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  • Ascension Sunday Sermon: Changed Hearts and Changed Lives

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    Chuck Warnock
    16 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    I’m preaching this sermon tomorrow on Ascension Sunday. Unless we understand the Ascension of Christ, we cannot understand the Great …Continue reading →
  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Guest Preacher

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    Kevin D. Hendricks
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last fall we started collecting Church Visitor Horror Stories to celebrate our book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. It’s been scary stuff. But hopefully we can learn to be more welcoming. The Guest Preacher We were on vacation and went to church on Sunday. They asked us to sign the guest book and my wife signed it as “Rev. & Mrs. Cox.” They asked me if I was a pastor and when I said yes, they asked me to wait a moment. Soon a man came over and said, “So I hear you are a pastor?” I said yes, and then he asked me if I would…
  • Reaching Millennials — Is There One Way?

    Ron Edmondson
    Ron Edmondson
    20 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    This is a guest post by my son Nate: My name is Nate, and I’m a millennial. That means I must love liturgy, hate big production in church, want to ask really hard questions about faith all the time, go do organized “social justice” every Saturday, am nowhere near shallow enough (or I’m just far too clever) to attend a church with a hashtag campaign, want a pastor who preaches messages that are “on point” and filled with “authentic, hard truth”, think that the majority of Christians I grew up with were hypocritical bigots who suppressed all of my doubts, love Jesus but question…
  • 5 Years: Creative Missions Boise Wrap-Up

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    Chuck Scoggins
    22 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    If you told me that first year in Albany, N.Y. that Creative Missions would go on to serve hundreds of churches in Missouri, Arkansas, Alaska, Maryland, Idaho and more, I’m not sure I would’ve believed you. But, as I reflect on five years of Creative Missions trips that is exactly what has happened—hundreds of churches are now in a better strategic place to fulfill their mission, hundreds of pastors have been encouraged, dozens of creative missionaries have a new understanding of their calling, and heaven only knows how many people have been impacted by the gospel all because of the…
  • Business Meets Ministry with the Revive Network

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    Kent Shaffer
    6 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Revive is a strategic network where leaders in the Church & marketplace come together to collaborate and explore how they can transform cities & culture together. There will be events, a network directory, and online school of business and ministry. The inaugural event is less then a month away on June 1-2 in Dallas. You can see the full details at: revivenetwork.com/dfw I am eager to see how this community grows. It has a potential to be a mashup of The Barnabas Group and The Center for Faith & Work with a bit of launching new businesses and ministries. In other words, how…
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  • 5 Years: Creative Missions Boise Wrap-Up

    Chuck Scoggins
    22 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    If you told me that first year in Albany, N.Y. that Creative Missions would go on to serve hundreds of churches in Missouri, Arkansas, Alaska, Maryland, Idaho and more, I’m not sure I would’ve believed you. But, as I reflect on five years of Creative Missions trips that is exactly what has happened—hundreds of churches are now in a better strategic place to fulfill their mission, hundreds of pastors have been encouraged, dozens of creative missionaries have a new understanding of their calling, and heaven only knows how many people have been impacted by the gospel all because of the…
  • Email Marketing on #cmschat

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    22 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Last night’s #cmschat on Twitter covered email marketing. We talked about different email solutions, how churches are using email and more. A5: Your headline has ONE job only – get the open. Write with that sole focus. #cmschat — Brady Shearer (@BradyShearer) May 22, 2015 Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Week 14: How Email Marketing Can Improve Your Church Communications” on Storify] The post Email Marketing on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
  • Why Is Graphic Design Important for Churches?

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    21 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Graphic design is a foreign term for too many churches. Sure, we talk about a lot of megachurches that crank out cool designs and have multiple designers on staff. But the rest of us feel lucky if we have a decent logo we can slap on some letterhead. Most churches don’t do graphic design. But they should. Especially in today’s crowded visual age when communicate needs to catch the eye, but also be clear and direct. Most churches would say they can’t afford graphic design. But the reality is that churches can’t afford to be ignored. We’ll talk more about the…
  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Guest Preacher

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last fall we started collecting Church Visitor Horror Stories to celebrate our book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. It’s been scary stuff. But hopefully we can learn to be more welcoming. The Guest Preacher We were on vacation and went to church on Sunday. They asked us to sign the guest book and my wife signed it as “Rev. & Mrs. Cox.” They asked me if I was a pastor and when I said yes, they asked me to wait a moment. Soon a man came over and said, “So I hear you are a pastor?” I said yes, and then he asked me if I would…
  • Follow Along With Creative Missions 2015

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Creative Missions 2015 is underway and church communicators are currently serving local churches in Boise, Idaho. They’re building websites, designing logos, shooting videos and more, all to help local churches communicate better. Last week we talked about how you can support Creative Missions (donations are still welcome!), and this week we have the chance to follow along. Check out what’s happening and give the team a shout out: [View the story “Creative Missions :: 2015″ on Storify] More Get the book on Creative Missions—Dangerous: A Go-to Guide for Church…
 
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  • Business Meets Ministry with the Revive Network

    Kent Shaffer
    6 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Revive is a strategic network where leaders in the Church & marketplace come together to collaborate and explore how they can transform cities & culture together. There will be events, a network directory, and online school of business and ministry. The inaugural event is less then a month away on June 1-2 in Dallas. You can see the full details at: revivenetwork.com/dfw I am eager to see how this community grows. It has a potential to be a mashup of The Barnabas Group and The Center for Faith & Work with a bit of launching new businesses and ministries. In other words, how…
  • Join Open Church

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    It is an exciting year for Open Church! I’d love for you to join us as we build a global library of free resources and a directory of key initiatives in God’s Kingdom. There are 17 roles that can be filled by volunteers, interns, or self-funded full-time team members. It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of the foundational stages of Open Church. Visit openchurch.com/join to see all of the telecommuting opportunities or check out our top 7 needs below: Scout – Market Researcher identify key initiatives in the Kingdom research what they are doing + see full details…
  • Updated Top Christian Blogs List

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    The 12th edition of the top Christian blogs list is out! Featuring 300 blogs, it’s the definitive guide of the most-read blogs for ministry inspiration. Fifty-three blogs made the rankings this year that were absent from last year. Visit the Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry. The post Updated Top Christian Blogs List appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Code for the Kingdom is launching a Global Hackathon this October

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    After hosting local hackathons across Silicon Valley, Seattle, India, and Austin, Code for the Kingdom is launching its first global hackathon on October 2-4, 2015. Featuring 12 host cities, participants will create technologies using a Christian perspective to tackle challenges facing our communities. Over the past two years, over 900 technologists have created create 86 projects through Code for the Kingdom. This first global collaboration will leverage the skills and insights of international entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian…
  • 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.
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  • Get Better at Social Media + Online Ministry

    djchuang
    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    2 most valuable events for church & ministry leaders coming up = 1 offline conference + 1 online conference.The Digital Ministry Conference is designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for the cause of Christ. Dates: June 2-4 @ Biola University, La Mirada, California.Foundations Online Conference is a conference for equipping your church to communicate effectively. Date = July 22nd @ anywhere you are.Both conferences cover various aspects of strategy + tactics + ministry + learning +…
  • Why Planting New Churches for Millennials and the World is Vital

    djchuang
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I’m en route to Tampa for the Exponential East 2015 church planting conference this week and have a few thoughts to share. This annual event, now bi-coastal and twice a year, has unarguably been instrumental in equipping and inspiring and mobilizing people and churches for the imminent future of churches in America and around the world.For those privileged to be there in person, I’d love to connect with you in person: I have a workshop on Wed 4/29 morning, and/or connect over free lunch on Tues 4/28 hosted by ReGenerant Network + Ambassador Network + EFCA – RSVP at…
  • Yes, there’s a Saddleback Church in Aliso Viejo

    djchuang
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Happy to share the good news of a new Saddleback Church worship venue in Aliso Viejo (launched on Easter 2015) hosted by Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano campus. It’s great that it’s so close to where I live (Vantis) and the many other people that live in the neighborhoods nearby.Here’s the details & info about this Saddleback Church Off-Site Venue in Aliso Viejo::The Saddleback Rancho Capistrano Off-site Venue at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center meets every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Off-site venues like this are designed to be an easy and relaxing way for you to…
  • Real Changed Lives of Everyday People

    djchuang
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Everyone has a story to tell. Even though not everyone is a great storyteller, there are ways to tell one’s story in an engaging way, I think.Stories of everyday people can be presented in a compelling way and the best instance of that is StoryCorps on NPR. Everyday average people having a conversation and sharing a slice of their story recorded in a short episode. So compelling that over 50,000 episodes are archived in the Library of Congress!How often have you heard it said that church is not the building, it’s the people. What does that look like? There are church websites…
  • How mobile giving needs to be easier and available

    djchuang
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Somebody needs to solve this problem of mobile donations aka mobile giving. A few companies I know of that have. But it doesn’t do most churches and nonprofits any good if I know a few of them, they have to know about them.It dawned on me this is an unsolved problem as I went to 7 churches over the course of Easter weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, affectionately known as the OC Easter Tour. I wanted to give as a part of worship at the churches I visited, but discovered that 5 out of 7 churches didn’t have an accessible & working mobile giving solution!So I could only give a…
 
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  • Rhett Smith Podcast 11: Exploring 7 Spiritual Practices for Busy People — with Pastor, Spiritual Director, and Professor, Timothy Smith

    Rhett Smith
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    We all live in a very busy, very fast paced culture. And in our constant hurry it is often our self-care that goes by the wayside. We stop taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, often finding ourselves in a worse predicament than when we began. In this episode I really wanted to explore some spiritual practices that can help us foster our faith in the busyness of our day-to-day stress. And so in order to do that, I brought on my father Timothy Smith. If you listened to Episode 3 on transitions, liminal space and discovering your passion, then you know my…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 10: Are You Living a Good Story? How Comfort, Anxiety and the American Dream Can Keep Us From Living a Compelling Life — with Author, Storyteller, and Communications Pastor, Scott McClellan

    Rhett Smith
    13 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    In the Summer of 2008 I was sitting in my inlaw’s home office working on their computer. My wife, 1 year old daughter and I had just moved from Los Angeles to Dallas to live a more compelling story, but we knew very few people except for some family we had in the DFW area. So there I was online looking for some way to connect with people in Dallas. At the time I was pretty involved in the online intersection of faith and technology, and so it was with great interest that I saw that a brand new conference was taking place in Dallas a couple of weeks after our move. The conference was the…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 9: Exploring the Way that Technology Shapes Us, Our Relationships, and Our Faith — with Author, Technologist and Theologian, John Dyer

    Rhett Smith
    6 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I first met John Dyer online somewhere in the summer of 2008. I was engaged online quite a bit at the intersection of faith and technology. I am definitely not an expert in technology, but there was a period of about 4-5 years where I spent a lot of time at social media and technology conferences, workshops, meetups, etc. And during that time I spoke quite a bit on how technology shapes our relationships. But it was when I met John in person in the Fall of 2008 and we started hanging out, that I really began to understand truly how technology shapes us. Some of John’s work that really…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 8: Parenting in an Online World, Creating Sacred Spaces, and Navigating Cyberbullying and Pornography Among Youth — with Youth Cartel Co-Founder, Speaker, and Technologist, Adam McLane

    Rhett Smith
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    I first got to connect with Adam McLane when we were driving through the Dominican Republic, and across the border into Haiti. It was only about a month after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, and we were part of a youth ministry team that went down there (though as Adam points out, it was more like a bunch of youth pastors and me — a therapist). Over the course of those last five years I have had the opportunity to really connect and get to know Adam better, as well as speaking at his initial Youth Cartel event in 2012. Here you can see me talk about The Anxiety of Teenagers.
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 7: The Journey of Forgiveness

    Rhett Smith
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    One of the issues that almost always comes up in my work with clients is the issue of forgiveness. It is the issue that often is not addressed, but the one that is most needed. So a few months ago when a pastor friend of mine asked me to come speak at his church’s marriage conference he gave me the freedom to choose what I wanted to talk about. The obvious stuff came to mind instantly….communication….intimacy….sex….etc. So I thought about what I wanted to talk about for a few days and finally settled on the topic of forgiveness. Why did I settle on this topic?
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  • New Wineskins for New Wine: My interview on Rose City Forum

    20 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    The bit of buzz in Seattle around my research into church planting in the city led to this hour-long interview with Andee Zommerman, host of the Rose City Forum in Portland. The show has recently hosted such guests as Doug Pagitt, Christian Piatt, and Rachel Held Evans. The conversation ranged from the nature of religious life in the Pacific Northwest to the theology behind "third place"
  • 'The Future of Religion: A Researcher (that's me) looks to Seattle for clues' [NPR interview]

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    I have to admit, I was a bit surprised when I got an email from NPR's affiliate in Seattle (KUOW) asking about my research on church plants in Seattle, and what it suggests about the future of church in the urban, American context.  The interview with Marcie Sillman was a blast, and it was a privileged to get to tell a different, more hopeful narrative than the dominant one these days about
  • King 5 News Coverage of New Seattle Churches

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    This Holy Week, King 5 News in Seattle, decided to do a series on some of new church plants in Seattle that have been the focus of my dissertation research and writing, including Community Dinners, Vona, All Saints, and Awake.  I was delighted to be able to share some of what I've been learning about the context with Alison Morrow, and even more pleased that they've been lifting up how important
  • Third Places and/as Sacred Spaces: Innovation among Neighborhood-rooted New Seattle Churches

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Seattle is home to a number of new churches that are embodying their belief that the gospel is good news to neighborhoods. Seeking to incarnate the Kingdom of God, they fashion themselves as a tangible assets to their community.  Several do this by providing a "third place"-- a space that is open to all and fosters community and advances the well-being of the neighborhood. Here are some of the
  • New Seattle Churches Mapped

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    More than 100 new churches have taken root in Seattle, WA since 2001. Explore the churches on this map I created which lists websites, Facebook and Twitter pages, denominational identity, and founding date. See King 5 News Coverage of New Seattle churches here.  To learn more about the New Seattle Churches Project, check out www.newseattlechurches.com and follow me on Twitter for study
 
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  • Tomorrowland: Creating a Better Future?

    Eric Bryant
    23 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Tweet As someone who has Futuristic and Positivity as two of my top five strengths according to the Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, you can imagine that I would be intrigued by a film like Tomorrowland. (Even the website – takemetotomorrowland.com and the novel e-book from Fandango have been enjoyable). So many films and books paint a bleak and dystopian view of the future. Tomorrowland makes the future seem better and brighter. With so many films based on old stories (remakes, comic books, and sequels), an original story from a thought-provoking filmmaker like Brad Bird definitely…
  • Losing Your Life To Find It (Jeff Goins Podcast)

    Eric Bryant
    19 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    TweetIf you don’t know Jeff Goins, you should get to know him. He’s a great writer and thinker, and I have enjoyed learning from him over the years. I was honored to be a part of his recent podcast. Listen in here:   From the interview and Jeff’s website: Show highlights In this episode, Eric and I discuss: What it feels like to find your calling A key element to discovering your life’s work many overlook The historic practice to determine what you were made to do How community plays a significant role in providing clarity The relationship between self-obsession and…
  • Post-Christian Ministry (Courses in Austin)

    Eric Bryant
    14 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Tweet Are you looking to move your leadership to the next level? Are you hoping to catalyze a more effective effort in loving, serving, and influencing your city? If so, consider the Post Christian Ministry Certificate offered through Bethel Seminary.* These courses are designed for pastors and church leaders who want to become more effective in evangelism and discipleship in our post-Christian culture. You can take all three courses or choose the ones you prefer. Leading a Missional Organization – Fall 2015 Intensive: August 13-16, 2015 Register by July 31st Course Description: …
  • Advance – 6 Weeks That Will Change Your Life

    Eric Bryant
    5 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Tweet ADVANCE | Wednesdays, May 6th – June 10th Join us for 6 weeks from 6:30pm-8pm on Wednesdays on finding how God created you to put your faith in action.   Led by Robb Overholt, the Change Orchestrator, Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Coach! Includes StrengthsFinder ($10), personality assessment, character matrix, and more! For any questions, email Shaula.Overholt@gatewaychurch.com. In May we will be meeting at the Fannins’ house (1809 Stanley Ave 78745). In June, we will be meeting in a different location to be determined. Childcare will be $5 per child. Hope to see…
  • Vintage Faith and Thrive Resources

    Eric Bryant
    2 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    TweetSo great being together today at Thrive! Here are the Message Notes: Controlling Your Control Issues Trajectory: 7 Ways to Create a Better Future A Fruitful Life (Sermon Series and Small Group Resources) Character Matrix: From Selfish to Servant Leader based on Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul by Erwin McManus Here are more Resources for You and Your Church: 1. If you’d like for me to come and invest in your church, leaders, and/or city, go here: Mobilizing for Impact: A Weekend in Your City 2. For Leadership at the Next Level The Post-Christian Ministry Certificate…
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  • Ascension Sunday Sermon: Changed Hearts and Changed Lives

    Chuck Warnock
    16 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    I’m preaching this sermon tomorrow on Ascension Sunday. Unless we understand the Ascension of Christ, we cannot understand the Great …Continue reading →
  • I Wish I’d Known

    Chuck Warnock
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    I’m writing an article for Outreach magazine titled “I Wish I’d Known…” about things small church pastors wish they had …Continue reading →
  • Sermon: The Paradox of Following Jesus

    Chuck Warnock
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    On the last Sunday of Lent, I preached from John 12:20-33. It’s the story of Jesus after his entry into …Continue reading →
  • The Lenten Journey: Into the Wilderness

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    Our services have been cancelled tomorrow — Sunday, February 22, 2015 — because of snow and ice. But, this week’s …Continue reading →
  • 5 Questions We All Ask About Healing

    Chuck Warnock
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    I preached from Mark 1:29-39, last Sunday, and chose to address the issue of healing. The 5 questions that I …Continue reading →
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  • In Moments Like These

    Fred McKinnon
    18 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Hey friends! Happy Monday.  It’s the last week of school in the McKinnon household so we are excited to be on the home stretch of the 2015 school year. I’d like to kick off this week by sharing some music with you.   Here’s my rendition of a classic worship chorus, “In Moments Like These” from my piano instrumental album, “Be Glorified”. A few interesting facts about this album: It’s one of my older albums, recorded and produced in 1998. I recorded it on a Yamaha grand piano with 2 microphones being mixed directly to DAT (Digital Audio…
  • Reflections: Take 1 Completed!

    Fred McKinnon
    14 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Hey Gang, THANK YOU for those who tuned in for the first-ever live “Reflections” broadcast on my YouTube channel.   I felt like it went very well with the exception that our A/C in the studio was blowing 80 degree air right on top of me. Although it’s meaningful to have some of you tuned in during the live broadcast, it’s archived so if you missed it you can still view the archived video below or on my YouTube channel. I’ve noticed that the sound of the piano sort of chops off some – not sure if that’s part of the video compression or some of the…
  • Reflections: Join Me in the Studio, LIVE, Tomorrow Morning

    Fred McKinnon
    13 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    Hey Friends, I’d like to invite you all to join me tomorrow morning, May 14th, at 8:00 AM EST for my first ever “Reflections” live broadcast. “Reflections” is a short, 10-15 minute live event broadcasted from our studio.   I will simply be playing the keys, creating some peaceful, instrumental music for your own personal time of reflection and meditation.    Drop in and drop out as you’d like. It’s just instrumental music – no lyrics, no singing, no conversation … just me playing whatever comes to me.  My hope is that it will provide…
  • My Attempt at Silence: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    Fred McKinnon
    6 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Hey Gang, A few days ago I posted a blog about all the “noise, Noise, NOISE” in life.  In that blog I encouraged us to find a way to turn off the noise and find times of silence. This morning I decided to follow my own advice.  Here’s a rundown of the experience: First let me explain that your experience may be different than mine.  I am expressing my journey through the lens of my Christian faith.   I realize there are people subscribed who enjoy my music but don’t process any faith at all, or perhaps, a different faith.   Regardless, these exercises are still…
  • noise, Noise, NOISE

    Fred McKinnon
    4 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    How many of us remember this scene from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”?   More than anything, what the Grinch seems to dread most about the Whos in Whoville is the noise they will be making on Christmas Day. As a musician and composer, I strongly believe in the language of music.  Instrumental music, specifically, lends itself to creating a space for you to explore your soul and be carried away to a place where you can reflect or imagine.   Yet even as beautiful as music can be, it can still contribute to the noise. There is another language that can be even more powerful…
 
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  • WMC-0154 – Taking a Break With Your Team

    David Lindner
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Taking A Break With Your Team As I once heard from the great leader and mentor, Bill Hybels: Sundays come around with amazing regularity. Every 7 days there is another Sunday to put together. We are constantly in the process of process. Because of this, there is a need for us as leaders to take some time off as a team. As another great leader says, we need time to work on it, not just in it (Andy Stanley). We need some time throughout the year where we remove ourselves from the daily grind of preparing for another service and give ourselves a chance to see how we can do what we are doing…
  • Learn Unto Him A New Song

    Brad Rhine
    19 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    I was recently asked to be a guest worship leader for a service I didn’t plan. This was really weird for me, because for the past fifteen years or so, I’ve chosen essentially all of the music that I’ve sung in church. So when the church that was hosting me handed me four songs that I’d never sung (three of which I’d never even heard), I walked right into a whole new world. Normally, I learn a song inside and out before I even consider adding it to my rotation. But having four new songs to learn inside a two week span? That’s just nutty. But I’m always up for a challenge, so I…
  • 3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church

    Kevin Kruse
    12 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    As someone who leads worship and chooses what songs our church is singing, I have a huge problem on my hands: there are so many good worship songs!  Does anyone else have this problem?  There’s only 52 Sunday services a year, and you can’t introduce multiple new songs every single Sunday, so what do you do? I’ve wrestled with this dilemma before, but it seems more than ever there are just some amazing songs being written for the church.  I find that with every new worship album I purchase there are usually multiple songs that I feel would be a fit for our church. …
  • Getting Hired as a Worship Pastor – Part 2

    Josh Ferris
    4 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Ask the average church goer what a worship pastor does during the week and you’ll likely get answers like, “play guitar”, “drink coffee”, “pray all day”, “work on his hair”, or for most people “I have no idea, doesn’t he have a real job somewhere else?”.  And while a couple of those may occasionally apply, reality is more complex and less sexy. In this series we’re identifying areas of craft that aspiring worship pastors and leaders need to develop.  Our framework is a proper preparation for that first round of interviews, and hopefully, getting that first official…
  • WMC-0153 – Sing To The Lord A New Song

    David Lindner
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Sing To The Lord A New Song As worship leaders, we like new songs. But, if you haven’t noticed, not everyone feels the same way. But, how do we deal with this tension? When someone really prefers old songs and hymns, how do we help them move along in their walk with God? And perhaps the bigger question, is there a bigger spiritual issue at work in the heart of this struggle? Listen in as David and Kevin talk about this very important topic for worship in the local church!  Why don’t you chime in? Leave your feedback in the comments section below! TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
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  • Church Flies Drone through Sanctuary for Easter Video

    Paul Steinbrueck
    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Unmanned aerial vehicles – aka drones – are making news nearly every day. They are impacting air travel, privacy, and commerce, but this is the first time I’ve seen one used in church. St. Paul’s Church in Brookfield Center, Connecticut shot this video from a drone during their Easter worship service April 5, 2015 The video was posted to YouTube and embedded on their homepage . I give them credit for trying something new. For someone who visits their website or YouTube account and may be interested in visiting the church in person, it gives them an overview (literally…
  • Is SEO Dead?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    21 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    As Google continues to roll out new updates that neutralize tactics that have been used to quickly gain better search rankings, some have made the claim that “SEO is Dead.” The truth is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has changed dramatically in recent years. Black hat SEO is dead. Once upon a time, unscrupulous SEOs manipulated rankings by stuffing keywords on pages, hiding keywords in parts of the page nobody could see, and other deceptive techniques. Google quickly learned to detect these tactics and penalize sites using them. Link buying is dead. Back when good rankings were…
  • The Sky’s The Limit (or is it?)

