host a dinner for 20-somethings. 12 RSVP’d. No one showed up. Young adults: keep your commitments! — J.R. Briggs (@jr_briggs)…
  • Too Busy Pointing Fingers

    Tyler
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    In recent months I’ve found my online status updates slowing to a crawl. I don’t have the energy for it. I use Twitter less (and I love Twitter), I use Facebook less (and still hate it), and I definitely write for this blog less often (I shared about that here). When I first started this blog, and started joining various social networks, what I loved was the ability to bounce thoughts and ideas off of people who had different thoughts, perceptions, and experiences. I found this community to be warm, forgiving, and nearly always erring on the side of grace. These connections,…
  • My Struggle to Develop New Leaders

    Tyler
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Two years ago I joined the staff of a relatively small church. Having served exclusively in large churches, it was quite a shock to my pastoral system. The biggest shock was the realization that I simply couldn’t do it all. My job description included far more than I could accomplish on my own—and there was no support staff to help with whatever I didn’t get done. It brought me to my knees. “Lord, please bring me people who can lead!” I prayed. The need for lay leaders came into sharp focus with a married couples group that formed a year ago. The group meets on…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 4 Peace

    paulwnewell
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 3 Righteousness

    paulwnewell
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 2 Truth

    paulwnewell
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 1 Silence and Solitude

    paulwnewell
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
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  • Life Between Sundays: 4 How To Really Enjoy Your Family

    paulwnewell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
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    Kevin Campbell

  • Why Do BAD Things Happen To GOOD People?

    Kevin Campbell
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    I want to invite you and your friends to the finale of our You Asked For It series this Sunday at Elevate Church. We are talking about the most voted on topic – Why do bad things happen to good people? We will also tackle the question “If God is so GOOD, then why does EVIL exist in our world?” I believe this is one of THE most important messages we have ever shared.  It is also a GREAT opportunity to INVITE someone as we deal with real questions people ask every day. Kids Party This Sunday: Our Elevate KIDS will have a Fall Festival Party during church on Sunday.
  • What Is Heaven Like?

    Kevin Campbell
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This past Sunday Mary Davis shared a great message at Elevate Church about HEAVEN. The bottom line is we want to see MORE of heaven on earth. It was part of Jesus model prayer He gave His followers to pray – “May your will be done on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.” The heart of the message from Sunday is that more of heaven means wanting more of Jesus! Check out the full message here: What Is Heaven Like? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: Testimony Of A BOLD Life Night of Worship – Heaven Come Down Heaven Come Down
  • The Primary Sign That Indicates I Am Saved

    Kevin Campbell
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last week I posted How You Can Know That You Know You Are SAVED. You can read it here. Look at these sobering words from Jesus, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33) If acknowledging Jesus is so important, then what is the primary way we do that on this earth? Going Public Through Baptism is the primary sign that you have been saved! Baptism doesn’t save you. Only Jesus can do that. Baptism indicates to…
  • Can I Lose My Salvation?

    Kevin Campbell
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    We continued our You Asked For It series on Sunday at Elevate Church. You can listen to the full message on iTunes or our website. Below are some highlights from the message that might help you settle this issue: How Can I Know That I Know That I Am SAVED: 1) I can’t lose something I never had. 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.” You are either a Chargers fan or Raiders fan, USC fan or UCLA fan. There is no in between. You are either pregnant or you aren’t. You are…
  • Where Do You Go When You Can’t Find God?

    Kevin Campbell
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The parents of Jesus lost him for three days when he was twelve years old. Can you imagine their prayers to God? “Hey, God we are really sorry but we lost your Son? You know, your one and only son. We can’t find him!” Every parent knows what it is like to lose a child even if only for a few minutes. It is a frantic search. It is an all out rescue mission to find your child. They couldn’t find Jesus for THREE days! What Do You DO When You Are Searching For God: - Go to where you KNOW you can ALWAYS find Him. Where did they finally find Jesus, God’s Son? Exactly…
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Starting with the why – how to inspire action

    siskin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    TED lectures are frequently a mine of wisdom. Check Simon Sinek explaining a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” Watch both Simon’s talks on TED. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church. Please also share…
  • Is your church website address this big?

    siskin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    If your church website is prioritized for outsiders (as it surely should be – Col. 4:5), then naturally you will want to attract many to your site. See these parable stories about church sites: Desperately Seeking Lodgers | Stonylands Golf Club. There are various ways to tell people, including contact cards, search engine optimization, and paid-for Google AdWords or Facebook adverts (which can be targeted very precisely, based on searches for your own town name). But here’s the thing – the easy, no-brainer starting point is to display the church URL (web…
  • Which is the most popular TED lecture? Ever

    siskin
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you know who is the most popular TED lecturer ever? He beats the second-most popular by more than 50%, and 9 million views. His name is not Bono or Gates. (See top-20 list.) He’s a British educationalist – Sir Ken Robinson. His contention is that creativity is as important as literacy. Watch his TED lecture below to learn why, and to notice what makes him such a good communicator, using storytelling and humor. Most of us, perhaps all of us, were born as creatives. Not surprising, since we are made in the image of God. Often, he claims, it has been educated out of us. There are…
  • Slide presentations that people remember and don’t sleep through

    siskin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    How often have you sat (or slept) through slide presentations that were, well, forgettable confusion? Michael Hyatt is the communication guru who wrote the excellent book Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Here, he discusses issues in creating slide sets that actually communicate well. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach…
  • A ministry library: free ebooks on church, digital ministry and tech

    siskin
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    There sometimes is a free lunch. Here’s a range of free ebooks to download. For some, your ‘payment’ is to sign up for an email newsletter, which of itself may give you further help and guidance. Free eBook: Be The Church: Discipleship & Mission Made Simple, when you sign up Verge Network’s free email updates. Free ebook by Mark Clement: What People Wish Their Pastors Knew About Church. Free when you sign up for his newsletter. Free ebook by Paul Clifford: Tweeting Church when you sign up for his newsletter on right-hand margin of the TrinityDigitalMedia homepage…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, October edition

    bradlomenick
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Here you go, the October edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Colony House- new rock band out of Nashville, and a strong connection to Steven Curtis Chapman!! 2. Molly Smith- movie producer, co-founder of Black Label Media, and the producer behind films like The Good Lie and Blindside. 3. Preston Miller- Chicago based hip hop choreographer, dancer and founder of United Artists Initiative. 4. Salomon Ligthelm- filmmaker, videographer, and overall talented creative designer and director, and c0-writer of the song “Oceans.” 5.
  • 9 Keys for Conducting a Great Interview

    bradlomenick
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    So someone asked me recently to talk about the keys to being a great interviewer. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ll try and provide some thoughts. Here you go: 1. Do your homework. You would be amazed how many people show up to do an interview and have no clue about who they are interviewing, and just try to wing it. It shows. Believe me. 2. Ask the question behind the question. Get under the surface. Dig deeper. Not to uncover gossip or something that is not relevant, but because someone has probably already asked the question you are thinking about asking. So ask a better…
  • The Power of being Remarkable

    bradlomenick
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Seth Godin recently reminded me about the idea of Being REMARKABLE. What really is Remarkable? Webster’s defines remarkable as “notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary. Worthy of notice or attention.” It’s what you remember. What you talk about. What you retweet. What you share. Normal is normal…. Normal service. Normal restaurant. Normal concert. Normal conference. Normal phone call. Normal delivery. Normal work. Remarkable is the add on. The extra. “But what really blew me away was _______.” As Seth says, remarkable is…
  • 8 Ways to Make your Communication Stick

    bradlomenick
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Whether you are a seasoned leader, college student, author, professor, CEO, politician, or pastor, we all have to learn to communicate well. Whether we are speaking to thousands, speaking to our staff, giving a report, making a speech, teaching your kids soccer team, or addressing your company, it’s imperative as leaders we know how to communicate. To make our point. To deliver a message. And communicating is much easier said than done. Actually it’s the saying part and the doing part that make it difficult. So here are some tips that might make communicating a bit easier for you…
  • 10 Ways to Create Value for Others on Social Media

    bradlomenick
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you haven’t joined Twitter yet, you should. It’s the best way to get the most information in a timely manner that I’ve found. Everyone is on Twitter these days. It’s helpful, quick, informative, and aggregated in a way that is valuable to me. If you are wondering who to follow, or wondering why I follow who I follow, here are several reasons why I follow some on Twitter and not others.  If you aren’t on Twitter, I believe these points also translate for the most part to Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Linkedin, and most other social media outlets. Ultimately,…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 97: Is the RCIA catechesis or ritual?

    Jen Pardo
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana discuss Fr. Paul Turner’s keynote presentation from the recent Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions meeting. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we look at paragraph 76 in the RCIA. Also, we answer a … Continue reading →
  • Why the Synod on the Family is important for RCIA leaders

    Nick Wagner
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    On the evening before the opening of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said this: The evening falls on our assembly. It is the hour in which one willingly returns home to the same meal, in the thick of … Continue reading →
  • Episode 96: Adaptation makes the RCIA rites stronger

    Jen Pardo
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Listen to our conversation about what Fr. Paul Turner said recently about adapting the rites of the RCIA. “Did you know” that there are two introductions in the RCIA? Also, Nick and Diana answer a listener question about sponsors — … Continue reading →
  • Episode 95: The three levels of catechesis every RCIA team must know

    Jen Pardo
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    In this episode, we explore the different levels for formation your team needs to be aware of. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we’re going to look at a key element of the Rite of Welcome. Also, Nick and … Continue reading →
  • How to know what we can (and should) adapt in the RCIA rites

    Nick Wagner
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Diana and I recently attended the 2014 Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and we heard a presentation by Fr. Paul Turner on the current status of the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the United States. … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Giving the Gift of a Blessing

    Brandon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and “blessing.” We even follow up a sneeze with “Bless you.” But in Scripture, the idea of a “blessing” was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the “blessing” in their culture for a formal event in which they would…
  • Sin Within: Why We Do What We Do

    Brandon
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    At some point in my adolescent years, I experienced the 1959 Vincent Price classic, The Tingler. Ever seen it? For its time, it’s creepy. Mr. Price plays Dr. Warren Chapin who has a theory that the emotion of terror is actually caused by a creature living within us that is kept tiny only by our screams. When he performs the autopsy of a lady who was deaf and mute, he discovers the tingler, which happens to escape and run around a movie theater for a while like a giant centipede. Dr. Chapin’s discovery reminds me of a far more bone-chilling theological reality – sin comes…
  • Living Under the Rule and Reign of Grace

    Brandon
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    There’s a long, straight stretch of newly paved road in Bentonville near my home. It was gravel, and now it’s asphalt, and it’s a quick way to cut over to Rogers. Except it isn’t quick because as soon as it was paved, a 30mph speed limit was placed on it. Personally, I think 30mph is a dumb rule on a long, empty, straight, newly paved road (I’m thinking 45-ish). But I’m technically bound to obey this law, and I may or may not have a tendency to exceed this limit and break the law. Laws create two predicaments for us. On the one hand, we are bound to obey…
  • Just How Big Is Your Vision?

