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  • 3 Small Business Startups That Became Game Changers

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    calvin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Startup Companies have the huge task of having to generating enough momentum to catapult out of its infancy stage. They have to find a way to differentiate themselves and be able to stand above their competition even if the competition is substantially larger than them. This is not an easy obstacle to overcome but if we search hard enough we can find tips and pointers from the startup companies who’ve found a way to make it happen. Here’s a list of 3 companies that have found a way to either penetrated a niche or carve out a new niche out of nothing. ShipHawk is a startup company…
  • Playing Devil’s Advocate for the Church

    Church Marketing Sucks
    Robert Carnes
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s Note: I’m thrilled to introduce Robert Carnes. He works at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta and joined our last Certification Lab in June. He had good things to say about the event: Feeling so encouraged after the first day of the #certlab. Helping to remind me why I love working in church communications. — Robert Carnes (@jamrobcar) June 9, 2014 We hope you’ll consider joining our next Certification Lab, coming Oct. 13-14 to Southern California. Devil’s advocate is not a popular position in the church. Christians are strictly anti-devil. All…
  • Unplugging this Week

    Greg Atkinson
    Greg Atkinson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Hey friends. I wrote this blog post yesterday. Today and for the rest of the week, I’ll be at a spiritual retreat center totally unplugging. They don’t have internet or cell phone service. It’s just me, God, my Bible and my prayer journal. Please pray that God would speak clearly to me. Thanks! *** Also Happy Birthday to my son, Tommy, who turns 12 today. It’s been amazing to see God work in your life over the past two years. I’m so glad we had a wonderful day of celebration  yesterday. You’re a great young man and I’m proud of you.
  • List of CMSes used by Popular Church Websites

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    djchuang
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    As the speed of communication increases with the mainstreaming of social media and mobile devices by your side, quicker updates and faster edits on church websites must be part of effective church communications. And from time to time, that also means changing the software (aka platform) used for managing the content on a church website. Social proof may be helpful to churches that are looking for the support of a website company for their current & future seasons of ministry.What are popular churches using to run their websites? I believe it’s helpful to know what churches as a…
  • Two Technology Tips That Will Transform Your Relationships

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    Rhett Smith
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    I love technology. Cue Napoleon Dynamite. Technology has helped me connect to some amazing people and transformed a lot of the way that I work, write, speak, etc. But technology has also come at a cost. Many times it has left me feeling more stressed out and anxious. And it has often…unfortunately, been a hindrance and caused issue with some of my most important relationships. Often I find myself not very present with my wife or kids as I’m too busy getting a few photos taken and then uploading them to Instagram…all the while my family just wants to feel valued and…
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  • 3 Small Business Startups That Became Game Changers

    calvin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Startup Companies have the huge task of having to generating enough momentum to catapult out of its infancy stage. They have to find a way to differentiate themselves and be able to stand above their competition even if the competition is substantially larger than them. This is not an easy obstacle to overcome but if we search hard enough we can find tips and pointers from the startup companies who’ve found a way to make it happen. Here’s a list of 3 companies that have found a way to either penetrated a niche or carve out a new niche out of nothing. ShipHawk is a startup company…
  • 4 Ways to Provide Cashflow to Your Small or Home Based Business

    calvin
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    Photo by Simon Cunningham When starting out a business, be it a home based business or even a small corporation, cash flow is always one of the biggest problems. As one cannot just come out with a huge capital immediately, it is important that the business to start picking up in order to bring in more funds. But as a business rarely makes money overnight, it is often best to look into other ways to inject funds to keep the business running. Otherwise the operations might cease to function, causing an untimely death. In order to avoid this, here are 4 ways on how you can provide cash flow to…
  • A Little Help Needed

    calvin
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The world of business is full of never-ending competition. In starting one, you need all the help you can get from pooling all your resources to promoting your market. The people should know about the new flowers blooming, specifically the right people. In general, exposure is the main factor in getting your business noticed and in order for it to be successful. The use of technology is not limited only to big businesses and big time corporations. Even small franchises are benefiting from this technological advancement. Social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and a lot more, and…
  • Running a Beauty Salon Business

    calvin
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:19 am
    While the average hairdresser makes only $23K a year, it is possible to make money in this business, if you target some specific niche and market your business correctly. High scale salons are profitable and have their own niche. The secret in building a successful hairstyling business is targeting a specific niche of customers that are able and willing to pay for an artistic hairstyle. As a hair salon business owner you are in several different businesses at one time, including: Service Art Product marketing Education Excelling in all four of these fields would allow you to charge premium…
  • Promoting Your Business Online in 2014

    calvin
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Photo by SEOPlanter and reproduced under Creative Commons With the advent of technology, various kinds of income opportunities are opening up to people all over the world. People are no longer tied down to the usual 8-5 job, which was the norm of the past. With the use of the Internet, people can now work from home and even start their own businesses from the comfort of their own homes. For those who are looking to start their own businesses, here are 4 ways owners of home businesses can promote their business on the Internet: Creating a website. One of the best ways to be able to promote…
 
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  • Playing Devil’s Advocate for the Church

    Robert Carnes
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s Note: I’m thrilled to introduce Robert Carnes. He works at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta and joined our last Certification Lab in June. He had good things to say about the event: Feeling so encouraged after the first day of the #certlab. Helping to remind me why I love working in church communications. — Robert Carnes (@jamrobcar) June 9, 2014 We hope you’ll consider joining our next Certification Lab, coming Oct. 13-14 to Southern California. Devil’s advocate is not a popular position in the church. Christians are strictly anti-devil. All…
  • 10 Reasons You Need to Go to the Certification Lab

    Katie Strandlund
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week we announced the return of the Certification Lab, this time to Southern California from Oct. 13-14. If you’ve been teetering on the edge of deciding whether or not to attend the next Certification Lab, these 10 reasons may be just the push you need. 1. Resources. Resources. Resources. Our five instructors who have over 40 years combined experience are extremely generous in sharing practical resources that they use with their teams on a daily basis. These tips, tools, templates, documents, and more will help you immediately improve your communications. 2. Get Your Most Burning…
  • 5 Ways to Turn Your Twitter Followers Into Raving Fans

    Steven Records
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever asked yourself why a church should use social media platforms such as Twitter? With the overwhelming popularity of these social networks, its purpose can easily get lost. Platforms like Twitter were created for the world to connect with others in a meaningful way and to share the things that are most important to them. It’s about creating community, making friends and sharing moments. If we are not intentional, we can easily reduce our social accounts to nothing more than just noise that loses the interest of followers fast. To keep social media social, there should be just as…
  • Certification Lab Is Back

    Katie Strandlund
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    “All of this encouragement at the Certification Lab has me tearing up. It’s amazing to finally be among a remarkable tribe of people that understand.” -Christina Sheer “Attending the Certification Lab is the best thing this communication newbie could’ve done.” -Sarah Lewis “Learned more about communications today at the Certification Lab than I have in the past year.” -Robert Carnes “Two hours in and already learning so much.” -Corri Page “I’ve died and gone to church communicator’s heaven.” -Vicki Vazquez That is just some of what folks are saying about the…
  • Groups Engine: Helping People Find Your Small Groups

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Managing small groups at your church can be difficult and technology isn’t always the great savior it claims to be. Groups Engine hopes to be different. Eric Murrell has created two other premium WordPress plugins for churches, Series Engine and Prayer Engine. He brings his practical experience as the communications director of Long Hollow Baptist Church to the table. We talk with Eric about how Groups Engine can help with your small groups. And stick around, we’ve also got a free copy of Groups Engine to give away. Why did you create Groups Engine? Eric Murrell: In my role as the…
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  • Unplugging this Week

    Greg Atkinson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Hey friends. I wrote this blog post yesterday. Today and for the rest of the week, I’ll be at a spiritual retreat center totally unplugging. They don’t have internet or cell phone service. It’s just me, God, my Bible and my prayer journal. Please pray that God would speak clearly to me. Thanks! *** Also Happy Birthday to my son, Tommy, who turns 12 today. It’s been amazing to see God work in your life over the past two years. I’m so glad we had a wonderful day of celebration  yesterday. You’re a great young man and I’m proud of you.
  • Introducing The Rose Factor

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    My best friend, Thomas Rose, is a worship leader in Nashville and also has a band called The Rose Factor. Here is their video of “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Let this arrangement and the graphics that go with it inspire you. Maybe consider adding a click track to the video and using it as a video track at your church? Go for it! Worship God with this beautiful song.
  • Please Pray for Me

    Greg Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I’m entering into a season of fasting and prayer for the next two weeks. I’m praying about God’s direction for my life and interviewing with some churches. I’m praying God would lead me to the right fit and my family and I to the right community. Would you join me in prayer during this season of seeking God? You can read about my transition out of Christian Media Magazine here.
  • Break Every Chain

    Greg Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    I wrote about The Digital Age last week and gave you a glimpse into one of their rehearsals. Today, I want to share with you the lyric video to their song “Break Every Chain.” May you worship with this today and possibly explore using the video in your own worship setting in the future. Have a great day!
  • ISIS – I Don’t Have the Words

    Greg Atkinson
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    I’ve been overwhelmed with graphic images of dead children in Iraq and men being crucified in Syria by ISIS. I didn’t ask to see them – they just appeared in my Facebook news feed. I’m at a loss for words. I’ve been losing sleep. Yesterday, God led me to read Hebrews 11, specifically the last part:There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by…
 
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  • List of CMSes used by Popular Church Websites

    djchuang
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    As the speed of communication increases with the mainstreaming of social media and mobile devices by your side, quicker updates and faster edits on church websites must be part of effective church communications. And from time to time, that also means changing the software (aka platform) used for managing the content on a church website. Social proof may be helpful to churches that are looking for the support of a website company for their current & future seasons of ministry.What are popular churches using to run their websites? I believe it’s helpful to know what churches as a…
  • What People Can Do about the Evil of Islamic State in Iraq

    djchuang
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The bad news of genocide continues in Iraq and one has to wonder Is Anyone Answering Iraqi Christians’ Cries for Help? Yes, there’s help of humanitarian aid on its way, but that will not put a stop to the threat of killings. This ugly suffering weighs heavy and it seems like we can’t do anything but pray.Here’s 5 things you can do = pray + give + write + sign a petition + raise awareness; read the entire article explaining how via ChristianToday.com: Crisis in Iraq – five things you can ACTUALLY do to help. The White House petition to help the Christians of Mosul and…
  • 50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied for new gTLDs

    djchuang
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Internet has already seen the launching of 250+ new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) this year and it’s estimated to be over 1,000+ new gTLDs by next year, 2015, even though a majority of people are not aware of them yet. Global brands may well be the biggest factor in changing that perception; .BMW has already launched.One of the statistics that’s been quoted in several presentations (cf. montymetzger, SparkDotMe) is that “50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied” for new gTLDs. You could verify this yourself by comparing the list of…
  • How many Chinese churches are in the USA?

    djchuang
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Statistics are useful for strategic planning for the future of churches and ministries, or any organization for that matter, even if they’re estimates.I had researched the number of Chinese churches in the United States and Canada 5 years ago in 2009 and they’re posted at: How many Asian American churches in the USA with sources footnoted. In 2009, the estimate was 1,200 ethnic Chinese churches in America. A related list of the Largest Chinese churches in North America is dated 2007 and I have kept that updated when I am contacted with new info. (cf. 華人教會)Since that…
  • Does character and integrity still matter in the 21st century?

    djchuang
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    David Brooks unpacks a counter-culture to the pursuit of happiness, using rich words like: depth, soul, virtue, character, integrity, love, sacrifice, obedience, grace. David Brooks is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, a journalist, and culture commentator. And thanks to Bob Buford‘s email update “Museletter,” he included (some of) his notes from Aspen Ideas Institute 2014.First, Bob shared his musings about that talks by David Brooks and then a link to the video to see for yourself:Personally: Losing Our Moral CoreDavid Brooks never fails to dazzle. Rallying ideas…
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  • Two Technology Tips That Will Transform Your Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    I love technology. Cue Napoleon Dynamite. Technology has helped me connect to some amazing people and transformed a lot of the way that I work, write, speak, etc. But technology has also come at a cost. Many times it has left me feeling more stressed out and anxious. And it has often…unfortunately, been a hindrance and caused issue with some of my most important relationships. Often I find myself not very present with my wife or kids as I’m too busy getting a few photos taken and then uploading them to Instagram…all the while my family just wants to feel valued and…
  • Redefining Masculinity Around Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Last month I wrote a blog and shot a video called Two Words You Should Never Tell a Boy. The two words I was referring to are “stop crying.” It’s a message that is devastating to boys and leads to lots of other problems for them in the future. Problems that I see everyday in my counseling office with the men that I work with. I agree with Terence Real in that we need more relational heroes in our culture…which requires that young boys are taught and modeled from an early age that it is okay…more than okay…to express and talk about how you feel…rather…
  • How to Build a Thriving Therapy Practice: To Take, or Not to Take Insurance?

    Rhett Smith
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Do you take insurance? This is one of the questions I get most often. And I hear it from both potential clients and therapists in the field. The simple answer is that I do not take insurance. I have never taken insurance…and at this point in my practice I have no plans to take insurance. In fact, I have other options I have outlined first before I would take insurance. The decision to take or not take insurance is obviously neither right or wrong as a therapist. It’s just a personal decision that I have made. And the decision goes back a ways to a conversation I had with a former…
  • ‘Oneness’: When Two Become Three

    Rhett Smith
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage these last few weeks for several reasons. Whether it is with the couples I work with, or my own personal marriage…I have come to realize that we just can’t do marriage on our own. We can throw all the tools at it we want, but at the end of the day it takes a supernatural power that you or I are not equipped with. So as I have thought about my own marriage I have prayed that I would be able to create a sacred space between my wife and I where God dwells, and in the process transforms our marriage. I pray for this because I know how…
  • Men: Are You a Relational Hero?

    Rhett Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    “Each man is a bridge, spanning in his lifetime all of the images and traditions about masculinity inherited from past generations and bestowing–or inflicting–his own retelling of the tale on those who ensue. Unresolved depression often passes from father to son, despite the father’s best intentions, like a toxic, unacknowledged patrimony. Conversely, when a man transforms the internalized discourse of violence, he does more than relieve his own depression. He breaks the chain, interrupting the path of depression’s transmission to the next generation. Recovery…
 
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  • Welcome to Swerve!

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Visit the Archives Feel free to search the archives for topics like church leadership, innovation, church planting, team management , casting vision, development, and many more. Although Pastor Craig is not actively blogging, there are many articles and ideas that we hope you find helpful to you and your church.
  • Altar Ego Book Release

    Bobby Gruenewald
    26 Feb 2013 | 2:04 pm
    I’m really excited about the release of Craig’s newest book, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are. We are wrapping up a series by the same name at LifeChurch.tv and have heard incredible stories about how God is using these messages to change lives. Together, we’re learning how to sacrifice our false identities, which are rooted in our egos, to find our true identities in Christ. If you have missed a week of this message series, I encourage you to go to  http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/altar-ego/1 and get caught up! You can find Altar Ego online and in your local…
  • Round Tables at LifeChurch.tv

    Craig Groeschel
    24 Jan 2012 | 5:35 am
    In order to help serve churches, we will be hosting several round tables this year. Here is information on the first two. ARC (Association of Related Churches) will be doing a one day Leadership Forum for all pastors and church leaders at LifeChurch.tv. Pastor Chris Hodges, Rick Bezet, Joe Champion, and I will be contributing. This round table is for those who are interested in church planting and for pastors interested in developing their leadership skills. The forums will be a great time of learning, sharing ideas and growing relationships in a dynamic setting. There will also be an…
  • ACCEPTABLE PRIDE?

    Craig Groeschel
    19 Jan 2012 | 6:00 am
    We know God opposes the proud. But some forms of social media seem to have redefined what pride is and what it’s not. For example: Imagine if I stood before our church and told everyone, “Joe Smith said, ‘Craig you are the best preacher ever! Your sermons changed my life.’ And Jill Denny said, ‘I loved your book. Everyone should read it. You are the best author I’ve ever read!’ Not only that, but Mike Mitchell said, ‘Craig, Life Church is the best church in the world! No church is as good as Life Church.’” Chances are good most people would look at me funny and think I’m…
  • Church Online Platform is Live

    Bobby Gruenewald
    9 Jan 2012 | 11:29 am
    I’m very excited to let you know… Church Online Platform has officially launched! This is the same technology that makes Church Online happen at LifeChurch.tv. What we’re making available to other churches for free is identical to what we’re using internally. We’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Ever since the early days of Church Online (or the Internet Campus as we called it back then), one of the most frequent questions we received was, “How can we develop something similar?” Through the partnership of a handful of like-minded…
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  • Creativity Can Heal by Erwin McManus (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Erwin McManus shared the following powerful and inspiring message at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014): “What we are doing here matters! You may think why create fashion when there is famine? Why create films when there is genocide? You underestimate what you can contribute to humanity! What we are creating this weekend will be so unique! There will be songs written and sang that have never before been sung before! It could be from this tribe that the next great designers come! Humans are unique because we can materialize the immaterial. No other creatures do that! All beavers create dams.
  • “For Church Leaders: Thoughts from Erwin McManus (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
      Our time at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014) started with a reunion of great friends from across the planet – from Paris, New Zealand, Shanghai, Toronto, and all across the U.S.. Here are some of Erwin’s thoughts on reaching others, the importance of creativity, creating fully-alive communities, and creating the future: Sometimes God gives us ideas that others have more courage and creativity to pull off. Mosaic may not do anything best, but our stewardship is to try some things first. Leadership requires knowing what are the right questions for your situation. Ethos is the…
  • “Heart Scan – Malpractice”

    Eric Bryant
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: Heart Scan. John Burkeshared about maintaining a healthy heart in a message called “Heart Scan – Malpractice.” You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. I shared the following message at South Campus: To dig deeper and apply the message, work through the Next Steps. Here are the notes from our message: “We all get wounded. No human escapes unharmed in this broken world. Hurt people hurt people, and these relational wounds, when they go unhealed, are like fertile…
  • “Creating a Culture of Accountability” by Craig Groeschel

    Eric Bryant
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week I enjoyed the Catalyst One Day event in Austin with our Gateway team. Craig Groeschel shared the following insightful message:  “No leader plans to crash but too many leaders do it all the time. Left alone, the default is a culture of secrecy. Sin grows best in the dark. 1. Model transparency and personal confession. The moment we think we aren’t vulnerable, the more susceptible we become. Left alone, the default is a culture of secrecy. Sin grows best in the dark. When we blow it, we have two options: Confess it. Conceal it. We are all a few bad decisions away…
  • “Building High Performance Teams” by Andy Stanley

    Eric Bryant
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Last week I enjoyed the Catalyst One Day event in Austin with our Gateway team. Andy Stanley shared the following insightful message:  “A successful leader is being able to watch it work well without you. If you don’t know why it’s working when it’s working, you won’t know how to fix it when it breaks. Having problems is normal for organizations. Solving problems is what makes organizations great. Evaluate why things are working to determine what can be transferred to areas where things aren’t working. High performance teams are comprised of people…
 
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  • WMC Podcast – 0133 – What Does It Mean To Trust?

    David Lindner
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Trust Trust is a big deal, but it can be hard to live in a trusting relationship all the time. How can we trust? Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes & Links: - If you would like more information on having someone give you this outside perspective, contact david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or leave him a voicemail at…
  • WMC Podcast – 0132 – The Coming Worship Revolution

    David Lindner
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    We Are On The Verge People have been saying this for years, but we are really starting to feel like there is a revolution beginning. One of the facets of that revolution is worship. We are seeing more and more churches turn from a focus on using worship as the wrapping paper for the sermon and the bait to get people in the doors. What’s it going to look like? Let’s talk about it and see. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
  • WMC Podcast – 0131 – The Blessings of America

    David Lindner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Blessings of America As Kevin talks about his recent trip to the Dominican republic, we talk about how blessed we are to live in America. All this discussion sets up our next episode of the podcast where we will be talking about the coming worship revolution in the American church. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes…
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0130 – In Ear Monitors – Part 2

    David Lindner
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    In Ear Monitors, Part 2 In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about their recent, unintentionally simultaneous transitions to In Ear Monitors and personal mixers. In part 2 we talk a bit about the benefits and what we call the theory of using the monitors. If you want some tips on how to maximize your in ear monitor use and mix, be sure to listen! You’ll especially want to listen if you’ve thought about making the switch, or heard others talking about it and wondered what the big deal was! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0129 – In Ear Monitors – Part 1

    David Lindner
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    In Ear Monitors, Part 1 In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about their recent, unintentionally simultaneous transitions to In Ear Monitors and personal mixers. Listen in as we talk about what we’ve learned. You’ll especially want to listen if you’ve thought about making the switch, or heard others talking about it and wondered what the big deal was! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
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  • Most Bizarre Voicemail Ever?!?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    It’s a 3 day Labor Day weekend here in the U.S.  Woohoo!  I thought I’d help you kick it off with something funny and bizarre. You won’t believe this voicemail that was left on the main OurChurch.Com phone line this week. It was so funny I had to share it with the rest of our team and my wife & kids. They laughed so hard they cried! http://blog.ourchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/From_2814042083_201428082105.wav It’s is certainly the most bizarre voicemail I’ve ever heard.  What do you think?
  • Facebook Survey Says!!

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Several weeks ago, I penned an “Open Proposal for Facebook.”  The reason I wrote the proposal is that I was/am frustrated with the fact that Facebook only shows me a small percentage of what my friends are posting.  This frustration was shared amongst most of the people I’d talked to. I was also frustrated that my church’s posts were only reaching a small fraction of the members who had “liked” the churches page.  These members have specifically chosen to like the page so they would get the updates and Facebook is filtering those updates from their…
  • How to Do Church Social Media Better Together #ChSocM

    Paul Steinbrueck
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Do you want to see you, your church and churches around the world getting better at social media? I do too! To that end, wouldn’t it be helpful if we knew which types of learning tools have having the greatest impact right now?  And wouldn’t it be helpful if we knew which potential resources if developed could have the greatest impact in the future? You can help make that happen by completing the Church Social Media Learning Survey Please also share this with your friends who are engaged in social media with their churches so we can get their input. Chat with us tonight! Then…
  • Do you have the right people on the bus (part 2)?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Last week I talked about how some organizations have the wrong people making the decisions for their website. I gave the top 5 reasons unqualified people are in charge of an organization’s website. Today, I will give the top qualifications that someone should have if they are going to manage your church’s website   Top 5 Qualities of a Church Website Manager Be a Christ follower:  If you are a Christian church, for someone to be in charge of your website and making decisions on the content that will go on your website, they should be a Christian as well. Well organized: …
  • Social Media Cues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    susanholzapfel
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    In 2012 the VA diagnosed nearly 30 percent of combat veterans treated at VA hospitals as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While this number is certainly high, it is worth asking: how many combat vets slip through the cracks going undiagnosed? As it is, we know that many of those suffering from PTSD do not complete treatment or refuse it altogether. Gary Wynn, a research psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Institute has estimated that of those seeking treatment as many as 20 to 50 percent do not complete it. Last Year, the Washington Times, echoing Wynn’s belief, surveyed…
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    Emergent Village

  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    Thomas
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    Thomas
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
  • Relocating For Your Job: Four Ways to Make the Transition Easier

    Annabelle
    28 Jun 2013 | 10:38 am
    Relocating for a job has its ups and downs. On the upside, you will gain a fresh perspective on life as well as gain the ability to take part in things will expand your professional growth. On the downside, you will have to pack everything you own and move to a new location, leaving behind friends and family. To make the process as smooth as possible, keep in mind the following tips. Tip One: Understand Your Employer’s Tax Liability When it comes to relocating for your job, understand your employer will most likely be responsible for paying your moving expenses. Everything from house…
 
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    Church Tech Matters

  • The myth about teenagers

    Rachel Walton
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to expand CTM! We are going to talk about any, and every area of ministry!  So here’s the very first post after the expansion! This is an area I am so passionate about.  Teenagers.  They can do big things, if we let them.  They can do nothing, if we make them.  Words are so important.  They can build teens up, or they can put up a barrier, to keep teens from doing big things.  And let me tell you, teens can do amazing things!   How many teens have ever heard “You are a teenager, you are too young” or…
  • And We’re Back!

