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  • Want To Become A Contributing Author for Worship Ministry Catalyst?

    Worship Ministry Catalyst
    David Lindner
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    On April 7th of 2008, we put up our first post here at Worship Ministry Catalyst. Then on May 9, 2008 we released our first episode of the podcast. Just a few weeks ago, we released episode 0147 of the podcast! Not only that, but we’ve also become a resource for Worship Leaders around the world. Quite literally! We have been able to build relationships with worship leaders in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, India and beyond. I have to say, it’s been amazing and incredibly humbling to see God work through this blog over the years. And my hope and prayer for 2015 is to pave the…
  • Are You Too Busy To Read?

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    Jason Vernon
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What do Willow Creek, Northpoint Church, and Saddleback all have in common? A number of things, really: All are led by a world-class leader and top-notch communicator All are large and influential churches All see many people come to Christ each year All have subscribed to Leaders Book Summaries! While it would be the height of presumption to say that their subscription is the reason for their impact, their subscription does say something about what they value. The way we spend our money shows what is important to us. Another thing all of those churches have in common is a commitment to…
  • “Freebird – I Want It All” by Rick Shurtz

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    Eric Bryant
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared here. You can listen to the message I shared at Gateway South here: Here are notes from Rick’s message: “There’s a nerve in each of us, that if you touch it, we do strange things. It’s the… This can’t be it …nerve. This can’t be it. I can’t do just this. I dreamed of more than this. My life can’t just be what it is right now, or a…
  • Share Your Secret. I’ve Just Shared Mine!

    Christian Web Trends Blog
    Mark Steinbrueck
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    As the new year begins, many webmasters are thinking about their plans for their website for 2015.  And when you do the same things that you have done in the past, you will most likely get the same results.  That is great if your website is getting tons of traffic and achieving the goals you have for it.  But how do you decide what to change if you want to make improvements to your website? The best way to make improvements on the effectiveness of your website is to make changes that you know will  have a good chance of succeeding.  The tough part about that is knowing what will succeed.
  • The Startling Reality of Education and Debt

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    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    And here are some incredibly disturbing images / gifs that make comment on the crippling debt our current educational system has created for the future of our workforce (and world). It doesn’t surprise me one bit that all of these were the top “education” posts tagged via Tumblr in 2014. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is helping others change their lives and, in many instances, helping them assault the pile of debt that their previous lives created. The only reason I want to grow The Iron Yard is so that I can help more people, more often, and in more…
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  • Paradise (nearly) Lost

    Frank Weller
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    "I have come to believe that the major threat to the viability of our faith is that of consumerism. This is a far more heinous and insidious challenge to the gospel, because in so many ways it infects each and every one of us. I was trained as a marketer and advertiser before I came to Christ, and when I look at the power of consumerism and of the market in our lives, I have little doubt that
  • The fate of all nations who ignore God

    Frank Weller
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    In my quiet time, lately, I have been focusing on the YouVersion verse of the day. I use it as a springboard and go deeper into the context of each day's particular verse. Today's verse of the day was in Psalm 9, which led me to Psalm 9:17 - "The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God." This resonates with the conservative in me. After all, it feels
  • A Vietnam Veteran Finally Returns Home

    Frank Weller
    25 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Guest Blog by SSgt Tony L Lamson, USMC (ret), Deported Veterans Representative, Point Man International Ministries <!--EndFragment--> Specialist Hector Barrios, a 70-year-old Vietnam Veteran who served with the 1st Air Cavalry, is finally home with his family this Memorial Day. Hector passed on April 21, 2014. He wasn’t one of the lost or missing of the Vietnam War.  He was one of the
  • Figuring It Out At Finish Line

    Frank Weller
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
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  • Inside Out

    Frank Weller
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
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  • Following up With Church Visitors

    Crystal Kirkman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Most churches understand the importance of warmly welcoming first-time visitors when they first walk through the church’s doors. However, don’t forget to extend that welcome by following up with church visitors. One way to do that is by making a follow up phone call. Jonathan Malm elaborates on that point in Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors. Check it out in this quick video: “People get excited whenever they’re not being asked for something.” People are skeptical about random phone calls because they suspect you want something from them. They…
  • Personal Boundaries: How to Stay Sane & Work Better

    Gerry True
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ready to get better as a church communicator? Our Certification Lab is coming to Dallas in March and St. Louis in July. Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn from one of our instructors, Gerry True: Making a living in the 1920s was a hard business. Life was centered on earning enough to feed a family, and that required a 60-hour workweek to pay the bills. It was common for employees to put in 10-hour days, six days a week. Bosses were demanding. Life was grueling. And families suffered. Managers pushed for progress no matter how much it hurt the people who worked for them. Jobs were…
  • Certification Lab Hangout 2015

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Join the Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein for a live Google Hangout with our 2015 Certification Lab instructors on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Certification Lab is an opportunity for church communicators to get better. This year’s events are March 16-17 in Dallas and June 8-9 in St. Louis. This Hangout is an opportunity to hear directly from the instructors and get a taste of what the Certification Lab is like. Mark your calendar to join the hangout (or come back for the archived version): The Certification Lab sounds pretty great, huh? Register now. The instructors…
  • Church Signs Go to the Supreme Court

    Crystal Kirkman
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s not easy being a small church in a temporary location. It’s especially tough when the city is battling your signage. Good News Presbyterian Church has been meeting in temporary locations around the town of Gilbert, Ariz. They have been using temporary signage inviting the residents to join them for worship. Seems pretty harmless. However, Gilbert has placed restrictions on temporary religious signage which can only be six square feet, displayed for no more than 14 hours, and must be out of the right-of-way. Their argument is that they want to uphold the safety and aesthetics of their…
  • The Awesome Communicator Episode 2

    Dave Shrein
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    More About This Episode Ready to hop on the wall again and learn from the success and failures of others? This is the second episode focusing on awesome church communicators. In this episode we speak with two church communicators about branding, guidelines, volunteers and team building. There are literally hundreds of communicators who are in our Church Marketing Sucks family and it’s about time we heard from them!  Leave a Review on iTunes   About Our Guests Emily Carlton is the graphic designer at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. Grace Bible has approximately 5,000…
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  • Risk, Innovation and the Dallas Cowboys

    Greg Atkinson
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Sunday, I watched and pulled for my beloved Dallas Cowboys. Maybe you’ve heard of the way the game ended. If you missed it, let me catch you up to speed. The Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers (in Green Bay) for a chance to go to the NFC Championship. It was a tough and close game all the way to the very end.Near the end of the fourth quarter, with Dallas needing a touchdown to take the lead and win the game, the Cowboys did something unthinkable. It was 4th Down and 2 yards to go, and instead of running the ball or throwing a quick pass to get the short 2 yards, the Cowboys…
  • My First Sunday at Transformation Church is in the Books

    Greg Atkinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    This past weekend, I officially started on staff at Transformation Church in South Carolina. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am and how God has orchestrated this entire move and my calling to this church. I am blessed to sit under the weekly teaching now of Derwin Gray, who is speaking hope, grace, love, truth and lots of JESUS into my life. I’m grateful to God for this opportunity to serve and be a part of a God-movement. More to come soon!
  • It’s Moving Week – Coming Home

    Greg Atkinson
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    This is the week! The movers come today and pack us up. We move back to my home state of South Carolina this week and will be in our new home this Friday. I’m looking forward to joining the staff of Transformation Church on November 15. Please pray that we have a smooth move and safe travel. I’ll post again after the craziness. God bless.
  • One Simple Strategy for Turning Around a Church or an Organization

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

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

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    As a designer, updating the list of our favorite church logos is always a fun process. This year’s list has grown to 138 terrific logos. Check it out and enjoy the creativity of God’s Kingdom.The post 138 Creative Church Logos appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic)

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    I am excited to announce that after spending 4 years with Open Church getting the right relationships in place, now is the time to build the infrastructure needed to help Christians globally collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. Our goal for 2015 is to develop a database directory, create new resource licenses, and hire 4 team members to lead the initiative and train volunteers. To learn more, download the 2015 Vision Blueprint (PDF) or visit openchurch.com. The post Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic) appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016?

    Kent Shaffer
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2015 and 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

    Kent Shaffer
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Open Church helps Christians collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. We accomplish this in 2 ways: Manage a database directory of people, resources, & research. Increase access to the database with standardized approaches to cataloging, licensing, archiving, distributing, & technology. The Program Director’s Role Program Director is a full-time, telecommuting position responsible for the early stage implementation of Open Church’s ecosystem. Core responsibilities include: In-depth research of global Christianity. Nurture relationships with strategic…
  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
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  • How church websites can be easier to use 4

    djchuang
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At least twice a year, I’m clicking and scrolling (or hunting and pecking) to find the worship service times and locations at different churches. Unlike the person that only goes to church twice a year or twice a month, I go to as many churches as possible during Christmas week and Easter week to worship God as much as possible. (I can only imagine how discouraging the info search experience is for someone less interested in churches.)And I’m thinking to myself, finding this information shouldn’t be such a chore. One tweet captured this sentiment:‏@ChurchWebIdeas (Dec…
  • Does Eddie Huang Represent Asian Americans? 4

    djchuang
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    So there’s this guy Eddie Huang getting a lot of buzz in mainstream media, a part of the machinery to promote the new ABC television show, Fresh Off the Boat, coming on air in Feburary 2015. Eddie Huang authored his memoirs in Fresh Off the Boat, a national bestselling book. And the book is the inspiration and source material for the sitcom television show, just to connect all the dots there for ya.Since the Fresh Off the Boat sitcom hasn’t run yet, there’s no telling how different or similar it will be to Margaret Cho’s 1994 All American Girl sitcom, other than…
  • Where are the Good Preachers in the Chinese American Church? 3

    djchuang
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    I’m feeling sad about the state of the Chinese American Church. I posted this on my Facebook timeline with visibility to my friends, where people have a perception that it’s comfortable to add a comment there. (I tend to see more comments on my Facebook posts than my djchuang.com blog posts)Chinese Americans have the largest population in Asian America, and only one English-speaking pastor/preacher (Ken Fong) with large-conference speaking experience. I am not counting Francis Chan nor Bruce Fong, as their ministries focus (almost) exclusively to the broader evangelical church,…
  • How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation

    djchuang
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My workshop here at CMC West Coast took place on Saturday 1/03 @ 1:30pm in Royal Palm 2,3,4 (at Town & Country Resort, Hotel Circle, San Diego, California). Yes, the coveted after lunch time slot.Here are the recorded audio (MP3 format) + the presentation slides for “How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation”: http://djchuang.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/unleashing-next-gen-workshop-cmcwest-2015jan03-djchuang.mp3 How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation from DJ ChuangDescription: “The Chinese churches and Asian American churches in America…
  • Unleashing the Potential of Chinese American Churches 6

    djchuang
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I’m sincerely grateful for the invitation to speak at the CMC West Coast event this weekend in San Diego. It’s the 2nd time the organizers have hosted this bilingual Chinese Missions Convention. And I’ve got 2 occasions for which I’m invited to speak. One is a 75-minute workshop titled “How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation” in the track “Unlocking the Potential of the North American Immigrant Church“. The other is a panel discussion during an evening plenary session (01/01/15) about this topic:“What is holding back the…
 
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    RHETT SMITH

  • A Gift Idea on How to Intentionally Create Presence in Your Marriage

    Rhett Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    One of the things that I became really convicted about in 2014 was my lack of being present. Present to my own life. Present to friends. Present to my kids. Present to my wife. And by present, I mean emotionally engaged and available to people in my life. Instead I found myself distracted by all kinds of things, especially my social media feed. Whether it was Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, it was easier to be engaged there because they so quickly provided the affirmation that I desired. But over the course of the year I found that technological engagement draining and I sought to really…
  • Opening a Second Office Location in Frisco!!!

    Rhett Smith
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Starting Monday, November 10, I will be practicing in both Plano and Frisco. Over the last several years my practice has experienced incredible growth, especially from people coming down to Plano from Frisco, Prosper, McKinney and Allen. In order to better accommodate the growth I thought it was necessary to open up a second location. The new location not only gives me the opportunity to do counseling in those communities, but it also allows me to partner more frequently with a lot of the counselors, organizations and churches that I do work with in the North Texas area. And because I have an…
  • 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…
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  • “Freebird – I Want It All” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared here. You can listen to the message I shared at Gateway South here: Here are notes from Rick’s message: “There’s a nerve in each of us, that if you touch it, we do strange things. It’s the… This can’t be it …nerve. This can’t be it. I can’t do just this. I dreamed of more than this. My life can’t just be what it is right now, or a…
  • Thrive GroupLife Conference 2015 – Toronto

    Eric Bryant
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Tweet I am excited to return to The Bridge in Markham, Ontario in the Toronto area for the second year in a row! If you are in the area, join us! More info here.      
  • An Interview with Alex McManus

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    TweetAlex McManus has always challenged my thinking and been a great mentor at times in my ministry. Whether from a distance or while working together at Mosaic in Los Angeles, I have always found Alex insightful and helpful. If you don’t already know Alex, here’s his bio from his website: “Alex writes about anticipating and creating the future. Studies the practices and processes of social movements. Coaches social and spiritual entrepreneurs through the International Mentoring Network (IMN) to engage culture and mobilize communities for causes.” I interviewed…
  • “Freebird – Pleasure” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we began our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared at Gateway South here: You can watch the message John Burke shared at our McNeil Campus at  www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are notes from yesterday’s message: “Do you like your life? We find this spectrum between doing what we have to do vs. doing what we want to do. It’s hard to do the things that are important when our jobs 70% of Americans…
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Eric Bryant
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Tweet On this day we remember the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with all who served with him in the Civil Rights Movement. Today is also a call to serve to make our world a better place. This weekend my wife Deborah and I watched Selma. The film was a powerful retelling of Bloody Sunday which took place 50 years ago along with a very human look at Dr. King and others who led and sacrificed to right the wrongs of injustice. We saw the film at the Alamo Drafthouse which showed related archival footage in the 30 minutes prior to the film which was riveting and raw. It was a…
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • Want To Become A Contributing Author for Worship Ministry Catalyst?

    David Lindner
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    On April 7th of 2008, we put up our first post here at Worship Ministry Catalyst. Then on May 9, 2008 we released our first episode of the podcast. Just a few weeks ago, we released episode 0147 of the podcast! Not only that, but we’ve also become a resource for Worship Leaders around the world. Quite literally! We have been able to build relationships with worship leaders in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, India and beyond. I have to say, it’s been amazing and incredibly humbling to see God work through this blog over the years. And my hope and prayer for 2015 is to pave the…
  • Staying Strong

    Kevin Kruse
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If you know me, you know that when it comes to football I like two teams: The Oregon Ducks and the Seattle Seahawks.  You might also know that this past week both those teams played in a significant and meaningful game: The Ducks played in the College Football National Championship and the Seahawks played in the NFC Championship Game.  And both those games had different results. For the Ducks, they lost to an Ohio State team that was in strong and in charge of the game from start to finish.  For the Seahawks, they won against a Green Bay team that was in strong and in charge of the game…
  • WMC-0138 – Time For A Change: Is There A Need To Reinvent Yourself And Your Ministry?

    David Lindner
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Time For A Change: Is There A Need To Reinvent Yourself And Your Ministry? Once you get past the outdated football talk (this post was originally recorded and set to air back in October of 2014), you’ll hear David and Kevin talk about the idea of Reinventing yourself. The discussion was birthed out of Kevin’s decision to update his personal look. But it begs the question: Is there really a need to reinvent yourself? Is there really a need to reinvent your ministry? That was the discussion for such a long time, but is it really that important? Listen in as David & Kevin talk…
  • Worship The Creator Instead of Creation (A Thousand Adjustments of .18 Degrees)

    David Lindner
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Bob Kauflin wrote this post on his Facebook page this week: Post by Bob Kauflin. And in one short phrase, he summed up so much of the tension I feel on a constant basis about worship in the modern age. “In 2015, let’s be less passionate about worship and more passionate about the triune God we’re worshiping.” It’s something Kevin & I have talked about on the podcast. It’s something I’m deeply passionate about. But, how much time do we devote to worshipping God compared to the amount of time we prepare the performance. Or, like the title of this…
  • WMC-0147 – Special Episode – Ducks/Bucks – College Football National Championship Game

    David Lindner
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Ducks/Bucks – College Football National Championship Game We are bringing you a special bonus episode this week of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast. If you listen to the show, you know that Kevin is a big Oregon Ducks fan and David is a big Ohio State Buckeyes Fan. And it just so happens that the Ducks and the Bucks are playing each other in the National Championship game on Monday, January 12, 2015. So, we got together to bring you this special episode all about our take on the coming game. There is no worship related content in this episode, just to warn you. We did just release…
 
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    Christian Web Trends Blog

  • Share Your Secret. I’ve Just Shared Mine!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    As the new year begins, many webmasters are thinking about their plans for their website for 2015.  And when you do the same things that you have done in the past, you will most likely get the same results.  That is great if your website is getting tons of traffic and achieving the goals you have for it.  But how do you decide what to change if you want to make improvements to your website? The best way to make improvements on the effectiveness of your website is to make changes that you know will  have a good chance of succeeding.  The tough part about that is knowing what will succeed.
  • 3 Weeks Into January. Don’t Worry, the Train Has not Left the Station… Yet

    Paul Steinbrueck
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I always feel a tremendous sense of excitement during the first week January because of chance to start fresh with a new year, full of new opportunities. But now – more than 3 weeks into the year – I still haven’t finished planning and setting goals for the new year. Just this week, we here at OurChurch.Com had our 3rd strategic planning meeting and we still have more work to before plans for 2015 are finalized. That sense of opportunity could easily be replace by anxiety that we’re falling behind or even dread that the 2015 train has left the station and we missed it.
  • What We Can Expect Going Into 2015

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We can expect Google to become even smarter in the year 2015. In looking back over the last few years, we can also expect bigger changes than usual to search results. As mobile environments become more prominent, people are expecting to get super-fast and accurate results, and Google intents to deliver. We can expect things such as “authorship” of content, verified addresses and strong social profiles to all play an important role in the organic ranking of websites. It has now become more time consuming to try and trick the search engines than to actually give them exactly what they…
  • Please, Be Quiet

    freebread4life
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Click to share this image on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest or Instagram This is a guest post by freebread4life. Find out how you can guest post on Christian Web Trends here. If you had to pick one word to describe the modern day era what word would you choose? I think I’d choose the word… Loud There are cell phones going off and text messages being sent. Even if we’re not talking on them we have ear phones plugged into them with music blasting in our ears. There are planes, trains, and automobiles. We have an ever expanding amoeba called social media that connects us in an…
  • Study Shows 75% of Small Business Owners Find Search Marketing Effective

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a recent study by BrightLocal in partnership with ChamberofCommerce.com, small and medium sized businesses were asked several questions about internet marketing and mobile marketing.  Over 700 Small to Medium sized businesses were surveyed.  One of the questions the business was asked is: How effective is Internet marketing at attracting customers to your business? What they found was very telling.   75% said Internet marketing is “effective” or “very” effective at attracting new customers. 32% said that Internet marketing was “Very effective” for…
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  • How to Fund Your Home’s Eco Upgrades

    Thomas
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    The subject of global warming has become less controversial over the years with 97% of climate experts agreeing on the subject. There are lots of ways each of us can reduce our individual carbon footprints through changing our habits, whether that be changing the way we drive or recycling waste and unwanted products. Many people also see the value of changing certain parts of their home to help the environment too. The problem is changes such as solar paneling or insulation can be expensive. However, there may be some government-funded schemes that you qualify for that you aren’t aware of.
  • 6 Ways Shipping Container Shelters Help People in Crisis

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image by Stewart James Bim-Merle via Flicker There’s a lot of talk about shipping containers in architecture and minimalist movements like the Tiny House Movement, and we thought we’d shed some light on what attributes of shipping container Shelters make them the most ideal solution for shelter in crisis situations. If we left anything out, be sure to let us know in the comments –here are our top reasons why shipping containerShelters are ideal for disaster, no matter where it happens. 1. Prefabrication Can Save Time As easy to assemble as over-sized IKEA furniture, saving time…
  • How to Choose the Best Bathroom Sink

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    You can’t really appreciate all the choices that go into bathroom design until you are faced with them yourself. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. They are often THE selling point of a new home, and a good one will add tremendous value to your home. Therefore, it’s important to take the issues of bathroom design very seriously, no less so when we’re just talking about what kind of sink you need. Bathroom sinks come in 4 distinct styles, each with a variety of eras and sub-styles. You can get lost in the options for days, but by understanding the four main genres of bathroom sink,…
  • What Do You Need to Consider Before Building a Garden Shed?