    Mark Steinbrueck
    19 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    In today’s age of development and technology, the saying “The sky’s the limit” is virtually true when it comes to functionality of websites. Instant quotes on insurance; sharing photos, music, and videos; online pay features, sites that let you virtually paint a room of your house so you can see what the room will look like before you paint it.  It seems like if you can dream it, it can be incorporated into a website. The challenge is, how do you integrate these cool features into your site? If you have a regular HTML website, it would take a very talented team of…
  • 5 Easy Services to Enable Website Donations for Your Church

    MerchantNegotiators
    15 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    According to My Church, giving to a church increases by 31.862% after implementing online giving. Plus, online giving tends to smooth out the peaks and valleys that any church experiences during a fiscal year. In part this is because adding a “donate” button on your church website is like making that tithing basket public, so you can reach church members who are traveling or who are unable to attend church. In this article you’ll learn about five easy products to help you quickly and affordably begin accepting donations for your church online. easyTithe: easyTithe is a full-featured…
  • Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Congress Make Search News

    Paul Steinbrueck
    13 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    In this month’s SEO report we’ve got news from Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and even the U.S. government. Here’s the list of headlines we cover: 1) Congress Is Attempting to Re-Establish Your Right to Post Negative Reviews 2) More Searches Done on Mobile than Desktops 3) Mobilegeddon? Maybe Not 4) Yahoo search deal will ‘put more pressure on Microsoft’ 5) Apple Explains AppleBot //www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S_YkbHg1kI For a complete transcript of of the May 2015 SEO Update, click here What’s your take on this month’s search news?
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    Emergent Village

  • Do I Need a Heat Pump or an Air Conditioner?

    Thomas
    18 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    You are probably aware that some people choose to use heat pumps instead of furnaces to heat their homes. But, did you know that people can also use heat pumps to cool their homes instead of having an air conditioning system? There are pros and cons for both heat pumps and air conditioners, and the debate over which system to use rages on.   How Do Heat Pumps Work?   In climates that don’t have extreme temperatures shifts, heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative for homeowners to install instead of furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps work like your fridge. Using…
  • Tips for Designing Your Home to Avoid Baby-Proofing

    Thomas
    13 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    When bringing children into a home, making the environment safe for them is of the utmost importance. Because of this, many people spend hours and hundreds of dollars working to baby-proof their homes before they bring in any little ones. However, if you’ve worked hard to design and decorate your home to your liking before you had children, you may find that making changes to accommodate a child won’t keep the coherent look you’ve mastered. To avoid this problem, consider designing your home to be kid-safe in the first place. While this may seem like you’ll have to water-down your…
  • Safety Reminders for Home Improvement Projects

    Thomas
    13 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    “Safety shmafety” says the one-eyed home improvement expert. Who also has a wooden leg. And is missing three fingers. Yes, home improvement is fun, and yes it can be done both professionally and independently, but especially if you’re doing it on your own, you must keep your safety in mind! How many accident reports do you need to read before the light bulb comes on and you think ‘hey, I sure don’t want to end up on that list …’ And it doesn’t really matter what type of project you’re working on – there are risks everywhere, so it’s time to go through the reminders…
  • Reclaiming your family from their screens

    Thomas
    10 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    It’s becoming an increasingly common sight amongst families – everyone’s sat around the dinner table or in the living room or even when you’re out and about and eyes are glued to a screen. Mum and dad may be glued to the TV screen, whilst children are more than likely staring intently at a phone, tablet or computer game. This is modern life and there’s little chance of it stopping unfortunately. However, it’s still important to make the effort to drag everyone away from screens every now and again. Here are some tips and ideas. Take a holiday A great way to get the family together…
  • How to Declutter Your Bathroom

    Thomas
    10 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Bathrooms are areas in your home that can build up a lot of clutter. They are busy rooms, and accommodate a wide variety of grooming tasks for everyone who lives in your household. It may also be where you keep your laundry basket and sort out the washing. As the minimalist look is fashionable in homes, the last thing homeowners want is a cluttered bathroom. Below are tips on how to declutter your bathroom with a few easy steps. Make sure you have enough storage Storage space is vital in your bathrooms, but unfortunately, due to most bathrooms being small, there can often not be enough. If…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 7 Habits of a Successful Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m a student of leadership. I am consistently talking to, interviewing, and learning from leaders I believe have been successful — regardless of their vocational field. If they have honorable intentions (which I believe is necessary to be considered successful anyway), then I can learn from them. I’ve observed a few common habits that successful leaders have that may, in my opinion, separate them from less successful leaders. I’m not sure you can eliminate any of them completely. Just a theory — I don’t know if I know any leaders I’d consider…
  • Reaching Millennials — Is There One Way?

    Ron Edmondson
    20 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    This is a guest post by my son Nate: My name is Nate, and I’m a millennial. That means I must love liturgy, hate big production in church, want to ask really hard questions about faith all the time, go do organized “social justice” every Saturday, am nowhere near shallow enough (or I’m just far too clever) to attend a church with a hashtag campaign, want a pastor who preaches messages that are “on point” and filled with “authentic, hard truth”, think that the majority of Christians I grew up with were hypocritical bigots who suppressed all of my doubts, love Jesus but question…
  • 4 Ways to Get a Grip on Email

    Ron Edmondson
    19 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    This is a guest post by Jonathan Pearson: Email. It’s a necessary evil. Well, it’s not always evil, it can actually provide some great opportunities to communicate with people that we may not have any other way to communicate with. It saves us from having lengthy meetings and it helps us send quick messages to anyone around the world. But, As I talk to people, leaders especially, it seems like almost everyone is overwhelmed by it. I don’t have all the answers and many of you reading this get FAR more email than I do, but I have managed over the last year or so to get to inbox zero…
  • Ten Things to Know Before Pursuing a New Life Calling

    Ron Edmondson
    18 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    This is a guest post by Bill Blankschaen: It’s time. Or at least you think it might be. You’ve been sensing a struggle within for awhile, but you’ve kept it to yourself.  You’ve felt a restlessness, a sense that you should be pursuing a new life calling, something more in line with your God-given gifts — but you’re scared to step out without knowing how it will all turn out. You may be sensing a new calling to get into the pastoral ministry, to get out of the pastoral ministry, to start a church, to start a business, to switch careers, or to revisit a…
  • 3 Must-Haves for Leadership Success Today

    Ron Edmondson
    15 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    To be successful today there are a few things we must have. We’ve always needed them. We need them even more today. Here are 3 must-haves for success in leadership today: Efficiency – There is never enough time or enough me. All leaders are pulled in so many directions. It’s easy to get distracted — and distractions are almost always things of lesser value. If you don’t have a plan for each day you’ll waste most of them — certainly not live up to the day’s potential. Today’s leader must learn and master efficiency. Adaptability –…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • Resources To Get You Unstuck

    Tony Morgan
    21 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    I partner with a group of organizations that provide resources to leaders like you. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TonyMorganLive.com in May. Leaders Book Summaries – summaries of the best books on leadership, management and church life to help you become a better leader Vanderbloemen Search Group – provides executive searches, staff consulting, succession planning and compensation analysis for churches RSI Stewardship – designs and implements successful financial campaigns for churches, Christian schools and faith-based organizations Visioneering Studios –…
  • 8 Excuses Church Leaders Must Eliminate

    Ryan Stigile
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    There is no question many churches are stuck. Just last month, the Pew Research Center projected about 106 million Christians will leave the faith over 40 years. (That’s over 7,000 people a day!) These findings only add to the volumes of research describing the Church in decline. Everyone knows we have a problem. Yet far too many church leaders find it’s easier to blame external factors for the challenges they face. We will never effectively reach our communities until we shed our excuses and take responsibility for reality. An organization cannot overcome a challenge until it begins…
  • 3 Secrets To Increasing Participation

    Derek Gillette
    18 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    This month we had the privilege of participating in several church planning events, including ARC, Exponential and Stadia. The level of passion and enthusiasm was unparalleled. So many pastors spoke to me about their calling; they were so excited to talk about their vision and big dreams for the future. Realistically, some of these churches will grow and thrive while others will get stuck and eventually fade away. Nearly everyone involved in ministry has a call from God and faith for church growth. At the end of the day though, if for a second we remove spiritual elements like faith and…
  • Church Boards Do Not Have to Be Dysfunctional

    Tony Morgan
    17 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    I recently read High-Impact Church Boards: How to Develop Healthy, Intentional, and Empowered Church Leaders by T.J. Addington. Church leadership boards need to read that book together. I had a chance to catch up with T.J. to go a little deeper. Here’s my interview with him: Some of my favorite quotes from the book: “What worked at a prior stage in your church life may not work well now, so don’t be afraid to acknowledge needed changes. Healthy boards do not protect the status quo if there is a better practice.” “I would argue that two defining characteristics of church…
  • Future Church: How Millennial Leaders Will Make Disciples

    Ryan Stigile
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In just the past couple decades, the Church has experienced a major transition as the Sunday School model has been replaced by small groups. This strategic shift was pioneered by forward-thinking leaders seeking a more effective method of discipleship relevant to their culture. While this transition was critical, I’m sure it’s not the last to be made. As our culture continues to change, our methods will undoubtedly have to adjust. What future shift could be on the horizon? Here’s what I believe: Volunteer teams have the potential to replace small groups as the strategic…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
  • To All The Mothers Who Will Never Hold Their Babies on Mother’s Day

    Anne Marie Miller
    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s really quite odd and blessed, the duality of joy and grief. A few weeks ago, Tim and I experienced a new type of happiness for us…a new kind of joy. I woke up early on a Wednesday morning with the strong urge to take a pregnancy test, even though I wasn’t late for my cycle. Five pregnancy tests later (I may be a little compulsive), we learned we were going to be parents. Everything seemed complete and right. We fell in love with the poppy-seed-sized clump of baby whose DNA was being written with each passing day. We celebrated with our friends, our family, our students. We…
  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Tonight, I sat and watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner. If you’re not familiar with him, he was named the “world’s greatest athlete” after the 1976 Olympics. He’s the step-father of the Kardashian girls. And he’s transitioning into a woman. I found the interview thoughtful and compassionate, heart wrenching and curious. How does the church respond? Fortunately, Dr. Russell Moore penned a gracious and loving response. How do we, as the church, respond? How do we love? And how do we talk to our kids about this (and many other hot topics…
  • Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About The Website “Omegle” NOW.

    Anne Marie Miller
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted something about the book I have releasing next May (2016). It was first titled “10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” and it’s now “5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” – We didn’t take out five things; we just condensed a few similar topics to make it more cohesive for our conversation starters and resources. [Side note: If you want information about ordering this book when it’s available, just sign up here.] My friend Crystal helped me research apps and websites of…
  • Trusting God’s Design

    Anne Marie Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    I didn’t know much about personality profiles growing up. What I did know is after about 2 hours at church, 2 hours at a party, 2 hours on a school trip, 2 hours at a sleepover…I was done. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t dislike people. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t want to check out. But something inside me hit a threshold of sorts and I knew I needed to spend at least a few minutes by myself and recharge. Otherwise, my mind would get spacey, I’d become easily distracted, my speech would begin to falter, I’d even become more clumsy. Over time, I learned…
 
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    Carlos Whittaker

  • Booking Summer Slots

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    The next few weeks I’ll be preaching at a few killer churches. CrossTimbers Church in Dallas TX Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, CA Crosspoint Community Church in Nashville, TN (HOME!!!) I’m also speaking at various conferences into the fall. If your church has a Sunday in between sermon series, or a Sunday you are looking for a guest speaker, I’d LOVE to come and teach. booking@ragamuffinsoul.com The biggest risk of my professional career was listening to God when he told me to write Moment Maker and become an author and speaker at the height of my worship leading…
  • When Hustle Is Harmful

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    HUSTLE… It’s all the rage. It’s in every other tweet I read. And every time I read one, I feel SO FREAKING LAZY. Cause those people tweeting and instagramming about their hustle NEVER TWEET about taking a nap. And I need naps. I need to do nothing.  Lot’s of nothing lots of times. I need to veg. At the end of my hustling days, and I have many of them, I need to realize that hustle is but one aspect of living a healthy life. I’m ALL for working hard and hustling.  I watched my dad work hardr than anyone around him while we were growing up as the only non white…
  • VLOG000 :: Nashville To Denver

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Here goes a new venture!!!
  • 13 Thoughts On Your 13th Birthday – Love Dad

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy Birthday Sohaila… Love dad…
  • Why the weekend AFTER Easter is JUST as important for your church

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    So I was thinking. What happens the week AFTER Easter is normally a HUGE disappointment for more people than you think. Let’s make it FEEL JUST AS GOOD AS EASTER!!! Thoughts? Los
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    Pomomusings

  • The Meaning of Children: Father of Three

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    23 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I had the privilege of contributing to Mihee Kim-Kort’s new blog series, The Meaning of Children. I wrote about Micah and Judah, and the way that their short lives have impacted our lives. Below is an excerpt, and please click through to read the entire post and check out Mihee’s series: As the father of a current 3.5 year old, I certainly agree with that. They can make you feel love and joy and warm fuzzies in ways that are beautiful. They can also make you lose your cool and be filled with frustration, anger and lots of thoughts you wouldn’t want other people to know you were…
  • Brian Ellison on Pastoral Identity: Who Is My Congregation?

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Who Is My Congregation? “And have you met Brian; he’s a pastor.” Being polite usually has meant not correcting the person making an informal introduction. The speaker is usually someone who is only an acquaintance, or isn’t Presbyterian, or hasn’t kept up with my life the last few years. It’s not a big deal, really; I know what they meant. But I still end up having to unpack the confusion once someone asks the…
  • Palm Sunday Sermon: Lay Down Your Cloaks

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This sermon was preached on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. My text was Matthew 21:1-11. You can listen to it, and read it, below. Holy Week and Advent. These are the two times in the rhythm of the church calendar when we come to church and hear stories that we hear every year. During the rest of the year, we get to familiarize ourselves with other stories from the Bible – maybe some from the Hebrew Scriptures, certainly we get to hear stories of Jesus from the Gospels…maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll get to listen to the rants of the prophets…and…
  • Jessica Gregory on Pastoral Identity: A Pastor or One who Pastors?

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. It is an honor and delight to have this opportunity to reflect on pastoral identity. I am grateful to Adam for offering a blog newbie this chance. It has been a joy to get to know Adam as a colleague in the Presbytery of Chicago and a fellow associate pastor serving along Chicago’s North Shore. A Pastor or One who Pastors? I am one that is slow to claim parts of my identity as they emerge. It took me a good two years to feel…
  • Tim Hughes on Pastoral Identity: Costume or Calling?

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Costume or Calling? I was 25 years old when I did my first church internship in seminary, still feeling very much like a person pretending to be a minister. The first time I donned a black clerical robe to conduct a funeral, I felt as though I might as well be traveling door-to-door through the neighborhood, calling out “Trick or Treat!” and collecting candy. It was difficult to own the role, to put it mildly. Surely Peter…
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  • Serbia

    Andrew Jones
    23 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I am still not officially blogging but getting ready to make a comeback after 2 GLORIOUS BLOG FREE YEARS, possibly on June 5th (the day I started TallSkinnykiwi in 2001 and the day I stopped it ten years later.  In the meantime, we are in Serbia at the Rainbow gathering. Yesterday I finished building a pizza oven that we will use ...
  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • 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 ...
 
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    Pete Wilson

  • Part 2: Dreamers In Cars Getting Drive-Thru

    Pete Wilson
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the second Dreamers In Cars Getting Drive-Thru interview, I had the chance to spend some time with my good friend, Jon Acuff. He is an incredible author and a fellow dreamer. I’ve watched him navigate fear in his own life and have always been impressed by how he constantly chooses to trust God in the midst of it. I really loved our conversation and I think you’ll enjoy some of the things Jon shared with me about what keeps him up at night. Here’s the Part 2 of Dreamers In Cars Getting Drive-Thru:
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • 7 Reasons Why You Cannot Miss The Wave Conference!

    web@newspring.cc
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    On September 17, 2015 our family ministry staff and I will be hosting a one day event called, "The Wave Conference" for anyone in churches any size that work with students or children.   Here's why you've got to be here... #1 - Because you understand that people under 18 are the GREATEST mission field in the United States.   #2 - Because you care more about finding out how to empower the next generation rather than fighting them!   #3 - Because it's only one day, and the price is really low!!   #4 - Because in the conference I am going to be…
  • Five Things To Keep In Mind During The Storm

    web@newspring.cc
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hey NewSpring - yesterday was special and I've heard from lots of  people that the way we ended the service was so moving... However...I also know how the enemy works, and that discouragement is one of his weapons of mass destruction.  I am absolutely positive that many of you may have left church yesterday so encouraged, but here you are today- seemingly still in the uncertainty a storm- wondering if you are going to make it through.   Here are five things that help me personally when I find myself in that place.   #1 - Jesus' Peace > My…
  • Seven Types Of People Who Need To Be At NewSpring This Sunday

    web@newspring.cc
    8 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    #1 – Mothers who feel they are at the end of their rope and need hope.  #2 – Mothers who feel crushed whenever they compare themselves to another mother who seems to have it all together.  #3 – MEN who really want more insight into what their wives are wrestling with on a daily basis and want to be better equipped to serve them.  #4 – Mothers who have a child who has walked away from God and wonder if maybe it was your fault.  #5 – Mothers who feel guilty because of how bad they seemingly screwed up, and desperately wish they could do it all…
  • House Campus Pastors

    web@newspring.cc
    6 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Howdy NewSpring! In February we announced where the next eight NewSpring Church campuses are going to be across the state of South Carolina, and we’re PUMPED about all that Jesus is going to use us to do in these communities! With 4 of these new campuses, we’re going to do something we’ve never done before, and so I wanted to take a few minutes to explain more about it and introduce you to the leaders of these campuses. This year we kicked off our 15th year as a church, and in celebrating that we started to think back on how this whole thing started… just 15 people in…
  • Seven Things You Might Not Know About NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    5 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    #1 – THIS SUNDAY is Mother’s Day…and if you are a mom and have ever felt… Overwhelmed Inadequate  Frustrated Worried Ready to scream Then what we have planned is going to meet you where you are and encourage you in a really special way.   (BTW – we are asking lots of questions this week on our NewSpring FB page to and about mothers…help us out by diving into the conversation.)   #2 – So far this year at NewSpring we’ve seen 3,301 people receive Christ!!!   #3 – There are nearly 4,000 students signed up for…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • 10 Graduation Party Tips

    Brandon Early
    23 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    I have been to more graduation parties than I can count. After hitting just a few you kind of know what to expect. It’s not just food and conversations, there are books to sign, advice to give, gifts to buy, and more. Here are a few tips to get.. READ ON...
  • NEW RELEASE: “Church Refugees”

    Kirsten Pfotenhauer
    22 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Have you ever wondered what motivates someone to leave the church? Not just anyone, but someone who’s devoted years of their life to their church. Why do they suddenly walk away? And why are there so many of them? This week, Group released a brand.. READ ON...
  • Public Shaming, Becoming Judge-Mental (and Liking It): The Duggars

    Tony Myles
    22 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Let’s talk about the horrible, horrible thing you did years ago… or that horrible, horrible thing you know someone else did years ago. Let’s not just talk about it, in fact. Let’s make it a major news item for everyone else to talk about. How.. READ ON...
  • Don’t Give Up…The Cost Is Too Great!!

    Aaron Crumbey
    21 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    I had an interesting conversation not too long ago with a fellow youth worker who was feeling overwhelmed. Our conversation kind of centered around this statement, “The world is getting crazier and crazier, and it almost seems like what we’re doing isn’t working.” I completely.. READ ON...
  • FREEBIE: Ninja Night Event!

    Amber Cassady
    21 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Hey #YMNation! Hope graduation season is going well and that you are getting ramped up for summer. If you are in need of  a fun, themed event, download this Ninja Night Event kit on us! It has everything you need to create that welcoming and.. READ ON...
 
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    Human3rror

  • Quickest / Easiest Invoice Generator

    John
    23 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    … with Stripe! Generate, send & get paid. Elegant invoice template for web & mobile. Sweet! The post Quickest / Easiest Invoice Generator appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Egghead.io

    John
    23 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I like this model a lot. The post Egghead.io appeared first on John Saddington.
  • One Thing @ Harvard Business School

    John
    23 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    This was a good realization… but was it worth it? One of the best things I did this year was answering these two questions honestly, for myself: What is my worst self? When does my worst self come out? My worst self: critical, impatient, stubborn, cynical, and sarcastic. It comes out when I feel like I’m not in a position to make an impact, and when I feel undervalued in a situation. It also happens if I think I’m fundamentally “right” and someone disagrees. If it goes on for too long I become incredibly apathetic and don’t do anything. I suppose you could have learned that…
  • The Happiest Workers in the World

    John
    22 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Get started today and read some stories of existing students who are changing their lives. I can raise my hand pretty darn high and say that I’m a “happy worker” to have found a life in software and tech. Whoot. The post The Happiest Workers in the World appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Brother Moto: DIY Bike Shop, Coffee Bar & Community

    John
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Brother Moto is a local Atlanta-based DIY bike shop and (future) coffee bar. Founded by one of my previous partners (via 8BIT) it’s a hole-in-the-wall joint that’s pretty badass. I found myself over in their area today and had to stop by. I had heard so much about it and hadn’t quite found the time to explore and check it out. Super-impressed by what Jared and Bobby have put together and they have all the reasons to be proud. Amazing space and the concept is unique (and working!). Here are some shots: The post Brother Moto: DIY Bike Shop, Coffee Bar & Community appeared…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    22 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right … Continue reading →
  • Great Gifts for Grads from @LeaderTreks!