    Brandon
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’ve seen the recent Tom Hanks movie Saving Mr. Banks, you know that the classic movie Mary Poppins wasn’t about a Nanny come to save the children. It was about a Nanny come to save Mr. Banks. And why would he need saving? According to Mary Poppins, he couldn’t see past the “end of his nose.” He lived for the next dollar while emotionally neglecting his kids until he eventually lost his job and found his joy flying a kite with Jane and Michael. We do that, don’t we? We get so caught up in taking care of immediate business that we forget the bigger…
  • Whom God Saves, God Seals

    Brandon
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor’s office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest money – a whopping $500 (big money for us at the time)! Had we backed out of the deal, we would have lost that money. Further, it might have demonstrated some flaw in our character, hence the purpose of the earnest money to begin with. Now listen to this… For all the promises of God in Him are Yes,…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Sermon Strategy

    Peter Mead
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    Part of the preaching preparation process is the sermon strategy phase.  After studying the passage, determining its main idea, prayerfully deciding on your goal for the sermon, and the wording of the sermon’s main idea, then it is time to plot your strategy.  Here are the big questions to be asking: 1. When do I reveal the main idea?  Do I reveal it early and repeat it often?  Do I build up to it and reveal it later?  How does the text set up the communication of the main idea?  How does my audience influence when the main idea should be given? 2. When can I demonstrate the…
  • What Does Transformational Preaching Transform?

    Peter Mead
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Almost everyone agrees that preaching should be transformational.  But we need to define what it is that we are seeking to see transformed? 1. Conduct – This is the most obvious area of transformation.  We all love to see a life transformed from worldly conduct to “christian” conduct.  But we also need to be wary.  Consider Frank.  Frank was a drinking champion.  He could drink more than anyone else and still be standing – that is how he got respect in the pub.  Then Frank saw a beautiful young lady going into the church next door.  He started attending.  He…
  • The Biggest Lesson for Preachers from Kids Books and Movies?

    Peter Mead
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    We live in a world that is marked more by narrative than we tend to acknowledge.  Stories are not just for children, the movie industry is massive, so is TV advertising, and sports journalism, and all of these are profoundly narratival in form.  So what might be the biggest lesson for preachers from children’s books and movies? How about this: people still appreciate them second and third time. I have a two and a half year old who will happily hear the same story over and over again each night.  There are numerous books to choose from, but she will often pick the same one to…
  • Beyond Christmas

    Peter Mead
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Christmas is just for children, isn’t it? In fact, many would say it should be just for December too. No sooner is the summer over than the first hints of Christmas appear in the shops, and the moaning begins! But for Christians, the Incarnation should be stirring our hearts every day, and more so as we get older. To read the rest of this article, click here to go to Think Theology where it is posted.  
  • Union Podcasts

    Peter Mead
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    So here are the five Union Podcasts that were broadcast last week. 1. Why think about the Incarnation when it isn’t Christmas? 2. How is Christ becoming man vital for our salvation? 3. What does the Incarnation mean for me every day? 4. Does emphasizing the Incarnation risk de-emphasising the cross? 5. Does understanding the Incarnation change the way we share the gospel?
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    samluce.com

  • What is essential to being a leader?

    samluce
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Love this quote from Kip Tindell CEO of The Container Store “While I certainly value intellectual intelligence, a capable leader must also possess emotional intelligence. I think that’s the key to being really successful. These individuals keep their egos in check and remain sensitive to the needs of others. Instead of being driven by deep seated insecurities, emotionally intelligent leaders are comfortable surrounding themselves with people who are better than they are in certain areas, and they rank high on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs where self-esteem, awareness, honesty, and…
  • What your kids need to know about sin

    samluce
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Where did sin come from and why do I sin? The biblical account of the fall is found in Genesis chapter 3. The understanding of the fall it’s causes and it’s far reaching effects are essential for parents and their children alike to full understand. It is understanding the nature and the cause of the fall that we are able to see the need for redemption and ultimately restoration. We do our kids a massive disservice when we minimize the nature of sin. It is only through a clear understanding of sin that we see ourselves as we truly are and are then able to see Christ as He is. John Newton…
  • Are Miracles Real?

    samluce
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Eric Metaxas is rolling out his new book “Miracles” tomorrow. I had the privilege of reading it in advance. I read “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” last year and enjoyed it so much I read several of Eric’s other books. Many of Eric’s latest books were biographical so Miracles in combining theology and biography was a bit of a twist from his most recent offerings. Being part of a church that is Charismatic in expression and Reformed in theological practice, I was interested in the direction Metaxas would take on the supernatural. Knowing his background of Greek Orthodoxy,…
  • Leaders focus relentlessly

    samluce
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Multitasking is a myth. There has been much research recently. Earl Miller MIT neuroscientist at MIT explains that it is actually switch tasking and in the switching from task to task we lose more than we gain. MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller (Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again: John Hamilton, NPR October 2008) says, “Switching from task to task, you think that you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But, you’re not.” You’re really toggling between tasks at amazing speeds. Apparently, we were never multitasking. It’s a myth! Leading is…
  • Parents use the Bible

    samluce
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    I am not the biggest fan of post apocalyptic films none of them end well. Spoiler alert everyone dies nearly all the time. These movies always freak me out. They are too chaotic for me. There are no rules no sense of social norms. There is very little trust understanding and empathy. It’s Godless, faithless and Darwin on steroids. As I describe what a post apocalyptic movie sounds like many of you are agreeing many of you think I am overstating and simplifying the genre too much. What we all can agree is that if we close our eyes and think about what I just described the picture we are all…
 
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  • Reminder to F O C U S

    Kenny Jahng
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the foundations of what we do when we try to be strategic: *FOCUS = Follow One Course Until Successful* Get rid of all those distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. Some people think it is best to diversify and keep pursuing tons of stuff at once. But if you look at the successful people in any given industry, you’ll typically find that they have figured out how to be ultra laser-FOCUSED on just a couple of things (if not just one!) at a time. *Thoughts on this? Let me know what is the one or two things (ONLY) that are at the top of your focus list.*
  • Modernized Tithing: Encouraging Giving Ease of Use Technology

    Kenny Jahng
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Church has progressed into the 21 Century, many of its functions have been modernized.  We have guest services instead of ushers. Our fellowship halls in the back of the buildings have become Café’s and lounges in the front of the Church. Our music has moved from Hymnals to Projectors. Yet with all the modernization the Church is going through, one thing remains etched in the stones of the past – Our systems of tithes and offerings. Fewer People are carrying Cash or Checks Fewer and fewer people in today’s society pay with cash or checks. We even find that Millennials are using…
  • Social Media: Home Sweet Home

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
  • Don’t Take My Word For It: Why You Should Guest Blog Post For This Site

    Kenny Jahng
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most common questions that I get, is–“How do I get more traffic and followers of my blog and content?” One of the first suggestions is: go guest-blog for others, like crazy! –AND make sure it is your best content. That response is usually, immediately followed by puzzled looks and defensive arguments, with the inquisitors trying to guide my recommendations for things to do on THEIR sites, rather than on others’. …But they’ve got it all wrong. I’ve always looked for other voices, to share on one of my blogs. It’s boring,…
  • The Social Media Platform Your Church MUST Pay Attention To NEXT

    Kenny Jahng
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      Today’s post is from Jason Caston who helps to equip churches as they connect their ministry with the online community. There are many resources are available on his blog ichurchmethod.com. I recently asked Jason to share with us some of the up and coming social media platforms that have gained popularity. An interesting transition is happening in the world of social media, Facebook is undoubtedly the king of the hill and Twitter is up there as well but the popular new kid on the block is Instagram and it’s here to stay.  Instagram now has 200 Million users, over 20 billion…
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    Dave Ingland

  • Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising

    Rob C
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tips to Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising If you want to improve your beauty, you can learn how you can get your sexy back with eating healthy and exercising. There are some great tips that you can follow easily. These healthy tips are recommended for most people today. You should be able to lose weight naturally without having any serious issues. Eating healthy and regular exercises are very important to improve your overall health significantly. Make sure that you live in a healthy lifestyle, so you can get your fit and healthy body easily. Here are some useful healthy…
  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

    Rob C
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Boca Raton HCG Clinic Options Visit a HCG Clinic in Boca Raton if you’re serious about losing weight. It is evident that there is an obesity crisis occurring in North America. There are two reasons why this crisis is occurring. The first reason is because people are eating the wrong foods. Due to a busy lifestyle people are not taking the time to eat nutritiously. Fast food restaurants have become the source for people to eat at least one of their daily meals each day. Also, there is an alarming increase in soda pop consumption and other sugary foods. These types of foods lack the…
  • Local Buy Here Pay Here Financing Options

    Rob C
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Local Buy Here Pay Here Facts If you have bad credit then you probably know just how hard it is to get a loan of any kind. This is especially true if you are trying to secure a care loan. So how are you supposed to hold down a job without a car? How do you rebuild your credit if you nobody will give you a car loan? A local buy here pay here financing option is the type of solution that can help you to overcome these issues. The problem with having bad credit is that lenders don’t take the time to get to know you personally. They don’t ask what caused the problems that you had…
  • All You Need To Know About Gun Hydrographics Printing

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Looking Into Gun Hydrographics? You don’t have to worry that the term “gun hydrographics” sounds threatening or very complicated because it really is not. It is just a very effective way of changing how the surface of your item looks into various designs and colors that you can choose. Now, hydrographics printing has many names (hydro printing, hydrodipping, water transfer printing, fluid imaging) but at the end of the day, they all mean the same thing. Here is the cool way in which the methodology of this printing process happens. There is a soluble film on which you will find various…
  • Why Use In-House Financing Car Dealers?

