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  • Church Visitor Cards: How to Connect & Follow Up

    Church Marketing Sucks
    Robert Carnes
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    We’ve been talking a lot about how to welcome church visitors lately because we’re releasing a new book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Guests by Jonathan Malm. The book releases next week, so pre-order your digital copy now or wait for the official launch next week. You can also grab a sample chapter. Every church needs a way to welcome visitors and invite them to become involved. One of the most popular ways to accomplish this is the church visitor card. Here are some best practices to make those church visitor cards more effective. “A church visitor card is not a…
  • 21 Breathtaking Church Websites Built With WordPress

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

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    Eric Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
  • 30 Days of Instagram for Churches

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    Chris Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the old study (now more a storage slot) in my parents house are a collection of boxes filled with our memories. Some contain old childhood toys, others well read books, some even have once important documents, but the majority contain pictures. Hundreds and thousands of pictures in albums, or some still in the packets they came after they were processed. These photos are like hundreds of micro windows into our old lives and different moments in time. Our birthdays and celebration, our trips and expeditions and even some of our losses and sadness. Some contain so much detail that no number…
  • New Seattle Churches Mapped

    Jesus Dust
    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. To learn more about the New Seattle Churches Project, check out www.newseattlechurches.com and follow me on Twitter for study findings @newSEAchurches.
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  • 5 Simple Tips for Creative Leadership

    Steve Fogg
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being a creative leader is tough, but also rewarding beyond measure. Rewarding because you never have to feel like you are working. You can feel like you are just being you. It can be tough because you are leading real people. Complicated, delicate, neat, untidy, creative, organized, shy, introverted, extroverted. Some with no head for details of any kind. Some who are so finicky that you end up reviewing a project in minute detail. The people we lead are all loved by the same God that loves us. The same God gave us our creative gifts. Creative types are a complicated bunch. We delight in the…
  • Online Church Debate: Pros & Cons Video Conversation

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    A couple weeks back we shared an article about how to create your own online campus and sparked a conversation on Twitter about the pros and cons of Internet church. It’s the online church debate! This week Innovate 4 Jesus (I4J) is hosting a conversation about online church. Join us live on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. ET or stick around for the archived video. The conversation will feature: Jason Caston, Internet church strategist and developer for The Potter’s House of Dallas and writer of our original online campus article. Nils Smith, innovation pastor at Community Bible Church in…
  • Church Visitor Cards: How to Connect & Follow Up

    Robert Carnes
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    We’ve been talking a lot about how to welcome church visitors lately because we’re releasing a new book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Guests by Jonathan Malm. The book releases next week, so pre-order your digital copy now or wait for the official launch next week. You can also grab a sample chapter. Every church needs a way to welcome visitors and invite them to become involved. One of the most popular ways to accomplish this is the church visitor card. Here are some best practices to make those church visitor cards more effective. “A church visitor card is not a…
  • Church Marketing Podcast: The Media Essentials Episode

    Dave Shrein
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    More About This Episode There are a lot of online communities where really knowledgeable experts on church media gather and share ideas. Often these forums present ideas which can go over the heads of green media directors and/or volunteers. It’s important for ministry leaders to be a part of the communities which bring step by step, practical no non-sense media training to bring their church to a minimum level of media competency. Though there are many different media elements churches can focus their energy to improve, there is one particular element where improvement not only is seen…
  • Photographer’s Toolkit by Jeremy Cowart

    Joe Porter
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    People often ask me what photography gear I use—cameras, lenses, software, etc. Let’s be honest. For us tech nerds, gear is great. It’s like toys for adults. Luckily, there are some photographers out there who are much more talented than me who pull back the curtain on their gear and processes. Jeremy Cowart is one of those guys. Jeremy starts with the same disclaimer I will give you: its not all about the gear. The skill behind the camera and the subject matter is what makes a compelling photo. OK, disclaimer over. Now on to the cool stuff. Jeremy is very clear upfront that this is…
 
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    Greg Atkinson

  • 7 Characteristics Pastors Can Learn from Peyton Manning

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

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

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

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Where to begin? For the past year, I’ve been speaking, writing, consulting and serving as the Editor of Christian Media Magazine. But as many of you know, my heart is in the local church. In a way that can only be described as a God-thing, God brought me and Pastor Derwin Gray together to talk. I found out they had been praying for a Campus Pastor for their Rock Hill campus and you know I had previously served as a Campus Pastor at a multisite church. I, too, had been praying for a Campus Pastor position. God got us connected and the rest is history.What you may not know is that…
  • Romans 12: A Blueprint for Biblical Leadership

    Greg Atkinson
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    Romans 12 (NIV)A Living Sacrifice12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Humble Service in the Body of Christ3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself…
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  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    djchuang
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    As September 2014 marked the start a new school year, Saddleback Church is doing an encore of sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “ the best messages that I wish my friend could hear” and noted as “six of Pastor Rick’s most talked about, most watched, and most shared messages.” Winning with the Hand You’re Dealt How to keep from stressing out Escaping the People-Pleaser Trap (aka You Can’t Please Everyone) How to Recognize God’s Voice Learning My True Identity in Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10) Next weekend: Winning the Battle Inside Me (Romans…
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  • 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 by seeking to be incarnate the Kingdom of God as a tangible asset to their community by way of providing a "third place"-- a space that is open to all and fosters community and advances the well-being of the neighborhood. Aurora Commons  This 'neighborhood living room'
  • 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. To learn more about the New Seattle Churches Project, check out www.newseattlechurches.com and follow me on Twitter for study findings @newSEAchurches.
  • 'Some Fell on Good Soil': Church Planting in Religious Ecologies

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    In the midst of the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of the “nones” in the U.S. something surprising is happening.[i] Church planting is booming.  According to Ed Stetzer and Dave Travis, the number of new churches started annually jumped from approximately 1500 in the late 1900s to 4000 by 2006.[ii]  Such a spike is not only the greatest surge in church planting in the last
  • The Deconstructed Church: Marti & Ganiel on the Emerging Church

    28 May 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Emerging Church Movement is here to stay.  So say researchers Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel in their new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity.  I'm looking forward giving it a careful read and drawing on their research as I reflect on my study of New Seattle Churches. Marti and Ganiel's research is "based on ethnographic observation of emerging
  • Practices for a Missional Church Planting Order

    21 Dec 2013 | 6:24 pm
    What practices can sustain missional practice and spiritual vitality among church planters? Taking cues from Ignatius of Loyola, who gains authority by virtue of the missionary order he founded, as well as contemporary missional practitioners, this article proposes a rule of life for a church planting order that addresses the need for a foundational vision of God’s love and invitation to
 
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  • The Most Amazing Time Lapse Documentary: This Is Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
  • Shanghai – A Story in Urbanization

    Eric Bryant
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In my time in Shanghai, something quite interesting emerged. Almost 99% of the people I met had no roots in the city of Shanghai where they now live. They came here for a job or for school from Africa, Southeast Asia, America, Europe, or other parts of China. I also asked every one I met: “Do you plan to stay in Shanghai?” Once again 99% of those I talked to said “no.” The world is moving to the cities. 2008 was the first year in which more than half of the world’s population lived in cities, and that number is quickly rising. Shanghai is a stunning example of…
  • Resources for Loving, Serving, and Advancing

    Eric Bryant
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I have been enjoying a great weekend with friends and ex-pats from all across the world at Abundant Grace International Fellowship in Shanghai! For resources to love, serve, and influence our diverse world: daily I try to post an article, a video, or something of interest on leadership, innovation, ministry, or stand up comedy. To receive more frequent updates and be the first to hear about giveaways or special events, here are the four best options: Sign up for the monthly newsletter which includes resources, articles, and giveaways, go to the top right of this website and sign up for the…
  • ACL Music Festival 2014

    Eric Bryant
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    This year Caleb went to the ACL Music Festival and had a great time with 70,000 others from all over the globe!   If you missed it, like I did, you can catch select performances by some of the bands here:  http://aclfest.redbull.tv/ Some of the bands include: Trombone Shorty Childish Gambino Skrillex St. Vincent The Avett Brothers Lorde Beck Spoon Foster the People   Eminem, Caleb’s favorite, does not have any highlight videos. I guess we had to be there to see it!
  • “The Exchange – From Powerless to Empowered”

    Eric Bryant
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: “The Exchange.”  Rick Shurtz shared about an exchange from powerless to empowered at the McNeil campus.  You can watch or listen to Rick’s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. I shared at the South Campus with a special update on our search for a new South Campus location at the very end of the audio. You can listen to my message here: Here are some resources for this series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next…
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  • WMC Podcast – 0139 – Interview with Joel Payne of RESOUND Worship

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

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

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

    David Lindner
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    “I” Songs Vs. “Global” Songs “I’ll stand, my soul, Lord, to You surrendered.” “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it.” Have you ever struggled with singing that line of “Heart of Worship”? Maybe you don’t feel like you’ve made it something it’s not supposed to be, but here you are in a corporate setting being forced to sing those words. Or maybe you don’t feel like your soul is completely surrendered to God, but if you don’t sing… In this episode of the Worship Ministry…
  • WMC Podcast – 0135 – Building A Strengths Based Team

    David Lindner
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Building A Strengths Based Team In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin talk about the ideas behind the books, “Strengths Based Leadership” & “Strengths Finder 2.0″. As we talk, we discover that the principles of the book are built on a principle of teams that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about thousands of years ago. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
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  • The Great Penguin Attack of ’14 That Wasn’t

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

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

    Paul Steinbrueck
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    “What are your top 2 questions about church social media?” That was one of the questions we asked in the recently conducted Church Social Media Learning Survey. If you’re a detail person interested in reviewing all of the questions submitted, I’ve posted them here for you organized by category. This post is intended to supplement the primary post Analyzing and Answering the Top Church Social Media Questions. Leadership How do we shift the mindset from zero dollars invested in spreading the Gospel on the internet to at least allowing a reasonable amount? How to be…
  • Online Tithing? Yes or No?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    To give or not to give online, that is the question.  Or at least that is the question that many churches are asking themselves.  I have many conversations inside and outside of work about this topic.  There are many people who are proponents of online giving but I also find quite a few people who don’t think that tithing or giving to the church should be done through a website. For those who are in favor of it, some of the reasons are: More convenient for the person giving. Allows for auto-recurring giving. Allows for a way for people to give while out of town or on vacation. The…
  • This is a Test! This is Only a Test

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    How is your website working for you?  Are you getting everything out of your site that you wanted?  Are you getting visitors to your church or new customers for your business?  in the end, those are the things you wanted, but are you getting as many as you hoped? Getting More Converts The point of your site is get more converts.  I don’t mean that in the Christian “convert” way (though that may actually be what a conversion is for your site).  I mean people who convert from not knowing who you are to being visitors to your site and then, ultimately, to visiting your…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

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

    Thomas
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    As you begin to shop for your next dining table there are some things that you should be considering to make it suitable for your personal needs and preferences. Keep in mind that the table is not just a place to serve food; it’s where many memories for your family and friends will begin. You’ll be able to find tables that have different shapes, colors, and styles all within your budget if you do plenty of good research ahead of your purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the points that you should consider in your quest for the perfect dining table. Shapes to Think About You’ll want…
  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

    Thomas
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to revamp your current address, there’s always something exciting about the prospect of new furniture. The things we surround ourselves with in our homes can have a big impact on the way the place looks and, ultimately, on the way we feel when we’re at home. For this reason, it’s important to get things right. An increasing number of us are finding ourselves buying flat-pack furniture, or furniture which needs to be assembled when it arrives. This is certainly far more convenient to buy, and often more affordable,…
  • Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Kitchen Space: How To Find The Best One?

    Thomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Do you know that the kind of countertop you choose for the kitchen says everything about you? For instance: It not only helps your friends or neighbours to know about your taste but also reveal everything about the personality. If you have decided to do a kitchen makeover, then what you should do now is buy kitchen countertops. However, it’s advisable to consider certain aspects so that you can make the right choice. Along with the aesthetic aspects i.e. feel, colour and shape; it’s also very important to choose a kind of material which is strong and durable. What this mean is that you…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 7 Performance Characteristics of a Great Team Member

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    I love team dynamics and organizational structures. I have written many times about what makes a healthy team, my expectations of team members, and elements to build health into your team. I previously wrote 7 Traits of a Great Team Member. But, how does a great team member perform on a team? I’m not sure I’ve talked specifically about the performance characteristics I believe make a great team member. How do they act on the team? Here are 7 performance characteristics of a great team member: Needs very little supervision – He or she catches on quickly, learning the expectations of…
  • 4 Expectations that Can Injure a Marriage

    Ron Edmondson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Is your marriage struggling? Sometimes, in my experience, there may be a problem with expectations. Expectations are critical for the success of any good relationship — especially in a marriage. Here are 4 expectations that can injure a good marriage: Unspoken expectations. When the couple never lays out their expectations in the marriage one spouse or the other will be disappointed at some point. A lot of couples assume they are on the same page until a problem arises where they find out otherwise. Unclear expectations. When the couple thinks they’ve communicated expectations,…
  • 7 Suggestions for Parenting Adult Children

    Ron Edmondson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I was talking to another dad recently. We were comparing notes. Both of us are empty nesters. We recognized — equally — that being the parent of adult children is sometimes more difficult than when the children are still at home. That’s hard for some parents with teenage children to believe — isn’t it? Or the parent with multiple children still in diapers — right? But, it is — sometimes. When adult children  leave the home you don’t have much control over their lives — you are no longer “raising” them — you influence…
  • Wrestling Series, Part 3

    Ron Edmondson
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Wrestling – Week 3 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Wrestling Series, Part 3 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Wrestling – The Series – Part 2 Wrestling – The Series – Part 1 Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series Relationship Series – Marriage Sermon
  • 25 Things Momma Used to Say

    Ron Edmondson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Mothers are great. They make the world a better place. My mom is my hero. Where would we be without Momma? But, I wonder — is there a handbook of sayings all mothers must use? Did your mother say any of these? “Whatever floats your boat” “If I had a dollar for every time” “I’m always a day late and a dollar short” “You’re cruising for a bruising” Followed closely behind by… “And if you don’t quit it you’re gonna get it” “Use your head for more than a hat rack” “These socks…
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  • 10 Ways To Prevent Burnout In Ministry

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

    Kelly Adkins
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is anybody listening? It’s the church communicator’s greatest fear — that important messages are lost in a sea of information and distraction. Everyone’s communicating these days. Here are three thoughts to help yours stand out from the noise: People don’t want to be told. They want to be helped.  Though church communication must always push out details of services, events and classes, we must be intentional about offering the transformational along with the informational. Our services can’t be the only location where we establish the church as a place that cares about…
  • Two Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make in Your Communications Strategy

    Kelly Adkins
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s the church communicator’s greatest fear — important messages lost in a sea of information and distraction. Everyone’s communicating these days. Here are two important thoughts you can’t afford to overlook when developing your communications strategy: We can’t leave out what makes us different. People don’t care about how awesome you are. They care about how awesome they can become. They care how their life is going, how their kids are going to grow up, and how to sleep at night when they are riddled with anxiety. The church’s answer to this has been the relevant…
  • When We Fire the Church Before the Church Hires Us

    Tony Morgan
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    These are exciting days for The Unstuck Group. Our current project list includes engagements with over 20 churches throughout the country. Our consulting services have grown by close to 65% year over year. We’re proactively expanding both our full-time staff and our contract consulting team to prepare for continued growth. Within the last 60 days, we’ve had close to 50 churches inquire about our services. It’s certainly a win when we can help more churches have a bigger Kingdom impact. That said, we’ve always been selective about the churches we serve. When…
  • Resources To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 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 October. Volunteer Rocket Coaching – gain, train and retain great volunteers Elexio – offers a new integrated church software suite including web, database, mobile and check-in Leaders Book Summaries – summaries of the best books on leadership, management and church life to help you become a better leader ACS Technologies – provides assimilation best practices and coaches churches implementing assimilation plans…
 
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’ve asked my sweet friend Lisa to share on my blog. Because she has good things to say. Good things that resonate with my heart and soul and challenge me and beat me up in the best way. My life is usually crazy and always imperfect and I can choose to either embrace it with a bitter heart and want it all to be easy or I can want God. Lisa talks about this in her new book I Want God  and gives us a little glimpse of how deep this message goes in today’s blog post. I hope you love it! I will never forget the day in college when my friend asks me to describe God, the way I…
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  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

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

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

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

    loswhit
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    It is a drug. It actually is. That Judgement Crack. It LITERALLY gives us a high. “That church’s pastor has an entourage. I’d NEVER have an entourage.” “That church meets in homes? How could they possibly EVER reach enough people for Christ in homes?” “Sure they put out a new worship record every year. But let’s be honest, only like 1 of the songs are worth singing.” “Oh. That church? That’s basically a club with a cross. You go there to hookup.” “Our pastor doesn’t believe in the video campus model. We have ACTUAL teachers at every campus. It’s much more…
  • 5 Things We Forget To Tell Our Daughters…

    loswhit
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is going to be this guy. His smile will charm you, his words will woo you, and he will actually want to be yours. When that guy shows up, remember that the desire he has in his heart for you quite possibly equals 1/10000th of the desire God has for you. There is going to be this girl. She is going to be your best friend. She won’t mean to, but she is going to say some things behind your back that will wreck your world. Know that she is simply human and wants to be just like you. Forgive her. This is key to not self poisoning yourself. There is going to be this dream you have. It’s…
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  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    11 October 2014 at 7pm UPDATE: There is another Worldwide Feast Coming this weekend with the big one in New York and heaps of tiny ones around the world ———————————————- ORIGINAL POST, 2012 The creative people at Feast on Good, who I met in New York and have mentioned on the blog before, are hosting a worldwide dinner party for good on ...
  • Best of APE 2014

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    My daughter and I just came back from the Alternative Publishing Expo in San Francisco. She wore a red cape and I wore a ridiculous Fez. Gwennie attended some workshops on comic creation and publishing e-books and I sat in them also. For me, it was a good time to wander through the exhibition area chatting with artists and alt. ...
 
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  • Money and Peace

    Pete Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Deep down in each one of our hearts is a place that yearns for peace. We often feel rushed stressed spent restless anxious but what we really desire is peace. I once heard Andy Stanley ask a question that stayed with me. He said, “Do you have money in the bank, but no peace in your heart?” In the past few years I’ve been to some of the poorest places in the world like Haiti and India. I’ve watched  families mix mud, salt and vegetable shortening to cook over an open fire to prepare what they call a “dirt cookie.” Realizing the dirt cookies had no…
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • How Do You Really Forgive Someone Who Hurt You?

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

    web@newspring.cc
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 - Your heavenly Father doesn’t want to GET YOU BACK FOR WHAT YOU’VE DONE, He wants to BRING YOU BACK into a right relationship with Him (Romans 8:1). #2 – God is pursuing you RIGHT NOW because He wants greater things for your life than you want for your life. #3 – Jesus wants to use us in the process of pursuing others—He has put all of us in relationships at work, at school and online so that we can leverage our relationships for the Gospel, so more people can come to know Him. (Check out II Corinthians 5:11-21)#4 – This coming…
  • Five Questions Most People Really Do Struggle With

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever felt like you were once closer to God than you are right now, and think there is NO WAY you could ever be close to Him again? Have you ever felt like God is really mad at you and wants to get you back for all of the “bad things” you have done? Have you ever wrestled with whether or not God REALLY cares about you? Have you ever run away FROM God? Have you ever believed that you could NEVER have a great life because of the things you have done in your past? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, if these are things you are…
  • My Five Favorite Things At Chick-fil-A

    web@newspring.cc
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In honor of the most popular blog post of all time on this site, I thought I would come back this week and list my five most favorite things to get at Chick-fil-A…(BTW…the fruit cup will not be on this list!)  :-)#5 – Waffle fries!!!#4 – A chicken, egg and cheese breakfast burrito with no peppers and onions! #3 – Just the regular Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich (with the pickle!) #2 – Their new cobb salad with grilled chicken nuggets!!! (Trust me, get the grilled nuggets on it!) #1 – Their peppermint mocha milkshake they…
  • Five Thoughts About Getting Past Your Past

    web@newspring.cc
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most people in life really do battle with the bitterness of a past that seems to creep into their minds seemingly out of nowhere. And when that happens, all too often people will allow their history to rob them of their destiny. It doesn’t have to be that way!!! It should NOT be that way!!! Here are five thoughts I wanted to share with those of you who battle with the pain of a past where you did something (or something was done to you) that dominates your mind and emotions. #1 – As we talked about in the first message of our “At The…
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  • LTYM: 4 Tips On Growing Your Youth Ministry

    Aaron Crumbey
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This week we continue with 4 tips on growing your youth ministry!!! Here are a few things we want you to know. Kurt and I are committed to keeping the show around 20mins in length. Subscribe and check out other episodes that you may find helpful. Email any questions you may have to talkyouthministry@gmail.com   […]
  • Funding ministry, a la carte?

    Tony Myles
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    There is a financial pinch being felt among churches. I shared in a recent article how my own church has felt it, and how we must all be “resigned to serve” in ministry. It’s why I want to run something by you, given the tension we all likely know between your budget crunch and the vision still […]
  • 44 Apps for Better Productivity

    Brandon Early
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Saw this cool infographic on some great productivity apps. Here are eight project management apps that you might want to check out. Click the image and see a list of all 44.  
  • The Damage Of Opinions

    Leneita Fix
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    A friend of mine says that opinions are like bellybuttons: everyone has one. We have them about EVERYTHING from frivolous things like the best flavor of Jolly Ranchers (cherry of course) to very serious “issues” like politics. As Believers in Christ we have particular thoughts on which translation of the Bible is “best,” when the […]
  • SALE: Time to Refresh Your Youth Min Resources!

    Amber Cassady
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Hey Insiders! It’s that time of the fall season when your pre-planned lessons and sermons may be starting to dwindle. A refresh of your arsenal of youth ministry resources is due! In order to help you fill the gaps and keep the momentum going before the holidays arrive and it’s nearly impossible to get a […]
 
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  • The Hidden Potential of Your Place

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

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

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

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

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

  • It’s my birthday and I’d love to send you a gift – a personalized signed copy of my book.

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

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

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

    Eugene Cho
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have so much emotions and thoughts in my mind, heart, and body – in light of the oh-so-much that is going on all around the world – including the utterly tragic, brutal, and unnecessary “death” of Michael Brown. But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past week in their respective churches – not just for this weekend but for the future. I’m not suggesting that pastors have to completely alter their sermons but to altogether ignore the injustice of Michael…
  • Never stop learning. Go deep. Be deep. Have more depth than 140 characters.

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

    Bob Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The other day I suddenly thought, “Where have Stan and Maria (not their real names) been?” I had not seen them in church for a few weeks. The next day someone told me that they had left the church because of something said in a class. They never said a word to me or to anyone I know of. But out of nowhere they were gone. News like this is tough. For twenty years I had fed this couple, loved them, and labored for them. I’ve done weddings for the family, helped rescue one of their kid’s marriages, and prayed consistently for them. Then they were gone. The truth is, it…
  • Cheerful Confidence after Christendom

    Timothy Larsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Preacher warns, “He who quarries stones is hurt by them, and he who splits logs is endangered by them” (Eccl 10:9). I have always thought of that as the law of occupational hazards. I’m a historian. Therefore, one of the professional dangers that I most need to guard against is nostalgia. I can all too easily slip into longing for the good old days when public entertainment was more wholesome; children were more dutiful; biblical knowledge was more widespread; and so on. Fortunately, the Preacher also has advice to meet my very case: “Say not, ‘Why were the…
  • Sexuality and Silence

    Andrew Wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    I’ve heard rumours of a silent trend beginning to take hold in some city churches in the UK and the US. I don’t just mean a trend that takes hold silently; presumably most trends do that. I mean a trend toward silence: a decision not to speak out on issues that are considered too sticky, controversial, divisive, culturally loaded, entangled, ethically complex, personally upsetting, emotive, likely to be reported on by the Guardian or the New York Times, uncharted, inflammatory, difficult, or containing traces of gluten. Since I do not attend a city church, but am a proud…
  • Why Are Young Blacks Leaving the Church?

    Anthony Carter
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Are “black millennials” leaving the church? Is this something about which we should be alarmed? In recent times much has been written on this subject seeking to interpret and analyze what some are saying is a disturbing trend. Some of the discussion has taken place on the website The Front Porch (see here and here), and some has taken place at other online outlets. One article in particular, Six Reasons Young Black People are Leaving Church, has raised the question and offered reasons why young black men and women are either leaving or not going to church. The…
  • Book Review: Ordinary, by Michael Horton

    Dallas Goebel
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I first became a Christian, I remember attending a certain para-church event that was, for lack of a better term, bizarre. These evangelical events were designed to “reach people for Christ.” They were often very energetic, featuring lots of loud music, extravagant lighting (frequently with strobe lights), charismatic speakers who were close to my age (i.e. early twenties), excited audiences with some people so excited that they lost control of their bodies altogether and ended up on the ground. I quickly learned that these events were part of a large “youth…
 
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  • What a CEO Does

    John Saddington
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A CEO does these three things: Sets overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders. Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company. Makes sure there is always enough cash in the bank. I love this and I love the simplicity of this list. You can read the post and the really helpful comments for some even other great insights. Now, naturally a CEO’s specific role depends greatly on the rest of the leadership team and the stage of the company as the CEO of a publicly traded company has dramatically different responsibilities as the…
  • The Startup Groupie

    John Saddington
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s tough to grow a startup. Talent is limited and not readily available, often because those who are capable are already busy doing great things in other ventures. And the right talent to not only survive but thrive in a startup environment is hard to pin down and classify. Often times I know with more certainty what doesn’t work instead of what does work, if that makes sense. I liken it to the eternal question that you’ve asked (and been asked): So, what/where do you want to eat? Typically I know what I do not want to eat instead of what I really want to eat. I can…
  • Father, First

    John Saddington
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I read Max Schireson’s blog post on why he was stepping back from the CEO role of MongoDB I was really impressed by not only his perspective but his transparency. Sure, he may have disqualified himself from many opportunities but I think that level of transparency disqualifies him from the wrong type of organizations and ventures so he has not lost anything in being honest and forthcoming. I have often put my business first and my family second. This goes for not just my beloved bride but also my two wonderful kids. They have often gotten the short end of the stick. Making…
  • After Becoming the Manager

    John Saddington
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Lol. Isn’t it so (sadly) true? Creating a layer of management in a growing organization can be a very positive thing in the right context and with the right culture to support it. Unfortunately, “middle” management has been given such a bad reputation because it’s been so poorly executed. I’ve had my own share of experiences with middle management and I tried as best as I possibly could to find away around it as I made my way up the corporate ladder (or just avoid it). But since doing startups full time I’ve been fortunate enough not to require it since the…
  • Not Satisfied