    Terrace Crawford
    22 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    I don’t know if you’ve checked out the resources over at LeaderTreks.org, but my friends there are offering some great stuff for youth workers!  If you’re still looking for that last minute gift idea for seniors, you can snag this … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] The Authentic Youth Worker with @LarsRood

    Terrace Crawford
    21 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    The 14th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 14: The Authentic Youth Worker with Lars Rood. Terrace interviews Lars Rood, author, speaker … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] New Technologies for Youth Ministry with @MattMcKee

    Terrace Crawford
    14 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The 13th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 13: New Technologies for Youth Ministry with Matt McKee! Terrace interviews Matt McKee, … Continue reading →
  • 5 Ways Leaders Keep Their Sanity

    Terrace Crawford
    14 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    Ministry is tough. If you’ve been in ministry long enough you know that dealing with the pressure of the grind is difficult. Sometimes you might even feel like you are out of balance and wonder if you’ll even make it … Continue reading →
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  • 12 Critical Questions For Your Worship Volunteers?

    Editor
    18 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Do you have a hard time recruiting and retaining worship volunteers? Does it seem like you are constantly enlisting and replacing individuals in your worship band, choir, orchestra, tech team or children and youth music ministries? Is it possible the reason isn’t their lack of commitment or conviction, but instead something you as the primary worship leader and the ministry ...
  • Sunday Setlists 356

    Editor
    16 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Sunday Setlists 356 - Join us in sharing!
  • Brothers McClurg: How To Find Fresh Inspiration In Old Gospel Songs

    Editor
    13 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg shares about finding inspiration for today's music in the old gospel songs of the past.
  • What’s The Difference Between Excellence in Worship and Careless Worship?

    Editor
    11 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Are we offering God excellent worship? Or is it a careless and thoughtless offering?
  • Sunday Setlists 355

    Editor
    10 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Join us over on our Facebook page and comment on our Sunday Setlists post for the week. It will be the pinned post at the top of our feed! We’ll post a new post on Saturday night so that it will be there early on Sunday for you to share your images, thoughts, setlists, and other creative elements from your Worship Sets! ...
 
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    LeadingSmart.com

  • Build Great Teams By Finding Leaders Not Doers

    Tim Stevens
    19 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A CLASSIC STORY I’VE HEARD several times. I can’t give credit because I have no idea where it originated, but it goes something like this: The owner of a car dealership was looking at his sales reports one day and noticed that Tom Phelps was outselling every other salesperson. Tom had been on the team just a short time, and yet he was closing sales left and right. In fact, in the previous month he doubled the sales of both Bob Jenkins and Laura Budowski, who had been known for years as the top-producing employees in the company.Month after month, the owner…
  • Conquer Distraction to Effectively Lead Your Team

    Tim Stevens
    12 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    TEENS GET A LOT OF GRIEF ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME THEY SPEND ON THEIR PHONES. I hear adults say, “They never put their phones down!” or “He is texting nonstop!” or “I bet she couldn’t live a day without her phone.” But in truth, teens do what teens see. And I see adults every day who belittle others because of the bad phone habits that they, too, model.  One day a couple of years ago I got up before daylight and spent hours traveling by plane to go across the country for the sole purpose of a one-hour meeting with some leaders for whom I have huge respect. I had looked…
  • Know Yourself to be a Better Leader

    Tim Stevens
    5 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    MY WIFE AND I OFTEN GET A LAUGH OUT OF HOW DIFFERENT we are from each other. She lives for parties—in fact, the longer she is at a party, bouncing around talking to people and laughing, the more energetic she becomes. On the other hand, if you watch me at a party, it would be similar to watching a balloon lose all its air—minus the bouncing around the room part. My energy is sucked away when I’m in large gatherings of people, especially if I don’t know them well.  I think the best marriages are made when two people understand what fills the tank of their spouse, and when they…
  • GO DARK

    Tim Stevens
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    image from patheos.com I HAVE A CONFESSION . I WAS ADDICTED TO THE TELEVISION show 24. I watched every week and couldn’t wait for Jack Bauer to save the world, once more, from some terrifying attack that was going to kill millions of people. And he always came through, just as the seconds ticked down. Occasionally Jack would go deep undercover. No one could reach him. There was no way for anyone to communicate with him to change or abort the mission. Once he went dark, he would stay under until the mission was accomplished. If you remove the intensity, gunfire, adrenaline-racing action,…
  • DESTROY SILOS ON YOUR CHURCH STAFF

    Tim Stevens
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    IT TOOK ME MONTHS TO IDENTIFY THE SILO IN ONE OF MY DEPARTMENTS. I kept hearing comparison or fairness language, but it was typically third- or fourthhand, so I didn’t give it much credit. I heard about a little bit of jealousy about another department’s budget, and someone even suggested that the department must not be valued since their budget was lower.But it wasn’t until I assigned a leadership coach to jump deep into the department that I confirmed the depth and seriousness of the silo that had evolved. In an organization that was relatively healthy,…
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  • "American Sniper" Special Giveaway! - DVD/Blue-ray

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    I don't usually do this, but if you want to win a free copy of the movie American Sniper, simply let me know in the comments and in the comment thank a vet you know personally. I thank my friend Adam who served his country faithfully. His story inspires me in what he has overcome both in battle and in the life afterwards.This movie is important. Why? We need to consider the cost of war, for one. Secondly, we must honor and tangibly value the lives of those who serve us in the armed services. Besides that, it is a very good film.On Friday, I will randomly select a winner. I will…
  • Rockstar Monk - The role of the worship leader?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I will be periodically posting a series of essays this year: "How We Worship Matters: Essays on the Worship Battles We Should Fight." Here is the third essay in this series. At least two extremes exists when describing the role of the worship leader. Today, we ask for rockstar-monks to lead us in worship. I have heard an influential leader say repeatedly at conferences, “Your role is more important than mine as the preacher.” Really? This made me feel important at the moment, but reality says something else. As a worship leader we prepare people to hear the word, lead them…
  • Relevancy and worship music styles - It’s complicated

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    I will be periodically posting a series of essays this year: "How We Worship Matters: Essays on the Worship Battles We Should Fight." Here is the second essay in this series. We want to be relevant with our worship music and need to have spiritually vibrant worship. A church itself is described by many leaders by the musical “ style” offered. There is traditional, gospel, contemporary, and modern as some words to describe just a few of the menu options. Music itself appears to how we brand our worship. If we brand worship as a music style what message does this send? I may have bad…
  • How We Worship Matters: Physical space can kill your worship

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I will be periodically posting a series of essays this year: "How We Worship Matters: Essays on the Worship Battles We Should Fight." Physical Space Can Kill Your WorshipAs human beings, we live in the physical world. Our spirituality is connected to this and there is nothing like the Incarnation to give us a picture of how this mystery exists. Jesus is fully God and fully human. What did Jesus display to us? Spirituality is housed in people, not in stone temples or in only one physical spot. The arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost only amplified this by entering the life of…
  • The dance: Create to tell a story. Innovate to solve a problem.

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    “A designer without an engineer is an art gallery, and an engineer without a designer is a parking lot.” — Etan Lightstone (techcrunch.com/March 31, 2015) There are two types of creativity needed as humans. We have presented issues that need addressing and to be creative in this case mean people work to solve what needs to be solved.  After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Things that are “needed” get the resources, the cash, the spotlight. This is true in our spiritual leadership, as well. Culturally, we are locked into a love affair with making things…
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    Klampert | Rambling from a klampert

  • Airturn: PED bluetooth pedal review

    Joel Klampert
    15 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    A few months ago Airturn shipped me the new PED bluetooth pedal to review. I wrote them in return thanking them and saying “good luck convincing me to put away my pageflip Cicada” which I love so much. The package arrived and I opened it with heated expectation. The box was deceptively big because what came out was this really thin packaging. I pulled the pedal out and was immediately impressed with it’s slim size. It is less than .7” (18mm) tall. My Cicada was thin as well, but the buttons are on it feel flimsy and easily breakable. This felt firm, substantial and because…
  • Book Review: Transcending Mysteries

    Joel Klampert
    4 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Transcending Mysteries Who Is God, and What Does He Want from Us? By Ginny Owens & Andrew Greer “We fell in love with Jesus. Then we had to decide what to do with God.” In Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God, and What Does He Want from Us? Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens take readers on a journey to answer the question: is the God of the Old Testament the same God we relate to and worship today? I read and LOVED “how to pick up a stripper and other acts of kindness” last year and it was the first book in this “refraction” book series. I had huge hopes for…
  • Book Review: Frederick by Frederick Ndabaramiye

    Joel Klampert
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Frederick: A Story of Boundless Hope By Frederick Ndabaramiye, with Amy Parker “My God won’t let me do that.” These seven words of boundless hope would irreversibly change the life of the teenage boy who spoke them. On April 7, 1994 the life of Frederick Ndabaramiye and his family changed forever as the Rwandan genocide erupted in their homeland. This is his story of Hope and faith in a God that can make all things possible. Frederick writes about how his family had to flee the tyranny and how eventually he was captured and tied to a board as vigilantes cut his hands off. His journey…
  • Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    Joel Klampert
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Book Review- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by: Marie Kondo I would normally consider myself a professional organizer who’s lack of consistency with it gives the perception that I am not. I love the idea of a clean home and we clean our house every week. There does seem to be a difference between the IDEA of a clean home and an ACTUAL clean home. We have four kids who all have different levels of a hoarders mentality. If they say that was inherited from myself or my wife, we will deny that to the grave! The reality is that every…
  • Movie reviews: Kingsman, The Imitation game, Jupiter Ascending

    Joel Klampert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    In the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to sit in a theater to watch 3 different films… Here are my reviews of each: KINGSMAN: SECRET SERVICE: I was invited to see this flick by a buddy of mine and I went in blind because I had not even seen a trailer of it before walking into the theater. It was rated R and I expected some violence and language, but what I didn’t expect was the preview trailer before the film. On the screen came the preview of the movie “unfinished business” and I was subject to non stop cursing from the start and it ended with a full nudity…
 
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    Christian Personal Finance

  • The $6 tip that made me rethink my approach

    Bob
    18 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Last weekend I decided to take Linda on a mother’s day trip to Nashville for the weekend. She has proved to be an awesome mother to our baby boy for the last 15 months and she deserved a little trip away. On the morning we were set to come back home, we began packing up. As I pulled out my wallet to leave a tip for the cleaning lady I flipped through the cash and saw that I had $46 (two $20s and six $1s). I opted for the $6 and left it on the pillow. We finished packing up our stuff and made our way into the hallway. As we did, the cleaning lady was standing right there. She was…
  • The one thing I would teach a recent college Grad

    Bob
    18 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    It is so SIMPLE to retire well off, if you make just a little sacrifice now. The alternative is making a huge sacrifice later on (in your 40s) and still probably not doing as well as if you made a small sacrifice now. You just finished your degree and you are probably looking for your first “real” job. This is the perfect opportunity to decide how you would like your financial life to be. You have the choice to spend and buy whatever you feel like which will likely put you in heaps of debt. If you choose this path, you will be in good company. You can be sure most of your…
  • College Without Debt – Is It Possible?

    Bob
    12 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    With the cost of college rising every year, the possibility of attending college without debt is starting to seem like a fantasy. But given the harsh realities of carrying large amounts of debt after graduation, every effort needs to be made in order to keep student loan debt to an absolute minimum. The Big Picture Problem of Student Loan Debt The student loan debt issue is rapidly becoming a national crisis. Not only are high levels of student debt interfering with the financial progress of college graduates, but the evidence is beginning to mount that it’s also taking a toll on the whole…
  • The Step-by-Step Guide to Clean and Repair your Credit Report

    Bob
    11 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Nobody’s perfect. You aren’t and neither am I. But neither are the credit bureaus who compile your credit history or the creditors who report to those bureaus. If you have some splotches on your credit report the odds are that at least some of those black marks are there by mistake. The good news is, it’s not that difficult to repair a flawed credit report. While accurate, verifiable and complete data must stay on your credit report for up to 10 years, you can wipe clean a lot more negative data from your credit report than you might otherwise expect. And you can do this yourself. You…
  • Why We Should Give in Secret

    Kevin
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Giving is giving, right? Not if you’re a Christian. There are ways to give – and God wants us to give – and there are ways we shouldn’t give. One way we shouldn’t is giving publicly. As Christians, we’re told to give in secret. Our mission in life is to glorify God in all that we do – when we give in public that may not be exactly what’s happening. It could be our secular selves rising to the surface. How the World Gives When the secular world gives it’s often with considerable public fanfare, and even trumpeted in the media. The giver is exalted for his generosity, the…
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    ChurchCrunch

  • ‘Captivology’ by Ben Parr [Saturday Morning Review]

    Rachel Blom
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We live in a world where getting noticed is getting harder and harder. Whether we’re launching a start-up, trying to promote a book, or convincing people to read our blog, our targeted audience is bombarded with messages and information. How do you stand out from the crowds? Captivology (clever title by the way) is all about the psychology of capturing people’s attention, whatever you may need it for. It discusses seven ‘attention triggers’, more or less scientifically proven methods of getting noticed: Automacity trigger Framing trigger Disruption trigger Reward trigger Reputation…
  • LEGO Star Destroyer Shattered at 1000 FPS [Video]

    Jeremy Smith
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love Star Wars and I love LEGOS. So the fact that I have LEGO Star Wars sitting on my night stand at home is no surprise. That being said, for those that have the same love, what you are about to see may disturb you. I joke, but only in part. Here are the stats shared in the video: The LEGO Super Star Destroyer cost $800 It took 3 people 16 hours to construct The footage is filmed at 100 frames per second to maximize destruction. Now for the destruction (and tears). [Video via YouTube] [Star Wars LEGO image via Teymur Visuals via Compfight cc] LEGO Star Destroyer Shattered at 1000 FPS…
  • Church Tech Snack Pack #073

    Eric Dye
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Grab your favorite beverage. Pull-up a chair. It’s time for your weekly Church tech snack pack: Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means. – Albert Einstein — Matt McKee (@mattmckee) May 20, 2015 The Productive Pastor Handbook: A Guide to Getting More Important Stuff Done BOOM! An awesome new ebook from ChurchMag Press—also a giveaway! Branding Beyond The Logo Great thoughts on church logos and branding. Microsoft looks to be building a new light-weight email app called Flow This is getting interesting… The Top 2 Reasons…
  • When Cartoons Start the Faith Conversation

    Kendall Lyons
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    During my childhood, Sonic the Hedgehog challenged me on the issue of where my confidence rested. During college, Timmy Turner of “The Fairly OddParents” showed me that not everything you wish and desire for your life is necessarily beneficial. During my late 20’s, Dipper Pines of “Gravity Falls” challenged me on the topic of Manhood. And during my early 30’s, Ed Elric of “Fullmetal Alchemist” showed me what happens when you try to play the role of God in certain areas of your life. Each character and each series played a role in making me…
  • 3 Awesome Reading Apps for Web Content

    Ana Avila
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are anything like me, you love reading articles online. I mean, I enjoy learning everyday, and the idea of having the experience and insight of millions of people sharing their expertise on the internet it is very exciting.  But I am also aware that there is tons and tons of content that I don’t really care about. So, how do I approach this massive sea of information everyday? I mostly get around with these three apps. Let me share them with you. The One You Spend Your Free Time On The first app is called Something, and it is designed for your phone. I don’t really care about…
 
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    Brian Barela's Blog: Catalyze Change

  • Innovation is Iterative

    Brian Barela
    6 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    The insight-discovery process, which extends beyond a company’s boundaries to include insight-generating partnerships, is the lifeblood of innovation. We won’t belabor the matter here, though, because it’s already the subject of countless articles and books.One thing we can add is that discovery is iterative, and the active use of prototypes can help companies continue to learn as they develop, test, validate, and refine their innovations. Moreover, we firmly believe that without a fully developed innovation system encompassing the other elements described in this article, large…
  • 4 Questions to Replace Performance Evaluations

    Brian Barela
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Now, at the end of every project, or once a quarter if employees have long-term assignments, managers would answer four simple questions — and only four. The first two are answered on a five-point scale, from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree;” the second two have yes or no options: 1. Given what I know of this person’s performance, and if it were my money, I would award this person the highest possible compensation increase and bonus.  2. Given what I know of this person’s performance, I would always want him or her on my team. 3. This person is at risk…
  • How Trust is Built & Maintained

    Brian Barela
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Trust is built and maintained with these four traits: Common ground (we have similar values and objectives) Predictability (I can predict your behavior) Consideration (you will take my needs into consideration before you act) Forewarning (you will tell me before you act in a way that is not in my interests) via Gretchen Pisano 
  • Sleep is More Important Than Coffee … Seriously

    Brian Barela
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    The more caffeinated you are, the more easily you can succumb to instinctive responses, which prevent you from rising above, setting boundaries, and thinking rationally. Sleep is vital for solving problems creatively and seems to improve emotional control. “You need to be at your best to deal with these people successfully and it’s hard to do that if you don’t get a good night’s sleep or take in too much caffeine,” he said. via The Globe and Mail 
  • The Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Processes

    Brian Barela
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    “Vertical processes deal with allocating funds and talent via budgeting and planning. Horizontal processes are designed around workflow and are carried out through lateral relationships between departments.” via Strategyzer 
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  • Practice Objectivity

    CJ
    20 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    “Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.” Publius Syrus All of you have something you’re trying to accomplish. Maybe it’s getting your organization to adopt a new idea, process or technology. Maybe you’re building your own business. Maybe you’re just trying to be heard. Whatever it is you’re trying to achieve, you’re going to encounter - Read More -
  • Opportunity in the Obstacle

    CJ
    2 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    A King observed that his people had grown soft and entitled. Dissatisfied with the state of affairs, he hoped to teach them a lesson. His plan was simple: he would place a big boulder in the middle of the main road, completely blocking entry into the city. He would then observe their reactions. The king - Read More -
  • I ditched email…

    CJ
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was ridiculous. So ridiculous. Every morning my day started the same way. I’d wake up and the very first thing I would do is check my email. I’d roll over and reach for my phone. My eyes, still squinting, would rush to adjust and focus on the bright screen. Barely able to see, I’d - Read More -
  • explorers

    CJ
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.
  • On Danger

    CJ
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    We miss out on so much when we fail to better discern perceived danger vs actual danger. Our minds can be quite good at conjuring up a number of spooky scenarios and reasons for not venturing out and exploring something new even when no real danger exists. In between the dreams of our heart and - Read More -
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • Act Like a Tourist

    Mark Wilson
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recently a tourist from Chicago, visiting our delightful northwoods community remarked, "I wish I could just quit my job and live in Hayward full time. It would be like living in heaven!"I smiled, and thought, "He sure doesn't know what it's like to live here!"Later, relating this conversation to a Hayward native, I said, "Poor fellow doesn't realize that living in the Northwoods is a far cry from vacationing here."To this, my Hayward friend replied, "If that's the way it is for you, then you're doing it wrong.""I think the citizens of Hayward ought to act…
  • You Can Never Have Too Much Love

    Mark Wilson
    22 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    A beautiful thought expressed by 18th Century Methodist leader, John Fletcher, in a letter to his dear friend, Charles Wesley:"I have the impression that we can never have too much compassion for sinners, nor overemphasize for them the love of Jesus, when he himself became incarnate and declared redemption and salvation to tax gatherers and evildoers.  I have also the impression that faith shows itself gradually in many hearts, and that it is our task to nourish the weakest spark, the faintest signs."  (Reluctant Saint, Patrick Streiff, p. 82)
  • Where Does This Road Lead?

    Mark Wilson
    19 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    A stranger once stopped a man on the road and asked, "Where does this road lead?"  "My friend," the man replied, "this road leads to any place in the United States."
  • Words of Wisdom for Graduates

    Mark Wilson
    18 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Congratuations to those who are graduating from high school this weekend.  You have navigated many years of instruction and now are embarking into the brand new world of adulthood.  Graduation is the doorway to a new chapter in your life.As you stand at the threshold, it will pay you to heed the advise of the great king, Solomon, known as the wisest man who ever lived:  "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth" (Ecc. 12:1).Today as you stand at the door, I encourage you to pause and reflect on the following words: honor, understanding, gratitude and…
  • Release Your Resentments

    Mark Wilson
    1 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Poet, Edwin Markham, had put aside a great sum of money for his retirement. When he went to the bank to withdraw from the account, however, he discovered that a “trusted friend” had plundered his nest egg, leaving him penniless.Edwin now needed to write again in order to survive. He sat at his desk day after day but was unable to produce anything. He could think only of his loss. Bitterness and resentment were walls, shutting out his creativity. It was destroying his life.One day, he began to doodle on the blank page before him. As usual, he could think of nothing to write. So, he drew…
 
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Weekend A La Carte (May 23)

    Tim
    23 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    Here are a few Kindle deals. Killjoys by Desiring God ($2.99). This is the last day to grab these books from 9Marks: The Gospel by Ray Ortlund; Evangelism by Mack Stiles; Expositional Preaching by David Helm; Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson; Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne; Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman; Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman ($4.99 each). Also, Mongerism has a whole series of books that is free for the taking. Here is an important word about Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth. “Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to see that those with…
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    22 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    It is time for a new Free Stuff Fridays, and this week’s giveaway is sponsored by Crossway. To mark the latest release in their “Theologians on the Christian Life” series, they are giving away the new volume along with a couple of the ones that preceded it. There will be 5 winners this week and each of the winners will receive: Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ by Tony Reinke. “John Newton is famous for his legendary hymn ‘Amazing Grace.’ Many have celebrated his dramatic conversion from a life in the slave trade to his eventual work to end it. But often…
  • New & Notable Books (May 2015)

    Tim
    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    I am in the enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books, and every few weeks I like to provide a round-up of what is new and particularly notable. It has been a full month since my last update, and an awful lot of books have shown up since then. I will start with new additions to several excellent commentary series, and then move to a few general interest books. The Gospel According to Luke by James Edwards (Pillar New Testament Commentary). It is always noteworthy when a major commentary series receives a new volume, and that is the case…
  • A La Carte (May 22)

    Tim
    22 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    Here are some Kindle deals that may spark your interest: Mom Enough by Desiring God ($2.99); Going Beyond the Five Points is a brand new book by Rob Ventura ($4.99); Buried Hope or Risen Savior? by Charles Quarles ($0.99); Christianity, Cults & Religions by Paul Carden ($0.99). What Your Church Needs To Know About Church - Here is the one foundational truth every one of us needs to keep in mind week by week. When Revival Came to Korea - Vance Christie tells about the time revival came to Korea. Repentant Love - “What happens when the depths of sin and self meet the…
  • When Your Testimony Just Isn’t That Good

    Tim
    21 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    Testimony is a good Christian word, isn’t it? It is a word we use to describe a person’s account of their conversion. At Grace Fellowship Church we ask people to share their testimony aloud before they are baptized, and to send it in printed form to the members of the church as they apply for church membership. Sometimes at an evening service we will invite someone to come to the front and to tell us how the Lord saved her. We even keep a big binder full of these testimonies for anyone who would like to read through them—an amazing collection of stories that are so very different and…
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    Desiring God

  • Worship God as Our Father

    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. –1 John 3:1 All true worship begins with our adoption. All prayer, all praise, all singing — all of our relating to God — begins with being able to come to him as his children. That’s what Jesus won for us. When he went to the cross, he paid the immeasurable price of our adoption, to make us sons and daughters of the living God. And so when he teaches us to pray in Matthew 6:9, he tells us come to God like this: “Our Father who art in heaven . . .” There is infinite intimacy…
  • Jesus Poured Out His Joy for You

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In your presence is fullness of joy and at your right are pleasures forevermore. –Psalm 16:11 Have you ever stopped to consider that the reason Psalm 16:11 is true for you is because it was first true for Jesus? The verse immediately before it, Psalm 16:10, is quoted a number of times in the book of Acts, including at Pentecost (which the church marks this Sunday) in reference to the resurrection of Jesus. “You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” In Acts 2:31, Peter calls it a prophecy from the mouth of David, who “foresaw and spoke about the…
  • How Do You Pursue Joy in Jesus?