    Jim Walton
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    After years of dormancy, I am back to try to see if we can get this site up and running again. Not only will I be back here, sharing my wit, wisdom and observations around the church tech world but my daughter, Rachel wants to join us too. Surprisingly, she is somewhat entrenched in the church tech world and is motivated to help us get going again. Please get the word out among your colleagues, volunteers, church leaders and any other people who may have an interest in what we are doing here.
  • What To Do With Volunteers?

    Jim Walton
    12 Jul 2013 | 9:06 pm
    This is a very worthy podcast. Mike Sessler has done Church Tech Weekly for a long time and this latest one touches on a topic that I have been passionate about for a long time. It seems that church leaders don’t always know what to do with volunteers, don’t know how to engage them, train them and help them to grow. Too often I have seen church leaders simply not be willing to engage volunteers simply because they don’t really know how. This week, Mike pulls in my friend Van Metschke and also Anthony Progar and Jason Castellente and they discuss the following: How do you…
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  • Leading Followers Is Too Easy

    Jim Walton
    2 Nov 2011 | 5:14 am
    Leading volunteers is challenging. Motivating a team of volunteers to show up, let alone work cohesively together is definitely an artform.  Believe me, if there was a formula, I would give it to you now and we could call it a day. A good leader can build a solid team over time and the team will function well week after week under the leader’s direction.  However, someday, the inevitable will happen, the leader will not be there. What happens now? We can’t just close up shop, the team must go on but the outcome may vary tremendously depending on how the team has been led. At…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • The Jesus Inner Leadership Circle

    Ron Edmondson
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Jesus had an inner circle of leadership. It sounds exclusive. And it was. But you should have one too. Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” It’s a leadership principle we can learn from and should implement also. Consistently throughout the ministry of Jesus, we see Him responding to situations in a similar fashion. Jesus didn’t simply announce His plans. Instead, He repeatedly called…
  • Leader: Address the Elephant in the Room

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Years ago I was serving on a team where there was a consistent idea killer. Whenever anyone on the team presented an idea, regardless of the idea’s merit, this person would shoot it down. He always saw the glass as half empty and was negative about everything. It’s okay to have someone who asks questions to make things better — but this guy was a doomsayer in the room. It wasn’t helpful. It was annoying, but was allowed to continue by leadership. Everyone talked about it outside of the meetings, no one respected the idea killer, and even the leader admitted it was a…
  • 7 Ways to Make Yourself Invaluable to a Team

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Here are 7 ways to make yourself invaluable to a team: Be a chief encourager. Be one who helps people feel better about themselves and their contribution to the team. Support the vision and direction. Be honest about it, but be a verbal proponent of the overall objectives of the team and where things are going. Be a known team player. Respect others. In the way you treat and respond to everyone on the team. Give more than required. That doesn’t mean you have to work more hours. It might. But it might mean you work smarter than everyone else. Plan your day better. Be better at setting…
  • The Absolute Most Common Reason Change is Resisted

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    After years of leading change I’ve discovered some things about the process. One of those discoveries is that change will face resistance. All change. Surprised by that revelation? Not if you’ve ever led change. If the change has any value at all, someone will not agree — at least initially. There is something in all of us that initially resists change we didn’t initiate. And, I’ve discovered the absolute most common reason change is resisted. I mean the biggest. Would that be helpful to know? I would say it is true the majority of time when change is resisted.
  • Intentional Living – Faith – A Sermon

    Ron Edmondson
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Romans 1:16-17 – Intentional Faith from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Intentional Living – Faith – A Sermon appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: How’s Your Faith Now? (A sermon based on Joshua 3) Faith and Trust: A Sermon Message Romans 8 Sermon Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series
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    DAVE FERGUSON

  • Six Questions That Grow Great Leaders!

    Dave Ferguson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    In the last three posts we have discovered that coaching is essential to every great moment; the necessity for coaching at this particular moment in the life of the American church and the crucial role a coach plays in the life of a leader. In the next few paragraphs I'll give you a coaching tool that is simple and reproducible. The following are six coaching questions that will grow great leaders. If you can remember just six words you can begin to use it with your leaders starting today. I use it with the apprentice leader of my small group. I also use it when coaching church planters and…
  • The Three Roles of Every Great Coach

    Dave Ferguson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    If I was to keep track of only one metric at COMMUNITY, I would want to know the number small groups/missional community apprentice leaders.  Why?  Here are four reasons: If I know the number of apprentice leaders I also know the number of leaders who are effectively growing a group or community of Christ followers. If I know the number apprentice leaders, I not only know the number of people our church can currently care for, but also the number of people we will be able to care for in the near future. If know the number of apprentice leaders, I know the number of leaders we have in our…
  • The Church's Great Obstacle!

    Dave Ferguson
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I believe the church in the United States is on the verge of what could be a great moment! Let me stress, “could be.” And I say, "could be" cause there is one huge obstacle in our way. But before I get to that, here are a few of the reasons for my raw enthusiasm about the church of tomorrow:     Many of the very best and brightest young leaders are accepting the call to go and plant new and     reproducing churches.     We are in a seasons where there is more church planting is happening then ever before.     We are in a period of time where more churches (both large and…
  • What Always Precedes A Great Moment?

    Dave Ferguson
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Great moments seldom happen by accident. Great moments don’t always come when we expect or how we expect; but there is something that almost always precedes any great moment. The following 20-second video clip is considered by most one of the greatest moments in college basketball history. Watch this clip because it will help you discover what precedes every great moment.  It's 1992 and a last second shot by Christian Laetner gives Duke the 104-103 win over Kentucky. I have seen that shot hundreds of times. I’m not even a Duke fan and I never get tired of watching that play. They show…
  • Exploding Old Scoreboards

    Dave Ferguson
    10 Feb 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Growing up in Chicago, I remember a couple famous scoreboards.  There was a scoreboard at the old Comiskey Park where my White Sox played when I was a kid – I loved it!  Every time someone hit a home run the scoreboard would explode with fireworks.  There is also the scoreboard at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs.  It’s one of two remaining scoreboards that are still hand-turned.  It was installed in 1937 and is still waiting for its first World Series win!  Another scoreboard I remember is the one on the sanctuary wall of the little rural church my Grandpa and Grandma attended in…
 
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • How to Recruit More Church Leaders With the 20% Rule

    Tony Morgan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    I recently addressed the challenge of not having enough volunteers in the post 3 Strategies For Church Volunteers Recruitment. However, the thought of adding more volunteers to the team may be overwhelming. You are maxed out. You are doing everything you can to keep up with your responsibilities and the people who are already on your team. For you, the time to manage and care for even one more volunteer is beyond your capacity. You may recall a story from the Old Testament where Moses found himself in a similar spot. He was trying to do everything himself. He was leading and making all the…
  • Leadership Coaching in PHX, ATL & NYC

    Tony Morgan
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    We’re starting three different leadership coaching networks in October. The networks will be located in Phoenix, Atlanta and New York City. Here are the basic details: These networks are limited to 10 to 12 church leaders–typically senior-level pastors. We meet one day each month for six months. We’ll cover staffing, leadership development, communications, financial stewardship, volunteer team development, weekend services, ministry structure, discipleship, multi-site and more. You’ll learn about tools, exercises and best practices to implement after every session.
  • 7 Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Previous Bosses

    Tony Morgan
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Over the last 25 or more years, I’ve had seven bosses. Each of them has shaped who I am as a person and a leader. Here are seven specific lessons I learned from each of my bosses: A great leader prioritizes the current conversation. I learned this from Tom. In my first intern role, he always took the time to guide me and answer questions. I had a bunch of them! When Tom had big projects to tackle and other higher priorities on his plate, he would still hit the pause button and give me his full attention. In that moment, I was his highest priority. A great leader develops new…
  • Stop It!: A Survey on Ending Ministries, Programs and Events

    Tony Morgan
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    In our efforts to help churches get unstuck, one of the common themes that surfaces is that churches are doing too much. This usually isn’t something that we have to point out in our consulting relationship. The staff and lay leaders are very aware that this is a problem. They realize when their church tries to do too much, it stretches staff, volunteers, financial resources, communications focus and more. The desire to simplify is there. The wisdom and courage to do it, though… That’s a whole different story. Though we can’t provide the courage, we’d like to…
  • Resources to Get You Unstuck

    Tony Morgan
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    I partner with a group of organizations that provide resources to leaders like you. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TonyMorganLive.com in August. Volunteer Rocket Coaching – gain, train and retain great volunteers Elexio – offers a new integrated church software suite including web, database, mobile and check-in Leaders Book Summaries – summaries of the best books on leadership, management and church life to help you become a better leader Lead Worship Well! - a free online event on September 10 featuring Todd Fields, Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin,…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • 2 paragraphs on how to fix most of your problems

    loswhit
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last night as we were packing the car for our road trip across America back to Nashville, we were met with a problem. It was a small problem, but it would not go away. I tried to pick it up and move it away, but it just kept coming back. I tried to pray it away but God seemed busy. I tried to scare it away but it was not scared of me… at all. And then I even started liking the problem. Cause the problem seemed to like me. Which definitely distracted me from the task at hand. So instead of focusing on the problem, we simply focused on the task at hand. The problem surrounded us, the problem…
  • How To UnNumb Your Church Butt

    loswhit
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tradition is a good thing. It brings a wealth of knowledge and history and alignment to a somewhat scattered church. Innovation is a good thing as it brings freedom, newness, and relevance to a somewhat stale church. Yet both of these things can become numbing. When you sit on a seat for too long your butt gets numb. I think we often numb the butts of our people and they need to stand up and walk around. Quit sitting on your church butt and let that circulation flow! Things are so much clearer and less numbing when you change positions. In what way can your/the church help unnumb their butts?
  • My Facebook Backlash… What is the Biblical way to handle disagreements online?

    loswhit
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last night I posted a picture online where I had changed my boarding pass number from 5 to 1 with an iPhone editing app. The horror. I thought it was funny so I posted it. Many on my Facebook feed pointed out I was a “douchebag”. One questioned since I can’t “lay down my bag then I can’t lay down my life”. Another pointed out that we, as Christians, are supposed to point out each others sins. Yet another told me to “Get over myself” All of these comments, and more, I expected. I did something wrong and many Christians disagreed with, so I got their opinion.  I posted it…
  • The Dream Chasing Myth. Why Chasing A Dream Is Not Sexy At All.

    loswhit
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    There is a myth. A myth that somehow, when you hit your 30′s, and you make a couple of life changing decisions to leave A to head to B and start influencing/singing to lots of people that you are “chasing a dream”. I admit that I play into that fallacy. I’ve named posts “Dream This”, “Chase This Dream”, “Dream…blah blah blah”. These posts mostly hit as I was leaving my full time position at what some would call their “dream job”. Dream is a funny word. It is sexy. It is alluring. It is dangerous. Dangerous? Not the…
  • Moment Maker Of The Month Goes To Corey Wadden For Making Us ALL Cry

    loswhit
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mom loses job. Son every parent in the world would want finds car mom always talked about when he was a kid and she was a housekeeper. Son buys car. Son Gives Mom Car. SON MAKES US ALL CRY LIKE A BABY… It’s better that way… Los
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Mark Driscoll’s Announcement at Mars Hill

    Andrew Jones
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    UPDATE: Mark announced he is stepping down from Mars Hill for six weeks while the charges are investigated, says Christianity Today.  There are a lot of people that care about him and want to see Mars Hill Church be the church they have given their energy towards. Lets hope and pray for a redemption story here. Personally, I feel 6 ...
  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • Being Free Vs. Living Free

    Pete Wilson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    I read an interesting article the other day about how difficult it is for prisoners coming out of prison to adjust to being a free citizen again. Did you know studies show more than four out of 10 adult offenders nationwide return to state prisons within three years of their release. This same article told the story of a man named Randall Church who spent 26 years in prison for stabbing and killing another man. After 96 days of freedom he purposely set a house on fire and burned it to the ground then immediately turned himself in so he could be arrested and return to prison. He literally…
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Eight Reasons You’ve GOT TO BE At NewSpring On Sunday!

    web@newspring.cc
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    1 – We will have someone on stage with a British accent...and British accents are just cool! 2 – You will get to see the churches and the people from all over the world that NewSpring Church is investing in and partnering with. 3 – It’s going to be THE BEST SUNDAY EVER! 4 – I am going to sing the country song, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” with our band and broadcast it to all of the campuses!!! 5 – The previous reason is not true. Sorry for any “disturbance in the force” I may have…
  • This Is How We Change The World!

    web@newspring.cc
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jesus did not ask us to scream at the world, He asked us to change it. One of the things Jesus commanded His followers to do is go into the entire world and reach people in His name (Matthew 28:18-20).When we began NewSpring Church in 2000, it was unclear as to how we were going to do foreign missions. Heck, we were trying to do “local missions” by providing a church service that people could bring their un-churched friends to. Over time, however, The Lord began to stir my heart and our church became involved in intentional partnerships both…
  • Lysa’s Thoughts on Israel

    web@newspring.cc
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by the AWESOME Lysa TerKeurst who is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of the brand new book, “The Best Yes” (which I HIGHLY recommend!!) and now a frequent student in the Holy Land. Lysa wrote this post to encourage those of you who are still trying to decide if you could/should go with us to Israel this October. I know I've been telling you how awesome it is. And now Lysa wanted to tell you her thoughts about it too...Something was off inside of me. I was tired. Spent. Emotionally and physically drained. I sat down with my Bible…
  • Celebration of THE BEST WEEKEND EVER!

    web@newspring.cc
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Hey NewSpring Church! I wanted to THANK YOU for embracing the value that “Found People Find People” and bringing people to church this past weekend. I wanted to CELEBRATE on this site that 1,223 people prayed to receive Christ yesterday at our church...here is the breakdown by campus: Anderson – 200Greenville – 139Florence – 139Columbia – 227Charleston – 80Spartanburg – 209Myrtle Beach - 62Greenwood – 95 Boiling Springs – 25Lexington – 47“Excited” does not even begin to describe how I…
  • Before They Go to School… Have This Conversation

    web@newspring.cc
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    (The following post is written by my friend Lysa TerKeurst. She is a BRILLIANT author, incredible ministry leader and a great mom. Her new book "The Best Yes" just released and it is AWESOME! Every person I know could benefit from reading the wisdom in those pages. She recently wrote this blog post and I wanted to share it with you as well.)I look around the dinner table and feel that desperate ache not uncommon to women who deeply love.Whether it’s my own family or those who just feel like family, I want so much for them. These young people who are so full of possibility and dreams and…
 
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • My Sister’s Faith Community is called “Mr. Jim’s”

    Stephanie Caro
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Yep, its a bar. Not a fancy bar; just a typical East Texas place where the locals hang out. Actually, its name is now Southland due to an owner change…but the older locals still call it Mr. Jim’s. Get a picture in your mind: inside is the sit-at bar, games, a karaoke setup, a wall […]
  • Discuss the Future of Evangelism

    Amber Cassady
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Forty years ago, when GROUP Magazine was an infant, the “rules of evangelism” were well-known and commonly accepted. Today, the cultural landscape is a harsh ecosystem for conventional ideas about evangelism. In youth ministry, it’s still high on the “to-do” list, but very few actually model or train students in how to do it. We […]
  • When to Kill and Release the Creativity Of Others

    Tony Myles
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Do you identify more with Lorne Michaels… or Rick Warren? The former is the long-tenured producer and mind behind Saturday Night Live. For almost forty years, Lorne Michaels has not just kept his up-and-down-in-the-ratings variety show on the air, but has more recently found much of the creative talent for late night TV. Clearly, he […]
  • 3 Perspective Shifts in Discipleship

    Chuck Bomar
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    In my last post I discussed three relational shifts needed if we are to actually disciple younger generations. Here, I want to discuss some bigger picture perspective shifts that are necessary. Now, to be clear, these are shifts from what might be known as a “traditional” understanding of discipleship.  In other words, here are three shifts of how we think about […]
  • Track Who’s Missing and Who’s Attending This Fall

    Amber Cassady
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hey Simply Insiders! Hope this back-to-school season means an influx of new students and the return of regulars for your youth ministry! It can be tough to keep track of who’s attending and who’s missing. So to help you through this busy time, we are doing a special FREE extended 45-day trial of the EVENTS […]
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    History in the Making

  • The New Rules of Work

    Ben Arment
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    1. People enjoy work. Under the right circumstances.    You don't have to whip them to motivate them. 2. People are better as specialists at multiple companies    than generalists at one company. 3. Work environments are no longer centralized.    Online collaborative tools are making offices extinct. 4. Clients are the new bosses. They're the ones who say...    you get to do work. 5. Management is now team building not rule keeping.    We are becoming a society of independent…
  • Your Friends on the Periphery

    Ben Arment
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    One of the surprising things about pursuing a dream is seeing who doesn't turn out to support you. In nearly every one of my coaching sessions with Dream Year participants, I have to warn them about failed expectations from their closest real-life friends. Unfortunately, they're just not the ones who are going to buy your thing, fund your kickstarter, support your craft, or contribute to your cause. Sometimes they do, but most times they don't. There is no honor in one's own country. Isn't this the carpenter's son?Can anything good come from Nazareth?Aren't his…
  • Write the Rules, Then Be Creative

    Ben Arment
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    STORY isn't built off the backs of an existing production team or facility. Everything we do rises from the venue like a phoenix in the desert. One very expensive phoenix. But our biggest advantage is our limitations. I can't imagine what it would be like to have an unlimited production budget... or speaker budget... or creative budget. I wouldn't even know what to do with that. And yet we attract a who's who of creative influencers across the country because we're breaking new ground with this principle of restraint... First, write the rules. Then be creative. In other…
  • Someone Paid The Toll

    Ben Arment
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    In every success story, someone undertook the hardship, paid the price, and bore the burden to achieve something great. Sometimes it was paid by the person himself. But most times, it came from someone before them. President John F Kennedy seems like the starting point of a famous family lineage. But historians are quick to point out that his father Joseph was the true political trailblazer... the patriarch of a dynasty. But by the time grandfather Joseph was born, the Kennedy family had already achieved tremendous influence. This came from the great, great grandfather P.J. Kennedy who became…
  • The Unfair Deal

    Ben Arment
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    This new "maker society" that's emerging is forcing artists to become knowledgeable business owners as well. And it's causing a lot of them to cry "foul!" whenever they find themselves in a raw deal. Designers, for example, are notorious for decrying the low pay or no pay that accompanies their craft. They're angry about it, in fact. And I love designers. But here's a little business lesson for the independent makers who are trying to make their way in the land of buying and selling... In business, the deal that you can get is the deal that you can get. Let…
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  • 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…
  • Never stop learning. Go deep. Be deep. Have more depth than 140 characters.

    Eugene Cho
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    There are many beautiful aspects of our larger culture … and then they are broken things. There are also things that are incredibly encouraging and of course, disconcerting. One of my concerns in our larger culture – including the Church: We’re lacking d  e  p  t  h  . In my first book – Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? (set to release on September 1 but available for pre-order now),  there’s a chapter entitled, “Have More Depth than 140 Characters.” I am the first to tell you…
  • Remember that our lives matter. Remember to be more human – to loved ones, neighbors, and strangers alike.

    Eugene Cho
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It feels awkward and even a bit inappropriate to be talking about ‘celebrity news’ when so much is going on around the world: Iraq, refugees in Syria, children stranded at borders, Michael Brown’s death and Ferguson, Ebola, Ukraine, and the list tragically goes on. But then again, it feels appropriate because it’s another reminder of the fragility of our humanity. By now, most of you know that Robin Williams past away today (August 11). His life ended way too short at the young age of 63 – apparently because of suicide. While this was news to me, Robin had been…
 
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  • Book Review: Big God, by Orlando Saer

    William Wolfe
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    As soon as I finished reading Big God I did two things. First, I prayed, and thanked the Lord for his perfect and powerful control over all time and existence. Second, I hopped on Amazon planning to buy every other book by Orlando Saer that I could get my hands on. (As it turns out, my shopping spree didn’t cost too  much, because he only has one other book in print right now). Big God was that good. Stepping into one of the most complex and potentially confusing areas on the Christian life, Saer, the senior pastor of Christ Church Southampton, wrote Big…
  • Book Review: Finding a Vision for Your Church, by Michael A. Milton

    Benjamin Wright
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Last year, Michael Milton resigned as chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary due to a serious but treatable illness. Though I have not been directly impacted by his ministry prior to reading this book, I’ve rejoiced to see others’ accounts of his faithfulness in a variety of demanding roles. I am confident that all who work and write for 9Marks give thanks to God for how he uses individuals like Dr. Milton to advance gospel work in a variety of churches, institutions, and denominations. I pray that God would glorify himself as Dr. Milton suffers well, and ultimately grant him…
  • Book Review: Why We Belong

    Matt Felton
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In today’s Christian world, there seem to be two streams of thought regarding denominations. There’s the card-carrying “denominationalist,” for whom it seems the scope of Christianity is coextensive with his own denomination, and for whom a conversion from, for example, Methodist to Southern Baptist is on par with a conversion from Islam or Mormonism. On the other hand, there’s the “mere Christian,” for whom denominations represent the worst of Satan’s ploys, undermining the very unity which Christ purchased by his blood, and who count it a sin…
  • Book Review: God’s Forever Family, by Larry Eskridge

    Jonathan Baer
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Whether accompanied by wincing or waxing nostalgic, those Americans who came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s tend to have colorful memories of the period. The era’s anti-establishment ethos expressed itself in the sexual revolution, hippies, war protests, communes, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Many teens and young adults embraced the style of the counterculture: long hair and beards, love beads, far out music, tie-die shirts and tasseled leather. And, for some of them, Jesus. In God’s Forever Family, Larry Eskridge offers a comprehensive history of the movement initiated…
  • Should I Tell My Spouse about Struggles with Sexual Purity?