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In-House Financing Explained With so many Americans suffering from debt and poor credit scores, in-house financing car dealers are becoming increasingly popular. Working with in house financing car dealers doesn’t come without its cons and risks, such as increased down payments, interest rates, and repossession rates. However, those who are able to look past these flaws and who are willing to make their payments on time now have a chance to finance a vehicle without a high credit score. What Is It? In-house financing car dealers are dealerships who offer financing deals on their cars…
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  • Mars Hill Church Will Close Its Doors for Good

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Very big, very unexpected news out of Mars Hill today. Following the sudden, surprise resignation of famously controversial pastor Mark Driscoll, the massive, multisite church he founded will dissolve over the next two months. Each of the 13 churches that comprised Mars Hills' empire will either go their own way, merge with another church or close their doors for good. As Mars Hills teaching pastor Dave Bruskas wrote in a letter to the church today: "Rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our…
  • Rob and Kristen Bell on The Give and Take of Love

    eddiekaufholz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    On marriage, selflessness and 'zimzum'—whatever that is. Rob Bell has had a tumultous career. From popular megachurch founder to one of the most controversial figures in modern Christianity to Oprah’s tour partner, he’s drawn intense criticism, but also gained a devoted following. This week, Bell and his wife, Kristen, released their new marriage book, The Zimzum of Love. We talked to the couple about the book, the give and take of marriage and what exactly “zimzum” is.
  • Trip Lee

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    This week we talk to Trip Lee about his new hip-hop album, “Rise.” (Haven’t heard it yet? Check out this free 4-song sampler on The Drop). Plus, we fill you in on our Nik Wallenda weekend plans, recap some great racquetball moments, introduce a new segment and respond to your Rob Bell comments from last week.
  • One Dead In Virgin Galactic Spaceship Explosion

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    In the second spacecraft disaster this week, one pilot is dead and another seriously injured after Virgin Galactic's tourism rocketship, dubbed SpaceShipTwo, exploded over the Mojave Desert. Virgin Galactic is owned by eccentric billionaire Richard Branson, who has long promised that the company would pioneer commercial space travel. The cause of the crash was not immediately identified, but the company said the craft "suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle" ...
  • The Scary Truth About Your Halloween Candy

    jessec
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The cocoa industry is facing some pretty horrifying ethical issues. Each year, Americans purchase almost 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, spending nearly $1.2 billion on chocolate candy alone. What many consumers might not know though, is where all that chocolate comes from—and the labor conditions under which it was produced. Here’s a look at some of the major problems within the cocoa industry, and how you can be a part of the solution.
 
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  • Lean on Me

    David
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    If you don’t remember who Anne Marie Miller is perhaps you’d remember her from her previous penname “Anne Jackson.” She’s written Permission to Speak Freely, Mad Church Disease, and Bearing Burnout. Anne speaks at colleges, conventions, and churches on the topics of social justice, sexuality, health, addiction, and biblical themes of grace and restoration. Big congrats to Anne for getting married to the love of her life! Oh yea, and she’s a Texan! Her latest book, “Lean on Me” is about the nature of discipleship being a communal process. God…
  • From This Day Forward

    David
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv which is considered the second largest church in the United States and has nineteen locations in five states. He’s also the author of several books including The Christian Atheist, Soul Detox and Weird. His latest book “From this Day Forward” is a joint venture with this wife Amy. As a Pastor who does a lot of weddings, I am always looking for material to give to a young couple just starting out. From This Day Forward speaks to all of the daily choices that couples make together that can both strengthen their…
  • Welcome to the family – a look at the book of Titus

    David
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    John 3:1-7 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of…
  • Who are you – a look at the book of Titus

    David
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Another thing about grace….Grace is where you discover who you were born to be Titus 2:13-14 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession… What is our blessed hope? It’s the return of Jesus Christ. You know it’s real hard to believe that a man like Robin Williams who has brought so much joy and laugher to the world, ended up being a man without hope. His publicist said that he had battled…
  • Let it go – a look at the book of Titus

    David
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Another thing about grace….Grace is where you abandon your past Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. God desires to trade your past for His presence. Haven’t you always wanted to know what to do with your sorted past? The Bible says, let go of it and take hold of Grace. You see, God’s grace doesn’t just save us. God’s grace does many things for us in life and one of them is that grace allows…
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  • Making The Most Of Beautiful Moments

    Scott
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Autumn gasps its few remaining puffs of air as winter begins to stir from its slumber. Some of the faithful trees, knuckles white as they grip their once green leaves, stand piously tall displaying tremendous arrays of yellow, red and brown. Other trees gave up weeks ago when the colder winds and rain tempted their leaves […]
  • Leadership And Your Ego

    Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    What part of your leadership includes your ego? Come on now, really. You and I will never end the battle with our ego until we see Christ face to face. In my experience, the human ego is like a ball and chain, causing me to work harder in my leadership than I have to. It’s […]
  • Placebo Leadership

    Scott
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The Placebo Effect* It’s been demonstrated again and again that the placebo effect makes people get better. When a trusted doctor gives you medicine, odds are it will make you feel better (it may even cause you to get better), even if the medicine is only a sugar pill. Honest signals are the explanation. If […]
  • 3 Ways To Become A Social Screw Up

    Scott
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’m not one of those self-proclaimed prophets that warn of doom if you set up your own Facebook account or set up email on your phone. But watch out. Social media can be your undoing if you’re not diligent and alert. I love social media. I really do. It’s fascinating to see how people, regardless […]
  • Here’s One of the Worst Things You Can Do As A Ministry Leader

    Scott
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    “I’ll just do it myself.” More control over the outcome. More efficient. Less time-consuming. Less the effort of delegating. But what is the price of doing everything yourself? For starters, you are like everyone else on the planet – limited. You can’t possibly do it all. Everyday brings its own store of energy. When that […]
 
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  • Transparent are we?

    Hal Mayer
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    I first heard the term “transparent leader” in the early 90”s. I was doing corporate training for Bell South and we discussed how “transparent leadership” reeks havoc in an organization. Let’s begin with a description- I am a transparent leader... Continue Reading →
  • An autopsy of success…

    Hal Mayer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Most of us are big evaluators. We evaluate programs, people and processes all the time. Often it is failure or lack of achievement that tends to be the starting points for evaluation. Maybe you are not getting the results you... Continue Reading →
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  • October News & Thanks

    Lauren Hunter
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We just can’t say thank you enough to our valued site sponsors who make ChurchTechToday possible. We’re blessed to work with some amazing church technology sponsors who have a true desire to see the Church helped, edified, and grown through all available resources. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors ACS Technologies – The City 5 Keys to Planning Great Church Events Church Community Builder Cut Through the Noise with an Effective Communication Strategy Church Office Online Stop Spending So Much Money On…
  • The 4 Powerful Steps of Online Giving

    Russ Fortier
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Contributing, tithing, giving. Whatever you call it, freely donating to the church is vital to the ministry and growth of churches. In fact, it’s so important Jesus stated we should be happy to give our share. However, in today’s fast-paced, hectic world, tithing can sometimes not be as simple as it once was. Making it easier for congregants is vital in the 21st century to ensure you’re making budget and, in turn, expanding the scope of your ministry. But it can be done. A lot of churches have some form of online giving software already. So, the point isn’t just about using online…
  • 3 Ways Social Media Can Threaten True Community

    Aram Babasin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    At its heart, ministry is relational. Christ himself demonstrated this as he stepped into human history and established His church using close relationships with a select few. In turn, ministry leaders must take the role of relationships seriously as we continue to be used by God to be sent into the world, in whatever capacity that is. Healthy and meaningful relationships are the foundation upon which we build leadership teams, advance the message of the gospel, and serve those whom God has given us to care for. Fortunately, we live in a time where the resources at our disposal are nearly…
  • Faithlife Innovates Logos Bible Study Software with New Release

    Lauren Hunter
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Faithlife Corporation, makers of Logos Bible Software, just released Logos 6, the world’s most innovative Bible study software. Logos 6 offers a brand-new lineup of tools and resources that empower Christians to study the Bible’s background, explore Greek and Hebrew, visualize the biblical world, and make new and exciting discoveries. Logos 6 is all about delivering insight,” said Bob Pritchett, Faithlife president and CEO. “Building on the innovations in Logos 4 and 5, this release offers new Bible study tools and interactive media that aim to dramatically change the way Christians…
  • Life in the Cloud [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    The internet Cloud has become a part of everyday life, even within the four walls of the Church. Wi-fi internet has become something we depend on whether we’re at Starbucks, McDonald’s, or church. Ever leave your Bible at home only to find that your church’s wi-fi isn’t strong enough to allow you to open YouVersion and read along with the pastor? Ever attempt to take notes in Evernote but find your signal isn’t strong enough to sync with the Cloud and pull up last week’s notes as a reference. I too have felt your pain. Today’s infographic unpacks…
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  • Giving the Gift of a Blessing

    Brandon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and “blessing.” We even follow up a sneeze with “Bless you.” But in Scripture, the idea of a “blessing” was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the “blessing” in their culture for a formal event in which they would…
  • Sin Within: Why We Do What We Do

    Brandon
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    At some point in my adolescent years, I experienced the 1959 Vincent Price classic, The Tingler. Ever seen it? For its time, it’s creepy. Mr. Price plays Dr. Warren Chapin who has a theory that the emotion of terror is actually caused by a creature living within us that is kept tiny only by our screams. When he performs the autopsy of a lady who was deaf and mute, he discovers the tingler, which happens to escape and run around a movie theater for a while like a giant centipede. Dr. Chapin’s discovery reminds me of a far more bone-chilling theological reality – sin comes…
  • Living Under the Rule and Reign of Grace

    Brandon
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    There’s a long, straight stretch of newly paved road in Bentonville near my home. It was gravel, and now it’s asphalt, and it’s a quick way to cut over to Rogers. Except it isn’t quick because as soon as it was paved, a 30mph speed limit was placed on it. Personally, I think 30mph is a dumb rule on a long, empty, straight, newly paved road (I’m thinking 45-ish). But I’m technically bound to obey this law, and I may or may not have a tendency to exceed this limit and break the law. Laws create two predicaments for us. On the one hand, we are bound to obey…
  • Just How Big Is Your Vision?