    John Saddington
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Starting a startup has become much, much easier over the last decade, especially when it comes to technology and software-driven ventures. Spinning up a virtual server, plugging into a near-infinite number of APIs, and waxing a little code can have you more than just a working MVP – you could have the makings of a legitimate and financially growing business. This has created more options for more people to start their own company and also created more volume of choices for consumers. Have a solution for X problem? Get in line as there are 1,000 other companies doing the exact same…
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  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

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

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

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

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there … Continue reading →
  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

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

    Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    A few weeks ago I was speaking to a member of the choir at my church about the state of our music choices during liturgies. I am only a guy in the pew with my young family, but I thought there were certain times when the music choices reflected poorly in some liturgical seasons. Songs during the season of Lent, for example, should reflect a tone of repentance and personal lament, and not merely be the same songs we sing throughout the year. She countered with her own lament, how the music was limited because, well, “the songs in the hymnal are too limited.” In other words, we have a…
  • Episode 08: Prayer: You Probably Didn’t Think Of It as Worship… [Podcast]

    Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    08 Prayer: You Probably Didn’t Think Of It As Worship, But it IS Sign up for The Worship Community and HighestPraise.com’s weekly resource list. Summary:Join Russ Hutto as he discusses The Lord’s Prayer, how it’s not just a rote, memorized prayer, and how we use it as a model for worship. Show Notes:Original TWC post: http://bit.ly/1yVefcyScritpures referenced: Matthew 6 (ESV), Matthew 21:13 ESV Related posts: Episode 04: Thoughts On Worship (TWC Podcast) Episode 06: How To Be A Blessing To Others [Podcast] Episode 3: Is There A Place For Performance In Worship (TWC…
  • Planetshakers – This Is Our Time

    Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This is Our Time – Planetshakers (Release date: Oct 21, 2014) Planetshakers. The name is bold. Audacious, even. But the global implications are exactly what the namesake band has in mind. From humble beginnings in the Land Down Under, Planetshakers Band has grown in scale and scope to reach a generation spanning countries and continents, and they’re on a mission to inspire that generation to do the same. Worship leader and co-senior pastor Sam Evans knew something was beginning to grow even as she started her journey backstage at Planetshakers, preparing food for guest speakers. Joth…
  • Sunday Setlists #326

    Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, October 19, 2014!! Welcome to the 326th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • Creative Productivity Tips for Worship Leaders

    Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Worship leaders, have you ever had someone asked you what it is you spend your time doing all week? Here are some of the guesses that I’ve experienced over the years: “You get paid to sit around and listen to music, that must be nice!” “You’re on staff? You mean they pay you to sing?” “I bet all you do is sit around and play the piano all week, right?” “Why do you even need a desk? Isn’t your job description fulfilled with a guitar or piano?” There have been many more. Of course, nobody means to be underhanded when they are…
 
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  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bill Reichart
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    guest post by Jennifer Shaw:As a full-time Christian speaker and musician, I visit many churches of various sizes and denominations each year. I often seem to have the same conversation with frustrated pastors and worship leaders, and even with members of the congregation. It starts with a question like, “Why aren't our people singing in worship anymore?”I've observed several trends in contemporary worship services that are contributing factors. Here are the top five reasons I give worship pastors about why their congregations may have stopped singing:1.  Your worship team isn't…
  • The Compass & The Clock – Using Your Time Wisely

    Bill Reichart
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    guest post by Dr. Nathan BaxterIf you want to be successful and truly experience your full potential in life, you must master your use of time.Don’t tune me out! This isn’t the same old time management lecture.The starting place for improving your life always begins with the compass, not the clock.Your compass is your internal navigating system that tells which direction you are going. If your compass is off, or if you’re not paying attention to it, the results can be painful. Leadership is hard, but it’s much harder when you are not sure if you’re headed in the right direction!So,…
  • How To Unleash Your Creative Sparks To Find Fresh Ideas

    Bill Reichart
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This PBS video below echoes some of the themes we have covered before here at Ministry Best Practices, 5 Ways To Spark CreativityWhere Are You The Most Creative?29 Ways To Stay Creative 3 Simple Rules To Help Sustain Creativity4 Phrases That Will Kill Great Ideas ForeverWays Your Mother Lied To You About CreativityAs we've said before, creativity isn't about merely finding or discovering something never thought of before, rather it is about making new and fresh associations with what we already know. Watch the video below and be inspired! from the video producers:Creativity has…
  • Verses And Quotes To Inspire You To Be Grateful

    Bill Reichart
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have a lot to be thankful and grateful for. Yet in the midst of difficulties and problems, we may not find our heart naturally gravitating toward thankfulness. Yet being in a state of thankfulness puts our heart in a place where we are able to recognize and trust God in the middle of our difficulties.Here are several quotes exhorting us on why gratitude should be the centerpiece of the Christian life.When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. - G.K. Chesterton (Tweet This)God wants to see prayers that are filled with…
  • The American Church Is Facing A Herculean Challenge

    Bill Reichart
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Herculean challenge for the church is unchurched America. They pray, own Bibles and are 'spiritual' but nearly half still see no value in attending church. excerpted from Christian Today:New research by the Barna group paints an interesting picture of those who are aware of the church and even think positively of the Christian faith, but who, for whatever reason, feel that actively being a part of church is not for them.'Churchless' is the title of Barna's latest research into understanding today's unchurched and how to connect with them.The research reveals that the number of…
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  • When I was thirsty…

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

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

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

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

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

    Joe
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ironically, many children raised in wealth demonstrate the same tendencies as those who are raised in extreme poverty: depression, despair, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol use, and shoplifting. Why this behavior? The parents, who are often too busy making money, sacrifice meaningful time with their children. Admittedly, raising children in a world obsessed with stuff is a tough, tough job. As savvy advertisers target these kids from early youth, and as their peers are quick to sport whatever the latest and greatest may be, the parents must be vigilant in teaching their children that such…
  • 5 Things To Do When You’re Discouraged Beyond Measure

    Adam Faughn
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As you look back on what you’ve accomplished so far this year, do you cringe? I have some encouragement for you. I want you to keep going! I want to encourage you to be the tortoise in a society filled with hares. But, how? Financially, when things are not going the way you might like, and you feel like you aren’t making the kind of progress you desire, how do you keep moving forward? Let me offer some very simple, but very important things in which you need to keep doing. 1. Keep Looking at the Big Picture This is the overriding principle of this article of encouragement.
  • 20 Fun Alternative Ideas for Halloween

    Dawn
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Fall is one of my favorite seasons! I’m always looking forward to the leaves changing colors, the crispness in the air and everything pumpkin. With the arrival of Autumn… it seems as though many look forward to Halloween and focus on Halloween only. But, on the other hand there are many ways to avoid everything Halloween. No matter your preference, I hope that you enjoy family traditions this time of year and make lasting memories. This is where my focus lies. I, myself, like to make family traditions by focusing on Non-Halloween activities. You may think there may not be too many…
  • 7 Ways to Go to College for Free

    Guest
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tuition. Fees. Books. It all adds up! College can be ridiculously expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t accept the idea that you’re going to pay an arm and a leg for college. You can go to college for free. How to Go to College for Free Take a look at some of these methods that have the potential to put you through college for free. Some will work well with your circumstances, others won’t – think through them to decide what’s best for you! 1. Serve Your Country The Air Force, U.S. Cost Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military, and Naval Academies…
  • 5 Ways that Men and Women Spend Their Money Differently

    Bob
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Men and women, generally speaking, spend their money differently. Perhaps you’re already thinking of a few ways. Whether you’re a man or a woman, some of the ways mentioned here might surprise you – or come as no shock at all. 1. Women Give More to Charities Ladies win this one. In a 2010 Center on Philanthropy report, in every income group except for one, women give more than men. The report reads: Comparison of all male-headed households to all female-headed households by income group shows that it is not just the wealthy women who are giving. Our research shows that women…
 
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  • Be a Light to the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Grid: building the website of the future. I am very excited...

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Grid: building the website of the future. I am very excited about this! Making the process of building websites even less complicated Define your purpose and focus on your content while machine learning makes the fundamental design decisions for you.  A new framework for presentation and brand.
  • Learning from other transitions & leaders: 6 key concepts

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    In 2009, LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers, then president of Lloyd’s North America, had a tough decision to make as to whether to stay with Lloyd’s in New York City, or resign her post to be back with her family in Dallas, Texas. (Read more.)  Now, the CMO for The Navigators Group, Inc., Lowery-Biggers recently had a Q&A with Propel magazine about lessons in leadership.   WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT LEADERSHIP? The biggest surprises in leadership for me have developed from six key concepts: There is a significant difference between managing and leading. Managing is functional, but…
  • Provide valuable content. Not just more content.

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Provide valuable content. Not just more content. : In the years that you have been doing communication and all works in consulting, speaking, and blogging, what are some of the things that God has given you that people find the most helpful? Is there some perspective or a piece with them that you tend to offer? > Innovate 4 Jesus > Resources that help you grow your business, nonprofit, church and self My little post talking about talking too much.  Enjoy.  
  • Unwelcome book. Foreward by yours truly. Available October 27....

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Unwelcome book. Foreward by yours truly. Available October 27. Pre-order your copy now. 
  • dogshoulders: nice save Somebody was paying attention.

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    dogshoulders: nice save Somebody was paying attention.
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    ChurchCrunch

  • How the Church Can Do Better Than Dropbox [Video]

    Eric Dye
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Did you hear what Dropbox did after losing 27,000+ files? Unfortunately, they didn’t do much. Kenny Jahng joined the ChurchMag Podcast and told his story of losing more than 27,000 files and how Dropbox lost an opportunity to turn a #FAIL into a #WIN. During our conversation, I asked Kenny what the Church could learn from Dropbox’s lackluster response: Kenny Jahng Tells Us What the Church Can Learn from Dropbox’s Lackluster Response [YouTube] This is exactly what so much church communication is lacking. “We are all in it together.” Unfortunately, the church…
  • 10 Dropbox Alternatives

    Eric Dye
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even if you hear multiple stories of how Dropbox saves the day, the moment you hear about them losing over 27,000 files, you doubt their service. The price of cloud files storage has been going down every six months to a year. As the number of apps and services that sell or give space increases, the prices go lower and lower. I remembered when I had 50GB for $10 a month—I now have a 1TB for the same price! That’s a huge jump and leaves many users paying for space they’ll never use or need. So then if price per gigabyte doesn’t matter as it once did before, what is left…
  • What Dropbox Did After Losing 27,000+ Files [Podcast]

    Eric Dye
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine if Dropbox lost over 27,000 of your files? What would you expect them to do? How would you like them to respond? Dropbox lost, deleted, erased, mishandled, 27,000+ of Kenny Jahng’s files and he was disappointed—rightfully so—of how Dropbox has handled the situation. Kenny talks about some of the details surrounding Dropbox’s #EPIC #FAIL, how they handled it, and what the Church can learn from Dropbox’s unhuman response. Series Two — Episode Fifteen [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Kenny Jahng As always, we love…
  • Pac-Man Toiletries [Photos]

    Eric Dye
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t normally blog about toilet paper, but when I do… It’s going to be awesome. And it is. Here’s the story behind this paper: My family and I were visiting a superstore we frequent here in Italy when the entire family caught sight of this #EPIC toilet paper display. It was one of those double-take, LOLWUT? moments. Really? Seriously? Awesome. Needless to say—since I’ve got the pictures to prove it—we purchased a pack—pictured above and below: And a closer look at that print! That’s better than printed flowers—am I right? Am I RIGHT!?!?
  • 30 Days of Instagram for Churches

    Chris Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the old study (now more a storage slot) in my parents house are a collection of boxes filled with our memories. Some contain old childhood toys, others well read books, some even have once important documents, but the majority contain pictures. Hundreds and thousands of pictures in albums, or some still in the packets they came after they were processed. These photos are like hundreds of micro windows into our old lives and different moments in time. Our birthdays and celebration, our trips and expeditions and even some of our losses and sadness. Some contain so much detail that no number…
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    Zak White

  • The Walking Dead

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

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

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

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

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

  • Listening to a Sermon

    Mark Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Found this great quote & picture on FW Boreham Twitter today.
  • Two Kinds of Clarity

    Mark Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    If you find yourself confused and in the dark, there are two ways to find clarity:  use a flashlight or patiently wait until the sun rises.
  • The Difference Between Good Ideas and Bad Ideas

    Mark Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    I've figured out the difference between good and bad ideas.  Good ideas are the ones we create.  Bad ideas are the ones other people concoct and expect us to endorse.In other words, if it's my idea -- it's grand!  If it's your idea, it's bland.  At least, that's what most of us think.  We tend to support what we create."Nobdy likes change," said Mark Twin, "except a baby in dirty diapers,"  Maybe we should add, "unless it is their idea."So, how do we implement change in our family, community, church or workplace?Start by listening.  Hear other people's good…
  • The Purpose of Theology is Doxology

    Mark Wilson
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    "We should never forget that the purpose of theology is doxology; we study in order to praise.  The truest expression of trust in God will always be worship to praise God for being greater than we know."--  Geneva Study Bible note
  • No God But Allah Dollars

    Mark Wilson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A friend forwarded an e-mail expressing concern about the emergence of dollars stamped with "No God But Allah."So far, we have not seen any of those in Hayward.  If one shows up in the collection plate, we will deposit it.
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • October's New & Notable Books