    Garrett Kell
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    “Should I tell my wife?” Daniel leaned back with no interest in the meal before him. He’d looked at racy pictures again and the weight of conviction was inescapable. He had confessed his sin to God and to me, but should he confess it to her? What would you tell Daniel? SEVEN PRINCIPLES Because every couple is different, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Some couples are totally transparent with each other, while others find it best to allow accountability to be handled by trusted friends. Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for…
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  • Blogging and Indirection

    John Saddington
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    I spend a great deal of time encouraging everyone I meet to do more writing. I think writing has become a nice-to-do and a sidelined skill and activity that more people have abandoned for other less valuable activities. I’ve stated my reasons why I write many times and I think it’s important for everyone to discover their own personal reasons why they engage in the most-healthy activity of writing. One of the natural outcauses that I have shared continually is the natural benefit of being exposed on the internet and the natural opportunities that arise from being more visible.
  • Time Required for an Acquisition

    John
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    A good friend of mine is walking through their very first acquisition and the numbers that he’s working with are 7-figures. Naturally, the excitement was pretty palpable as the thought of living completely debt-free and all the other benefits of a large buyout turn from fiction to reality. But that excitement doesn’t always stay that high for that long and he realized that really quick as he began moving into the “due diligence” phase where the nitty-gritty of an acquisition comes into play. After having walked through a few of these myself we’ve chatted weekly about the progress…
  • Some Thoughts on the WordPress Philosophy

    John Saddington
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Have you ever considered and/or read the actual WordPress Philosophy? It’s worth a read if you haven’t. I’ve been reflecting more and more about the core and foundational thoughts around WordPress, especially since I’ve been generally “away” and more removed from that direct community than I have been in the past, and with more clarity how I engage with the platform as a whole, both professionally and personally (and for my upcoming app Desk that will connect to it). Here are the main points of their philosophy and my own personal thoughts: 1. Out of the…
  • First Reaction

    John Saddington
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    You know how it is when you first open that new gadget or new device or interact with that new “thing” and the first thing you experience isn’t elation or joy – it’s frustration! You know how infuriating that can be and how it instantly tempers the relationship you have with the product. In fact, the emotional response can be so intense that it can change the way you see not only the product but also the business behind it. Heck, it might even directly impact your relationship with the person behind the business or piece of software (and even the person who…
  • Soccer Coach

    John Saddington
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    I have spent the last few years coaching many, many people. It is something that I enjoy doing and I have found it to be incredibly rewarding for both parties involved. I do this on a very limited basis professionally and those monthly time slots fill up fast (if you’re interested in this type of thing you can email me to discuss). I have coached Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, startup companies, and more on things like product development, financing, organizational acceleration, and human capital. It’s a good gig and it’s something that I want to continue to pursue on…
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  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO … Continue reading →
  • 3 Key Tips for Effective Communciation

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across this video from my archives the other day and thought it was worth sharing again.  Its a video I shot with my friend, EJ Swanson, backstage at a conference. EJ shares 3 tips that could help you become … Continue reading →
  • Check Out These Ministry Partners!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
  • How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at ParentMinistry.net.  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during … Continue reading →
  • ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Over the last 2 weeks the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has gone viral. You’ve probably seen this on Facebook. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and … Continue reading →
 
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  • Sunday Setlists #319

    Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, August 31, 2014!! Welcome to the 319th 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.
  • Are Your Words Without Heart?

    Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lamar Boschman says, “When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.”  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. (Psalm 103:1 NIV). Just a quick reminder today to encourage you to worship our God with everything that is “within you.”   Related posts: Worship Words: “Ascribe” For His Name’s Sake… This is Why You Don’t Make Worship About You
  • TWC Has a Sister Site! And it is AWESOME!!

    Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Click on over to HighestPraise.com and stream our first of many weekly resources. It’s a song from the new Bluetree, Worship & Justice, album. We’ll be offering weekly resources like streaming songs, free downloads, music videos, song story videos, samplers, worship related info resources, and much more! It’s a great platform for artists, labels, and PR folks to give us sneak peaks of upcoming projects, new releases, and other useful worship related items. SIGN UP TO get your weekly reminder below: Related posts: From the Publisher – Site News 10th Anniversary…
  • Sunday Setlists #318

    Editor
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, August 24, 2014!! Welcome to the 318th 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.
  • Are You An “Efficient” Worshiper?

    Editor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I remember many years ago my grandpa made a comment about the “7-11” songs. He couldn’t understand the purpose behind the new style of worship where we would sing “seven words eleven times.” Like my grandpa, I am a hymn lover. I love the rich words. Sometimes I read them over and over and wonder how I sang these songs so many times growing up but never stopped to think about what I was singing. If you come to worship and I am leading, there is a good chance you will sing a hymn with me. So what about these so-called “7-11” songs? Don’t they seem a little…inefficient? I know…
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  • Bittersweet

    Jason Bedell
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s bittersweet to be having our last Sunday at OLHS tomorrow. 7 years ago I walked in for the first time as a full time staff member (although, I was there for the very first service and it rocked). It was heart-warming to see the level of love, transparency, and grace. And now 7 years later, we bid farewell to a place where people have been baptized, cried, laughed, found healing, seen marriages restored, loved for the first time, and more. I know it’s only brick and mortar, but when family moves from one location to the next, it kind of hits you. In the 16+ years of…
  • You Can Live With Us

    Jason Bedell
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    My daughter Chloe loves the Miller family. They go to our church and she jokes about living with them sometimes. Just the other day she asked, “Can we live with the Millers?!” “No baby, you cannot live with the Millers. We are your family.” “But, I love them too.” “No. You’re our kid. You can visit, but you live here.” Our 4 year old chimed in, “But they’re the best. PLEEEAAASE?!” “No. It’s still no.” But what if the next time they go to the Miller’s house, their dad (and close friend of mine)…
  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
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  • Moving to Texas

    Tim Stevens
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    On April 8th I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done and turned in my resignation to a place I’d given my life for 20 years. The scary part wasn’t resigning—I had great peace about that—the scary part was doing it without having had one conversation with anyone about a job. Someone told me that was pretty risky. I responded, “There is a fine line between risk and stupidity, and I’m not sure which side of the line I’m on right now.” I just knew, as I left my job, I wanted to honor the people and church I love.My goal in leaving was threefold:Leave wellBurn no bridgesDo…
  • The Next Step

    Tim Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Some know Louie Giglio as the founder of Passion Conferences, others as an author of this book or this one, and some as a pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. He closes the 2014 Global Leadership Summit with some good thoughts...A lot of times as a leader I don't feel like I know what I'm doing.You don't have to know everything about how to get to the top of the mountain in front of you in order to take the next step.Every leader knows that life is short. This is what gives us the urgency to lead people who don't have that urgency.You don't have to figure out the rest of your life--you…
  • The Power Paradox of Leadership

    Tim Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ivan Satyavrata is the senior pastor of Assembly of God Church in Kolkata, India. He launched the Friday afternoon session of the 2014 Global Leadership Summit with a talk about power. I recorded these takeaways from his message:Power is the potential or ability to move reality, to make something happen.That is what leaders do. They manage power. It is what they use to make things happen.There is no such thing as leadership without power. The question is, how will we handle the power that has been given to us.A leader must be able to wield power in order to lead effectively. But she must, at…
  • A Tax Collector from Uganda

    Tim Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Allen Catherine Kagina is the Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority (the equivalent of the IRS in the United States. At the 2014 Global Leadership Summit, she shared her story of transforming the Ugandan tax authority from one of the most corrupt organizations in the country...In 2013, Africa was the fastest growing continent.The media doesn't cover this, but poverty in Africa has declined -- from 57% in 2000 to 48% in 2010.Pre 2004, we were one of the most corrupt organizations in Africa.I got the head job with no training in business.God doesn't know the division between…
  • Running a Business With a Christian Ethos

    Tim Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Don Flow is the leader of Flow Companies which operates 33 automobile dealerships through North Carolina and Virginia. He is a businessman who strives to weave a Christian ethos through his business dealings. He talked about this during the 2014 Global Leadership Summit:Love is what should animate Christian leaders.Love motivates us to come alongside others, not just exercise authority over them.The company will not be more truthful or more graceful than I am.Because of our commitment to the customer, we intentionally limit our profit, regardless of how easily it would be to make more money…
 
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  • 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…
  • Five Tips for Massively Productive Worship Rehearsals!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Yes, you know you hate to love these top-five or top-ten lists. One fact I state clearly before I teach leaders and worship leaders is that I have made many mistakes over many years of leading music and worship. The list I below comes from such real-world experience. I know the ideas may not be news to many of you. But, having the basics articulated for both yourself as the leader and your team greatly improves your game. Also, teams need to have unity. Unity must be intentional, not randomly executed. Here are five simple tips will massively produce better results if attended and…
  • Creative Leadership: Ten Questions To Challenge Your Thinking

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Flicker photo by Véronique Debord-Lazaro I have some questions for you my friends and readers out there. The reason I have been blogging for so long–almost 9 years now–is the dialog with real people. I have prepared sermons, found places to visit and changed my thinking because of the encounters I have had with you. This topic is for us "creatives" out there.You know that term “creative” is an interesting one. I like it better than “artsy” and it represents more than performing arts. There are programmers, business people and charity workers who are creatives. This tribe is…
  • Influence versus Popularity: What drives you as a leader?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:11 am
    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done." Matthew 16:24-27 (NRSV)In ministry leadership at times you must make a clear choice. Will I be…
  • Top Five Worship Leader Fails: When things get really bad!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    29 May 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I thought I would do a short list of lessons learned the hard way from the many years I have been a worship leader. As I often say in classes I teach, my hope is that the pain I endured from my experiences lightens yours with wisdom. So, here are some FAIL moments as a worship leader we all need to look out for and hope never happen.FAIL #1: Don’t rehearse the verbiage you plan on using for a transition. There was a transition I needed to do verbally that was between the kids choir that would perform and the rest of our worship set. I knew about it, and did not plan on anything other…
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  • Two Prayers That Will Inspire And Provoke The Soul

    Bill Reichart
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here are two wonderful prayers from St. Augustine.Almighty God, You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you. Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose,that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness hinder us from doing it; but that in your life we may see light, and in your service find our perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.You are Christ, my Holy Father, my Tender God, my Great King, my Good Shepherd, my Only Master, my Best Helper, my Most Beautiful and my…
  • What Your Church Can Do To Fight Modern-Day Slavery

    Bill Reichart
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Perhaps you read the statsThere are an estimated 27 million people on the earth today trapped in some form of modern day slavery. There are an estimated 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide. Tragically, only 1-2% of victims are rescued. Remember every number is not just a statistic it represents the life of a victim.The problem is that too often we become overwhelmed by the enormity of the issue that we become paralyzed, thinking - what can I really do to help?Justice Awakening is a roadmap for the church and God's people to get active in making things right. Justice…
  • Why The Global Church Needs Greater Resources For Youth

    Bill Reichart
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Having traveled overseas (especially in countries that have been war torn at sometime over the past 30 years) - the trend is less that of an aging population (i.e. the U.S.) but rather a high proportion of the population 25 and younger. That means the church's investment in the youth within that country is of paramount importance. Below is an infographic illustrating the importance of the global church needing to focus on youth ministry and yet why the needed resources needed to accomplish that task are lacking.The global church needs to invest more time, energy, and resources to address…
  • One Simple Tip To Get 50% More Ideas

    Bill Reichart
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    excerpted from 99U:There are two leading problems with the average brainstorming session, as researchers at the Kellogg School of Management explain :In a typical six or eight-person group, three people do 70 percent of the talking. (Tweet This) Early ideas tend to have disproportionate influence over the rest of the conversation.One of the researchers  Professor Leigh Thompson, remarks that the dominant people don’t realize that they’re doing most of the talking. “In fact,” she says, “they vehemently argue that meetings are egalitarian.” The solution to these lop-sided…
  • Never Have A Meaningless Meeting Again

    Bill Reichart
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all experience them. Ineffective...time-wasting...unproductive...boring...meetings. Of course it is important for your leadership team (elders/deacons/ministry teams) within your church to occasionally meet in order to work effectively. Yet as you do meet, it is important to ask these two essential questions to insure that the meetings you have are effective and productive.excerpted from Mike Bonem:How would you evaluate the effectiveness of your meetings? I know that I’ve just said the dreaded “M” word. No one likes meetings. But shouldn’t the leadership team meetings be the place…
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  • 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…
  • Dad is Fat: A book review

    Joel Klampert
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Dad is Fat: by Jim Gaffigan “In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children” I am a HUGE gaffigan fan. I love his standup comedy and his outlook on life. The dude straight up cracks me up. I remember the first time I heard his “Hot Pockets” sketch a few years ago and I am pretty sure Jim still owes me a new pair of pants. Needless to say I was so excited to get this book, and after rave reviews from…
 
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    Christian Personal Finance

  • 7 Ways God Is Working In Your Finances

    Joe
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here are a few common questions: “Doesn’t the Bible say that money is the root of all evil? Are you implying that a holy God would stoop so low as to work through something as vile as our finances?” My answers to those two questions are “no” and “yes.” The correct Bible quote is: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV Money is amoral, neither good or bad; how we handle it is the challenge. Therefore, we shouldn’t be…
  • If God promised to give you anything, what would you ask for?

    Bob
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    This is a good question to ask ourselves, because it reveals a lot about our hearts. Solomon basically had a ‘genie in a bottle’ moment with God, and he chose wisely. In 1 Kings 3:5 God asked Solomon this question:  “In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, ‘Ask what you wish me to give you.’” This is what Solomon asked for: “…give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil.” 1 Kings 3:9 Because he asked for wisdom on how to help people God responded with…
  • 20 Ways to Organize Your Car

    Dawn
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    All moms know that their car is like a bottomless pit… well at least that’s what the kids think!  It’s surprising what a Mom will find that their child(ren) left in the car, or maybe even hiding in the car. When you’re a Mom, or even a Dad, you realize the importance of keeping your car organized. Your car is a home away from home for your family. And parents always expect the unexpected, right? We will have snacks, toys, a change of clothes and more…on hand… just in case. Organizing your car, like anything, will not only save time but also promote less…
  • 8 Practical Ways to Love God More Than Money

    Joe
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I write this article as much to myself as to you: I fully realize how money will persistently and insidiously seek to capture a bigger and bigger portion of my heart and my life. I also know that drifting through life doesn’t work because I seldom drift closer to God. Perhaps this is why Jesus declared these two loves to be polar opposites: No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. – Matthew 6:24 NIV I am convinced that we need to be very intentional about…
  • The Best Way to Buy a Musical Instrument

    Tim
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I remember signing up to play the saxophone in band almost over a decade ago. I could hardly wait to start! I loved the idea of playing the saxophone so much that I wrote it down for choice #1 and #2 – the director got a kick out of that and said that I’d get one of the coveted sax chairs. There was only one problem. I didn’t own a sax, and we couldn’t afford the $1,400 price tag of the saxophones from the local dealer. My dreams were about to shatter, until I came home to find that my dad had picked up a used saxophone from a pawnshop for $400. I couldn’t believe how great of a…
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    The Resurgence

  • A worthy manner

    Matt Wallace
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1–6 There’s no excuse You simply can’t miss the phrase “a prisoner…
  • Ten ways a church family can love one another

    Aaron Gray
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Bible teaches that for Christians, God is our Father, other Christians are our brothers and sisters, and the church is like a family. Like every family, the church is made up of imperfect people who need to ask for forgiveness, receive grace, and grow in their love for the other members of the family. With that in mind, I would like to share with you ten practical, simple ways that we as a church family can love one another. This list is by no means comprehensive, but just a “top ten” list that God has put on my heart recently. 1. Pray One of the most loving things that we can…
  • Resurgence Leadership #031: Mark Driscoll, Unity, Part 2

    Resurgence
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 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. Part 2 of 2: Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance and purpose of unity in ministry. This message was recorded live at the 2013 Mars Hill Church staff conference. Subscribe iTunes Feed Coming up Next week, join us for an interview with author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick.
  • Mark Driscoll, Unity, Part 2

    Resurgence
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Part 2 of 2: Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance and purpose of unity in ministry. This message was recorded live at the 2013 Mars Hill Church staff conference.
  • Marriage & Ministry: Zechariah & Elizabeth

    Resurgence
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Noir Superhero Series Art [Images]

    Eric Dye
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This noir superhero art series by Marko Manev is pretty amazing. While they are somewhat simple and minimal in nature, the black and white and bold outlines draws your attention to each superheroes superpowers. I particularly like the Superman piece. Absolutely amazing. Which one is your favorite? [via Marko Manev] Noir Superhero Series Art [Images] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Every Word Has Impact [Video]

    Eric Dye
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every word and action has an impact. This YouTube video is a profound reminder that the kind of television, film and online videos we consume makes an impact on us individually as well as those watching them with us. Do you disagree? I believe this goes for “christian” entertainment as well. [via YouTube] Every Word Has Impact [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Honey Bees Love Coffee, Too! [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love coffee. I love honey. It turns out, honey bees love them both, too! Check this out—as well as some other curious facts about coffee: Note to Self: Keep drinking coffee. Do not drink 100 cups of coffee. [via I Love Coffee | Yummy cup of coffee image via Robert S. Donovan via Compfight cc] Honey Bees Love Coffee, Too! [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • The Incredible Pace of Online Spending

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We can talk about online spending. We can write about online spending. We can even make infographics about online spending. But until you see the dollars and cents rack-up in realtime, you haven’t fully felt the impact at the amount of online spending. Buy it now traces the realtime pace of online consumer spending and it’s pretty incredible. In just a matter of seconds, it tallies higher and higher—all across the world! The conclusion? People are more than comfortable exchanging money online. Is your church or ministry equipped to handle online giving? [Super zoomed image via…
  • Creative Illustrations of Tech Buzzwords

    Eric Dye
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    CreativeFeed designed a series of slides that define a number of tech and Internet buzzwords. Words like: Gamification Solomo Long Tail Crowdsourcing Internet of Things Big Data And others Even if you can define these buzzwords, the illustrations alone are worth a look: [Click for Larger][Click for Larger] [Click for Larger] Did you learn any new tech buzzwords? [via ONO Creates] Creative Illustrations of Tech Buzzwords first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
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    Zak White

  • 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…
  • The Real and the Raw About Your Pastor – by Amber

    Zak White
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Its Amber, Pastor Zak’s wife and I am taking over the blog today! I know our pastor better than anyone (I had better…especially after thirteen years of marriage!) I thought it would be fun to share some of the real and the raw about who our pastor is… Revolution Church, here are some things you might not know about your pastor: He is a HUGE Romantic (he writes me a love note each week and places it in a different place…O’So special to me!) He still dates me like he did in high school. He plans every date and takes me out at least every other week. He wants to model what it…
  • Easter at Revolution Church

    Zak White
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Here are some great ways to share about Easter at Revolution Church! REV YOUR PROFILE Click these images to save on your phone or computer and post on Facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram: Click this image to save it and use it as your Facebook cover photo leading up to Easter: REV YOUR RIDE Be a driving billboard for EASTER at REV! Download this WINDOW POLISH PASS and place it on your dashboard when you head to church on April 6th or April 13th. We’ll have a team of volunteers in the parking lot ready to polish your car’s back window with ”Easter at REV – REVYOURLIFE.COM”…
 
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    Creative News Blog

  • The quick loan system that you need

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    If you have wondered where to get a quick loan then your place is Pikavippimeri. You can find all sorts of loans for most of the people’s needs here. The loan systems starts offering from simple loans that don’t need much processing to complex loans that are huge and involves your effort. The best part about Pikavippimeri is that all the loans provided here are quick. The speed is the strength of this system. Portability. Personal computer laptops the size of a best-selling novel. Telephone and paging devices that fit in the palm of your hand. A data storage system in the shape of a…
  • Chronic Kidney Disease and its Treatment

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Chronic kidney disease is a condition where the kidneys have stopped working at their full capacity. This is the situation where the kidney is not able to discharge it functions fully and instead, they are somehow clogged. This condition occurs over a period of months and can go unnoticed for several months. This is because it affects the body from the inside. By the time it is noticed, it is almost in its fatal stage and thus fast action is required. Whenever you take your pet to the vet, the first thing he/she will do is examine the pet. These examination or tests help in establishing the…
  • Internet Marketing-Best Choice for a Business

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Are you a business owner who wants to easily market your products? Then it is the high time you start learning about internet marketing in order to do it yourself. It is very easy to do the job since it does not require a lot of time, just wits, The only thing you require is to attend one internet marketing conference. This is a conference that is set to enhance the ability of a business to gain more profits through the internet sales. The internet marketing conference is held to provide solutions to the fading profits by companies. One most popular internet marketing conference is the SEO…
  • Tradition of Ibiza – Huge Heritage

    admin
    17 Aug 2013 | 3:24 pm
    BECOME PART OF TRADITION tradition (Photo credit: Morgaine) The municipalities of Ibiza celebrate their local saint’s day by holding religious processions, performing traditional dance and by generously exchanging island pastries, of which the most famous are the bunuelos and orelletes (lemon-flavored fitters). The tourists and travelers are most welcome to these traditional festivals for these are held at the time of summer at wells and springs. The locals and the visitors are entertained to the tribal island folk dance, which has been passed to these tribes from their descendants. People…
  • History of Ibiza

    admin
    17 Aug 2013 | 3:22 pm
    Exploring Medieval Ibiza (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs) The remains of different civilizations make this thing clear and obvious that that they were there once. The marks are found of Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.Phoenicians build up of necropolis i.e. Puig des Molins give the information about their stay in 6 century BC.Further going deep into the town archaeological museum’s collection of coins , gadgets, ceramics together with the worth praising art work in silver and gold depicts the different ancient epochs here. The impacts of Islamic inhabitants are also embedded here…
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • The Road to Success is Uphill

    Mark Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    How do you know you are on the path to success? It’s uphill all the way!Nobody coasts to their desired destination. Anything worthwhile requires overcoming significant difficulties and obstacles. It’s simply a part of the territory.When you’ve given your best and failed, it’s tempting to throw in the towel and give up. Sadly, many people would have achieved the goal if they would have hung on just a little longer. Don’t quit too soon. You may be inches away from the breakthrough!Refuse to cave into discouragement. Looking back, I’ve regretted almost every decision I’ve made from…
  • Five Little Words

    Mark Wilson
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    After reading my newspaper column,  "Do You Need a Refresher Course in Pre-School, a friend from Iowa sent me this poem as a follow-up:Five Little WordsThere are five little words I'd have you know,They are "pardon me", "thank you" and "please."Oh use them quite often wherever you go;There are few words more useful than these.These five little words are filled with a powerThat fame of moneyh cannot give.So commit them to memory this very hour,And use them as long as you live.-- Anonymous
  • A Remedy for Irritability

    Mark Wilson
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    When Dr. F. B. Meyer was young, he was often negative and irritable. One day an elderly saint told him how he had gained victory over irritability in his own life. "When irritation rises in my heart, I look up and say, 'Your sweetness, Lord!'"  Meyer said he tried this practice and it worked for him!The great evangelist explained the best way to counter unhelpful thoughts and attitudes, is breathing a prayer of replacement.For falsehood -- your truth, Lord.For unkindness -- your kindness, Lord.For impatience -- your patience, Lord.For selfishness -- your unselfishness, Lord.For roughness…
  • Live Like a Dandelion

    Mark Wilson
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    I love dandelions! Call me crazy.  Call me lazy.  Call me a weed lover all you want --I Iove dandelions.  I used to hate 'em, but now I love 'em.Why in the world would I have an affinity for such pesky plants? Because they are a splendid illustration of how to live!1. You can't keep a good dandelion down.Try all you want, those little yellow flowers keep popping up all over the place. Weed eaters, lawn mowers, and even poisons don't phase them. They just keep coming back. Dandelion people are like that too.When the setbacks and disappointments come, they…
  • Do You Need a Refresher Course in Preschool?