    Brandon
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’ve seen the recent Tom Hanks movie Saving Mr. Banks, you know that the classic movie Mary Poppins wasn’t about a Nanny come to save the children. It was about a Nanny come to save Mr. Banks. And why would he need saving? According to Mary Poppins, he couldn’t see past the “end of his nose.” He lived for the next dollar while emotionally neglecting his kids until he eventually lost his job and found his joy flying a kite with Jane and Michael. We do that, don’t we? We get so caught up in taking care of immediate business that we forget the bigger…
  • Whom God Saves, God Seals

    Brandon
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor’s office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest money – a whopping $500 (big money for us at the time)! Had we backed out of the deal, we would have lost that money. Further, it might have demonstrated some flaw in our character, hence the purpose of the earnest money to begin with. Now listen to this… For all the promises of God in Him are Yes,…
 
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  • Coming up in November

    Emily Kirkendoll
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Find out what’s happening in church life and how you can get involved: Next Steps Kicks Off, November 2nd // Liberty Sisterhood, November 7th // Veterans’ Day, November 11th // Visionaries Retreat, November 14th – 15th // Kris Vallotton speaking, November 16th // All Team Meeting, November 21st // Liberty City October Spotlight Next Steps Kicks Off | Sunday, November […] Related posts: Another Reason to Attend Visionaries Retreat: Brant Cryder of Saint Laurent Visionaries Invitation to Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14-15
  • A lifestyle of gratitude

    Andi Andrew
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    By: Andi Andrew Gratitude is a lifestyle choice. We can choose to live our lives from a place of gratitude and thanksgiving or from a place of negativity, opinion, and circumstance. There is so much to be grateful for despite our personal situations or emotional state. When my son 7-year-old son Jesse arrived back from […] Related posts: Seed Offering : A look at Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Missions Trip – May 2013 Thanksgiving Appeal – What A Result!
  • Visionaries Retreat and You

    Emily Kirkendoll
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    You started your business to make a difference, not just a profit. You earned your job and your degree because of your dream, not just your drive to succeed. You came to New York to build your career, but as a Christian in the workplace you desire to understand your calling. You don’t just show up […] Related posts: Invitation to Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14-15 Visionaries Gathering – June 5th Visionaries Retreat Registrations Reopened with Guest Speaker Scott Harrison
  • Prayers of Expectation for a Night of Worship on October 29

    Emily Kirkendoll
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This Wednesday, Liberty Church will gather as a whole for a night of unbridled worship and prayer. As the worship team rehearsed this week, they broke out in prayers that conveyed the passion they feel for people to connect with Jesus in new ways during these nights.     Worship Nights, which happen only four times a […] Related posts: Worship Night – May 21st Worship Open Night: March 5th Worship Open Mic
  • “Entering The Land” Rhema Trayner – Podcast

    Molly
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    In order to possess what God has already given us collectively and personally we need to know and be in agreement with God’s “now word” concerning our season. Rhema Trayner preached this message, “Entering The Land” at our Soho service, on October 19th, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. […] Related posts: “Public Identification” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Healer” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Heaven Without Hell” Rhema Trayner – Podcast
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  • New from Priscilla Shirer: Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath

    Mark Howell
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Spent some time with a new study from Priscilla Shirer this week.  Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath is a 5 session DVD-driven study that will help you discover Sabbath margin–”the boundary God enables us to put around things we enjoy so that we never become slaves again.” This is a timely study and could be very impactful for many women.  This note says it all: “In a jam-packed life, what’s missing is space–space for God to speak, room for you to hear.  It’s time to set aside the activities and busyness that swallows up rest and peace, it’s…
  • Question-Storming: An Incredibly Valuable Tool

    Mark Howell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I am always looking for great questions.  I’m inspired by Peter Drucker’s line that “the important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question.  For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question (The Practice of Management).” Last week in my hunt for a better question I tripped across a really great webinar by Jeff Dyer, the co-author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. The webinar provided an overview of the five skills of…
  • The Truth about Building an Effective Coaching Structure

    Mark Howell
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’m frequently asked how to build a truly effective small group coaching structure.  It’s one of my most frequently asked questions.  And it’s almost always the case that the person asking the question has tried more than once and has already bought the best books on the subject.  Sometimes they’ve even invested in some coaching themselves or travelled across the country to learn how to do it!  See also, 20 Frequently Asked Questions about Small Group Coaching. Believe me, I get it!  It’s not easy to build an effective small group coaching structure!  It…
  • Laying Foundation for a Leadership Culture

    Mark Howell
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot since the re:group conference about the development of a leadership culture.  I’ve written about it.  I’ve wondered if it can be developed inside a groups ministry and then spread to the rest of a church.  It’s been on my mind constantly. See also, My Most Intriguing and Haunting Takeaway from re:group 14. Yesterday I started to put some of my thoughts together and I think I got off to a reasonably good start.  Essentially, I’ve concluded that whatever I think I can do ultimately, it could start with my own development. Here are four…
  • What Some Small Group Pastors Know…that Others Don’t

    Mark Howell
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are a few things that all of us need to know.  Some of them are obvious (i.e., how to identify and recruit small group leaders, how to train leaders, etc.).  And some of what we need to know is just not obvious.  In fact, I think it’s very possible to function in the role of small group pastor for many years without ever catching the significance All of us need to know these things: My primary customer is not the members or the leaders of existing groups.  If I want to connect beyond the usual suspects I have to look for ways to connect people no one else is connecting.  The…
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  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: JWPhotowerks (CC)Leadership in the church can be a series of uphill battles.Why is it this way? Policies, politics, and preferences, which all have a common thread: people. Conflicts and disputes with people can take a lot of time and energy. Sometimes those battles feel completely unnecessary, causing ministry leaders to expend lots of sideways energy for a conflict that isn't worth fighting. Some battles are worth dying for; others didn't need to happen in the first place. It's these latter conflicts I hope to address here. Too many battles simply weren't worth fighting in the…
  • Top 15 Youth Group Cliches

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Check out this snarky and silly video from Blimey Cow on the top 15 youth group cliches (click here to watch if you can't see the embed below):Love the awkward side hug, the "sloppy wet kiss vs. unforeseen kiss," and the cameo from Derek Webb as the angriest youth pastor ever. It's all a bit over-the-top, and kinda cringe-worthy in its accuracy.What do you think? Which cliche stood out to you? What would you add to the list?
  • My Movie Rating Scale

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Some of my personal all-time favorite filmsHow do you decide if a movie is "good" or not?No, really. Take a minute and think about it. What are the qualities of a “good” movie, versus a “bad” movie?  A good moral message? Well-made and aesthetically interesting? Depicts something true or beautiful? Personal taste for the genre? You just sorta liked it?It's an important question to consider, as it brings to the surface our motives, paradigms, values, and practices when it comes to engaging with art and culture. Why do you like what you like? Everyone needs to find a…
  • VIFF: Winter Sleep; Leviathan; Class Enemy

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here.Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan). The winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Winter Sleep is an intimate familial drama centered around one man's relationship with his wife, his sister, and the small community where he holds significant influence. This man, Aydin, is a former actor who runs a small hotel in the mountainous region of Anatolia in Turkey. The community…
  • VIFF: Two Days, One Night; Listen Up Philip

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here.Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes). I'll admit up front--I am a huge fan of the Dardennes brothers and their films. Like modern-day parables, the Dardennes films are simple stories embodying profound moral and spiritual themes. Two Days, One Night follows this structure, focusing on Sandra (Marion Cotillard) and her struggle to keep her job. Her employer offers her co-workers a…
 
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  • God’s Facebook

    RevCollins
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Jesus on Facebook The blogger I am sending you to today has written a wonderful article on the topic of Jesus on Facebook. I thought she did a wonderful job of making her reader think about what Jesus would look like if He were on social media. Then again, we are His representation to the world. So I would say He is on social media. What has He been saying in your neck of the web? http://reststopforthesoul.com/2014/10/03/jesus-on-facebook/The post God’s Facebook appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: The Story Of Passover Gets Told Through Social Media [Video] Favorite Links…
  • Religion

    RevCollins
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    religion [ri-lij-uh n] noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. The definition of religion from deinition.com pretty well sunarizes what most of us think of when we look to define the word  The point I want to focus on today is the ritual observance. Far too often that is exactly what our faith walk becomes. We leave the area of relationship…
  • Top 3 Reasons I Am Here or My Goals

    RevCollins
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Top 3 Goals I am taking a course on WordPress.com called Blogging 201. Day one of the course is a challenge to look at my goals. Why am I doing this? What is my purpose? #1 – More God less Religion My very first goal of this blog has always been to lead others to a greater relationship with Christ. I laid that framework from day one in the About Me page. I am no one special but I want to share the joy of leaving mere religion to walk in a real relationship with God. I want to share that Christianity is more than just rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts, or just plain…
  • Why On Earth are We Here

    RevCollins
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Ever Wondered Why We Are Here? I wonder if you have ever wondered why we are here on this third rock from the sun? The answers we receive often stem from the simple to the laughable. There are many theories as to why we exist. What our purpose is. New Sermon Series Pastor James Kilby of Harvest Christian Fellowship in West Carrollton, OH begun a series recently on just Why on Earth are We Here. The church recently purchased the 1st Presbyterian building as their first building. It seemed only proper that as the fellowship began to look at what the purpose of the church in this community was…
  • Christ’s Representative