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If you constantly find yourself running out of storage space for items like tools, and gardening equipment, or if you just want somewhere to relax in the summer, a garden shed is a great solution. And, if you have successfully completed any DIY projects in the past, you should easily be able to build one from scratch. But what do you need to build a garden shed, and do you need to consider anything before buying your blueprints? Keep reading for some ideas. Royalty free photo What Will Your Shed Be Used For? Before you even think about building a garden shed, you need to have an idea of what…
  • 3 Incredible Outdoor Tips For People With Green Fingers

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Do you love nothing more than spending your free time in the garden? Do all your friends refer to you as “the one with green fingers?” If so, you’ll be happy to learn the weather is going to pick up soon, and so you can get back to your favorite hobby. 2015 looks set to become the perfect year for gardeners. While the temperatures might be a little too cold at the moment, most experts are predicting we will have the hottest summer on record. For that reason, you need to start planning ahead. Most of us only have a couple of days off work each weekend, so you’ll want to make the most…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 9 Ways for a Leader to Lose Favor — And Some Advice to Guard Against It

    Ron Edmondson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    One of the hardest losses for a leader is when they lose favor with the people they are trying to lead. It’s very hard to regain trust once it’s lost. Sadly, the longer I serve as a leader, the easier it seems to be to lose a follower’s trust. People are more skeptical — it seems to me — of leadership these days than in days past. I think it’s important to know what causes us to lose favor with the people we are attempting to lead. Of course, there are many things, but let share some of the more common ones I’ve observed. Here are 9 ways to lose favor…
  • 10 Suggestions to Handle Conflict in a Healthy Way

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Where life involves people — whether among family, friends or co-workers — there will be potential for conflict. Any disagreement there? Want to fight about it? In fact, if relationships are normal, conflict is inevitable. But, conflict doesn’t have to destroy relationships. It can actually be used to make relationships better. That takes intentionality, practice — and a whole lot of grace. In an organizational sense, conflict is certainly a huge part of a leader’s life. Even in a pastor’s life. It seems to reason that learning to deal with conflict…
  • 7 Rookie Mistakes New Leaders Should Avoid

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    I deal with a lot of new leaders. I’ve been one myself numerous times. To some, as I approach 3 years in my position, I’m still the “new guy”. Starting as a leader is difficult regardless of the experience one has as a leader. Each time a leader is new there will be new experiences that challenge everything the leader knows or has experienced previously. It’s like you’re a rookie leader all over again. But, just because a leader is new, doesn’t mean they have to make rookie mistakes. I’ve watched new leaders who start strong, find success, and…
  • Life on Mission – Work It – See Your Mission

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Instead of looking FOR our mission field — maybe we should look AT our mission field. Life on Mission – "Work it!" from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Life on Mission – Work It – See Your Mission appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Life on Mission – The Sovereignty of God My Job as a Mission Field Intentional Living – Write the Life Plan One Key to Finding Your Life Purpose
  • Lasting Transformation vs. Routine Fundraiser

    Ron Edmondson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    This is a guest post by Kevin Herr, with Water Missions. (This is not a paid post. I believe in this mission.) In my role at Water Missions International I often talk with church leaders who want to get their churches involved in our ministry, which provides safe water solutions and the Living Water message of Jesus Christ to people around the world. These groups often participate in a special event like our Water Sunday initiative and while many encounter great breakthrough and mountain top experiences, some end up disheartened with little lasting impact. Here are a few key points that can…
 
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • Are You Too Busy To Read?

    Jason Vernon
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What do Willow Creek, Northpoint Church, and Saddleback all have in common? A number of things, really: All are led by a world-class leader and top-notch communicator All are large and influential churches All see many people come to Christ each year All have subscribed to Leaders Book Summaries! While it would be the height of presumption to say that their subscription is the reason for their impact, their subscription does say something about what they value. The way we spend our money shows what is important to us. Another thing all of those churches have in common is a commitment to…
  • 3 Ways Any Team Can Start Leading Like A Megachurch

    Ryan Stigile
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Ever wondered how megachurch pastors effectively lead such large organizations? With so many people and staff, how can they possibly keep everyone moving toward a common vision? In our latest research on Next Level Teams, we uncovered three leadership practices that the largest churches (3,000+) are much more likely to use. The best part is that each of these practices is within reach of every pastor, no matter the size of his or her church. So if you’re ready to increase the potential of your own church’s growth, try taking these three steps from the megachurch playbook: Connect every…
  • Tearing Down Ministry Silos and Other Articles to Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tearing Down Ministry Silos by Paul Alexander 7 Most Interesting Lies From Bad Church Statistics by Warren Bird 6 Ways To Keep Leaders From Leaving Your Church by Tim Stevens Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead by Ed Stetzer 10 Convictions I Have About the Church by Perry Noble Is Mars Hill the Beginning of the End for Multisite Churches? by Geoff Surratt How to Fire Someone Gracefully by William Vanderbloemen A Constant Struggle In A Growing Church by Eric Geiger The 7 Essential Attributes of Exceptional Executive Pastors by William Vanderbloemen The post Tearing Down Ministry Silos and…
  • Goodbye Generosity

    Derek Gillette
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I used to ride in the backseat of our car on Sunday mornings, and my dad would be driving us to church while my mom had the checkbook on her lap, writing out the weekly tithe. I watched this growing up and so giving became a part of who I was.” In my role, I have the privilege of speaking with pastors and denominational leaders on a regular basis. I love to sit down with them and ask about the trends they are seeing in their church, and get a feel for the pressing concerns that pastors face. One conversation recently stood out to me. I sat at a Starbucks, across the table from a…
  • Too Many “Must Read” Books?

    Jason Vernon
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    I’m pretty sure that most of you probably have ten to twenty unfinished books on your Kindle or next to your bed. We all want to read more. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced world with limited time. Maybe it’s time for you to check out Leaders Book Summaries. They summarize books for busy leaders. The group was started by Dave Frederick. Dave is a pastor who believes in the church and leadership. He knows that your time is very limited so he takes a couple of books every month, condenses them, and then sends subscribers helpful 12-15 page summaries. He also provides 2-page super…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
  • Managing Anxiety and Making Friends

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
  • The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • How To Write A Book – Author Launch

    loswhit
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    So my friend Ally has perfected the journey of becoming an author. Big claim? Maybe. But true? Certainly. May I introduce the readers of this blog to AUTHOR LAUNCH. A brand new course by my great friend Allison Vesterfelt. You Can Find Out More About It And REGISTER HERE… The thing I love about about Author Launch is that Allison has taken a complex formula, and made is easily accessible for normal people like you and I. You will get some of the nitty gritty tips on my creative process as I write and also get to hear from some of my great author friends like Donald Miller, Jon Acuff,…
  • The Local Church Isn’t Your Experiment

    loswhit
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    The local church isn’t hinging on how you decorate it. The local church isn’t going to die if you don’t fix it. The local church isn’t in need of your systems. The local church isn’t going to fall apart without the next generation fixing the last generation’s version. The local church isn’t some experiment. The local church is the bride of Christ and will survive and thrive regardless of our churching skill level. So this week. Relax with the plans…Take a deep breath…And BE the church instead of trying to FIX the church.  It’s…
  • YOU WERE CREATED TO FEEL EXACTLY THIS!!!

    loswhit
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    We were created for joy. We were created to jump up and down and shake our fists at the sky in utter disbelief that we are so lucky to be alive. We were created to FEEL. If it has been a while since you have felt the utter joy that this little girl felt when opening this gift… Or if it has never been felt… It is available to you. Not only is it available to you… It is INSIDE YOU WAITING TO COME OUT. You got this. You can find this. Don’t stop exploring until you do. Los
  • The Year Of Adventure

    loswhit
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Last April I released my first book.  Moment Maker. As an author, when you finish a book, and as you continue to live out the message of that book, you wish you could add to it. I guess that is what this space is for. So as I thought long and hard about what the next aspect for me as a moment maker would be… I began studying you guys. I began studying the other guys. The ones who travel the world on instagram. The ones who climb the mountains on vimeo. The ones who surf the big waves on youtube. And I realized something. When you are working at Starbucks at age 20 trying to pay off…
  • Epic Snow Ball Fight At Breakfast – #MomentMaker

    loswhit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Heather told the kids that we were going to have a nice Christmas breakfast on the deck. Win #1. She set the table nice and Christmasy. When the kids got out there we told them we were having powdered donut holes for breakfast! Win #2. How could breakfast get any better? With Win #3. Right after our “Snow Ball Toast” the unsuspecting kids got pelted. Life is too short to have a normal breakfast… Be a #MomentMaker instead… Buy my book Moment Maker here! goo.gl/wSdOLA Los
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | RSS Feed

  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
  • Of elephants and teeth

    Andrew Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nobody likes dental clinics but this one is different. We are in Germany, visiting a dental laboratory which I find so inspiring, on so many levels, that I am featuring it as this years first blog post. This is KPV Labor Friesen in Leopoldshohe, near Bielefeld. I heard about it from a fashion model who got new teeth here, and also ...
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Andrew Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    One year passes and another arrives. What was done in 2014 is done. Everything passes through, as my German friends say, but Jesus remains. Happy new year!   We are in Antwerp, Belgium and hope to see the New Year arrive with a few friends. Hope it goes well with you all. I look forward to sharing stories with you ...
  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • The Comfort Zone

    Pete Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Most of us are not comfortable living by faith, it’s just easier to stay in our comfort zone and be ok with a predictable life inside the box. But in order to fully experience what God has in mind for our lives, we have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and step out of the box.
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Ten Questions About Super Bowl Sunday At NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    #1 – What will our Sunday morning schedule be for Super Bowl Weekend?  Same as usual at every campus! #2 – What will our Sunday evening schedule be for Super Bowl Weekend?  We'll have services on Saturday night in Anderson and Columbia at 4:15pm and 6pm. In Greenville, Spartanburg, Florence and Greenwood we will have service at 6pm on Saturday!  #3 – Is NewSpring beginning a Saturday night service?  Nope, we are doing this for one week only—service times will resume to our normal schedule the following Sunday (February…
  • Four Questions To Ask To Determine If You Need To Be At NewSpring On Sunday!

    web@newspring.cc
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    #1 – Have you ever wanted to believe in the goodness of God, but the circumstances in your life seem to say otherwise?    #2 – Have you ever wondered, “Why, Lord?” but have been afraid to vocalize it out loud?  #3 – Have you ever thought that God has forgotten about you?  #4 – Have you ever thought that, because of your doubt, you are disqualified from receiving God’s best for your life?  If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then don’t miss this Sunday at NewSpring as we continue our…
  • Seven Things Grace Says

    web@newspring.cc
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    1. Grace says you don’t have to be good enough because Jesus was perfect.  2. Grace says you have not gone too far and can come back home.  3. Grace says you are not what you did on your worst day.  4. Grace says you have power over sin.  5. Grace says it’s not too late to step into what God has for you.  6. Grace says you are not what other people try to label you to be.  7. Grace says you cannot “out-sin” the price Jesus paid!  I am loving this series at NewSpring Church! Don’t miss this coming…
  • A Letter To The Church I Love

    web@newspring.cc
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    So I did this sermon on the Ten Commandments once and everyone loved it…  :-) Before I give finality to this issue (it’s time to move on) I want to address a few things first.  #1 – I am imperfect. I make mistakes and fall way short of who I should be each and every day.  #2 – I fully understand and feel the weight of James 3:1 that clearly says that people who teach God’s Word will be judged more strictly.  #3 – I take teaching the Bible very seriously and desperately want to always put forth my best effort as I really do believe that…
  • Two Important Questions For Everyone At NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    #1 – What is this next series entitled, “Too Good To Be True” about?  It’s about grace!  It’s about understanding that Christianity is not all about keeping rules but abiding in a relationship!  It’s about accepting the fact that what you did on your worst day does not define who you are in Christ.  It’s about having the strength to move forward when you have a past that tries to tell you that you are not good enough.  It’s about having the ability to overcome current addictions and habits that you feel have…
 
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Meeting Minutes (Productivity Apps!)

    Brandon Early
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    I am awful at remembering little things like tasks, appointments, and pants. Well, maybe I remember pants. But my life literally changed “in the year 2000” when I purchased a Visor PDA. It became my memory, reminding me to be places. I like my reminders app built in to my iPhone and I use OmniFocus to GTD but I […]
  • A Shout-Out to Youth Workers

    Tony Myles
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    I recently spent some time with the band Everyday Sunday after they led a worship concert at our weekend services. They had a few words of encouragement to share with you, so (if you’ll pardon the simple camera phone capture of their words) here’s a shout-out for you from the guys in the band: Thanks […]
  • Throwing In The Towel On Sexting?

    Tony Myles
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Sexting. You can talk about this until you’re blue in the face. Still, a large majority of teens and adults see nothing wrong with it: “Our only way of being alone was to do it over the phone.” – one teen, about why she began sexting It doesn’t help that people students look up to […]
  • 2015 Super Bowl® Party – SUPER STREAM SUNDAY

    Brandon Early
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    Are you, your ministry, or your small group(s) hosting a Super Bowl® Party this year? Did you know that Super Bowl XLIX will be available FREE via Live-Stream from NBC Universal? You could stream the BIG game directly into your party. XLIX will kick off with pregame coverage at 12:00 p.m. ET on Feb. 1. This streaming service is a […]
  • A Poor Understanding

    Tony Myles
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    You likely have an opinion about the poor. You may have even served the poor. Do you have an understanding of the poor, though?   “When you are broke, you can’t plan ahead or shop sales or buy in bulk. Poor people wait to buy something until they absolutely need it, so they have to […]
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    Human3rror

  • The Startling Reality of Education and Debt

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    And here are some incredibly disturbing images / gifs that make comment on the crippling debt our current educational system has created for the future of our workforce (and world). It doesn’t surprise me one bit that all of these were the top “education” posts tagged via Tumblr in 2014. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is helping others change their lives and, in many instances, helping them assault the pile of debt that their previous lives created. The only reason I want to grow The Iron Yard is so that I can help more people, more often, and in more…
  • Due App

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Yikes. This looks so pretty. I do not personally use anything for reminders but I on occasion use things like this countdown counter. The post Due App appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Click for larger view. That was helpful… so interesting that Stan Lee has like… well, nothing. The post Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Vivaldi

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    A new browser by former CEO and co-founder of Opera (another browser), Jon von Tetzchner. It’s still very-much a technical demo and preview but it’s very pretty. Here are a look at some of the initial settings: The post Vivaldi appeared first on John Saddington.
  • ZenPayroll

    John
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    We’ve started using ZenPayroll for our growing needs @ The Iron Yard and it’s pretty slick. So far, I don’t hate anything (and that’s saying a lot). We (heart) TIY. I particularly like how it shows me some nice overhead statistics about the organization, anniversaries, and even upcoming birthdays. Simple dashboard, super-effective, and no-nonsense features. I dig, I really do. The post ZenPayroll appeared first on John Saddington.
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant to Teens

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Do you feel like your ministry is becoming irrelevant to teenagers? Are you looking for creative ways to get out of “that rut?” Maybe I can help. I want to share with you 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant (to … Continue reading →
  • BIG NEWS: I’m Launching A Podcast!

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve got some BIG NEWS that I’m pretty stoked to share with you, my readers, today.  It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of a youth ministry podcast, but I’m excited to announce today that I’m launching my … Continue reading →
  • 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!

    Terrace Crawford
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    I just finished speaking in our weekend services at my church.  I shared 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!   I know many of you weren’t able to join us, so I thought I would share them here … Continue reading →
  • 5 Resolutions You Should Make This New Year!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Personal convictions and goals will shape the way a leader leads, responds to others and the very choices he or she makes. Each year, I resolve to do a few things, based on these convictions and goals too. So, I’ve … Continue reading →
  • FREE DVD: Fearless!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you’ve followed my blog or twitter long enough, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE giving away FREE stuff.  Today (and tomorrow) are those kind of days here. My friends at Dare2Share are putting together an incredible 2015 tour called … Continue reading →
 
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com

  • So You Want To Be A Worship Leader? Here’s Where To Start

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Here are several helpful tips for learning how to be an effective worship leader that is beneficial to your faith family! 1) FIND A MENTOR Know that every step along the way, we all have room to learn and grow. There is no such thing as a worship leader who is perfect in every aspect. There is no HUMAN who is perfect in every aspect! Whatever instrument you play, whatever style you sing, you need to be influenced by those in your life who have more experience and more skill than you do. One of the quickest ways to become ineffective for the kingdom is to think you’ve got it all down.
  • Sunday Setlists #340

    Editor
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, January 25, 2015!! Welcome to the 340th 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.
  • We’ve Been Taught Worship Is Not A Show…But Sometimes IT IS!

    Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    How Worship Is A Show In a sense, worship is a show; or to be more specific, praise is a show. Praise is the upward part of worship. Praise is done with our bodies—flowing from our hearts to the outside of us. Therefore, when we praise God, it’s obvious to anyone who’s looking our way. In the King James Version, the New Living Translation and a few other translations, the word “show” is directly associated with praise: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of…
  • Sign Up For Our Mailing List and We’ve Got A Great Free Resource Pack for You!

    Editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re partnering with our sister site HighestPraise.com to offer this great resource pack to all who sign up for our mailing list! We have 2 options when you sign up 1) a daily digest email filled with resources, articles, forum posts, etc. from The Worship Community and 2) a weekly free worship resource from HighestPraise.com. Free Resources We’ve got some great gifts lined up for you when you confirm your subscription: 6 Great worship songs from Fred McKinnon (founder of TWC) 2 Great worship songs from Integrity Music 2 Chord Charts from Integrity Music Mirror Ball (ebook) by…
  • What Should A Worship Leader Wear?

    Editor
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Worship leaders, we’ve put together the definitive fashion guide for you as we enter into the new year. We know that choosing which upbeat praise song or what key to do your closing response time can take a lot of planning and energy, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow step by step action plan to help you in choosing your wardrobe for leading worship. You can also use this guide to help steer your “don’t-tell-me-what-to-wear” or “I’m-expressing-myself-through-clothes” worship team members in the right direction when it comes to presenting…
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    brandedwithlove.com

  • The Extras: Brick By Brick Series

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    As we wrapped up our series yesterday at Forefront, “Brick by Brick,” I wanted to share some side notes & extras. If you missed any of the series, you can head over here to watch/listen/share. Now to the wrap up & extras: Books that were mentioned during the series: Crazy Love, Scary Close, ReJesus, Crazy Busy,  and One Way Love We tend to like the idea/feeling of community, but want it without the baggage. Week 1: “Community Takes Continual Commitment” (Acts 2 and The Early Church) The darkness that lies in the shadows stifles us and keeps us from moving…
  • #adventure over #abandon

    Jason Bedell
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Two situations have happened over the last three weeks. I want to bring them to your attention and why it’s important. Hang with me… Situation #1:  Someone came to our church two Sundays ago for the first time. From the email they sent me, they had obviously been around church culture for awhile and considered themselves a Christian. The email was short, but here is the part that stuck out, “The person next to me smelled like alcohol. It was unbearable. How could true leaders tolerate such things happening???? I will NEVER attend your ‘gathering’ and inform…
  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

    Jason Bedell
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have been out for a couple of weeks and here’s what we know: – They’re bigger – They’re faster – They’re BENDing! (clearly not meant to be a feature) Every news outlet has been covering it. “iPhone 6 is bending in people’s pockets.” “Phone isn’t made to last week.” “I only had it in my front pocket driving and now it’s ruined.” Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media have blown up deeming #bendgate the worst possible thing to happen to Apple and their new flagship…
  • 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)…
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  • Another Year Gone. Another Year Begins.

    Tim Stevens
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Typically I reflect on a year in the rear view mirror remembering events or parties or important family moments, sometimes mixed with sadness from my loss or others. As I look back on 2014 I see a year of significant transition.One year ago, I never would have guessed…I would resign from Granger Community Church.I would move away from Indiana.I would lose a best friend.I would no longer be a pastor at a local church.I would join up with a world-class company.My lead team would be William, Ben, Bob and Holly instead of Mark, Jason, Kem, Ted, Mark and Sean.Instead of being the most-tenured…
  • New Book Releases in One Week

    Tim Stevens
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    I started work on this book 3 years ago, and it finally comes out next week. People ask me often what the book is about. You can read all the details about the book here, but to sum it up...it is a book for any Christian who has a job and wants to do better. It is for leaders, wanna-be-leaders, managers, CEO's, workers and pastors. I have compiled 30 years of leadership learning and practical ideas into one easy-to-read book. I wonder if you would consider preordering the book? You see, in today's market, book preorders matter. A lot. This is my first book with Thomas Nelson…
  • Best Movie of 2014

    Tim Stevens
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    In my opinion, there was one movie that topped all others this year. You must know, however, that none of the critics agree with me. In fact, EW.com gave it a D rating. The Atlantic didn't even give it a mention in their list of top movies or honorable mentions. It's not on the top 10 list of any of the movie critics at Variety.com, nor is it found anywhere in the top 40 best movies announced by Yahoo.com. But they are all wrong. Because The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington is by far the best movie of 2014. I watched it for the 3rd time tonight--and it is fantastic. I'm not…
  • New Coaching Network for Church Leaders Debuts in Houston

    Tim Stevens
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    After 5 years of hosting a coaching network for executive pastors, I've had the privilege of working with 122 leaders from all over the United States. It truly has been a highlight for me and has turbo-charged my own learning. As a bonus, I've enjoyed the new friendships with these leaders, and enjoy keeping up with their growth.Today I am happy to announce that we are introducing a brand new coaching opportunity in Houston with some tremendous guest speakers and cool perks. Here are some fun facts...It is called the Executive Leader Coaching Network, and is ideally targeted for lead pastors,…
  • Do You Work With a Fool?