    Mark Wilson
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Grown ups frequently forget the valuable lessons they learned as youngsters.  Maybe we all ought to go back to preschool for a refresher.  If we did that, here are a few important words we'd learn to say again:1. Please.So often, people make selfish demands of other people, forgetting that gentle requests are far more productive than dictates and ultimatums.Just think how pleasant our world would be, if we all treated each other with courtesy and respect.  "Would you please. . ." goes much further than "You'd better. . . or else!"2. Thank You.Ingratitude is at…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Faith Hacking: The Swedish Method

    Tim
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Labor Day seems like a great opportunity to do a little “faith hacking”—to find and share some of those practical methods or techniques for living the Christian life. As I read, as I listen to sermons, as I speak to people, I am always looking for insights on how other Christians live out their faith in practical ways, and today I want to tell you about just one way I have found to read the Bible with others. It is called “The Swedish Method” and is explained in an old issue of Matthias Media’s magazine The Briefing. As Christians we are constantly in God’s…
  • A La Carte (September 1)

    Tim
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul ($1.99); The Money Answer Book by Dave Ramsey ($2.99); The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper (free); Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper ($0.99); Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin ($2.99); Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer ($1.99); The Legacy of Sovereign Joy by John Piper ($1.99). You may also want to browse Amazon’s collection of $1.99 books for Labor Day and their monthly collection of books at $3.99 or less. Free from ChristianAudio is How Should We Then…
  • Faith Hacking: Managing Your Kids' Screen Time

    Tim
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    I love to discover what I call “faith hacks”—practical methods or techniques for living the Christian life. As I read, as I listen to sermons, as I speak to people, I am always looking for insights on how other Christians live out their faith in practical ways. I recently shared an ultra-practical way to display servant leadership, a way to organize prayer, and a way to individually shepherd your children. Today I want to stay with parenting, but to focus on a different aspect of it. One of the big challenges for every family today is placing limits on their children’s…
  • Weekend A La Carte (August 30)

    Tim
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    I am grateful to Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week. This blog is dependent upon sponsorships, so please do take the time to visit the sponsors. In this little video, Tim Keller talks about how Jesus is the True & Better ___________. You can fill in the blank a hundred different ways! Keith Mathison discusses his wife and her life with cancer. “I share all of this because until we went through it, I had no idea how much a cancer diagnosis takes over your life. In the past, any time I had read in our church bulletin of a…
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by our friends at Crossway, and they are offering some great prizes that include several brand new books. There will be 5 winners this week, and each of those winners will receive the following 3 books: The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper. “From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the narrative underlying all of history: the story of humanity’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation. This entertaining book connects the dots between the stories we tell and the one great…
 
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Are We Passionate for People?

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “But God, who comforts the downcast . . .” (2 Corinthians 7:6). It is an amazing thing that God comforts the downcast, and that he tells us this so clearly. The idea of God’s comfort isn’t religious folklore, nor is it some spiritual platitude to pull out when we can’t think of something more specific to say. This is a truth read explicitly in the words of Scripture, and pervasively narrated throughout. But how exactly does he comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain. Theoretical comfort won’t do. The…
  • The Awl

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Sometimes a story, a poem — a poem-story — can capture some of what social and political analyses can’t. How might you say in a story — flowing in the banks meter and rhyme — that life is never simple? Human experience is always deep, always ambiguous, always multilayered. How would you say that a kid can be harmful and dangerous, on the one hand, and wounded and broken on the other? That he can be hated by some and loved by a few? That symbols of love can become weapons of anger? That assumptions of knowledge can cover realities of ignorance? That selfish Samaritans can become…
  • The World’s Joy-Tragedy

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    In his classic book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis delivers a profound insight into the psychological engine that pulls along the drama of history. “All that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” Yes. Or to say this even more foundationally: the driving motive in history is the desire for happiness. Think of it, everything from slavery to prostitution to racism to terrorism to extortion to abortion to the ignition of world…
  • From Traitor to Heir

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “In your culture, what is the greatest act of sin someone can commit?” This was a question I asked of a young Asian man with whom I had been meeting for months to do evangelistic Bible studies. He was an enthusiastic pursuer of “truth,” and he wanted to know about biblical truth. So, over some spicy lamb kebabs every Wednesday, we would go through biblical texts and his objections. As we met together weekly, I began to realize that his appreciation for the law and for the fact that all sinners have broken the law was not as personalized as it was for me. In his mind, everyone in his…
  • Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We are all self-indulgers. The whole lot of us. Let’s just admit it upfront and help each other fight. Biblical self-indulgence is feeding the “passions of the flesh” (1 Peter 2:11). It’s indulging ourselves in any pleasure that is harmful to our souls, that does not spring from faith (Romans 14:23). Recognize the Danger Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness. It dulls our spiritual tastes and curbs our spiritual appetites (Proverbs 27:7). If we don’t take it seriously, it can, like…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • How to Keep Your Passions From Burning You Up

    webteam
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    God put sexual and emotional desire in all of us. Yet many of us still struggle to control these passions and we make impulsive choices and regretful compromises. How do we channel our desires for love and intimacy, without falling for the quick fixes all around us? In part two of our series Meant to Be, Pastor Steven explains that our unchecked passions can lead to brokenness, but through Jesus Christ, we can overpower our misguided infatuation with a life-changing passion for God.
  • What We Get Wrong About God’s Commands

    webteam
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    As Christians, we want to follow God’s commands. But most of us find that even if we manage keep our actions pure, we still struggle with our thoughts or intentions. So, why, if Jesus calls us to be holy, is it so hard to be holy? In this clip from our series Mr. & Mrs. Betterhalf, Pastor Steven uses the story of the woman at the well to help us understand the overwhelming gift of God’s grace, and the true purpose behind His commands for our lives.
  • The Real Reason Behind Your Relationship Status

    webteam
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Single people dream of being married. Married people fantasize about being single. The truth is, most of us like the idea of being in a relationship more than the reality of what it takes to make it work. And, when we look to other people to satisfy our deepest desires, we end up disappointed. In part 1 of our series Meant To Be, Pastor Steven explains that, while singleness and marriage are both gifts, we often misunderstand what God ultimately wants to give us through our relationships – His grace.
  • Meant to Be

    webteam
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    When it comes to seeking advice about relationships, marriage, and sex, we tend to look in all the wrong places. Everywhere we turn, we’re promised pleasure and happiness, but we’re left feeling hurt and empty. The world claims to have the answers, but maybe we’ve been asking the wrong questions all along. In our series Meant to Be, we’ll have open conversations and uncover the Bible’s best kept secrets about sex, marriage, and being single. Meant to Be begins August 23.
  • Elevation Creative: Confessions of a Teenager

    webteam
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Ever wonder what’s really going on in the heads of teenagers? Behind those perfectly cropped smiles and those self-confident poses? In this confessional-style documentary video from our Creative team, we hear from a few of our students about the truth that lies behind those #selfies.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • This is my story – Part Six: My Marriage

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Like many young men and women, I remember being quite anxious about finding my future life partner. I had no real serious relationships, until I had been at medical school for several years. Then there was a girl I dated for a few months, but to be honest I was not a very good boyfriend. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • This is my story – Part Five: Moving to London

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    By the age of 18, I had a lot of the over-confidence of youth, but that was tinged with the realization that I had a lot to learn. As I left the safety of my parental home and launched out into London to study medicine, God had a plan to teach me one of the [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • This is my story – Part Four: My Teenage Years

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I concluded the last section of my story by explaining that because of my father’s job relocation, we moved away from the church in which I had been so happy. For me, moving away from my friends and the church I had so loved was tough. Suddenly I discovered that there were actually churches that [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • This is my story – Part Two: seeing the birth of a movement

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I wonder if my father thought that what had happened the night I said I wanted to become a Christian had been real. I was so young; could I really understand it? Could this short conversation which ended in me praying really make such a difference to me? Could it be true that I had [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • New Music Tuesday 8.26.2014

    Steve McCoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are two new albums I bought this week. Two in one week is rare for me. Both are a lot of fun to listen to and are getting great reviews. I suggest you pick'em up!
  • Music Monday 8.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    BUY TODAY --> The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers | CD with free download is same cost as download only. This album is a lot of fun, as are all TNP albums. And don't let the name scare you. It's from the mouth of a preacher. This music is really good and really fun.GOOD MUSIC --> After the Video Music Awards last night I needed some real music. Whether you watched or not, here's real music. St. Paul and the Broken Bones with two live Take Away Shows. Amazing. First is the title track of their album Half the City and then an Otis Redding cover, "I've Been Loving You."
  • Phriday is for Photos

    Steve McCoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Time for some Friday photos. One from vacation and one from the first day of school. Three of the ten beautiful horses at our vacation home. We would walk right around them and pet them as we fished.  Whenever we pose the kids for the first day of school photo (and most other times, too), we end with something goofy. This is what we got. This probably represents who they are better than standing up straight and smiling!
  • Best Ice Bucket Challenge

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Easily the best video for the ALS ice bucket challenge I've seen. Amazing.
  • Why I Coach Little Leaguers

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I've been a Little League coach for the last 4 years. I've coached two championship teams for our local Little League. I've coached all stars. We've won an all star tournament. And I've also coached teams that came really close but couldn't finish. Winning is a lot of fun and what you shoot for, but sometimes getting really close is an amazing teacher and builder of character. I'm no great baseball coach though some of my teams have done well, but I love the kids and their families and caring about people sometimes takes you a lot further than skill and is more rewarding than winning.Case in…
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  • He Who is Mighty – Video Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I know it’s a little early to be talking about Christmas songs, but the last few weeks I’ve been listening to the tracks of our upcoming album, Prepare Him Room. I am so excited for you to hear these songs. We’ll be releasing the digital album on Sept 29 (not Sept 1 as I previously wrote) and the physical CD at the same time. As I explained in an earlier post, this album came about through the request of my good friend, Marty Machowski. He had written an Advent curriculum and devotional, Prepare Him Room, and wondered if we wanted to record an album to accompany it.
  • Songs from WorshipGod14: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    We just wrapped up the last session of WorshipGod14: TRIUNE, where we spent 3 days exploring the depths, joys, and significance of worship the God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Spirit. I’m so grateful for the folks who made it all possible as well as the people who made sacrifices to attend. We all know God better than we did three days ago. I’ll be posting a summary of the conference in the coming weeks, but here’s the list of the songs we sang. Not surprisingly, a lot of them specifically reference the Trinity in some way. Click on the title to access…
  • Who Would Have Dreamed – Christmas Album Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We released our first Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, in 2006. A few years ago I started thinking we should do another one. After all, we can never have too many songs that help us reflect on and celebrate the wonder of Jesus becoming Emmanuel, God with us. So I was intrigued last fall when my good friend, Marty Machowski, asked if Sovereign Grace Music would be interested in producing a Christmas album to accompany an Advent curriculum he had written. After a few conversations with Marty and his publisher, New Growth Press, we decided it would be a…
  • What I’ve Been Up To

    Bob Kauflin
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Not writing this blog, obviously. At some point I hope to start posting regularly again, but right now I wanted to share what’s been going on in the world of Sovereign Grace Music. The Dominican Republic and a New Spanish Album I got back last night from the Dominican Republic where I had the joy of speaking twice this past weekend at the Por Su Causa (For His Cause) conference, “Worship: The Purpose of Redemption.” The conference was sponsored by International Baptist Church (IBI) and a ministry called Integridad y Sabiduría (Integrity and Wisdom), both led by my good…
  • Songwriting Camp with Steve and Vikki Cook (and me)

    Bob Kauflin
    28 May 2014 | 7:29 am
    Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Writing songs for congregational worship is a craft. While God has been known to use mediocre songs to accomplish his purposes, he doesn’t want mediocrity to be our goal. He intends that writers work hard to produce congregational songs that enable the word of Christ to dwell in people richly (Col. 3:16). That’s why I’m excited to be participating with Steve and Vikki Cook in a 2½ day songwriting camp, July 13-15, in Santa Ana, CA. It’s sponsored by Eric Turbedsky of  Sovereign Grace Church of Orange County, and will be held at…
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  • HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

    markartrip
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 (of the $21,000 total) as soon as possible so that we can be matched with a baby this fall. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal. STORY 4 years ago we wrote this blog entry outlining our heart for adoption and our plan to start the process. We believe that God has a HEART FOR ADOPTION and we want our family to express His heart. With the help of our friends, family, and network of people we were gifted $7,000 that helped us adopt Mercy. Here is the entry…
  • HAITI 2014 @CPR3MOVEMENT TRIP MIND DUMP

    markartrip
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:10 am
    (This is a blog post to sum up my thoughts and excitement from my Haiti trip last week. This post is written for my Mom and Dad because they made my trip happen and I want to honor them with a recap of events. You can read it if you want, but just know that if your name isn’t Ron or Jeanne you are merely my secondary audience. Thanks Mom and Dad!) BUCKET LIST Up until a week ago the only time I had ever left the United States was to venture to an IGA super market slightly into Quebec Canada north of Vermont to buy groceries for the Operation Barnabas team I led in 2005. I know what you’re…
  • MOVEMENT CHURCH HAS A NEW LOCATION (FAQ ABOUT OUR MOVE)

    markartrip
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:25 pm
    On Sunday Movement Church announced that starting February 2nd our worship experiences are moving to the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.  As a young church, we are excited for this move and the way God has opened the doors to make it happen.  This move will provide great exposure to our community and allow us to grow and accomplish our vision in some new exciting ways. Our vision is to be “a movement of people finding their way back to God.” This happens through people knowing Jesus and we want this move to be about that. Not everyone was at church Sunday and we also have many friends…
  • CELEBRITY LOOK-A-LIKES THAT I KNOW PART 4

    markartrip
    30 May 2013 | 9:45 pm
    If you hang out with me for more than one hour I will probably tell you that you or someone close by remind me of someone. It might be someone famous, or it might just be another friend of mine. Through the years this has lead me to do a few different “people I know who look like celebrities” (or not so famous people too) posts on the ole blog here.   So here goes the fourth edition. Check out these links to the first, second, and third edition. Don’t be offended, just humor me.
  • MOVEMENT GRAND OPENING WEEKEND/EGG DROP/EASTER SUNDAY RECAP

    markartrip
    1 Apr 2013 | 2:23 pm
    Many people have asked via text, email, and Facebook, so I thought I would give a recap of all that God did on our opening weekend. Saturday at 830am we got to Spindler Park and began setting up for our Easter Egg Drop. We had a team of around 50 people very organized by our outreach coach Ashton Rank so the work went quick and we were ready to go by 10am. All we really did was set up sound, have an information table, mark 3 soccer fields with stakes and caution tape, and spread 37,000 eggs out evenly. We didn’t know how many people would show up but we took around 12,000 flyers door to…
 
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  • 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…
  • Logo design – Bridges for Hope (round 1)

    Gabe Taviano
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I met with a missions organization yesterday, and spent a few hours today coming up with these three logo options for them. Which do you like best?
  • Logo design – Country Realty (round 1)

    Gabe Taviano
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A friend in central Ohio has asked me to design a new logo for his company (and a website). Which of these three do you like best?
  • Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit

    Gabe Taviano
    6 Feb 2014 | 1:43 pm
    My friend and counselor, Tim Stauffer, referenced this book in our last session. I’m glad he brought it up! I’m not much of a reader (maybe have read 1 book every year or other year, LOL), but I have included reading a book each month into some planning I’ve done recently. I decided to tackle this one first. I’ve listed my five favorite pieces of the book  at the bottom of this post, and here is a link to my entire notes (thanks to Evernote). The past few years, following my heart attack, have been filled with lots of fear, uncertainty, shame, and I’d have to…
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  • Night Out With The Girls

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    With the kids now older and facing high-school homework after supper instead of the early bedtimes of former years, Patricia donned an light jacket before heading out for her weekly Wednesday night coffee shop ritual with Julie and Deanne. Well, almost weekly; there were frequent cancellations in the past three years, but they tried to meet as frequently as possible. “So when are we leaving?” her husband Rick asked. “What do you mean we?” she responded. “I thought it might be fun to crash your little group; as an observer or like those war reporters who are…
  • Methodology for Music Ministry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Yesterday we looked at some very superficial reasons which draw people into the larger music business with a hope that church musicians can understand their own music-personality type. Today we want to stay somewhat shallow in looking at the raw practicalities of drafting the music for Sunday morning. Finding the recipe If you look at a recipe, it’s always divided into two sections. First you have a list of ingredients, and then you have the instructions as to how you wish to use them. Worship planning is very similar. There’s a list of songs you want to use, but how do you blend…
  • Motivation for Music Ministry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    So what attracts people to work in the music industry? I’ve listed a few things below that I think apply both within and outside the church context, and one, at the end of the list, that I believe is more common only within Christian experience. Worship leaders: Perhaps finding what attracts you to music in the first place will help you understand your personality type as a musician. Performance Some people just want to play. They live to gig. If you’re a drummer and you can’t sing, you’re never going to be center stage, and people might not even know your name, but…
  • MEV Bible Marketing is Confusing, Misleading

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Another new Bible translation hits the bookstores next month. Yes, I know what you’re thinking; do we really need another translation? Personally, while I love the variety of options available and feel they bring much clarity and understanding, I would say there are dangers in over-saturating — or more accurately over-fragmenting — the market. The MEV is the latest arrival. It stands for Modern English Version, but that name must somewhat frustrate the creators, who wish all the KJV-related names — NKJV, KJV21, etc — weren’t already taken; as this is the…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    You know, that thing where you take a bucket of links and pour them over your head… On July 21st of last year, Ken Brantly gave this message to his home church in Indianapolis. What police in Ferguson, Missouri couldn’t accomplish, clergy did. Another perspective on Ferguson: After eight years in the Cayman Islands, a pastor in Washington, DC is justifiably concerned for his son… …While another parent has an entirely different perspective, but similar fears. The pastor of one of Charlotte, NC’s largest churches who also hosts an iconic radio ministry program is…
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  • Jericho March for Kids’ Church

    Mimi Bullock
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    We all know that God is a miracle-working God but have you ever paused to wonder why He performed so many miracles? I think one of the reasons why God would cause the sun to go backward or bring the walls of Jericho down is to show His people that nothing is impossible–if He is in the equation. As children’s pastors, we must teach kids about His miracles so they can see what He has already done and what He is willing to do for them. Some of my favorite ways to teach is through visual aids and interactions like a Jericho march. Recently in my children’s ministry, I taught kids about…
  • 7 Days of Creation Song

    Felicia Mollohan
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    The story of Creation is a familiar story that many churches do over and over. This is good, except, we may run out of things to do with the story. Singing is always a great activity for children. It gets them directly involved, moving, and thinking about what they are singing. This is what the “7 Days of Creation” song is for. I was thinking of Christmas and the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, popped in my mind. Then I thought, what about the days of Creation? There’s only 7 days in Creation, but the tune still works, it just ends earlier. I hope you and your…
  • Habakkuk Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Habakkuk. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows deer on a hillside. The Bible quote from reads, “He makes me sure footed as a deer.” We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our progress on this page. Information about the book of Micah is included in review worksheets about the Minor Prophets. You might also like our Bible…
  • Help for Parents: Preparing Kids for a New School Year

    Mimi Bullock
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Yeah! It’s that time again–back to school. With all the uncertainty in the world, it’s easy to see why parents would be a little fearful about sending them to school. As children’s ministers we have the opportunity to help parents send their children back to school safely. Feel free to share these practical tips in your weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter or on the church Facebook page. Build stronger ties with families by providing them with the tools they need for an awesome school experience. Parents, teach kids your cell phone number. Even if your child carries a…
  • Philippians Bible Verses: 14 Pages of Writing Practice Printables

    Felicia Mollohan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Memorizing Scripture is an incredible activity for children to learn and to practice. Learning the Word of God and hiding it in your heart (Psalm 119:11) will truly help our children in the future. Knowing the Word will help it come to mind when they’re in a difficult situation and need help getting through it. Since I homeschool, I need to have my children work on their handwriting. They also work on Bible verses each week. I have combined these to activities into one Bible Verse paper. They each receive their own Bible verse paper, at their level, and we go over the verse. We read…
 
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  • My Video Podcasting Debut

    Tyler
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    You don’t get a chance to see my face too often. I keep this blog primarily devoted to the written word. Today, however, I thought I’d share a video podcast I recently did with the good folks at Goodberry. In the conversation we touch on subjects like why I became a pastor, why I’m so focused on my generation, and what it means to live a holy life. Hope this is helpful for you. I should have thrown in some humor but we did this at 8am on my day off, so cut me some slack (If you are reading this in an email or RSS feed, click here to watch the video)  Share on Tumblr
  • The Church and White Privilege

    Tyler
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Two pictures of racial tensions in the US, taken 50 years apart. History may view this statement as hyperbole, but I’ll go for it anyway: The events taking place in Ferguson are a watershed moment for racial reconciliation (or the lack thereof) in America. And if the church stands idly by as this watershed moment takes place the Gospel will be further relegated to a place of obscurity within that same culture. Thankfully, the church of Jesus Christ has leaders who are speaking up, and guiding us with wisdom. One of those leaders is Matt Chandler. He is one of the most influential…
  • Shortcuts are Detrimental to Your Soul

    Tyler
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    I spend around 15-20 hours praying, studying, and writing anytime I’m scheduled to speak at our church on a Sunday morning. Inevitably, I run into all sorts of hurdles. It’s difficult to stay motivated for the finish line when the beginning process feels like an insurmountable mountain. After I’ve studied and determined an outline I write out the whole message into a manuscript. Usually about a page and a half in I’m looking for shortcuts. 2 or 3 hours into typing and the ideas seem to flow less quickly. I begin to feel less confident in the arc of the message…
  • Why Gungor Deserves the Backlash

    Tyler
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    4 summers ago Rose and I went to a small coffeeshop in downtown Portland to see Gungor play through songs from their album Beautiful Things. We stood the whole time. There were no chairs. Just one hundred people all singing songs that had become anthems for their lives. One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to despite the awful venue. Michael and his wife Lisa were even kind enough to talk to my mom for a few minutes outside of the venue before the show. Fast forward to the past few weeks when Michael Gungor found himself in hot water with many in the Christian community…
  • A Conversation on God’s Will

    Tyler
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    I wanted to share a recent conversation I had with Ed Underwood on the subject of God’s will with all of you. Ed is a pastor in the Los Angeles area, and in recent years he has been a great encouragement to me in person and through various online venues as I’ve started in the pastoral role. Ed just released a book entitled The Trail which follows the same subject as our conversation. Be sure to check it out. Tyler: How has your perspective on God’s will shifted in recent years? Ed: My perspective on discovering God’s will has shifted dramatically. As a young pastor and…
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  • Summer Blockbusters: Part 7, The Real Game of Thrones

    paulwnewell
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 6 Rich Man Poor Man: How To Succeed At Failing

    paulwnewell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 5 When You’re Up Against the Wall: Facing Your Jericho

    paulwnewell
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 4 Between the Devil and the Deep Red Sea

    paulwnewell
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer BlockBusters: 3 Dazed and Confused

    paulwnewell
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
 
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  • Faith Greater Than Goliath

    Kevin Campbell
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    On Sunday at Elevate Church we talked about how to be released from the grip of fear by something GREATER! At the beginning of the message, there are more details about the heart of our FOR THE CITY movement. Check it out here: Faith For The City from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: The Cycle Of Faith The Bedrock To Dominate: FAITH Turning Fear into FAITH Video Message
  • What Every Man And Woman Needs To Know

    Kevin Campbell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Sunday at Elevate Church we finished our FAMILY Vacation series with a message about what every man and woman needs to understand about each other. The message is called Road Blocks To A Better Destination. Hope this message really helps you and your relationships! Check out the message right here: Family Vacation: One Thing Every MAN and WOMAN Should Know from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: 3 Things We Must Give Our Children THREE Marriage Potholes Every Marriage Faces Family Vacation This Sunday!
  • 3 Things We Must Give Our Children

    Kevin Campbell
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    We continued our FAMILY Vacation series on Sunday at Elevate with a message called HOPE In Parenting. Every parent is uniquely positioned to give their child THREE things that no one else can give like they can.  The most important THINGS we can give our children aren’t even THINGS. Check out this message for hope and encouragement for those with the special calling of parenting: FamilyVacation: HOPE in Parenting from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: Family Vacation This Sunday! Why Do We GIVE At Elevate? Give HOPE This Christmas
  • For The City Launches August 24th

