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  • 3 Small Business Startups That Became Game Changers

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

    History in the Making
    Ben Arment
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    1. People enjoy work. Under the right circumstances.    You don't have to whip them to motivate them. 2. People are better as specialists at multiple companies    than generalists at one company. 3. Work environments are no longer centralized.    Online collaborative tools are making offices extinct. 4. Clients are the new bosses. They're the ones who say...    you get to do work. 5. Management is now team building not rule keeping.    We are becoming a society of independent…
  • Just Released: Proverbs 31 Bible-Art Video

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    Katie Monsma
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sharing the beauty of the Word has never been easier—our new Proverbs 31 video brings Scripture to life through color, sound, and animation. At Logos, not only do we write code that matters, but we also create original artwork to encourage and inspire. Our video team focuses on creating compelling graphics that help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes. The Proverbs 31 woman—“a woman who fears the Lord”—has been a biblical role model for thousands of years, and this video was created to inspire growth in her honorable attributes. Share this encouraging video with those you love.
  • Asking God’s Help For An Estranged Spouse

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    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In today’s fast-paced world married couples often get so busy that they lose time for one another. One thing leads to another and before you know it either the husband or the wife decides that they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Prayer Is Always the First Best Option

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Hunter
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In my part of the world, the classic joke/metaphor about God’s role in the real of life: The hurricane was headed straight for his community.  The man prayed for God to protect him in the storm.  The storm raged on, winds began to howl and the waters began to rise.  The man again prayed to God to protect him.  Just then the local law enforcement came by and told the man to leave and informed him as to the safest route.  No, I’m staying.  God will protect me.  The storm grew worse.  Later as the roads became impassible the National Guard came by to take the man to safety.  No,…
  • How Is Your Church Responding to All the Pain in the World?

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    There’s a lot of pain and anger and hurt in the world right now. Ferguson police killing an unarmed teen and the resulting chaos. Robin Williams’ depression and suicide. Religious genocide and beheadings—beheadings!—in Iraq. Continuing war in Gaza. Civil war in Syria and millions of displaced refugees. Abducted and forgotten girls in Nigeria. And so many, many more that I’m forgetting or don’t even know about. Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. How long must we sing this song? How long, Oh Lord? So Now What? The question we must ask, as Christians,…
  • How to Avoid Burnout for Church Communicators

    Erin Williams
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I remember when I was in my twenties being really critical of the phrase “burn out.” More specifically, I was critical of the people who burned out. Clearly burnouts didn’t have enough passion; obviously they weren’t as happy about their jobs as they should be. They must have lacked gratitude or skill or something. “When you’re doing the Lord’s work,” I reasoned, “there’s no way you can burn out.” And then, slowly, after 8, 9, 10 years of doing the same job at the same church with the same people, I felt myself nearing burnout. Suddenly it wasn’t the unforgiveable sin.
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  • Please Pray for Me

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

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

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

    Greg Atkinson
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    I’m a fan of The Digital Age (the band). If you don’t know, The Digital Age is the David Crowder Band minus David Crowder. They make amazing music and they are true creatives. Their artistry, creativity and innovation inspires me.This is a sneak peak into one of their rehearsals where they play and sing the cover song “Oceans” (by Hillsong United). I had never thought of having men sing a female song and I love what they do with it. Take a listen and watch the full video to be inspired today and give you new ideas for how to use this song in  your context.
  • Traveling Back to South Carolina

    Greg Atkinson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Many of you know I’m from South Carolina. Today, I fly back (with my daughter Grace) to speak at a worship conference there. The good news is that I’ll get to spend some time with my family, in addition to speaking at the conference Thursday and Friday.If you’re going to be at the Christian Supply Conference this week, contact me and let me know. Also, come by my workshops. I’ll be teaching on Church Leadership Essentials and my new book Strange Leadership. See you next week!
 
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  • 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…
  • Thank You June Supporters

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015?

    Kent Shaffer
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2014 & 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2014, 2015, and even 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend. So check out the list, and please leave a comment letting us know which conferences we forgot and which ones you’ll be attending.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
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  • List of CMSes used by Popular Church Websites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Bryant
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Today I enjoyed the Catalyst One Day event in Austin with our Gateway team. Andy Stanley shared the following insightful message: “Our Family goals 1. We want to enjoy each other even when kids are gone. 2. We want to create a family where the kids want to be with us even when they don’t have to be. Some ideas: Dinner around the table at home 5 to 6 nights a week. Goal of dinner isn’t to eat but to talk. Overreacting and teaching moments shuts down conversation at the dinner table. Work hard to never overreact. Have wisdom to say “no” even to good things. Our…
  • Gateway Leadership Session Four: Our Next Steps