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

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Memories flood at times when a scent arises–catching you off guard. Bacon does this for me. The sacramental experience of our dad’s Saturday breakfast event unfolds for me. With five boys eager as chicks in a nest to feed, our dad would make from scratch his waffles or pancakes, mountain-piled plates of bacon, and potatoes. At times, he even made his own recipe of brown-sugar syrup. The bacon-fat haze in the house was a welcome sight after delivering the local San Jose Mercury newspapers earlier that morning.Added to bacon were eggs cooked open-faced or over-easy. Imagine tall glasses of…
  • Has Christmas Become a War on Advent?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:55 pm
    There has been a lot of dialog in the Evangelical world in recent years about a war on Christmas. The cry was to say “Merry Christmas” in defiance to something like “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.” Regardless of the words we use, the war on Christmas is fed from law suits to remove civic-sponsored Nativity Scenes and school prohibitions about mentioning the Jesus of Christmas. However problematic the external forces of our society press against a Christ-centered Christmas, it may be our in-house disregard of Advent that sets us back. Could our fight for Christmas be a…
  • CD Review: Smalltown Poets - Christmas Time Again

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Artist: Small Town PoetsAlbum: Christmas Time Again - iTunes/AmazonReleased: 11/25/2014Label: IndieStandout Songs: "This Day In Bethlehem" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"Score: 20/25The twice Grammy-nominated Small Town Poets are a Georgia based alternative rock group. This is their second Christmas release and the quality and musicianship still shines on this their seventh studio recording. The blend of pop/rock hooks, original songs, and ancient Christmas carols offers a surprisingly cohesive project. Christmas Time Again is something that will not annoy the holiday cynic while…
  • Happy Thanksgiving: 2014

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    I wanted to write a simple note and simply say thank you to my family, friends and fellow sojourners. Blogging for over nine years brought me encounters with many of you who might have never met. These have proven to be life-changing. My thinking has been challenged and my soul enriched by meaningful conversations and personal encounters. Imagine a pub where good friends hang out and discuss important ideas. This is how the journey has proven to unfold for me here on RKblog.com.However important all of you have been, my family is my greatest treasure. Anything I might have to offer you has…
  • Worship Album Review: Elevation Worship - Wake Up The Wonder

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    WORSHIP ALBUM REVIEW:Artist: Elevation WorshipAlbum: Wake Up The WonderLabel: ProvidentStandout Songs: "The King Among Us" and "Fortress"Score: 19/25A very well-produced track captures the stadium-filled praise from Time Warner Cable Arena this past August in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Worship represents a thriving local mega-church that has heart for their community  yet they surely have something in their worship expression that blesses the greater Body of Christ! This much anticipated project stands out amongst the growing number of modern worship releases for that…
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  • Teaching Teenagers In A Post-Christian World

    Bill Reichart
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    from Rachel Blom:This brilliant book by Jake Kircher is a game changer for anyone interested in teaching teenagers. We all know that the standard three or even five-point sermons aren’t working anymore. Not only do they fail to hold students’ attention while you’re talking, they can’t remember much afterwards even if they did attempt to listen.Even students involved in youth ministry often miss a basic understanding of the core of the Gospel and don’t know much about the Bible. Not only that, but many teens who claim to be Christians don’t lead lives that are different from their…
  • Deal With Your Procrastination Like A Band-Aid

    Bill Reichart
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you struggle with procrastination (which in fact I do often), then this is good advice worth remembering and applying when you are faced with a task that you just don't want to do (but you have to!).excerpted from 99u:The best way to deal with procrastination is to treat it as you would ripping off a band-aid: get it over with as quickly as possible.While it’s not unusual to procrastinate, it’s worth questioning when our fear of discomfort and resulting procrastination is justified, versus when we’ve assumed it will be worse than it really is. (But even time spent evaluating the…
  • A Simple Hack To Give You Success With Your Goals

    Bill Reichart
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ok, we are a month into 2015, how are those new year goals going? Are you getting more fit? Are you more productive? Eating healthier? Spending more time with your family? Perhaps you are making some headway, but perhaps you have too many goals going at the same time.The best way to tackle all that you want to do is to "chunk it up". Set your mind on a singular goal for a determined time - don't try to do it all - now.Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, proposes breaking down your year-long goals into 90-day chunks: You may have lots of goals, and that’s…
  • 25 Truths About Preachers From 2 Timothy

    Bill Reichart
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here is a great list from Colin Adams:The Bible is the best place to learn about preaching. Other books on preaching can be good, of course. But whatever Scripture says on preaching is definitive. Its like drinking from the spring itself.1. The herald proclaims a message that holds out the promise of life (2 Tim 1:1).2. The preacher’s gift comes from God (2 Tim 1:6).3. The gift of a herald must be fanned into flame (2 Tim 1:6): that is, stirred up by constant use.4. The preaching gift must be exercised with love, power and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7).5. A gospel minister must not be ashamed…
  • 6 Simple Rules To Make Your Next Presentation Memorable

    Bill Reichart
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Giving a presentation in front of an audience is difficult enough, giving it accompanied with an awful powerpoint - well that makes your presentation simply deadly. Powerpoint is the most misunderstood, misapplied and misused presentation tool today. And even with all the books, blogs and videos that teach and instruct on how to use powerpoint well, many people still abuse it. Follow these 6 simple rules and your powerpoint presentation will go from "sucks" to "stellar".Include Only One Key Point per Slide - To many presentations crowd the slides with too much information.Pay Attention to the…
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  • My must own movie list

    Joel Klampert
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Today a friend of mine asked me this question: “I’m trying to rebuild my DVD collection. What are your top must own DVD’s?” It made me think… First off, to me a “Must own” is one I am personally willing to watch over and over again and enjoy it just as much as the first time I watched it. This was actually hard to think through, but I think I came to a pretty good conclusion. Here are the movies that are on MY personal must own list: 1. Amadeus 2. Dead Poets Society 3. Swing Kids 4. Tombstone 5. Monty Python and Holy Grail 6. Dances with Wolves 7.
  • Framing Faith: A book review

    Joel Klampert
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Framing Faith From Camera to Pen, An Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World By Matthew Knisely I have the privilege of following Matt on the social media platforms and being his “friend” on facebook. This was actually how I first heard about this book. It has been interesting looking through that lens (no pun intended) as I read through these pages. Matt is a photojournalist and a storyteller. The main reason why I grabbed this book to review is because of my fascination with photography, the arts, speaking and storytelling as well. I loved the clarity that…
  • Foundations in Comic Book Art: A Review

    Joel Klampert
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Foundations in Comic Book Art: SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists) by John Paul Lowe I have the privilege of reviewing this from a semi-professional view in that I used to work in the comic book business. Recently I have craved to get back into comics and illustration so when I saw this book come up in a list of books for me to review, I grabbed it. Lowe is really good at communicating and visually the book is of higher grade than most books of it’s kind that are out there. Materials and techniques are covered and what is nice is that while…
  • Breaking a LONGSTANDING RULE

    Joel Klampert
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I have this rule when it comes to “reviews” of friends Albums that I have stuck to since I started blogging in 2006. It is simple DO NOT REVIEW A FRIENDS ALBUM. Here is the exception to the rule… THIS CHRISTMAS EP from my friends Ben AbuSaada and Chris Olson and other people I don’t know but I will call friends by default. Let me go track by track: 1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Starts off with a dope slide guitar on a resonator. A nice acoustic comes in… Most likely a Breedlove because I know Ben and the holy spirit and God works best through a Breedlove.
  • When I was thirsty…

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

    Jason Price
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been a long-time fan of the Crown Financial Ministries monthly income and expenses budgeting form which is organized by categories and subcategories. Dave Ramsey has a similar planning form. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find they both are solid tools in helping you consider all the monthly expenses you might encounter. Organizing a budget using these forms also helps you budget every dollar and ensures your budget is in balance (income equaling expenses). Budgeting by category is a proven method that works well. You can also layer envelope budgeting on top of it…
  • How to become richer than Rockefeller

    Bob
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil company in 1870. He was the first American billionaire and one of the richest men to ever live. I am sure many people today wish they could have walked in his shoes. If, somehow they could, I think some would find it to be eye-opening. Are you richer than John D. Rockefeller? As wealthy as he was, Rockefeller might have had anything that money could buy. But what a few hundred dollars may buy today, couldn’t be bought with millions 150 years ago. Today, we have central heating and air conditioning, cars, planes, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, iPods,…
  • How Long Does it Take to Get Your Tax Refund?

    Bob
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you done your taxes yet? Like many people, as soon as I finish, I like knowing when my refund check is going to be deposited. Here are some ways to not only know when you’ll get your refund check, but some tips on how to get it faster. Let’s start with the quickest way to get your refund. The Quickest Way to Get Your Refund It is probably common knowledge that you will get your tax refund quicker when you choose the direct deposit option. You also should E-file your tax return if possible and as I mentioned in a post I wrote about getting free state tax filing you should…
  • Is the Home Office Deduction a Red Flag to the IRS?

    Kevin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    People commonly believe that the home office deduction is a red flag to the IRS. But is it? Here’s a clue: the IRS doesn’t publish its red flags! The idea that any deduction constitutes a red flag is pure speculation, generally brought about by excessive media attention, particularly to significant IRS actions. The idea that the home office deduction is a red flag came about largely in the early 1990s, when a doctor had his home office deduction overturned by the IRS due to the fact that he also worked in three different hospitals. The IRS took the position that since he spent most of his…
  • How to File Your State Income Tax Online for Free

    Bob
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It isn’t too difficult to find a place to file your federal tax return for free, but finding a service to file your state return for free is another story. I did a little digging and found a few options to consider . . . . How to File Your State Return for Free! As you have probably noticed, many places offer a free filing of a Federal return but don’t offer free state filing. But there are a few ways to get your state tax return done for free. Free State Tax Filing Websites TurboTax Absolute ZERO – The free version of TurboTax is available to these filers according to their…
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  • The Ultimate Blog Post Checklist

    Rachel Blom
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I don’t like wasting time, but the other day I found myself doing just that. I was busy updating some old posts: setting a featured image, rewriting language, checking to make sure the formatting was okay in my new theme. The problem was that I kept forgetting stuff: to backdate the post for instance, to assign key words, choose a nice short URL, etc. After I wasted about an hour or so going back on posts I’d already done to make sure I had forgotten nothing, I came up with the solution: A blogging checklist! The Ultimate Blog Post Checklist Because we’re ChurchMag and we like to be of…
  • The Challenge Every Christian Creative Faces

    Wes Molebash
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Christian creatives face a unique struggle, if I may call it that. From the moment their creative talents are first discovered by their church leadership and/or Christian mentors, they’re often advised to create a specific type of art. You see, it’s not enough for a Christian creative to simply create stuff; they have to create Christian stuff. So if you love Jesus and you’re a dancer, you’ve probably been told to be a “Christian” dancer. If you like to cook, you’ve probably been told to be a “Christian” chef. If you like to…
  • Star Wars Swiss Style Retro Revamp [Images]

    Eric Dye
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fernando de Carabassa of Buenos Aires, Argentina has assembled an awesome series of Swiss Styled Star Wars posters. Some of these focus on specific episodes, while others particluar scenes from one of our favorite movies. These are really cool: The “it’s a trap” is pretty awesome, but The Empire Strikes Back post is my favorite by far. What’s your favorite? You can see more of these Swiss styled Star Wars posters on Fernando’s Behance page. Star Wars Swiss Style Retro Revamp [Images] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • Facebook Groups for iOS: Deleted

    Phil Schneider
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I have never been so excited to review an app in my life. “Why are you so excited, Phil?” you ask. Because I can finally deleted this stupid app. Strong words, I know, but certainly deserved. I’m not sure what Zuckerberg’s strategy is exactly, but he’s continually taking up more of my phone’s real estate with frustratingly mediocre apps. The Groups app was designed to help you keep better track of the groups you belong to or administrate. My reasons for hating this app are fourfold, but I’ll get into that in a second. First, let me remind you why…
  • 10 Musts of Using Instagram [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Instagram for churches? Yes please! Something that drives me to a ministry more than anything is the ministry’s ability to show faces of congregation members and their families enjoying a service or how a ministry is impacting and serving in the community. Can you imagine the impact a great photo could have? It would tell the relief a family has because your church gave selflessly at a Fall Feed the Homeless drive. It could show that moment of joy after a baptism. And it should reveal what worship looks like on Sunday morning as congregation members praise God in service. All of these…
 
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  • He Has Loved You Too Much to Cease Loving You

    Mark Wilson
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Be persuaded, timid soul, that He has loved you too much to cease loving you. ~ FenelonO The Deep, Deep Love of JesusO the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy loveLeading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the…
  • A Treasure Hunt Every Day

    Mark Wilson
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    What if we viewed each day as a Treasure Hunt?  What if, in our early morning prayers, God revealed little clues leading us to people He treasures -- sort of a Divine Treasure Map?  What if we went forth eagerly to bless, encourage and serve?  What if we went forth boldly, filled with Holy Love?  What if we viewed life as a daily adventure with God rather than a burden to be endured?  What if the chance meetings along the way were really Divine Appointments?Wouldn't that make a difference in how we act and react?  Wouldn't that change our…
  • Playing it Safe

    Mark Wilson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    The Packers beat themselves yesterday.  Green Bay lost the NFC Championship yesterday because they chose to play it safe.   Instead of playing to win, they played not to lose, settling for field goals rather than touchdowns.  They chose to sit on first half points instead of going for broke throughout the entire game.  They attempted to win small by preservation and playing out the clock. Many church leaders do the same thing.Last week, I was in a seminar with John Maxwell and Kevin Myers where they discussed momentum.  They said, if you are not meeting expectations,…
  • Servant of God, Remember

    Mark Wilson
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Servant of God, remember the stream thy soul bedewing (moistened from morning dew);The grace that came upon thee anointing and renewing.The cross dissolves the darkness, and drives away temptation;It calms the wavering spirit by quiet consecration.To God, eternal Father, to Christ, our king, be glory,And to the Holy Spirit, in never ending story.The lyrics of this beautiful hymn, "Servant of God, Remember" (Cultor Dei Memento), was written at the dawn of the 5th Century by Aurelius Clement Prudentius, who, after a distinguished career as a lawyer and judge, retired at age 57 to write sacred…
  • How to Find a Solution to Your Problem

    Mark Wilson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    If you're facing a difficult problem, the following questions mayl help you find the solution:1. Is this a problem - or is it a fact of life?You can do something about problems. You can't do anything about facts of life. If you can't change it, you have a fact of life, not a problem, No need to stew over it.As Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer states,.  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."2. Is this problem really the problem?It is easy to be sidetracked by the…
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  • A La Carte (January 28)

    Tim
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    The “Let Us” In Genesis 1:26 - Here is an interesting answer to the question of whether the “Let us” of Genesis 1:26 is referring to the Trinity. Who Is Jesus? - Westminster Books tends to have the best sales on Christian books. This week they’ve cut prices on books that are great to stock up on so you can give them away. The Benefits of Membership - I have enjoyed all the entries in this series called A Pastor’s Reflections. This entry discusses the benefits of church membership. William Tyndale’s Portrait - Steve Lawson has just finished a new…
  • 13 Ways You Waste Your Money

    Tim
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend—bills that are too high, subscriptions we no longer need, and all of those little money-wasters that eventually add up. And over the years, I’ve collected quite a list of ways that we, and perhaps you, waste money. Here are some of them: The Daily Latte I read quite a few books on personal finance and there is a trend I have noticed in…
  • A La Carte (January 27)

    Tim
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman (one of my top books of 2014) ($3.99); Don’t Stop Believing by Mike Wittmer ($1.99); The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ($2.79); God Is Red by Liao Yiwu ($1.99). As always, the complete list is here: Kindle Book Deals for Christians. If the Lord Marks Iniquity - R.C. Sproul: “The Psalmist asked the question: ‘If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?’ This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.” But God - “Revel in these two…
  • What Does It Mean to Say a Bible Translation Is Faithful?

    Tim
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    by E. Ray Clendenen Although not as versatile as some words (such as run), the word faithful can mean different things in different contexts. It can refer to “loyalty,” the quality of always acting in the best interests of someone else. It can also refer to “consistency” or “predictability,” always acting according to certain principles or in a certain manner (like the Yellowstone geyser, Old Faithful). Or it can refer to “strength,” “stability,” and “reliability,” as exemplified by a foundation, a bridge, or a person like “Stonewall” Jackson. …
  • The App of God

    Tim
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    The Bible is not a book. I know we talk about the Bible as if it is a book. I know we praise God for giving us his book. I know we tend to buy our Bibles from book stores. But it’s not a book. Not really. We’ve confused the nature of the thing with its form. The Bible is a collection. It is a collection of all that God meant to communicate to us through inerrant and infallible words. The apostle Peter describes it well: “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). God spoke,…
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  • The Great Commission as a Means of Grace

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    We can only go so deep with Jesus until we start yearning to reach out. When our life in him is healthy and vibrant, we not only ache to keep sinking our roots down deep in him, but also to stretch our branches out and extend his goodness to others. But not only does going deep with Jesus soon lead us to reach out to others, but also reaching out sends us deeper with him. In other words, getting on board with Jesus’s mission to disciple the nations may be the very thing he uses to push through your spiritual slump and jumpstart your stalled sanctification. One veteran pastor writes, Often I…
  • My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few days ago, my husband and I flew to San Diego, my favorite city to visit. I was sitting in the row behind him, almost giddy from excitement, eager for a reprieve from the stress that had plagued me for the last two weeks. I was beside a woman who was speaking rather loudly on her phone about her friend who was pregnant again. She obnoxiously retorted that her friend’s husband tells her she’s most beautiful when she’s pregnant, “Probably just to get more kids out of her,” she quipped. I kept eavesdropping for a while until I looked over and saw that the woman on the phone was…
  • Do You Love God?

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Bible makes promises to those who love God. But how do we know if we do? In this lab, John Piper digs into the relationship between saving faith and loving God. He goes on to show why and how God works all things for good for those who love him.Watch Now
  • May Jesus’s Name Be Known Through Me

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Jesus came on mission, lived on mission, died on mission, and left his disciples — including all of us who follow him today — on mission. Conversion is about commission, not just salvation, because we’re not saved to be saved, but saved to be sent. Redemption is a life-saving rescue, but it also involves a profound rewiring and repurposing. We are saved to go out into the world for the glory of our Jesus — to make him known as our Lord, Savior, and greatest Treasure. How is that mission accomplished? What plan did Jesus bring to make himself known in the world? Well, it began with a…
  • But God

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4–5) “But God.” These two words are overflowing with gospel. For sinners like you and me who were lost and completely unable to save ourselves from our dead-set rebellion against God, there may not be two more hopeful words that we could utter. Once we were dead to any real love for God at all, buried under the compounding and disorienting blindness of our sins (Ephesians 2:1), but God.
 
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    Todd Rhoades

  • You Know Equipping is Important. Why Aren’t You Doing It?

    Todd Rhoades
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    Many churches; and many leaders do a poor job at Equipping. Here are three reasons why…Click To Tweet Let’s cut to the chase… we all know that a big part of our jobs on a church staff is equipping… preparing people to do actual ministry; to grow stronger in their commitment to Christ, and in the leadership abilities in the church. But many churches; and many leaders to a poor job at this. Eric Geiger suggests three reasons as to why this happens. Before you read the reasons… ask yourself how you’re doing in the area of equipping.  If you would say…
  • GREAT IDEA: Church Commits to 21 Day Financial Fast

    Todd Rhoades
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    Here’s a great idea you can use in your church.  Pastor Bryan Carter from Concord Church in Dallas has challenged his congregation to a 21-Day Financial Fast.  Here’s what it includes: Spend money only on necessities No credit cards (cash only) No entertainment (except what you do at home for free!) No shopping Here is a great video interview featuring Pastor Bryan and a member of his congregation on their experience thus far… Here is what Bryan is teaching throughout the month.  He calls it “Money 101″: Pay your bills on time Live within your means Save for…
  • How Fast Should Church Leaders Reply to Email?