    Kevin Campbell
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Three things will last FOREVER: Faith, Hope, and Love.” The things in our city will pass away, but three things we can dispense now that will last FOREVER over this city is Faith, Hope, and Love! We want to be known by what we are FOR not what we are against. Elevate Church is FOR the City of San Diego. We are FOR pouring out Faith, Hope, and Love all over our city! Join us Sunday, August 24th. Watch this trailer and spread the word. What do you see when you look out over our city? For The City (Trailer 1) from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts:…
  • FOUR Filters Every Home Must Have

    Kevin Campbell
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We continued our FAMILY Vacation series on Sunday at Elevate Church.  Throughout this series, we are learning how to travel through life’s greatest challenges.  Here is a message about FOUR filters necessary for every home. What we tolerate in our homes today will ultimately control our homes one day. What attitudes, thoughts, words, etc. are you allowing in your home?  Learn how filters can make a difference in your home: Related posts: THREE Marriage Potholes Every Marriage Faces Family Vacation This Sunday! Come Home Series
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • 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…
  • August reading: 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…
  • Saving lives online – Kate turns away from suicide

    siskin
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone is searching for answers. Sometimes the questions are about what to buy or how to fix something. But then at times, they are about serious life issues and even life and death! On March 12th, a young woman Kate*, was going to end her life went online searching for ways to do this. In the process, she ended up in one of the Power to Change online small groups. It was there that Kate was connected with a mentor, who helped her through her crisis during those early days. The mentor then transitioned to helping this woman with her spiritual journey. Kate was hurting, disillusioned by…
  • How you can help silver surfers catch the waves

    siskin
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    There was a time, not so long ago, when web usage in the West was quite low for the over-65 demographic. But no longer, as the infographic below shows. Many of these ‘silver surfers’ are opting for tablets | more. Studies also show that being online has big benefits for older people who live alone, as they can keep in touch with friends and family more effectively, and find online resources to help them. If they have mobility or transport issues, online shopping is also a huge boon. Older people in your church, taking up the Web for the first time, experience a steep learning…
  • The worldwide challenge of urban dwellers: infographic

    siskin
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Here’s the latest ‘missiographic’ from GMI, looking at worldwide urbanization trends. Wherever they are, digital will increasingly be one means to connect, especially mobile. The next Mobile Ministry 6-week distance-learning course starts on 8 July. The Mobile Ministry Forum exists to help your ministry use mobile effectively. Consider going to their annual conference/consultation this December in Florida. There is Hope for the City! Cities will clearly dominate this century; with up to 70% of the world’s population living in an urban setting by 2050. What does this…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, August edition

    bradlomenick
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Here you go, the August edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Andy Mineo- NYC based hip hop artist, songwriter, producer and performer; part of the Reach Records family. 2. Heather Stevens- co-leader of “The Church and It’s 20 Somethings” project. And daughter of Tim Stevens…!! 3. Jerry Shen- co-founder of ELEO Conference, entrepreneur, creator of Fantasy Monster, and director of Engineering for Yahoo Fantasy Sports. 4. Thomas Lake- Atlanta based senior writer for Sports Illustrated. 5. Jeff Shaw- director of Out…
  • Tips for 1st Time in a Meeting

    bradlomenick
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm
    We’ve all been there. First time in a one on one meeting with your boss. First time in a brainstorming session. First time in a staff meeting. Whether your 1st meeting ever as a young intern, newly hired greenie, or seasoned pro who is new to the team, there are some keys to how you should approach the environment of a 1st time meeting. 1. Don’t try to be the expert. Reality is, you’re probably not. Make others in the room around you the expert. 2. Ask lots of questions. This is your entry point for any meeting, at any level. Good questions give you instant credibility. And…
  • 9 Ways Your Leadership Should be Social

    bradlomenick
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    It’s imperative that you are “social” in your leadership and influence today. A new reality exists, and as leaders we have to be not only aware of this, but also willing to jump in and embrace a new reality of Social engagement like never before. Here are a few thoughts on Social Leadership: 1. Social Media = Influence. Bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers, and Social media junkies are now the normal outlets to tap into for getting the word out. I’ve seen this the last few years with everything from new movies to new books to new conferences. These leaders are being sought…
  • 12 Churches under the Radar you should Know

    bradlomenick
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Here are a few churches with lots of influence in their communities, and definitely worth checking out in terms of the way they are doing ministry and reaching their cities. But may not be as well known to other leaders around the country. Check them out, and add any other churches to the comments section that might be under the radar but we should make sure and know about. 1. Reality Church- San Francisco; Dave Lomas 2. Fresh Life Church- Kalispell, MT; Levi Lusko 3. Cornerstone Church- Orangeburg, SC; Artie Davis 4. The Crossing Church- Las Vegas, NV; Shane Philip 5. South Bay…
  • 6 Ways to Lead Staff You Don’t Like :: Guest Post

    bradlomenick
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Todd Adkins is the Director of Leadership at LifeWay, and heads up the Ministry Grid team. Todd’s goal, with the rest of the Ministry Grid team, is to provide churches a tool to assist them in training leaders and volunteers at every level from the parking lot to the pulpit. _________________________________________________________   6 Ways To Lead Staff You Don’t Like Some of you will be deeply offended and leave this post right after the next sentence. While you should love everyone on your staff, it’s ok if you like some people more. In fact, its important for you to…
 
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  • Can the RCIA meet the needs of modern-day spiritual seekers?

    Nick Wagner
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    I submitted an article about the future of the RCIA to America, the Jesuit weekly news magazine, and they were kind enough to print it. In the article, I try to make the case that we are at a turning … Continue reading →
  • Episode 88: Your RCIA may not have as many converts as you think

    Jen Pardo
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will look at a fact that you might have fewer converts than you think. “Did you know?” that the assembly has a job to do during the period of evangelization and pre-catechumenate? Finally, we … Continue reading →
  • Monterey digs deep in to RCIA…in two languages!

    Nick Wagner
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We didn’t have to travel far for our latest RCIA institute. We drove a little over an hour to the scenic Monterey, California diocese, our neighbors to the south. We met with over 160 excited RCIA team members from around … Continue reading →
  • Episode 87: A Better Way to Start Your RCIA

    Jen Pardo
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will look at a better way to start your RCIA. In the “Did you know?” segment, we will take a look at the dialogue at the beginning of the Rite of Acceptance. Finally, we … Continue reading →
  • Are you called to RCIA ministry? How do you know?

    Nick Wagner
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    In his book, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, Jared Dees asks catechists to define their calling. In Catholic-speak, “calling” is a big word. When I think of “calling,” I think of Noah or Jonah or Peter. I … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • To Live In the Right Direction, Start Thinking Straight

    Brandon
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I grew up in the country in rural Kentucky where giving someone directions usually involved turning right just past the bridge, left after the third dead skunk, and if you see the red barn you went too far. Thankfully, the directions God gives us in His word for living life well are far more explicit. He tells us repeatedly that if we want our lives to move in the right direction, we need to start thinking straight. Peter said to “prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to…
  • We Desperately Need a More Sure Word

    Brandon
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures – in the Bible. Even within Christianity, there is a growing number of leaders who divide God from His Word, presuming to have the…
  • Real Unity Is Possible Only In the Light

    Brandon
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    God loves variety and diversity and our multi-colored, multi-cultural world shows off this characteristic of God quite well. But as sinful human beings, we are prone to divide, to defend, and to separate ourselves behind protective walls and a false sense of superiority. It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the human mosaic in the dark, and it’s a rather dark world in which we live. In the Light, however, everything looks different. The Apostle John wrote, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of…
  • Before God Formed You In the Womb

    Brandon
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” So said God to a young prophet named Jeremiah once (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG). While these words were spoken in a particular context to a particular person, there are powerful principles we can draw out for a deeper understanding of God and His purposes. God is God, and I am not. I’m limited by time and space, a minuscule amount of knowledge of the universe, and a tendency to do the wrong thing, none of…
  • Everybody Needs Encouragement

    Brandon
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    We live in rather uncivil times. We’re a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It’s one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn’t empty flattery. Being fake helps no one. Speaking words of affirmation isn’t about the needs of the encourager but about the encouraged. Encouragement is about acknowledging the truth about someone, ultimately to remind them of…
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  • Introduction to Incarnation Guest Series – The Incarnation In September?

    Peter Mead
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    This month I will be offering a first on this site – a series of guest blogs from a variety of great contributors.  This month marks the UK release of my new book, Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation (Christian Focus).  So I decided to ask some friends to offer a brief post on one aspect of the Incarnation of Christ.  I am thankful to each one that is writing in this series and hope that it will help stir our thinking about the importance of this vital subject. This week we will have guest posts from either side of the Atlantic, with John Hindley and Darrell…
  • 10 Thoughts on Reading – II

    Peter Mead
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Continuing this quick list of ten thoughts on reading . . . since many of us know we should read more and we want to read more: 6. Read selectively.  Too many people are in a stalemate with book buying.  They won’t buy a wonderful book recommended by people they trust for them at this exact moment in life . . . why?  Because they have some half-finished books.  Don’t despise the meal cooked for you now because there are leftovers in the fridge that you aren’t enjoying.  It makes no sense to be held captive by false guilt over not finishing a book (if it wasn’t…
  • 10 Thoughts on Reading

    Peter Mead
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
      There are a lot of people in churches who believe they should be reading more than they are.  They know that there is a unique enrichment available from good literature, but struggle to take advantage.  Here are 10 quick suggestions that may be helpful: 1. Small blocks of time add up.  If you read for twenty minutes per day, then you will start to move through quite a few books a year, even if you are a typical slow reader.    If you aim for two hours a day, then you will probably not make through the week! 2. Location! Location! Location!  If you try to read at a busy desk…
  • 88 Questions Because Delivery Makes a Difference – III

    Peter Mead
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Let’s conclude the list of questions to ponder about effective delivery: 14. Are your word choices appropriate for subject and audience?  Is there an appropriate combination of dignity and authenticity?  Do you sound like an academic?  Do you sound like a stereotypical preacher (whichever stereotype comes to mind)?  Are your words understandable, condescending, flippant, crass, attention-seeking, natural, coherent? 15. Do you actually make sense when you speak?  Are your sentences fully there?  Do you rely too much on people to get what you mean, or can you consistently say…
  • 88 Questions Because Delivery Makes a Difference – II

    Peter Mead
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    Continuing our list of 88 questions, grouped into 20 . . . all to nudge us to evaluate our delivery as we preach: 6. What do your feet do while you preach?  Do you pace?  Do you rock forward and back?  Is your natural stance, well, natural? 7. And what about your hands, do they fit with your communication?  Do gestures fit naturally or look forced?  Does time go from left to right or right to left?  Which way do you point when you talk about creation, or Christ’s return?  Do your hands do anything weird, repeatedly? 8. Does your facial expression reflect your heart? (And…
 
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  • Logos Review: The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

    samluce
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The Bible Speaks Today series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now its bestselling New Testament volumes are made available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these superb studies and the technology that now supports them. The Bible Speaks Today series, according to John Stott, is characterized by the following threefold ideal: Expound the Biblical Text with Accuracy Relate it to Contemporary Life Make it Readable The equivalent print editions in this collection are…
  • My interview with Matt Perman on Gospel Productivity.

    samluce
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I recently read a book entitled “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done” By Matt Perman. Here is my review of the book I did a few weeks back. I loved the book how it tackled the whole issue of productivity from the standpoint the great commandment and the great commission. I often talk with my team and tell them we are not efficient with people we are efficient with problems so we can extend grace to people. That’s the heart beat of this book. After I finished reading this book I reached out to Matt to do a blog interview below is that…
  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

    samluce
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Let me start off by saying ALS is an awful disease. I am grateful to hear that donations over the past two weeks are at 1.35 million versus 22,000 over last year. That’s great news. I hope that some headway if forged in finding a cure for this fatal disease. I have known personally a few people who have gotten ALS it is a tragic diagnosis with no hope of recovery other than divine healing. If you have Facebook or have been on the internet doing anything for the past week you will have seen everyone from Bill Gates to Martha Stewart pouring buckets of ice on their heads. They are doing…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Thankfulness

    samluce
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    This is the last of the series of posts I have done talking about the three things that have most affected my life and ministry as a result of being part of Infuse. Those three posts. 1. Three things I learned from Infuse: Introduction 2. Three things I learned from Infuse: Ask good questions 3. Three things I learned from Infuse: Staff Level Volunteers 4. Three things I learned from Infuse: Thankfulness The greatest thing I have learned from Infuse is the discipline of thankfulness. In life and ministry few things will destroy you like a lack of gratitude. Life is tough. Working in ministry…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Staff Level Volunteers

    samluce
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    One of the traps the enemy uses to marginalize leaders is envy. If I only had a bigger building. If I only had more staff. If I only had a bigger budget. The reality is that no matter how we don’t like to admit it none of us are immune from these thoughts. I know that I have struggled with each of these at different points in ministry. I remember having a conversation with a kids pastor who had less kids than we had and had 3 staff members to help. I left the call with this overwhelming feeling of frustration and discouragement. I remember actually breaking out a calculator adding up…
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  • 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…
  • Top 5 Things I Learned About Promoting My Content Online

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is from Gangai Victor who leads an interesting blog and community over at www.votivepraise.com. I recently asked Gangai to share with us some of the learnings he’s gained from the “publishing” side of things regarding his platform and social media presence. Please engage with questions by dropping them in a comment below the post!   Self-publishing original content online is pretty easy these days—there are loads of free platforms out there to help us. If it’s a blog, there’s blogger.com. If it’s a book, say hello to Kindle. If…
  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • You need a fitbit

    Kenny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Okay, I don’t actually know if you need one or not, but go with me here for a minute. Back in late June, I bought a fitbit for myself. I knew that I need to continue to focus on my health. I liked the idea of a fitbit. It measures daily activity. It helps set daily goals. It tracks progress (or lack of it). It has a social component where I can track how I am doing compared to friends. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it or how well it would work for me. I love it. Since I got it nearly two months ago, it has been off my arm only to charged the battery. I am constantly…
  • App of the Week: Google Drive

    Kenny
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The app I’d like to introduce to you this week isn’t a new app, but over the years it has been nicely developed and has become more and more useful as time goes by. Quite simply, it’s the Google Drive app for the iPhone (I don’t have an android device, so I’m sure it works as well or better on one of those devices). Several years ago, my entire team (and most of the church staff) converted to google docs/drive for word documents and spreadsheets. We created an official “NextGen” shared drive and virtually every file we create lives in this drive.
  • Systems: Improving where you struggle

    Kenny
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I love about systems is that they often make me better than I really am. I think that we sometimes have this idea in our mind that we just need to be better, get better and become someone without weakness. This side eternity, I think we make this harder than it needs to be. Most strong leaders will tell you that they didn’t become who they are because they focused on making their weaknesses strengths. They became who they are by making there strengths even stronger. Primarily focusing on your weakness can be a fleeting endeavorer and at best, only makes you average.
  • Systems: Anticipating what is coming

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yes, systems take extra work to set up and extra work to maintain. Systems require you to take a short break from the busy and think about things you don’t often think about. However, a little investment of time and mental energy to create and set up systems will pay dividend for years. They will enable you to spend more time doing the things that make a bigger impact. One of the first steps to setting up systems requires you to be a futurist. Basically, anticipate what is going to happen. Let’s take a look at what this means practically. Lets talk about email. It’s probably…
  • Children’s Bible Review: Power Bible

    Kenny
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A few months ago, the folks from Green Egg Media contacted me and asked me if I’d be willing to review their new Power Bible. I had never heard of the Power Bible, so I was happy to get my hands on it. They sent me book 1: From Creation to the Story of Joseph and book 8: The Light of Salvation. I figured I’d review them and give them away for someone to enjoy. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t impressed immediately and I put off doing the review because I don’t feel comfortable recommending something I don’t believe in. What I didn’t like was simply a matter…
 
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    Dave Ingland

  • Local Buy Here Pay Here Financing Options

    John Fulton
    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

    John Fulton
    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?

    John Fulton
    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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  • Jars of Clay

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    This week we talk to Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay about their 20th anniversary, their new album of fan-favorites (stream it here!) and how to better engage the conversation of faith and doubt. We also bring in our "expert" to give us a Red Carpet recap, give Cameron a new toy and discuss the newest developments in wearable tech.
  • Don't Wait for the Perfect Job

    peter.swanson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Why God’s ideal job for us isn’t in one particular office. As a twentysomething in 2014, finding a job can be hard. Even if you spend every free moment you have formulating flawless résumés, writing tear-jerking cover letters and ironing your best suit to wrinkle-free perfection, you then have to fight your way through a sea of equally qualified applicants, endless interviews and cryptic emails. Then come the rejection letters. Or they don’t, more often—you just never hear back. Days turn into weeks turn into lost hope, and every well-intentioned parent and pet does his or her best…
  • Almost Half of the Syrian Population Is Now Displaced

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    According to a devastating new U.N. report, nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced by the violence of the country’s ongoing civil war. As many as 6.5 million who have fled their homes are displaced within the country, and at least 3 million Syrians have left the country altogether. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement, "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them.” The report, which is attempting to bring greater international awareness and…
  • Bill Murray Took Tickets at a Minor League Baseball Game This Week

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you attended the St. Paul Saints’ minor league baseball game last night, there’s a good chance that comedy legend Bill Murray took your ticket when you made your way into the stadium. Murray, who is one of the owners of the team, attended the final game at Midway Stadium, not only assisting at turnstiles and talking with fans, but also throwing out the first pitch and taking plenty of selfies with his new friends. Bill Murray, you sir are a national treasure ...
  • Here’s Why You Believe What You Do

    aaronross
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    A look at the four essential things that shape your faith. “He just doesn’t get that aspect of theology because of the kind of church he grew up in,” my friend commented after a lively theology debate with a mutual friend. I nodded. He was probably right, but I couldn’t help thinking that perhaps he also only felt so strongly about the issue because of the kind of church he grew up in.
 
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  • Bittersweet

    Jason Bedell
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s bittersweet to be having our last Sunday at OLHS tomorrow. 7 years ago I walked in for the first time as a full time staff member (although, I was there for the very first service and it rocked). It was heart-warming to see the level of love, transparency, and grace. And now 7 years later, we bid farewell to a place where people have been baptized, cried, laughed, found healing, seen marriages restored, loved for the first time, and more. I know it’s only brick and mortar, but when family moves from one location to the next, it kind of hits you. In the 16+ years of…
  • You Can Live With Us

    Jason Bedell
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    My daughter Chloe loves the Miller family. They go to our church and she jokes about living with them sometimes. Just the other day she asked, “Can we live with the Millers?!” “No baby, you cannot live with the Millers. We are your family.” “But, I love them too.” “No. You’re our kid. You can visit, but you live here.” Our 4 year old chimed in, “But they’re the best. PLEEEAAASE?!” “No. It’s still no.” But what if the next time they go to the Miller’s house, their dad (and close friend of mine)…
  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
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  • The Case for a Creator

    David
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    If you’ve never heard of Lee Strobel, when he was a high school freshman, science convinced him that God didn’t exist. But since then, however, incredible scientific discoveries have not only helped restore Lee’s faith, but have strengthened it. Today Lee Strobel is author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including The Case for Christ and the Case for Faith. Brand new to Zondervan are 4 exciting “student edition” devotionals; each based off of Lee’s famous titles; the case for Christ, case for the real Jesus, the Case for Faith…
  • You don’t understand the Bible…

    David
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    I bet you didn’t know this but the Bible wasn’t written in English… (gasp!) That’s right, it’s a book from the Middle East and many of it’s original languages are no longer spoken. So that’s why when you hear Christians say, “well, the Bible says….” it’s kind of funny because unless that person has studied the text in the original languages, they are actually quoting an interpretation or a paraphrase. What does the Bible actually say? It’s been the discussion of publishers, editors and theologians for decades. This is why…
  • Making the past – ‘the past’ / a look at Jude

    David
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    So how do you make your past “the past?” How do you avoid being paralyzed by regret? How do you stop grieving over what’s gone and get on with your life? Look at what God tells Israel in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. God tells Israel that hope and welfare are in their future – and I would argue that this is God’s wish for your life as well. So if that doesn’t line up with your theology – then…. Change your theology. Because I think many…
  • Sorrow & Regret / a look at Jude

    David
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Do you think the Hebrew people were well aware of their shameful past? Do you think they remembered their failings as a people? Oh sure they did. As an oppressed people group, living under Roman rule, how could you not forget? Rome’s presence was a constant reminder that they were not living “the plan” God had for them. This wasn’t the ‘milk and honey’ life that God had promised. And so what does Jude do? He dredges all of that back up again and he shoves it in their faces. Remember that? ….Remember that? The Past can be a scary thing can’t it?
  • NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

    David
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible—is the 1999 recipient of the ECPA Gold Medallion Award. The premise behind this volume is spiritual health and spiritual growth. So why another Bible on the market? What’s special about this Bible? Well, what separates this Bible from many others is it’s focus – especially on the spiritual disciplines. Like most Bibles, this book contains a lot of great notes, but they aren’t written so much to give you Biblical history or insight, so much as they are a devotional and “take away” for spiritual renewal; and the various…
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    Serving Strong

  • 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 […]
  • Tainted Like Milk

    Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    So yeah, TRUST. Let’s talk about it. You already know HOW to trust. Every time you pour a glass of milk (*it could be any consumable), you trust that everyone who’s handled that particular gallon, from the beginning source through the purchase at the grocery store, hasn’t tainted it. You open the refrigerator, pull out […]
  • What Happened To Me This Morning

    Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    What happened to me this morning was a result of a couple of weeks of trying out something new. The night before, I had failed to set my alarm clock for the 5:00 am. This is the time I have chosen to get up to begin my day. (a little background: I am not a […]
  • A Slight Shift In Focus Makes All The Difference

    Scott
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever heard someone say, “Money is the root of all evil”? Yet you know the truth. It’s, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” Slight change in perspective makes all the difference. Same is true with the fruits of the Spirit. Ephesians 5 lists nine qualities worth striving after. Yet I don’t […]
  • Of Fear And Frogs

    Scott
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Fear. You dwell on it when you don’t understand it. It debilitates. It frustrates. It leaves you hanging as you dangle off the edge of reality. Someone famous once said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Someone more famous once said, “Don’t lean on your own understanding.” But fear diminishes when faced head […]
 
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  • 3 Keys to Creating a Feedback Rich Environment

    Hal Mayer
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    As we land in this final stage of the Mentoring Process, Maintaining a Feedback Loop, I promised in my last post to talk about the 3 keys to the effective delivery of feedback. I believe feedback (especially developmental or corrective)... Continue Reading →
  • Delivery… Delivery… Delivery

    Hal Mayer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Over the past several months we have been talking about process leadership. I use the term process because I want to develop people rather than merely lead out of my strengths or preferences. This suggests more of a follower driven... Continue Reading →
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  • Living Stone Worship Center Experiences Text-to-Give Success

    Lauren Hunter
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Living Stone Worship Center is a thriving church community of approximately 350 in a small community of about 45,000 people situated on the border of Texas and Mexico. They believe that church should be simple. And by “simple,” they mean “relevant, practical, and uncomplicated.” This conviction is reflected in their vision, to “Save the Lost and Disciple the Saved.” Recently, Living Stone made some changes to accept tithes and donations through their website and via text-to-give. We sat down with Associate Pastor Brian Sisneros to talk to him about their…
  • 3 Ways the Digital Church can Revolutionize Global Outreach