    Eric Bryant
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Session Four – Our Next Steps with John Burke You are leading Jesus’ church—His enterprise to rescue and restore humanity! Don’t give up, don’t give in, and don’t let anything get in your way. It will be worth it! It’s worth whatever sacrifices He might lead you to make, because He promises that the reward is very great. We have to see with His Eternal Perspective. We have to live and lead others with God’s heart to see every person come Home to the City He’s prepared.Jesus calls us to His co-mission as members of His body. We choose if we will say “Here I am Lord,…
  • Gateway Leadership Session Three: Our Mission Field

    Eric Bryant
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Session Three with Rick Shurtz Prayers in Spanish, Russian, and English followed by reading Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be…
  • “Heart Scan: The Cure” by Ted Beasley

    Eric Bryant
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: Confessions From Your Pastors. Ted Beasley shared about the cure for a wounded heart. You can watch the message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast and see the notes below. To dig deeper and apply the message, work through the Next Steps. “We’re doing a series called Heart Scan, and we’re talking about overcoming the wounds inflicted upon us by other people.  John has bravely shared the past two weeks from his own life about how wounds can get buried and wreak havoc.  And after each message, we’re challenging you to…
  • Gateway Leadership Session Two: Our Motivation

    Eric Bryant
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Session Two: Our Motivation with John Burke Jesus commissions us to make disciples. To reach all nations requires we are willing to go when God calls us! Isaiah saw God and was willing to go wherever He was sent because He is our prize! Isaiah 6:8 “Here am I! Send me!” All who follow Jesus are sent! The question isn’t whether or not we are sent but where we are sent! “I am sending you!” – Jesus (John 20:21) John 17:20-21 We are called to unity! Our love for each other and for those around us is our greatest apologetic! We imagine retirement and so we plan…
 
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  • 5 Reasons to Write Books For Your Own Congregation

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Even though we are in the midst of a Christian publishing boom, writers often overlook their most obvious audience: their own congregations. I hate to break this news to all of us aspiring writers, but most of us are not going to write the next Purpose-Driven Life, or Love Wins, or any other bestseller. But why not write a book for your own congregation? Here are five reasons I think […]
  • Podcast: It Wasn’t You, It Was God

    Chuck Warnock
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    This is the message I preached on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Taken from the lectionary reading, Genesis 45:1-15, it’s the story of Joseph and how God intervened to save both Joseph and the nation of Israel. It’s a great story with wonderful insight into how God transforms us and our circumstances as part of God’s plan for our lives. The podcast is about 26 minutes. Hope you enjoy!Filed under: Genesis, […]
  • Communion Sermon: You Should All Eat Together

    Chuck Warnock
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The point of the sermon was to address an issue in the way we were observing communion. Our children were downstairs in Children’s Church, and when communion was served, they all wanted to participate. I thought that parents should be involved in deciding whether or not their children took communion. So, in this sermon I address the history of […]
  • Podcast: “You Should All Eat Together”

    Chuck Warnock
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Apostle Paul criticized the church in Corinth for the manner in which they observed communion. Last Sunday, I preached from Paul’s letter by reading I Corinthians 11:17-34 in which he accuses the Corinthians of failing to be aware of the body of Christ around them while they took communion. In this sermon, I also address the issue of children taking communion. How does your church practice communion, and what […]
  • The Supreme Court Redefines Civic Prayer

    Chuck Warnock
    5 May 2014 | 1:02 pm
    If you think the Supreme Court’s ruling on public prayer is an unqualified win for Christians, you might want to reconsider. On May 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “ceremonial” prayers opening government meetings do not violate the Constitution’s First Amendment. The justices split 5-4 into the familiar conservative versus liberal wings, with Justice Anthony Kennedy providing the deciding vote and writing the opinion. Writing for the majority, […]
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  • Can God Make Me Rich?

    Fred McKinnon
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hello Friends, I thought I’d come up with a title that is sure to get some reaction .. “can God make me rich”? First, let me start out by saying a few of things: 1.  I realize that “wealth” and “prosperity” are extremely controversial. 2.  I realize that there is extreme poverty all around the world, including here in America, and that it falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. 3.  I realize that “riches and wealth” are subjective.  To some folks, we are quite rich.  To others, we’re poor. 4.  I realize that if you do find…
  • I’m A Sinner … or Am I?

    Fred McKinnon
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Hey Gang, One of my favorite bands right now is “All Sons & Daughters“.  I absolutely love their music, arrangements, and thought-provoking, heart-stirring lyrics. One of their songs is called “Brokenness Aside”. As a Worship Pastor, I’ve been torn about whether i should use this song in corporate (or personal) worship because of one paramount lyric that is the hook of the chorus.  That lyric simply says: “I Am A Sinner” If you’re a Christian, how do you feel about that phrase? The song is beautiful, and in context, it still ministers to…
  • Is Sabbath for Today?