    Todd Rhoades
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    How fast should church leaders respond to email?Click To Tweet If you’re like most church leaders, you probably constantly struggle with a full email in-box. Some email is necessary, to be sure. But many times, it gets overwhelming. Too many people want a piece of your day… and email is the perfect way to demand at least a piece of your time and attention. But how long should it take you to reply to email? The HR Capitalist gives some suggestions: 1.  They suggest the right amount of time is 4-5 hours to respond.  Their reasoning:  if you reply too quickly, people will think…
  • Five Things You Should Read This Week…

    Todd Rhoades
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are five stories you need to know as you serve in ministry this weekClick To Tweet Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing. Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition: Stable Income Is Key to Stable Families Researchers argue that while some have tried to link shifting family dynamics with a loss in financial stability and job opportunities, they cite a number of studies that demonstrate that job stability is often connected with stable families. One study found…
  • The real test of pastoral integrity…

    Todd Rhoades
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested. My guess is that, while you’ve never thought about it, the dentist might be a huge test of integrity for most all of us… OK… so your integrity may not be challenged the next time you visit the dentist. But it MAY be challenged at your next elder meeting. Or staff meeting. You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested.Click To Tweet Or the next time you open your laptop. Or while you speak on Sunday. What physical location is a huge test for YOUR integrity? Do you know where…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • The Secret to Sustainable Success

    webteam
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Everyone wants to know the secret to success. But, when we talk about bearing fruit and leading fulfilling lives, we’re not talking about quick hits and short-term gains. So how do we actually find success that lasts?
  • Why what you’re doing right now may not be worthwhile

    webteam
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Our lives are overwhelmed with possibilities. And we’d like to think that priorities and productivity go hand in hand. But how do we remain faithful through our frustrations, when the work we’re putting in isn’t yielding the results we’re hoping for?
  • Elevation Creative: Life’s A Beat

    webteam
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Repeating the same positive pattern everyday has more power than we might think. In this opening element from week 2 of our series The Power of Same, we take a creative look at what progress looks like when we get in the rhythm of a new routine.
  • The Pattern Behind Every Problem In Our Lives

    webteam
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Many of us believe that our problems are a result of life’s randomness, but in reality, our lives all have similar patterns. How do we determine the patterns that dictate the direction of our lives – and is it possible to change them?
  • The Greatest Catalyst for Change In Your Life

    webteam
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    We live in a world of what’s new and what’s next – but, when it comes to living a life of purpose and progress, sameness can be underrated. Discover why the greatest catalyst for change can often be found in the most mundane routine.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Jesus the Evangelist: what his encounter with Nicodemus can teach us

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    I just have one bit of unfinished business left from 2014. Here is a sermon I preached towards the end of the year, notes follow the video. After this, I will be on a fast from social media of all forms until the end of the month. Sometimes it is good to pull back from [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Top Posts during 2014

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    In my last post I reviewed this year’s blogging.  Now I want to share the articles that have been most popular on my site in the last twelve months. Many of these posts were written in previous years and thanks presumably to google continue to show remarkable levels of traffic. I plan on taking a break [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The best and the worst of 2014

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    It is hard to believe that 2014 is about to draw to an end. It is good for us to turn to a few days of reflection on what has been, of gratitude to God for his faithfulness, of expressing our regrets, and of giving voice to our hopes for 2015. The year on this [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Merry Christmas

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    As I write this it is just past midnight. The breakfast table is laid. The potatoes are pealed. We are just about to lay the presents out around and on the tree. And we wait for the kids to all be soundly asleep so “Father Christmas” can do his rounds. It is Christmas Day for [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The tragic end of the head and shoulders king

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    1 Samuel 31 contains Saul’s final act. The irony is clear. The man who towered head and shoulders over his contemporaries (1 Sam 9:2) is quite literally cut down to size as his head is removed from his shoulders. The regal first king of Israel is killed and his body is shamefully violated. His line [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • The Darkest Places

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    At Soma School a few years back I got to know Chris Thomas. I resonated with Chris' personal story, his family's situation, his dedication to ministry, and his willingness to sacrifice to be a missionary where he lived. Soma and TGC have put out a video and article called "Dope Church." It's well worth your time. Here's a blurb. Go to TGC to read the rest.Cherie sits on a bed and speaks life into Bill and his girlfriend, Katie, while they eat turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce. A motel room is a really weird place for a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an even stranger setting for a…
  • Elijah Update 1.21.15

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Previous Updates:  First, Second, Third, Fourth.Yesterday we took Elijah back to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago to meet with their rheumatologist at the request of the two main pediatricians there who have been working with Elijah and who have thus far not figured out why he has fluid in his hip.It was rather revealing, though there is no clear diagnosis yet. What we learned we feel finally gives us some solid direction and seems to finally make some sense out of his current symptoms as well as previous problems. Before Rheumatologist -…
  • Elijah Update - Tuesday

    Steve McCoy
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Wanted to get an update up Monday after arriving home, but just didn't find the time. Here's where things are with our 14 year old son. Check out previous posts for a full day-by-day: First post, Saturday update, and Sunday update. Getting Home - We got home midday Monday and immediately discovered we were driving on an almost completely flat tire. A large screw was in our rear left tire and I had to head right back out and add air then make an appointment to fix the tire while Molly napped yesterday. A flat tire after a long drive leads to scary what-could-have-happened thoughts! God in…
  • Elijah Update - Sunday

    Steve McCoy
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Good news this morning. Elijah, barring things getting worse in the next 24 hours, is going home tomorrow. It's still a mystery what exactly is wrong. The growth in the culture from his hip is strange. It should only happen in someone with artificial medical things in his body. So they think it must be contamination. But that doesn't change the problem he's having in the first place. New MRIs and other tests show nothing concerning infection, bone issues, etc.The doctor this morning wants him to see a rheumatologist. It won't happen until after we've left and are done here, but it's probably…
  • Elijah Update - Saturday (1/10)

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    I'm writing this on a public, hospital computer, so forgive any issues with the post. The system isn't letting me update the previous post so it's easier just to add a new one. Elijah has now been given at least one more night here, and maybe a few more. Still up in the air.E is leaving with Molly by ambulance (sans sirens) to Lurie Children's Hospital today for another set of MRIs. More blood tests are being done as we speak. The fluid culture from his hip is in process and something is growing in it. That means there's something that's in the fluid and the tests should reveal…
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    Worship Matters

  • Tim Chester Reflects on WorshipGod UK

    Bob Kauflin
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    I first met Tim Chester a few years ago at the Word Alive conference in Wales. Since then he’s become a good friend, and I’ve even written a song with him. Tim is one of the humblest, kindest, most prolific authors I know. He was with us for WorshipGodUK last year and I’m thrilled he’ll be joining us in Bath for WorshipGod UK, 7-9 May, 2015, to speak in a breakout session on “Cultivating a Fruitful Life in the Word.” He took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his involvement in the conference. 1. What is your history of leading in the…
  • Interview with Matt Searles

    Bob Kauflin
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    I met Matt Searles via email a few years ago after hearing his album, Now and Not Yet, acoustic renditions of various Psalms. It was biblical, singable, and moving. Since then he’s also recorded From the River to the Ends of the Earth, another collection of Psalms, only this time with a full band. I was delighted to meet Matt in person at WorshipGod UK last year, and since then have hosted him in my home in Louisville, KY. He’ll be joining us again for WorshipGod UK, 7th-9th May, in Bath. Matt will be teaching a seminar at the conference entitled Shaped by the Psalms. He…
  • My Favorite Books of 2014

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    At the end of each year I look forward to hearing what books people enjoyed over the past 12 months. My good friend Jeff Purswell posted a great list for pastors at the Sovereign Grace website, although anyone could benefit from them. I also appreciated these lists from Kevin DeYoung and Tony Reinke. I read fewer books than I had hoped to in 2014 but these three stood out. 1. Job: The Wisdom of the Cross – Christopher Ash In recent years I’ve intentionally read through Job 5 or 6 times each year, making notes as I go. I’ve learned a great deal about suffering, about…
  • From the Archives: Sentimentalizing, Sanitizing, and Spiritualizing Christmas

    Bob Kauflin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image Courtesy of Shutterstock It’s difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the significance of the Incarnation. Writers, philosophers, poets, and composers through the centuries have searched in vain for words that adequately capture the wonder, mystery, beauty, and power of Jesus as Emmanuel, God with us. The miracle and meaning of the Incarnation can be so difficult to grasp that we can give up and start to view Christmas in ways that leave us impoverished and unimpressed with the real story. Even in the church our songs and reflections about about Christmas can fail to leave…
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Studio Sessions]

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    Here’s the fifth installment of studio session videos from our Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has a rich and varied history. The tune originated somewhere in 15th century France, while the lyrics have their origins in the centuries old O Antiphons, sung or recited by some Catholics and Anglicans at Vespers from December 17 to December 23. Each verse of the carol focuses on a different title for Christ. Depending on which version you sing, we hail Christ as Emmanuel, Rod of Jesse, Dayspring, Key of David, Desire of Nations, Wisdom, and Lord of…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Writer's Block

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Neglecting my blog I've sort of had writer's block. Working hard during the holidays .... sermons, lessons, visiting, family, and other priorities .... My hope for 2015 is to do better with what God's given me. How about you? So if you don't see me blog it isn't because I don't like communicating its because there is so much to do. Let's get busy doing the life of living for Jesus.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • New Sermon Series starts this Sunday

    7 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
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  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    My friend, Mike Lynn, is posting everyday in November ...things he is thankful for.Here is my list:I thankful for:1. My wife, Valerie, ... 17 plus years of putting up with my antics and through the UPs and DOWNs of life ... we get to go through this journey together.2. My daughter, Kendra. Your compassionate and loving spirit is catchy. Never give up.3. My daughter, Nicole. You inspire me knowing you are trying new things and amaze me by your walk with Jesus.4. My son, Brian. You amaze me. From your imagination and willingness to learn. Always be a life long learner.5. My Family in Canada.
  • Pray for the Persecuted Church

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The persecuted church or the underground church needs our prayers. I had a recent disagreement with someone who tried to say the "Churches in Houston" were being persecuted because a mayor asked for their sermons. This is a far cry from what is happening in the church across the world. The persecuted church needs our prayers. According to Release International (Source The Lookout Nov. 2, 2014 pg. 4 "Prosecuted and Persecuted" Dr. Barry Thornton)"More Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all previous centuries combined.About 170 000 Christians are martyred for their faith…
  • Now Caitlin Can ...

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Now Caitlin Can is a book about a little girl that gets a new lease on life through the generous donation of a kidney. This small children's book illustrates the need and reason why people should donate organs. This book also holds a special place for me. I do not know the author personally but do know the family that donated. The young teenage boy's father and I had worked together in Maryland. Currently he is the Chaplain at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.This book illustrated the need for compassion, and giving even in the midst of tragedy. I had recently lent this book to a…
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    First, we’ll look at what PARSE readers are seeing today, and then we’ll add a few bonus links: Work Out Your Salvation in Fear and Publishing – Philip Yancey sits down with World Magazine: “I tell people I write my books for myself, and that’s true. I grew up in an unhealthy church. I’ve talked about that very openly in my books. It was almost a toxic church. I went through a period of time where I threw out that whole church background because I realized there were some things they had lied to me about… [W]hen I started writing, I realized I had the…
  • Dr. David Jeremiah: King of Mailing List Abuse

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    “Please, make it stop; make it go away…” I have no doctrinal issues with David Jeremiah. Although his radio and television programs are not broadcast at times I can listen or watch, as far as I know he is very mainstream Evangelical. His fundraising mailings however are relentless. If you are the type of person who really enjoys getting snail mail, this is the mailing list for you. As a family member told me last week, “I got another one from D.J.;” she has now stopped using the name since understanding is implicit, “That’s three this week.” She…
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Churches is Difficult to Read

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday at Christianity 201, instead of using an excerpt from a book, I drew the day’s thoughts from a table of contents. I wasn’t given a review edition of the book anyway and was using a borrowed copy, and second, I had not looked at the individual chapters at that point. The table of contents is impressive supported our theme verse for the day Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the…
  • Sweet Dreams are Made of This

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Anyone who keeps up with developments in world missions has heard stories of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ after a revelation in a dream. I can’t take the time here to document this, but there have been many articles and at least one DVD documentary, More Than Dreams. These stories are rather personal to me, because as a 7-year old, my initial stirrings of faith began after waking from a dream that clearly spoke to me that in terms of the lessons presented in Sunday School, a Christian retreat center we visited each year, and other contacts with scripture, I was not prepared.
  • Weekend Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Carlos Whittaker explaining technology to Pete Wilson: In order to highlight that the links are now on PARSE on Saturdays, I’m running the latest list here. Remember that these are especially keyed for pastors and church leaders, but I try widen that focus a little with things of interest to all of us. Feedback from Thinking Out Loud readers is always welcomed.  The decision to move to Saturday was made by CT, but we’re now in direct competition with our friends at Saturday Ramblings at Internet Monk, where you’ll also find a great summary of the week in religious news; and…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “Come and See” Lectionary Lesson from John 1:43-51

    Stephanie Fernandez
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on John 1:43-51 when Jesus begins calling his disciples. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel Reading – John 1:43-51. Opening Activity – Come and See – Leading the Blind Supplies – blindfolds, classroom furniture or found objects Before class set up a maze in the classroom using tables, chairs, trashcans, cones, etc., leading from the door to the…
  • Missions Education & Kids: The Ends of the Earth Means Everyone!

    Kristin Schmidt
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    There is a lot in today’s world that competes for attention and time with kids (and adults!). We are occupied (sometimes overly so) with practices, work, homework, lessons, meetings, scheduling… not to mention the essential and mandatory time needed for shopping, playing, and watching TV. With this in mind, it can be easy to grow wrapped up in our own little bubbles of being, stuck amidst obligations and worries or lost in the drama of daily life. However, we are perpetuating a dangerous trend if we fail to communicate to children the importance of the Gospel’s global message.
  • Blacklight Bible Object Lesson-Do You See Any Sin?

    Mimi Bullock
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Until recently, black lights in my ministry were only used a few times year, mostly when the youth were doing their annual rendition of “Arise My Love” for Easter, complete with white gloves. The other day, I was looking for an item I could use to help kids understand the concept of “hidden sins.” The verse Proverbs 28:13 that says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy,” had really been probing my heart personally and I felt impressed to share it with my kids. Then I found the black light!
  • Lesson: Jesus Dedication in the Temple – Luke 2:22-40

    Kristin Schmidt
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Often the excitement of the Nativity story centers around the typical manger scene images: shepherds, angels, Mary and Joseph…somehow we skip from that to the remainder of Christ’s life and neglect some of the significant details. This lesson focuses on the dedication of Jesus in the temple, and the excitement of Simeon and Anna as they meet the Savior. Lesson focus: From the beginning God had prepared a special path for the life of Jesus; He has a plan and purpose for our lives, too! Passage: Luke 2:22-40 Target Audience: Elementary school (adaptable older/younger) Materials Needed:…
  • Printable Bible Verse Valentine Cards

    Felicia Mollohan
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    I wanted to be able to give my students a valentine that would be meaningful. I also try to take every opportunity to have them read the Bible. So I created these printable Bible Verse Valentine cards as an answer to my problem. I thought some of you might be able to use them as well for your students. Just print them out on card stock, sign your name on the back, and give them to your students as a sign that you care for them. Click here to download Let’s spread the love of Jesus around to our students this Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss these other resources about Love from…
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    Matthew Starner

  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

    Matthew Starner
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A few months ago, I spent some time with another worship leader here in Grand Rapids evaluating our worship song libraries. I revamped my library in Planning Center a couple years ago, but it was due for a revision. There were categories were missing, categories that needed to be split up, and songs that needed to be reevaluated. I recently read through Constance Cherry’s “Selecting Songs for Worship” and used some of her criteria to come up with categories. I use the categories not only to find songs in the library each week, but to evaluate songs as they’re added…
  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
 
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    Man of Depravity

  • Will I Write Another Book?

    Tyler
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Ever since releasing my first traditionally published book with Moody back in August 2012, the number one question asked of me and my writing is, “Are you going to write another book?” It’s an interesting question because authors don’t simply choose to write a book or not, there’s plenty of other factors involved in publishing a book with a reputable organization. The short answer to the question is simple: yes, someday I hope to write another book. But not right now. Behind the answer are two complex reasons. 1. Sales matter. Good books don’t always sell…
  • This Good Friday World

    Tyler
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Revelation 22:2 “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Christian theology gets warped when the focus of God’s primary dwelling place is heaven, not earth. When Christians see their ultimate goal as being with God up in the clouds, they become escapists who ignore the importance of the physical earth in God’s plan of salvation and redemption. John’s writing in Revelation is from the perspective of someone on earth, and he is being given a vision of the new Jerusalem, the place where God will dwell with His people, the new heaven, and it…
  • Up In Flames

    Tyler
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last Friday afternoon a guy from church called me frantically asking if our church building was on fire. I was confused. “Of course not,” I thought. But I, of course, was not at the building either. A few phone calls later it was confirmed that a small fire had started. Didn’t sound too bad. I arrived 45 minutes later to smoke pouring out of every open window in the entire building. So much for small fire. As I later learned, most often a fire causes its damage through smoke, not flame. No one was hurt, or even in danger of being hurt. The fire crews saved the sanctuary from…
  • On Being “Real” Online (a note to high maintenance online over-sharers)

    Tyler
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Your feeds of full of them. The guy who sits in the back of pews of your church, never sharing a word, but whose Facebook feed is full of rants and frustrations about life. The family member you see twice a decade that you can’t unfollow, but who only shares about their latest setback in a way that makes you roll your eyes. The power of the internet is its ability to give space for people to say “me too.” It’s what led to the insane growth of social networks online. Someone else is going through your struggle. Someone else can’t see past their shame, similar to…
  • Best of 2014

    Tyler
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    As a parent of one and soon to be two, 2014 has been a year of limits. Being a parent limits my free time. I no longer have time to watch bad tv shows, or read bad books, or watch bad movies. Most often I don’t even have time for the good ones. If something isn’t connecting with me I move on quickly. But the ones that connect I come back to over and over again. In light of that… Here’s a short top three list of my favorite things from the past year: Books Bonhoeffer: Read this on vacation in March. Longest book I’ve ever read. Continually inspired by the faithful…
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • 4:13 “I CAN” (1)

    paulwnewell
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession…
  • 4:13 “Moments”

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession…
  • Christmas In A Box: 2014-2015 Testimony Service

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession…
  • Christmas in Box: ChristmasEve, Appreciation

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession…
  • Christmas in a Box: Evangelism

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • 21 Days That Will Make A Difference

    Kevin Campbell
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
      We got off to a great start on the first Sunday of the NEW YEAR at Elevate Church! We are believing God to do great things and want to start today and set aside 21 Days to commit this year to the Lord. If you will join us and would like some prayer & fasting resources let me know here. What ONE area do you need breakthrough this year? Health, career, finances, habits, relationships, etc. David said, “this ONE thing I seek” – Psalm 27:4 Paul said “this ONE thing I do” – Philippians 3:13 Jesus said, “few things are needed, indeed only…
  • THANK YOU To Our Elevate Family

    Kevin Campbell
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To Our Elevate Family: Our family wants to say THANK YOU for being a part of this journey with us. We hope you had an incredible Christmas Season and we look forward to 2015 with YOU! We are grateful you are a part of our lives and to be on this journey together. We truly believe the best is yet to come and 2015 is going to be a breakthrough year for all of us! Believing 2015 is going to be your best year! In This Together, Pastor Kevin & Susan   Here are a few important reminders to close out this year: 1) NO Service tomorrow (December 28th): We had an incredible Christmas…
  • How To Make A Difference This Christmas Season

    Kevin Campbell
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Making A Difference This Christmas Season I love this time of year – holiday parties, Christmas trees, hot chocolate and the spirit of generosity that seems to swell up in our society. There’s something about peace on earth and goodwill towards men that makes us think about other people a little more than usual. I’m inviting everyone connected to Elevate Church to take part in our annual year-end gift offering. This is the time of year where we put feet to our faith – where we show our community and world the love of Jesus. The idea is that as we buy gifts for other people, we want…
  • Christmas EVE Service: A Night of Hope & Joy

    Kevin Campbell
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    We invite you and your family to our Community Christmas Eve Service this coming Wednesday at 5pm. Christmas is a GREAT time to invite family and friends to church. People are in search for hope and we have the answer! Let’s share it with others this Christmas Season. Luke 2:10 says, “I bring you GOOD NEWS that will bring great JOY for ALL people.” Please do TWO Things over the next few days as we bring this GOOD NEWS to ALL people: 1) Help Spread the WORD. It is Good News for ALL to hear! Help spread the word in a few ways: - Send an email to friends. You can share the…
  • The Struggle Of Our Own Voice

    Kevin Campbell
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Sunday at Elevate Church we continued our series called VOICES. The hardest voice to overcome is not even the outside voices as much as it the voices in my own head. Watch this message to find out three things our own voice tells us and how to overcome to embrace the Voice of God: My Own Voice from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: The ONE VOICE That Matters Most VIDEO: What Voice Matters Most VOICES: How To Listen To The One That Matters Most
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Damaris discussion resources for Exodus and Unbroken

    siskin
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    The Damaris team offers resources for two new films; Exodus Gods and Kings and Unbroken. These provide a great opportunity for groups of churches to get together around a purpose, share the social experience of going out to a cinema and then enjoy some food and some insight and discussion from their Leaders/Discussion Guide. Exodus: Gods and Kings brings the story of the exodus to the big screen as never before. The film is a wonderful example of art inspired by the Bible. Ridley Scott draws us into the mind and heart of Moses in a way that will challenge and inspire audiences; and the free…
  • Mobile evangelism: Indigitous digital conference in Bangalore, consultation in Europe

    siskin
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    An Indigitous digital evangelism conference is coming to Bangalore on February 13-15, 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for any follower of Jesus who has an interest in digital technology. As far as I am aware, it will be just about the first training conference on digital ministry anywhere in India, by anyone. Previous Indigitous training sessions have been held in East Asia, various African capitals, and Europe. Indigitous is a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. Their conferences offer the opportunity to learn new digital strategies, network…
  • A new (to me) Christmas folk story from Germany and Ukraine. About spiders!

    siskin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Out in a small town the other day, I stumbled upon a one-day Christmas market, and some hand-crafted glass jewelry caught my eye. Or, more specifically, beautiful hand-made spiders about 3 inches/8cms high, sitting over the other jewelry on display. I chose a spider for one of our daughters, and then the jewelry maker suddenly said, “I nearly forgot, I must give you the story about these,” and handed me a printed sheet called ‘The Legend of the Christmas Spider’. This is a folk tale from Germany and Ukraine, I don’t recall ever hearing this story before. Or, to…
  • Reaching hurting people with a Facebook community group

    siskin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Guest blog post by the TruthMedia.com team One of our ministry goals is to make sure that we create relevant and responsive content. This includes creating articles, videos – even something as seemingly simple as social media posts – that are so engaging that our readers are just compelled to respond! Lately, we’ve been working on our Facebook page for our newest evangelistic strategy called Issues I Face. In that group, we’ve been sharing stories, links, and images and inviting the social media world to engage in conversation with a mentor. We’d like to share…
  • Amazing mobile phones and the next billion Internet users

    siskin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Memorably, the first spoken words in the first movie with a (partially) synchronized soundtrack were, “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” (in The Jazz Singer). In the world of digital phones access especially in the Majority World, we have barely seen anything yet! Did I ever mention this before? This very significant article in Time Magazine shows just how strategic mobiles will be: Why the Internet’s Next Billion Users Will Be Mobile-Only. Implications Any mission agency, any national church, any ministry, especially in the Majority…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 7 Characteristics of Good Employees

    Brad Lomenick
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Here you go, 7 keys on Monday to help you be a better employee, partner, or peer to others in your organization. 1. write everything down- never show up to a meeting without something to write with and something to write on. And write it down. Everything. Otherwise you’ll forget. I don’t care who you are. 2. honor people’s time- show up early and finish on time. Actually finish early if at all possible. 3. come with solutions, not just ideas- this is crucial. move towards completion, not away from it. 4. learn how to anticipate- always be one step ahead. Do something every…
  • 20 Characteristics of an ALL IN Leader

    Brad Lomenick
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Are you a leader who is “ALL IN?” I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are “all in.” Being ALL IN as a leader means: 1. You don’t constantly look at the clock, and you’re not punching a time card. Your role is not defined by 9 – 5. 2. You get it done no matter how long it takes. You are “managerless,” meaning no one else has to worry about whether you are getting it done. 3. You realize you…
  • Young Influencers List, December edition

    Brad Lomenick
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Here you go, the December edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s episodes here. 1. Jordan Wagner- LA based filmmaker, entrepreneur, speaker, and co-founder and CEO of Generosity.Org. 2. Jesse Draper- former Nickelodeon star, and current creator and host of the “Valley Girl Show,” getting to interview tech titans like Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, Mark Cuban, and Eric Schmidt from Google. 3. Sharon Irving- Chicago native singer, songwriter, spoken word poet, fashion curator and overall melody maker. 4. Jonathan Huang- Northern California…
  • 17 Organizations I Recommend for a Year-End Donation

    Brad Lomenick
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Okay, I wanted to recommend a few organizations that I think are worth a year end gift/donation. All of these organizations are ones that I’m invested in- both in terms of giving gifts and supporting them, as well as knowing the staff and the people behind these organizations. So as you think about year-end giving, I would recommend any of these organizations as a great place to invest. 1. Red Eye Inc. my friend Justin Mayo heads up this “under the radar” community of young influencers and creatives in some of the leading global cities (LA, NYC, Sydney, London) that are…
  • 9 Things to Consider when Hiring Someone New on Your Team

    Brad Lomenick
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    1. Hire slow and fire fast. Many organizations are just the opposite, hiring fast and firing slow. 2. Look for heart and hands, not just mind and spirit. 3. Culture is key. As the leader, do you want to hang out with them? Hire people you want to be friends with. Should they be on the bus? Not necessarily what seat yet, but just figuring out if being on the bus is a good idea. 4. Don’t just interview them. “intern” them. This has been the system at Catalyst over the years. 5. Hire a doer, not just a talker. Lots of folks can wow you with their words. The question is can…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 108: How to understand Jesus’ sacrifice — Part 1

    Jen Pardo
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    In this episode, we focus on what the Creed says about Jesus’ sacrifice. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we talk about the Rite of Reception and the Rite of Confirmation. Finally, Nick and Diana will revisit a listener … Continue reading →
  • Is your parish too small for RCIA?