    Robert Coletti
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    I recently wrote about how the Digital Church is a powerful ministry to reach and engage Millennials who are disengaging from the Church. The evidence is very compelling to make the case that digital media is a catalyst to bring young people back to faith, and into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The millennial generation is the not the only ministry opportunity that the Digital Church solves. Who can you reach by building Digital Church? In Part 1 of this series, I will discuss how the Digital Church is a ministry tool for foreign missions, and in Part 2 I will focus on how Digital Church…
  • A Projector, a Camcorder, and an iMac

    Paul Clifford
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    In 2001, I was part of a church plant and shortly after starting to attend there I went to Willow Creek Community church for the Arts Conference. While there, I was on a bus going from Willow Creek’s campus to a satellite location for the technical arts breakout session. I’d started talking to the guy sitting next to me. Even though I was only a couple of years into doing video for church, I’d already learned a lot. He, on the other hand, had learned that his church couldn’t do what mine did. Why? They had more people with more resources and the same equipment. You read that…
  • Becoming Successful at Studying Productively in 10 Easy Steps [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    In ministry, leaders often find themselves returning to school for advanced education often returning to seminary in pursuit of a masters of divinity, a PhD, counseling degree, or certification program to help with specializing in a particular area of study. No matter what age or level of education, each of us can improve our study skills. In our world of constant distractions, it’s important to occasionally refresh oneself with good study skills. Below is a helpful infographic that highlights some of the most productive ways to study. Here are the 10 Steps: Feed your brain and body…
  • 10 Ways Your Church can be Successful at Crowdfunding

    Jeremy Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Crowdfunding is not a fad. It’s here to stay based on how successful many church and ministries have been over the past few years with the way of raising funds. We’ve written two previous articles on crowdfunding: Part one discusses five possible solutions for your next crowdfunding project  and Part two offers input from churches and ministries that have successfully crowdfunded. But we cannot stop here. If you are serious about starting your own crowdfunding project, you will need some of these tips to be successful. This project will take time, creativity, lots of…
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  • Tear-jerking story behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Mattofact
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I didn’t want the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to come my way. But it did. Then I found this story. The story of the person with ALS who started it all. Warning, this video will wreck you. I love this story of former Boston College captain Pete Frates, who has inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge. I did accept the ALS challenge and passed it on to a few close friends. But, I added a critical element I believe strongly in. I have a few friends who devote their lives to making sure people around the world have safe drinking water, so wasting a bucket of good water, even for a good cause,…
  • Coffee for change

    Mattofact
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’m extremely proud to be part of the Don Moen management team and to have worked closely with him over the last decade on various projects and releases. We have a killer team that’s doing amazing things. I work closely on managing his digital marketing in social media and get to release information about the latest projects and efforts we are working on like this video of our recent coffee partnership. In a future post I’ll unpack how we’ve reached over 3 million, real and active, Facebook fans, and also share information on a new site for the ministry arm of the…
  • Most inspiring video of the day, the story of stories

    Mattofact
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Every marketing team wants to know what magic will bring in the best leads, results, traffic, brand awareness and whatever else they want. Well, here it is. The team at The Music Bed are killing it. They have given us some of the best music beds for corporate, church and personal videos. They believed great videos deserve great music from amazing artists, and they have connected video makers and producers with inspiring tracks that have carried our videos. Their latest promotion is genius and all marketing teams can learn a few things from it. Watch their promotion video featuring spoken word…
  • Remind them, they are Diamonds…

    Mattofact
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    We forget how great those around us can be. We put aside their stories of what they’ve overcome and accomplished. Sometimes, to get everyday life stuff done, we have our head down in details without acknowledging how amazing the people are that we work and serve with. Lift your head up. Take time to celebrate people around you — remind them…they are diamonds. Get away somewhere and hear this song. What are you doing to let people around you know they are valuable and their story has life? I had the chance to meet up with a friend to see Johnnyswim a couple weekends ago. You may…
  • The definitive video on how to dad

    Mattofact
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The 2014 Cadillac campaign kicked of a slew of marketing videos using (mostly) one-walk shots. But this new “How To Dad” campaign from Cheerios brings it home. The excellent copy and active setting tell a familiar story. Moments in you identify with this Dad. Marketers beware, Cheerios doesn’t talk about how great their ingredients are, how sweet the new taste is, or how you will feel after you eat it. No.They celebrate something universal, and claim sponsorship of it. We all know the official cookie of milk is the Oreo. Now we know what the official cereal is of fatherhood.
 
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  • God Is A Peacemaker

    artie
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    The post God Is A Peacemaker appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!A Word About Spiritual Wisdom 
  • 3 P’s Every Leader Must Remember

    artie
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    To grow as a leader and as a church there are three things that must be in a place that can be evaluated and corrected on a regular basis. Priorities. Some would call these our core values. These are the things that make us tick. That tell us who we are. These are the things that all the other “stuff” flow from. The priorities are the filter for every program, every dollar, and every effort. Without knowing our priorities and without evaluating them regularly and deciding if what we’re doing goes along with them, we’re running a a race without a course. Stop. Think.
  • 10 Habits Great Leaders Should Never Have

    artie
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad Habits = Bad Leadership Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive: 1- Overloading Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a good idea at the time, but often leads to nothing. Concentrate on the important task until it is finished, before starting something else. 2- Making Excuses We have become desensitized to accountability. When something doesn’t get it done, we immediately look for something…
  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
  • 5 Ways to Be A Good Friend

    artie
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis It has been said that friends are the truest treasure. I think that has great truth, unfortunately, there are few that find these treasures in quality & fewer those that find quality & quantity! Having invested in relationships that I thought were good, only to find myself disheartened and betrayed. I have found others that bring life, joy & unconditional love. I have all so discovered some principles in finding and keeping such great…
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  • To Live In the Right Direction, Start Thinking Straight

    Brandon
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I grew up in the country in rural Kentucky where giving someone directions usually involved turning right just past the bridge, left after the third dead skunk, and if you see the red barn you went too far. Thankfully, the directions God gives us in His word for living life well are far more explicit. He tells us repeatedly that if we want our lives to move in the right direction, we need to start thinking straight. Peter said to “prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to…
  • We Desperately Need a More Sure Word

    Brandon
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures – in the Bible. Even within Christianity, there is a growing number of leaders who divide God from His Word, presuming to have the…
  • Real Unity Is Possible Only In the Light

    Brandon
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    God loves variety and diversity and our multi-colored, multi-cultural world shows off this characteristic of God quite well. But as sinful human beings, we are prone to divide, to defend, and to separate ourselves behind protective walls and a false sense of superiority. It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the human mosaic in the dark, and it’s a rather dark world in which we live. In the Light, however, everything looks different. The Apostle John wrote, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of…
  • Before God Formed You In the Womb

    Brandon
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” So said God to a young prophet named Jeremiah once (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG). While these words were spoken in a particular context to a particular person, there are powerful principles we can draw out for a deeper understanding of God and His purposes. God is God, and I am not. I’m limited by time and space, a minuscule amount of knowledge of the universe, and a tendency to do the wrong thing, none of…
  • Everybody Needs Encouragement

    Brandon
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    We live in rather uncivil times. We’re a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It’s one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn’t empty flattery. Being fake helps no one. Speaking words of affirmation isn’t about the needs of the encourager but about the encouraged. Encouragement is about acknowledging the truth about someone, ultimately to remind them of…
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  • The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A Study of John 14:6

    Dan Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Today I launched a Bible study called, "The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A study of John 14:6." What is the most important verse in the Bible? Is it even possible to pick one? After all, the entirety of the Bible is God's word. It seems a little presumptuous to think that any human can decide what that might be. Yet there are certain foundational truths in our Christian faith and
  • Suicide...the Ache Behind the Smile

    Dan Smith
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13).  These words from the great philosopher king Solomon of the Bible ring true today as I think about the recent death of Robin Williams, several athletes in recent years (such as Junior Seau), and suicides of people I know personally.  Anyone who has suffered through a loved one's suicide already knows the pain I'm talking about, but some
  • 5th Annual Military Prayer Week Starts in 90 Days!

    Dan Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Five years ago a handful of people agreed on Facebook to start praying for the military on the week of November 11th. Truthfully speaking, many of us were already military, so it seemed somewhat self-serving. Still many others were either veterans, retirees, or concerned civilians, and I have been very grateful for their efforts to uplift military service members in prayer. 90 days from today
  • The Weight Loss Journey: The After-effects

    Dan Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    I've been fighting the urge to have a blow out on my weight loss journey lately. It's been a roller coaster ride that had ups (where I made decent choices or worked out and felt good about myself) and severe dips (where I jumped off the wagon and ate more than I should have or skipped a workout). Of course, those dips brought with them a new sense of guilt and feelings of failure. As I got home
  • My Weight Loss Journey: Before and After Photos

    Dan Smith
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I mentioned in my last post that I had ballooned up to 260 pounds after my surgery and even had to buy a new shirt for my uniform. That was a very bad time for me, and I thought it might be nice to show the contrast in those two "Dan Smiths." In the photo below, I was at a good friend's retirement ceremony. And I was embarrassed. Here I was, celebrating the distinguished career of a fellow
 
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    Mark Batterson

  • Jack Staples and The Ring of Time

    Mark Batterson
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
      Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter of Jack Staples and The Ring of Time. The trilogy gets far more fantastical, but this sets the scene. Available at all ONLINE retailers and bookstores beginning September 1, 2014. The second book in the series,Jack Staples and The City of Shadows releases January 1, 2015.   Chapter 1 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER A blackbird fluttered through the open flap of an enormous circus tent. Only one boy out of the hundreds of men, women, and children sitting inside noticed. The boy was as thin as a rail with bushy brown hair and bright blue eyes.
  • Seven Prayer Circles for Parents

    Mark Batterson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    I want to be famous in my home. That is the deepest desire of my heart and the greatest challenge of my life. Nothing is more discouraging or rewarding than being a parent.  I’ve made tons of mistakes, but I’ve also learned that prayer covers a multitude of sins. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you need to be a praying parent. I genuinely believe that prayer turns parents into prophets who shape the destiny of their children. In Praying Circles Around The Lives of Your Children I share seven tips, seven circles. They range from praying a hedge of protection around…
  • One Million Praises

    Mark Batterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    When I was twenty-two years old I felt called to write.  One day I said to Lora, “I’m going to write a book that sells a million copies.” I don’t know if she believed me. I don’t know if I believed me. To be honest, it wasn’t very believable. I was in graduate school at the time and I took a career assessment that showed a low aptitude for writing. But God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.It took me thirteen years to write my first book, a self-published book that sold all of 4,641 copies. But you can’t despise the day of…
  • City Fathers 2014

    Mark Batterson
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The next installment of City Fathers is right around the corner!  I believe FEBRUARY 4 will set the tone for 2014. If you haven’t registered yet, click on cityfathers.org. And don’t come by yourself. Bring a friend. Bring your staff. The one-day conference is FREE and we’re also giving a FREE GIFT to every registrant–a copy of the ALL IN book + DVD. Here’s the heart behind CITY FATHERS: we need to give honor where honor is due.  I’m so grateful for those leaders who have planted seeds in our city for many years!  Our four speakers have a cumulative…
  • Ten Steps to Setting Life Goals

    Mark Batterson
    23 Dec 2013 | 7:49 am
    As we approach 2014, I review my life goal list and prioritize a few of them that I want to accomplish in the new year. You can find the 113-goal list in The Circle Maker and a more detailed description of these ten steps. 1. Start with Prayer If you set goals in the context of prayer, there is a much higher likelihood that your goals will glorify God, and if they don’t glorify God, then they aren’t worth setting in the first place. So start with prayer. 2. Check your Motives If you set selfish goals, you’d be better off spiritually if you didn’t accomplish them. That’s why you need…
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  • “Public Identification” Rhema Trayner – Podcast

    Molly
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Rhema Trayner preached this message, titled “Public Identification” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on August 24th, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “Healer” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Heaven Without Hell” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “Processing Pain” Rhema Trayner – Podcast
  • “Be You” Casey Treat – Podcast

    Molly
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Pastor Casey Treat, visiting from Christian Faith Center in Seattle, preached this message called “Be You” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on August 17, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square […] Related posts: “There’s Something In The Water” Mike Murphy – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “The Will of God” Paul Andrew –…
  • “Who Will You Bow To?” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message called “Who Will You Bow To?” at our services in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Union Square on August 10, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square […] Related posts: “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “The Will of God” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Good Success” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Guest Speaker: Casey Treat | August 17

    Jessi Marquez
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    We’re so excited to be having Pastor Casey Treat as our special guest speaker on Sunday, August 17th! Casey and his wife Wendy are the lead pastors of Christian Faith Center in Seattle, Washington – the largest church in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to pastoring, Casey Treat is an author and motivational speaker, as […] Related posts: Guest Speaker: Michael Murphy | July 27 Guest Speaker Rohan Dredge: Sunday April 13th GUEST SPEAKER SUN 30TH: PS STEVE KELLY, WAVE CHURCH VIRGINIA BEACH
  • “They Devoted Themselves” Andi Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Andi Andrew preached this message called “They Devoted Themselves” at our services in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Union Square on August 4, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 […] Related posts: “The Will of God” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast “From a Prison to a Palace” Andi Andrew – Podcast
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  • Top 10 Posts of August, 2014

    Mark Howell
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Miss a day?  Here are my top 10 posts of August, 2014.  Can you spot the theme? How to Launch Small Groups Using a Small Group Connection New to Small Group Ministry? Start Here How to Build an Effective Coaching Structure Habits of a Life-Changing Small Group Leader HOST: What Does It Mean? How to Choose a Small Group System or Strategy If I Was Starting Today 5 Things Every New Small Group Pastor Needs to Know on Day 1 5 Totally Obvious Reasons Small Group Ministries Fail Need a Funny Video to Promote Small Groups? Check Out The Bible Study Top 10 Posts for July, 2014 2013's Most Popular…
  • Skill Training: 5 Simple Steps to Starting a New Group

    Mark Howell
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    You’ve been thinking about starting a new small group.  Whether you’re a veteran small group leader or this is your very first group, there are a few things to keep in mind.  What you do first determines so much about how things end up. Want to get your new group off to a great start? Here are 5 simple steps to starting a new group: Recruit a co-leader (who is not your spouse).  This is very important!  Don’t try to do this on your own.  Think about who you’d most like to share this experience with…and invite them to help.  Don’t compromise.  The…
  • 7 Signs Your Small Group Ministry Has a Bad Design

    Mark Howell
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    If it’s true that “your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing (Andy Stanley),” the corollary is that if you don’t like the results you are currently experiencing, you need to acknowledge that you have a bad design and change it.  After all, the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (Albert Einstein).” Let me say that again.  If you don’t like the results you are currently experiencing, you need to acknowledge that you have a bad design and…
  • Quotebook: Self-Awareness

    Mark Howell
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    How aware are you of your own tendencies?  Are you aware of those times when your own preconceived ideas and certainties serve as a blockade to anything unfamiliar or different?  I love this line from Ed Catmull, current president of Pixar. “There is nothing quite as effective, when it comes to shutting down alternative viewpoints, as being convinced that you are right.”  Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc. When I read this and allow it to penetrate my own prejudices I remember my own resistance to ideas like the small group connection, video curriculum and the HOST strategy. Top 10…
  • Could My New Short Course Help Connect the Rest of Your Adults?

    Mark Howell
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    What percentage of your average weekend adult attendance have you connected?  30%?  50%?  80% What if I could give you an idea that would help you add another 10 or 20%? What if I could give 4 or 5 ideas that would help you connect the rest of your adults? You’re Invited! I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session short course: Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  Based on my most requested and most popular workshop, it draws more positive comments and rave reviews than anything else I talk about. Here’s what you’ll gain: An accurate…
 
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  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014

    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
  • Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014

    Paul Clark
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    AN ORDINARY DAY MEETING COMMON PEOPLE BRINGS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING IN TIME.If I owned a time machine, there are many places I'd visit. Perhaps the rise of the Roman Empire, The Battle of Hastings, The invention of the Steam Engine, The Union of 1707. My list would be extensive. However first amongst my ports of call would the 1990's.Something beautiful happened to me in the 1990's. It began in the last throws of my teenage years and all the angst and awkwardness that came with being a teenager. I was working and throwing off those shackles. It's fair to say I was a nerdy teenager and by my…
  • 2014 NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOL ROCKET COMPETITION

    Paul Clark
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    05 JUNE 2014 - GOLFHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, AIRDRIEPreparing for Launch2014 is now the 8th year running for this unique rocket competition.First held in 2007, 2014 seen me visit Golfhill Primary on 28th May 2014 to instruct the kids of P7 on how to build a rocket, along with a few basic lessons on Rocketry, Aerodynamics and Physics. After 8 successful years of coaching and encouraging the kids to participate, it shouldn't be long before Airdrie's first Werner Von Braun emerges (NASA watch this space) LOL.Launching an Aquajet (This one won third prize)This years competition was very close indeed.
  • AIRDRIE - SCOTLAND

    Paul Clark
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A WALK AROUND AIRDRIE, SCOTLANDI decided to talk a walk around Airdrie town centre recently (May 2014) and take some pictures.Some are interesting, some are benign.Nevertheless, here are some pictures of my hometown:Looking Down Graham StreetLooking Up Graham Street © P.ClarkPanorama of Graham Street © P.ClarkLooking up Buchanan Street from Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkRBS - Bottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkAirdrie Town House - Bank Street © P.ClarkAirdrie Town House - Bank…
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  • On Christian Tabloids, or YOU'LL BE SHOCKED BY WHAT I SAY NEXT

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Photo Credit: PinkMoose (Creative Commons)DID YOU HEAR WHAT MARK DRISCOLL SAID?THEN WHAT RACHEL HELD EVANS SAID ABOUT WHAT HE SAID?!AND MICHAEL GUNGOR?!? AND JOHN PIPER?!?! AND ROB BELL?!?!! AND MATT WALSH?!?!!!?!?!?!!?!Since joining Twitter a few months ago, these are the kinds of links and statements that stream into the world of social media. Similar links and statements appear on Facebook, some of them church-related, while Buzzfeed quizzes and Fox News "reports" vie for the rest of our attention span.It's the Christian version of tabloid journalism.You know, those magazines in the…
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Not so long ago, in a galaxy fairly close in proximity to our own....Guardians of the Galaxy.Cue the music: Awesome Mix Vol. 1.I realize the parallel between Guardians and Star Wars may be reaching. Is Guardians really *that* revolutionary of a film? Not really. But that doesn't mean it isn't a wonderfully quirky and entertaining film. It's the expansive universe of Star Wars meets the action-packed quirkiness of The Fifth Element, with a dash of an Indiana Jones quest. Unlike many of the previous Marvel superhero films, Guardians capably walks the line…
  • Fear or Love - Two Perspectives on Engaging Culture

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Photo Credit: dryhead (Creative Commons)I was hiding. The coffee shop in Fort Langley was supposed to be a sanctuary of sorts, a place where I could quietly study, my headphones and americano protecting me from distraction and sleepiness. I was finishing the final chapter of Richard Mouw's When the Kings Come Marching In, a brief theological study of the vision of the heavenly city in Isaiah 60. Mouw identifies this city with the same heavenly vision from Revelation 21 and 22, examining the city's description and the implications for our present cultural engagement. Mouw contends that the…
  • The Giver

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What makes us human? Is it our intellectual capacity? Our use of language to communicate? Maybe it’s our genetic structure, something in our DNA that makes us different from other living beings. Perhaps it’s our conscience and ability to make moral decisions, or our emotions and capacity for love. Are we just a mashup of atoms and cells that move and breathe in a particular way? Or are we creations with a soul, filled with meaning and purpose and design?In The Giver, the filmic adaptation of Lois Lowry’s acclaimed novel, this anthropology question is the conspicuous motivation behind an…
  • Boyhood

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Every few months, in a moment of whim and nostalgia, I'll stop and look at the pictures and videos from the early days of our children's lives. I recognize that having a 5- and 2-year-old doesn't allow for many "early days" yet. Nevertheless, it always astounds me how much they have changed and grown in such a short period of time. Limbs and hair grow and expand. Motor and verbal skills transform in a matter of moments, from rolling-and-cooing to running-and-singing. The nature of time fascinates me. Time passes slowly and silently, treading constantly forward in a cycle from past…
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  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
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    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
  • Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014

    Paul Clark
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    AN ORDINARY DAY MEETING COMMON PEOPLE BRINGS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING IN TIME.If I owned a time machine, there are many places I'd visit. Perhaps the rise of the Roman Empire, The Battle of Hastings, The invention of the Steam Engine, The Union of 1707. My list would be extensive. However first amongst my ports of call would the 1990's.Something beautiful happened to me in the 1990's. It began in the last throws of my teenage years and all the angst and awkwardness that came with being a teenager. I was working and throwing off those shackles. It's fair to say I was a nerdy teenager and by my…
  • 2014 NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCHOOL ROCKET COMPETITION

    Paul Clark
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:01 pm
    05 JUNE 2014 - GOLFHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, AIRDRIEPreparing for Launch2014 is now the 8th year running for this unique rocket competition.First held in 2007, 2014 seen me visit Golfhill Primary on 28th May 2014 to instruct the kids of P7 on how to build a rocket, along with a few basic lessons on Rocketry, Aerodynamics and Physics. After 8 successful years of coaching and encouraging the kids to participate, it shouldn't be long before Airdrie's first Werner Von Braun emerges (NASA watch this space) LOL.Launching an Aquajet (This one won third prize)This years competition was very close indeed.
  • AIRDRIE - SCOTLAND

    Paul Clark
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A WALK AROUND AIRDRIE, SCOTLANDI decided to talk a walk around Airdrie town centre recently (May 2014) and take some pictures.Some are interesting, some are benign.Nevertheless, here are some pictures of my hometown:Looking Down Graham StreetLooking Up Graham Street © P.ClarkPanorama of Graham Street © P.ClarkLooking up Buchanan Street from Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkBottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkRBS - Bottom Cross / Graham Street © P.ClarkAirdrie Town House - Bank Street © P.ClarkAirdrie Town House - Bank…
 
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  • God Is A Peacemaker

    artie
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    The post God Is A Peacemaker appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!A Word About Spiritual Wisdom 
  • 3 P’s Every Leader Must Remember

    artie
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    To grow as a leader and as a church there are three things that must be in a place that can be evaluated and corrected on a regular basis. Priorities. Some would call these our core values. These are the things that make us tick. That tell us who we are. These are the things that all the other “stuff” flow from. The priorities are the filter for every program, every dollar, and every effort. Without knowing our priorities and without evaluating them regularly and deciding if what we’re doing goes along with them, we’re running a a race without a course. Stop. Think.
  • 10 Habits Great Leaders Should Never Have

    artie
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad Habits = Bad Leadership Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive: 1- Overloading Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a good idea at the time, but often leads to nothing. Concentrate on the important task until it is finished, before starting something else. 2- Making Excuses We have become desensitized to accountability. When something doesn’t get it done, we immediately look for something…
  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
  • 5 Ways to Be A Good Friend

    artie
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis It has been said that friends are the truest treasure. I think that has great truth, unfortunately, there are few that find these treasures in quality & fewer those that find quality & quantity! Having invested in relationships that I thought were good, only to find myself disheartened and betrayed. I have found others that bring life, joy & unconditional love. I have all so discovered some principles in finding and keeping such great…
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  • Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