    RevCollins
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    http://bible.com/8/COL3.12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely]…
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  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    An update about October’s MAD, Youth Pastor search, and being all about that bass. It must be time for another Next Level Update… I LOVE what God is doing at Next Level. I love the sense of community. I love the ownership I see. I love the stories of investment I’m hearing! LOVE it! Next Level takes next steps. That’s what we do. As a church all of us need to be looking for what next steps to take. It’s how we grow. After all our church is named Next Level and not just Level. The name implies we are going somewhere together. Big shout out to Jon Wall for…
  • Rob And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Rob Shepherd
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    I went to sleep exhausted because my son pitched a temper tantrum before bed, and then I forgot to set my alarm, and when I woke up I was late starting my day, and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I was too tired to watch the Lakers opening game that came on at 10:30 PM, plus I don’t have cable to watch it. When I woke up I checked the score to see how they did and the Lakers got blown out and our new rookie, and hope for the future, broke his tibia. I went for a quick jog while it was still dark outside, and I hate jogging. While jogging I…
  • You Are Watching The Walking Dead Wrong

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    It seems like there is less and less event TV out there. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s event TV was in the Golden Age. It seemed like everyone tuned into these shows. Shows like… Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Now don’t get me wrong there are very popular shows today. In fact I think that’s why we don’t have as much event TV. There are so many great shows that it is no longer dominated by one or two must see shows. Add to that Netflix bing watching and you have very few event worthy shows that blow up Twitter, and cause everyone to talk about them…
  • I’ve Got Issues

    Rob Shepherd
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    I’ve got issues. You’ve got issues as well, but your issues aren’t the cause of my issues. Most of the time when we get upset we focus on the other person and their issues. I mean, after all, they are the ones that committed the crime against our emotions. But focusing on the other person, and their shortcomings doesn’t truly fix the problem. I was reminded of this yesterday. Yesterday during our staff meeting we were having a good healthy discussion. People were passionate in the best way possible for a discussion. Finally after going round and round I had to make a…
  • YOL2

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Remember when YOLO was a thing. That was so 2011. The other day my friend was wearing a shirt that said, “YOL2.” As in You Only Live Twice. I think technically it should be YOLT, but I’ll just lean with it, rock with it. So YOL2. When I first saw it I thought it was a reference to the zombie apocalypse. But after further examination I realized it was a reference to living after you die in Heaven. I’ve been thinking a lot about Heaven lately. Not in a I am planning a trip there soon type of way, but more in a I’m not sure most people know much about it. Case in…
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  • Twins day 6

    Richard Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    It was a long day today. In the morning the hospital told us that also Luca had left the intensive care ward, was out of the incubator and in a heated cot, and that we would be able to pick him up and hold him for the first time. That was wonderful news for us, but then we had to wait the hours until we were going to go to the hospital in the afternoon… When we arrived, it got even better: we could hold Mattia as well. So we had a good time getting to know them. Unfortunately for the other children, Daniele had a fever this morning, so he and Stefania had to stay outside and watch through…
  • Twins day 4

    Richard Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A few improvements today. Pinuccia is at home now – she is feeling better than before even though still a bit sore, but she left the hospital more because her bed was needed than that she wanted to come home. But the surprise when we went to visit the twins in the afternoon was that Mattia had been moved from the intensive care unit to the neonatal problems unit. That is, he needs less help, even though he is still in an incubator. We might be able to take him and hold him when we visit the hospital tomorrow, which would be great and would make the experience seem more real. At the moment I…
  • Twins day 3

    Richard Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Today everyone is a bit better – Pinuccia can now walk around by herself, and Mattia and Luca have less tubes attached and don’t make us cry every time we see them. We still don’t know when they will be leaving intensive care, let alone the hospital, although Pinuccia can come home tomorrow if she wants to, but hasn’t decided yet if she will
  • Twins 2

    Richard Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Pinuccia and Luca The twins are in intensive care, and it seems that they will stay there for a few days – there is no danger, they just need help to breath. At least this morning Pinuccia was physically able (just) to get out of bed so as to be able to go to see them, touch them, and talk to them. They were a few tears from both of us!
  • Twins

    Richard Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Luca (2210g, on the right of the photos) and Mattia (2185g) were born today at 4pm Italian time. They are a bit small, since they were born a month before the due date – there were not any real problems, just a belly getting too large for Pinuccia to carry. They are still getting used to the new environment and need help breathing, so they are still in an incubator, and will remain there until they don’t need it any more, whenever that might be.  Pinuccia saw them for only a minute after the birth, but when she has recovered a bit more she will be able to go and see them, as they…
 
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  • Video: Stand Up – Worship Central #setapart

    Alastair Vance
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    This week I’m listening to a great new album release from Worship Central called “Set Apart”. One of my favorite songs so far off the album is “Stand Up” by Luke Hellebronth. The album is available now for pre-order on iTunes and releases Oct 27th.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 19 OCT 2014

    Alastair Vance
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (D) Multiplied – NeedToBreathe (D) From The Inside Out – Hillsong (G) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (E) Oceans – Hillsong (D) All The People Said Amen – Matt Maher (G)
  • Video: Scandal Of Grace (STORYCHURCH)

    Alastair Vance
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Here’s a video from our Oct 12th service at our new STORYCHURCH building. The audio of the video is straight from the camera mic. In our previous space (Elementary school), the audio extracted from the camera after Sunday morning was basically useless. A huge wash of echo and mess. I was surprised how much better it sounded in our new building. Still, not production quality by any means, but a million times better than what it was.
  • Video: Emmanuel – Martin Smith

    Alastair Vance
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I’m currently loving the new album from Martin Smith titled, “Back To The Start“. Check out this video of “Emmanuel“.
  • Abram Games

    Alastair Vance
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When I was at school, I thought my path would lead to a job in Graphic Design. Things didn’t work out as planned but I still have a huge appreciation for art. Today, I read an article on Abram Games and his war-time posters. I had a look through his work and picked out a couple of my favorites which are posted below. The one for London Transport (1937) is amazing. I love the simplicity, the colors, shapes and shadows used. Modern, yet Retro all at the same time. The “Grow Your Own Food” poster further below is from 1942. Again, I love his use of bold colors. I really like…
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Pure Religion

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    This is from the book “Reckless Devotion” which I’ve mentioned a couple times before. I LOVE this book. And I wanted to remember what authors and missionaries Heidi and Rolland Baker wrote about Pure Religion: What is pure religion? What is pure Christianity? What is pure love? What is this life all about? Is it about how many people we lead to Jesus or how many churches we plant or how good we are as people? Or is it about being so hidden in the heart of our awesome, eternal God of love that we are swallowed up in Him until it is no longer we who live, but Christ living in us? “And…
  • Mediterranean Cruise Opportunity

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The block of cabins I’m holding for our 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise, September 6, 2015, is on Royal Caribbean’s the Allure of the Seas! And she’s been called a destination herself!USA Today had an article in their Sept. 29th edition listing the top 10 cruise lines for night life. They mentioned RCCL first:Royal Caribbean: The line's ships all provide a non-stop nighttime scene, but the action is on steroids on the world's largest ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Watch a real Broadway show or head to the comedy club for laughs or the karaoke bar to show your…
  • Keys to Successful Living by Derek Prince

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Every journalist knows that lists sell. “Top 10 hotels in New York City”, “5 Miracle Foods to Include in Your Diet”, etc. So naturally I gravitated toward the book “Keys to Successful Living – 12 Ways to Discover God’s Best for Your Life.” But I was disappointed. The author got the list from the book of Hebrews using “let us” phrases written there. (Sounds like a great idea so far.) But the whole thing was really dry. It could have been a long article instead of a whole book. Disclaimer: I was given this book by the publisher for my truthful review.
  • Going Through Seasons

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    I’m reading the book Reckless Devotion by Heidi and Rolland Baker. A page a day. Yes, it’s that good. I wanted to remember this paragraph: “In life we go through bumpy patches. It’s inevitable. But it does not need to be unfruitful. Suffering connects us to the heart of God like nothing else. Instead of becoming bitter about our circumstances, we can ask the Father to birth a deeper compassion in us. Suffering is a season. Seasons come and go. When you move into the next season of your life, take compassion, not bitterness, with you.”
  • Isaac's Blessings

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Genesis 27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”“Here I am,” he answered. 2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” 5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt…
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    the mayward blog

  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: JWPhotowerks (CC)Leadership in the church can be a series of uphill battles.Why is it this way? Policies, politics, and preferences, which all have a common thread: people. Conflicts and disputes with people can take a lot of time and energy. Sometimes those battles feel completely unnecessary, causing ministry leaders to expend lots of sideways energy for a conflict that isn't worth fighting. Some battles are worth dying for; others didn't need to happen in the first place. It's these latter conflicts I hope to address here. Too many battles simply weren't worth fighting in the…
  • Top 15 Youth Group Cliches

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Check out this snarky and silly video from Blimey Cow on the top 15 youth group cliches (click here to watch if you can't see the embed below):Love the awkward side hug, the "sloppy wet kiss vs. unforeseen kiss," and the cameo from Derek Webb as the angriest youth pastor ever. It's all a bit over-the-top, and kinda cringe-worthy in its accuracy.What do you think? Which cliche stood out to you? What would you add to the list?
  • My Movie Rating Scale

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Some of my personal all-time favorite filmsHow do you decide if a movie is "good" or not?No, really. Take a minute and think about it. What are the qualities of a “good” movie, versus a “bad” movie?  A good moral message? Well-made and aesthetically interesting? Depicts something true or beautiful? Personal taste for the genre? You just sorta liked it?It's an important question to consider, as it brings to the surface our motives, paradigms, values, and practices when it comes to engaging with art and culture. Why do you like what you like? Everyone needs to find a…
  • VIFF: Winter Sleep; Leviathan; Class Enemy

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here.Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan). The winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Winter Sleep is an intimate familial drama centered around one man's relationship with his wife, his sister, and the small community where he holds significant influence. This man, Aydin, is a former actor who runs a small hotel in the mountainous region of Anatolia in Turkey. The community…
  • VIFF: Two Days, One Night; Listen Up Philip