    Nick Wagner
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    “Your ideas sound great for big city parishes, but I come from a small rural parish. Our parish doesn’t have any activities.” Jane was responding to a point I made last year at one of TeamRCIA’s Making Disciples institutes. I … Continue reading →
  • What should RCIA teams ask of parishioners?

    Nick Wagner
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    In a previous post, I asked why it was important to involve the whole parish in the RCIA. If we are clear on the why, the what becomes more clear. What are we asking the parish to do, exactly, when … Continue reading →
  • Episode 107: How the church came to know Mary the mother of God

    Jen Pardo
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    In this episode, we look at how the church’s understanding of and teaching about the Virgin Mary evolved over the centuries. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we look at the adaptations we have to make to the Mass … Continue reading →
  • Episode 106: The two things RCIA catechumens need to know about the Incarnation

    Jen Pardo
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nick and Diana continue their exploration of the Creed by focusing on two key phrases about Jesus. In “Did you know?” segment, they discuss the best time to receive Christians into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Finally, they … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

    Brandon
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big day arrived, our minds were a little blown away by the response. God showed up in a powerful way! Here’s what my mind has been processing since we left the theater… God I have to point out up front something I repeat often when people are expressing gratitude for how well things went: “We blame the good stuff on…
  • 48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 24, 2015

    Brandon
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Great Links and Articles How to Get our Church to Embrace the Vision, by Shawn Lovejoy 13 Practical Leadership Tips from 10 Years of Managing People, by Alex McClafferty How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You, by Kenny Luck 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year, by Michael Hyatt The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively, by Neil Patel Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions, by Brent Gleeson What Every Pastor Needs To Know About Their Church Website, By Steve Fogg Keeping Church for the Unchurched, by Andy Stanley 3 Strikes…
  • 5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it’s closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church’s earliest missionaries. Because of my love for leadership, I read too many articles about it each week. One of my absolute favorites recently was The 8 Top Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs, from Forbes Magazine. The last three would apply to business entrepreneurs but not necessarily pastoral leaders and church planters. But the first five were gold… They’re not afraid to make…
  • The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    I’ve decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be something else to read, someone else with whom to connect, and more to write. Especially now. I’ve managed to boil my own approach to this new content-driven, socially-connected age down to three big questions. These three questions determine what I do the whole time I’m “working,” which…
  • Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

    Tim Stevens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two years, what will it take?” This is what I shared: Some of you won’t have as much access to the senior leader. This has to be okay with you. Are you more committed to maintaining the tight-knit staff size and your proximity to the pastor or CEO? Or are you more committed to the organization growing? Some of you…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Help! My Listeners Aren’t Satisfied! #2

    Peter Mead
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 pm
    We need to recognize “over-blurt” and “misdirected fire,” but what else can we do when we have dissatisfied listeners? 3. Remember Your Audience of One.  The fact that we answer to God in no way excuses bad preaching, or remaining oblivious to helpful critique, but it may protect us from more sinister attacks.  Remember that every sermon you ever preach could have been better, and that God is both understanding and forgiving of human weakness and frailty. With that critical caveat in place, then we need to ask whether we could stand before God and give an account for the way we…
  • Help! My Listeners Aren’t Satisfied!

    Peter Mead
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Preaching is a complex ministry. Consider the issue of listener satisfaction. If listeners aren’t satisfied, it could be a good sign, or it could be a bad sign.  In the same way, happy listeners may mean something is wrong. So what to do?  How can we navigate the issue of listener satisfaction?  What should it mean for our preaching?  What should it mean for our hearts? Here are 10 thoughts to ponder: 1. Recognize “over-blurt” – Many folks in churches struggle to express negative thoughts effectively.  Perhaps it is because they never do it (unlikely), or perhaps it is because…
  • 10 Pointers for Young Preachers

    Peter Mead
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    This post was offered last week as a guest post on Randal Pelton’s site, www.peltononpreaching.com I am way too young to be called a sage, but I don’t get called young any more either. So while there is better advice to be found, here are some pointers from me for young preachers: Get to know God. Never settle for knowing about God. Make it your life’s greatest ambition to really know and love the God who loves you. Be a Bible person, not an issue person. It is tempting to let certain issues define your ministry, but these will shift over the years. Instead of choosing a pet…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #5

    Peter Mead
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    This is the last of our five radars we should be prayerfully collecting as preachers.  They are early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  There are probably many more, but hopefully these five will prompt us to pray and help us to grow.   So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, a resistance radar, and an obfuscation radar.  How about one more where we are likely to have blind spots? Radar 5. Rationalizing Radar (in your personal application) Before we preach to others, we must first be on the receiving end of God’s transformative work…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #4

    Peter Mead
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    This week we are collecting radar equipment.  Better, we are compiling a wishlist to bring before God and ask Him to develop in us as we grow as preachers.  Early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, and a resistance radar.  How about one regarding our own delivery? Radar 4. Obfuscation Radar (in your delivery) “def. to make something confusing or difficult to understand.”  Most preachers don’t do this on purpose.  In fact, most preachers’ sermons make good sense to the preacher.  But…
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    samluce.com

  • Two Questions that change how you see everything

    samluce
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    This past week I was at CPC a conference for Kids Pastors put on by INCM. One of the speakers was Charles Lee found of theideation.com In the breakout I attended he was talking about clarifying your brand. Towards the end of his breakout he said that in our brand management and in our lives we have to ask ourselves two questions. What matters most? What is enough? Charles said that if you value something you need to spend time on it. This is something that is so important in our lives. If we are not intentional with our time as parents, leaders and followers of Christ we will lose it. The…
  • Sola Scriptura in Kids and Youth Ministry

    samluce
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    I do believe that some people die and go heaven and come back again. I also believe that some people make things up or embellish their stories to gain influence and credibility. Recently this has come to light. Through an open letter from one of the children who supposedly died and went to heaven. This brief letter is thoughtful and profound. It’s God exulting and pushes people back to the authority of scripture. An Open Letter from Alex Malarkey “The boy who came back from heaven” Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did…
  • Death of the 50% myth of marriage.

    samluce
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    50% of marriages end in divorce. Raise your hand if you have never heard that statistic. As far as statistics go it is by far one the most touted, most popular and accepted by everyone as gospel truth. I found an article in the WSJ debunking this stat as a myth. The article was refreshing because it was good news and intriguing because it challenged my assumptions that divorce was increasing. I figured we were in the 60% range headed for the 70%’s. Here’s what the article had to say. About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those…
  • 4 things I want my boys to learn before they start dating

    samluce
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    We teach our kids about sex, we tell them what to avoid. But we don’t teach our kids how to engage in meaningful and eventually lifelong relationships with the opposite sex. We talk about how babies come into the world but fail to give them the practical tips to help them navigate the waters of dating and courtship. As I think about my boys becoming men I want them to know how to treat women in a God honoring way. I want them to see women for who they are and for the means of God’s grace their future mate will be. Before my boys start dating here are 4 things I plan on telling them. Talk…
  • My favorite productivity tools for 2014

    samluce
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I am sort of an app addict. One of my small talk questions is what new apps people are using. I love finding new apps that fit into my life and make it easier. These are few and far between. Most apps I download or use briefly I am iffy about. Those that don’t make a strong impression after a few days use get pushed aside. Here are some of the tools I use regularly that help keep me on track and productive. Producteev – My todo app. Few reasons why I love it. Syncs to the cloud. Apps for iPad, iPhone and my computer. It’s free to use and is collaborate you can assign tasks to other…
 
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  • “Done For You” Social Media: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Imagine if your social media feed was filled with Tim Keller awesomeness? Well, here’s your chance. . . I’m giving away a pack of professionally designed, non-branded, social media network optimized, graphics quote cards. I love Tim Keller wisdom, and want to help you spread some of it across the Twitterverse and more.  Just click on the image below for details.
  • Worrying & Bitterness: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Reminder to F O C U S

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

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

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • NEXT: An unparalleled gathering

    Kenny
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A couple of years ago, the people at Orange asked me to help them rally and champion people who do NextGen/Family ministry. It’s the role I was hired for almost 7 years ago at Gateway. When I took the role, there were only a handful of us around the country, but it seems to be one of the fastest growing roles right now. Right now I have over 300 NextGen/Family pastors on my contact lists and it grows every month. We’re defining the NextGen Pastor as the one person responsible for all age group ministries at a church (at least infants through high school). Every church has one. It…
  • Why?

    Kenny
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When working with kids, we get used to this question. The natural inquisitive nature of kids and teenagers can be refreshing. Okay, maybe the incessant “whys” of a four year old can get a little old. However, I find that as people, we ask this word less often than we should. In the right context, “why” is a powerful tool of evaluation and review that will help your ministry get better over time. Why do you have that policy? Why do you use this curriculum? Why do you have these age groups in this classroom? Why don’t you do this program? Why don’t you say…
  • Reorganizing our Kidmin around a brand

    Kenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote about how we have rebranded our Kidmin here at Gateway. Honestly, we’re only about 30% into our rebrand. A student ministry previously called Uprising and Kid’s Quest has been essentially replaced by the larger brand of NextGen. So far, the transition has gone really well. However, I wanted to explain the thinking behind why we’re branding the way we are. First of all, we wrestled with the brand and communicating our organization for months. I talked to dozens of church leaders and the responses I got were all over the place. So, I don’t think…
  • Winter Camp is HERE!

    Kenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The time has come. In just a few hours, we depart for a weekend we’ll never forget. Seven school buses. Four moving trucks (luggage and supplies). Nearly 100 incredible leaders who will invest in the lives of almost 300 kids/student for four amazing days! To see the crazy stuff we’re doing with our second annual NextGen camp (that’s right, we’re running 3 separate camps for elementary, middle school and high school all at the same time), just follow our hashtag at #gatewaywintercamp on twitter and instagram. Feel free to follow @wintercamp2015 on twitter and…
  • Onboarding Volunteers: Orientation

    Kenny
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s funny how often your policy manual needs to be updated. When I got to Gateway over six years ago, I inherited a policy & procedure manual. I felt that it was about 60% accurate. There was terminology I didn’t like and many procedures that I felt were unnecessary. We gave one to every new volunteer and I would cringe a little every time we’d put it in a new set of hands. However, rebuilding a policy manual is one of my least favorite tasks. It takes forever and no one enjoys it. It’s the easiest thing to procrastinate on, so it ends up getting put off and put…
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    Dave Ingland

  • Evergreen SEO Strategies That Work Every Time

    SaraM
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    SEO Strategies That Will Help You Achieve Top Rankings Search engine optimization is becoming more difficult than ever before as Google becomes more proficient at understanding sentence structure and meaning. Just a few years ago, it was possible to use private label rights articles to generate traffic to your website. It was also possible to use regurgitated content on brand-new websites and rank them because they had the primary keyword in the exact match domain. Unfortunately, things change very quickly on the Internet, especially with search engine algorithms, which is why new SEO…
  • Do You Need a Lawyer for Cyber Sex Crimes?

    Rob C
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Cyber Sex Crimes Laws and Defense Options Hiring a skilled and highly qualified cyber sex crimes lawyer is a definite must if you or someone you know is charged with pornography, cyber sex or other related offense. Sex on the Internet The internet makes it much easier to distribute pornographic materials to those who want it. It is also very easy for sex offenders to befriend teens or young children and persuade them to have cyber sex. But thanks to that very same technology, it is so much easier for law enforcers to catch pedophiles and other sex offenders. Different Kinds of Cyber Sex…
  • Boosting Confidence with SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment

    Rob C
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Which Is Better, SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment? SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment, the difference between the two might confuse you. If you are planning to consider exploring the wonders of science to have slimmer and sexier body, take a second look at these two amazing methods. We cannot deny the fact that the world that we are living in at present can sometimes be harsh and shallow. There are times that we can notice that people are more concerned about the appearance of others instead of how they think and interact. This may be the reason sometimes we tend to become very conscious of how…
  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

    Rob C
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton Don’t Have To Worry You Whenever you find that there is something going on with one of your teeth or even your gums, the last thing you will want to do is wait until it starts to get worse. Waiting will make it so that you will have to look for emergency dental care services. Quality services for dental emergencies in Boca Raton and the surrounding area will help you to know that you have a competent dental staff on hand whenever you might need it. This will mean making sure that you are going with a dental office that is going to give you the best…
  • Sell Your Property Fast with Palm Beach Real Estate Photography

    Rob C
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Palm Beach Real Estate Photography Is A Smart Choice If you are having difficulty selling your property, a top notch Palm Beach real estate photography company is the answer to your problem. In selling real estate properties, potential clients do not want to read about how beautiful or how great a house is. They must be able to see photos to get them really interested in your property. Most buyers do not have the convenience of personally seeing the properties being sold. They just simply rely on the photos of the property and when they are impressed, you can consider it sold. But what if…
 
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  • The All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Is Here and It Is Perfect

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A few months back, we got word that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. Bill Murray even weighed in on it. Now, however, we've got official word that the movie is really happening and, what's more we've got our Ghostbusters. And they are exactly the Ghostbusters we need. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon are exactly who you're gonna call from now on, and that's about as solid a lineup as you're likely to get. Kristen Wiig you definitely know, and you probably know McCarthy too. McKinnon and Jones will be new to people who haven't been…
  • Hollywood Wants Chris Pratt to Be the New Indiana Jones, No Duh.

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Look, this is barely surprising. At this point, it seems weird that Chris Pratt isn't just going to star in every movie. Who would complain? But he seems like a particularly good fit for Indiana Jones, seeing as he channeled such a Harrison Ford vibe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, talks are still early (and we'e heard rumors like this before), so this whole thing is far from certain, but Deadline is confidently reporting that talks are definitely happening and filming could start after Pratt wraps his work on Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Just don't call him junior ...
  • 'Christian Cleavage' Probably Isn't the Problem

    jaysonbradley
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Our talks about modesty break down when we assume the worst of everyone. There was a bit of outrage last week when a prominent Christian blogger published a post entitled “The Problem with Christian Cleavage.” He has since pulled it, edited it and republished it with a different title. It isn’t my intention to beat up the author; I’m sure he had good intentions and was probably surprised at the response. But, in addition to “mansplaining” why women shouldn’t wear certain items of clothing, the post perpetuated some questionable teaching. I mean, he was only saying the same…
  • What We Get Wrong About Sex Trafficking

    lisathompson
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    How sensational, exploitive and sometimes even made up sex trafficking stories threaten to derail efforts to help victims. A gruesome account of sex slavery from Cambodia in 2009 revealed that a girl named Long Pross was trafficked to a brothel where she was subjected to electric shock and savagely had her eye gouged out by her traffickers, ostensibly to ensure her obedience and acquiescence to a life in prostitution. The headline declared: “If this isn’t slavery, what is?” Pross later told her story on Oprah and was featured in the documentary Half the Sky.
  • You Have to Admit, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Does Sound a Lot Like Tom Petty's 'Won't Back Down'

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    As you may have heard, 2014's breakout star Sam Smith has a hit called "Stay With Me" that, yesterday, he was forced to list Tom Petty's name on as a songwriter. That's because, as a few people have noticed, "Stay With Me" bears more than a passing resemblance to Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Generally in these cases, there's a bit of ambiguity—plagiarism accusations rested on songs that share resemblance without being exactly identical. But in this case, it's pretty cut and dry. This YouTube video—which actually came out last year but is getting a lot of buzz following Monday's…
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  • The Extras: Brick By Brick Series

    Jason Bedell
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    As we wrapped up our series yesterday at Forefront, “Brick by Brick,” I wanted to share some side notes & extras. If you missed any of the series, you can head over here to watch/listen/share. Now to the wrap up & extras: Books that were mentioned during the series: Crazy Love, Scary Close, ReJesus, Crazy Busy,  and One Way Love We tend to like the idea/feeling of community, but want it without the baggage. Week 1: “Community Takes Continual Commitment” (Acts 2 and The Early Church) The darkness that lies in the shadows stifles us and keeps us from moving…
  • #adventure over #abandon

    Jason Bedell
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Two situations have happened over the last three weeks. I want to bring them to your attention and why it’s important. Hang with me… Situation #1:  Someone came to our church two Sundays ago for the first time. From the email they sent me, they had obviously been around church culture for awhile and considered themselves a Christian. The email was short, but here is the part that stuck out, “The person next to me smelled like alcohol. It was unbearable. How could true leaders tolerate such things happening???? I will NEVER attend your ‘gathering’ and inform…
  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

    Jason Bedell
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have been out for a couple of weeks and here’s what we know: – They’re bigger – They’re faster – They’re BENDing! (clearly not meant to be a feature) Every news outlet has been covering it. “iPhone 6 is bending in people’s pockets.” “Phone isn’t made to last week.” “I only had it in my front pocket driving and now it’s ruined.” Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media have blown up deeming #bendgate the worst possible thing to happen to Apple and their new flagship…
  • 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)…
 
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  • God’s Story in 66 Verses

    David
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    As a Pastor who has spent the first years of his career with youth I heard two major complaints from my students: 1. The Bible is so big 2. The Bible is so boring And it’s not just young people a lot of people look at the Bible like trying to read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or War & Peace. How do you get through it? How do you begin to tackle it and understand it? Author Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and his latest book, God’s Story in 66 Verses attempts to break the bible down into a single passage from each book of the Bible to…
  • Believe by Randy Frazee

    David
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    When I was in seminary, one of my favorite classes was “systematics” it’s basically “why you believe what you believe….” or more accurately “what it is you actually believe.” When I saw this book BELIEVE by RANDY FRAZEE. It appeared to be a scaled back, more reader-friendly “every day person” systematics text book. Eh. yes and no. The editors of BELIEVE describe it as: “Believe, NIV is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. Each chapter uses short topical…
  • Jesus is the gift of Christmas

    David
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Fruitcake is a very misunderstood dessert. When you eat normal cake you want a “wedge” or a great big “pretty” slice of cake…. hopefully with the big frosting flower on the top. But fruitcake is meant to be sliced the thickness of tissue paper and then served with whipped cream. It’s a very light dessert, but we have a tendency to serve a “slab” of it and then wonder why it’s so filling…and disgusting. And although the lady makes us laugh in the video, she said something pretty profound just before her salt and sugar mix up. She said, “Big things can come…
  • Love Comes Down at Christmas

    David
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    So I wanted to look at this idea of how love became manifest to us. How God became visible and became known to us. And so the first part of that is… The Mystery One Theologian said it like this, “God became that which first became through Him.” Confused? It’s ok. The understanding of how God’s love became manifest is a mystery. I read John 1:14 earlier, here is what it says in our pew Bible The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. You know this is the most wonderful…
  • New Beginnings

    David
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Why do images of family, and love and hearth and home warm us at Christmas time? Why do songs like “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams?” make us get all teary eyed? Because Christmas’ foundation is built on love and family and relationships. The Christmas story starts with a Father sending his son. The Christmas story starts with a newly married couple. The Christmas story starts with a birth announcement. So I wanted to look at the Christmas story in a different place this morning. I want to read the Christmas story found in 1 John chapter 4. In this…
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    Serving Strong

  • First Step In Dealing With Uncertainty

    Scott
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    You know what it’s like. Life and ministry is clipping along just fine. Then, like a thief in the night, you come upon a speed bump in the road. It slows you down. Requires that you think harder. Why harder? Because what you are facing is more than you have faced before. Simply put: you’re […]
  • How To Not Stink At Relationships

    Scott
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Do you struggle making and keeping relationships with people? Do you wonder why people seem to avoid you after getting to know you or just avoid you from the start? Are relationships vital to what you do in ministry leadership? Well, I’m not saying I have all the answers, but I’ll be 50 years old […]
  • How To Be A Miserable Leader

    Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Each morning, as soon as you awake, recite these few lines to be a miserable ministry leader: “Today I seek to please as many people as I can, regardless of the toll it takes on me.” “Today, I choose to serve solely from my own strength and not seek the strength of God.” “Today, I […]
  • How To Lead Authentically

    Scott
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Discovering your authentic leadership requires a commitment to developing yourself. No one is going to hand you a development plan. That’s something you need to take responsibility for yourself. So, do you want to become authentic? Here is an insight from the Harvard Business Review’s compilation, “HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership”: The journey to […]
  • Making The Most Of Beautiful Moments

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

  • Leaders get there 1st!