    Think Eternity
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Have you ever asked yourself the question, based on God's Word, does God want us to be happy? Does he care about that? Do the little concerns of our life matter to him, or is he mainly concerned with getting us to heaven?  All over the world, in every culture, people are searching for happiness. People look all sorts of different places to help them cover, or numb or forget the pain of this life.  I have overhead many well meaning Christians say, "God doesn't want you to be happy. He wants you to be holy." This answer sounds biblical, and intense, so it must be true, right? Isn't…
  • Prayer Is Always the First Best Option

    Think Eternity
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are so many heartbreaking events taking place in the world today. From the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq to racism and mistreatment of our own in Ferguson. We've hardly had time to process innocent girls being abducted in Nigeria, airplanes disappearing over the ocean and being shot down, conflicts in the Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, wars and rumors of wars that continue to rage in other parts of the Middle East, and unrelenting genocide in Syria. It's all coming at us at a dizzying pace, leaving so many reeling, uncertain of the the best plan of…
  • Join Us for the IGNITE Tour

    Think Eternity
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    We are going on our fifth year since launching IGNITE Conference, and God continues to be faithful along every step of the way. We never do events or conferences for the sake of having something cool to do, but always at the urgency and leading of God's Spirit. This is the only motivation worth moving for.  We are making major changes to IGNITE this year, starting with moving on from the Billy Graham evangelism training. We will continue to keep the same spirit and heart and inter-denominational focus as that training, as well as the overarching themes of walking closely with…
  • 3 Reasons I Love the Next Generation

    Think Eternity
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    It's been on my heart this past year to connect with young godly leaders on social media. There are so many amazing young people out there that are sold out for Christ and have so much wisdom to share with Christians of all ages. The Bible says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12) And this is what I see in the next generation of Christians in America - they are already setting an example in the way they are living, and their love and commitment to the Lord, and…
  • Great Attitudes for Every Christ Follower to Have

    Think Eternity
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    Creative Commons, Photo by Vo Minh ThongJohn Maxwell has taught that "Attitude determines our altitude." The Bible isn't so much a self-help book or all about positive thinking as it is about Christ-centered thinking, but it does clearly guide us to work towards a great attitude. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (Philippians 4:8) We then, as followers of Jesus are to fix our thoughts on worthy, true…
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  • Everything You Need…Like Batman’s Utility Belt

    Rob Shepherd
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    My wife is the mom equivalent of Batman. Batman is prepared for anything with his utility belt. Batman’s utility belt includes but is not limited to a Death Star, golf clubs, a white tiger, and shark repellent. I’m serious about this. Snot explodes from one of my twin’s faces and she has tissues. Hunger pains cause one of our 3 year olds to get on the brink of an epic meltdown, and my wife pulls out enough snacks to feed a herd of teenage football players. One of our kids has an accident in the pee pee department and out of nowhere my wife whips out a brand new outfit from…
  • 5 Random Questions

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    I love getting to know the readers of robshep.com. That’s led me to a series that I like to call 5 Random Questions. Here’s how it works. I ask 5 questions and you answer them in the comments. Ready. Set. Go. What is your favorite item of clothing. Would you rather have your only mode of transportation be a pogo stick or only be able to eat food found in a gas station and at a gas station. In other words you have to eat every meal at the gas station and buy their food. Open a Bible and without looking put your finger down on a verse. What verse did you get? Last song you remember…
  • Dirty Little Secret

    Rob Shepherd
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    1 in 4 girls is sexually molested by the age of 18. 1 in 6 boys. Parents, we can’t be naive about this. Christians, we can’t ignore this. Often victims are too embarrassed or guilted into keeping what happened to them a secret. Sexual abuse comes with a heavy weight when it’s a secret. And it’s a secret that, if the stats are right, someone you know is holding onto. Dear God, I pray that you would protect my kids from those that would steal their innocence. In the name of Jesus, amen! May we fight to protect the innocent. May we create safe environments for people to…
  • Los-Gate With @loswhit

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Here is a recap of what dominated my newsfeed last week. ISIS is a terrorist group that is so evil Al-Qaida wants nothing to do with them. They have been beheading kids and persecuting Christians. Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer and now everyone knows where Ferguson, Missouri is located. Riots and looting ensued. Everyone and their mom has now heard about and done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s raised a lot of money and a lot of good. Christian worship leader, blogger, and author Carlos Whittaker used an App to illegally change his boarding number from zone 5…
  • Discouraged

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:47 am
    Yesterday was discouraging. I feel so stupid writing that because I had a speck of discouragement in a forest of encouragement. My wife looks at me like I look like Brad Pitt. My kids look up to me like I hung the moon. My church is filled with amazingly giving people who are truly striving to love Jesus, love people, and make a difference. We had 39 new people join volunteer teams at church on Sunday! That was a HUGE win! My health is without any issues. I was given a $50 gift card to Chipotle! My staff is full of awesome and makes coming to work something that I look forward to. Even on…
 
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  • Pray, Prepare, Program

    Richard Wilson
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Our time at the Italian prayer days went well. Firstly as a family – Pinuccia actually felt better there then when she is at home – and secondly as a mission, with a good time of sharing each others’ joys (of which there had been quite a few lately amongst the missionaries) and burdens. The other good news was that as we were in the car, 5 minutes before arriving, Pinuccia got a phone call offering her a few different full-time jobs. We were not expecting it, as usually so gets offered a job later on, being a bit down the list. Usually Pinuccia does not want a full-time job, to…
  • Prayer days

    Richard Wilson
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tomorrow we will be attempting our only trip away during this anomalous summer vacation, although it won’t be for a holiday. We will be going to Desenzano, a town on the southern shore of Lake Garda about 1.5 hours from here, for four days for a time of prayer for the Italian missionaries of ECM. Pray that it will be a time of refreshment and mutual encouragement for all the missionaries. Pray also that we as a family will be able to cope – it is always a challenge to keep Stefania and Daniele (who are the only children present) happy during all the meetings and prayer times for the…
  • Computer milestones

    Richard Wilson
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The summer is usually when I get a lot more done in my computer ministry, since the church and mission commitments are greatly reduced. In fact, in the past two weeks I have managed to finish or reached a milestone in four of my projects. It was a bit of a coincidence that I reached a significant point in all of them at almost the same time, but it was satisfying to be able to wrap them up in this way. The highlights: 1. I finished all my comments on the historical books in my “Hard Passages of the Bible” text. This started out as my answers to common questions I receive on the…
  • Baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It was a wonderful afternoon at the baptismal service at Rovereto today, the first in that church. Firstly to hear the testimonies of the two people who were baptised, the elder’s teenage daughter (that Pinuccia and I saw a lot over the years in the Sunday School, the Youth Group, and the camps), and a man converted in the last 18 months in which he has been attending the church at Rovereto. Two very different people, with different stories, but the same witness to God’s free gift to them, not based on what they had done. It was also a great time together for the two churches at…
  • Camp and baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The seventh church children’s camp finished today. I went to the camp today and the first day to help with the transport and the preparation and finishing, but also all day on Wednesday to organise some activities. One was dong the filming to create a video of the participants dancing to the song “Happy”, as is the fashion these days. Another was an evening of Extreme Sports, of which my personal favourite was Extreme Ironing (which really does exist, it is on Wikipedia!) – the children were very imaginative in finding extreme ways to iron my shirt. I have not had much of…
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    Will Mancini

  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

    Will Mancini
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I recently got to know David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group. My eyes were reopened to the scope of legal implications for the church. Because I like to focus my energies on vision, I frankly don’t think very much about the legal ramifications of church leadership. What struck me however is this: Legal negligence as a church leader leaves your vision susceptible. Here are my seven take-aways: #1  Don’t ignore governance. Sometime a gap grows between the way you practically get things done and the ways things are legally outlined to get done. You church has a by-laws and some…
  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
  • Fall 2014 Church Planters co::Lab – Join Me and 16 Other Planters!

    Bob Adams
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Church Unique Vision co::Lab is helping our church discover its one-of-a-kind thumbprint and then to cast vision with compelling clarity. It’s been a powerful experience for our key leaders. During our discussion, it has been amazing to see how God has imparted clarity to our leaders. Now we hae key people coming alongside us rather than doing their own thing. I strongly encourage other churches to go through this powerful training. - Darren Tidwell, LifePointe Church I am really looking forward to leading the next vision small group that begins on August 28.  There is some…
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  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 24 Aug 2014

    Alastair Vance
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Here For You – Matt Redman (B) I Am – Crowder (B) Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) One Thing Remains – Bethel (B) Tick     tock         tick             tock…
  • Fishing on Little River Lake

    Alastair Vance
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Great day fishing on Little River Lake today. Absolutely perfect weather for it. There were four of us, two in each boat. The losers had to buy lunch. We lost. But then, I’d happily buy twice the money to eat at American Hero, so I’m not sure who really lost there. All the same, next time we will win and have Shawn and Seth buy us lunch. Jeremy’s Bass Catfish were not counted toward the team catch. Nice big Catfish Seth’s contribution to his team. “He’ll be fine”, said Seth, “Look, he’s swimming away. Oh, look he’s showing us his…
  • Great Tunes: Sia – Chandelier

    Alastair Vance
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is the Vance household Jam at the moment.
  • Oxygen – New album from Lincoln Brewster

    Alastair Vance
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    A new album from Lincoln Brewster released yesterday called Oxygen.  I’ve had the chance to listen to a pre-release version of it for a few weeks now (thanks Shannon!). It’s pretty high energy from beginning to end, with plenty of Brewster’s signature guitar licks. It’s a polished release and I like all the songs, but there’s a couple of songs that I really like on the album. The first one is There Is Power. This is definitely one I plan on using at STORYCHURCH sometime. He does a really good version of Worship Central’s Let It Be Known, swapping out the…
  • Chapter Two Commences In…

    Alastair Vance
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    weeks05days06hours14minutes15seconds18 Official date for @STORYCHURCH Chapter Two is Oct 12th! #excitedClick To Tweet -
 
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Genesis 19

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Genesis 19:1-19 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lotwas sitting in the gateway of the city. Notice that there were 3 men with Abraham. 2 went on to Sodom and the LORD stayed to talk to Abraham and then left. But not to go with the other 2 men.When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”3 But he insisted…
  • Genesis 18

    10 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Genesis 18:1-15 18 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to…
  • Genesis 17

    2 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Genesis 17:1-3 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”3 Abram fell facedown, This was 13 years later and apparently no further revelation from God had been made to Abraham. But now He shows up as God Himself. The God who can do anything. “God Almighty.” But every new revelation we receive carries with it an accompanying responsibility to believe it and to act upon it. God calls Abraham to “walk…
  • Genesis 16

    2 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Genesis 16:1-6 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the…
  • Genesis 15

    2 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Abraham’s life is divided into segments. The first was in Genesis 12 with God’s call for him to leave home and go to the “promised land”. The second was Lot’s separation and the consequences of all of that in Genesis 13 and 14. In this next chapter God makes a covenant with Abraham concerning his seed, which God now promises will be the fruit of his own physical body. And through this seed all nations would be blessed.This promise dates back to Genesis 3:15 when God gave Adam and Eve a promise and a prophecy concerning future deliverance from Satan and the consequences of their sin.
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  • On Christian Tabloids, or YOU'LL BE SHOCKED BY WHAT I SAY NEXT

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Photo Credit: PinkMoose (Creative Commons)DID YOU HEAR WHAT MARK DRISCOLL SAID?THEN WHAT RACHEL HELD EVANS SAID ABOUT WHAT HE SAID?!AND MICHAEL GUNGOR?!? AND JOHN PIPER?!?! AND ROB BELL?!?!! AND MATT WALSH?!?!!!?!?!?!!?!Since joining Twitter a few months ago, these are the kinds of links and statements that stream into the world of social media. Similar links and statements appear on Facebook, some of them church-related, while Buzzfeed quizzes and Fox News "reports" vie for the rest of our attention span.It's the Christian version of tabloid journalism.You know, those magazines in the…
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Not so long ago, in a galaxy fairly close in proximity to our own....Guardians of the Galaxy.Cue the music: Awesome Mix Vol. 1.I realize the parallel between Guardians and Star Wars may be reaching. Is Guardians really *that* revolutionary of a film? Not really. But that doesn't mean it isn't a wonderfully quirky and entertaining film. It's the expansive universe of Star Wars meets the action-packed quirkiness of The Fifth Element, with a dash of an Indiana Jones quest. Unlike many of the previous Marvel superhero films, Guardians capably walks the line…
  • Fear or Love - Two Perspectives on Engaging Culture

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Photo Credit: dryhead (Creative Commons)I was hiding. The coffee shop in Fort Langley was supposed to be a sanctuary of sorts, a place where I could quietly study, my headphones and americano protecting me from distraction and sleepiness. I was finishing the final chapter of Richard Mouw's When the Kings Come Marching In, a brief theological study of the vision of the heavenly city in Isaiah 60. Mouw identifies this city with the same heavenly vision from Revelation 21 and 22, examining the city's description and the implications for our present cultural engagement. Mouw contends that the…
  • The Giver

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What makes us human? Is it our intellectual capacity? Our use of language to communicate? Maybe it’s our genetic structure, something in our DNA that makes us different from other living beings. Perhaps it’s our conscience and ability to make moral decisions, or our emotions and capacity for love. Are we just a mashup of atoms and cells that move and breathe in a particular way? Or are we creations with a soul, filled with meaning and purpose and design?In The Giver, the filmic adaptation of Lois Lowry’s acclaimed novel, this anthropology question is the conspicuous motivation behind an…
  • Boyhood

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Every few months, in a moment of whim and nostalgia, I'll stop and look at the pictures and videos from the early days of our children's lives. I recognize that having a 5- and 2-year-old doesn't allow for many "early days" yet. Nevertheless, it always astounds me how much they have changed and grown in such a short period of time. Limbs and hair grow and expand. Motor and verbal skills transform in a matter of moments, from rolling-and-cooing to running-and-singing. The nature of time fascinates me. Time passes slowly and silently, treading constantly forward in a cycle from past…
 
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

    John Dyer
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A few months ago, I moved my family from hot and sunny North Texas to cold and rainy northern England so I could start a PhD on digital Bible use. I hoped to learn a lot about technology, but I what I didn’t expect on was how much the move itself would teach me. Technology Fasts and Sabbaths Almost anytime Christians discuss the internet or mobile phones, someone suggests that it is important to take a break from technology from time to time in the form of a short-term fast or a regular Sabbath. If you feel yourself checking your phone a little too often or feel overwhelmed by our…
  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

    John Dyer
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean? Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts… Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt…
  • What Form of Video Best Addresses Phone Addiction & Isolation?

    John Dyer
    5 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all know the basic message: “put down your phone” “talk to a real person,” and “pay attention.” And we’ve probably all noticed the irony of people use social media to post videos that contain these messages and warn about  the dangers of social media. As I’ve been watching these, I noticed that some struck me as quite powerful while others as predictable and even boring. Why is this? Is there a simple reason why some of these videos more effective than others? Why do some make us stop for a moment, but others are easy to dismiss?
  • Kids Are Addicted to Social Media Because Parents Are Addicted to Control

    John Dyer
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    Of course, it’s not quite as simple as the headline makes it seem. But new data suggests that while the often heard complaint, “Kids these days spend all their time online rather than face-to-face,” may be true, it’s not true for the reasons we think. No, today’s under-18 crowd is not made up of degenerates who don’t like human contact. Rather, they want face-to-face time as much as we did, it’s just that their parents won’t let them have it. Parents Controlled by Fear In her forthcoming book It’s Complicated: the social lives of…
  • 10 Years of Facebook

    John Dyer
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the first act of The Social Network, the movie depicting the origin Facebook, we are introduced to a fictionalized version Mark Zuckerburg who, after being spurred by his girlfriend and overlooked by Harvard’s elite final clubs, begins creating facemash.com, a site that lets visitors vote on which of their classmates is better looking. After a night of beer chugging and code writing, Zuckerburg unleashes his creation on the Harvard campus which both delights and disgusts his classmates. Director Aaron Sorkin then juxtaposing scenes of students gathered around laptops ogling pictures of…
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    Nathan Creitz

  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
  • 3 Keys To Maintaining A Disciple-Making Focus While Church Planting

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:49 am
    In the Book of Acts, planting churches in unreached areas was the natural application of the Great Commission. In fact, the logical implication of the Great Commission is that it would be done in the context of the local church wherever it exists and that it would lead to establishing local churches where they don’t exist. Baptism isn’t something that is done isolated from Body life. It is the initiatory rite of a new disciple into the church. Naturally, if a church doesn’t exist and we are pursuing the disciple-making mission, a church needs to be established or we…
  • Fighting Human Trafficking by Planting Churches

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Mar 2013 | 11:31 am
    This is a guest post by Patrick Hubbard. Patrick is the Founder and President of Living Bread Ministries. The vision of LBM is to expand an interdependent church planting movement among the global poor. In this post, Patrick explains how their vision of planting churches in impoverished areas is an important step towards ending slavery. The trafficking of human beings for sexual exploitation and forced labor is possibly the greatest humanitarian tragedy the world has known. The United Nations estimates that there are over 2.5 million people in forced labor, including the sex industry, at any…
  • Top 20 Religious Groups in Queens, NY

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    29 Oct 2012 | 11:54 am
    Queens County is recognized by many demographers as the most diverse county in America. As a result, there are hundreds of languages, peoples, and religious groups represented. The following list of the top 20 religious groups in Queens reflects the diversity of Queens County (according to the 2010 ARDA report). Top 20 Religious Groups in Queens, NY Catholic – 677,520 Muslim – 81,456 Orthodox Judaism – 80,000 Non-denominational – 33,325 African Methodist Episcopal Church – 28,085 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – 24,250 Traditional Hindu –…
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Introduction to Ecclesiastes #bigbible

    bigbible
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    An interesting combination of videos that give us a sense of Ecclesiastes as a whole book. So much feeds around “Meaninglessness, vanity, chasing after the wind” – are we still chasing the wind, enslaving ourselves to jobs, salaries and other ephemeral things? Do we know what our problems are, so that we can seek to change our lives/acknowledge our need for Jesus?
  • Wisdom, truth and wit (Kathryn Price)

    Kathryn Price
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    In Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, there is an exchange between Simon Chachava, a soldier, and Azdak, the village clerk (aka judge) that is a series of local proverbs: When the horse was shod, the horsefly stretched out its leg. Better a treasure in the sewer than a stone in a mountain stream. The exchange continues in this vein until Simon comes up with ‘a fart has no nose’ and is fined for indecent language. In a book of short stories in Spanish, used many years ago in an O-level (that long ago!) group, each story ended with a proverb that reflected the local context. Our…
  • The need for loving commentary (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have a confession to make and this time it doesn’t involve an obsession with something pretentious: I love reading the comments. Not the comments on my posts because nobody cares enough to tell me what they think of what I write, but more the comments that appear on posts in articles … usually opinion pieces … in papers such as the Guardian. Commentators, it is fair to say, want to be heard … they want to get their point over and everyone else can run and jump, they will get their point across! As much as I get pleasure from reading the running battles between two…
  • Facebook advertising for Churches (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Facebook is no longer free. Okay, that’s not technically true, but the algorithm is such that the reach of posts is by no means as high as it was, meaning less people will see the content you put on social media. For churches, it means considering a budget for Facebook advertising and using this effectively to get the best reach for your money. For a treasurer of a church it can be difficult to see the return of putting money into Facebook, however here are 3 great ways in which Facebook advertising can be used really well: 1.Advertise your sermon available to watch On Demand. This is a…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of … uh … knowing what to say (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ironic, perhaps, that I can’t think quite what to call this one.  The Holy Habit of good speech, or the Holy Habit of Words.  But neither of those seemed quite right.  And that’s often a problem for me; not quite knowing what to say. Proverbs has plenty to say about what we say.  There are many wise words about wise words. Of course, the right option will sometimes be silence rather than speech, though we touched on that a couple of months ago.  But I would like to confess at this point that I don’t use silence as a ‘holding strategy’ often enough.  All too…
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • You need a fitbit

    Kenny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Okay, I don’t actually know if you need one or not, but go with me here for a minute. Back in late June, I bought a fitbit for myself. I knew that I need to continue to focus on my health. I liked the idea of a fitbit. It measures daily activity. It helps set daily goals. It tracks progress (or lack of it). It has a social component where I can track how I am doing compared to friends. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it or how well it would work for me. I love it. Since I got it nearly two months ago, it has been off my arm only to charged the battery. I am constantly…
  • App of the Week: Google Drive

    Kenny
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The app I’d like to introduce to you this week isn’t a new app, but over the years it has been nicely developed and has become more and more useful as time goes by. Quite simply, it’s the Google Drive app for the iPhone (I don’t have an android device, so I’m sure it works as well or better on one of those devices). Several years ago, my entire team (and most of the church staff) converted to google docs/drive for word documents and spreadsheets. We created an official “NextGen” shared drive and virtually every file we create lives in this drive.
  • Systems: Improving where you struggle

    Kenny
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I love about systems is that they often make me better than I really am. I think that we sometimes have this idea in our mind that we just need to be better, get better and become someone without weakness. This side eternity, I think we make this harder than it needs to be. Most strong leaders will tell you that they didn’t become who they are because they focused on making their weaknesses strengths. They became who they are by making there strengths even stronger. Primarily focusing on your weakness can be a fleeting endeavorer and at best, only makes you average.
  • Systems: Anticipating what is coming

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yes, systems take extra work to set up and extra work to maintain. Systems require you to take a short break from the busy and think about things you don’t often think about. However, a little investment of time and mental energy to create and set up systems will pay dividend for years. They will enable you to spend more time doing the things that make a bigger impact. One of the first steps to setting up systems requires you to be a futurist. Basically, anticipate what is going to happen. Let’s take a look at what this means practically. Lets talk about email. It’s probably…
  • Children’s Bible Review: Power Bible

    Kenny
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A few months ago, the folks from Green Egg Media contacted me and asked me if I’d be willing to review their new Power Bible. I had never heard of the Power Bible, so I was happy to get my hands on it. They sent me book 1: From Creation to the Story of Joseph and book 8: The Light of Salvation. I figured I’d review them and give them away for someone to enjoy. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t impressed immediately and I put off doing the review because I don’t feel comfortable recommending something I don’t believe in. What I didn’t like was simply a matter…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Stay At Home Mom Launches T-Shirt Business About Being ‘Happy’

    tsnipes
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Take a look at how a stay at home mom with a positive vision turns her creativity into a REAL business! Kristen Laroy, owner of Growing Up Happy Designs, shares with our friend Jamarcus Gaston of Studio 62 how she launched her line of t-shirts and brand all about being happy!   Related posts: Artist Paints MLK On Live TV (Video) This piece was such a pleasant surprise that I HAD... Was This Year Good Enough to Do It Exactly the Same Way? Was This Year Good Enough to Do It  Exactly the... Try This: “Google Yourself” to Test Your Personal Brand Want to see how well…
  • Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers?