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here.Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes). I'll admit up front--I am a huge fan of the Dardennes brothers and their films. Like modern-day parables, the Dardennes films are simple stories embodying profound moral and spiritual themes. Two Days, One Night follows this structure, focusing on Sandra (Marion Cotillard) and her struggle to keep her job. Her employer offers her co-workers a…
 
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Shades of grey, my hashtag problem with Song of songs (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I can’t remember the last time I read Song of songs. #memory. It was probably a few years ago when I read the whole bible. Before that it was when I was at Bible college, a seminar, so essential reading if I was to make any comment. #degree. Before and since those times, well, it is one of those bible books I don’t take a look at. The reason it doesn’t get much of a look, is I’m not sure what to do with it. #uncertainty. That’s not a unique problem, it seems that the entire history of biblical commentators have gone through similar thoughts. #conundrums. There are several ways to…
  • What is Love? (@NedLunn)

    nedlunn
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been reflecting on our culture’s view of ‘love’ recently. Love is used all over the media; from its use in marketing to advice columns, to status updates and in tabloid headlines. It is used in popular culture as a generally accepted, shared point of reference when it comes to social cohesion: we all think ‘love’ is a good thing. But what do we mean? How do we love? ‘To love our neighbours as ourselves’ has been replaced by the seemingly synonymous concept of ‘treating others as you would like to be treated.’ No one questions someone’s ‘love’ for something or…
  • My Song is Love Unknown: Song of Songs (@JHOsborn)

    Jenni Osborn
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Love songs usually disappoint me. They’re either full of ridiculous lyrics that don’t actually make any sense, or they paint an unrealistic picture of relationships! I struggled a lot with the idea of romantic love we find in our song lyrics for many years. It had a huge impact on what I thought I was looking for in the person who would be my ‘other half’ and only by the grace of God has it only had minimal impact on my marriage! http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/share_the_good_news Some of the songs I found particularly stirring in my younger days I now revisit and discover…
  • #CNMAC14 Speaker Profile: Vicky Walker (@Vicky_Walker)

    bigbible
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    There’s another excellent line-up for the fifth Christian New Media Conference (1st November 2014, The Brewery, London). With CODEC involved in developing the line-up, we’ve given the speakers the opportunity to answer a few questions: Who are you, what do you do, and how does your story feed into #CNMAC14? I’m a writer and communication consultant. I write about culture, life, belief and relationships in book, article, story and blog form. I also have a company helping organisations, businesses and people tell their stories well. CNMAC14 will be a place to meet old and new friends,…
  • Song of Solomon 8:7 (@dotsters)

    dotsters
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold – it’s not to be found in the marketplace. http://media.photobucket.com/user/Luvnpiks/media/1Corinthians13-4-7.jpg.html Unfortunately many today, think that love can be bought by buying gifts (that the giver often can’t afford) to try and ‘keep’ the person, ‘love’ is sold by people who don’t know any better as they don’t know what real love is, and ‘love’ is often found in the marketplace, by those…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • What We Can Learn From TAYLOR SWIFT: Marketing Genius

    tsnipes
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Whether you’re a fan or not you MUST pay CLOSE ATTENTION to how Taylor Swift is marketing her new album “1989”…IT’S GENIUS! Taylor has done a phenomenal job launching her latest album. They do a lot of what I’ve taught my clients about the product launch strategy, so YOU CAN DO THE SAME: 1. CREATE … Continue Reading → Related posts: 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business One of the best ways any business can market themselves... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... If…
  • What Is the Culture War and How Do Christian Creatives Fit in It?

    tsnipes
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    I was recently asked, in reference to a previous post, what I meant by “culture war”. Here’s my interpretation of The Culture War and how I believe we creatives fit within it: Culture is defined as: “The behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought, especially as expressed in … Continue Reading → Related posts: 2014, The Culture War, The Devil…and You I believe that 2014 will usher in the biggest battle... The Election Is Over: Next Steps For Creatives Now that the election is over, you are likely to...
  • 8 Reasons Why Artists Need Their Own Websites

    tsnipes
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I came across a very simple but informative article with 8 reasons why artists need their OWN website. Yes, their are many resources and services that allow artists to have a web presence…BUT LET’S BE HONEST: If you REALLY want to go from being a “hobbyist” to truly approaching your talent as a viable source … Continue Reading → Related posts: Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers? I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many... BLUEPRINT: How Artists Should Use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to Boost…
  • What Do You Think of My New Character?

    tsnipes
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    I THINK I FOUND HIM! I’ve finally developed the character to be the center of my upcoming book “GOD’S 7 KEYS FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE”. Meet “Edward B. Garrett”, an artisan from the the early 1900’s…searching for God’s direction for his creative talents in a fast changing society. Thoughts? Related posts: How Musician Alphaeus Anderson Launched His Creative Business You could be “One Idea Away” from changing your life”…... Character Designer Rob Joseph: Find Time to Create (Audio) In this episode, Character Designer Rob…
  • 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives

    tsnipes
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    If you want to have the BEST Christmas ever for your business this year, try these 3 concepts: Market to the GIFT GIVER Think about the challenges that YOU often have as a gift giver, and get your audience’s attention by helping to SOLVE those challenges. Challenges like: 1.    What to buy the person that … Continue Reading → Related posts: 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business One of the best ways any business can market themselves... Top 10 Triggers That Lead to Growing Creative Businesses Below are the leading 10 items that can honestly help... If…
 
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    samluce.com

  • What is essential to being a leader?

    samluce
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Love this quote from Kip Tindell CEO of The Container Store “While I certainly value intellectual intelligence, a capable leader must also possess emotional intelligence. I think that’s the key to being really successful. These individuals keep their egos in check and remain sensitive to the needs of others. Instead of being driven by deep seated insecurities, emotionally intelligent leaders are comfortable surrounding themselves with people who are better than they are in certain areas, and they rank high on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs where self-esteem, awareness, honesty, and…
  • What your kids need to know about sin

    samluce
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Where did sin come from and why do I sin? The biblical account of the fall is found in Genesis chapter 3. The understanding of the fall it’s causes and it’s far reaching effects are essential for parents and their children alike to full understand. It is understanding the nature and the cause of the fall that we are able to see the need for redemption and ultimately restoration. We do our kids a massive disservice when we minimize the nature of sin. It is only through a clear understanding of sin that we see ourselves as we truly are and are then able to see Christ as He is. John Newton…
  • Are Miracles Real?

    samluce
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Eric Metaxas is rolling out his new book “Miracles” tomorrow. I had the privilege of reading it in advance. I read “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” last year and enjoyed it so much I read several of Eric’s other books. Many of Eric’s latest books were biographical so Miracles in combining theology and biography was a bit of a twist from his most recent offerings. Being part of a church that is Charismatic in expression and Reformed in theological practice, I was interested in the direction Metaxas would take on the supernatural. Knowing his background of Greek Orthodoxy,…
  • Leaders focus relentlessly

    samluce
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Multitasking is a myth. There has been much research recently. Earl Miller MIT neuroscientist at MIT explains that it is actually switch tasking and in the switching from task to task we lose more than we gain. MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller (Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again: John Hamilton, NPR October 2008) says, “Switching from task to task, you think that you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But, you’re not.” You’re really toggling between tasks at amazing speeds. Apparently, we were never multitasking. It’s a myth! Leading is…
  • Parents use the Bible

    samluce
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    I am not the biggest fan of post apocalyptic films none of them end well. Spoiler alert everyone dies nearly all the time. These movies always freak me out. They are too chaotic for me. There are no rules no sense of social norms. There is very little trust understanding and empathy. It’s Godless, faithless and Darwin on steroids. As I describe what a post apocalyptic movie sounds like many of you are agreeing many of you think I am overstating and simplifying the genre too much. What we all can agree is that if we close our eyes and think about what I just described the picture we are all…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 8 Important Bible Verses About Worldliness

    Crystal McDowell
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Worldliness is one of the most dangerous enemies of a believer. We are drawn to the world’s way as it appeals to our own sinful nature that longs to be satisfied. Believers who struggle with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Should Christians Stockpile to Prepare for Future Disasters?

    Jack Wellman
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you believe Christians should stockpile supplies and weapons for any futuristic disasters? Does the Bible give us any guidelines over such an issue? Preparing for the Future Jesus gives us a lot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Shall Not Steal: Bible Lesson and Life Application

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is hard to find anyone who has not been a victim of theft. Yet, despite the nightly news reports and the stories of those who are victims of theft, most people think that when it comes to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2 Corinthians Bible Study and Commentary

    Jack Wellman
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here is a brief survey or summary and commentary on 2 Corinthians. The Second Letter to the Corinthians There is internal, biblical evidence that this might actually be the third letter to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 8 Bible Verses About Babies

    Crystal McDowell
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Babies are beautiful gifts from God. The Lord gives the world babies to remind us of the preciousness of life and the fragility of the young. Parents find themselves without instructions as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Long Page

  • Pandemics and Multiplication

    Justin Long
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Tufekci, Zeynep. “Ebola: the real reason everyone should panic.” Medium. A very useful exploration of the power of exponential growth. While in the context of pandemic diseases, there are many applications to other viral movements (including CPMs).
  • Perilously Positive

    Justin Long
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    “The problem with positive thinking.” New York Times, 24 October 2014. Positive dreaming about the future saps you of the energy to make the necessary changes. Mental contrasting is a better approach.
  • The ideal length of everything online

    Justin Long
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    “The Internet is a zoo” infographic.
  • Monetizing Halloween

    Justin Long
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Costumes, candy, decoration sales: $7.4 billion Pet costumes: $350 million (fastest growing category, up 59% since 2010) Candy: $2.2 billion Average alcohol consumption rises 30% when it falls on Friday or Saturday Adult costumes: $1.3 billion Kid costumes: $1.06 billion Popup haunted houses, mazes, amusements: $300 million Voigt, Kevin. “Halloween, once for kids, has become an adult holiday.” Christian Science Monitor.
  • Bibliography, Iran

    Justin Long
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Special report: “The revolution is over.” Economist, Nov. 2014.
 