    Hal Mayer
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    I have had the opportunity to lead at several levels on church staffs and in business environments. Early on, I noticed one irritating behavior rose above all the others and really seemed to get my goat: people showing up habitually... Continue Reading →
  • Leaders Leave Last

    Hal Mayer
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Simon Sinek’s recent book, “Leaders Eat Last” got me to thinking about what leaders do because they are leaders. If you haven’t read his book – at least watch the video.  As I continued thinking, I realized – leaders leave... Continue Reading →
 
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  • 3 Reasons to Nix the Creative Ministry Names

    Emily Kantner
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Have you ever visited a church for the first time and wondered what on earth the Ignite Ministry could possibly be? Is it a group of pyromaniacs who light things on fire? And should you be worried about sending your kids to Aftershock? Will this be registering on the Richter scale? Many churches get caught up in trying to find unique names for their ministries. A cool name and trendy logo will set them apart and get people interested, right? But typically these distinct brands end up having a negative impact for a few reasons: 1) They confuse and alienate people Using obscure ministry names…
  • Today’s Tech: Cool Solutions Group [Video]

    Lauren Hunter
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last month we kicked off our first Google Hangout on Air with DialMyCalls to give churches a better idea of what it looks like to communicate via voice, text, and email with a messaging solutions provider. This week, we’d like to share with you some valuable information about how to better steward your facilities through technology. I sat down with Tim Cool, founder of Cool Solutions Group, to gain a better understanding of what his company offers churches. Not only is Tim “cool,” he has some incredible insights and best practices for churches to better manage their…
  • Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    Understanding why people go to seminary is an interesting study. This infographic includes information from a survey given to incoming students at schools in The Association of Theological Schoools (ATS) in 2011-2012. Here are a few of the stats: 81% of all incoming seminary students do not expect to have a parish ministry position. Less than half of all incoming students plan to be ordained. School websites account for more incoming students than all traditional advertising combined. So why do people attend seminary? Here’s some insight: Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic] is a…
  • 10 First-Time Guests Giveaways

    Lauren Hunter
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Providing guest take-aways, or giveaways, for first time visitors to your church is a great way to get thought-provoking Gospel materials into the hands of people who are looking for answers to spiritual questions. I recently visited a church in a different town that inspired me to research this idea of church “swag.” I hadn’t thought much about giving freebies away as a strategy to provoke thought and encourage guests to engage after the service. The church I was visiting with my family gave away paperback copies of The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel. They had baskets by the…
  • 4 Ways People are Fact-Checking Preaching

    Karl Vaters
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Have you noticed that fewer people are bringing their Bibles to church, but are using a smartphone Bible app instead? That’s not the only thing they’re reading in church. As it turns out, up to 38% of churchgoing millennials will do an online search to verify what their pastor has said. And many of them are doing it while we’re preaching. Something tells me they’re not the only ones doing that. Just when too many people were ready to write off the millennials as apathetic slackers, they prove themselves to be high-tech Bereans. This week, the well-respected Barna Institute published…
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

    Brandon
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big day arrived, our minds were a little blown away by the response. God showed up in a powerful way! Here’s what my mind has been processing since we left the theater… God I have to point out up front something I repeat often when people are expressing gratitude for how well things went: “We blame the good stuff on…
  • 48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 24, 2015

    Brandon
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Great Links and Articles How to Get our Church to Embrace the Vision, by Shawn Lovejoy 13 Practical Leadership Tips from 10 Years of Managing People, by Alex McClafferty How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You, by Kenny Luck 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year, by Michael Hyatt The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively, by Neil Patel Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions, by Brent Gleeson What Every Pastor Needs To Know About Their Church Website, By Steve Fogg Keeping Church for the Unchurched, by Andy Stanley 3 Strikes…
  • 5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it’s closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church’s earliest missionaries. Because of my love for leadership, I read too many articles about it each week. One of my absolute favorites recently was The 8 Top Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs, from Forbes Magazine. The last three would apply to business entrepreneurs but not necessarily pastoral leaders and church planters. But the first five were gold… They’re not afraid to make…
  • The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    I’ve decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be something else to read, someone else with whom to connect, and more to write. Especially now. I’ve managed to boil my own approach to this new content-driven, socially-connected age down to three big questions. These three questions determine what I do the whole time I’m “working,” which…
  • Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

    Tim Stevens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two years, what will it take?” This is what I shared: Some of you won’t have as much access to the senior leader. This has to be okay with you. Are you more committed to maintaining the tight-knit staff size and your proximity to the pastor or CEO? Or are you more committed to the organization growing? Some of you…
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    The Navy Christian

  • 2014 Year End Review and Fitness Goals for 2015

    Dan Smith
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    2014 was a great year for myself and for my family! I was able to commission as a Chief Warrant Officer (Two) in the US Navy, we moved to a wonderful new base in Mayport, FL, started new schools, and many other things. Personally, this year represented a lifestyle change for me. I lost 30 pounds, ran two half marathons, and passed two US Navy body fat composition assessments and subsequent
  • Becoming a Bible Hacker

    Dan Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love reading the Bible. It’s a desire I received from my grandparents. I’d often see them digging around in the scriptures. Unfortunately, I can’t really read my grandmother’s handwriting, so I don’t know many of the notes she wrote, but both of them taught me how to get into the Bible and dig around. I remember calling my grandfather about some verses in Genesis a few weeks before he passed
  • MPW #5: Pray for Children

    Dan Smith
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It really is the children who suffer most during the military career. Despite the fact that I have been as involved a father as I know how, I know right now that I’m not giving them what other fathers can. There is a unity that they can’t see between my wife and I, though I try to show them what I can, and there is a presence they can’t always see in their lives. It is a simple fact that there
  • MPW #4 Pray for Homecomings

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I will never forget pulling in to port after a long deployment and seeing the throngs of people on the pier waiting to greet us. Family members cheered, sailors waved, and music played to welcome the ship back home. You've probably seen videos and pictures posted on the internet that show you the type of excitement other service branches have when they come home too, whether through airports, on
  • MPW #3: Pray against Suicide

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). We must pray against this level of discouragement that leads to suicide. The reasons for suicide in the military are varied. Some end their lives because of chemical imbalance brought on by war wounds, some others because of otherwise fixable personal problems such as heavy debt, divorce, lost loved ones, etc. Regardless of the reasons
 
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    Liberty Church NYC | New York City | Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew

  • An invitation to Vision Sunday

    Emily Kirkendoll
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This Sunday, January 25th, we are excited to welcome our entire church community and their family and friends to our Vision Sunday. Because it’s the anniversary of us starting weekly services as a church in 2011, we always take this opportunity to celebrate what God has been doing in our church, sharing the stories of the transformational work that God is doing in our lives. It’s one of the big events of the year for our Liberty Church family, and one that every year invites more people to call Liberty Church home. Every year on Vision Sunday we share a short film that tells our story…
  • “These Three Things” Andi Andrew – Podcast

    Peter Vigil
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Andi Andrew preached this message titled “These Three Things” at our service in Soho on January 18, 2015. 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: “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew – Podcast “Home in His Arms” Andi Andrew – Podcast “American Idle” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Brooklyn Stories: One year of changed lives

    Emily Kirkendoll
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Liberty Church Brooklyn’s first anniversary this Sunday at 9:30 am. As we look back over the year, it’s astounding to know that by God’s grace a movie theater transformed into a place where hundreds of people have made decisions for Christ and many who had faith but were missing a faith community found home. At this time last year, you could walk past the Regal Cinemas on Court Street on a Sunday morning without being greeted with a smile. The theaters in the basement sat dark and empty. When Liberty Church Brooklyn started holding services there on…
  • “American Idle” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Matt Sadler
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message titled “American Idle” at our service in Soho on January 11, 2015. 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: “They Changed My Life” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Let’s Do This” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Coming up in January

    Emily Kirkendoll
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s a new year with new ways you can be involved at Liberty Church! Next Steps Kicks Off, January 4th // 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, January 5th–25th // Community Groups Sign Ups, January 11th // Worship Night, January 14th // Brooklyn Anniversary, January 18th // Vision Sunday, Sunday January 25th // Visionaries Kick Off, January 29th // She is Free Early Bird Registration ends January 31   Next Steps Kicks Off | Sunday, January 4th Have you been thinking of making Liberty Church your home? Then join us for Next Steps! This is an invitation to come get to know us and…
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    MarkHowellLive.com

  • 6 Things You Need to Know about Small Group Ministry

    Mark Howell
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Sometimes things seem more complicated than they really are.  Small group ministry is truly one of those things.  It’s just not that complicated. Photo Credit: Alejandro Guijarro 6 things you need to know about small group ministry: There is no problem-free small group strategy or system.  It really doesn’t matter what system, strategy or model you choose.  They all come with a set of problems.  Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d...Click here for more... »         
  • 5 Obstacles to Building an Effective Coaching Structure

    Mark Howell
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    “Coaching does not work here.” I’ve heard that line many, many times.  Maybe you’ve said it yourself!  Very often, though, there are some incorrect assumptions that undermine coaching success.  See also, 5 Assumptions that Set Up Small Group Coaching to #FAIL. There are also some real obstacles to building an effective coaching structure. 5 Obstacles to Building an Effective Coaching Structure Recruiting the wrong people.  Coaching is an essential...Click here for more... »         
  • Fight Back with Joy: A Powerful New Study from Margaret Feinberg

    Mark Howell
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    I had the opportunity to preview a new study from Margaret Feinberg this week.  Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More, Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears is a new 6 session study and it is one you are going to want to add to your recommended list. Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under...Click here for more... »          CommentsThank…
  • Freefall to Fly: A Powerful New Women’s Study from Rebekah Lyons

    Mark Howell
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Finally had the opportunity to preview a new study from Rebekah Lyons.  Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning is a six session study based on Lyon’s 2013 book by the same title.  If you’re unfamiliar with Rebekah Lyons, she serves alongside her husband, Gabe, as cofounder of QIdeas, an organization that helps leaders winsomely engage culture. In her bio Rebekah Lyons is described as “an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new...Click here for more... »         
  • How to Help a HOST Become a Small Group Leader

    Mark Howell
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    If you’ve been following this conversation at all, you know one of my major themes is I want to make it easy to take first steps into hosting a small group and nearly automatic for hosts to take the steps that lead to becoming an authentic shepherd.  I’ve referred to this idea many times as lowering the bar in terms of who can be a leader and simultaneously raising the bar in terms of the coaching and development the leader receives. These are two very important ideas.  Let me...Click here for more... »         
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  • American Sniper

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    In an early scene from American Sniper, a young Chris Kyle receives some wisdom from his strict father: in this world, there are three kinds of people--wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. He makes it very clear that there is no room for wolves or sheep in the Kyle family. Instead of humility or power, the primary value for the Kyles is one of protection. You defend your own. It's a value Chris will carry into adulthood as a Navy SEAL sniper in the Iraq war, defending his fellow military brethren through the estimated 160+ kills he inflicts upon the enemy.American Sniper portrays Chris Kyle (Bradley…
  • The Mayward Oscars

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The 2015 Oscar nominees have been announced, and as usual, it has people in distress. You can read the whole list of nominees here. The snubs and surprises, plenty of predictions, and lots of online chatter, all for an awards ceremony that doesn't necessarily highlight the actual *best* films and filmmakers of the past year (you can read my top 10 favorite films of 2014 here)I have a love/hate relationship with Oscar. I recognize that the awards are akin to a high school student government race. You vote for your friends or the most popular people, the ones who have played their…
  • Movie Review: Selma

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    One day / when the glory comes / it will be ours / it will be oursOne day / when the war is won / we will be sure / we will be sureGlory. Glory. Glory. Glory.Selma is the gripping biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is how biopics are best told--intimate, personal, affecting, a behind-the-scenes dirt-and-all look at an important icon in American history without pandering to hero-worship or scornful criticism. Rather than attempt a sweeping story of King's entire life, Selma focuses on a particular moment in his life: the fight for voting rights for the black community and…
  • 12 Things that Matter in Searching for a Church

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: keeva999 (Creative Common)I've moved from Washington to Oregon to Arizona to British Columbia, and I recently moved from Canada back to Washington. Every time I've moved,  I had a church where I was serving as a pastor. But in this latest move, it wasn't for a new pastoral role. I didn't have a job lined up.I'm a pastor currently without a church. So, I have to find one.It's important for me and my wife to find a church community sooner than later, both for our sake and for our kids. We want to be in community, to worship and follow Jesus with others, to build friendships…
  • Movie Review: Whiplash

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    In high school, I once played the drums for a school pep assembly. We did The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and featured two of our teachers--one on vocals and one on a fiddle for the epic finale. During that finale, I did my best to channel Pete Moon's frenetic drumming style, slamming my sticks into toms and cymbals with such fervor that I didn't notice I had split open my knuckles on the metal rim of the floor tom. By the end of the song, my drums and I were covered in blood and sweat and glory. My 1960s green sparkle Ludwig drum kit still has some of the spatter.Needless to say, I love drumming. I…
 
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  • In love with pastor - how to handle the women in love your husband

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    This the second part of "I'm in love with my pastorYes, she wants your husband. One of the most difficult parts of being married to a pastor is dealing with those poor, misguided women that well...fall in love with your husband! So, how do I deal with it? Two word answer: I don't.  I know my response may seem foolish and even strange to some, but, it's how I really feel. I have lived long enough to know that I cannot control what others do in life. I cannot make women stop growing attached to my husband. I cannot even keep my husband from straying - should he decide to do it. There are…
  • Struggle of senior pastor's wives - They are watching

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Subscribe to Godsy Girl - Pastor's Wives by Email A Common Struggle: Eyes on youIt's an unavoidable element of our lives. You know to what I am referring. I call it the "eyes". After I first married my husband, I was amazed at the sheer amount of eyes affixed on me at any given moment during a church service. Any direction I looked, they were there...looking...watching...staring. I must admit, I was a little "weirded out" by all that attention during my first month as "First Lady".As the years went by, I began to discern the opportunity that lied behind all those"eyes". It also helped as…
  • I'm in love with my pastor

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    This is going to be a two-part post. The first installment "Help! I'm in love with my Pastor." Note: this post is directed to women [who find this blog online] are in love with married pastors. This is a very common problem. You are not the first to feel this way. The biggest issue is not that you are in love with a married man (although that is a huge problem); the issue is you really do not know what love is. Somehow you were cheated or misinformed about true Godly love between a man and a woman. That does not happen from afar, it happens through much travail, challenge and…
  • Should I be friends with women in my church? Pastors wives may ask...

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Man!  This was supposed to post next week. Sorry!  I'll be "quiet" for a bit.  :)Common Question of Senior Pastor's Wives #1: Should I be friends with women in the congregation/church? The short answer to this question is NO! Before you "shout me down", let me finish. First, define "friend". I define friend as a person I can confide in transparently 100%. With this person I share my challenges with my hair, my weight, my job, my business and even my husband. Ooops! There lies the problem. Under no (NO!) circumstances should you share your marital information with…
  • Planning for the New Year for Senior Pastor's Wives

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Get rid of the old...Plan for the new!Greetings Senior Pastor’s Wife,Did you have a great Christmas?  I pray that you did.  As the New Year approaches, asks God to reveal and clarify His vision for your ministries, your personal walk and your home life in the coming year. Make a list of these items. You likely already know what they are. Then, reflect on 2014.  How did you do in these areas (if applicable)? What could you do better? Speaking for myself, I want to improve in the following areas: My HomeIn addition to some redecorating, I hope to reorganize things a bit. …
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  • Louis Zamperini Was Broken Before He Met Jesus by Will Graham

    Think Eternity
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The recent movie about Louis Zamperini by Angelina Jolie has brought even more attention to his incredible life story. Zamperini was a fascinating man, but the movie doesn't tell the full story. I'm honored to have Will Graham share how his grandfather, Billy Graham, was used by God to point Zamperini to the Source of his strength, Jesus Christ. Will Graham will be with us next month at our Wheaton Evangelism Conference in Chicago, and we look forward to seeing all that God will do.   Several decades ago, an Olympian-turned-soldier survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, journeyed…
  • We Wish You a Merry, Guilt-Free Christmas

    Think Eternity
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Too many people have forgotten how to enjoy Christmas. Somehow we've gotten too wrapped up in keeping the "Christ" in Christmas, and too worked up about culture waging war on our faith, that we've lost our directions pointing us to the place of relaxation, enjoyment, savoring the sweetness of life, and letting go of things that frustrate us. Pastor John Ortberg shares a surprising discipline in his book on Christian disciplines, The Life You've Always Wanted, how the root for our word for "holiday" comes from the ancient phrase "holy days." He goes on to explain how the people of God would…
  • Historic Gathering of Young Evangelists Set for Wheaton College

    Think Eternity
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Two-day Conference — Feb. 20-21 — to Feature Will Graham, Jon Bloom and More Than 20 Influential Evangelists     WHEATON, Ill. — Evangelists from around the world will gather Feb. 20-21 in Chicago for the Wheaton Evangelism Conference, an event aimed at encouraging and equipping a new generation of evangelists to lead revival. The conference will be held in the Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College in suburban Chicago and will feature the popular TED-style presentations. Seating for the conference is limited to 450…
  • Friendship is Better Than Networking

    Think Eternity
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The energy was electric as we walked the streets of Washington DC, probably walking the same streets as Abraham Lincoln and other legends had walked, with the same sense of anticipation, the same stirring hope of changing the world.  Over the past two years, we have gathered IRL (online term for "In Real Life") several times in several differents cities, with smaller groups of us meeting up beyond that.  It all started just two years ago, when a new friend Mark sought me out at a large Christian conference in Atlanta. It was quite amazing to think he wanted to talk to me amongst the…
  • The Importance of Heavenly Mindedness by Dave Arnold

    Think Eternity
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    You've probably heard the old adage, "Don't be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good." Although it's true that Christ followers should not despise the world and just sit around waiting for Christ to come back, I do believe the more heavenly-minded we are the more effective will be on earth. The more we focus on eternity, the greater the impact we will have on earth. A few years back a met a remarkable woman named Katie when I lived in the inner city of Chicago. Katie had a tough life. As a young girl she moved to Chicago with her mother, but sadly, got caught up in a viscous cycle…
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  • An invitation to misbehave

    Jason Coker
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Over the past year I’ve noticed there are more and more people who have left church-as-we-know-it, but are still cobbling together lives of meaning. They wrestle with their faith openly. They engage the community in small and humble, yet often weird and remarkable ways. Some of these folks have formed alternative worship gatherings, created online communities, or started up nonprofits and social enterprises. Some are doing art in subversive or provocative ways, while some are advocating for the victimized, exploited, and powerless. Whatever the case, these things have become…
  • A dispatch from beyond the borders

    Jason Coker
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A long time ago I was a pastor who, after ten years or so in ministry, began struggling with church and faith in a big way. Emerging. Missional. Yada yada. You get the picture. Cue the big Missional church planting effort…raised the funds, drained the savings, moved across the country. Then one day my wife and I woke up to the dawning realization that we were succeeding at all the wrong things and building exactly the kind of church we didn’t want to attend. Nobody’s fault but ours. So, in what was almost the most painful experience…
  • My interview with Dallas Willard

    Jason Coker
    8 May 2013 | 11:08 am
    Dallas Willard passed away today after recently being diagnosed with cancer. It would be impossible to describe just how formative Dallas’ work has been for me personally, and for many others. I’m not sure his impact on the thinking of what would later become the emerging Christian movements has been adequately attributed. I had a few opportunities to speak with Dallas over the years. More than once I travelled long distances by myself just to hear him speak. The last time was almost three years ago when I interviewed him for a christianaudio podcast called Author Sketches. At the…
  • Book Review: Revealing Heaven by John W. Price

    Jason Coker
    19 Feb 2013 | 7:46 pm
    The number of Americans who have had a near death experience is greater than the number of those who attend a major league baseball game in one year. For John W. Price, author of Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case For Near-Death Experiences, this is nothing short of astonishing; not just because of what it positively affirms (life after death), but because of what it negatively reveals – that people are embarrassed to admit their encounters. This is Price’s mission: to “shout from the rooftops” just how common an experience this is for everyone, the world over. As an…
  • A centuries old occurrence of Stockholm Syndrome

    Jason Coker
    4 Dec 2012 | 12:18 pm
    A very provocative post, Protest of the Nones: Religious Disavowal as Social Critique, from Duane over at The Alchemists Imagination who draws correlations between the Nones, the Occupy Movement, and the anti-slavery movement of America’s recent past: In a centuries old occurrence of Stockholm Syndrome the church continues to hold the hand of its captors, embracing tyranny, inequality, injustice, and playing the part of a harlot, going to bed with capitalism. Is it then any wonder that a group that is on its way to becoming the fastest growing, and the second largest, religious…
 