    Tim
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    I am in the enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books. It has been too long since I’ve sorted through the piles and to tell you which of them have risen to the top. Here are some of the new and notable books I’ve received in the past month or so. Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical World by Michael Horton. This was the book I wanted to write; Horton beat me to the punch. “Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a ‘next-best-thing,’ if only we would change…
  • A La Carte (October 22)

    Tim
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    The great Kindle deals continue: Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat ($3.99); Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary ($5.99); An Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson & Douglas Moo ($5.99); The Way of Wisdom by J.I. Packer ($5.99); Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer ($4.27); Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Walter Kaiser & Moises Silva ($5.99); The New Matthew Henry Commentary ($7.99); New Testament Theology by Leon Morris ($4.99); Zondervan All-in-One Bible Reference Guide ($4.99). Jesus, What a Wonderful Name - You’ll enjoy watching…
  • How To Get Things Done: Task Management

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    As I continue this series on getting things done, I want to remind you of our definition of productivity: Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God. I would like to briefly address that “good to others and glory to God” because I know it can be a little bit abstract.  Let me confess: Doing good to others and bringing glory to God is not something I think about every moment. When I sit down to do paperwork for the church I don’t think, “How can I glorify God in this?” When I…
  • A La Carte (October 21)

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Kindle collectors will want to know that Zondervan has some amazing deals on reference books. They include volumes in the excellent ZECNT series: Galatians by Thomas Schreiner ($7.99); Matthew by Grant Osborne ($9.99); Ephesians by Clinton Arnold ($7.99); James by Craig Blomberg ($4.99); Luke by David Garland ($9.99). You’ll also find An Old Testament Theology by Bruce Waltke ($9.99); An Introduction to the Old Testament by Tremper Longman ($7.99); Theology of the New Testament by Frank Thielman ($7.99); Church History Volume 1 by Everett Ferguson ($7.99). There are also some volumes in…
  • 7 Reasons Some Churches Experience Revitalization (While Others Don’t)

    Tim
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Thom S. Rainer I have a great love for local congregations. To be sure, I’ve never been in a perfect church. They just don’t exist. But I still love local churches. One of my greatest joys in the past several years has been to see and work with churches that have experienced significant turnaround. While that turnaround is typically evident in attendance numbers, it is much more than that.  I recently categorized those reasons some churches experience revitalization. I then compared them to churches that have not been revitalized. I…
 
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Sin Is Worse Than Hell

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For some, the doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell feels like a divine overreaction. Take Clark Pinnock as an example: “How can Christians possibly project a deity of such cruelty and vindictiveness whose ways include inflicting everlasting torture upon his creatures, however sinful they may have been?” However sinful. The assumption behind Pinnock’s question is that no amount or degree of wickedness could justify conscious torment without end. For this reason, Pinnock proposes a modified view of hell in which the ungodly pass out of existence after a period of suffering. But what…
  • God Is in the Grocery Aisle

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m the grocery shopper in our family. I walk the aisles of choices and read the labels, searching the food, trying to discern facts from fiction. This regular responsibility comes with some regular fears about making the wrong choices in what I feed my family. I hear the warnings in the news and read about them online. The consequences of choosing poorly can be paralyzing. What if my decisions somehow were sentencing our family to stunted growth or lower immunity or sickness or cancer or even death? It’s sad, but sometimes I allow the food in my cart cart to label me. If I walk down the…
  • Ode to the Church

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    There she stands in splendor, secure on the arm of her Father, adorned in brilliant white for her husband. The music sounds and beckons their short passage down the aisle. Once she had been disgraced and dirty, unholy and seemingly unlovable. Now she walks without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Now she moves in spectacular holiness, beautiful and without blemish. She played the hellion and the whore. She had followed the course of the world as a daughter of disobedience. She was dead in her trespasses and sins. But her Father, ever rich in mercy, loved her with an extraordinary love. He…
  • Have You Lost Your Love?

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    It was an unforgettable moment. For those of you who attended the Desiring God National Conference back in 2010, Francis Chan’s hour-long talk, “Think Hard, Stay Humble,” is likely still fixed in your memory. It’s one worth dropping somewhere on your calendar and hitting “Repeat: Yearly; Ends: Never.” Chan, speaking to a room full of thinking-types, asked us a simple question: “Do you love like you used to?” He understands the insidious pull in the course of learning that gradually yanks us from a warm life of love to a cold life of truncated knowledge. Somehow, he explains,…
  • Biblical Counseling for the Great Commission

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is a simple plea that those of you whom God is calling to be biblical counselors consider your counseling as a way of reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. In Ephesus Paul said, “A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Might biblical counseling be a wide door for some of you into the greatest cause in the world? I was prompted to write this because of my recent trip to Japan. For three days Don Carson, Michael Oh, and I spoke sequentially and simultaneously in…
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Hope Reborn on Dr Michael Brown’s Line of Fire

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A few days ago Dr Michael L Brown interviewed me on his radio show, The Line of Fire. We spoke about Hope Reborn, and he mentioned he had sent a copy to a listener who had called in wanting to become a Christian. I really enjoyed our conversation, and I trust you will too: The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Will YOU offer the gift of Hope?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    It has started to happen. People have been buying copies of Hope Reborn to give away, and as a result some people have become Christians. Today I received the following DM on Twitter: “Encouragement! I’ve given 2 copies of Hope Reborn to 2 Alpha graduates. Both gave their lives to Jesus after reading half the book! [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Revelation TV interview: my story and Hope Reborn

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    I found filming this interview very emotional. Indeed, at one point I was close to tears. I was asked to share my testimony of conversion, and we spoke about the role that my tent preaching grandfather and prophecy had in shaping my life and ministry. When we turned to discuss Hope Reborn, it struck me that this [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Piper responds to Patheos authors’ disagreement over Romans 7

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    John Piper has responded to what he calls our “gracious demurring” on the man of Romans 7 during the conference here and here, and my previous post on the subject. I love that he took the time to explain his position further, and that we are all able to discuss these matters as brothers and friends.  He [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • “The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don’t also reject the way God works by raising up men to [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

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

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

    Steve McCoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I watched this as research for a project I'm working on. Awesome.
  • Fear(s) of the Dark

    Steve McCoy
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I haven't seen the full Fear(s) of the Dark film, but this Richard McGuire clip is a lot of fun. Turn the lights off and bring in the kids too.
  • Lots-o-Links 9.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Palomino Blackwing Pearl is probably the greatest pencil I've ever used. If you've never tried them, wowwy you are in for a treat. Pick up a pack.Austin Kleon has made clipboards look like an interesting as a part of office design.This is one of my favorite themes: it’s not that I have a need and then I seek out the right tool for it, but most of the time, having a tool lying around (like a row of clipboards) will inspire me to find some use for it.Where Have All The Poets Gone?We need our poets now more than ever. In fact, they should be on the front lines — at rallies and marches…
 
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    Worship Matters

  • Prepare Him Room Giveaway Contest Winners!

    Bob Kauflin
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Thanks to all those who participated in the Prepare Him Room giveaway contest. I learned a few things along the way. 1. People can have a hard time counting to 50, or else the joy of commenting on a post can cause a person to wax eloquent and ignore silly contest rules, e.g., a 50 word limit. 2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a really popular Christmas song. 3. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day has more content than I thought. I had forgotten how meaningful the words are: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,…
  • Win a Free Download of Prepare Him Room!

    Bob Kauflin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    In another post I shared the story behind our new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. Now you can be one of ten people who can win a free digital copy. Here’s the deal. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Christmas carol and why in 50 words or less. You can enter three times. I’ll pick some of the most creative answers as winners and the rest at random. How many random comments I pick depends on how many creative responses I get! You have until midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to enter. I’ll announce the winners around noon (EST) on Wednesday, October 1. We’ll…
  • Prepare Him Room Releases Today!

    Bob Kauflin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In June of 2013 I received an email from my friend, Marty Machowski. Marty serves on the pastoral team of Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Church near Philadelphia. He has writes children’s books and devotionals, most notably The Gospel Story Bible. Marty asked me if Sovereign Grace Music wanted to produce an album to accompany an Advent devotional and curriculum he had written for New Growth Press. I was instantly intrigued by the idea. Our first and only Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, came out in 2006 and I thought we were long overdue…
  • The Gathering: Coming to New Orleans Next Weekend

    Bob Kauflin
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    In 2011, Sovereign Grace Music recorded The Gathering, a collection of 15 songs that walk through the flow of the gospel and our response to it. Among others, the album included Greater Than We Can Imagine, Shine Into Our Night, Show Us Christ, and All I Have is Christ. The idea for the project had its origins in Bryan Chapell’s excellent book, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice. Chapell makes the case from Scripture, history, and our personal need that, “Corporate worship is nothing more, and nothing less, than a re-presentation of the gospel in the…
  • The Unbelievable – Acoustic Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    This coming Monday, Sept. 29, our second Christmas album, Prepare Him Room, is coming out. And we’re pretty excited. I’ve been breaking all my rules for “no Christmas music before Thanksgiving” and loving it. In preparation for the album, we’ve put together four acoustic videos to preview some of the songs. They aren’t the versions that went on the album, but they give you an idea of what to expect. The Unbelievable is the fourth video we recorded, written by my good friends Steve and Vikki Cook. We’re so familiar with nativities, carols, and the…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Dealing with Loss.

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

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Flashback Friday: Water Street Mission

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

  • Fall in Athens County

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Can you guess who that is in the pumpkin?  Details below. Welcome to the World Series of Christian news and opinion stories. Two teams: People who are screaming to be heard, and people with stories they wish we didn’t know. Just in time for Halloween: Ten reasons why the resurrected Jesus was not a zombie. On the same theme, I’m not sure about calling this a Christian horror movie. In more movie news, “an EMT tells a dying construction worker about Jesus, resulting in a legal battle.” The creators of God’s Not Dead are working on a new movie about religious…
  • The Protestant Kid and The Crucifix

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Yes, this is the third time around for this column, but it’s been four years… When I was in the sixth grade, my friend Jimmy Moss and his family moved to Morristown, New Jersey, where he later decided that his life calling was to enter the priesthood. I have never seen Jimmy since. I doubt very much he goes by ‘Jimmy’ now. “Father Jimmy?” Okay, it’s possible. Jimmy’s family were Catholic. I know that because we had several discussions about it. Not so much Jimmy and I. Mostly my parents and I. It was considered necessary that I know a little…
  • The Fright Industry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    They appeared just after Labor Day.  Pop-up retail stores in strip malls and indoor centers dedicated wholly to the evening of October 31st. Pop-up retail is not for the faint of heart. It involves a certain amount of portability in terms of inventory and fixtures, but you’re still installing cash registers and point of sale terminals, hiring staff and presumably obtaining liability insurance; all with a less than 60-day sales window. In the U.S. and Canada, there is now big money in Halloween. It doubled between 2005 and 2011 in a way that other holidays did not. But numbers vary with…
  • Give Me This Mountain

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Numbers 14:24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. I thought it would be refreshing to include another Graham Kendrick song here as we head into another week. This song is based on a story in Joshua 14 where Caleb boldly comes before the Lord and asks for victory in battle. Instead, I ended up posting an entire devotion on it yesterday at Christianity 201!  (Click the link to read it in full.) Here’s the song.  
  • Catch a Falling Star

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
      I started immersing myself in the Christian blogosphere at least a year before beginning to write my own, so I’m guessing it’s been at least nine years now. During that time I have unfortunately been made aware of the different tribes that exist among my fellow believers, and the degree to which tribal convictions isolate us from each other. While I enjoy the exchange of ideas that can pleasantly take place among those of divergent views, I have also seen firsthand the dismissive attitude that plagues attempts at conversation between people of differing doctrinal positions.
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “All About Love” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 22:34-46

    Stephanie Fernandez
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 22:34-46 where Jesus teaches about “The Greatest Commandment.”  It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 20th Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 22:34-46. Opening Activity – All About Love – Love Messages In this variation of Telephone, the kids will send messages 3 different ways. Phone Call – Have the kids sit in a circle and very quietly…
  • 7 Things That Drive Ministry Volunteers Crazy

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    A few months ago, I wrote an article called 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy. So many folks responded to the humorous punch list, that I followed that up with 6 More Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy. (Thanks by the way for all the shares, likes and comments you gave us.) It was kind of cathartic to finally share collectively what many kids’ pastors wished everyone knew. As I mentioned before though, we love everyone and this is meant to be a fun list, not an angry indictment against the church. (LOL) From the buckets of sticky gummy worms to the…
  • Books of the Bible: Word Search & Find Puzzles

    Felicia Mollohan
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Download these free Word Search Puzzles to help children learn the Books of the Bible. Each of these printable seek & find style worksheets displays a group of Bible books. All the downloads have answer keys too. All files below are in PDF format. The first option includes all five puzzles in one download. Use these worksheets in your children’s Sunday School when you have extra time and need an easy review activity. Download Links Below All 5 worksheets in one download Books of the Bible Word Search #1 Books of the Bible Word Search #2 Books of the Bible Word Search #3 Books of…
  • December / Christmas Bible Reading Calendar

    Felicia Mollohan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    For the month of December, I have created a Bible Reading Calendar for the children in my class. I really want to get them into the habit of reading their Bible, and what better way than to have them reading the Christmas story? As you can see in the calendar, the children will be reading only a few verses each day. I did this so that it wasn’t too overwhelming for the children. Also, if they miss a day, it won’t be that hard to make it up. The point is to get them in their Bibles and read the Christmas story for themselves. Click here to download I have made the calendar without…
  • Gospel Games for Fall Fun