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    RevTrev.com

  • Is the measurement of time arbitrary?

    revtrev
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    OK, I’ve been doing some searching. Our church in Beaumont is getting great traction through social media and image searches. It’s time I get back to producing content for my RevTrev Readers. I’ll be posting my message notes and videos back on RevTrev.com starting this week. Almost every week I’ve been posting a Pastor’s Minute […]
  • Here’s how to handle the options God gives you

    revtrev
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Are your options really options? We’re looking at “How to Live the Life You Were Created For” and last time we started to look at the life of one of the Kings of Judah. Asa was the great-grandson of Solomon. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He saw peace and […]
  • Do you seriously want God’s best for you?

    revtrev
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Do you really want the best? 2 Chronicles 14:1-6 We begin the “How to live the life you were created for” series today by looking at the life of Asa, King of Judah. You were created to walk with God in the garden in the cool of the day. Asa had peace for his reign […]
  • 5 Principles to Prepare for a Suddenly

    revtrev
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Read Proverbs 3:1-10 Why should we prepare for a suddenly? There is no blessing without some preparation as you can see in the following scriptures: There was no water until ditches were dug. (2 Kings 3:16-17) There was no oil until vessels were gathered. (2 Kings 4:3) There was no healing until the leper had […]
  • 5 Secrets of waiting on God

    revtrev
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Read Mark 5:21-24; 37-41 In Mark chapter 5 Jesus came to Jairus’s daughter – he was told “she is dead” – Jesus said she is not dead, she is only asleep – Jesus said “Its not over – only believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of […]
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    ResonateOrDie

  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part Two)

    Kerry Bural
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    If you missed part one, check it out here. Our team is often asked to create logos that are totally original, crazy unique and significantly different than anything else on the planet. Understandably, people tend to have bigger than life ideals about their ministry and desperately want their baby to succeed. We get it. We really do. Unfortunately, we also often crash into the realities of the over-saturated and hyper-stimulated visual era in which we live. The truth . . . is that there is simply “nothing new under the sun.” Yeah, I know it is painful to be reminded of this, because…
  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part One)

    Kerry Bural
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    We put our ministry, nonprofit and church logos under far more pressure than they can bear. Think about it. Your poor logo does not have super powers. It simply cannot communicate everything about you and your vision, mission or values. Nor should it. Why do we expect so much of these poor little guys? Imagine how overwhelmed your logo must feel knowing that you expect it to transfer everything you believe and want to communicate through its limited symbols, colors and elements? Put under such unrealistic expectations, it’s amazing they agree to stick around and still be a part of the team.
  • 14 Urges Leaders Should Resist Every Day

    Kerry Bural
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you are like every other leader I know, you have to constantly identify and manage certain areas of your life that threaten to take you down. We all have them. Yes, even that leader who seems focused, tidy, successful and super spiritual. These things are your nemesis: they relentlessly threaten to get you off track, throw you to the ground and kick you in the gut. They rear their head a thousand times a day depending on where you are in your journey and the intensity of the struggles you are facing. They remind you of the realities of the human condition. They hold a mirror up to your…
  • Three ways not to short-circuit the creative process

    Kerry Bural
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:38 am
    I used to think creativity simply required talent. Not anymore. After over 30 years in the creative field, I’ve discovered that effective creative expression takes much more than talent; it also takes legit time, serious focus, hard work and tenacity. When you fail to see an idea or concept through to its best possible expression, you run the risk of failing rather than nailing it. You’re in danger of short-circuiting the creative process before you’ve even gotten started. Here are three ways not to short-circuit the creative process. No. 1: Be realistic about the amount of time needed…
  • 5 MORE Secret Tips For Rocking Your Whiteboard

    Kerry Bural
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:32 am
    Whiteboards are great tools. Tools to help us think. Tools to help us shape vision, unpack ideas and build out super-sized plans.  A whiteboard can help you engage team members, explore crazy ideas, and expedite problem-solving. They can be powerful tools for transforming a team into an effective, strategic and creative micro-community. Having facilitated several hundred sessions in the last several years, we’ve tried to develop some consistent habits and best practices for facilitating effective sessions. Here are a few more tips for you: 1. Obtain the biggest and baddest board you…
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • A response to Halloween

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    This is the response to Halloween I gave out at church...I never went trick-or-treating as a kid. It had nothing to do with religion, as my parents didn’t attend church, it just wasn’t done amongst my friends or in my neighbourhood. I’m only in my early thirties, but even I have to admit that times seem to have changed. Quickly.Halloween is getting increasingly difficult to ignore. It’s in shops, day-care centres, kindergartens and (you’ve probably noticed!) schools. Each year there seems to be an increasing number of trick-or-treaters.And… Halloween’s not going away…So, how…
  • Comfort passages

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Whenever I choose hymns for the morning service, I have the aim for them to be recognizable for the congregation to almost be able to recite the words from memory.I want the songs sung in the morning to be stirring... familiar... comfortable. There are some bible passages which can produce a similar result.At my church, in the evening service, we're currently in the middle of a series on the Psalms. Last night I preached on, arguably, the most comforting and recognized passage in all the bible... Psalm 23.I opened the sermon by mentioning that the words…
  • Do you have an atheist part?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    You're a church-going, ministry-involved, bible-aware, Jesus-believing Christian.But you're sleeping with your partner...You're a sexual atheist.But you have no problem dating your non-believing boyfriend...You're a relational atheist.But you deny the supernatural elements of the gospels because you "know better"...You're an intellectual atheist.But you trawl for porn on the Internet, relatively guilt free...You're a technological atheist.Do you, as a Christian, have a segment of your life which, when you weigh up the attitudes you have and choices you make, look and feel atheistic?Are there…
  • The two essential elevator pitches you must nail in youth ministry

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    In youth ministry you need two elevator pitches. One short, elevator ride timed, spiel should outline the core of the gospel message. Mine boils down to FTH and is ready to go at the drop of a hat. But I continually fail at the second, absolutely necessary, elevator pitch. Youth group. Whenever I'm asked to give a quick gist of what we do on a Friday night, I waffle something about fun, games, talks, leaders and food, eventually trailing off...And it's a real weakness which everyone attached to a youth group should be able to nail. Especially the leader.
  • Did Jesus get the sniffles?

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Tonight I had the last lecture of my final subject - Christology - for my Bachelor of TheologyDealing mainly with the incarnation and its results, we were asked what struck us during the course of the subject.For me, there was a passing point made by Athanasius which blew my little mind.Upon hearing this, my brains were splattered across the back of the classroom...Are you ready?Jesus didn't get sick.At first, when I bumped up against this, it sprung my heresy alarm. I thought, a part of the human condition, which Jesus took on, includes getting somewhat…
 
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    Ryan Guard

  • Bartering With Jesus

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Jesus said to me, “I want all of you.” I said, “Here are my Sunday mornings.” "Thanks," he replied, "but I want all of you." "Ok here are my Wednesday nights too", I replied. "That’s great, but I want all of you" he insisted. Reluctantly I replied ,”Ok, I get it. Here is the music I listen to, the movies I watch, my hobbies, and… here, here’s some money too.” "Thanks, but I already owned all of that," he replied. "I want all of you." "Well now you’re just being greedy," I replied.
  • "“I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this:..."

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    ““I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this: “If I was saved by my good works — then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with rights. I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace — at God’s infinite cost — then there’s nothing he cannot ask of me.”” - "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller
  • A Life Few Have Ever Dreamed Of

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I came home from school in the Fall of 1993 to find my dad passed out drunk on our couch. He had taken a steak knife from the kitchen and dragged it repeatedly across both of his forearms. I’m not sure if he was trying to kill himself, punish himself, or just feel something.  By the time I got there, the blood had dried. I called 911, then poured what was left in his bourbon bottle down the drain. He’d been fired from his job as a lumber salesman that day, and that was the tipping point for his brokenness. He’d never recover.  He’d been drinking heavily in secret…
  • Exciting Announcement

    19 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
    My job titles keep changing!  Back in December I was the High School Pastor… then I was the High School & College Pastor… then, I don’t know what else…  Then our world flipped upside-down.  Now I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as Teaching Pastor & Student Ministries Pastor here at Mission!  That means I’ll teach on the main stage at least 25% of the time from here on out, as well as in some other ministries as needed. I’ll also oversee our Student Ministry team, which is led by an amazing group of pastors,…
  • "Before we get started, I’m gonna take a quick selfie....

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    "Before we get started, I’m gonna take a quick selfie. Everyone lean in!" Congratulations Kyle & Melissa!!! (at Superstition Manor Wedding Venue)
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Southbridge in the Civil War – Andersonville Prison

    Fr. Peter
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Andersonville Prison is synonymous with the horrors of the Civil War.  Some 13,000 Union prisoners died while being held in some of the worst conditions of the American Civil War.  Andersonville Prison was opened in February of 1864 on 16.5 acres of land near the town of Andersonville Georgia.  By the time the prison was liberated in May of 1865 45,000 union soldiers would have been held there. The prison was commanded by Major Henry Wirz who was tried and executed after the war due to the conditions of the prison he commanded.  The most common cause of death was scurvy, diarrhea and…
  • What Pulls Us

    Fr. Peter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:26-39 At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke…
  • Mazel Tov ~ Reflections from A Bar Mitzvah

    Fr. Peter
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
      If you are like me, you have only heard or read about the Jewish custom of Bar Mitzvah.  I had an intellectual knowledge of what it was all about – the becoming of an adult in the eyes of Jewish Community and an acceptance of the Jewish faith in a very public way – but I never had any first-hand experience with it.  Well, that all changed when I recently attended my nephew Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah. I often describe myself as a “church geek”. I like ritual and liturgy, not only of my own church, but of other churches.  I like the history of the development of ritual and…
  • What Kind of Soil Are You?