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  • Change Tolerance

    Rob Shepherd
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    It is said of some people that they have a high pain tolerance. How does one develop this? Is it natural? I think not. The more pain someone goes through without allowing it to stop them from progressing results in a high level of pain tolerance. Ever wonder why men are such babies when we are sick and women tend to be rock stars? Women have to deal with a  lot more pain on a regular basis. I believe it was a woman who said, “Beauty is pain.” High heals, that time of the month, and giving birth become advantages when it comes to pain tolerance. What if the same was true with…
  • 80’s VS. 90’s

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    The Apostle Paul wrote to his young Padawan, Timothy, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” I totally support that. Christians fight about silly things that cannot be proven. The following is not a foolish or stupid argument. The following needs to be settled. Which decade is better the 80’s or 90’s?  VS. Before we get started I want to make it clear that both decades are amazing. It’s not that one decade is good and one is bad. It’s that one decade had more of an impact on pop culture…
  • It’s Your Fault If You’re Not Having Fun

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    Life isn’t all fun and games. Life can be difficult. Life can stinketh. Life can suck. Sometimes there is no way around it. But lots of times there is a way around it. Most American’s are passive with their lives. We wait for something to come and then we react. I love the quote by pastor and author Mark Batterson, “We need to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Instead, we need to start playing offense with our lives.” Mark Batterson. We do the same thing with fun. We wait for fun. We think things like, “When I get to vacation then…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Jacob Ray is here, group deadline is here, the time to sign up for an event is here. It must be time for another Next Level Update… Jacob Ray our newest staff member is here. Jacob is our Student Pastor. He started on Wednesday and we will be introducing him on Sunday. Can you dig it?!!! On Sunday we conclude our series, “4 Systems To Change Your Life.” I’m so tempted to turn this series into 5 Systems To Change Your Life. I feel like we are just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding systems. Sermons inspire, systems change behaviors. I hope every…
  • 5 Random Questions

    Rob Shepherd
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 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 the last risk you took? Where is your dream vacation? What is your favorite book of the Bible? Would you rather eat a cup of ear wax or lick every toilet in a public restroom? If given the chance would you run for President of the United States? I’ll go first. I’m not 100% sure this counts as a risk, but the first thing that came to mind was the workout for today.
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  • The Most Important Trend of Church Trends in 2015 And What To Do About It

    Will Mancini
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    I like reading about trends and I like thinking about the long lists of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: 5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013) 11 Church Vision and Strategy Trends (2011) This year I want to do something different by focusing on one important church trend. By calling it the most important trend, I want to state up front that I am not building my case with stats. What I do have is 14 years of weekly meetings with church leaders across the country talking about what’s happening in the church. Specifically, in the last two…
  • 12 Church Logos that Tell a Story (and Why Yours Should Too)

    Will Mancini
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Auxano just released another TeamUP download that focuses on one of our six services: communication. As a “vision shop,” we believe that all vision should be communicated visually. This gorgeous, free PDF will share a little bit more about our philosophy of communication and how your design can elevate and demonstrate the unique work of God in your church. Christmas is a great time to remember that Jesus is the logos of God; that is, the word, the expression, the representation of Him. In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with God and the logos was God (John 1:1). Here…
  • 6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning Is a Waste of Time

    Will Mancini
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat? The planning may be called lots of things like: long range planning vision planning visioning weekend goal-setting strategic operations In addition to the variety of names, the planning may be spawned for numerous reasons like facility planning, attendance decline, website design, or capital campaign initiatives to name a few. But whatever you call it and and whatever got the process started,…
  • Take the Nice IS Naughty Quiz for Pastors this Christmas

    Will Mancini
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You’ve heard of the naughty or nice quiz before. We put people on one side of the behavior equation this time of the year. And if that doesn’t cross your mind, then someone at North Pole Central is finalizing the tally before Santa’s globe-trotting, Christmas Eve sleigh ride. This year, however,  I want to put these terms on the same side of the equation. I think pastors need to consider “niceness” from an entirely different point of view. That’s right, I have a growing fear that we, as ministry leaders,  too often do the wrong thing in the name of…
  • Last Day Founding Subscriber Offer to My Blog Readers for SUMS Book Summary Tool

    Will Mancini
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    A few weeks ago, I shared that you would have the first opportunity to become a founding subscriber to SUMS reMix. This book summary tool is the most innovative content resource I know of in the church space. Many of you have already received an e-mail reminding you of the benefits for founding subscribers and the instructions to sign-up. But I wanted to remind you with another post if you haven’t acted yet. In a nutshell you will receive: 50% off regular subscription price, lock-in for life 3 additional Christmas gift subscriptions, totally free (give you boss or buddies in ministry…
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 11 Jan 2015

    Alastair
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I Am – Crowder (G) Cannons – Phil Wickham (E) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (E) Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (D) Oceans – Hillsong (D) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D) It was so good to be back at STORYCHURCH on Sunday – just in time to celebrate 5 years together as a church! I’m really looking forward to the next 5 of learning and growing together.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 04 Jan 2015

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Happy Day – Tim Hughes (B) You Never Let Go – Matt Redman (B) God With Us – Mercy Me (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (G) Set A Fire – Will Reagan (G) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – Christmas Eve 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Joy To The World – Tomlin (A) Angels We Have Heard On High (A) O Come All Ye Faithful (B) The First Noel (B) O Holy Night (G) Silent Night (G) Jingle Bells (D) We Wish You A Merry Christmas (D)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 21 Dec 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G) Angels We Have Heard On High – Chris Tomlin (G) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (G) Baby Son – John Mark McMillan (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) Joy To The World – Chris Tomlin (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 14 Dec 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Angels We Have Heard On High – Chris Tomlin (G) I Am – David Crowder (G) O Come All Ye Faithful (G) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D) God With Us – Mercy Me (G) Our God – Chris Tomlin (B)  
 
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  • What Methodists Believe About Worship

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    “Christian worship is where we declare that the risen Christ has overcome every power that would separate us and every evil that would destroy us. In worship we declare Jesus Christ over all.” “As worship concludes we are sent forth into the world in the confidence of the risen Christ. The church gathered for worship becomes the church scattered for witness and service. To take the story we just heard in church of God’s love out into the world. We come in to prepare to be sent out.” “Our presence in Christian community and in corporate worship really matters. It matters to us…
  • The Importance of Participating in Worship and Small Group

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Today’s post is still from my teaching The Path to Discipleship, a Methodist study. Being a follower of Jesus means being in community with other followers of Jesus. We can be religious or spiritual without the presence of other people in our lives, but we cannot be growing disciples of Jesus without the encouragement, guidance, wisdom and accountability of other disciples.A Methodist missionary once said, “Everyone who belongs to Christ belongs to everyone else who belongs to Christ.” Jesus demonstrated community by calling 12 ordinary men together to become His disciples. And He…
  • SOAPY Method for Studying the Bible

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Bible does no good if we don’t pick it up. And the less time we spend on prayer, the more likely our relationship with Christ will stagnate, or worse, backslide. There’s much in today’s culture that keeps us from slowing down to spend time with God and depend on Him. Busy life styles are praised. We’re told how to be self-reliant, successful. To put our needs and goals first. All of this is really opposite of the Gospel. It takes time and effort to develop a relationship with God.SOAPY: (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer and Yield) is a way to reflect on the Bible using…
  • The Bible Helps Us Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” “these words”.Jesus is referring to…
  • The Methodist’s View of the Bible

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    We should study the Bible to know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. John Wesley called himself a man of one book. We need to spend time reading it and meditating on it, trusting the Holy Spirit to bring it to life for us. Wesley wrote, “I want to know one thing; the way to Heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach me the way… He has written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be a man of…
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  • American Sniper

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    In an early scene from American Sniper, a young Chris Kyle receives some wisdom from his strict father: in this world, there are three kinds of people--wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. He makes it very clear that there is no room for wolves or sheep in the Kyle family. Instead of humility or power, the primary value for the Kyles is one of protection. You defend your own. It's a value Chris will carry into adulthood as a Navy SEAL sniper in the Iraq war, defending his fellow military brethren through the estimated 160+ kills he inflicts upon the enemy.American Sniper portrays Chris Kyle (Bradley…
  • The Mayward Oscars

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The 2015 Oscar nominees have been announced, and as usual, it has people in distress. You can read the whole list of nominees here. The snubs and surprises, plenty of predictions, and lots of online chatter, all for an awards ceremony that doesn't necessarily highlight the actual *best* films and filmmakers of the past year (you can read my top 10 favorite films of 2014 here)I have a love/hate relationship with Oscar. I recognize that the awards are akin to a high school student government race. You vote for your friends or the most popular people, the ones who have played their…
  • Movie Review: Selma

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    One day / when the glory comes / it will be ours / it will be oursOne day / when the war is won / we will be sure / we will be sureGlory. Glory. Glory. Glory.Selma is the gripping biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is how biopics are best told--intimate, personal, affecting, a behind-the-scenes dirt-and-all look at an important icon in American history without pandering to hero-worship or scornful criticism. Rather than attempt a sweeping story of King's entire life, Selma focuses on a particular moment in his life: the fight for voting rights for the black community and…
  • 12 Things that Matter in Searching for a Church

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: keeva999 (Creative Common)I've moved from Washington to Oregon to Arizona to British Columbia, and I recently moved from Canada back to Washington. Every time I've moved,  I had a church where I was serving as a pastor. But in this latest move, it wasn't for a new pastoral role. I didn't have a job lined up.I'm a pastor currently without a church. So, I have to find one.It's important for me and my wife to find a church community sooner than later, both for our sake and for our kids. We want to be in community, to worship and follow Jesus with others, to build friendships…
  • Movie Review: Whiplash

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    In high school, I once played the drums for a school pep assembly. We did The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and featured two of our teachers--one on vocals and one on a fiddle for the epic finale. During that finale, I did my best to channel Pete Moon's frenetic drumming style, slamming my sticks into toms and cymbals with such fervor that I didn't notice I had split open my knuckles on the metal rim of the floor tom. By the end of the song, my drums and I were covered in blood and sweat and glory. My 1960s green sparkle Ludwig drum kit still has some of the spatter.Needless to say, I love drumming. I…
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  • The Last Visit: A Loving Remembrance of Kenneth Byrum

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    You may not know Kenneth Byrum. Kenneth Byrum was an ordained United Methodist minister and missionary for nearly 60 years. He served in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. As a skilled brick mason, he did major renovations and new building projects at almost every appointment where he served. He was survived by his wife, Lois, 4 married daughters and 4 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. I am grandchild number three and on January 8th, I had the privilege of preaching at my Grandpa’s memorial service. In this post, I want to share two…
  • What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Millions of people will soon be writing down their New Year Resolutions. We might decide to eat healthier and exercise more, but will disciple making be a goal in 2015? Making disciples is a spiritual exercise but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals and develop a strategy. Satan has a strategy. He has a disciple destroying strategy and it is extremely effective. He has a goal and that is to undermine the work of God. Satan has been perfecting his strategy for millennia and he’s using it on you. Today. We say we don’t need a strategy because we live by the…
  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered…
  • 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,…
 
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  • Everything is in His time – some thoughts on suffering (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    http://michaelhyatt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/a-prayer-for-times-like-these.jpg “The thought of my pain, my homelessness, is bitter poison; I think of it constantly and my spirit is depressed. Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: the Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so I put my hope in him. The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, So it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us — And it is best to learn this patience in our youth. When we…
  • Call to Prayer Online (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The end of 2014 and the beginning of this year have seen some truly awful and upsetting events in the news. For instance, the Sydney Siege and the terrorist attack in Paris have unfolded on our TV screens and it can be hard to know what to do or how to respond. It has inspired me to see many church social media accounts using the digital space to encourage people to pray for the events in the countries and that there will be peace. What a great way to use the digital space to harness the weight of our prayers and stand in faith for peace whilst these tragic events enfold before us. I love…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Lament. (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This month we’re looking at Lamentations.  Not exactly a cheery book or a cheery topic.  But a Lament is not the same as wandering around behaving like a misery guts.  It’s not akin to a grumpy old man.  No, it’s a deliberate mourning – a grief for loss.  There’s a sense in which Lamentations doesn’t just record sorrow at an event, but at a position.  There’s a sense in which the book isn’t just lamenting Israel’s fallen state – it grieves also over Israel’s fallen nature.  It isn’t simply a wail that God has…
  • Lamentations – Praying with your Eyes Wide Open (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jeremiah by Marc Chagall   ‘Is this the city once called Perfect in beauty, Joy of the whole earth?’ (Lamentations 2:15) What more haunting question is there in the life of faith than ‘Why?’ In my life it has been the moments of loss and seemingly meaningless suffering, when ‘Why’ hangs in the air like mist, that have been most challenging. What answer is there to the ‘why’ of the loss of a loved one? To war and violence in the world that seems unending? In those times I have been mainly silent, lost for words, unable to defend what I…
  • Real Virtual Community (and a talk next week)

    Tim Hutchings
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    First thing: I’ll be giving a talk about digital media and pilgrimage in St John’s College next week, for the CODEC series of lunchtime seminars. The talk’s on Thursday (January 22nd), and it’s free. You can find out more on CODEC’s website here, and sign up on Eventbrite here. If you’re in Durham next week, come along! But the main thing I want to discuss in this post is something else. I’ve been asked to write a short article for a Christian journal on the question “Is Virtual Community Real?”, and I’d like to hear what you think.
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • NEXT: An unparalleled gathering

    Kenny
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A couple of years ago, the people at Orange asked me to help them rally and champion people who do NextGen/Family ministry. It’s the role I was hired for almost 7 years ago at Gateway. When I took the role, there were only a handful of us around the country, but it seems to be one of the fastest growing roles right now. Right now I have over 300 NextGen/Family pastors on my contact lists and it grows every month. We’re defining the NextGen Pastor as the one person responsible for all age group ministries at a church (at least infants through high school). Every church has one. It…
  • Why?

    Kenny
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When working with kids, we get used to this question. The natural inquisitive nature of kids and teenagers can be refreshing. Okay, maybe the incessant “whys” of a four year old can get a little old. However, I find that as people, we ask this word less often than we should. In the right context, “why” is a powerful tool of evaluation and review that will help your ministry get better over time. Why do you have that policy? Why do you use this curriculum? Why do you have these age groups in this classroom? Why don’t you do this program? Why don’t you say…
  • Reorganizing our Kidmin around a brand

    Kenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote about how we have rebranded our Kidmin here at Gateway. Honestly, we’re only about 30% into our rebrand. A student ministry previously called Uprising and Kid’s Quest has been essentially replaced by the larger brand of NextGen. So far, the transition has gone really well. However, I wanted to explain the thinking behind why we’re branding the way we are. First of all, we wrestled with the brand and communicating our organization for months. I talked to dozens of church leaders and the responses I got were all over the place. So, I don’t think…
  • Winter Camp is HERE!

    Kenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The time has come. In just a few hours, we depart for a weekend we’ll never forget. Seven school buses. Four moving trucks (luggage and supplies). Nearly 100 incredible leaders who will invest in the lives of almost 300 kids/student for four amazing days! To see the crazy stuff we’re doing with our second annual NextGen camp (that’s right, we’re running 3 separate camps for elementary, middle school and high school all at the same time), just follow our hashtag at #gatewaywintercamp on twitter and instagram. Feel free to follow @wintercamp2015 on twitter and…
  • Onboarding Volunteers: Orientation

    Kenny
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s funny how often your policy manual needs to be updated. When I got to Gateway over six years ago, I inherited a policy & procedure manual. I felt that it was about 60% accurate. There was terminology I didn’t like and many procedures that I felt were unnecessary. We gave one to every new volunteer and I would cringe a little every time we’d put it in a new set of hands. However, rebuilding a policy manual is one of my least favorite tasks. It takes forever and no one enjoys it. It’s the easiest thing to procrastinate on, so it ends up getting put off and put…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Poll: Has God Spoken to You About Your Talent for 2015?

    tsnipes
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Many of you have expressed a need for knowing what God’s calling is on your life…especially using your talent. Take the poll below and share your thoughts on the matter: Has God Spoken to You About Your Creative Path for 2015? (polls) Related posts: 2015: Failure IS an Option! (video) Here is this week’s installment on how to take action... Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it... Download My Next Book FREE: “God’s 7 Principles of Artistic Purpose” There is a mission you are supposed…
  • 2015: Failure IS an Option! (video)

    tsnipes
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Here is this week’s installment on how to take action in 2015. Do you want 2015 to be different than 2014? Then DO THIS: Related posts: Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it... Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now.... How Musician Alphaeus Anderson Launched His Creative Business You could be “One Idea Away” from changing your life”…...
  • Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015?

    tsnipes
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it can be done…BUT HOW? THE FUTURE OF 2015: the sequel! Related posts: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So important I had to PULL OVER to share it... Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now.... How Artists, Writers and Other Creatives Create REAL Financial Security For Family (This has been on my mind since last week, so...
  • How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015?

    tsnipes
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    So important I had to PULL OVER to share it with you! This is so important I had to pull over on the side of the road and capture it! I’ve been sharing this all over the web, so I MUST make sure my ALFG family hears my heart, too! Related posts: What Is Your ONE Game Changer? We are already almost one quarter of the way through... 3 Tips and Tools That Will Boost Your Creative Business (Audio) The tips in this week’s podcast can be put to... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You...
  • Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC

    tsnipes
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now. I’ve finally decided to launch it in March of 2015. But to keep this idea from joining the many I’ve put off, I’ve started posting little things about my progress each week. I’ve been telling hundreds of people about it using tools you know. First … Continue Reading → No related posts.
 
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    samluce.com

  • Two Questions that change how you see everything

    samluce
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    This past week I was at CPC a conference for Kids Pastors put on by INCM. One of the speakers was Charles Lee found of theideation.com In the breakout I attended he was talking about clarifying your brand. Towards the end of his breakout he said that in our brand management and in our lives we have to ask ourselves two questions. What matters most? What is enough? Charles said that if you value something you need to spend time on it. This is something that is so important in our lives. If we are not intentional with our time as parents, leaders and followers of Christ we will lose it. The…
  • Sola Scriptura in Kids and Youth Ministry

    samluce
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    I do believe that some people die and go heaven and come back again. I also believe that some people make things up or embellish their stories to gain influence and credibility. Recently this has come to light. Through an open letter from one of the children who supposedly died and went to heaven. This brief letter is thoughtful and profound. It’s God exulting and pushes people back to the authority of scripture. An Open Letter from Alex Malarkey “The boy who came back from heaven” Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did…
  • Death of the 50% myth of marriage.

    samluce
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    50% of marriages end in divorce. Raise your hand if you have never heard that statistic. As far as statistics go it is by far one the most touted, most popular and accepted by everyone as gospel truth. I found an article in the WSJ debunking this stat as a myth. The article was refreshing because it was good news and intriguing because it challenged my assumptions that divorce was increasing. I figured we were in the 60% range headed for the 70%’s. Here’s what the article had to say. About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those…
  • 4 things I want my boys to learn before they start dating

    samluce
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    We teach our kids about sex, we tell them what to avoid. But we don’t teach our kids how to engage in meaningful and eventually lifelong relationships with the opposite sex. We talk about how babies come into the world but fail to give them the practical tips to help them navigate the waters of dating and courtship. As I think about my boys becoming men I want them to know how to treat women in a God honoring way. I want them to see women for who they are and for the means of God’s grace their future mate will be. Before my boys start dating here are 4 things I plan on telling them. Talk…
  • My favorite productivity tools for 2014

    samluce
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I am sort of an app addict. One of my small talk questions is what new apps people are using. I love finding new apps that fit into my life and make it easier. These are few and far between. Most apps I download or use briefly I am iffy about. Those that don’t make a strong impression after a few days use get pushed aside. Here are some of the tools I use regularly that help keep me on track and productive. Producteev – My todo app. Few reasons why I love it. Syncs to the cloud. Apps for iPad, iPhone and my computer. It’s free to use and is collaborate you can assign tasks to other…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Three Sinful Views of Sin

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Someone does not have to be a sociologist to see that this world is becoming more and more dangerous. Reports of crimes, violence, and bad behavior flood the airwaves and Internet twenty-four hours a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Signs of Abusive Leadership

    David Peach
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Fortunately we have seen a recent interest in the subject of bullying and how to deal with it as it relates to our children. This awareness has filtered into the workplace and other social aspects of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Peter 1 Bible Study and Questions

    Jack Wellman
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How can we better understand 1st Peter chapter 1?  Read below what I have suggested. Perhaps you could add how you think this Bible study could be improved. Introduction First Peter chapter 1 was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Bible Verses about Taking Action

    Crystal McDowell
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Taking action is a necessary part of our relationship with Christ. Our enemy, Satan, takes advantage of those believers who choose passivity instead of action. Action requires faith in God and trust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Bible Verses To Cheer You Up

    Derek Hill
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Life can get pretty rough. It can get chaotic. It can hurt you. It can make you depressed. It can make you sad. Life might always seem like problem after problem. Is there any relief from all of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Matthew Starner

  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

    Matthew Starner
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A few months ago, I spent some time with another worship leader here in Grand Rapids evaluating our worship song libraries. I revamped my library in Planning Center a couple years ago, but it was due for a revision. There were categories were missing, categories that needed to be split up, and songs that needed to be reevaluated. I recently read through Constance Cherry’s “Selecting Songs for Worship” and used some of her criteria to come up with categories. I use the categories not only to find songs in the library each week, but to evaluate songs as they’re added…
  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
 
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    The Long Page

  • All

    Justin Long
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    If 100% of your target area is reached (unless your target area is VERY small): They can’t all go to your small group. They can’t all go to your church. They can’t all go to your Sunday School. They can’t all go to your Vacation Bible School. They can’t all go to your retreat. What happens when someone is in a Bible Study led by one of your church members – but don’t come to Sunday morning service? What happens when someone goes to a DIFFERENT place? How do you enable them to be part of an ekklesia – any ekklesia? – even if it’s not…
  • The cost of holding on