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In three minutes, Pastor Leonce Crump gives us three ways to find and cultivate a certain kind of joy — the deeper, fuller, more durable joy we experience in and with Jesus.Read Now
  • We Must Not Do Nothing

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This weekend Americans will commemorate Memorial Day, a holiday of collective national remembrance. Many will gather in cemeteries and civic parks for grateful and sometimes tearful ceremonies. This will be a good and appropriate kind of remembering. It is important that we remember the immense price hundreds of thousands of soldiers have paid with the currency of their life-blood so that we can enjoy our political and religious freedoms. But this kind of remembering will not demand much of us beyond renewing our grateful resolve to not take for granted our freedoms. There will be a brief…
  • Redeem the Rejection of Singleness

    21 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    When I was a little girl, I never associated being alone with being rejected. Time on my own afforded me the opportunity to disappear inside my imagination without interruption. I’m not so different now than I was then. I still love finding time away from the world. However, if I’m not careful, my joy of aloneness gets sabotaged by the painful thought that maybe I am alone because I am not wanted, not chosen, no one’s favorite. Why Does It Hurt? Rejection hurts — and in singleness there is plenty of it to go around. Whether it’s the explicit rejection some men face when they ask a…
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Naked and Afraid with David Letterman

    Todd Rhoades
    21 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    Last night ended an era in late night TV. David Letter has officially retired. I’ll admit it… I’ve been a fan of David Letterman since I was in college. I remember taping Late Night with David Letterman every night and my room mates and I would watch it every day (in fact, some days, Letterman probably won out over going to glass.) To be fair… we also watched Benny Hill (if that helps explain anything). I found David Letterman to be different. He was corny. He was stupid. Kinda nerdy. Many times not funny (I think, on purpose). But it was the quirkiness and the…
  • Six Things My Friend Learned from Robert Schuller

    Todd Rhoades
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    As you probably know by now, Robert Schuller past away last week. I never met Robert Schuller, but followed his ministry from a distance over the years. I remember watching him when I was a small boy.  I liked his booming voice.  And the pipe organ was amazing (remember, this was in the 1970s!). And I was too young to know that his theology probably didn’t match up all that well with my local fundamentalist baptist church.  (Oh… the innocence of youth!) And, of course, in recent years I followed the collapse of the Crystal Cathedral; and the personal life of Robert and Arvella…
  • Be a Witness, Not a Judge

    Todd Rhoades
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I think you’ll enjoy a quick excerpt from my friend Mark Wilson’s new book, Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus: Some church folks, as Marshall Shelley observed, are “well intentioned dragons. Their earnest desire for setting things (and people) right comes off wrong. “Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony,” said Watchman Nee, “than our trying to be right and demanding right of others.” A Barna group survey conducted a few years ago found that 90 percent of non-Christian young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-nine view Christians as…
  • Should You Focus Exclusively on Conversion Growth?

    Todd Rhoades
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    When Brian Jones started the church he pastors some fifteen years ago, he made one promise to God: “I promise we will grow this church through conversion growth only.” Here’s what Brian has to say about this promise; and how they’d tried to live it out at his church: Every church leader I know agrees that transfer growth (one Christian deciding to leave their church to attend yours) is rarely a win for the kingdom. But few take actual steps to prevent it from happening, as if the matter was completely out of our realm of influence. Not quite sure how to make good on my…
  • Should the Goal of Your Church be to Grow, Multiply or Expand?

    Todd Rhoades
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    See what you think of this quote by Tim Suttle: The church’s job is not to grow, multiply, or expand. The church’s job is not to take back the culture for Jesus. The church’s job is not even to survive. The church’s job is to be the church—to be the faithful people of God who organize their common life together in such a way that they image God to all creation. Sadly, most American churches do not image God so much as they image American story of bigger, better, stronger, higher, and faster. The story of God is quite different. This story says the last will be first and the first…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • When You Can’t Get Past Your Present

    webteam
    18 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It can be hard to let go of what we’re used to and reach for something new. How can we be sure God’s still got us covered? And what can we do to get past our present circumstances?
  • Moms, Our Friends Everyday

    webteam
    11 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    For this Mother’s Day, we wanted to write a special song just for moms, thanking them for all they do for us and recognizing what makes them special. We enlisted the help of some fresh new songwriters, and together with our worship and creative teams, we came up with this song. Enjoy – and please let Pete in.
  • What Happens When We Reach In the Right Direction

    webteam
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    We’re all working toward something and we all face obstacles along the way. What are we reaching for and what stands in our way? What happens when we align our goals with the unstoppable nature of God?
  • Why Our Limitations Are The Key To True Growth

    webteam
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Success in life requires a growth mindset. It demands approaching resistance as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. And it’s only when you stretch beyond what you thought was possible that you discover strength you never knew.
  • The Common Denominator with Every Struggle

    webteam
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    When it comes to our struggles, we have this tendency to keep fighting the same battles over and over. Is there any way to ever win? And what can we do to help each other survive the fight?
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Join 70+ nations united to worship the Lord Jesus!

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7:9) Stop what you are doing. Look in your diary for this Sunday. Ask yourself “Can I cancel that, and can I [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • REVIEW: The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    19 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    My post yesterday generated quite a bit of interest. The comments section over there is quite interesting, and so far it has been very civil, which is all too rare when this subject is discussed. It seems to me, however, that some people felt I had not gone far enough, some people felt I had [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Why Christians should support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    17 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Today is commemorated around the world as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.  In this article I want to persuade you that Christians should support such a day, and speak out against violence against gay people, against discrimination, and against rejection. We should instead offer an olive branch of love to these human beings as [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Reflecting on twenty years with the same wife, church and career

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    16 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today and yesterday I’ve spent multiple hours carefully completing a General Medical Council Revalidation Appraisal From. If you are a UK Doctor you will know all about this (or if you don’t you better find out very quickly!)  But for those of you who are not, this process is a very scary one as for [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Four meetings with water

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    14 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    My son George is a real cute one sometimes. Tonight when I was tucking him into bed he prayed as follows: Thank you Lord that I had four meetings with water today: Shower in the morning, swimming at school, the rain, and shower in the evening. Amen! The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • This Is My Manifesto

    Steve McCoy
    21 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    From Crossway, on The Prodigal Church..."This is my manifesto. I'm not angry about it. I'm not throwing stones. I just want to raise the banner for the gospel. I want it to fly high over all of our churches. Because in the end, they're not our churches, but Christ's.."
  • Sarah McCoy & Emma Stone

    Steve McCoy
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    So everyone thinks my baby girl, Sarah (who graduated high school on Saturday!), looks like Emma Stone. Whaddaya think?Sarah McCoy Emma Stone
  • Lots-o-Links 5.20.15

    Steve McCoy
    20 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    What Small Churches Can Do by Joe Thorn | 3 articles so far...Part 1Part 2Part 3My Sermon Planning Worksheet by Chad Brooks | I'd do this a little different, but I'm sure many will find it helpful. Chad writes...I really prefer having a physical document to orient my sermon preparation. I have found beginning a sermon on this sheet and letting it be for a couple of weeks is a great jump start to my weekly preparation. Retro 51 Tornado Homerun Limited Edition Pen | Review: Office Supply Geek... Photo credit: Office Supply Geek The brass barrel of the Retro 51 Homerun is wrapped with…
  • WHI - Church & Kingdom

    Steve McCoy
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The White Horse Inn is one of my favorite podcasts. The newest episode of WHI is a discussion between Michael Horton and Scot McKnight on The Church & The Kingdom of God. Scot's recent book, Kingdom Conspiracy, is in focus.I've been able to spend some time with Scot and I always love hearing his perspective. I encourage you to listen to this one. 
  • The Mission is for the Unimpressive

    Steve McCoy
    14 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    This book is for you--the normal, unimpressive, everyday person, young or old, male or female--because Jesus means to carry out his mission of filling the world with his presence through you. You are meant to do this.The mission of Jesus is yours to participate in. It has always been God's intention to choose normal, everyday people, and to show his amazing power and glory through them. He's not looking for the most impressive person because he already is that person.Jeff Vanderstelt in Saturate (or Kindle), pgs 14-15.
 
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • The Small Church

    8 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Future of Small Church in America. (This is a handout and discussion guide I used for discussing small churches and the health of the church)Introduction:The Elephant in the Room: Big Church versus Small Church. (Talk about Bob Russell's home church illustration from When God Builds a Church)Resources Guide: Small Church AmericaOutreach Magazine July/ August 2014 “The Size of a Church does not determine its health. But a Church’ Health can determine its size.” Ed Stetzer “Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment” “Proverbs 27:23 tells us, ‘Know well the condition of your flock and…
  • Why Goto ICOM 2015?

    6 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Why go to the International Conference on Missions in Richmond this Fall?Here are some suggestions:I. To learn more about missions of course.II. To recognize that the Kingdom of God is bigger than any of us.III. The Worship. There is nothing like it.IV. The students' passion to learn.V. To be encouraged to "Go ..." fulfill the Great Commission.VI. Opportunity to Pray. Pray for other missions and organizations and Christians around the World.VII. Opportunity to Give. Give of your time, talents and treasure to the Kingdom.VIII. To meet and make new friends. There is nothing like knowing the…
  • Why Church Camp Matters!!

    1 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    In a few weeks camp season will start. So why Church Camp? Why does it matter at all?I. Camp can be and is an extension of the church and its ministry. It is a vital mission and equipping of the leaders today and the future.II. It is life changing. It helps kids have that "Light bulb" turn on and the transforming power of Christ. (Romans 12:1-2)III. It is equipping. Teaches people to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others daily.IV. Exposes students to other cultures and ministries. Nothing like those mission moments and the Call to "Go."V. Supports other ministries. The Funds raised for…
  • Quote of the Day

    1 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    “The church today is often guilty of supplying believers with the paper armor of good advice, programs, activities, techniques, and methods – when what they need is the godly armor of holy living. No program, method, or technique can bring wholeness and happiness to the believer who is unwilling to confront and forsake his sin.” – John MacArthurhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Why the Cross? Why the Resurrection?

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    This past Sunday I had shared on the 7 last sayings of Jesus from the Cross and why the Cross was important. The death of Jesus was our atonement in which Christ died and took our place and basically was our perfect Sacrificial Lamb.But we can't leave Jesus on the Cross ...much less leave Jesus as the babe at Christmas. the Resurrection is important and fundamental to our faith.There are several skeptic objections to the Resurrection including:1. Jesus a mythological figure. There are 39 ancient sources outside the NT that refer to Jesus.Source: Rose Publishing Evidence for the Resurrection…
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    GabeTaviano.com

  • A different lens – post 1

    Gabe Taviano
    19 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    This post could be littered with photos I took this past week that display the amazing creations that makes it clear how much better of an artist God is than you or I. That would be great, but I moved to Cambodia for something greater than art and technology. I moved here (in agreement with my family), because God has shown me that He loved one thing He created more than others. PEOPLE. More than the amazing Milky Way that He created, which I got to shoot for the first time from a mountain this week. And I believe this is something that every creative person needs to hear. I spent two days…
  • Moving to Cambodia in 4 weeks

    Gabe Taviano
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I wanted to take a couple minutes to try to answer two basic questions we’ve gotten about our move to Cambodia on January 3, 2015 (in just over 4 weeks). Feel free to contact me if you have other specific questions after reading this. If after reading this, you are interested in partnering with us, you may make donations and follow our family over at www.Taviano.com. QUESTION 1 – Are you going to be earning money over there, or are you going to need financial support from friends and family? ANSWER – We are moving to serve others, not ourselves. While we could work (me as a…
  • Fall in Athens County

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

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

    Gabe Taviano
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Do We Have a Right to Happiness? — Part Two of Two

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    You need to click back to yesterday for part one, but knowing a few of you won’t, I’ve begun by repeating the introduction. Thanks again to Martin and Nancy for allowing us to run this. To read the whole thing at their blog, Flagrant Regard, or leave them a direct comment, click the title below. C.S. Lewis For The 21st Century (2) Have you ever, on the recommendation of a teacher, book-review website, or a friend, began to read an old book – a classic – only to discover a few pages in, “I just can’t get into this … the language is so archaic!” Nancy and I thought it…
  • Do We Have a Right to Happiness? — Part One of Two

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    I’ll keep my intro short so you can get right into this. Thanks to Martin and Nancy for allowing me to reproduce this here, but if you want to send them some link love — or not have to wait until tomorrow for part two — click the link in the title below. Comments here are open, but to communicate with the authors directly, use the link below as well. C.S. Lewis For The 21st Century Have you ever, on the recommendation of a teacher, book-review website, or a friend, began to read an old book – a classic – only to discover a few pages in, “I just can’t get into this…
  • In Case of Rapture, Or Long Weekend, This Church will be Closed

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    When we were given a midweek tour of Buckhead Church a few years ago, the thing that struck me was that there was a large infrastructure that was really only used for a few hours each week. The entrepreneur in me was trying to think of ways to leverage the facility to see greater exposure, so the idea of taking one week — no, make that two weeks — off each year is in my thinking, somewhat counterproductive. But that’s exactly what the North Point family of churches in Atlanta’s north suburbs is doing this weekend; taking their cue from an already entrenched shutdown…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    Poor signage or a creatively named new outreach for Teen Challenge? Okay, hands up everyone who remembers the Bible story about The Horn of the Llamas? Witty introduction, not in the Advance Reader Copy, to appear here in print edition. R. T. Kendall pastored at Westminster Chapel for 25 years and has authored dozens of books. As part of a continuing series at Premier Christianity, here is his Open Letter to the U.K. Church. The Cross and the Crescent: “I really felt like I had failed as a mother and a Christian and church member and the daughter of my parents, failed by not passing…
  • The Blogging and Congregational Outreach Analogy: 3 Types of Churches

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    I met Glenn Schaeffer years ago when he was a pastor in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; and for many years his very colorful blog, Go and Make has been linked here. These thoughts really resonated and I wanted to make sure you had a chance to think this over! You Find It … Hyperlinked … Embedded … What is the Tendency of Your Congregation? I have been blogging for a few years. As I compose articles I find there are times when, either for the press of time or simply out of sheer laziness, I simply mention a resource and hope the reader will take the initiative and find it online. (This is not…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Lesson: Seeds, Fruits, and Planting Character (Galatians 5:22-23; Galatians 6:7-10)

    Kristin Schmidt
    21 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Jesus spoke often in parables and metaphors, using imagery of things known to explain things that were harder to understand. We can certainly use that example in teaching young students, using simple things to remind them of important truths. In this lesson, fruit is the main object. We will use real samples to discuss the fruits of the spirit and to compare faith to fruit and seed-planting. Materials: Various fruits to taste and observe (apples, oranges, pears, lemons, etc.); other parts of the fruit, especially seeds; cheerios; paper lunch bags; fruit cut-outs or stickers; Bibles. Verses:…
  • Creation Day 7 Bible Verse Decoding Worksheet

    Felicia Mollohan
    21 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    Going through the story of creation and how God created the earth is a favorite of Sunday School Teachers. It is a wonderful series to teach the children in our classes about the foundation of the world. Sometimes, though, we need some sort of fun way to help the kids remember what occurred on each day of creation. So I have put together a series of 7 Bible Verse decoding worksheets to help your students remember each day of creation and what God created on each. Don’t miss our larger series lesson plans for the days of creation. Click here to download this worksheet in…
  • “You are Not Alone!” Lectionary Lesson from John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

    Stephanie Fernandez
    20 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 when Jesus tells the disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit. 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 – Day of Pentecost, Gospel Reading – John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15. Opening Activity – You are Not Alone! – Working Together Supplies – blindfolds, deck of cards Blindfold each child and give them five playing cards.  Then give them one minute to build a house with…
  • Creation Day 6 Bible Verse Decoding Worksheet

    Felicia Mollohan
    20 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    Going through the story of creation and how God created the earth is a favorite of Sunday School Teachers. It is a wonderful series to teach the children in our classes about the foundation of the world. Sometimes, though, we need some sort of fun way to help the kids remember what occurred on each day of creation. So I have put together a series of 7 Bible Verse decoding worksheets to help your students remember each day of creation and what God created on each. Don’t miss our larger series lesson plans for the days of creation. Click here to download this worksheet in…
  • Holy Spirit Memory Object Lesson (1 John 14:26)

    Mimi Bullock
    19 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    You and I know that God’s Word has a supernatural quality–it not only empowers, frees and comforts us but it is infused with the Holy Spirit. How many times have I read a verse and all of a sudden, it kind of “jumps off the page.” You see something unique and amazing for the first time even though you have read the passage about a dozen times already. I know have. Other times, it’s difficult to remember what you’ve read. You want to apply His Word to a situation in life but you just can’t remember what God said. In times like that, the following verse…
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    Man of Depravity

  • A Prayer for the Work of God and Humanity

    Tyler
    21 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s post from Paul Pastor is the finale of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  For prayer together, especially at times of planting and harvest. Leader: God of all, who at the beginning of all things declared your work in creation to be very good, look upon…
  • On (A)vocation

    Tyler
    19 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Today’s post from Jenelle D’Alessandro is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  To be honest, I don’t have the hots for the word “calling,” these days. Neither do I for its more chic Latinate sister, “vocation,” from vocare—to call.  We…
  • When You Aren’t Gifted, God Equips the Called

    Tyler
    15 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s post from Jonathan Pearson is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  God calls people. It’s one of the foundational understandings in scripture. Throughout the Old Testament, The Gospels, and the Epistles we see God calling people to do His work. I…
  • Calling is a Verb

    Tyler
    13 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today’s post from Cara Strickland is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  When I was younger, the idea of a calling was so much easier. I remember youth group sermons and endless conversations about discerning your strengths and gifts in order to discover…
  • Your Will Be Done

    Tyler
    11 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Today’s post from Arleen Spenceley is part of Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. If you’d rather read all the posts from the series in a short ebook, the writers have generously made it available for free. You can download a PDF copy here, or downloads in Epub (most tablets/e-readers) and Mobi (Kindle) formats are available as well. To receive the rest of the series in your inbox, sign up here.  I am a Roman Catholic Christian. A “God person,” according to the not-so-into-God kid who called me that when we were students at the Protestant school I attended for fifth…
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    Cory Center for Children's Ministry

  • ESV Action Bible Review

    Jesse Smith
    6 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    A few years ago I posted a video of my son sharing his thoughts about the Action Bible. The following year David C Cook released the Action Bible Handbook and I reviewed it here. Well, they are back with a full fledged ESV study Bible and once again, I’m impressed. My son, like many preteen boys loves comics. I’ve shared in the past how I could find him in his room researching, yes researching, what stories were in the Bible but not in the Action Bible. I think any parent would place that in the win category. My friend Sam Luce has shared on the importance of having a bible that…
  • Cory Center’s Big Announcement

    mattguevara
    19 Dec 2010 | 4:44 pm
    The Cory Center for Children’s Ministry is a project of Bethel Seminary whose mission is to provide resources to the field of children’s and family ministry.  Our resources are focused in five areas: coaching, blog, articles, podcast, and app. 2011 will be an incredible year for the Cory Center because we will be: Coaching leaders in children’s and family ministry Developing new training modules for the 1 for 50 Initiative Continuing the What Matters Now blog (formerly the KidTech blog) Publishing monthly articles (including resources children’s and family ministry leaders can use to…
  • Five Models of Family Ministry – Part 1

    mattguevara
    14 Dec 2010 | 7:14 pm
    In Part 1 of this series, Dr. Denise Muir-Kjesbo shares a Biblical introduction to family. Five Models of Family Ministry – Part 1
  • Five Models of Family Ministry – Part 2

    mattguevara
    14 Dec 2010 | 7:03 pm
    Dr. Kjesbo shares the philosophy, Biblical basis, and focus of the various models of family ministry.  As you listen, think through the advantages and disadvantages of the various models and take time to reflect upon which model is present in your ministry context. Five Models of Family Ministry – Part 2
  • Small Changes, Big Results

    mattguevara
    14 Dec 2010 | 5:13 pm
    Some churches will go to great lengths to make visitors feel comfortable like renovating the children’s ministry wing or adding new ministry programs; but is that necessary?  Being friendly and welcoming doesn’t mean taking out a loan.  It might just mean moving through a paradigm shift and looking with fresh direction at your ministry.  Knowing what visitors look for as well as what they experience when they pull into your parking lot is a great place to begin.  Though some would argue a welcoming church begins well before the parking lot, for the purposes of our research, that’s…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Our House: 1 The Porch

    paulwnewell
    19 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 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…
  • Getting Beyond Where You Are: 5 Baking Bread

    paulwnewell
    12 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 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…
  • Getting Beyond Where You Are: 4 Stacking Stones

    paulwnewell
    6 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 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…
  • Getting Beyond Where You Are: 3 Leaving Your Shittim Behind

    paulwnewell
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 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…
  • Getting Beyond Where You Are: 2 From Grasshoppers to Giant Killers

    paulwnewell
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - Our House Getting Beyond Where You Are Easter2015:Celebrate! I'm Lovin' It 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…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • FRESH AIR Experience

    Kevin Campbell
    14 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    “Do not leave, but WAIT for the GIFT my Father has promised.” – Jesus (Act 1:4) God promises a gift of FRESH AIR, literally the BREATH OF HEAVEN, but we must WAIT. “You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” – Jesus (Acts 1:8) Do you need power? Do need a blast of fresh air in your life? Join us at Elevate Church on Sunday, May 31st at 6pm for the Fresh Air Experience! Mark your calendar NOW. Fresh Air Experience – Sunday, May 31st at 6pm. Worship. Prayer. Message. Fresh Air. Breath of Heaven! Find out how to breathe fresh air back into your…
  • How To Experience FRESH AIR

    Kevin Campbell
    5 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
      We can’t wait to kick off FRESH AIR this Sunday at Elevate Church! In a slump? Luke warm? Need refreshing? If you’re drifting away, it’s time to re-connect with God. We’ve all found ourselves in the doldrums, perhaps stuck in survival mode, just going through the motions of life without the joy and purpose we know God provides. It’s time to live with more passion, purpose, and a freshness to life than you ever thought possible! Join us this Sunday for the kick off of FRESH AIR. TWO Service Times to choose from: 9am & 10:30am. Go here to find out more or get…
  • Life Change Story

    Kevin Campbell
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Check out this life change story we shared during our Easter Services this year at Elevate Church. Never gets old seeing God pursue someone! It’s the heart of God to see His children come HOME! Related posts: What Does EASTER Mean For You? Life Change Story At Elevate Beach Baptisms – Life Change!
  • EASTER At Elevate

    Kevin Campbell
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Easter Sunday: Something For The Whole Family I hope you had a great week and are getting ready for Easter! I want to share with you exciting details about this coming Sunday at Elevate as we celebrate EASTER! EASTER – Sunday, April 5th at 9am & 10:30am TWO Identical Worship Services to work around your family plans for this day – 9am & 10:30am. BOUNCE HOUSES in Elevate KIDS for some extra FUN! FACE PAINTING and other EASTER Activities for ALL KIDS! FAMILY PHOTO BOOTH for the WHOLE family to remember this day! Kick off a new message series called Four…
  • What Does EASTER Mean For You?