    Kristin Schmidt
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    With Halloween fast approaching, many churches and schools have their own take on how to celebrate (or avoid) the holiday. There are “harvest celebrations,” “Trunk-or-treats,” “Hallelujah instead…” Since we have been blessed with a spirit of joyous love, and not fear, it is only right that we allow celebration and fun at this time of year, but with a faithful intent. As Christians, we have access to an amazing source of supernatural stories…the Bible! Here we see dead men come to life, demonic pigs run off a cliff, water turn to blood (and wine!), Holy spirit tongues of fire,…
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    Man of Depravity

  • 30 for 30

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

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

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

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

    Tyler
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    David ends his well known Psalm 139 with the phrase, “lead me in the way everlasting.” For most Christians this is a prayer they would claim for themselves. Christians desire to follow God’s direction and leading. Rightfully so. God’s way is the right way, so listening and discerning His movement is vital for fulfilling His desire for your life.  But what gets lost when we throw out this desire as our end goal is the difficult process it takes to get there. Just previous to the “lead me” statement David says, “See if there is any offensive way in…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 3 Righteousness

    paulwnewell
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 2 Truth

    paulwnewell
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 1 Silence and Solitude

    paulwnewell
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Life Between Sundays: 4 How To Really Enjoy Your Family

    paulwnewell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Life Between Sundays: 3 Workplace Violence (When I Hate My Job)

    paulwnewell
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
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    Cameron Smith Creative

  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

    admin
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Ecclisastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” I love that verse because it’s speaks so clearly to creativity and making art. I once had a college professor tell me “The art of Creativity is the ABILITY to copy.” So, a few weeks ago we tore a page out of Jimmy Fallon’s book and put together this little video. From the start, this was a GREAT team effort. We clearly have a pretty talented group of musicans here, so that definitely made things easier. They handled the musical arrangement of…
  • ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
  • The Experience

    admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
  • Beautiful Storytelling

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Wow… this is storytelling at it’s finest. Bravo, Starbucks for making this move and telling the story of these folks in such a powerful way. I learned a LOT as a storyteller in these 5 minutes.
  • Breaking Through

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Have you ever been in a brainstorming session and just feel like you’ve run head on into a solid brick wall? I know I have. In fact, it seems to happen quite frequently. For me and my team, the typical brainstorm session looks like this: 1st 10 minutes – LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. 2nd 10 minutes – SOME good ideas. And then…….slowly…..but surely….. the ideas begin to fade. We get stuck. We hit the wall and silence falls over the room. Now what? For me, this can often be the_most_painful experience in my job. I loathe these moments. Not only because they can…
 
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    Kevin Campbell

  • Where Do You Go When You Can’t Find God?

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

    Kevin Campbell
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I was at Torrey Pines Beach the other day when it was cloudy. Even though it was cloudy, it didn’t make me question the existence of the sun. I knew the sun was there. I just couldn’t see it because of the clouds. The problem wasn’t the sun but the clouds. When clouds occur in your life, don’t let them question the existence of your God. Let it simply serve as a reminder of the reality of your clouds. We all struggle with seeing God at points in our lives. What keeps you from seeing God? Clouds That Keep Us From Seeing God: – My Circumstances. Isaiah 38:14…
  • How Do I Know God Exists?

    Kevin Campbell
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We continued our You Asked For It series on Sunday at Elevate Church. We answered the question – “How Can I Know God Exists Even When I Can’t See Him?” Everyone struggles at times with recognizing God’s presence or wondering if He even cares. Watch this message to learn three ways God shows Himself to you when you need it and when you least expect it: How Can I Know That God Exists? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: VIDEO: God Always Answers Hunger GOOD FRIDAY: No Resurrection Without The CROSS Our Grand Opening
  • You Asked For It Week 1: Forgiveness

    Kevin Campbell
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    We opened our You Asked For It series at Elevate talking about one of the major questions – “How Do I Forgive When Hurt So Badly?” All of us have been hurt in life whether intentionally or unintentionally. It hurts. It stings. It lingers. How do we overcome it? Check out the message below or right here to find out How to forgive even when you don’t feel like you can: YAFI wk1 from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: FIVE Reasons We Don’t Forgive When Hurt Final Week In Our 21 Days of Prayer You Asked For It
  • FIVE Reasons We Don’t Forgive When Hurt

    Kevin Campbell
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    We are in a message series called You Asked For It at Elevate Church. Last Sunday, we answered “How To FORGIVE when hurt so badly?” Forgiveness is often one of the hardest things for us to do. Withholding forgiveness is also one of the biggest hindrances to God’s amazing work and plan within our relationships. Unforgiveness leads to broken marriages, children with wounded hearts, and leaves us STUCK in the past. Matthew 6 says, Forgive us our debts,
 as we also have forgiven our debtors. 14,15: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly…
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Starting with the why – how to inspire action

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Power of being Remarkable

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

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

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

    bradlomenick
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Here you go, the September edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s editions here. 1. Journey Smollett-Bell- LA based actress, best known for playing Jess on the hit show Friday Night Lights. 2. Brian Carpenter- founder of Refuge Foundation in Billings, MT, an incredible fishing and hunting leadership ministry. 3. Trevor Knight- current quarterback of my beloved Oklahoma Sooners! 4. Jessica Honneger- founder and chief dreamer of Austin based Noonday Collection, a clothing and jewelry org that is creating economic impact for the vulnerable around the world…
  • 5 Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

    bradlomenick
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    One of my favorite Old Testament leaders is Nehemiah. He was a government worker in the employment of a foreign administration. A high ranking worker no doubt. A leader. A cupbearer to the King. Trusted and respected. Then he became a building contractor, called in to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Through the story of the Old Testament book, we can discover a few of the leadership qualities that he possessed. 1. Compassion- when learning of the condition of the wall and of his people, Nehemiah wept. 2. Conviction- he understood that loyalty to his country and to his people in Jerusalem…
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 95: The three levels of catechesis every RCIA team must know

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

    Nick Wagner
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Diana and I recently attended the 2014 Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and we heard a presentation by Fr. Paul Turner on the current status of the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the United States. … Continue reading →
  • Episode 94: An onsite report about the FDLC consultation

    Jen Pardo
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In this special podcast, Nick and Diana meet with TeamRCIA member Rita Burns Senseman to discuss the recent consultation on the National Statutes for the Catechumenate.     Listen to these additional podcasts:    
  • What is a catechist school?

    Mary Birmingham
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Emily, the RCIA director, stood to introduce longtime parishioner Walter to witness to the catechumens about God’s intervention in his life. God miraculously restored him to health after doctors told him he would die in a matter of weeks. Walter’s … Continue reading →
  • Episode 93: Baptized into the priesthood of Christ

    Jen Pardo
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    In this episode, we talk about how baptism incorporates us into the priesthood of Christ. And “Did you know?” that there is an anointing after baptism that is different than confirmation? Also, Nick and Diana answer a listener question, “Can … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Life Is About More than Keeping Our Lists

    Brandon
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    I have lots of lists. And you probably do too. We have lists of the things we are supposed to do right, the things we aren’t supposed to do wrong, and of course the list of ways we’ve failed to keep the other two lists. But life is about way more than keeping lists. Somewhere along the way, we’ve been taught rules, and rules are good. Rules and commandments are like boundaries for a life lived in wisdom and safety. And even though God gave us plenty of rules, He never intended a single one of them to be a means of earning His favor. In fact, one of the primary purposes of…
  • From Condemnation to Confidence

    Brandon
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn’t want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of speaking rather clearly through His word about all the reasons we get to be so confident. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he outlines a multitude of reasons why everything is different once we place our faith in Jesus Christ. He said, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have…
  • On the Cross, Jesus Won

    Brandon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Sometimes, the story of Jesus is depicted in odd ways. In various on-screen or onstage representations of the gospel, we see Satan enjoying a momentary victory when Jesus was crucified, only to have his gloating spoiled by the resurrection. But I don’t think for a second Satan believed the cross was his own victory. In fact, I believe Satan worked extremely hard to prevent the cross from ever happening. He understood redemption better than anyone, and would do anything to stop it. The cross wasn’t a place of defeat for Jesus. It was a moment of victory. Paul wrote that “He…
  • Defining Spiritual Maturity

    Brandon
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    How is it that some people can be born again, faithful church members for many decades and act so immaturely under pressure or in conflict while others who have been believers such a short time seem to reflect Christ so well? It’s because spiritual maturity isn’t defined chronologically. It doesn’t matter so much how long you’ve been a Christian. It matters whether you’ve been growing while a Christian. I love the way Tony Evans states it his book Time To Get Serious… So what is maturity? Very simply, it is coming to the place where you think, judge, and…
  • God Is A Finisher

    Brandon
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I’m a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In Genesis 3, sin entered the picture of humanity and by the end of the chapter, God had issued a permanent promise of redemption through the “seed” of the woman (Jesus, the Messiah). Then for thousands of years, that promise was threatened repeatedly. Satan was on the heels of God’s people all the way to the…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Beyond Christmas

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

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

    Peter Mead
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Peter Sanlon is vicar of St. Mark’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, and author of Simply God: Recovering the Classical Trinity (IVP, 2014) and Augustine’s Theology of Preaching (Fortress, 2014).  I am currently enjoying Peter’s book on Augustine’s Theology of Preaching and am really thankful for the snapshot he offers in this post of the riches to be found in spending time with Augustine! _________________________________ The first ever book written on preaching, began with a chapter of doctrinal reflection — the topic of Christ’s incarnation loomed large.
  • Webinar on Poetic Literature

    Peter Mead
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    This Thursday I am leading a webinar on “An Introduction to Poetic Literature” at 18:00 GMT.  It is free and if you would like to join, you just need to register on this page. The Union Podcast Interview continues today as I am asked “How is Christ becoming man vital for our salvation?”  (I believe there will be five episodes this week.  I won’t post every day, but will list the links after the series completes.)  
  • Ramesh Richard – Incarnation and Preaching

    Peter Mead
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Ramesh Richard serves as leader of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health, as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as General Convener of the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, DV, June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Richard’s Preparing Expository Sermons was named in the top 25 most influential preaching books of the last 25 years by Preaching magazine.  I am thankful to Ramesh for this thoughtful contribution to the Guest Series on the Incarnation – what is it that distinguishes the…
 
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  • Leaders focus relentlessly

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

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

    samluce
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    What every parent needs to have spiritual conversations is an understanding that our job is to distill truth and not simplifying truth. The temptation we have when talking about spiritual things with our kids is we lean toward simplifying ideas for them and not distilling truth behind those ideas. Let me explain I have always loved science I never did so good in math but science I did very well in. When you simplify something in science or in nature what you do is you add stuff to dilute the base. You pour in water to a concentrated drink to dilute and simplify. The result is a watered down…
  • Free books from Logos

    samluce
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    If you read books and you should. You should be looking for free books. Logos gives away a free book every month from various authors. Then to make something good even better they offer another offering by that author for only .99 cents. Octobers offering from Logos is from Jürgen Moltmann’s work “The Crucified God” and for .99 Logos is offering “The Theology of Hope.” Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen, and author of several books. Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope is a theological…
  • Orange Week: KEEP KIDS FROM GETTING STUCK

    samluce
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    As a pastor and parent I want to keep my kids from getting stuck. One of the things I am constantly challenged to do by the people at Orange is to think different about how do I engage with my family and with the families in my church. I have had the privilege of hearing Reggie Joiner speak on several occasions and I am always challenged impacted and changed. I leave every Orange Conference or Orange Tour event thinking. How can I bring this home in a practical way to keep my kids from getting stuck and to help the families of our church from getting stuck. How we practically walk out in our…
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  • Reminder to F O C U S

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

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

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

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

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

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I love my job. I spent about 11 years as a Children’s Pastor and nearly seven as a NextGen Pastor. I feel like I’m pretty good at what I do. I was made for this. I’ve turned around ministries and built people and programs that have reached thousands. My passion to do what I do so well leads me to work hard. If I can be honest, I constantly struggle with working harder than I should. Sometimes I work on the weekend. Frequently I work in the evenings after everyone has gone to bed. It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s a part of who I am. But there’s a flaw. As good as I feel…
  • The reason you will never have what you need

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Several weeks ago I attended the Catalyst One Day hosted at a local church. Content delivered by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel left me with dozens of ideas to process, but one single thought has returned to the surface more than the others – something Craig mentioned. He explained how church leaders often say things like, “Our volunteers will never show up at the time when we need them,” or “Families don’t seem to care about the resources we’re creating for them.” He described that these statement are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective. What we should say…
  • Systems: Don’t forget about the human element

    Kenny
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I LOVE systems. I LOVE the efficiency. I LOVE the productivity. I LOVE the automation. However, there is a very dangerous side to every system and I see the negative impact of a strong process all the time. Sometime the system is elevated above the people. We’re in ministry, which is the people business. Sometimes people don’t fit into our system. Their personalities and habits are completely unpredictable and they don’t do what we expect. They pop out of the plan and process we’re “working” and then we get irritated. We say things like, “Why…
  • Don’t ignore your system

    Kenny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Recently I’ve written a lot about systems and processes. I love a good system and I’m always looking for a tool or trick that makes me better by taking myself out of the equation. However, I’ve learned that there’s another side of the coin when it comes to systems. There are some things to be aware of and I’ll start with this little idea. You have systematically thought through a problem. You created a system to take into account all the variables. You have a process that efficiently does what you created it to do. Whatever you do: Don’t ignore your system!
  • FOR SALE: Awesome Kid’s Welcome Center