    Justin Long
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    This thought originated from Heidi Long: In order to hold on to your “what ifs” you have to not to do anything about them. What if I did _x_ and succeeded beyond my wildest dreams? Sometimes, it can “feel” better to hold on to the hazy daydream of what life might be like “if” you did something, than to put it to the test and find out the truth–especially if there’s a substantial possibility of failure.
  • Famous

    Justin Long
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Sometimes I hear people some variation of, “Let’s make God famous here.” And I have to wonder: what kind of famous? Golden Globes famous? Oscars famous? Michael Jackson famous? Bono famous? Pope famous? Fame is fleeting, we tell our children. No matter how hard I work, can I make God something more than He already is? Is the God who seemed disinterested in a Temple interested in me making him famous on Twitter or in my city? Is “glory” the same as “famous”?
  • Disengagement

    Justin Long
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    There are three factors that have been used to describe the status of a people group: unevangelized, variations of “unreached”, and unengaged. Unengaged is the newest. It means that a people group has a team of people engaging it with a church planting strategy. Even a team of 2 or 3 is enough to count for this status. To be “engaged” is, as Paul Eshleman has said from time to time, not “the end” but rather “the beginning.” What we don’t talk about very much openly, I think, is the reality of disengagement. Many workers who go to the…
  • 70% solutions: world-changing, but probably costly

    Justin Long
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    In the book “Corps Business,” the author describes how the Marine Corps look for “70% solutions” – e.g. solutions solving 70% of any given problem. Having started at that baseline (which is similar in approach to the idea of the Minimum Viable Product), one can measure where inefficiencies are, iterate a test correction, and see if you can improve on the 70%. Along that line, this morning I was thinking about what provinces and peoples form 70% of the remaining task. A quick and rough analysis of my Provinces spreadsheet gave me a list of…
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    RevTrev.com

  • How to Pray in Tongues

    revtrev
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Pastor Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and http://iHarvest.ca talks about how any Christian can receive the gift of tongues. Join the discussion and upload your own video at http://revtrev.com/tv/
  • Key 3 to revive your soul through prayer – Concentration

    revtrev
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com shares with Harvest Church Beaumont the third place in Luke we see Jesus pray...and talks about how we can bring what we learn about prayer into our lives today.
  • 7 Tips for your alone time with God

    revtrev
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and pastor of Harvest Community Church Beaumont http://iHarvest.ca shares 7 Tips for your alone time with God so prayer can revive your soul.
  • Key 2 to revive your soul through prayer- isolation

    revtrev
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Trevor Lund shares with Harvest Community Church in Beaumont Alberta http://iHarvest.ca the second key we find in Luke on how to revive your soul through prayer - isolation. Listen and share your thoughts.
  • Key 1 to revive your soul through prayer

    revtrev
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This is the first lesson in a 12 part series looking what Jesus taught and practice around prayer in the book of Luke. Join us in Beaumont or sign up on YouTube to stay in touch. http://revtrev.com/tv is coming soon.
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    NateFietzer.com

  • 10 Must-Have FREE Android Apps

    Nate
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    1. Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger Voxer is a free app that allows you to send voice, text and photo messages through their app which acts just like a walkie talkie. This for me has been a life changer. It has … Continued
  • Small Changes … BIG DIFFERENCE!

    Nate
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    With the holidays behind us we are once again getting back into our normal routines. I want to encourage you to not simply revert to the routine of 2014 but make a change. Do something today or this week that … Continued
  • Burning From The Inside Out

    Nate
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Have you been feeling like you simply want to pack up your bags and disappear or feel like you want everyone to simply forget your name and number even if it’s just for a day. Those feelings are real feelings … Continued
  • Where’s Waldo Nate?

    Nate
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    It’s been a while since I have blogged, not to mention my posts on a few social media networks have also been very lite as well. Some of you have asked … “Where’s Nate?” … “What’s going on? Everything ok?”. … Continued
  • Achieving Your Goals

    Nate
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney Hard to believe that it’s almost March already. Spring is coming and summer is around the corner. For many, summer can be rather depressing, especially if you made a resolution to … Continued
 
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    ResonateOrDie

  • 20 Ways to Cultivate Resonance in Your Connections and Relationships

    Kerry Bural
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Today I’m thinking about connections and relationships . . . Unfortunately, the nostalgia of neighborly conversations on the porch has rapidly transformed into real-time, efficient, digital “communication.” Our connections with other people and the building of meaningful relationships appears to be dwindling under the weight of a quicker, more tech-based, social media era. I’m not losing heart though! With social media as the norm, with text messages (and status updates and re-tweets and pins) on the rise, people are becoming more aware of the negative impact these…
  • Merry Christmas and an exceptional 2015

    Kerry Bural
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We hope you’ve had a wonderful year.  As we wind down 2014, we also wish you have a Merry Christmas and an exceptional 2015. May grace abound and may you be a blessing to everyone you encounter in 2015. Thanks for all you do to impact the Kingdom for His glory. Resonate
  • The Difference Between Your Ministry Identity and Your Ministry Logo . . . and Why It Matters

    Kerry Bural
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    People often confuse their identity with their logo and think the two are one in the same. You may have heard them refer to their logo as their “brand.” While I get what they’re saying, it’s important to be clear in understanding that there are significant differences between the two. Your logo is merely a group of lines, symbols and colors that either adequately or inadequately represent your ministry. These elements do not (nor should they) represent the totality of your identity. Your ministry identity is about your style, vibe and uniqueness. It’s about what people sense when…
  • Why We Are Thankful

    Ruben Nunez
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This week, we are especially thankful for our family, friends, clients and team members who make life rich. We are also thankful for the opportunity to intersect with each of you and to watch your work and impact as it unfolds. Keep pressing on . . . Kerry
  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part Two)

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

  • The person you sleep with should tick these three boxes

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Box 1: They are your spouse.Box 2: You are married to them.Box 3: Refer back to box 1.This, obviously, isn't the reality for everyone. People have sex with who they want, for a variety of reasons.But think the following is true no matter what you believe.For, no matter your worldview, I think it makes the most sense to have anyone you sleep with tick the following boxes...Box 1: With sex being a magnifier physically, emotionally and relationally it pays to know the person beforehand. Strangers, generally, don't make good bedfellows. Box 2: Know why you BOTH want to have sex. Is…
  • Teens HAVING or HAD sex?

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The percentage of teens who aren't virgins isn't small. But, it's not as big a percentage as high-schoolers or the media would have you believe (anywhere from 55-70% still hold their v-card when they finish high school).But, I wonder, how many teens are HAVING sex, as opposed to HAD sex?If all we care about, or at least monitor, is when someone actually has HAD intercourse, then I think it skews the figures away from those who are actually HAVING sex. Because there's a massive difference between someone who, in a moment of regret, had sex, with someone who is in a relationship having…
  • 3 reasons the younger need the older with different plumbing

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    What does a Christian man actually look like?What characteristics does he display?How does he treat his loved ones?Could you ACTUALLY point one out?At the upcoming leader's weekend for my youth group we'll be looking at the books of 1 Timothy and Titus, asking the two questions "What does this say about leadership?" and "What does this say about being an example to those younger?"When you delve into those books, there's heaps to uncover, but there's also a connection which is more subtle.Obviously, younger Christian guys need solid, Jesus-following, older guys around them. Why? To have…
  • Is it ok to play dumb?

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    At times, I play dumb.I pretend to know less than I actually do.And... I wonder... is it fair to do so?Should I, if aware of an issue or the entire narrative, leave gaps for others to fill in order to -a) give them the opportunity to raise an issue on their timeframe (within reason)b) hear their side of the storyc) allow them space to only share what they're comfortable with me knowingd) have a subtle test as to how much they want me to know and how much they want to hide.Is it ethical for me to dangle enough rope before people in order for them, potentially, to hang themselves?Or, should I…
  • Invite v Ask

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Please stand.Would you like to stand?I need you to sit down.Can you sit down please?If you want something done, you can do two things, invite or ask.Hopefully, no matter which one you choose, the person you're addressing will comply.But, when dealing with children or teens, one method is far more effective.If you invite people to do what you're wanting, you'll never hear the dreaded reply... "Well, I COULD stand" or "Where do you want me to take it?"Sure, invitations can be shot down with a firm no, but at least they kill off the smart-alec response.
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Leadership and Self Awareness

    Fr. Peter
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    There is an old leadership principal that you cannot lead other until you can lead yourself.  In the Scriptures there are admonitions that bishop be the husband of one wife, have no debit, etc.  The idea behind this is that is our lives are a mess we will not be effective leaders of others.  Those […] The post Leadership and Self Awareness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Cauliflower Rice/Couscous

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have started to change the way I think about food and what I eat.  I actually started a few months ago but I gave up because I really did not know what to make. In talking with others about this a book was recommended to me, It Starts with Food.  The book focuses on changing […] The post Cauliflower Rice/Couscous appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Freedom and Responsibility

    Fr. Peter
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    On January 7, 2015, radical Islamist gunmen entered the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed twelve employees including several cartoonists.  The magazine had published several cartoons over the years of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the radical Islamists were there to exact revenge for the cartoons that they claim were disparaging […] The post Freedom and Responsibility appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The training of leaders today is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what are the qualities that we look for in leadership? The post Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Power of the Pause

    Fr. Peter
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    The last few weeks I have been writing a lot about action, make a plan, look in the mirror, and other such essays on how to get motivated to get things done.  But, too much activity can be just as bad as not enough activity.  We need to lean to pause every now and again […] The post The Power of the Pause appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
 
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  • What’s good about you

    Osayi
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    I know I know… you’re in shock! two posts in a row… well let’s just say I’ve had a bit of free time, and I’ve been thinking… and I thought I’d share… Anyway, so I was listening to this podcast and they were talking about how we usually focus on what we think is wrong with us and create New Year’s resolutions on that premise… but we often forget to think about what’s right with us, or what’s good about us… I was thinking about that, and I realized that it is sooooooo true, especially for us women…we focus…
  • Aaaaaaand We’re back! Happy 2015

    Osayi
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    I know, I know…I’m late as usual, and January is almost over, well let me tell you, January has been a very interesting month for me… for those of you who don’t know, I was preggo for most of 2014, and (finally) had the baby in November… so let’s just say things have been very interesting… For those of you telling your friends about my books (Impossible is Stupid, Because you deserve love), thank you so much, I’ve seen an upsurge of book orders in the past few months, and you best believe I’m using the money to buy my kid some clothes…
  • If He did it before

    Osayi
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If he did it before: I don’t know what it is about the human condition, but we are always so quick to forget all the amazing things that God has done for us. I find myself meditating these days on all the good things that God has done for me, and realizing that there is nothing to difficult or too scary, or too much for God. If God ever healed me before he has provided for my healing again. If God ever provided for my needs before, he is more than willing to provide for my needs again. If God ever gave me a good thing before He is eager to give me many more good things today. So instead…
  • What things soever you desire when you pray… believe

    Osayi
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I’ve been thinking about and meditating on this scripture lately: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Therefore I tellyou, all the things you pray and ask for–believe that you have received them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 People often say that God will give us all we need, but will not necessarily give us all we want. But the truth is that the Bible does not say that. The Bible says that Whatever we desire (wants) when we pray, as long as we believe, we will get it. No ifs ands or…
  • Pain that heals

    Osayi
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    We spend a lot of time running away from pain. I for one hate pain…I’ve always hated pain since I was a child. I remember that I would complain about every pain I had to my mother. It could have been something small or something large, but immediately I felt discomfort I would go running to her to fix it. I remember one time I was bending my pinky finger and told my mom that “mummy I feel pain every time I bend my finger like this,” to which she quickly responded “then don’t bend it like that.” I can understand why we don’t like pain, because…
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Proclaim Update for Mac: What’s New

    Jason Hickerson
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Let’s get started Open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. Proclaim for Mac may look the same on the outside but if you take a peek under the hood you will notice several very important changes. A much requested feature is ready for you to use: Keynote Integration Proclaim has always allowed you to import a PowerPoint presentation. Now, when the guest speaker hands you a Keynote presentation you can import the file just like PowerPoint and present beautifully. Note: To import from Keynote you…
  • New Feature: Fade in Text

    Jason Hickerson
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Another new feature added in the latest update to Proclaim is a new way to fade in text. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. In the example below you can see how to use this feature to fade in bullet points from a sermon. Add a content service item with a title and some bullet points as you see below. You will notice in the timeline that each “++” will add the next bullet point onto the slide. Here is a video of the result. You speak and we listen!
  • Proclaim Update: Check Out What You Can Do

    Jason Hickerson
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What’s new in Proclaim? First, open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. Emphasis Text Proclaim delivers another requested feature with the ability to emphasize a word or phrase. Add a Bible, Content, or Announcement slide to your presentation and you will notice a new button allowing you to emphasize a word or phrase. Check it out: Here is how a responsive reading from Psalm 34 can be built. From a Bible service item, use Psalm 34:1-19 and select the text you want to emphasize. Then click the…
  • Free Apostles’ Creed Video

    Jason Hickerson
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Proclaim is happy to give this incredibly engaging video illustrating the Apostles’ Creed to all churches using Proclaim. Share this video with your church by searching “Apostles’ Creed” in the media browser. You can also find it by clicking the “Bible Screen” collection in the media browser. The Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and…
  • New Year—New Pro Media

    Jason Hickerson
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    2015 is here A bright new year filled with opportunity has arrived! As you get back to life after the holidays you will find some new Pro Media is available. January delivers 17 new packs of media. Get ready for the big football game with an engaging announcement slide. For many churches, game day is a great time to have some fun and fellowship. Check out the great imagery in the Jonah sermon pack. There are some really great packs this month! You can find an announcement for the church photo directory and an upcoming prayer event. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
 
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    Blake Mankin

  • Focus Is a Commodity

    blakemankin
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The days start to run together when we forget to take a step back and take a deep breath. Even when we’re not busy with events, our minds can be busy scrolling through updates like this one, participating in fruitless thinking, and obsessively worrying. Even when I’m not “doing” anything, I trend towards busying my thoughts with frantic fret or jumping from one distraction to the next. Focus. It’s a commodity in this world, one I can’t seem to get quite right. Even as I’m composing this, I’ve checked my phone that buzzed and thought about a handful of things I have no control…
  • We’re Not the Solution

    blakemankin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time. But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns. For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we…
  • Excellence Is Boring

    blakemankin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Excellence requires a certain level of boring. To be excellent requires focus, and focus makes us predictable. It means saying no to most things and yes to a few. It means being associated with a particular skill, cause, or activity when our names come up in conversation. Our wanderlust can be our biggest liability because it can keep us from adopting the amount of boring it takes to become great at something. This is often said of my generation, that we’re too directionless because we live off the thrill of chasing new experiences. I know this can be true in my life. As a millennial, the…
  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

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

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

  • Strength

    Kris Burke
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.   UFC, This verse really stood out to me this week. In looking into it I found that the Valley of Baca was also known as the Valley of Weeping. It was known as this because of how barren and desolate it was, there was no water to be found there. So when reading this verse it makes sense. Blessed is the man who puts their…
  • A Year of Recompense

    Kris Burke
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Psalm 18:20-24 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. UFC, On New Years, Pastor Janeth spoke of how this year would be a year of recompense. It would be a year that we…
  • Change

    Kris Burke
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    1 Peter 1:24-25 “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. UFC, Today, I was thinking about all the change that I have seen in my lifetime. I am only 29 years old but in that short time there has been so much change in my life, in this country and even in this world. Looking throughout history we can see the drastic changes that have taken place. We can see the change that has taken place in peoples values and their views…
  • Honduras – New Year Photos

    United Faith Church
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
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  • Happy New Year!

    Kris Burke
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Genesis 49:24-25 Because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, Because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, Because of your father’s God, who helps you, Because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below…   UFC, Happy New Year! Do you feel the excitement in the air? The people of God are in anxious expectation of all that is coming in this new year. God is ready to do amazing things in the midst of His people. This will be a year of miracles, blessings and favor in the presence of our King. When the world asks you why you…
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    Better Bible Teachers

  • 5 ways to make your King Josiah Bible story more interesting

    Nathan
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Saturday night I was up until 11:30pm working on my lesson. I was preparing to tell the story of Josiah cleaning the temple. The problem was I didn’t feel like the lesson was quite “there”. Have you ever had that feeling? The information for your lesson is researched, and yet you are pretty sure the kids are going to be bored out of their minds listening to it. Yeah, that’s where I was. I just couldn’t get it right. As much as I wanted one, there wasn’t a dramatic plot point to keep the story suspenseful. No one was on the verge of dying. No one was being chased. The story in and…
  • 10 Easy-To-Use Bible Study Websites

    Nathan
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Every Sunday I spend about 15-20 minutes teaching the kids at church a Bible story. And that 20 minute lesson is the culmination of about 10-15 hours of study. That’s right. For every 2 minutes I speak, I put in about an hour of work during the week. Now I know, what you are thinking. And yes, I am probably ridiculous and am definitely a work-a-holic. But I desperately want what I say to be both interesting and accurate so I take the time to get it right. I believe part of being a great teacher is being a great student. That means putting in the study to get the results you want. But…
  • Anna and Simeon Meet Jesus Sunday School Lesson

    Nathan
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Introduction One day Luke sits down to write, for his friend Theophalius, what he has seen and heard during the time of Jesus. Luke talks about Mary being pregnant with Jesus, and how Joseph helped Mary on the long journey to Bethlehem, where the baby was born. What’s interesting is that after Jesus is born there isn’t a lot written about him as a baby. In fact, there are only 3 times in Luke where we hear about something that happened to Jesus as a baby. The first was when the shepherds heard from the angels that Jesus had born, and they came to the stable in Bethlehem. (Show Slide…
  • Don’t do this when you teach Sunday School…

    Nathan
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    This past Sunday I taught on Simeon and Anna meeting Jesus in the temple. And afterwards I felt like the lesson totally flopped. As I finished up the lesson I realized that I was still trying to figure out exactly how to explain the idea of the lesson while I was teaching. I was trying to relate Simeon’s faith to the faith we can have in Jesus, but the way I was describing it was just “flat”. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best. Not only that, but the lesson needed more work. As much as I had worked on it , it still wasn’t ‘tight’ and…
  • Moses is Born / Moses at the Burning Bush Lesson

    Nathan
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Introduction: Today we are going to talk about 2 very important names. But first, I want to start off with a little fun. I’m going to say a name and i want you to tell me what comes to mind when you hear that name. If something comes to your mind when I say these names, raise your hand. The first name: Thomas Edison Right! He invented the lightbulb Next: Abraham Lincoln Right! He was the 16th president of the United States Ok, the final one: Tom Brady Right! He is a professional football player. Name Association So we all just learned something. We associate stories and ideas with certain…
 
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    theworshiplounge.com

  • #4: Study Your Favorite Worship Leaders

    The Worship Lounge
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Can you name the masters of your craft? You should follow their work closely too. Who do you admire the most as a worship Leader? Who would you like to emulate? Have you ever been captivated by a specific approach to worship leading? What about a voice? Perhaps a sound? Perfecting your craft requires years of practice, it might be of great help to use the countless references provided to you by the internet. We recommend that you study those you admire the most. Here’s a short list provided by Music Director Nena Francois to simply explain her influence and how she was able to create…
  • #8 Worship Is More Than A Song

    The Worship Lounge
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    When I was 15, I knew I was going to be on broadway! I knew I loved singing, I knew I loved acting, and I knew Juilliard was the school for me. I was super involved in everything because I wanted it to look good on my transcripts. I was in honors classes, I was on the softball team, in choir – working on solo’s, in theatre – working on memorizing lines for the school play, I was a youth leader in my youth group and leading worship as a teenager, I relied on my voice for everything. I couldn’t wait to pursue my dream and go to NY and live the life of auditioning and…
  • #7: WORSHIP LEADER VS. LEAD WORSHIPPER

    The Worship Lounge
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Around 2003… I traveled with my choir, up to Northern California, and we sang at Maribel’s church. I want to say, if I remember correctly she was playing drums. Then I heard her sing. Maribel is a powerhouse. She is truly talented, I listened to her first album and was blessed. I was able to do some background vocals for her latest project. Anxiously and patiently waiting its arrival. Its been a blessing to be able to lead worship for youth conventions along side her. I know and trust God is still doing great and mighty things through her. Be inspired as you read her piece.Jessica…
  • #3: AVOID RAMBLING AS A WORSHIP LEADER

    The Worship Lounge
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    8 Tips to help you avoid rambling. Rambling is that lengthy maybe confused or inconsequential speech during worship. Have you ever thought, “I said too much, or not enough.” “Did that make any sense?” Or “What was the point of that?” I am guilty of it. Leading worship is so much more than showing up, standing in front of a crowd, and speaking encouragement into their lives. Is that a part of it? Absolutely, but there is so much more. For a long time I trusted my gift of improv, coupled with the leading of the Holy Spirit to help me say what needed to be…
  • #6: Worship and Musicianship

    The Worship Lounge
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I met Skyy through his wife Gina. His love for God, his wife and beautiful children is admirable and an amazing example. His musical talent is sleek, gifted, annointed and smooth. He is a down to earth, skilled worship director and music phenom. He loves to make people sound good, and be the man behind the scenes… Its an honor to know him and a blessing to be his friend. I love the Grants! Be encouraged by his words! Worship and Musicianship by Skyy Grant Skyy & Gina Grant (Facebook) From time to time I hear a coin phrase in ministry. “God just cares about our heart. Why do we…
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