    Kevin Campbell
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Watch below to get a picture of the real meaning of EASTER. Join us this Sunday to celebrate EASTER At ELEVATE. Find out all the details on our EASTER landing page. TWO Services at 9am & 10:30am. Related posts: EASTER @ Elevate: Get Ready! Easter 2012: Kick Off BAGGAGE Series Hey Elevate Church, Easter Is 11 Days Away! Help Get The Word Out
 
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    West Coast CM

  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Planning A Family Ministry Event

    Anthony Prince
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    3 Questions to Ask Before Planning A Family Ministry Event As I’ve spent time with other children’s and youth ministry leaders over the years, I’ve noticed that the idea of “family” ministry has seen a resurgence amongst churches of various denominational backgrounds and sizes.  However, many peers in ministry (and you might be one of them) have been given the role of “Family Ministry” without being told what exactly that title means. For many churches, the assumption is that, once someone is given the responsibility of “Family Ministry”…
  • Investing Beyond the Walls of Your Church

    Anthony Prince
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Investing in the Church Beyond Your Walls For those of us called into local church ministry, whether it’s in a staff or in a volunteer leadership position, our job descriptions rarely ask us to look beyond the walls of our own church facility.  And, when we are asked to do so, it’s generally in order to bring families to our own church in order to sit in our seats and hear our weekend message. Yet, if you do the math, the amount of unchurched people in your town could never fit inside the walls of your church – it just isn’t possible.  Which means, if we’re…
  • Sex at Church: when to speak and when to listen

    Anthony Prince
    29 Aug 2013 | 1:01 pm
    Sex at Church when to speak and when to listen Churches struggle to know what to do with talking about [sexuality].  Pastors struggle to know what to do with [talking about sexuality].  From what I listen to, churches do one of at least three different things. They simply go along with whatever the culture says, thinking that people will come to church if you say things that they want to hear. They circle the wagons and act like if they keep condemning the culture then one day it will change.  They remain silent for fear of offending anyone.  I have yet to see any of these work well.
  • Allowing Silence: a call to listen

    Anthony Prince
    30 May 2013 | 8:05 pm
    Allowing Silence A Call to Listen We have a tradition in our home that, at dinner, our children get the chance to decide who is going to pray and say a word of thanksgiving for our family, friends, food and other blessings in our lives.  Recently, our three year old daughter has insisted on praying first in order to thank Jesus for dying for our sins.  It’s an adorable reminder that the rest of what we’re thankful for doesn’t mean a whole lot without the cross.  Funny how preschoolers can take such a matter-of-fact approach to the profound. Tonight, during the week after…
  • More than a “Good Example”

    Anthony Prince
    1 Mar 2013 | 3:41 pm
    More than a “Good Example” You cannot earn your child’s place in Heaven Growing up in a small town, I loved driving past the local car wash on Main Street for one reason: they had a sign with changeable letters. The sign owners would change the display often – switching from riddles, to knock-knock jokes, to [in]famous quotes, to sales… but, one thing stayed the same.  We all paid attention to that sign. Fast-forward 20 years and you’d often find me driving past a similar sign that sits in front of a local church that I live near.  If you saw me drive…
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Digital outreach training days: London, Tirana, Accra, your town?

    siskin
    14 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    One of the best ways to envision people to see the potential of digital evangelism and ministry: draw them together for a training day in their locality, or their own church. The international team called Indigitous, a broad umbrella of CRU (formerly CCCI) team members, is very active in setting up training days across Africa, Asia and Europe. Calling all Brits: Training Day in London, UK, Tuesday 26 May The next Indigitous day conference is in London, 9.30am-4.30pm at the Evangelical Alliance HQ at 176 Copenhagen St, London N1 0ST. More details on Indigitous site | More details on Facebook…
  • Storytelling – key to effective communication

    siskin
    5 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Helpful look at how and why storytelling works so well. Check other recent posts on storytelling. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church. Please also share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 using the one-click links below. You can also automatically syndicate our blog posts to your…
  • Heartwarming Reese Witherspoon film The Good Lie – free discussion materials

    siskin
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Culturewatch team Damaris are offering free official community resources for The Good Lie. This engaging and heartwarming film, starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, reflects the real-life stories of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan’s 1983 civil war, their challenges to integrate with Western culture, and how their beliefs and values encourage others to find a wider understanding of family and community. This film, and the true events on which it is based, are deeply moving. Sudan’s civil war displaced 20,000 children who were forced to run from their homes, walk…
  • Are you a maven*? Do you want to publish curated content?

    siskin
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    It’s an obvious truth that you should only write about what you know, and what enthuses you. The CopyBlogger infographic below gives you guidance and ideas about how you might write a curated email newsletter. On anything. See also What can I curate? Many of these choices apply equally to curating a visual topic on Pinterest, writing a blog – or even creating a website – around something that excites you. I have often suggested building a website or blog around a special interest or hobby. It’s a great way to connect with people who share your own interests. It is one…
  • A language that Christians mostly refuse to translate text into

    siskin
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    English is unique in being a world language. In a review of new book What is English? And Why Should We Care? (Tim William Machan, OUP), London Times columnist and language-use expert Oliver Kamm writes: …debates over the nature and purpose of English are longstanding. It’s not only the language but its speakers who are different from the past. In the middle of the past century, about 400 million people spoke English. The total is now 1.5 billion, while the proportion of them living in Britain, North America and Australasia has declined. There is no historical parallel for this…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 10 ways to create a Teamwork 101 environment

    Brad Lomenick
    23 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    I love the book of Philippians in the New Testament. The entire book is one of Paul’s greatest letters. Specifically, chapter 2 is a gem. Paul lays out some strong language regarding teamwork and working together. Verse 2-5: “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in…
  • Free Book download from my friend Steve Graves

    Brad Lomenick
    20 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    When I know of something useful I am always inclined to share it here on the blog. So I am partnering with my good friend Dr. Stephen R. Graves for the next 3 days to offer you a FREE copy of his new book Flourishing: Why Some People Thrive While Others Just Survive. This book is a great resource for you and your friends, including incredibly insights on the subject of flourishing. Again, just follow the link to download your FREE eBook today. Steve is a leadership author, entrepreneur, and executive coach who has been helping leaders flourish for over 25 years. I am excited to have the…
  • 10 Ways to create a Great Customer Experience

    Brad Lomenick
    17 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    I’ve worked on some great teams over the past several years, and seen great customer service in action. One of the places I learned the most about great customer service was Lost Valley Ranch, an incredible 4 diamond guest ranch in Colorado. Serving the guests was part of the DNA of the staff. We took great pride in our ability to create a great experience for our guests through unmatched excellent customer service. Here are a few of the ways we did that through great customer service: 1. Treat someone like you would want to be treated- the Golden Rule. It really does work. And it makes…
  • 10 Simple Ways to be Great

    Brad Lomenick
    9 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    All of us want to be great. Especially as leaders. All of us want to be part of a great team. Have a great family. A great neighborhood. A great church. A great community. A great legacy. There are lots of factors that go into being great. But ultimately, being great starts with you. And since you are your greatest coach and advocate for yourself, here are a few things to always think about when it comes to being great. 1. Be responsible. Be on time. Get things done. Finish. 2. Be a learner. Read. Listen. Be curious. 3. Be a hustler. Work hard. Whatever it takes. 4. Be a carrier of the…
  • Young Influencers List, April edition

    Brad Lomenick
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Here you go, the April edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Aja Brown- youngest ever mayor of Compton, CA, and speaker and thought leader. 2. Ben and Laura Harrison- Grand Rapids based photographers, and co-founders of Jonas Paul Eyewear, an innovative children’s glasses company named after their son. 3. Dana Tanamachi- Brooklyn based designer, letterer, and custom chalk artist, working on everything from Target to TIME, and NIKE to O Magazine covers. 4. Micah Bournes- Long Beach based and Humble Beast managed poet, spoken word…
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • How to use your parish as your RCIA textbook

    Nick Wagner
    21 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    We frequently get requests for a good syllabus, textbook, or curriculum for RCIA. The question presumes a model of faith formation that is not found in the RCIA. When a seeker shows up at your door, let’s call her Jane, … Continue reading →
  • How to reduce hoop jumping in the RCIA

    Nick Wagner
    15 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    We have all experienced hoop jumpers. A hoop jumper is someone who is present in body only, putting in the bare minimum required in order to “get baptized” (or become Catholic, or whatever their goal is). Sometimes these folks undergo … Continue reading →
  • What tulips and clogs teach us about faith formation

    Nick Wagner
    14 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    The RCIA teams of Western Michigan gathered recently to discuss how to get our parish communities more involved in the initiation process. Together, we created several scenarios for a seeker we might actually encounter. We looked at how we could … Continue reading →
  • Is your RCIA team cooperating with God’s grace?

    Nick Wagner
    7 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    When I was a child in Catholic grade school, the teaching about grace was pretty clear. We mostly didn’t have it, and the goal was to participate in sacraments or sacramentals to get more of it. Once we had it, … Continue reading →
  • How to completely transform the way catechumens learn in the RCIA

    Nick Wagner
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    There is one simple thing you can do to dramatically influence the way catechumens—or any adult—learns. If you can manage to make this one shift in your catechetical process, your catechumens will be more engaged, more interested, more motivated, and … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • 5 Reasons Why Men Just Can’t Win

    Brandon
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    I try. I fail. I try and fail again. Why can’t I just win? Why can’t I get this right? I ask myself those questions a lot, but even as I ask them, I know the answers. They’re on the tip of my tongue and God’s spirit often reminds me of them right in the middle of my pity party, which is so inconvenient. And I think that, as a man, I’m not alone. All men struggle. All men have internal battles. And all men wonder if they’ll ever really win. For your benefit and mine, for the sake of all men, let me just spill my guts about why I just can’t win. Or at…
  • 3 Ways to Try to Kill the Church In America

    Brandon
    14 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    So the big news among religious leaders right now are the latest results from new research conducted by the Pew Research Center. The data reflects what I and plenty of other leaders have been anecdotally observing for a while – Christianity is losing ground while other religions are growing along with the number of unaffiliated people. One of the most interesting statistics for me personally is this little detail: The new survey indicates that churches in the evangelical Protestant tradition – including the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, Churches of Christ, the…
  • 3 False Sources of Confidence in Ministry Leadership

    Brandon
    11 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” So wrote the elder Paul to younger Timothy (1 Timothy 1:12 NLT) Paul’s words are the introduction to the Bible’s three volume textbook on pastoral ministry (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus). And in that introduction, Paul issues a fairly stern warning to Timothy to watch out for three of the biggest false sources of security and confidence for those who lead in ministry. They were, and are, and have been for me in seasons when I’m not on…
  • 30 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – May 8, 2015

    Brandon
    8 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    America Needs Healing! How We Can See It Happen…, by Rick Warren America is in its worst condition in our generation. Politically, our government has been paralyzed by partisanship. Culturally, we’re becoming more and more secular. And internationally, our reputation has never been lower. America needs healing. The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Building An Entrepreneurial Mindset, by Faisal Hoque We often speak of entrepreneurship within a tech or startup space, though surely the family running your neighborhood market is also entrepreneurial, and the individuals…
  • How to Grow Your Sunday Attendance Using Social Media

    Brandon
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I was a kid, my grandparents owned a small, community store in Browning, Kentucky where I grew up. It was the hub of social activity a the end of each workday. Commuters from town would stop for gas and maybe an ice cream cone and would catch up on life with one another before driving on home. That store, along with multitudes of others like it across the country, is closed now. But I’m convinced the social aspect of the community store lives on in the form of online social networking. People hang out in community with each other on Facebook, sharing about life and tuning into the…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • 4 Common Ways to Mis-Distill a Passage

    Peter Mead
    19 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The process of moving from passage to message involves distilling the passage text down to the passage idea.  The goal is a single sentence summary of the passage – a more concentrated representation of the whole.  I find the image of distilling the text helpful because it suggests that the details, the character, the tone and the balance of the passage should all influence the final statement of the passage idea. But we humans love to short-cut. When we short-cut this process we can seriously mis-distill what is there, with the end result that the passage idea does not carry the true…
  • Explain Well – 4 More Thoughts

    Peter Mead
    15 May 2015 | 12:33 am
    Yesterday I shared four thoughts on how to explain a biblical text well.  Here are four more. 5. Explain visually, not just conceptually.  When an idea becomes clear to a listener, they don’t say, “Ah, I grasp your conceptual logic!”  No, people say, “Ah, I see what your saying.”  What do they see?  A clear picture of the idea being explained.  We need to engage listeners at the level of imagination.  There is a screen in the hearts of listeners and by fault it begins foggy and confused.  Clear the smoke and form images as you explain the text, or as you…
  • Explain Well – 4 Thoughts

    Peter Mead
    14 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    Preaching is a complex ministry, but one of the core ingredients is effective explanation of the biblical text.  If this is removed, then it is difficult to see how what remains can be biblical preaching. Yet it can be tempting to remove explanation.  Why not simply read a bit of Bible and then say what you want to say, making the odd vague connection?  This passes for preaching in many places.  What’s more, surely that can be more interesting than dull explanation?  Of course it can, but the answer to the problem of a poor version of something good and important is not to replace…
  • 7 Ways to Guard Hearts at Church

    Peter Mead
    6 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We have thought about guarding hearts at a conference/ministers gathering, and at Bible school.  But what about the local church? The church is a mixed group of people, and there will always be some who are feeling very fragile or weak.  They may not show it.  Nevertheless, we need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment.  Good music and good preaching is not enough.  Many a great church service was undermined by thoughtless comments in times of fellowship.  So, here are 7 ways to guard hearts at church.  You can certainly add more, and I might too! 1. Pray biblically…
  • Holy and Blameless Before Him

    Peter Mead
    6 May 2015 | 12:54 am
    We have just refreshed the look of the Cor Deo website.  Please click here and head over for a look around. I just posted a new piece on sanctification called, “Holy and Blameless Before Him” “There are lots of debates about how sanctification works. Presumably because the common views don’t work. What are the common views? In simplistic terms there are essentially two: one is that sanctification is by my personal effort, the other is some variation on the notion that it either doesn’t matter or that God will do it. Typically we think that the solution to two extreme…
 
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    samluce.com

  • The one thing I wish I knew 20 years ago

    samluce
    20 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    One of the questions I get asked often and find myself asking myself  as I get older is “What would I do different if I could go back in time and tell young Sam something. I started doing ministry right out of bible college I went to four years of bible college and was thrown into ministry at the ripe age of 21. I helped a few of my friends from bible college re-start our youth ministry and took over the existing kids ministry. I was young, full of energy and stupid. If I could go back in time I would tell myself lots of things. If I had to tell myself only one thing it would be “What…
  • The surprising truth behind creativity

    samluce
    14 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    “Creativity is not coming up with new things but finding new ways to communicate old things” Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. The older I get and the longer I do ministry the more I realize that creativity is not coming up with something new. It’s reintroducing the old in a new way. One of the primary problems with the lack of creativity in any setting is due to what C.S. Lewis calls chronological snobbery. “Barfield never made me an Anthroposophist, but his counterattacks destroyed forever two…
  • 4 basics every worship song needs

    samluce
    11 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    As a pastor one of the concerns I have surrounds what songs we sing in church and why we sing those songs in our churches. Most of the things we say about the songs we sing are founded in style. The songs we like or dislike is most often an issue of personal style. The problem with this way of approaching the songs we sing is we make the wrong things the major things. The songs we sing in church and in kids church can to often be based around the style preferences of the Sr. Pastor or Worship Pastor. There is nothing wrong with style but if what we sing and why we sing doesn’t…
  • Transitional Leadership

    samluce
    11 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Jim Burns - The Gathering Breakout The Journey toward knowing your calling. Are you called? Do you have a feeling of helplessness? Do you have a sense of willingness? Do you have a sense of significant-ness? Jim Burns started writing phrases that he wrote when he realized that he wasn’t going to be around forever.  Life has pain – You choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. 1 Tim. 4:7 Find life-giving replenishing relationships  Do you have a mentor? Peer Relationships? Are you mentoring someone? Find margin – You have to leave room for God moments.  You need to take…
  • God is peace

    samluce
    9 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    Brady Boyd - Session 4 Brady Boyd – God is our peace. You can’t be out 3 nights a week or work more than 50 hours a week. Most of our problems in our church and in our churches is we are moving to fast for to long. Marriages fail because they stopped having unhurried conversations. We have to be friends. Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters sons and daughters. – We all need three levels of relationships all those relationships take time. We all stay busy 1. If we stay busy we feel important 2. If we slow we’ll have to be honest with what is really happening in our lives. You want…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Preschool Ninja Wanted

    Kenny
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    I’m officially searching for my next Preschool Ninja! I hired an incredible Preschool Ninja about 18 months ago, but she had to go fall in love with someone who swept her off her feet and is taking her away from Austin (insert violin music here). So, I’m officially looking for her replacement and I’m really excited to see who my new preschool ninja might be. A few weeks ago I launched preschoolninja.com to help me find the right person. Go ahead, check it out! Let me boil it down for you here – most preschool director positions are the same. Just change the location…
  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Kenny
    10 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Being a father has made me truly appreciate Mother’s Day in a way I couldn’t ever understand before. Let’s be honest guys, the mothers out there deserve far more than a day. Sure, we’ve got Father’s Day and I guess you can say that we’ve earned it – but let’s not get into the comparison game because we’ll lose every time. Mother’s Day should be an entire weekend event, maybe even a whole week. Mom’s rock! However, I want to to honor the mom who usually doesn’t get recognized. The mom with no babies to hold. Yesterday,…
  • Treat Your Mother Right

    Kenny
    10 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    I can’t think of a better way to honor mothers than this video. I’ll recap after the video. Let’s all remember: M is for the moan, and the miserable groan from the pain that she felt when I was born O is for the oven with it’s burnin’ heat where she stood makin’ sure I had something to eat T is for the time that she stayed up at night and took my temperature when I wasn’t feelin’ right H is for the hard earned money she spent to keep clothes on my back and try to pay da’ rent E is every wrinkle I put on her face and every worry that I…
  • Career advice for an aspiring Children’s Pastor

    Kenny
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I’m kinda working on an ebook. I have been for the past 18 months. When I say working on it, I mean mostly in my head. I’ve written an outline and several posts on this blog from over the years will be turned into chapters. The inspiration comes from the hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes that have come across my desk over the years. I feel like I’m usually hiring someone every year and I’m often frustrated by the quality of most of the resumes sent my way. I’m frustrated because of my time wasted by unqualified applicants but also frustrated for many of the…
  • Who is more important than what

    Kenny
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    I’m about two weeks out from my annual trek to the Orange Conference and I’ve been busy getting ready. I usually have responsibilities at Orange (this year I’m leading/hosting the NextGen Leaders track), but even before my friends at Orange gave me work to do, it’s been a long time since I simply “attended” a conference. Whether you’re getting ready to come to Orange or any of the other amazing conferences out there, I think there’s something important you should know about the conference experience. This idea should frame your thinking about…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Christy Nockels

    jeffrojas
    22 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    This week we talk to Christy Nockels about her new album, Let It Be Jesus. Plus, science and faith guru Mike McHargue joins us, we welcome our new producer Jeremiah Dunlap, and much more.
  • Regina George’s House from ‘Mean Girls’ On Sale for $14.8 Million

    Anonymous
    22 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The mansion in Toronto that served as Regina George’s house in Tina Fey’s Mean Girls has been put on the market. Want to own the palace of the queen of the plastics? Now you can for a mere $14.8 million. According to Post City Toronto, the 20,000 sq. foot house “is not only noticeable for its pop culture appeal to millennials. It has other bragging rights. Martha Stewart has filmed a cooking show in the kitchen and William Shatner has filmed a TV commercial in the front foyer. Canadian Idol finalists have also shared the address before.” Canadian Idol finalists? So fetch ...
  • And Now, ‘Amazing Grace’ Performed Entirely with Air Horns

    Anonymous
    22 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    If you are like most people, you have long wondered what the classic hymn "Amazing Grace" would sound like if it were performed with only air horns. This wondrous creation, “Airmazing Grace Horn” finally offers the satisfying answer you’ve been longing for ...
  • Revisiting the Church’s Forgotten Holidays

    JoshHayes
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    How what we celebrate this Sunday can define our faith. Few, if any of us, lost sight of the impending three-day weekend here in America. And, hey, I’m the first to accept a day off from work whenever I can get it. My concern, though, is what your church is not celebrating this Sunday. I bet most of us in the evangelical church are oblivious to the fact that this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a day Christians, for more than a thousand years, have set aside to celebrate the sending of God’s Spirit to His people.
  • Netflix’s ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ Looks Like a Somber Affair

    Anonymous
    22 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Netflix’s upcoming Bill Murray Christmas special sounds like a good time, even though this trailer is a total bummer. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas will feature appearances from celebrities including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, George Clooney, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus and others, as well as Murray “as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit” ...
 