    Kenny
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Eight years ago, Gateway Church opened the doors in NW Austin to a new facility which included a kid’s ministry building. The ministry “Kids Quest” had an “explorers/adventure” theme which was expressed throughout the building through many murals and 3D features. The centerpiece of our theme was expressed through our check-in/welcome area boat. It’s very impressive. This boat was custom built as a check-in desk that could be manned by 4-5 volunteers and contains an incredible amount of storage in all the cabinets below the counters. Well, we’re doing…
 
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  • Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising

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

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

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

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

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In-House Financing Explained With so many Americans suffering from debt and poor credit scores, in-house financing car dealers are becoming increasingly popular. Working with in house financing car dealers doesn’t come without its cons and risks, such as increased down payments, interest rates, and repossession rates. However, those who are able to look past these flaws and who are willing to make their payments on time now have a chance to finance a vehicle without a high credit score. What Is It? In-house financing car dealers are dealerships who offer financing deals on their cars…
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  • Meet the Chestnut Praline Latte, Starbucks' First New Drink in 5 Years

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Great news for people who like the idea of drinking coffee but don't actually enjoy coffee itself, Starbucks has announced plans to release a new flavor and, with it, another opportunity to exercise seasonal dominance a la pumpkin spice. Yes, the chestnut praline latte will be released nationwide on November 12, which ought to excite anybody who actually knows what chestnuts taste like, and provided they actually like the taste. The drink, which is associated with coffee only because it comes from a company who claims to serve coffee, was already tested in select markets and is now ready to…
  • The Story Behind Houston’s Sermon Subpoena

    jessec
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Does Houston really have a problem? For the last week, you’ve probably seen headlines involving the city of Houston subpoenaing the sermons of local pastors. Because of the sensational nature of the story—and possible implications for religious liberty and the freedom of speech—the news has ignited a firestorm of controversy fueled by opinions from social media, cable news personalities and political bloggers. But like most hot-button news items, the full story is complex and nuanced, with more at stake than a city simply being legally able to subpoena a church’s sermon notes.
  • Amy Poehler's Next Project: A Church-Themed Comedy

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As Parks & Rec gets ready to bow out of its delightful run, its stars are gearing up for other projects. Long careers seem assured for the likes of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott, but what of beloved team leader Amy Poehler? Well, it turns out she'll be re-teaming with Parks & Rec executive producer and staff writer Aisha Muharrar to write a new single-cam comedy for NBC, and the premise is one that might interest you. It will center around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church building and a bevy of wild and wacky…
  • Where's the Line When It Comes to Dark and Violent Media?

    eddiekaufholz
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How far is too far? Hey Eddie, I have been a fan of fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons since I was 12 years old. However, now since giving my life to Christ I hear and read a lot of things by religious leaders condemning these games I have come to enjoy. Are these games still OK to play as a Christian or do they really lead us onto the path of evil? - Derek
  • CDC Says NBC Cameraman Is Now Ebola-Free

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    The freelance journalist who was working as an NBC cameraman in Liberia has officially been declared free of the Ebola virus after receiving treatment in Nebraska. For the last two weeks, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo has been in a special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, but will soon be released. On Twitter, Mukpo said, “Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.” TV’s Dr. Snyderman received criticism from the public after she was spotted outside of her home during a voluntary…
 
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  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    David
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    As a pastor and a Father I am always looking for books I can read my sons for story time. Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist is a wonderful book filled with some of the more memorable bible stories for your son or daughter to hear. My son loves to get mail addressed to him, so this book was a “sure thing” for me as accompanying each story is a folded flap “love letter” that can be personally addressed to your child at the top. Of course, I should note that this isn’t a Bible or a Bible reader, it is a “story book” so all of the excerpts are…
  • The First Christmas Ever

    David
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    As a father and a pastor I am always looking for good books to read to my son. With the holidays coming up, I wanted to check out The First Christmas Ever by Dennis Jones. My son has the “Read with me Bible” and we both really love his illustrations. Well, turns out this new Christmas book is just the pages lifted directly from the Read With Me Bible. So if you have the Bible already.. you already have this paperback. Nothing new has been added. Also as a paperback this is a very thin book, it’s more like one of those cheap schoolastic leaflet books your kids get in school.
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  • Leadership And Your Ego

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lauren Hunter
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    There are many church management software solutions on the market, to say the least. It can be overwhelming for churches to find an offering that fits their style, needs, and budget. From time to time we focus on some of the lesser known and start-up software companies because they’re often newer to the market and have a fresh approach to church management software (ChMS). While the five companies listed below are not all “new,” many of them are “newer” in that they were launched less than five years ago and serve churches of different sizes and scope from church…
  • 2 Ways to Blur the Sacred-Secular Divide

    Lauren Hunter
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Barna Group recently reported (February 2014) that three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) say they are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Whether female or male, in ministry, or in secular work, people crave meaning in their lives. I recently attended a Western Seminary event where Dr. Scott B. Rae, Ph. D., professor at Talbot School of Theology and author of numerous books, addressed this very topic: the sacred-secular divide. I wrestled with this concept early in my career after 10 years while working at the then Silicon Valley-based start-up, Christianity.com. Previously I had…
  • Internet Facts for 2014 [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Despite thinking most of the World we live in embrace the Internet with many people using it on a daily basis on their mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You will be surprised that out of the 7 billion people who inhabit the Earth just 2.4 billion actually use the Internet. What’s even more jaw-dropping is that 1.7 billion of the Internet’s users come from Asia, which shows that they have positively adopted this technology. So what do we use the Internet for? Well it’s no second guessing that social media tends to be up there at the top and every 60 seconds 72 hours of…
  • 8 Arguments Against Using Social Media

    Karl Vaters
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    If you’re not using social media, you’re not pastoring your church as well as you could. Whenever I say that in a minister’s conference I make some pastors mad. And I’m OK with that. Because I also get looks of relief and whispers of “thank you” from staff members and volunteers. They’ve exhausted themselves trying to convince their lead pastors to get on social media, so they’re grateful when an old coot like me backs them up. I’m probably safe stating the need for social media here, because the fact that you’re reading my blog means you’re already connected. But if…
  • TechSoup Software Donation Program Saves Churches Thousands

    Lauren Hunter
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1987 on the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. Its mission is to empower every nonprofit and non-governmental organization (NGO) with technology and resources to achieve their full potential. Last September, Microsoft changed its donation policy to benefit churches. We basically run the software donation program for big tech companies like Microsoft, Symatec, Adobe, Intuit, etc.” states Jeff Grube. TechSoup offers a variety of resources for faith-based organizations. Best known for discounted and…
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  • Life Is About More than Keeping Our Lists

    Brandon
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    I have lots of lists. And you probably do too. We have lists of the things we are supposed to do right, the things we aren’t supposed to do wrong, and of course the list of ways we’ve failed to keep the other two lists. But life is about way more than keeping lists. Somewhere along the way, we’ve been taught rules, and rules are good. Rules and commandments are like boundaries for a life lived in wisdom and safety. And even though God gave us plenty of rules, He never intended a single one of them to be a means of earning His favor. In fact, one of the primary purposes of…
  • From Condemnation to Confidence

    Brandon
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn’t want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of speaking rather clearly through His word about all the reasons we get to be so confident. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he outlines a multitude of reasons why everything is different once we place our faith in Jesus Christ. He said, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have…
  • On the Cross, Jesus Won

    Brandon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Sometimes, the story of Jesus is depicted in odd ways. In various on-screen or onstage representations of the gospel, we see Satan enjoying a momentary victory when Jesus was crucified, only to have his gloating spoiled by the resurrection. But I don’t think for a second Satan believed the cross was his own victory. In fact, I believe Satan worked extremely hard to prevent the cross from ever happening. He understood redemption better than anyone, and would do anything to stop it. The cross wasn’t a place of defeat for Jesus. It was a moment of victory. Paul wrote that “He…
  • Defining Spiritual Maturity

    Brandon
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    How is it that some people can be born again, faithful church members for many decades and act so immaturely under pressure or in conflict while others who have been believers such a short time seem to reflect Christ so well? It’s because spiritual maturity isn’t defined chronologically. It doesn’t matter so much how long you’ve been a Christian. It matters whether you’ve been growing while a Christian. I love the way Tony Evans states it his book Time To Get Serious… So what is maturity? Very simply, it is coming to the place where you think, judge, and…
  • God Is A Finisher

    Brandon
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I’m a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In Genesis 3, sin entered the picture of humanity and by the end of the chapter, God had issued a permanent promise of redemption through the “seed” of the woman (Jesus, the Messiah). Then for thousands of years, that promise was threatened repeatedly. Satan was on the heels of God’s people all the way to the…
 
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  • Liberty Sisterhood makes a difference with Covenant House on November 7

    Emily Kirkendoll
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    SHE awakes. Opening her eyes, she does not see the life she dreamed of. This is not the place she imagined living when she was a little girl. New York City is her home. SHE lives here, but her bed is on the streets. When she awakes, SHE has no one to turn to, nowhere to […] Related posts: Liberty Sisterhood Launch – Thur Sept 29th Liberty Sisterhood Gathering on May 2nd Sisterhood Cause Party : November 6th
  • Coming Up in October

    Emily Kirkendoll
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Find out what’s happening in church life and how you can get involved: Visionaries Gathering, October 2nd // Zimbabwe Missions Trip, October 6th – 15th // Worship Night, October 29th // Visionaries Retreat, November 14th – 15th // Liberty Sisterhood, November 7th // Liberty City October Spotlight   Visionaries Gathering | Thursday, October 2nd Visionaries is a community […] Related posts: Rethink:Possible—Visionaries Gathering October 2nd Another Reason to Attend Visionaries Retreat: Brant Cryder of Saint Laurent Visionaries
  • An update from our missionaries, Gethin and Bex Amoss

    Emily Kirkendoll
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Just over a year ago, Liberty Church sent out its first missionaries through our partner organization, Children’s Cup. Gethin and Bex Amoss are family, a part of our church that moved to Swaziland to support our flourishing community in Sauerstown, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They are training to be part of the team on the ground […] Related posts: Ministry Training Program Launched In Zimbabwe Come To Zimbabwe With Us This November Spring 2014 Missions Trip: Zimbabwe
  • Another Reason to Attend Visionaries Retreat: Brant Cryder of Saint Laurent

    Emily Kirkendoll
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you weren’t at our October 2nd Visionaries gathering, you missed the huge announcement of our third guest speaker at the 2014 Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY. Brant Cryder—currently the president of luxury fashion house Saint Laurent—has been a fashion executive for brands including Prada, Armani, and Saks Fifth Avenue. As a believer, Brant sees […] Related posts: Visionaries Retreat – Guest Speaker Aaron Walters Visionaries Retreat Registrations Reopened with Guest Speaker Scott Harrison Invitation to Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14-15
  • “Let There Be Life” Parker Green – Podcast

    Molly
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Parker Green preached this message, “Let There Be Life” at our 5 and 7pm services in Union Square on September 28, 2014. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “Who Is My Neighbor?” Parker Green – Podcast “Look At Me” – Parker Green – Podcast “Life and Death” Paul Andrew – Podcast
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  • Yesterday’s Big Idea (Literally)

    Mark Howell
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I think this is a big idea.  You might already be on to it, but it was big to me. Usually, when I tell you about the latest and greatest idea it’s pretty well baked.  That is, we’ve already tested it or we’re about to tweak a strategy that we think you might like to know about.  Yesterday at Day 2 of re:group I heard something that I think connects a pretty important dot.  And I want to bring you along on the idea as it unfolds. Here’s the scoop: On Day 1 of re:group, in a breakout called “Clearing the Path for Community” by Chris Kim, we caught the…
  • Andy Stanley on “Matters of the Heart”

    Mark Howell
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I am at re:group today.  Yesterday’s main session was so good and so important I thought I’d better let you in on one of my most important takeaways. In Andy Stanley’s main session to start the conference, he used a series of statements to make a point that all of us–every single one of us–need to know.  Not only do we all need to know this, we all need to figure out more and better ways to use this knowledge to persuade everyone to get connected. "Community is not optional. It is critical. What you do is not optional. It is critical." Andy Stanley Andy built…
  • 5 Main Causes of “Failure to Thrive” in Small Group Ministry

    Mark Howell
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Failure to thrive is a term used primarily in pediatric medicine “to indicate insufficient weight gain or inappropriate weight loss.” Because I write so often about building a thriving small group ministry, failure to thrive seemed like a good term for a small group ministry that struggles or where growth is stunted or blocked.  There is a short list of primary causes for a small group ministry that has a failure to thrive. Here are the 5 main causes I’ve identified for failure to thrive: An inadequate model: This underlying cause of failure to thrive is rarely diagnosed.
  • Growth’s Conterintuitive First Step

    Mark Howell
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    What do you do when you’re trying to grow your ministry?  Read a book?  Go to a conference?  Hire a consultant?  Brainstorm? According to Peter Drucker, “The first step in a growth policy is not to decide where and how to grow.  It is to decide what to abandon (Inside Drucker’s Brain, p. 101).” Peter Drucker had a lot to say about purposeful abandonment.  In my view, it was one of his most important ideas.  The essence of the idea is that “planned, purposeful abandonment of the old and of the unrewarding is a prerequisite to successful pursuit of the new and…
  • Quotebook: Steve Jobs on Change

    Mark Howell
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I love this line from the 2005 Stanford commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Only an enduring small group pastor makes it to the finish line.  And only the constant learner can look in the mirror and know when a change is in the wind. Top 10 Posts for September, 2014 2013's…
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  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