    tsnipes
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many of you, especially questions from the Creative Entrepreneur. With that said, I wanted to answer as many of them as possible and share them here because it’s usually a question others here have wondered about, too! GOT A QUESTION? Get it to me using one … Continue Reading → Related posts: Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... Notice How Images are the “Big Thing” Now? It Means More Biz for You your actual work or your creative insight will be IN...
  • The DARKSIDE of Creativity: Worry vs Imagination

    tsnipes
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Guard your gift. The enemy will try to use your God given abilities against you. Here’s what I mean: You are creative. You have an incredible ability to see the unseen, to create images in your mind that give life to things we can’t see. The dark side of that creative ability is that you … Continue Reading → Related posts: Are Artists Modern Day Prophets? Are artists modern day prophets? I ask this because of... Your Talent as a Weapon? Recently I circulated this image on Social Media to see... Is Your Art a Mirror or a Flashlight? Is your art a mirror or a flashlight?
  • Turn Your Art Into Pillows, Shower Curtains and Other Cool Gifts

    tsnipes
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Turn Your Art Into Pillows, Shower Curtains and Other Cool Gifts: Related posts: Can You Turn Your Hobby Into a Real Business? You and I have talked here often about whether or... Stop Praying A friend of mine said that he wished God would... 3 Ways to Make Money From Your Book Concept …Without Selling the Book This video was done quick and on the fly because...
  • New Practice Sketch: Images and Video

    tsnipes
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Here’s another sketch I did to keep the skills sharp: Now watch the “How I Did It” video clip: Related posts: Gallery: Practice Sketch and Video A little behind the scenes work on a sketch I... 2 Minute Practice Sketch on the Wacom Tablet (Video) Trying to “practice what I preach” by doing something creative... Quick Sketch: Keeping the Art Muscles Moving We always have to keep our creative muscles moving. And...
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    samluce.com

  • Logos Review: The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

    samluce
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The Bible Speaks Today series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now its bestselling New Testament volumes are made available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these superb studies and the technology that now supports them. The Bible Speaks Today series, according to John Stott, is characterized by the following threefold ideal: Expound the Biblical Text with Accuracy Relate it to Contemporary Life Make it Readable The equivalent print editions in this collection are…
  • My interview with Matt Perman on Gospel Productivity.

    samluce
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I recently read a book entitled “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done” By Matt Perman. Here is my review of the book I did a few weeks back. I loved the book how it tackled the whole issue of productivity from the standpoint the great commandment and the great commission. I often talk with my team and tell them we are not efficient with people we are efficient with problems so we can extend grace to people. That’s the heart beat of this book. After I finished reading this book I reached out to Matt to do a blog interview below is that…
  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

    samluce
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Let me start off by saying ALS is an awful disease. I am grateful to hear that donations over the past two weeks are at 1.35 million versus 22,000 over last year. That’s great news. I hope that some headway if forged in finding a cure for this fatal disease. I have known personally a few people who have gotten ALS it is a tragic diagnosis with no hope of recovery other than divine healing. If you have Facebook or have been on the internet doing anything for the past week you will have seen everyone from Bill Gates to Martha Stewart pouring buckets of ice on their heads. They are doing…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Thankfulness

    samluce
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    This is the last of the series of posts I have done talking about the three things that have most affected my life and ministry as a result of being part of Infuse. Those three posts. 1. Three things I learned from Infuse: Introduction 2. Three things I learned from Infuse: Ask good questions 3. Three things I learned from Infuse: Staff Level Volunteers 4. Three things I learned from Infuse: Thankfulness The greatest thing I have learned from Infuse is the discipline of thankfulness. In life and ministry few things will destroy you like a lack of gratitude. Life is tough. Working in ministry…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Staff Level Volunteers

    samluce
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    One of the traps the enemy uses to marginalize leaders is envy. If I only had a bigger building. If I only had more staff. If I only had a bigger budget. The reality is that no matter how we don’t like to admit it none of us are immune from these thoughts. I know that I have struggled with each of these at different points in ministry. I remember having a conversation with a kids pastor who had less kids than we had and had 3 staff members to help. I left the call with this overwhelming feeling of frustration and discouragement. I remember actually breaking out a calculator adding up…
 
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    jeff mikels

  • I’m Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge this Week

    Jeff Mikels
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Last week, Ashley Smith issued the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to the LCC Staff, and this Sunday, Billy, Beth, Kevin and I are going to get doused. You will want to be there at around 10:20am to see it happen. However, I also want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about the Ice Bucket Challenge. The current and most popular version of the Ice Bucket Challenge is described here: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html And a brief history of it is described in this video: Now, ALS is a terrible disease, and I truly hope that the money raised through this…
  • A Different Question about Gender Differences

    Jeff Mikels
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This past week, I tried an experiment. I posted a couple images to my Facebook timeline that I thought had the potential to become somewhat viral. That is, I thought these images would be shared around Facebook, and I wanted to see how widely they would go. Well, my little experiment took me in a different direction than I thought it would. So here’s the back-story. Back-story A couple years ago, I taught a series of messages at Lafayette Community Church called Born this Way. The intent of the series was to cover some of the Bible’s teaching on gender issues; however, in the…
  • Why are church people so strange?

    Jeff Mikels
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Why do church people do . . . ? There are a lot of things that church people do that are different from the way the rest of the world lives: Church people go to a church gathering nearly every Sunday while most people in the world rarely do anything “every week” except for weekly obligations like school/work or entertainment choices like eating out, seeing movies, etc. Church people not only attend church gatherings, but they often are actually doing things at those gatherings like playing music, teaching a class, or greeting people. Church people get together in smaller groups…
  • Do the courts define marriage?

    Jeff Mikels
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Same-sex Marriage is Now the Law of the Land On June 26, 2014, wlfi.com published an article with this headline: Same-sex couples wed at Tippecanoe Co. Courthouse After great amounts of debate earlier this year over the locally infamous HJR-6, a resolution by the two houses of Indiana state government to put a prohibition against same-sex marriage into the state constitution, our legislators decided that one of the phrases in the resolution went too far. In response, they modified the resolution (now called HJR-3) and thereby also delayed its appearance on an Indiana ballot until 2016. Many…
  • Single Sign-on for Multiple WordPress Installations

    Jeff Mikels
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lafayette Community Church uses a couple different WordPress installations for its website. The first WordPress installation is the main website, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/news/. The second WordPress installation is for blogs and devotionals, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/blogs/. I set it up so that users need log in only once, and their login persists across both sites. I didn’t need to use any plugins or LDAP or third party authentication systems for this. Here’s what you need to do to make it work for your site as well: Both WordPress…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • How to Overcome Feeling Regret and Shame From Past Mistakes

    Crystal McDowell
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s possible to come into salvation accepting Christ’s forgiveness and still struggle with regret from past mistakes. Many believers have difficulty moving forward in their Christian faith because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does The Bible Say About Living in the World? A Bible Study on Worldliness

    Derek Hill
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We are all one of two different kinds of people. We are either living for self and our own desires in the world, or we are dying to self and the frailty of our flesh with the power of the Spirit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Good Bible Verses For Teachers

    David Peach
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Bible says much about wisdom and passing that wisdom on to others. Teachers, you are engaged in training others and have a great responsibility before God in teaching your students the wisdom of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Biblical Concepts That Confuse Many Christians

    Jack Wellman
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What main biblical concepts seem to confuse Christians the most?  What can we study about them to lessen the confusion and hopefully, defuse any arguments? Judge Not Too many Christians stop at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Prayers For Obedience

    Derek Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” These words speak truth from the ole hymn “Trust And Obey”. Think about it. Every time I have decided to trust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Practical Youth Ministry

  • Equipped Youth Pastor

    Brandon
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The following ad is written by Jeff Crosby of Equipped Youth Pastor. After more than twenty years in youth ministry, one of the things I do religiously is read. I can’t imagine being in ministry, being a leader, without the equipping that comes from a regular regimen of reading books on youth ministry, leadership, and the Christian life. But make no mistake; it’s often a struggle to include this practice in my life. It represents a sacrifice in both time and money. I became interested in the reading habits of other youth pastors that I knew. As I asked around, every youth pastor I…
  • Western Hills Internship

    Brandon
    7 Oct 2013 | 6:49 am
    We have begun receiving resumes for the 2014 Western Hills Internship. Since this ministry internship functions more like a temporary staff position, applicants need to be heading into full-time ministry and should have completed their Sophomore year of their undergraduate education. The position is also open to students who are completing a master’s level degree in ministry. Interviews will roll through this Fall semester and will be closed once the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted in person and/or Skype. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview,…
  • MAP Makers

    Carter
    13 Jun 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Parents need help! I know it about myself, and we know it about each other. When it comes to raising our young ones up in faith, there is only so much that comes to us naturally. At a time when I was thinking about how to help parents be intentional about spiritual direction, I crossed paths with Keith Rogers, the youth and family minister at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. Keith has developed an aid to help parents to be intentional in the process of spiritual direction. He called it MAP Makers. MAP stands for Ministry Annual Plan. The method is to set three or more long range…
  • Discipleship Without the Guilt Trip

    Carter
    5 Jun 2013 | 2:13 pm
    A youth worker once told me this story: “Once there was a little boy who was very lonely. The little boy was given a puppy one Christmas.The puppy and the boy became instant companions and from that point on did everything together. Their favorite activity was going out on the lake behind their house and fishing together. The boy had heard a story about lake monsters so he always brought his ax with him in case they came across a monster. The puppy loved to jump out of the boat and catch turtles and fish. One morning the puppy jumped out and got tangled in some seaweed. The boy was…
  • Instagram for Parents

    Brandon
    8 May 2013 | 7:05 am
    This is an excellent article for parents about Instagram: Parents: A Word about Instagram by Sarah Brooks One of the volunteers at my church who works with our middle and high school girls sent me an article by her friend Sarah Brooks about Instagram. It is a well-written, insightful piece highlighting the spiritual, psychological and social dynamics at work in the lives of teenagers. Parents: A Word about Instagram by Sarah Brooks Share the link with your parents and teenagers. Related Posts Keeping Kids Safe Online Prescription Drugs and Teens Parent Resources Category
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Two days blind

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    When I was a young kid, I was chased by my older sister and, having turned to look at her in pursuit, slammed head-first into the edge of a wall. Consequently, I scratched the cornea of my right eye, causing it to become lazy. Thus, I get ninety percent of vision out of my left eye.In my final year of high school I was then diagnosed with a degenerative corneal disease in my "good" eye, placed on the corneal transplant list, but managed through the wearing of a hard contact lens. Over the following years, I became eligible for the transplant, but my condition was…
  • Is the "New Normal" a compromise?

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Attendance rises...Attendance drops...The electronic giving is fruitful, so giving increases...Economic times are tough, so giving decreases...Over time, unless your church/ministry/group is completely stagnant, the average for your group will shift up or down.Sometimes, the "new normal" will be higher.In other seasons, the "new normal" will be lower.The challenge, when the "new normal" heads southward, is to recognise that the bar has lowered, not just shift the goal-posts so you're "doing a new kind of ok."
  • Respect in nothing new

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    I'm currently in the middle of my penultimate subject for the Bachelor of Theology - Christology - and, if I'm honest, I'm not learning a great deal of new things.One part is that I've already done the equivalent subject at a diploma level, but more so, many of the concepts aren't breathtakingly new. In fact, many of the readings are based in the second and third centuries of the church.And herein lies the beauty of the subject.Two millennia after the life of Jesus, the idea of the incarnation, Christ's divinity, the trinity and salvation by grace are not…
  • It takes maturity...

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    I'm fully aware that this post might bite me in the but in a few years. Or a decade from now. Or a few decades.Given enough time, it might appear (rightly or wrongly) that I quit on a situation, ministry, church or relationship when I could've held on a little longer.But... here's today's Ramble anyway...It takes maturity to endure when things get difficult or "no longer exciting."It takes maturity to keep attending a church you, on minor issues, don't wholly agree with.It takes maturity to stay connected with a ministry when they're in a "challenging" season.It takes maturity…
  • Talk from your feet, not your knees

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    When churches start talking together, people get nervous.Will there be change? If so, how will it effect me?What will happen with "my" ministry staff?Will they want to sell "our" church building?Will I be forced to spend time with "those over there"?Will the finances of "our" church be used in the ways "we" want?In reality, churches talking together should be a positive thing.With one catch...They're not already on their knees.When churches look at working together BY CHOICE then forward-thinking steps can be made.Churches, if talking from a position of relative health,…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Preparedness Month 2014

    Fr. Peter
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    by Fr. John A. Peck ~ Guest Blogger National Preparedness Month is almost upon us, and in light of that, I thought a quick look at why being prepared makes sense, and can, in fact, be a fun activity for yourself and your family. Why should you do it at all? Let’s quickly review a few things we’ve seen in the past few months. Extreme Drought is crushing not only California, but a great deal of the west and south, resulting is smaller herds of livestock; The Ebola Outbreak threatens to appear almost anywhere; flu Season is almost upon us and Ebola symptoms are identical to flu symptoms…
  • Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction. What we are witnessing before our eyes…
  • Orthodoxy and Suicide

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person’s life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I learned a long time ago that I have limitations in my ability to help someone when they come to…
  • Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East

    Fr. Peter
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    The Most Blessed TikhonArchbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada Pastoral Letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East “We have preferred profane and material things to the commandment of love, and because we have attached ourselves to them we fight against men, whereas we ought to prefer the love of all men to all visible things and even to our own body.” (St Maximus the Confessor, The Ascetic Life, 7) Beloved in Christ, Our hearts have…
  • Prayers for Enemies

    Fr. Peter
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In 1941, with the German occupation of Yugoslavia, Bishop Nikolai, together with Patriarch Gabriel Dozhich, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in the infamous Dachau Prison Camp in Germany. He spent two years in Dachau, witnessing and suffering some of the cruelest torture of human beings the world has known. Prayers for Enemies by St. Nicholas Velimirovich  Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my…
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    Iyasostuff

  • Open my eyes to your wonders anew

    Osayi
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    I was watching this movie over the weekend. There was this pill that when you took it, you were able to see things more clearly, and focus and come up with solutions. Things didn’t look so bad once you took the pill because all of a sudden there was hope, and you could see ways to get out of any and every solution that bothered you. Even if I could remember the name of the movie, I wouldn’t tell you because there were some graphic sexual scenes, and I had to avert my eyes since I wouldn’t go into anyone’s bedroom to watch them sleeping together, so I have no interest…
  • This is the confidence we have with him

    Osayi
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I make money doing presentations. Yes I have an off-line job, and no it’s not “professional presentation speaker.” Basically whether it is for trainings or for presentations to clients or potential clients, I need my computer to help me earn my bread and butter. There was a time I would go to make presentations, and I did my best not to be embarassed by my laptop. The laptop case was cracking, the laptop charger was splitting, and to make matters worse the keyboard stopped working, so I had to buy an external keyboard. For weeks I contemplated how I would get a new laptop,…
  • 17 things I love about my husband

    Osayi
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The number 17 has always been a special one for me, my birthday, the day I graduated, and the day I got married. Today is my one year anniversary, and I must say that I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I get to share life with this man that I call my husband, my boo, my best friend… So I wanted to dedicate this post to him and share these 17 things about him that make me want to be a better person 17. My husband is a great friend to everyone. Everyone knows that if Kehinde is your friend, he is your friend. He will always have a listening ear, and he is always willing to…
  • There’s enough space in the sky

    Osayi
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    There’s enough space in the sky for all the birds that want to fly, and all the stars that want to shine, and there’s enough space at the top for the people that are willing to do the work. I’m often amazed at how quickly we hoard information, or try to jeopardize other people’s successes because we think that will make us more successful than others. But what I see time and time again is that it’s the generous people that have all around success, while the stingy people continue looking for more and are never quite satisfied. No matter what your desire is,…
  • Life is not fair

    Osayi
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    When my ex (the one I wanted to marry) ended up getting married years before I did, I was angry and bitter. I felt that God wanted me to end the relationship, and since I (capital I) did the hard work of ending the relationship, I felt that I deserved to be married and happy before he was. But you know, life is not fair. I remember as a child we always talk about how things are not fair, and adults often told us that life is not fair, and we just had to deal with it. Lately I’ve been really thinking about how unfair life can be. Some people have more privileges than I do, and I have…
 
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    Jonathan Herron

  • Lawn Chairs and Generosity

    Jonathan Herron
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Our faith community, Life Church Michigan, has been making its way through a killer series this summer while gathering outdoors in lawn chairs.  That We May has been slowly building toward Generosity Sunday this coming weekend.  We’ve been learning that whatever is in our hands was placed in our hands by God.  We don’t have to horde what God has entrusted to us.  When we give, God shows His faithfulness!   Generosity fuels our ministries to serve people far from God and point them to life in Christ. God is changing hearts at Life Church.  One example is this email I received…
  • Martin de Maat Mondays: Doing Life Together

    Jonathan Herron
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Improv-comedy guru Dr. Martin de Maat on the joy of doing life together: “What happens… in being with each other in acceptance and Yes And-ing each other, is that you as an individual start to believe in yourself because you begin to see yourself in the others’ eyes. Your ensemble, your group, your team, your committee, is the one that’sbelieving in you and you pull it together to do it for them.  You know, it’s simply recognizing you’re not alone. It’s love and unconditional acceptance. You put yourself in a place of support, unconditional…
  • Why the loss of Robin Williams is blowing us all away

    Jonathan Herron
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    This year has uniquely seen massive tectonic shifts in the world of comedy.  That isn’t hyperbole, it is fact.  On the positive side, 2014 has seen the first comedy album to debut at #1 on Billboard since the 1960′s (a well-deserved feather in the hat of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic). This Spring our culture witnessed the generational baton-passing of several late night torches with the exits of David Letterman and Jay Leno among others (I still can’t believe Arsenio Hall got cancelled.  That is just wrong).  With Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert ascending to the late…
  • Martin de Maat Mondays: Be All Right Where You Are

    Jonathan Herron
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Martin was known for being a skies-the-limit dreamer and encourager, but he was also deft at directing comedy students toward higher goals than they even dreamed of. Last Monday I shared some of Martin de Maat’s Comedy-Driven Leadership quotes. Today I want to share these words (circa Spring 2000) from Martin on being fully alive right where you are today.  Martin’s words apply to comedians, leaders, and wherever you find yourself this Monday: Although the purpose of the Training Center includes preparing talent for Second City’s stages, we do not want to forget that the…
  • Lawn Chair Sundays

    Jonathan Herron
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Media Browser Face-Lift

    Naomi Deviny
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Media Browser is better and easier to use than ever! Here’s a quick overview of what’s new: Featured Media Tab See what’s new in Pro Media, Seasonal Media, and our new Ministry Channels. If your church or organization is interested in having their own Ministry Channel, email us at Questions@ProclaimOnline.com. Searching Made Easy The new left pane makes searching for that perfect slide a breeze. It’s now simple to limit your search results to a specific collection, such as Pro Media Sharper Confidence Monitor New display options make Proclaim’s…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 24

    Naomi Deviny
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 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. “How Great is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Mighty to Save” “Our God” “Revelation Song” “This is Amazing Grace” “Doxology” “Cornerstone” “Lord I Need You” “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong…
  • Get Your Labor Day Freebie!

    Naomi Deviny
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Through Labor Day you can get an entire month of Pro Media for FREE. We’ve created a Labor Day Pro Media series and you will have full access to the complete Pro Media library—so you can make your service pixel-perfect. Use coupon code LABORDAY and get instant access to Pro Media! There’s never been a better time to get Pro Media. If you’re ready to give Proclaim a try for the first time, you can get Pro Media free for 30 days too. Simply download Proclaim and start your 30 days free of Proclaim and Pro Media. You’ll get brand-new, breathtaking art, just in time for Labor Day.
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 17

    Naomi Deviny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:18 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. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “How Great is Our God” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” “Revelation Song” “Our God” “Lord I Need You” “In Christ Alone” “Here I Am to Worship” “This is Amazing Grace” Rising 117 spots on the Proclaim Charts this…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 10

    Naomi Deviny
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    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. “How Great is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Our God” “Cornerstone” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” “Here I Am to Worship” “Mighty to Save” “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” “This is Amazing Grace” This week a Christian hymn…
 
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    Seeing Invisible

  • Are You a Child?

    Blake Mankin
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I was a young child, I asked a ton of questions. I would ask everything from, “Why can’t I have a soda?” to “If God created the world, who created God?” Yes, I was curious. But I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. The Guardian cites a fascinating study about curiosity in children: A 1964 study found that babies as young as two months old when presented with different patterns will show a marked preference for the unfamiliar ones. The instinct to explore grows into an instinct for inquiry. Some time after their first birthday, children start to point at things, looking up at…
  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

    Blake Mankin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every place has a culture with both stated and discrete ways of doing things. Stop at a stop sign. Tip at least 18% at restaurants. In Austin, there’s a coffee house called Flight Path. In college, it was one of my favorite places to study–mostly because it had a strong culture of silence. It didn’t take long to realize the largest room in the cafe was a place where talking was unacceptable. No rules were posted on the wall stating this explicitly, it was simply a strong cultural expectation. Most of the rules and strong suggestions, like the silent culture of Flight Path,…
  • Changing Oil and Laying Down Your Rights

    Blake Mankin
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    I was sitting in a small room recently waiting on an oil change. The room was full of people trying hard to avoid eye contact, some tapping toes and most scrolling through social media sites on their phones. These types of environments seem to come with an expectation of silence, almost as if the people on the covers of the old magazines hanging on the wall will scold you if you make a noise. At one point, a woman stood up to make a phone call, and we all wondered if she’d have a public conversation or would step outside into the heat of the Houston summer. She chose to pay the price of…
  • When Your Church is Made of Grass

    Blake Mankin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    The air conditioner at the building where my church meets doesn’t work all that well. August in Houston is blazing hot, meaning the sanctuary gets toasty in a hurry. It’s not uncommon for beads of sweat to form around my forehead as I sit in my pew. Wouldn’t my church experience be more enjoyable if they could just fix that AC? This thought process happens sometimes as I walk into a service on a Sunday afternoon. I can feel entitled to a better environment, a more comfortable two hours. Surely we’re driving away people with the building’s high temperature, right?
  • How Much is Enough? Minimalism and the Christian Faith

    Blake Mankin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Meagan and I are getting ready to move across town–closer to work, friends, and the place our church meets. Even though we currently live in a garage, getting ready to pack up for a move has its way of surprising us with how much stuff we have. I realized recently I had far too many pairs of underwear, and sometimes I just have to wonder, “Do I really need all of these books?” Yes, excess can live even in a relatively small space. The idea of shedding excess is a growing ideal all around us. “Simplicity” and “minimalism” are words used in increasing…
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    United Faith Church

  • New Season

    Kris Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, Most trees spend years growing before they finally begin to give off their fruit. They establish their roots, grow down deep and sturdy their limbs before they can finally bear the weight of the fruit. Then, when the season is right, they bear the fruit they were meant to bear. We too, as a church, have gone through the growing years. We have established ourselves in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have grown our roots…
  • The Father’s Plan

    Kris Burke
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Ezekiel 11:19-20 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. UFC, What is the purpose of our salvation? Some may say it is so that we can be happy throughout life. Some say it is our ticket into heaven. But God, The Father, had planned for the salvation of man since the beginning of time. This book was written 500 years before Jesus was sent to the earth. We can see that God was…
  • This Is Real Love

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your mind and with all your strength – Mark 12:30 (NIV) Today I was really excited after Pastor Jerry shared with the men this verse. It’s a command that God gives us summing up the entire law…LOVE! I was prompted in my heart to do a little research on the Hebrew thought of what love is. In our culture we throw around the word love for everything from the love of food to the love of money. It’s become a shallow word that doesn’t have the value it should have. But, when we look to the…
  • Fulfillment of Passover

    Kris Burke
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Luke 22:15-18 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” UFC, This verse is from the final supper, an intimate time between Jesus and His disciples. The Passover feast was a commemoration of the Spirit of God passing over Israel’s doors in the final plague in Egypt.
  • Water into Wine

    Kris Burke
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    John 2:7-10 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom asideand said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” UFC, Looking at this…
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