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    Leader Lifter

  • Thank you Bro Kenneth!

    Hal Mayer
    4 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    I love the way Pastor Kenneth Roberts lived for Jesus. When I read Paul’s statement I think of him: 6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death... Continue Reading →
  • Compliance vs Commitment

    Hal Mayer
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    In the late 80’s I was engaged in Leadership development training for BellSouth. The telecommunications environment was changing- competition was coming. With the breakup of monopoly of the phone company in the early 80’s new telecoms were entering the space of... Continue Reading →
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  • 5 Critical Guidelines for Children’s Ministry Volunteers [Free ebook]

    Lauren Hunter
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Volunteers are the backbone of any ministry. Even a large church cannot run its children’s ministry solely with paid staff—they need to develop a solid core of reliable volunteers. In some cases, recruitment can be challenging. However, that does not mean you should ever compromise on your standards for volunteers. Your volunteers are the first line of defense in keeping kids safe and secure within your ministry. They should be people of good character who are spiritually sound and trustworthy, and who have been through the background check process your church has put in place. People…
  • Outreach, Inc. Acquires Christian Computing Magazine and American Church Magazine

    Lauren Hunter
    14 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Our church tech friends over at Christian Computing Magazine shared an exciting announcement with us today: Outreach, Inc., a world leader in church communications, publishing and media, announced the firm’s acquisition of Christian Computing Magazine and The American Church Magazine, published by Christian Digital Publishers, Inc. for the past 25 years. Christian Computing has provided tools and practical advice to churches and individuals seeking to better use technology in their ministry, and The American Church encourages and resources pastors who may be struggling to save troubled…
  • 3 Practical Principles to Retain Church Attenders

    Steve Caton
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was recently walking through one of those two-acre, we-have-everything-you-will-ever-need-plus-ten-thousand-things-you-won’t, megaplex type stores. Strolling down the endless aisles of shiny trinkets, I found myself thinking about all of the processes and management that goes into creating a place for me to get dog food, a pair of jeans, and new tires for my truck. The neighborhood big box is an example of a marvel of logistics. Even with all the systems that have been put in place, the store owners know that a certain percentage of their merchandise will be lost, stolen, or broken. In…
  • 5 Useful Practices for Text Messaging Your Church Members

    Tim Smith
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Churches that are able to embrace technology and use it to their advantage have an easier time not just with retaining membership, but building it. Cell phones, and particularly SMS text messaging, is one such technological advances that churches around the world are starting to see as a useful tool in a number of different applications. In 2013 it was estimated that 91% of adults had a cell phone, a number which has likely increased in the past 2 years. As a result churches have found a number of ways to stay connected with their parishioners using the cell phone and SMS text messaging to…
  • Sharing Your Story Through Social Media

    Ryan Holck
    6 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    For many churches social media is a struggle. Will you use it to… Build relationships? Inform people of events? Connect with your community? For some churches the answers comes naturally while others struggle. If you’re wrestling with the roll social media should play in sharing with your church and community, I have some suggestions for you. These will help you capitalize on the best ways to get your message heard while keeping your effort on task and budget. In 2014, Pew Research Center released a study outlining 74% of online adults use social networking 71% of online adults…
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • 5 Reasons Why Men Just Can’t Win

    Brandon
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    I try. I fail. I try and fail again. Why can’t I just win? Why can’t I get this right? I ask myself those questions a lot, but even as I ask them, I know the answers. They’re on the tip of my tongue and God’s spirit often reminds me of them right in the middle of my pity party, which is so inconvenient. And I think that, as a man, I’m not alone. All men struggle. All men have internal battles. And all men wonder if they’ll ever really win. For your benefit and mine, for the sake of all men, let me just spill my guts about why I just can’t win. Or at…
  • 3 Ways to Try to Kill the Church In America

    Brandon
    14 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    So the big news among religious leaders right now are the latest results from new research conducted by the Pew Research Center. The data reflects what I and plenty of other leaders have been anecdotally observing for a while – Christianity is losing ground while other religions are growing along with the number of unaffiliated people. One of the most interesting statistics for me personally is this little detail: The new survey indicates that churches in the evangelical Protestant tradition – including the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, Churches of Christ, the…
  • 3 False Sources of Confidence in Ministry Leadership

    Brandon
    11 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” So wrote the elder Paul to younger Timothy (1 Timothy 1:12 NLT) Paul’s words are the introduction to the Bible’s three volume textbook on pastoral ministry (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus). And in that introduction, Paul issues a fairly stern warning to Timothy to watch out for three of the biggest false sources of security and confidence for those who lead in ministry. They were, and are, and have been for me in seasons when I’m not on…
  • 30 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – May 8, 2015

    Brandon
    8 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    America Needs Healing! How We Can See It Happen…, by Rick Warren America is in its worst condition in our generation. Politically, our government has been paralyzed by partisanship. Culturally, we’re becoming more and more secular. And internationally, our reputation has never been lower. America needs healing. The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Building An Entrepreneurial Mindset, by Faisal Hoque We often speak of entrepreneurship within a tech or startup space, though surely the family running your neighborhood market is also entrepreneurial, and the individuals…
  • How to Grow Your Sunday Attendance Using Social Media

    Brandon
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I was a kid, my grandparents owned a small, community store in Browning, Kentucky where I grew up. It was the hub of social activity a the end of each workday. Commuters from town would stop for gas and maybe an ice cream cone and would catch up on life with one another before driving on home. That store, along with multitudes of others like it across the country, is closed now. But I’m convinced the social aspect of the community store lives on in the form of online social networking. People hang out in community with each other on Facebook, sharing about life and tuning into the…
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    Liberty Church | New York City | Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew

  • Coming Up at Liberty Church

    Emily Kirkendoll
    22 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Welcome to Liberty! Here are some ways you can get involved. Swaziland missions trip info session, May 24 // Visionaries Gathering, May 28 // Apply for Equip before June 1 // Community Group launch, May 31 // You Asked for it Series // Liberty Live Swaziland | October 19–28th with info session this Sunday We’d love you to join us for our next missions trip to Africa. We will be taking a team to Swaziland in southern Africa where Children’s Cup have a large number of CarePoints and churches serving their neighborhoods. We will work alongside our missionaries Gethin & Bex, who…
  • A Guide to Everyday Prophecy

    Emily Kirkendoll
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    We eagerly desire to create a safe prophetic community at Liberty Church, where people are empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak words to strengthen, encourage, and comfort others (1 Corinthians 14:1–5). The prophetic gifts can be mysterious and hard to wrap our heads around. Many of us have been hurt by bad prophetic experiences that tempt us to shelve prophecy altogether. As part of our “You Asked for It” series, Andi Andrew addressed your questions about the prophetic in her message, “Everyday Prophecy.” Referencing Kris Vallotton’s book, School of the…
  • Come with us to Swaziland this October

    Emily Kirkendoll
    19 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    We’d love you to join us for our next missions trip to Africa, October 19–28th. We will be taking a team to Swaziland in southern Africa where Children’s Cup have a large number of CarePoints and churches serving their neighborhoods. There will be two Information Sessions about this trip, and you’re welcome to attend either of the two: Sunday, May 24th, 12:45pm after the service at Soho, 557 Broadway Thursday, June 11th, 7:00pm 64 Fulton St, Ste 502 If you are interested in joining us, or would like more information, please email missions@libertychurchnyc.com. We will work…
  • “Everyday Prophecy” Andi Andrew – Podcast

    Peter Vigil
    17 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Andi Andrew preached this message titled “Everyday Prophecy” at our service in Union Square on May 17, 2015. From the Liberty Church NYC app, click on “Messages” to listen to the podcast. You can download the app here: Download Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teachings automatically. Related posts: “For Everyone” Andi Andrew – Podcast “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew –…
  • Introducing Equip: A new leadership development program at Liberty

    Emily Kirkendoll
    16 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Liberty Church is now offering a leadership development program for those who want to build character in their personal life and strengthen their skills for executing their calling. The program will run for six months beginning July 7. Applications are now open for the fifteen spots and will be accepted until June 1. Apply Here Justin Tarsiuk, pastor of our Brooklyn Community, is heading the program. He says, “We want to equip people who have a desire to see God’s Kingdom advanced through the local church and in your workplace, but it’s a program for anybody who wants to…
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  • Quotebook: Following Jesus Entirely

    Mark Howell
    22 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    What do those who follow Jesus’ do?  I love this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship: “Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.…Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful...Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

    Mark Howell
    21 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    When Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? Why is that man … blushing? She shares three stories inspired by portraits, including the one that led to her best-selling novel “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Image by TED View Article: Thinking Thursday: Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting or visit MarkHowellLive.com for more!Or, better yet, ...Click here for more... »         
  • Sole Proprietor? Or a Builder of a Great Team?

    Mark Howell
    20 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    More and more I’m finding myself talking about the importance of a great team in building a thriving small group ministry. Another way I’m saying it is that thriving small group ministries are never built by sole proprietors. Thriving Small Group Ministries Are Never Built by Sole Proprietors The truth is whether you are averaging 100 adults in your worship service or 1000 adults (or even 10,000 adults), you cannot build a thriving small group ministry alone. Thriving small group...Click here for more... »         
  • Think Twice–and Think Again–Before You Approve the New Menu Item

    Mark Howell
    19 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    I think it’s fair to say that most of us have complained at one time or another about the cluttered belong and become menu that we’ve inherited. “Whose bright idea was it to let the Precepts class begin in the first place!” “If only they never began approving classroom space for those ABFs back in the day!” “With everything else going on around here, I wish we didn’t have to compete with adult Sunday school classes for small group...Click here for more... »         
  • The 4 Best Small Group Ministry Lessons I’ve Learned This Year

    Mark Howell
    18 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Every once in a while I like to jot down the most recent lessons I’ve learned. Sometimes they amount to relearning the same lessons. I love the line that “Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” Maybe you can learn something from mine! Not everything can be learned. Many things can be learned, but not everything. For example, I believe you can learn to be a better recruiter, but some of what comes naturally...Click here for more... »         
 
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  • Pre-Order "Jesus Goes to the Movies" Today!

    21 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    My next book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide has a publishing birthday: August 11, 2015. Check out the cover below:Here's the back cover blurb:Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.-Walt DisneyToday’s youth are growing up in a culture where films are no longer relegated to the big screen and the family television. Movies have spilled onto our computers, our tablets, and even our smartphones. Our young people are saturated in a movie-watching ethos, yet…
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    19 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    "My name is Max."Those are both the first and final words spoken by Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth chapter in George Miller's post-apocalyptic mythology. Max doesn't say much in Fury Road, partly due to circumstances--a metal grate attached to his face, or intense car chase sequences not suitable for small talk--but mostly due to his character: he is a man of great action and few words. His weary-but-sharp eyes reveal much of the complicated soul inside this weathered road warrior.Max is quickly caught up in circumstances beyond his control, captured by a…
  • On Fires and Football, or What Really Matters in Your Ministry?

    7 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take a moment to examine the above photo. Do you see what's really happening?There's a football game. And a fire. Simultaneously, and in close proximity. And it's not a fake or posed. Here's what's happening, from this post at kottke.org:Spectators divide their attention as the Mount Hermon High School football team in Massachusetts hosts Deerfield Academy during a structure fire in the Mount Hermon science building on November 24, 1965. The science building was destroyed, and Mount Hermon lost the football game, ending a two-year-long winning streak.What I find so fascinating is the…
  • Top 10 Great Train Movies

    4 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Will you celebrate National Train Day this May?I probably won't.But that doesn't mean we can't remember and celebrate the best movies about trains. My son loves playing with trains. He has a huge toy train set that takes up a good portion of his bedroom. From Thomas the Tank Engine sheets, to the amazing TV show "Dinosaur Train," to shouting, "a train, Daddy!" at the sound of a distant horn, he adores trains.These are ten great movies that prominently feature trains in their setting and story arc. More than just a few brief scenes, trains are significant in each of these…
  • Movie Review: Lost River

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    I wrote a review of Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, for Reel World Theology, an excellent Christian film criticism blog hosted by Mikey Fissel and Josh Crabb:Ryan Gosling’s debut as a director is an ambitious mess. As an actor, he’s come a long way from early films and matured into a capable, brooding, interesting actor who tackles a diverse load of projects. Lost River certainly ain’t The Notebook, and finds much in common with Gosling’s recent collaborative work with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Clearly influenced by Refn, David Lynch, and John Carpenter, Lost River…
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  • Why Spiritual Awakening? by Dr. Ronnie Floyd

    Matt
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    In March, I spent three full days in Cuba. It was an intense few days, attending their Missions Congress, meeting with leaders, and delivering the final message for this significant gathering.          For over a year, God has placed in my heart a deep desire to go to Cuba. I had heard from a few people about the great work of God that was going on there. And after hearing some of the Cuban leaders at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, I knew I wanted to go there soon.  Spiritual Awakening is Occurring in Cuba NowI believe…
  • Are All Sins The Same?

    Matt
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    My whole life I have heard people say that in the sight of God, all sins are the same. However, I have not found this same sentiment in Scripture.While we are all the same in many ways, different sins have different kinds of consequences to both man and God. But first, here's where we are all the same:We all have the same great need. The ground is level at the foot of the cross. Meaning, we are all in the same place, being great sinners in need of a great Savior (see Isaiah 53:6). None of us can hold it over another that we are "better" or more spiritual, because were it not for Christ,…
  • Is There Work Involved in Faith?

    Matt
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Bible says that we are to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12-13). But wait a minute, isn't this a contradiction to accepting Christ's work for us by faith? Actually, no, but it's all about handling Scripture correctly. The Bible doesn't contradict itself. If we properly look at it, there is a clear understanding of faith and works.Although some denominations believe we need both have faith and work for our salvation, the Bible clearly says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is…
  • The Urgency of the Gospel: Recap of Wheaton 15

    Matt
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    At the end of February we held one of the most significant events in the history of our ministry. Nearly two dozen young evangelistic leaders gathered to speak on a passion for the gospel, and reaching the world for Christ for our Wheaton Conference (Wheaton 15), at Wheaton College in Chicago.We had a sold out venue, with a standing room only crowd on Friday evening. Approximately four thousand people joined us from around the world on the live stream, and the event trended worldwide on twitter, with more than 34 million impressions.We are so grateful for the friendship and…
  • Some of My Favorite Quotes From Awakening

    Matt
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is has been an absolute joy hearing from so many of you picking up copies of my new book Awakening at your local LifeWay or FamilyChristian bookstores, or on amazon.I love seeing your pictures tweeted of the book, and sharing them.Here are some of my favorite quotes from Awakening. I'd love for you to enjoy and share them with friends! We get enough bad news these days. We need good news too, for our weary souls. amzn.com/0891124179 (click to post thisThe Bible shows us over and over again that we don’t need to be perfect in order for God to use us.
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  • 5 Things I Want Everyone At Next Level To Know

    Rob Shepherd
    22 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    You matter. When I was in college I learned the top three things people were looking for in church were 1. Good preaching. 2. Safe kids environment. 3. Youth group. I don’t how they came up with that list but I think that list is flawed. Those might be the things people look for at a first but great preaching won’t keep someone at a church. People do. You matter so much more than a decent preacher. When someone’s world falls apart the preacher can’t be there for everyone. But there is someone at the church who can be there. It might be you. You matter. When you…
  • Thanks For Not Being A Holy Roller

    Rob Shepherd
    21 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    It’s been a few days since I’ve written anything about Crossfit. It’s in the fine print of the contract I signed that I have to mention Crossfit every week or I won’t see results. I kid, I kid. This post really has nothing to do with Crossfit. The conversation that inspired this post just so happened at Crossfit. I’ve now written the word Crossfit five times. If by any chance you think I look skinnier the next time you see me it is because of the five mentions. Nobody with abs doesn’t talk about their gym. It’s a rule. I digress. Focus Rob! So I was…
  • Does God Care About Your Sports Team?

    Rob Shepherd
    20 May 2015 | 2:40 am
    There have only been two times where I have prayed to God for my sports team. The first time was years ago. 2000 to be exact. The Lakers were playing game 7 in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trailblazers. The Lakers were down. By a lot. 15 points to be exact. The score was 75 to 60 in favor of the bad guys. I was desperate. I believed God didn’t care about our sports teams winning or losing. I mean after all I’m sure some schlub in Portland had prayed for the Trailblazers to beat the Lakers. Our prayers would just cancel each other out…right? I ended up…
  • What A New Kroger Can Teach You About Your Relationship With God

    Rob Shepherd
    19 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    If you don’t live in the 757 then you may have missed the most exciting news since Kate Middleton and Prince William gave birth to their second child who is now the fourth in line for the throne. Why did American’s care about that? I digress. For the last week my Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with all sorts of excitement. It was like Christmas morning for moms. In case you missed it a new Kroger opened. Now, what made this fascinating to me is we already had a Kroger. It wasn’t like we have never experienced the awesomeness that is Kroger. The old Kroger bought out a…
  • Movie Review: Mad Max – Fury Road

    Rob Shepherd
    18 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Mad Max Fury Road has been hyped as the best movie of the summer. In fact I went into it hearing from my brother how it had a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Since the film came out on Friday that rating has drastically fallen to 98%. I kid, I kid. Mad Max Fury Road is the further adventures of the title character formerly played by Mel Gibson. It’s been 30 years since we’ve seen this character on the screen. Fury Road is a sequel in the same way a James Bond film is a sequel. Even though there is a new title character it is telling the same narrative. I went into Fury Road with some high…
 
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • Town festival

    Richard Wilson
    14 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    This Saturday there is another major event of the church: a festival in the part of the town where the church hall is. We have participated in the past as well, and are well enough known that we work closely with the organisers, rather than just organising our own events independently. So in the afternoon Pinuccia is organising games in the square together with two other associations, then everyone comes to the church hall for afternoon tea. The church is also hosting an open discussion on the theme of building bridges (the theme of the festival), a photographic exhibition on the same theme,…
  • Back from camp

    Richard Wilson
    4 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    We all arrived safely at home after the children’s camp, which was in itself an achievement. Daniele managed to get hit three times in the same place on his face, by a frisbee, by a chair, and by another children, but there was no lasting damage. Outwardly, it went well, with just the usual conflicts between children, that often gave better opportunities for teaching that the formal lessons did. It is of course harder to say what was going on inwardly, but we trust God that he will bring out the fruit of this camp over the next 70 or so years of their lives. The children certainly…
  • Church camp reboot

    Richard Wilson
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Next weekend is my biggest event of the year in church, at least in terms of how much of my time I put into it. From Friday to Sunday there will be a church children’s camp that I will be leading. This is actually a “reboot” of the camp ministry. In July there will be the 8th edition of the classic series, where the participants have all become teenagers or almost by now. So we will be starting again with a new group of leaders, and with the next generation of children. We are starting small, as we did 7 years ago, with 10 children (including Stefania and Daniele) and only 3…
  • Kids Club at Lavis

    Richard Wilson
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Yesterday afternoon the church was present at the festival of Lavis, doing craft work with children. It was not an explicitly evangelistic event, but was more to make ourselves known to prepare for future events. But for us from Lavis, it was a good opportunity to talk with people we know as they passed by, and explain who we are, what we are doing and why. At least, it was for Pinuccia. I was kept busy taking Stefania and Daniele around to the other activities, and accepting lots of compliments for the twins.
  • New Kids Club

    Richard Wilson
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    Kids Club, the church’s evangelistic program for children, has taken on a new emphasis lately, concentrating on Lavis, a town of 9000 people that is next to Trento, and where we and a disproportionate number of church members live. At the moment they are getting themselves known, having done an Easter Egg hunt in a park a few weeks ago, and next Sunday there will be a bigger event. There will be a festival in the town, where Kids Club will be running some craft activities for children in the main square of the town, together with other associations. A lot of the children of the town…
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    Will Mancini

  • 7 Reasons Why Every Church Leader Should Consider Periscope, the New Social Tool

    Will Mancini
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s only been eleven days since I heard about Periscope from one of Auxano’s newest navigators, Chris Rivers. We were doing a leadership training event at Elmbrook Church with 500 leaders discussing their new mission and values. In seconds,  Chris started live streaming the event and over 40 people joined in. Since then, I have broadcast 11 live events, averaging one per day. Yesterday, anyone could have watched 15 minutes of Auxano’s virtual team training. Last night anyone could have chatted with me about book writing, while I hosted a 15 minutes Q&A at 11…
  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

    Will Mancini
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Two new initiatives have marked my ministry in 2015 and have me spending more time on personal visioning. The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of “younique.”   Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available. Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to…
  • Powerful Quotes on Vision and Leadership by Lyle Schaller, Church Consultant #LyleLearnings

    Will Mancini
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Lyle Schaller, a church consultant who passed away last week, was the most well-known and most-traveled church consultants of the 20th century.  He was a master of understanding church vision and leadership. He wrote or cowrote over 94 books, and brought a prolific diagnostic ability to his work. I cannot express my gratitude enough for his life model and the rich learning that he passed on; especially helping guys like me practice in the arena of church consulting. To celebrate his legacy, the Auxano team is inviting church leaders and church consultants everywhere to join in a simple…
  • Incredible Coaching Opportunity for Pastors in Southern California: Vision co::Lab with Senior Pastor Rich Kannwischer

    VRCurator
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    How would you like to get 24 hours of vision, strategy and missional leadership coaching from one of the most effective pastors in the country? Rich Kannwischer, Senior Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, will be leading a Vision co::Lab at his church from April – November. I am particularly excited about this opportunity to learn from Rich. Shortly after Rich assumed the pastorate at St. Andrew’s, I reflected on a dynamic interplay I observed in his leadership, between two different kinds of “wins.” Some things that a new pastor does naturally relate to…
  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

    Will Mancini
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    What gets in our way when it comes to the church’s mission to make disciples? Let’s look at the things we do at church and they way we spend our time as pastors: Preparing a sermon or teaching message in a given week without spending time in disciple-making relationships. Spending time meeting with staff and church leaders in a given week in lieu of spending time in personal disciple-making relationships. Designing a worship experience in a given week without a prior design of a clear disciple-making strategy. Managing a weekly money gathering process from people without having a…
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 10 May 2015