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

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here.Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes). I'll admit up front--I am a huge fan of the Dardennes brothers and their films. Like modern-day parables, the Dardennes films are simple stories embodying profound moral and spiritual themes. Two Days, One Night follows this structure, focusing on Sandra (Marion Cotillard) and her struggle to keep her job. Her employer offers her co-workers a…
 
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  • Top 3 Reasons I Am Here or My Goals

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

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

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

    RevCollins
    1 Feb 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I love this song and this singer! Enjoy! The post Kari Jobe – Revelation appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: Kari Jobe: We Are (acoustic version) Casting Crowns – Just Another Birthday Gungor-Beautiful Things YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • The Foundation of Thanksgiving

    RevCollins
    25 Nov 2013 | 5:59 pm
    As we begin to approach the American Holiday of Thanksgiving, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the true reason for giving thanks to God. The holiday is a celebration of the wonderful accomplishments that humanity can carry out when we lay aside our differences and work together for a common goal. The Native Americans took time to help the Plymouth colonists to survive and flourish in this new land they had come to in trying to escape religious persecution and tyranny. Pastor Peter Courlas of Faith Alive Ministries shares on the Foundation of Thanksgiving. This heartfelt message is…
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  • My Problem With Your Political Opinion

    Rob Shepherd
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    There are few things that are as polarizing as politics or religion. I talk a lot about God on this blog so I’m already a glutton for irrational punishment. Today I’m crossing to the other side. Today I’m writing about politics. Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cause I’m talking politics in here. It’s no secret that I hate politics. I hate the arguing. I hate the way they make the opposing side a villain. I hate how politics separates people. I hate how it’s created sensationalized breaking news stories that have very little to do with…
  • #SeekGod

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    It’s easy for me to share stories about the not so great things my kids do. I have really good kids, but the funny illustrations often involve my son throwing a tantrum or both my kids choosing to run around naked as a jay-bird while hosting company. I hope to work the following into a sermon soon because it was full of awesome. It’s not embarrassing to my kids. It’s full of awesome. We are having some work done on our master bathroom. Last Thursday some friends from church came to work on it. My son started asking questions right away. Hayden: “Daddy, why your…
  • Internet Saftey

    Rob Shepherd
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    I installed Covenant Eyes on my computer.  A while ago I said in a sermon, “If you are a guy and you don’t have Covenant Eyes on your computer you are stupid.” I believe it. Covenant Eyes is Internet accountability. You can set it up to block inappropriate sites, and you can set up an accountability partner to challenge you when you look at porn. It was very awkward to ask my friend to keep me accountable. I asked one of my best friends, Chad Johnson. It went down like this. “I don’t look at porn, but I challenged my church to put Covenant Eyes on their…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Baptism recap, MAD, and bilingual services. It must be time for another Next Level Update… We had baptism on Sunday. It was such an honor to be a part of. It is right up there with my favorite moments for 2014. Wow! You can check out the highlights here. At Next Level we Make A Difference. It’s who we are. We Make A Difference because Jesus has made a difference in us. We make a difference to shine bright in the universe. For the month of October we have a great chance to Make A Difference. It’s a chance to get our hands a little dirty. We can make an assist to another…
  • Movie Review: The Maze Runner

    Rob Shepherd
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    I loved most of the Maze Runner. It was intense. It kept my attention. That says a lot because my wife and I went at 9:20 at night. I fall asleep at 10 PM no matter what. Not on this night. I was too intrigued. In fact I haven’t been this intrigued since watching Lost. So many questions. Great characters. Surprises. But that’s not all the Maze Runner has in common with Lost. The ending left a lot to be desired. I won’t spoil anything for you, but apparently this is based off book 1 of a trilogy. I got to the end of this movie and thought, “Do what? That’s…
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  • Twins day 3

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

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

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

    Richard Wilson
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The regular monthly after church lunch was a special one today, with the international group cooking for everybody, instead of the usual bring and share lunch. The point was that everybody made a donation for the food, with the proceeds going towards helping the several refugees from Pakistan that there are in our church. As well as the eating, there was also the opportunity to hear their story, although by that stage Pinuccia had reached her energy limit, and we went home. But it was great to see the Pakistan people beaming as they found a way to serve the church, distributing their food for…
  • More baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It was another wonderful afternoon on Sunday, with four baptisms from the church at Trento. This time we went to a park next to a lake, where there was lots of space to mingle with the others and celebrate this time together. In fact there were more than 100 adults, from Trento, the church at Rovereto, a lot of Africans as one of the people baptised is from there, as well as other Christians from around the province and friends and relatives. It was also great that it was the day that the missionary pastor until 1998, and who was my mentor as a young missionary at Trento, visited the church.
 
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  • Using Social Media as a Christ Follower: One Principle and Three Questions

    Will Mancini
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    After taking LifeWay Christian Stores through a vision process, I not only shop there often, I go with a different mindset. Their mission is passionately engaging believers on their journey of faith. The big idea is to be an oasis-outfitter. A place that feels at the same time like a refreshing oasis and an REI outfitter, for your spiritual life. Because I’m a father to Abby, my 15-year old daughter, I recently  picked up a new piece of equipment: a book by Kate Conner titled,  Enough: 10 Things we Should be Telling our Teenage Girls. Here is a takeaway that I think brings immediate…
  • 10 Compelling Church Mission Statements (from the Last 10 that I Facilitated)

    Will Mancini
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s exciting to lead a growing team of navigators at Auxano these days. Thirteen years ago I dreamed about the idea that I could actually spend a 40-hour work week just helping church leaders work on things like mission, vision and values. Now we have 8 staff navigators, and a dozen part-time guys who have served over 150 churches in 2014. As a player-coach, I still lead a few processes myself for training purposes or to work with churches specifically that I feel called to. Here are 10 that I have recently worked with in facilitating the mission articulation. 1.  Making much of…
  • Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

    Bob Adams
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    It’s that time of year again… The time when the faint whispers of Autumn are found in loud roars from the gridiron, and when the first colors of Fall are worn on every player’s jersey and in each fan’s heart. It’s football time in America, when an offseason of practice and preparation gives way to team excellence and execution. It’s no different at your church. Do you have a game-plan? Introducing Fall’s most important playbook for church leaders: TeamUP: Top 10 Exercises for Great Team Moments As a reader of this blog, I am offering you free, access to our next TeamUP…
  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

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

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

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

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

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

    Alastair Vance
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    So, my son (whom I still love) updated his Samsung S4 to the latest and greatest Android operating system – Nestle Kit Kat 4.2 or something like that. Anyway… now his Wifi won’t switch on anymore. He’s tried the factory reset method, the battery removal method, the task manager / ram cleaning method with no change at all. The WiFi screen will just hang there before eventually timing out. The only method left that is being suggested is “rooting” the phone with a root kit and deleting the wifi conf file or something.  What the heck? I need some guidance…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 12 Oct 2014 #chaptertwo

    Alastair Vance
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B) Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristen Stanfill (B) Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (B) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (B) Hope’s Anthem – Bethel (B) Beautiful Things – Gungor (D) It’s hard to deny God’s blessing on us as a church as we opened in our new building this weekend — with two services to boot! Super thankful for everyone involved it making this happen. Most of us have skills now we never knew we had. Praying that we use this blessing to have real impact on our neighborhood and city. May we never…
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    19 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The block of cabins I’m holding for our 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise, September 6, 2015, is on Royal Caribbean’s the Allure of the Seas! And she’s been called a destination herself!USA Today had an article in their Sept. 29th edition listing the top 10 cruise lines for night life. They mentioned RCCL first:Royal Caribbean: The line's ships all provide a non-stop nighttime scene, but the action is on steroids on the world's largest ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Watch a real Broadway show or head to the comedy club for laughs or the karaoke bar to show your…
  • Keys to Successful Living by Derek Prince

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

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Genesis 27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”“Here I am,” he answered. 2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” 5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt…
  • Genesis 26

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Genesis 26:1-23 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The Lordappeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all…
 
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  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

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

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

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

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

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

    Ed Mackenzie
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/love-1   The Song of Solomon is a passion-filled, metaphor-rich celebration of the sensuality and intensity of love between a man and a woman, a ‘lover’ and her ‘beloved’. The poem is filled with a range of images which – for all their antiquity – still communicate the ardour of the poem’s protagonists. We might not compare teeth to ewes (4:2) or breasts to fawns (4:5), but we still gain a sense of the passion involved in such imagery. We know what this poem is on about! As others have pointed out, the fact that such a book is…
  • 5 ways to get the best out of #CNMAC14 (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
          A couple of months ago I hosted a ‘Tweetup’ of individuals who look after Church Twitter accounts in Exeter. We had such a wonderful time together, sharing our love for Social Media, our experiences and encouraging each other in the work we do. There’s something about meeting up with like-minded people face to face. Last year I went to the Christian New Media Conference as a attendee and loved talking to people and discovering their passion for reaching the lost with new media. This year I’m a speaker for a workshop entitled ‘Connecting Community’ which I’m…
  • #CNMAC14 Speaker Profile with Dr Sara Batts (@drbattytowers)

    bigbible
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    There’s another excellent line-up for the fifth Christian New Media Conference (1st November 2014, The Brewery, London). With CODEC involved in developing the line-up, we’ve given the speakers the opportunity to answer a few questions: Who are you, what do you do, and how does your story feed into #CNMAC14? I’m Sara Batts, and right now I am in my first term as an ordinand at Westcott House. Before this, I wrote a PhD on how churches use websites and social media. Can you give us a ‘sneak peak’ into your session at #CNMAC14? It will equip those planning or reviewing their…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Devotion (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I wonder what you’re devoted to…  Perhaps it’s a football team, or a shampoo, or an app (Candy Crush, anyone?), or a newspaper, or a mobile phone manufacturer, or … oh, you get the idea.  Whatever you’re devoted to, you’re probably happy to talk about, to wax lyrical about in the company of anyone who’ll listen.  What others might regard as commonplace, you’re able to elevate to dizzy heights in your glowing descriptions. And I feel that perhaps Song of Songs is a bit like that.  The main speakers show utter devotion in describing their…
  • Passionate God, Passionate People (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    credit: http://diosmudanzas.tumblr.com When I realized that my debut on the Big Bible project was going to be on Song of Songs I immediately felt that this could go one of two ways. Firstly it could be great, what an unusual book and what an under used book. Secondly I thought, this could all go quite spectacularly wrong. Any book opens with the line ‘Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!’ surely contains a few pit falls for the would-be commentator! Risky Business… On some further explorations it turns out that I am not alone in this view. In the history of the book…
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Doing what only I can do

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I love my job. I spent about 11 years as a Children’s Pastor and nearly seven as a NextGen Pastor. I feel like I’m pretty good at what I do. I was made for this. I’ve turned around ministries and built people and programs that have reached thousands. My passion to do what I do so well leads me to work hard. If I can be honest, I constantly struggle with working harder than I should. Sometimes I work on the weekend. Frequently I work in the evenings after everyone has gone to bed. It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s a part of who I am. But there’s a flaw. As good as I feel…
  • The reason you will never have what you need

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Several weeks ago I attended the Catalyst One Day hosted at a local church. Content delivered by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel left me with dozens of ideas to process, but one single thought has returned to the surface more than the others – something Craig mentioned. He explained how church leaders often say things like, “Our volunteers will never show up at the time when we need them,” or “Families don’t seem to care about the resources we’re creating for them.” He described that these statement are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective. What we should say…
  • Systems: Don’t forget about the human element

    Kenny
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I LOVE systems. I LOVE the efficiency. I LOVE the productivity. I LOVE the automation. However, there is a very dangerous side to every system and I see the negative impact of a strong process all the time. Sometime the system is elevated above the people. We’re in ministry, which is the people business. Sometimes people don’t fit into our system. Their personalities and habits are completely unpredictable and they don’t do what we expect. They pop out of the plan and process we’re “working” and then we get irritated. We say things like, “Why…
  • Don’t ignore your system

    Kenny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Recently I’ve written a lot about systems and processes. I love a good system and I’m always looking for a tool or trick that makes me better by taking myself out of the equation. However, I’ve learned that there’s another side of the coin when it comes to systems. There are some things to be aware of and I’ll start with this little idea. You have systematically thought through a problem. You created a system to take into account all the variables. You have a process that efficiently does what you created it to do. Whatever you do: Don’t ignore your system!
  • FOR SALE: Awesome Kid’s Welcome Center