    Fr. Peter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Gospel of Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others…
  • The Gettysburg Story

    Fr. Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    I listen to a number of podcasts as I travel on my rounds and one of my favorites is Civil War Talk Radio hosted by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz of East Carolina University.  Each week Gerry, as I like to think of him, brings authors and other Civil War scholars to his show for an interview about their book or specific topic.  If you are a serious student of the Civil War or just someone who likes history, this show is for you. The show takes a break for the summer so I have been using the time to catch up on the ten years of archived episodes, I have been binge listening, and I have heard…
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    Jonathan Herron

  • Caesarea: The place where worms busted royal guts + Paul was in prison

    Jonathan Herron
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Israel was a game changer.  It deeply shifted my view of the Bible.  When people ask me to describe the effect of Israel in just two words, I reply: “HOLY SHIFT!” I mean, I grew up in a Christian home, graduated with a Master’s degree from seminary, and with nearly 15 years of full-time ministry under my belt,  thought I had the Bible nailed down.  I was wrong.  Actually walking where Jesus walked and visiting the literal, historical sites throughout Israel completely shifted my understanding of Scripture. Over the next several weeks and months, I’ll be sharing…
  • Live from the Sea of Galilee

    Jonathan Herron
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Over the past 9 days we filmed many on-site digital videos from significant sites throughout Israel: We will begin rolling out these spectacular videos beginning THIS SUNDAY at Life Church! From the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem to the empty tomb in Jerusalem (and everything in-between), you won’t want to miss these video teachings over the next several weeks and months. Join us beginning this Sunday and see the historical sites of the Bible come to life! The post Live from the Sea of Galilee appeared first on Jonathan Herron.
  • Israel or Bust

    Jonathan Herron
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Apologies for the lack of blogging lately. I think I’ve been posting stuff here at the rate of once per millenia. But I have good excuses: 1)  I’m about to head to the other side of the world (literally). 2)  When I return we are opening a new facility for Life Church. 3)  I have young children.  So I never sleep. I’d love to have you follow along as Dan Thorp and I head over to Israel!   We’re using the hashtag #HerronThorpWorldTour. We’ll be touring historical sites with our friends from NewSpring Network and also filming some stuff for our Christmas…
  • Advice to My 8-Yr-Old Birthday Boy

    Jonathan Herron
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    It was a rainy Monday in north-east Ohio 8 years ago today when my little buddy was born.  The whole experience was amazing: Josiah, today you are turning 8 years old.  That means I’ve only got 10 more years with you before you launch out into the world.  Here’s some advice I wanted to pass on to you: Make God Your Priority:  There are so many distractions in life: homework, new Star Wars films, friends.  Enjoy life but enjoy God the most.  When you actively put God 1st each day, He takes care of the distractions and details. Carry Yourself with Honor + Integrity: Do the…
  • When It’s Not Your Time, It’s Not Your Time

    Jonathan Herron
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    I was reading Acts chapter 1 the other day.  As the early Christ followers we about to unleash a new movement of love and compassion into the world, they got their ducks in a row and prepared for a movement of God. Peter takes inventory and realizes that with Judas out of the picture, the apostles have an opening in upper church management. In Acts 1:23, two names are nominated to fill the spot: Justus and Matthias. Now if you’re Justus or Matthias, you’re having a pretty good day: your boss wants to give you a huge promotion and the signing bonus includes getting your name in…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Last Chance Pricing: Bible Screen Motions

    Jason Hickerson
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Don’t miss the last chance to get introductory pricing on the Bible Screen Motions! Right now they are only $89.95 but not for much longer. These short videos are perfect for emphasizing a verse from the sermon or add several to the pre-service loop to bring the Bible to life. These are made by professional designers and inspired by our popular Verse of the Day series. Check out the videos below, then take advantage of this one time special offer and purchase them in Proclaim. 1. Open Proclaim 2. Open Media Browser 3. Select “Store” 4. Select “Bible Screen” on the left. Download…
  • More to Love – Proclaim Update

    Jason Hickerson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    First things first: Open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. The full list of changes is in the Proclaim forums. I want to quickly highlight three changes. You can edit media title, description, tags, and video loop settings for media in your group’s upload series. This will allow you to tag all of your media just the way you want to. If you need to make a change, no problem, just edit the information. Click a tag to search for that tag across all media. This new feature makes finding media you uploaded easier than ever. Proclaim is even better with…
  • Proclaim and Mogiv

    Jason Hickerson
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Proclaim puts the mobile devices in your church to good use. With Proclaim Signals you can send a bible reference, contact card, calendar event, or web address to any mobile device following your Proclaim presentation. You can even ask a question and get real time answers, live on the screen! Proclaim saves you time and energy building beautiful church presentations. With Proclaim Signals you can broadcast anything to your presentation followers. Send a Proclaim signal : Mogiv is making mobile giving easier than ever. With a simple registration form and no set-up, subscription or support…
  • More Pro Media to Love

    Jason Hickerson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This month there are twenty new packs and three motions in Pro Media. This is a great month to jump in with a Pro Media subscription. If you want to use Pro Media slides but don’t have Pro Media yet, that’s okay. Just purchase your Pro Media subscription in Proclaim, or over the phone at 855-715-6467. The three motions this week are great for any type of service item. Subtle movement with lyrics keep the focus on what is most important. Sunday, November 2, there is a time change so use this beautiful image to remind your church. Preaching on Sex and Marriage, Daniel, God’s Timing,…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on September 14

    Naomi Deviny
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Our God” “Mighty to Save” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Mighty to Save” “Revelation Song” “Lord I Need You” “Cornerstone” “This is Amazing Grace” “In Christ Alone” Landing at number 18 this week, “One Thing Remains (Your…
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    Blake Mankin

  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

    blakemankin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Internet was hailed as a way for the walls between us to come tumbling down, giving us a platform to exchange ideas in a civilized way. Sadly, this hasn’t come to fruition. The majority of the people I follow tend to think the same way as I do, and when I take a look at any CNN article, I don’t find respectful discourse. No, I find news about the latest celebrity scandal followed by someone in the comments section claiming that people who believe in God are stupid. A breaking story about Obama is followed by someone claiming he’s the antichrist. It seems to be a medium…
  • Discipline Is a Tool

    blakemankin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Discipline is one of the best tools we can use to create progress. As much as I like binging on The West Wing and eating queso, doing so every day would be detrimental to my health. In smaller doses, these things are fantastic. Who doesn’t love eating thousands of chips while watching Toby and CJ get into it after a press briefing? But the uncomfortable practice of habitually saying no to doing the easy things and yes to doing the hard things will breed forward momentum. The snooze button might be tempting, but the completed novel will be far more rewarding–even though it hurts.
  • Dreams for What Could Be

    blakemankin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The world’s societies have deplorable pieces: inaccessible clean water, human sex trafficking, corruption, desperate poverty, moral decay–to name just a few. Heck, I have deplorable pieces: selfishness, greed, bitterness. But what do we do about solving the largest issues of our day? It’s a simple question requiring complex answers, answers we could (and will) spend the rest of our lives trying to articulate. One thing Jesus models for us, though, is what not to do to solve these massive problems: hate. The world is full of more pain than we know what to do with, but that…
  • Authenticity

    blakemankin
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    To live authentic lives inherently means to surrender control. We have to give up trying to manipulate the way people think about us. This is hard, obviously, and nearly impossible. In fact, I’m hoping you’ll think I’m more insightful, intelligent, and profound after reading this. My commentary on authenticity is washed in hypocrisy. But we’ve got to start somewhere, and maybe the best place to start is with awareness. Authenticity is more than just a buzz word we use to signify a progressive participation in faith. It’s the active process of taking off the masks and kicking down…
  • Moments

    blakemankin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Life is made up of a series of moments. Some of them are explicitly magnificent, like the ringing of wedding bells, the birth of a child, or the smell of the air in a foreign land. Some of them are explicitly tragic, like the last words, the horrible phone call, or the bad news at the doctor. But most of life’s moments are seemingly mundane. They conglomerate to make weeks, months, or even years–seasons filed away in our memories as buckets of water rather than a series of drops. I tend to get the lowest when it seems as if the string of normal won’t stop because I wrongly…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • The Reason Why

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-5‬ NIV) God chose us before creation to be his own. He adopted us as His children to shine in the way we live our lives. And the question is why? Why would this awesome God choose us? The key phrase is: “In love…” God chose before creation, this  means before we could make any move, before we could think or prove anything, simply…
  • Heavenly Minded

    Kris Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. UFC, When I first read this verse I was stricken by the difference between Paul’s attitude in his writing and the circumstance he was in when he wrote it. If you read just the verse, he speaks about how he has become a servant of God and how it was given to him as a gift by God’s grace. He sounds like he is enthused and counts himself blessed to be given this opportunity of servanthood. But we know that Paul was writing this letter from a jail cell. He was imprisoned,…
  • Sonship

    Kris Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ephesians 1:5 In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…   UFC, The world is full of people who have no choices in their actions but are bound to be “slaves to sin”. All of us can remember what that was like as we were once there. But Christ came to break slavery and bring us into sonship. Christ came and suffered on the cross so that you could be a son! We do not seek the Father because of rules; we seek the father because we have been adopted in love and we want to be close to our Father. We do not restrain…
  • Rejoice!

    Kris Burke
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Deuteronomy 16:14-15 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful. UFC, It is such an awesome time in the church of God! This verse is talking about the Festival of Tabernacles, the time we are currently in. This…
  • Be At Peace

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NIV) Its very easy to see the turmoil and chaos that’s building up in the world. There are cases of Ebola beginning to spread. There are diseases affecting children that doctors can’t cure. There are rumors of war and wars that are occurring. Threats of economic collapse, terroristic attacks, and the list goes on and on. But what should be happening within the believer at such a time? PEACE! Jesus speaks peace…
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    WP Ministries

  • 21 Breathtaking Church Websites Built With WordPress

    Andrew Wilson
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    By Andrew Wilson Be Inspired I am very partial, but I believe WordPress is the ultimate choice for church websites. It is easy, flexible, and cost effective which equals a perfect choice for churches of all size. The other thing about WordPress is that is capable of creating some amazing websites for churches. So amazing in fact that […] This is a post from WP Ministries. Read the original post at 21 Breathtaking Church Websites Built With WordPress
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