    Alastair
    11 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B) God Of This City – BlueTree (B) All My Heart – Alastair Vance (B) Oh You Bring – Hillsong (G) Cornerstone – Hillsong (G) One Thing Remains – Bethel (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 03 May 2015

    Alastair
    11 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (A) The Same Love – Paul Baloche (A) Here For You – Matt Redman (A) How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle (C) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (G) King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 26 Apr 2015

    Alastair
    11 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    All My Heart – Alastair Vance (B) God With Us – MercyMe (B) This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel (B) Came To My Rescue – Hillsong (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) I Am – Crowder (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 19 Apr 2015

    Alastair
    11 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Freedom Reigns – Jesus Culture (E) How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle (C) Beautiful Things – Gungor (G) Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (D) Oceans – Hillsong (D) How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 12 Apr 2015

    Alastair
    11 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    All My Heart – Alastair Vance (C) Soul On Fire – Third Day (C) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (G) Today Is The Day – Lincoln Brewster (D)
 
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Genesis 32

    23 May 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Genesis 32: 1-2 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.Having spent the previous night feasting before God in the “Mount of Sacrifice,” Laban rose early in the morning and took leave of Jacob’s family. With his blessing.This starts a new era in Jacob’s life. His 20 years of serving Laban were over. He now stood on the threshold of all God had promised him – he was about to enter Canaan. All he had to do was cross the Jordan.Remember when Jacob left home 20 years before…
  • Review of “Adventures in Saying Yes”

    14 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I just finished reading Adventures in Saying Yes, A Journey from Fear to Faith by Carl Medearis. And this may sound funny, but it made me feel good about Muslims and people in the Middle East!In today’s world of news filled with violent terrorism, to see these people portrayed as warm, friendly, generous and welcoming hosts was a breath of fresh air!It made me want to befriend some of them!! And the book also made me want to go out and do more for God. To not ignore the little nudges that could be from Him. Because as Carl pointed out, if they are helpful and good ideas why wouldn’t you…
  • Review of Finding Favor With The King

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Author Tommy Tenney does an amazing job bringing the story of Esther to life and I very much enjoyed reading about what life in Persia and in the palace was like. What I had a problem with is he used the story to tell Christians how they could follow the steps she took to gain favor with the king to Christians finding favor with God.I believe as a Christian I don't have to earn His favor. I already have it and it's not because of anything I've done. And the author didn't convince me of anything different.It is a good read about Esther and her story though.
  • Review of Touched by Heaven

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    This was a hard book to put down! Nancy was beaten by her father starting at age five. All she could do was pray on her knees by her bed afterwards. And Jesus began visiting her. Even as an adult, married and away from her father, He continued to show up. At first I kept thinking why we He come to this one person so often and no one else? Then I read something her husband, David Ravenhill, wrote in the Epilogue. Jesus once said in the Bible that He could do no mighty works in His hometown because of their unbelief. And it was unbelief that kept Israelwandering around the wilderness for forty…
  • Christian Book Review

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This is a review of the book Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family by Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo.When I first found out I was expecting (over 20 years ago) I felt like I had joined a club. Women who were already moms started to treat me differently. Like now I was one of them. I didn’t realize how true that was until I read this book.Clubs are usually made up of like minded people. And it seems like mothering follows a formula.The authors of Mothering from Scratch, tell women that there is more then one way to do it and it depends on your…
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    Mobile Ministry Magazine

  • Case Study: ATEK in Cusco Peru

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few weeks ago, the Mobile Ministry Forum had its yearly consultation in The Netherlands, and there was a good deal of participation by folks in-person and virtually. Of note, Tomi Ahonen was again one of the presenters and later was introduced to an excellent story about the ATEK in Cusco, Peru and some methods of Gospel-content delivery that’s happening. Here’s a snippet of the case study: Last week I had the chance to visit with my friends at the Mobile Ministry Forum (via video link) and in its aftermath I connected with my friend Marty Lange of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
  • Exploring A Different Kind of Mobility with the Samsung Gear S

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Samsung GearS and Chromebook 11 For a number of years I’ve been of the persuasion that mobile will eventually get into wearable form factors. Over the past year the complimentary wearable, the smartwatch has been introduced. And while there are various options on the need for it, it’s hard to deny that it is a piece of fashionable and contextual technology that’s  just  opening our eyes to the next steps for mobile. I’ve reviewed the Samsung Gear S with a hope of figuring out the direction of the product and the space: For some, the Samsung Gear S will feel a lot…
  • Updates on the Side of Bible Apps

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Years ago, the question that provoked many to first come to MMM had to do with finding a bible application. We answered that one in a manner that’s still not see as clearly in this age of app stores. There’s still something to be said about updates and new releases to various Bible platforms. Here are a few that have had a recent update: Accordance Mobile Accordance Mobile 2.0 is here! Designed for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running at least iOS 8.0, the latest version of “Bible Study with Accordance” (iPhone App Store name) is sure to please. It is optimized to take…
  • Resurrecting the Reasons for Mobile Ministry

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Its truly been a long while since writing a post of substance here. Part of that has been a sense of focusing on other channels. Another part of that has been a sense that MMM might have run its course. 10 years of discovering, observing, relating, and releasing this idea called mobile ministry is a long time. Others have stepped up in this space (very much appreciated to see the other voices), some have faded away. Mobile ministry is still a niche. And its still very much needed to be talked about. Discover In remembrance of the season, we want to once again highlight a few pieces…
  • Receiving and Giving A Liebster Award

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    My good friend – and co-laborer with the TheoTek Hangout/Podcast - Wes Allen has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Many thanks Wes, and to those who might be reading and going “what’s this,” its simply a recognition of some of those folks who blog who might not get the kind of attention that those with larger followings tend to get – and its a chance for you to read a little something new, while learning something new about the person you’ve been reading/watching/following. So, thanks for the award Wes, and due to my silly nature – this probably…
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  • Pre-Order "Jesus Goes to the Movies" Today!

    21 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    My next book, Jesus Goes to the Movies: The Youth Ministry Film Guide has a publishing birthday: August 11, 2015. Check out the cover below:Here's the back cover blurb:Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.-Walt DisneyToday’s youth are growing up in a culture where films are no longer relegated to the big screen and the family television. Movies have spilled onto our computers, our tablets, and even our smartphones. Our young people are saturated in a movie-watching ethos, yet…
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    19 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    "My name is Max."Those are both the first and final words spoken by Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth chapter in George Miller's post-apocalyptic mythology. Max doesn't say much in Fury Road, partly due to circumstances--a metal grate attached to his face, or intense car chase sequences not suitable for small talk--but mostly due to his character: he is a man of great action and few words. His weary-but-sharp eyes reveal much of the complicated soul inside this weathered road warrior.Max is quickly caught up in circumstances beyond his control, captured by a…
  • On Fires and Football, or What Really Matters in Your Ministry?

    7 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take a moment to examine the above photo. Do you see what's really happening?There's a football game. And a fire. Simultaneously, and in close proximity. And it's not a fake or posed. Here's what's happening, from this post at kottke.org:Spectators divide their attention as the Mount Hermon High School football team in Massachusetts hosts Deerfield Academy during a structure fire in the Mount Hermon science building on November 24, 1965. The science building was destroyed, and Mount Hermon lost the football game, ending a two-year-long winning streak.What I find so fascinating is the…
  • Top 10 Great Train Movies

    4 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Will you celebrate National Train Day this May?I probably won't.But that doesn't mean we can't remember and celebrate the best movies about trains. My son loves playing with trains. He has a huge toy train set that takes up a good portion of his bedroom. From Thomas the Tank Engine sheets, to the amazing TV show "Dinosaur Train," to shouting, "a train, Daddy!" at the sound of a distant horn, he adores trains.These are ten great movies that prominently feature trains in their setting and story arc. More than just a few brief scenes, trains are significant in each of these…
  • Movie Review: Lost River

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    I wrote a review of Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, for Reel World Theology, an excellent Christian film criticism blog hosted by Mikey Fissel and Josh Crabb:Ryan Gosling’s debut as a director is an ambitious mess. As an actor, he’s come a long way from early films and matured into a capable, brooding, interesting actor who tackles a diverse load of projects. Lost River certainly ain’t The Notebook, and finds much in common with Gosling’s recent collaborative work with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Clearly influenced by Refn, David Lynch, and John Carpenter, Lost River…
 
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • Declining Religion in America? There’s an App for That

    John Dyer
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Image: Hugh McLeod – http://www.gapingvoid.com/ This week, the Pew Research Center released a sweeping study tracking the precipitous decline in religious affiliation in the US since 2007. While commentators are debating the role of factors like theology, birthrates, and immigration, it’s also interesting to note that 2007 was the same year that Apple released the iPhone and Google announce Android. Of course, it’d be silly blame the smartphone for the decline of religion and the rise of the “nones,” but it’s hard not to think that our collective worship of the glowing…
  • What Moby Dick Can Teach Us About What We Click, Read, and Post

    John Dyer
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    “Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.” “Whaling Voyage By One Ishmael.” “Bloody Battle In Affghanistan.” [sic] — Moby Dick, Herman Melville My wife is a literature professor – but not the typical read-a-few-texts-and-give-a-quiz kind. She’s that rare gift to the world who can give students an experience in class so profound that it makes math majors want become English scholars. She even inspired me to start reading the classics, and when I finally cracked open a copy of Melvin’s masterpiece, I was surprised to find the above…
  • What Can We Learn about Video Churches from Mars Hill’s Closing?

    John Dyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve written here, but I did put together a piece about the video satellite model of churches for OnFaith. As I write in the piece, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the model since I want to favor in-the-flesh personal encounters and avoid celebrity preachers and branded models of church. However, when I actually talked to churches using this model, I found that some of them had actually thought through a lot of the common objections and come up with creative ways to overcome them. Here’s how it starts: At the Acts 29 Conference in Dallas,…
  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

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

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

    Nick Parish
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Steve F [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI went to university in Durham.  I also frequented the cathedral (though this tended to be as much for its library, bookshop and coffeeshop as for its worship!).  On the cathedral door was a large sanctuary knocker, which enabled criminals to claim sanctuary in the cathedral.  And the image of that sanctuary knocker came to mind when I was reading through Joel. Let me just backtrack briefly before I talk more about that doorway.  You see, my first instinct was to write about the Habit of sounding…
  • Joel (by Kathryn Price)

    Kathryn Price
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The prophecy of Joel is part of the sacred history of Israel.  (spoiler – there is a ‘but’ coming) It begins with a lament: the country has been invaded and the crops have been ruined.  The image of the forest fire running across the country is very effective; especially today when we can see films of fires around the world almost every year. So the people are called to prayer and fasting. And in response, God promises restoration – a good harvest and freedom from the invaders.  God’s spirit will be poured out on old and young, women and men, slave and free alike and they will…
  • A Little Perspective – A Reflection on Joel (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The little book of the prophet Joel, running at just three chapters and only four pages in my Bible, is written by an anonymous person. Scholars can’t even agree when the book was written. It is almost as if these powerful words are crying over history rather than out from it. There is something enduring and cosmic about the book that is both startling and compelling. So what does Joel have to say? The major theme of his work is ‘The Day of the Lord’, an idea that pops up all through the Old Testament, and that Joel loads with imagery. The ‘sun and moon are darkened…
  • Joel – an overview (@paulblakey)

    paulblakey
    15 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Joel – not much is known about the prophet Joel but the message of the book is timeless, no matter what happens God is in control and God has an impact on us in the real world. Joel 2:28 (quoted in Acts 2 as Peter addressed the crowd on the day of Pentecost) shows us that God’s continuing work starts in the Old Testament through to the New Testament to here and now and into eternity. God and his story are woven into history, his plans and purposes are worked out throughout. The same Holy Spirit is today at work in each and every person – drawing people to Christ, equipping…
  • Hope in devastation and the Book of Joel (@Seeking1st)

    Nancy Wallace
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
      As I write this, a second huge earthquake has hit devastated Nepal. Unless you are there it is hard to imagine the fear and despair in those who survive. I have just read again the book of the prophet Joel. It begins with a lament over the ruin of his country. His words ‘surely, joy withers away among the people’ seem relevant today. His book was written in the midst of a major disaster, the reality of starvation caused not by an earthquake but by swarms of locusts destroying all the crops. How can you believe in a God of love who allows such things to happen? I am not going to…
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  • Preschool Ninja Wanted

    Kenny
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    I’m officially searching for my next Preschool Ninja! I hired an incredible Preschool Ninja about 18 months ago, but she had to go fall in love with someone who swept her off her feet and is taking her away from Austin (insert violin music here). So, I’m officially looking for her replacement and I’m really excited to see who my new preschool ninja might be. A few weeks ago I launched preschoolninja.com to help me find the right person. Go ahead, check it out! Let me boil it down for you here – most preschool director positions are the same. Just change the location…
  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Kenny
    10 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Being a father has made me truly appreciate Mother’s Day in a way I couldn’t ever understand before. Let’s be honest guys, the mothers out there deserve far more than a day. Sure, we’ve got Father’s Day and I guess you can say that we’ve earned it – but let’s not get into the comparison game because we’ll lose every time. Mother’s Day should be an entire weekend event, maybe even a whole week. Mom’s rock! However, I want to to honor the mom who usually doesn’t get recognized. The mom with no babies to hold. Yesterday,…
  • Treat Your Mother Right

    Kenny
    10 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    I can’t think of a better way to honor mothers than this video. I’ll recap after the video. Let’s all remember: M is for the moan, and the miserable groan from the pain that she felt when I was born O is for the oven with it’s burnin’ heat where she stood makin’ sure I had something to eat T is for the time that she stayed up at night and took my temperature when I wasn’t feelin’ right H is for the hard earned money she spent to keep clothes on my back and try to pay da’ rent E is every wrinkle I put on her face and every worry that I…
  • Career advice for an aspiring Children’s Pastor

    Kenny
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I’m kinda working on an ebook. I have been for the past 18 months. When I say working on it, I mean mostly in my head. I’ve written an outline and several posts on this blog from over the years will be turned into chapters. The inspiration comes from the hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes that have come across my desk over the years. I feel like I’m usually hiring someone every year and I’m often frustrated by the quality of most of the resumes sent my way. I’m frustrated because of my time wasted by unqualified applicants but also frustrated for many of the…
  • Who is more important than what

    Kenny
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    I’m about two weeks out from my annual trek to the Orange Conference and I’ve been busy getting ready. I usually have responsibilities at Orange (this year I’m leading/hosting the NextGen Leaders track), but even before my friends at Orange gave me work to do, it’s been a long time since I simply “attended” a conference. Whether you’re getting ready to come to Orange or any of the other amazing conferences out there, I think there’s something important you should know about the conference experience. This idea should frame your thinking about…
 
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Guiding Your Kids’ Talent without Going “Joe Jackson” on them

    tsnipes
    13 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Q: How does a parent who recognizes the talent that their young person possesses guide and encourage without being a “Joe Jackson” (father to the late Michael Jackson, often sees as overbearing) Now that Mothers’ Day is behind us and Father’s Day is around the corner I wanted to get your take on this question. … Continue Reading → Related posts: Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers? I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many... 3 Income Streams for Comics and Graphic Novel Creators Some of the hardest…
  • Behind the Scenes: Wardrobe Inspiration for my Book’s Character

    tsnipes
    2 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Take a look at the classic, historic fashion that inspired the wardrobe for my character Edward B. Garrett in my latest book ‘God’ 7 Keys for Creative People’. Whether you are a writer, artist, singer, musician, dancer, speaker or any other creative…this brief, but informative read explores 7 biblical principles that help you answer the … Continue Reading → Related posts: Gallery: Practice Sketch and Video A little behind the scenes work on a sketch I... Download My Next Book FREE: “God’s 7 Principles of Artistic Purpose” There is a…
  • Are Christian Creatives Outsiders in Their Own Churches?

    tsnipes
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Caught Between Two Strange Worlds Many Christian creatives are living between two strange worlds. The visual artists, painters, dancers, writers, are often set apart from their colleagues in their creative circles because of their Christianity. Yet often, these same “outsiders” can be seen as outsiders again when it comes to finding their place within their … Continue Reading → Related posts: 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives If you want to have the BEST Christmas ever for... What Is the Culture War and How Do Christian Creatives Fit in It? I was…
  • Mom Removes Makeup from Bratz Dolls

    tsnipes
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Being the father of 3 girls, I’ve never liked the look of those “Bratz” dolls. Take a look at this quick video of how Australian mom, Sonia Singh gives these discarded dolls a new lease on life: Related posts: Stay At Home Mom Launches T-Shirt Business About Being ‘Happy’ Take a look at how a stay at home mom... 3 Ways to Make Money From Your Book Concept …Without Selling the Book This video was done quick and on the fly because... Dream Big Even If They Say Something’s Wrong With It “Mrs. Snipes, we just can’t let his imagination run…
  • What Happens When We Tell God “Be Quiet”?

    tsnipes
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    As a creative person, you are wired with a need to hear from God. You are His mouthpiece, and He speaks to others via your creativity. So, what happens when you call unto God for insight and direction…and He gives you an answer you did NOT expect and just aren’t open to? What if when … Continue Reading → Related posts: Your Best Work Is Connected To Your Time Alone With God I’ll be honest. The busier I get, the more I... 5 Ways to Tell God’s Plan Versus Any Other Plan Creative People: How do you know when a decision you’re... Poll: Has God Spoken to…
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  • What is true Biblical love?

    PaulLuna
    2 May 2015 | 12:45 am
      Without love, every word is wasted Without love, the future does not matter Without love, faith is academic Without love, feeding the poor does not pay Without love, great sacrifices is great foolishness Without love, marriage is a negotiation Without love, parenting is child care Without love, work is merely work Without love, time […]
  • Holding onto What is Rightfully Mine!

    PaulLuna
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Imagine a monkey walking along a deep and violent river when he discovers an Abandoned and dilapidated helicopter stuck in the jungle canopy. Upon investigating this once flying metal contraption the monkey finds a shiny metal object in one of the many compartments aboard. This object had long since been abandoned and thus the monkey […]
  • You Begin Here is Back Online!

    PaulLuna
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    Over a year ago I was forced t close down You Begin Here. My website data base was infected with a virus and I chose to take the site down rather than expose anyone else to the virus. For a year I have been trying to decide what to do with the data base. I […]
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  • The one thing I wish I knew 20 years ago

    samluce
    20 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    One of the questions I get asked often and find myself asking myself  as I get older is “What would I do different if I could go back in time and tell young Sam something. I started doing ministry right out of bible college I went to four years of bible college and was thrown into ministry at the ripe age of 21. I helped a few of my friends from bible college re-start our youth ministry and took over the existing kids ministry. I was young, full of energy and stupid. If I could go back in time I would tell myself lots of things. If I had to tell myself only one thing it would be “What…
  • The surprising truth behind creativity

    samluce
    14 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    “Creativity is not coming up with new things but finding new ways to communicate old things” Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. The older I get and the longer I do ministry the more I realize that creativity is not coming up with something new. It’s reintroducing the old in a new way. One of the primary problems with the lack of creativity in any setting is due to what C.S. Lewis calls chronological snobbery. “Barfield never made me an Anthroposophist, but his counterattacks destroyed forever two…
  • 4 basics every worship song needs

    samluce
    11 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    As a pastor one of the concerns I have surrounds what songs we sing in church and why we sing those songs in our churches. Most of the things we say about the songs we sing are founded in style. The songs we like or dislike is most often an issue of personal style. The problem with this way of approaching the songs we sing is we make the wrong things the major things. The songs we sing in church and in kids church can to often be based around the style preferences of the Sr. Pastor or Worship Pastor. There is nothing wrong with style but if what we sing and why we sing doesn’t…
  • Transitional Leadership

    samluce
    11 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Jim Burns - The Gathering Breakout The Journey toward knowing your calling. Are you called? Do you have a feeling of helplessness? Do you have a sense of willingness? Do you have a sense of significant-ness? Jim Burns started writing phrases that he wrote when he realized that he wasn’t going to be around forever.  Life has pain – You choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. 1 Tim. 4:7 Find life-giving replenishing relationships  Do you have a mentor? Peer Relationships? Are you mentoring someone? Find margin – You have to leave room for God moments.  You need to take…
  • God is peace

    samluce
    9 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    Brady Boyd - Session 4 Brady Boyd – God is our peace. You can’t be out 3 nights a week or work more than 50 hours a week. Most of our problems in our church and in our churches is we are moving to fast for to long. Marriages fail because they stopped having unhurried conversations. We have to be friends. Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters sons and daughters. – We all need three levels of relationships all those relationships take time. We all stay busy 1. If we stay busy we feel important 2. If we slow we’ll have to be honest with what is really happening in our lives. You want…
 
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    Jeff Mikels

  • PG-13: Benefits of Eliminating Pornography

    Jeff Mikels
    6 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    The views expressed in this video are not my own, but the scientific research is fascinating nonetheless. The video is not explicit, but it is not appropriate for children unless you use it as a teaching tool.   As a pastor, I hear the stories all the time. One more guy is hooked on Internet Pornography. One more wife is struggling with the feeling that her husband is cheating on her. There are so many proposed solutions especially among Christians. We vilify the behavior and try to convince men that they are doing something wrong in the hopes that their internal sense of good and evil…
  • The Ethics of Superintelligence

    Jeff Mikels
    5 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Today, during my lunch, I watched a very interesting TED presentation from Nick Bostrom regarding machine intelligence and the difficult questions surrounding it. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Bostrom is a Philosopher more than an engineer. As a result, his talk ended up being about the ethical questions brought on by the potential of computer superintelligence. Now, if you don’t have time to listen to the whole talk, I’ll just put the main points here for you: Human Level Machine Intelligence is inevitable. We will reach it at some point in the future, and…
  • Bash // Create or Attach to Screen Session on Login

    Jeff Mikels
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I use GNU Screen for everything I do in Linux… perhaps you do too, but perhaps you are annoyed that every time you log in to a terminal session on your Linux machine, you have to go through the one extra step of reconnecting to your screen session or checking to see if one is already running and then maybe creating a new session. Here’s a way to make sure whenever you SSH into your Linux server, you always get right back where you were in your previous screen session just like you left it. The added bonus of this is that whenever you detach from your screen session, you are also…
  • Hide Desktop for Distraction Free Writing

    Jeff Mikels
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Distraction free writing is all the rage these days, and I’m a huge proponent of the movement because I am very prone to distraction. Why right now, I should be doing something else, but I got distracted with this! Anyway, one of my essential tools for a distraction free environment is a totally black desktop with no icons showing. Each operating system has techniques for making this happen, but I have found a solution that works on all operating systems equally. The only requirement is that you have Python installed (tested on 2.7). This code runs as an app, so you don’t have to…
  • I’m Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge this Week

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

  • What Was Manna In The Bible?