    Kenny
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Eight years ago, Gateway Church opened the doors in NW Austin to a new facility which included a kid’s ministry building. The ministry “Kids Quest” had an “explorers/adventure” theme which was expressed throughout the building through many murals and 3D features. The centerpiece of our theme was expressed through our check-in/welcome area boat. It’s very impressive. This boat was custom built as a check-in desk that could be manned by 4-5 volunteers and contains an incredible amount of storage in all the cabinets below the counters. Well, we’re doing…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Part Two: 8 Tips We’d Share with Teen Artists

    tsnipes
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    This is Part 2 of the AWESOME feedback Concept Artist and Illustrator Rob Joseph shared with me to pass on to the next generation of creatives! As mentioned in Part 1, I have the honor of being on the Advisory Board of one of our local high school’s School of the Arts and Humanities. To … Continue Reading → Related posts: 8 Tips We’d Share with Teen Artists…That Could Help You, Too I have the honor of being on the Advisory Board... How To Finish What You’ve Started: 3 Creatives Share Their Tips Recently, we launched a poll who’s results said 78% of...
  • 8 Tips We’d Share with Teen Artists…That Could Help You, Too

    tsnipes
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    I have the honor of being on the Advisory Board of one of our local high school’s School of the Arts and Humanities. To connect the students with creative professionals, I sought the help of my friend and one of the most talented Concept Artists and Illustrators in the industry, Rob Joseph. See more of … Continue Reading → Related posts: Character Designer Rob Joseph: Find Time to Create (Audio) In this episode, Character Designer Rob Joseph shares with us... UNDERGROUND ART SCHOOL: Sci Fi Soldier by Rob Joseph Visual Artists are a unique, often misunderstood group within…
  • 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business

    tsnipes
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    One of the best ways any business can market themselves is to leverage the power of the media. This can get you more attention when you become INFORMATION rather than advertising only. So how does a business become informative rather than only sales focused? Here’s the way: Identify key local media entities: TV, radio, newspaper, … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 10 Triggers That Lead to Growing Creative Businesses Below are the leading 10 items that can honestly help... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... If Your…
  • Tip: Create a ‘Spokesperson’ to Market Your Creative Biz

    tsnipes
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “MANNY THE ARTIST ASSISTANT” came to life as I began to explore the use of Instagram more in my marketing strategies. He became a great way to add flair to my pics while using something recognizble to any artist that has taken any form of art classes. Take a look at the many ways “Manny” … Continue Reading → Related posts: 3 Free Tools That Have Boosted My Creative Business and Will Boost Yours, Too Here are 3 free social media tools that I’ve used... BLUEPRINT: How Artists Should Use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to Boost Your Business Images…
  • Why the Devil Wants Your Talent

    tsnipes
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Why the Enemy Wants Your Talent : Is your art, writing, dance, music or any other creative talent a threat to the kingdom of darkness? Here’s a short 2 minute clip on why the enemy wants access to your creative talent. What power do YOU have that he wants?         (Special thanks … Continue Reading → Related posts: 2014, The Culture War, The Devil…and You I believe that 2014 will usher in the biggest battle... Your Talent as a Weapon? Recently I circulated this image on Social Media to see... The DARKSIDE of Creativity: Worry vs Imagination Guard…
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  • Leaders focus relentlessly

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

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

    samluce
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    What every parent needs to have spiritual conversations is an understanding that our job is to distill truth and not simplifying truth. The temptation we have when talking about spiritual things with our kids is we lean toward simplifying ideas for them and not distilling truth behind those ideas. Let me explain I have always loved science I never did so good in math but science I did very well in. When you simplify something in science or in nature what you do is you add stuff to dilute the base. You pour in water to a concentrated drink to dilute and simplify. The result is a watered down…
  • Free books from Logos

    samluce
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    If you read books and you should. You should be looking for free books. Logos gives away a free book every month from various authors. Then to make something good even better they offer another offering by that author for only .99 cents. Octobers offering from Logos is from Jürgen Moltmann’s work “The Crucified God” and for .99 Logos is offering “The Theology of Hope.” Jürgen Moltmann is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen, and author of several books. Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope is a theological…
  • Orange Week: KEEP KIDS FROM GETTING STUCK

    samluce
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    As a pastor and parent I want to keep my kids from getting stuck. One of the things I am constantly challenged to do by the people at Orange is to think different about how do I engage with my family and with the families in my church. I have had the privilege of hearing Reggie Joiner speak on several occasions and I am always challenged impacted and changed. I leave every Orange Conference or Orange Tour event thinking. How can I bring this home in a practical way to keep my kids from getting stuck and to help the families of our church from getting stuck. How we practically walk out in our…
 
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Bible Verses About Reliability: 20 Scripture Quotes

    Daryl Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If someone was describing you would they call you reliable? Trustworthy? Dependable? Reliable people are people that you can count on now matter what. Let’s first think about what it means to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Positive Proclamations From The Bible

    Crystal McDowell
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our world has many negative proclamations that focus on glorifying men rather than God. We are inundated with messages of the culture that we sometimes forget the amazing truths from the Bible.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does the Lordship of Christ Mean?

    Jack Wellman
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever heard about the “Lordship of Christ?”  What does that mean?  Does this apply to Jesus’ followers? Lordship is… The old English word “lord” without the capital “l” is the same as our use... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Great Quotes From What Christians Want To Know Articles

    Pamela Rose Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the time of this writing we have published more than 1200 articles at What Christians Want To Know. We have been able to do this by the grace of God and through the talents and dedication of some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Bible Verses To Help Deal With Disappointment

    Daryl Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Life is just hard sometimes. I can almost see you shaking your head in agreement with me. Today, was a good day for me to write this article as I am having a day of discouragement and disappointment.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Do you seriously want God’s best for you?

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

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

    revtrev
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Read Mark 5:21-24; 37-41 In Mark chapter 5 Jesus came to Jairus’s daughter – he was told “she is dead” – Jesus said she is not dead, she is only asleep – Jesus said “Its not over – only believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of […]
  • The first 2 things you should do when you feel helpless

    revtrev
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Read I Chronicles 14:8-17 I Chronicles 14:8-17 records that David is finally crowned as king – after the intense trials of his life he finally feels that there is going to be a time of relaxing. The minute the Philistines heard that David had been made king over a united Israel, they went out in […]
  • Easy D.I.Y. Advice on How to Rise from Discouragement

    revtrev
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
      God’s Suddenly from Discouragement Read Exodus 14:5-12 Last week we spoke about God’s Suddenly from bareness. We saw from Gideon’s life that we have a part to play – it is to be humble and obedient to God. Today we look at another one of God’s suddenlies. God’s Suddenly From Discouragement Exodus chapter 14 […]
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  • 14 Urges Leaders Should Resist Every Day

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

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

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

    Kerry Bural
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:59 am
    At Resonate, there’s a method to our creative and strategic madness And today we’re giving you an exclusive peek at a Resonate secret weapon for fostering strategic, creative, and team collaboration. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes tour of our top-secret branding, marketing and communications laboratory. Just don’t touch anything. Really. One of our favorite tools for helping organizations resonate is the humble whiteboard. I’m sure you are using one in your office, but are you using it to its full potential? To help you rock it on your whiteboard, here are four secret tips you…
  • Why You Need a Brand Lab and a Wild-Eyed Mad Scientist

    Kerry Bural
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    You’ve built your team from scratch. You’ve logged some painful hours on interviews, phone calls, and emails to bring them on board. You’ve got bright, skilled, and pedigreed individuals for sure. But, have you truly set them up for success? Creatives certainly aren’t a monolithic bunch. But from personal experience, I can tell you the best creative you have on your team should be encouraged to test their theories like a mad scientist. Why? Mad scientists are actually practitioners at heart. Their sleeves are rolled up ready and their hands are dirty. They are eager to do the hard…
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • The two essential elevator pitches you must nail in youth ministry

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Last week we had the largest number at youth group we've had in over a year. In fact, when it comes to the rough guide I use to track numbers, this is one of the first times I've achieved 80% attendance from the teens actively "on the books."But, the number which walked through the door wouldn't impress many at the local youth ministry conference.It's not a number which I could use to intimidate others or puff out my chest.But, for us, it was an above-average turnout.Today I was reading newsmallchurch.com and was struck by many of the things written because ministers of…
  • Growing pains

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    I know, it's not all about numbers.It's not even all about size.Everyone can't grow up in or work at a church on a list of the fastest growing.In fact, for most, they'll never be part of an incredibly growing church.I've never been a part of a ministry which has experienced true explosive growth.Sure, some things I've been involved in have developed through slower drip-growth, but never an Acts-like numeric expansion.I suspect, few have.But, for some, an atmosphere of continuous growth would be all they've known.I wonder, which transition…
  • The vital step to "How's it going?"

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Around a decade ago I used to work as a checkout operator at a local department store. At the start of every transaction you'd be encouraged to make contact with the customer. My statement was always "How's it going?"And every time I asked, I not only didn't care about the answer, but I barely bothered to listen to the reply.When it comes to church and the activities a church does with young people, there's a secret to making connecting conversations effective.Stop.When you ask someone how their week has been, stop.Only then can you actually listen to the answer.All too often,…
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  • Bartering With Jesus

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

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

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

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

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    "Before we get started, I’m gonna take a quick selfie. Everyone lean in!" Congratulations Kyle & Melissa!!! (at Superstition Manor Wedding Venue)
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  • Mazel Tov ~ Reflections from A Bar Mitzvah

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

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

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

    Fr. Peter
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    The Gospel of Luke 6:31-36 The Lord said, “And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High;…
  • Top Posts of the Past Week

    Fr. Peter
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Here is a list of the top posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls. Orthodox Unity in America The Parable of the Vineyard The Challenge of our Time Wedding Sermon Sermon ~ Take Up Your Cross Launching into the Deep Blessed are your Poor Orthodoxy and Contraception Transsexuals & Orthodoxy Sermon ~ Do Not Weep The post Top Posts of the Past Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
 
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  • Pain that heals

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

    Osayi
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Temptation is always lurking, looking for access to your heart. You’re the only one that can protect your heart, because there will always be something that you can be discontented about. There will always be someone else out there that seems better in some regard. There will always be something that seems better. There will always be a situation that can get you thinking that life would have been better “if only…” It’s up to you to realize that even if life is not where you would like it to be, you can still be contented. It’s up to you to realize that the…
  • It’s all temporary

    Osayi
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes I forget that it’s all temporary. If I had known it would be the last letter or the last phone call I would get from my uncle, maybe I would have cherished it a bit more. If I had known it would be the last time I would hang out with some of my friends, maybe I would have made it count for more. If I had known that the pain from high school, or the challenges of college were all part of the process, perhaps I would have enjoyed it a bit more. If I had known that the heartbreak wouldn’t have lasted forever, perhaps I would have made the decision sooner, and moved on…
  • It’s just money

    Osayi
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I was watching a movie the other day and there was this guy who gets “adopted” by an anonymous wealthy benefactor, and tells him (through the attorney) that he can buy anything he desires. And so this guy goes on a buying rampage – rents a place, buys expensive clothes, shoes, books, joins expensive clubs etc. Then he ignores his old friends because they cannot spend as much money as he can, and they are not quite as “sophisticated” as he is (I mean of course everyone should know how to use a fork and knife – *cue sarcasm*) But as you can expect, the…
  • That you may have hope

    Osayi
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Romans. In Romans, there are so many instances where Paul talks about us being filled with hope… I am convinced that the reason God promises us so many things and why He provides so many things for us is not so that we can be happy, although he enjoys it when we are happy, but so that we can be filled with hope. Life can be so challenging some times. Some times things don’t work out the way you wanted them to. Some times people don’t act the way we want them to, or the we expected them to. When things happen that we are…
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    Jonathan Herron

  • Israel or Bust

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

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

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

    Jonathan Herron
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week I want to share this article written by my former improv-comedy mentor, Dr. Martin de Maat.  While he was writing this to aspiring comedians, read between the lines at how everything Martin shares here applies to leaders and pastors as well: Contemplate this: What purpose does art serve? There is, after all, no harmless art. Each image, word or brush stroke creates an effect. All art has an influence. It can challenge the status quo and often begin rumblings that can, and sometimes do, transform social paradigms. Stimulation of ideas through free expression is the basis for our…
  • Lawn Chairs and Generosity

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

  • Proclaim and Mogiv

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

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

    Naomi Deviny
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Our God” “Mighty to Save” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Mighty to Save” “Revelation Song” “Lord I Need You” “Cornerstone” “This is Amazing Grace” “In Christ Alone” Landing at number 18 this week, “One Thing Remains (Your…
  • Win Logos 5 Gold

    Naomi Deviny
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Try Proclaim by September 21, 2014 and be automatically entered to win a Logos 5 Gold base package worth over $1,500.00. It’s that easy, so go On Air for your chance to win Gold now! Don’t have Proclaim? Go On Air for free If you don’t already have a Proclaim On Air license, no problem. You can start your 30 days free now—no strings attached. Download Proclaim and take your church On Air. Proclaim lives in the cloud, so you can collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects with…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on September 7

    Naomi Deviny
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Revelation Song” “Blessed Be Your Name” “How Great is Our God” “This is Amazing Grace” “Our God” “Forever Reign” “Mighty to Save” “Doxology” “Lord I Need You” Climbing the charts over 150 spots this week is…
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    Blake Mankin

  • Discipline Is a Tool

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

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

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

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

    blakemankin
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    If I’m honest, fear isn’t something I truly want to eradicate from my life. Fear keeps me safe, and safety keeps me comfortable. But fear isn’t truly the problem. A love for the path of least resistance is. Fear is an inherent part of being human. It’s never going away. This is why I’m starting to think the quest to eliminate fear altogether is fruitless. What we need—what I need—is an ability to realize the deceptive power of comfort to keep us from living into all God has. The question stops being, “How do I get rid of this fear from my life?” Rather, the question becomes,…
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    United Faith Church

  • Sonship

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

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

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

    Kris Burke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. UFC, If you read into this verse in the Hebrew the words “That comes from” are interchangeable with “that is”. More accurately, this verse would say “… to the obedience THAT IS faith”. Isn’t that exactly what we, as the church, have been called to? Not a dead Faith that is fruitless but a faith that is alive and active and producing all sorts of fruit in our lives; most importantly obedience. This was the type of faith that Paul was…
  • Vine & Fruit

    Kris Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    John 15:1-4 & 8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. UFC, God has been giving the church so much revelation of His word.
 
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    WP Ministries

  • 21 Breathtaking Church Websites Built With WordPress

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