    Jack Wellman
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What is “manna” that is mentioned in the Bible?  Why was it mentioned in Scripture in the Old Testament and even in the New Testament by Jesus? Manna – What is it? When God miraculously provided for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does The Bible Say About Reconciliation Between Believers?

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Everyone has experienced a time when they had a disagreement with someone else. Most of the time, we work out our differences and move on. However, sometimes we do not work out our differences and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Was Bartholomew In The Bible?

    Jack Wellman
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Not much is said of the Apostle Bartholomew.  Who was this apostle and why do we need to know about him? The Apostle Bartholomew The Apostle Bartholomew was one of the twelve disciples, later named... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Should A Politician’s Faith Matter For The Voting Christian?

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    One thing that most people will agree on is that religion and politics are topics that can cause a lot of disagreements. For this reason, many people will not discuss either one for fear of getting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 22 Christian Quotes For The Summer

    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What comes to mind when you think of summer? Perhaps if I gave you some paper and crayons you could draw it for me. Even as we may draw a picture of summer with colorful crayons we can also draw it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fine Print

  • Green grass and tornado chasers

    Justin Long
    23 May 2015 | 7:54 pm
    If I wasn’t a missionary researcher, I often think I’d be a tornado chaser. I love the idea of chasing tornadoes – the thrill, the adventure, the awesome power of winds blowing around, the tornadic wedge, the math of meterology. I don’t like a tornado’s darker side – the losses in lives and property damage. But I, like so many others, are awed by the awesomeness of nature, and I think it’d be cool to be close to the danger. The fact is, however, I’d bet chasing tornadoes – like anything – is hard work. It’s not just about the…
  • The Holy Spirit (should be) driving

    Justin Long
    21 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    This morning, Eddie Arthur wrote “Who is driving,” a prophetic post (in the old sense of the prophet speaking truth to power sort of thing). He wrote in part: The problem is, that from where I’m sitting, many Western agencies are trying to control the development of World Christianity; either by uncritically importing teaching and methods from the West which are not directly relevant in the new context, or (more sinisterly) by removing funding when Christians in other parts of the world don’t conform to what is expected of them. This is a concern of mine as well. We at…
  • Exit ramps and extinction events

    Justin Long
    20 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Small groups and Bible studies in Western churches tend to offer easy entry and exit points. Limited-run Bible studies (think Beth Moore studies), or 8-to-12 week study groups around a particular topic. These kinds of things are good for what they do–but what is the long term effect? If I don’t like the people in this group, it’s easy for me to leave them in a few weeks. Within a few on/off cycles, I find the people who are most like me, who I click with, and then I just stick with them. I avoid the messiness of life on life discipleship, and rarely encounter viewpoints…
  • Graduations

    Justin Long
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of people in my social media timelines have graduations in their families. They are posting pictures and offering congratulations and reminiscing about the day when the graduating senior was born. It’s a time for happiness. For our extended family, another sort of graduation happened this morning. My great-uncle, who was a kind of grandfather to me, has been suffering, dealing with, enduring cancer for not quite a year. They found it very late. He got to the graduation day of one of his granddaughters last night. This morning he had a graduation of his own. My youngest daughter…
  • Note I am once again trying out the…

    Justin Long
    16 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Note: I am once again trying out the P2 theme. This bombed on my old hosting service, but I’ve since moved, so I’m trying it out again. I really like the density of posts, and the presence of comments on the home page. You can use “Reply” above each post to make a comment.
 
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  • Rest Your Stars – Getting the Best From Your Volunteers

    revtrev
    22 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Kile Baker writes on Pastors.com about the benefits of resting your volunteers. He shares about what it means to Discover and Recover and Discern and Return. As summer approaches I think this is something all of us pastors need to consider. How do you handle people taking time off in the summer? I choose to ramp […] The post Rest Your Stars – Getting the Best From Your Volunteers appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • How to get more social shares for your content

    revtrev
    21 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    When I learned this secret my social shares took off rapidly… Make your message tweetable I’ve starting using it in my messages. If people can leave with something they can tweet, I know they have something they can remember. If people can leave with something they can tweet, I know they have something they can […] The post How to get more social shares for your content appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? A Parable. – YouTube

    revtrev
    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    I like Starbucks and I love Jesus. I don’t think the church needs to be like Starbucks, but we may have some marketing we can learn from them. BeyondRelevance.com  asks the question “What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church?” Does this parable strike too close to home? Watch What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? and tell […] The post What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? A Parable. – YouTube appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • The discipline of prayer

    revtrev
    19 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Discipline of Prayer Why discipline? The Christian life takes discipline. What if God (mainly) limits what He does in the world through what we pray? We get what we pray for. – Spouse, kids, job, church, pastor How to pray for a long time Understand we’re not to pray like the pagans and their many […] The post The discipline of prayer appeared first on RevTrev.com.
  • Latest Guest Blog posts that you should really check out.

    revtrev
    18 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
      Here are the latest guest blog post on RevTrev.com. Check them out and let the writers know what you think in the comments. Do you want to write for RevTrev? It’s easy, follow the instructions here. I enjoy sharing great thoughts with my readers and ever-growing social network. Submit your article today! The post Latest Guest Blog posts that you should really check out. appeared first on RevTrev.com.
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  • Hey there … remember me?

    Nate
    18 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Hey there … remember me? Yeah I am that guy that has been MIA for four months. I know, what good is a blog when you don’t post right … I get it and I am sorry. Although let me take this moment to encourage you to follow me via social media because we all […]
  • 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 allowed me to quickly send voice messages to friends and family while driving without taking […]
  • 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 you have never done before. Maybe it’s taking your drive time and turning it into […]
  • 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 that millions of people feel daily and it’s also the number one killer of dreams. […]
  • 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?”. The answer … yes, I am completely fine. Blogging and social media hasn’t been a […]
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Can you see the light?

    23 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Inevitably, every one gets a season of hardship... physically, mentally, rationally, emotionally, experientially, spiritually. Given enough time, this is how life works. It has it's ups and downs. This includes those in ministry.This also includes ministries themselvesAn important question, when trying to ride out a season or attempting to support someone going though a rough patch, is to ask if they can picture a positive change or endpoint.No matter if that ray of hope is in a day, week, semester, six months or beyond... Can they imagine a time when this particular season of…
  • Is it a good thing that you're OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK?

    21 May 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Last week I walked past a shop that, I assume proudly, displayed a sign saying that they were open six days a week.All that went through my mind was that they were closed for one.Immediately, and I'm prepared to admit that this could be a fault in my psyche, my mind jumped to the unadvertised part which was missing.I wonder, does the church have a similar communication problem?Do we advertise messages, which might be well intentioned and useful, but additionally send an unintended message?For example?Family Service this Sunday.Couples Club on Tuesday night.Men's Bible Study this…
  • The way they view your tomorrow matters

    20 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Lately I've been thinking quite a bit about building trust... Thus this post earlier this month.You build trust by showing that you've been present in the past, doing the right things, at the appropriate time, with a proper understanding of what you do, over a lengthy period of time.But, channeling the Dr-Phil-truism that past behavior is a firm indicator of future behavior, all these things focus on things in the past.Trust is built on what you HAVE done.Trust is built because you WERE there.Trust is built due to the consistent caring questions you HAVE asked.But trust also…
  • I don't want the piano man

    17 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Last week I took my youth group to a local evangelistic event. For many of my youth, this was unlike any church service they'd ever experienced before.Now, no one was falling over, laughing hysterically or baring like a dog, but it was certainly a different flavor than many conservative mainline churches.Personally, while not my preferred style of church, it wasn't unfamiliar for me.There was plenty of energy in the room...A giving address...People shouting encouragement during the talk...A every-head-bowed-eyes-closed-raise-your-hand response time...And the thing which would…
  • Would the youth group notice if it went on a diet?

    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    I buy the supper for our youth group almost every week.It's nothing special, but the staples that get rotated are... crisps, popcorn, confectionary, cookies, fairy floss, pancakes, ice cream and soft drink. As you can see, all the essentials of a healthy diet are covered.But, I wonder what would happen if I put my youth group on a sugar free, fat free, nothing processed, non-voluntary diet?Would they even notice?Would they handle it well?Could I?My Friday shopping trips would definitely be more of a challenge. The weekly weird food would certainly be more difficult to…
 
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Having Eyes, They See Not

    Fr. Peter
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    This past week we were present with the Gospel story of the man who was born blind (John 9:1-38).  In this story, we see Jesus healing them man by placing the clay on his eyes and directing him to go and wash and when I man did as directed he was healed.  We also come […] The post Having Eyes, They See Not appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • PODCAST: The Woman at the Well

    Fr. Peter
    20 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    What do you do when you’re confronted with your sin face to face? The post PODCAST: The Woman at the Well appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • It’s Not Just about the Numbers

    Fr. Peter
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Recently, the Pew Research Forum released a study concerning the religious landscape in America.  The results are sobering for those of us in church work and require much thought and consultation moving forward.  I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone but the numbers of Christians, or rather people who consider themselves […] The post It’s Not Just about the Numbers appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Those Pesky Pharisees

    Fr. Peter
    18 May 2015 | 4:05 am
      Read John 9:1-38 A long time ago, in a writing class I was in, the teacher said that every good story has a hero and an antagonist.  In the Gospel story from the 9th chapter of John presents just that the hero, the blind man or perhaps Jesus (although he is the hero of […] The post Those Pesky Pharisees appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Just Hold My Hand

    Fr. Peter
    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dementia is a horrible disease that robs the person of their memory and their life.  Dementia is not a specific disease, but it describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and an inability of a person to perform daily tasks.  Alzheimer ’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of […] The post Just Hold My Hand appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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  • When it rains it pours

    Osayi
    23 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    I’ve always disliked that phrase “when it rains, it pours.” Maybe because it has always been used in a negative way – when bad things happen, they just keep happening… Well I’ve decided to use it in a different way, because I like to believe that when good things happen to me, they just keep happening. When my husband decides to give me the gift of time by holding the baby for a few hours, so I’m able to get some much needed rest, and then I’m able to write this blog post, which I enjoy doing… and to work on some other Top Secret projects,…
  • worrying? – God has handled it

    Osayi
    20 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    The other day we were having a challenging issue with a client. I wasn’t sure how to deal with it so that the client would not think that I was being rude or disrespectful.  I decided to just sleep on it, and I hoped I would figure it out in the morning. Before I went to sleep, I kept thinking about how to address the issue, and when I woke up I continued thinking about the issue. I decided that I would inform my boss about the issue and let him deal with it because I had tried and tried to figure out how to resolve it, but to no avail… Later, however, I found out that my boss hd…
  • When your job is not your passion

    Osayi
    13 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I’m a big believer in finding your passion, and finding ways to work with that passion, but sometimes things don’t work out quite how you would like it to. Being a writer may not be the quickest or easiest way to make money, but it is still my passion… The other day I was introduced to another way of thinking – doing the best in whatever you find to do. I thought that was such a great way to live your life. Whatever you find to do, do your best in it and you may find that it becomes something you enjoy, or at least something that earns you a lot of money… My new…
  • That’s why it’s called physical parenting – mother’s day 2015

    Osayi
    9 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Often times when people ask me “how is motherhood?” I say “It is exhausting…”   On a good day I”m in bed by 8:30pm, on other days you may call me by 6:30pm and get offended because I didn’t pick up your call, but the truth is that I’m already fast asleep. It’s funny to me how sometimes mothers who get to stay at home with their kids envy mothers who get to keep their kids in a daycare and vice versa. I hear things like “you’re so lucky, you can get a break” or “you’re so lucky you are with your kids the…
  • There’s nothing wrong with making money

    Osayi
    5 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    making money – I don’t have problems with people who want to make money, and I definitely don’t have problems with people who like money, but what I don’t understand are those who want to make money without working. Begging – There are those that are always begging for money, Can someone please explain how people can feel fulfilled with their lives when they are always begging. Borrowing – For those people who are always borrowing, don’t they know that the borrower is at the mercy of the lender… Dating – AKA Runs, in my time they called…
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    Jonathan Herron

  • TV Interview: My Thoughts on David Letterman’s Retirement

    Jonathan Herron
    20 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Letterman's Impact on Comedy is Immeasurable For the second time in eight days, today I received an out-of-the-blue television interview request from the #1 Newscast in Mid-Michigan, CBS News affiliate WNEM.  Twenty minutes after receiving the phone call, I was sitting in front of the camera at Life Church answering questions about David Letterman.  Here is the full news segment: David Letterman hosts last ‘Late Show’ Posted By Brianna Owczarzak, WNEM Managing Web Editor By Kristin Moore, WNEM TV5 Reporter SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) –The curtain will soon come down on one…
  • Less Cathedral, More Comedy Club

    Jonathan Herron
    12 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    My TV interview about how Life Church is bucking the Pew Research Trend on Christians in America by Reaching Millennials I saw the new Pew Research Study released today announcing that over the past 7 years, fewer Americans are identifying as “Christian.” I don’t blame them.  Sadly, the American Church is seen as boring, judgmental, hypocritical, and more focused on man-made traditions than in making a difference. By God’s grace, we are actually growing.  Fast. Life Church is set up less like a cathedral and more like a comedy club. So out of the blue today, our…
  • Homosexuality and the LGBT Community at Life Church

    Jonathan Herron
    4 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Here's how I answered live, honest questions this past Sunday This past Sunday at Life Church, we wrapped up our popular WHO THE [BLEEP] DID I MARRY series with a live Q+A (audio from both services are available here).  We invited everyone at each service to anonymously text-in any questions they had.  As questions appeared on the screen live, with zero preparation, my wife and I did our best to answer them from the Bible. One question came up in both services and the way I answered it live has received a lot of attention (none of it negative, by the way).  For what it’s worth, I…
  • Pastor, You are Not Crazy

    Jonathan Herron
    4 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    The simple principle that can SAVE a pastor's SANITY! Church is in my blood.  I’ve been surrounded by it my entire life. I grew up as a pastor’s kid.  I’ve been in full-time ministry now for over 15 years. Church is not a building, it’s people. Wonderful people. Broken people. Messy people. Sometimes working with people can hurt. Pastors can especially feel the hurt on Monday mornings after a weekend of ministry. I always feel compassion for the freshly-hired pastors walking into already-existing denominational churches.   Passionate and well-meaning, young…
  • Maybe You Just Need Some Perspective

    Jonathan Herron
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    When you slow down and zoom out, you discover this You feel like things are going all wrong. This isn’t what you had planned. You’re stuck and things won’t move forward. Where is God? Then you slow down, take a deep breath. You take that exact same snapshot in your life and broaden your view. Instead of seeing things close-up and sudden, you zoom out like Google Earth and get a little perspective. You realize things aren’t what they seem. That “disaster” was actually God’s hand of rescue. You’re better off than you could have imagined and…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • 4 Tips for Getting Your Worship Team to Love Rehearsal

    Kayla Philp
    22 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Today’s guest post comes from Derek Fekkes. Derek works in the marketing department at Faithlife, and serves as a worship leader at his local church. Worship practice has always been one of the things I most look forward to in a week. I enjoy gathering together with musicians, vocalists, and A/V technicians, polishing our sound, working out the technical kinks, and just sharing life together. While it’s tempting to be singularly focused on getting the songs down for service, it’s possible to make worship rehearsal a really fun experience while still getting prepped for the weekend. Here…
  • The 10/20/30 Rule of Impactful Presentations

    Ray Deck III
    20 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    No more than 10 slides. No longer than 20 minutes. No less than 30 point font. That’s the 10/20/30 rule as popularized by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, a man who has sat through more than his fair share of presentations. While we probably can’t take his advice as a fixed rule (when was the last time you only preached for 20 minutes on a Sunday morning?) we can definitely learn from the spirit behind it. Let’s break it down. 10 slides 1 slide = 1 idea. Throw too many ideas at your audience, and you run the risk of burying them in trivia. A message…
  • New Proclaim Feature: Breadcrumb Bar

    Andre Kazadayev
    19 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Proclaim’s latest release includes some very exciting features! The updated Media Browser not only includes Color Filter, but also a brand new breadcrumb bar. This new navigation aid will make keeping track of where you are in the Media Browser easier than ever. Overview of the breadcrumb bar: Download the latest version or simply update Proclaim and check it out today. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Try Proclaim for Free Proclaim Church Presentation Software allows you to collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or…
  • Beat the Summer Giving Slump with Mogiv and Proclaim!

    Kayla Philp
    19 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Today’s guest post comes from our friends at Mogiv. Mogiv is a simple web and mobile-based platform that helps churches grow their giving through mobile giving, scheduled giving, targeted campaigns, and seamless web integration. Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with it comes the unofficial start of summer. While this may elicit shouts of joy from the students and teachers in your life, it may be met with a decidedly less sunny response from the pastors and church administrators you know. It’s not that church leaders have any complaints with lazy days and carefree nights,…
  • New Proclaim Feature: Color Filter

    Andre Kazadayev
    18 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Media in Proclaim is now searchable by color! Over the past few months, the Proclaim team has been hard at work developing a Color Filter tool to help make searching the Media Browser easier than ever. Here is a quick overview of the Color Filter: Download the latest version or simply update Proclaim and check it out today. Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Try Proclaim for Free Proclaim Church Presentation Software allows you to collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects…
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    United Faith Church

  • Powerful Love of God

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    20 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. What great compassion and love the Father has for his Church! The whole world can be shaking and in chaos, but his people will kept in peace. It’s the powerful love of God that keeps us safe. It floods our minds with thoughts of peace. It fills our hearts with joy and nothing can separate us from it. Wherever we go his presence goes with us because “he who watches over Israel will…
  • Joy From Heaven

    Kris Burke
    14 May 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Psalm 4:7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. UFC, All of us have come across different types of joy in the world. Joy when their football team wins, joy when the paycheck comes or joy when everything seems to be going right. What is the difference between joy of the world and joy from God? Joy of the world is ever fleeting and constantly changing. The joy from God, however, lasts eternally. As much as people cheer for sports or laugh when their bank accounts are full, their joy cannot be compared to the joy from the Kingdom of God. Our joy…
  • The Depth of Love that God has for Us

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    13 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! Just think about the depth of love that God has for us.  He hasn’t called us into empty religion that leaves us unsatisfied or endless rituals that leave us lifeless.  He calls us into his family!  He connects us to his own heart and becomes the very lifeline that causes us to be pure and walk in love. We are children of God that haven’t been abandoned as orphans but cupped in the hands of our Father! As his children may our prayer today be to,…
  • Conformed to the Image of the Son

    Kris Burke
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Romans 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. UFC, Wasn’t the life of Jesus so amazing? Reading about His supernatural life throughout the gospels can leave you amazed. He healed the blind, rescued the lost, fed the hungry and even raised the dead. Yet as amazing as Jesus’ life was, we have been called to live a life just like His. We have been called to live…
  • Word of Truth

    Kris Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. UFC, We have been given something so precious. God has entrusted us with His precious Word. What are we doing with that Word? It has the power to transform, convict, teach, reveal, cut, and expose. How are we handling the Word of God? Are we allowing it to sit unused or are we utilizing it to cause change and transformation in our hearts? The Word is a gift from God and we should be utilizing it every day. That way we can present…
 
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    WP Ministries

  • Church SEO: How To Optimize Your Website For Mobile

    Andrew Wilson
    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    By Andrew Wilson There They Go Again! The king of the internet, Google, is making another search algorithm change which could have a big impact on how your church shows up in the search results. It’s no secret that the future of internet surfing will not be done on a computer, instead cell phones and tablets are starting to […] This is a post from WP Ministries. Read the original post at Church SEO: How To Optimize Your Website For Mobile
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    Better Bible Teachers

  • 10 Sunday School Object Lessons [with videos] You Will Love So Much You’ll Cry with Happiness…and Then Proceed to Use Every Last One Of Them

    Nathan
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    How about THAT title!?!! Object lessons are the stuff! I love them. They give you opportunity to do something fun during the story, they keep everyone's attention, and the last reason is totally selfish…. When you finish an object lesson you often feel like a pretty good teacher for having pulled it off. Just saying… So here are a few object lessons (several of which I have done) that are fantastic. These aren't your "run of the mill' boring and mindless object lessons. Nope, these are the good ones…or at least some of the good ones. Note: I'm a bit…
  • 10 Ways to Keep Kid’s (Boy’s) Attention During Sunday School

    Nathan
    3 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    We all want to be interesting teachers. We all want the kids in our class to be glued to our every word. But being an interesting teacher is difficult. So here are a few ideas for taking your lesson from a snooze fest to something even the adults in the room will enjoy. 1. Start with something interesting or fun Instead of beginning with “the story” start with a couple related jokes, a funny story, an activity, a video, or maybe even a quick game. No one wants a teacher to walk to the front and just start blabbering on and on. I'm pretty much willing to start my lesson with…
  • Want to achieve more? Beware of these 4 emotions

    Nathan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Whether you teach Sunday School or not, I’m sure you want to become a better person. So here are a few inspiring articles I found from other places online that I wanted to share with you. Some are deep and meaningful, others are just pure fun. Enjoy! Four Emotions Derailing Your Goals In my experience there are four emotions that usually come mixed in a powerful cocktail, sure to undermine our goals. http://michaelhyatt.com/four-emotions-derailing-goals.html How To Teach Anything to Anyone “The whole idea behind teaching is to engage and excite learners so they choose to…
  • Why do Sunday School teachers feel so bad all the time?

    Nathan
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    It’s so vivid in my memory, it’s like I’m there, right now. Recently, I was walking out of church after a lesson on God not calling us by the ‘label’ we’ve put on ourselves… And I was at a loss. I’d put my heart and soul into the lesson. I’d spent upwards of 10 hours, in my spare time, studying and getting ready for the 20 minutes of teaching. And yet, as much as I had worked, it just felt…blah. I wonder if you've ever felt this way. Whether you teach Sunday School or a Bible class elsewhere; have you ever walked away completely…
  • How Teachers Can Sleep Better, Even When You Have Allergies Like Me!

    Nathan
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    I’m prone to allergies. Living in Southern California I can predict very easily when I’m going to have allergy issues. Like clockwork, as soon as the weather goes back to nice after being rainy and overcast I am guaranteed to have a headache. So I did a little research on how to sleep better even during allergy season. I trust this will help you as much as it did me. 1.Did you know there are some plants that naturally purify the air? Apparently plants like aloe and English Ivy actually breathe in toxins and breathe out clean air. How amazing is that?! If you aren’t the plant…
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