    Fred McKinnon
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:28 am
    Sabbath: This is not a word that we throw around a lot in western culture.  Take a trip overseas to Israel; however, and you will see many signs of the observation of the Sabbath. Simply put, sabbath means a time of rest. REST This is something that is also out of the norm for our western culture.  The busier we are, the more important we seem.  In an effort to keep up with everyone else, we immerse ourselves in so much work and extracurricular activities that we live on the edge of burnout. Although I realize there are arguments about Jesus Christ fulfilling the law in the New Covenant, I…
  • iRing: Motion Controller for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch for Music

    Fred McKinnon
    9 Jan 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The video says it all: See more about this at IKMultimedia. The technology just keeps getting crazier, weirder … and pretty cool.   See any uses for this in your music?
  • First Sunday of 2014

    Fred McKinnon
    6 Jan 2014 | 4:46 am
    Happy New Year! Yesterday (January 5, 2014) was our first Sunday of the new year.   We had a guest worship leader at SSCC, Ms. Hurley McGahon (aka Hurley Christin).  Hurley is a wonderful young lady who grew up in our church and had since moved off to study and minister at IHOP in Kansas City.  She’s still in Kansas City leading worship at a church.  She was home for the holidays and was gracious to share her gifts with us for Sunday, Dec 29 and Jan 5. I enjoyed sitting in as a musician and vocalist.  I really enjoy those times where I’m not the leader but can yield to…
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • WMC Podcast – 0133 – What Does It Mean To Trust?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Google’s Still Messing with Local – How Does It Affect You?

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I mentioned a couple weeks back that Google had updated their local search system and that there was a good bit of turmoil because of it. Well, even weeks later, there still a lot of turmoil. Google seems to be continuing the change the system on the fly. Rankings keep bouncing around and people keep seeing different results. In this month’s SEO update, I’ll discuss the changes Google has made, what results we’re seeing, and what this might mean for you. I’ll also tell you about some new developments at Bing and FourSquare. The video is a little longer than normal, but that’s…
  • Do you have the right people on the bus?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Over the last two decades, I have spoken with many people about websites.  Most of them were from churches, while some were from schools, owned their own businesses, or operated ministries.  Some were the only people who made up the “web team” while others were one of a few people who were the web team.  And for those who were part of a web team, Bravo!  I have written about and created a short video that addresses the importance of creating a web team. What I have found, however, is that many times the person that is making the decisions for the website is not the right…
  • I Have a New Website with No Traffic! Help!!

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    So, you’ve just created a new website and now what?  Having the website is a good first step, but now you need to figure out how to get people to your site.  So, how do you do that? New sites are different from established sites and it’s a lot harder to get traffic to a new site than it is to increase traffic to a site that’s been around for a while.  So, you can’t necessarily follow the same advice someone gives for established websites.  You need strategies specific to new sites.  So, here are some tips for people who have a relatively new site (or one that just…
  • How Did a Christian School Start the New School Year with a Bang?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Each new school year brings new and exciting things for parents, students and teachers: Parents look forward to seeing how their children learn and grow, and maybe like a little peace in the house for a few hours a day. Students like new notebooks, pencils, and school-wear. Teachers look forward to a fresh classroom and the ability to teach and mold a new group of young minds for the year to come. This year, the administration, teachers, students, and parents of Immanuel Lutheran School in Brandon, FL have something else that is new:  A  long-anticipated, brand new website for ILS! Immanuel…
  • Church Leaders, There is No Community Without Communications

    Paul Steinbrueck
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    My fellow church leaders, We tend to think of community and communications as two completely separate things. Virtually all church leaders recognize that relationships are critically important to spiritual vitality. We need other people – to love and be loved, serve and be served, celebrated and be celebrated. That’s the way God made us. So, we invest a lot of time, energy and resources into organizing worship services, dinners, bible studies, small groups, mentoring programs, service teams and more. But my observation is that after all that investment in building community and…
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    Emergent Village

  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

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

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

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

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

    simonhopes
    28 Jun 2013 | 12:22 am
    Although the title may sound really silly because of its obvious answer. However, there still exist a huge section of the population who still think that huddling hazardous products just about anywhere can be a good idea. It is completely understandable that people don’t think that it is a very wise idea to spend heavily in buying dangerous goods storage cabinets; however that is an investment that can save you a lot of money and pain in terms of health issues. Products for safety There are many different kinds of products available in the market towards safety. So basically from a safety…
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    Church Tech Matters

  • The myth about teenagers

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

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

    Jim Walton
    12 Jul 2013 | 9:06 pm
    This is a very worthy podcast. Mike Sessler has done Church Tech Weekly for a long time and this latest one touches on a topic that I have been passionate about for a long time. It seems that church leaders don’t always know what to do with volunteers, don’t know how to engage them, train them and help them to grow. Too often I have seen church leaders simply not be willing to engage volunteers simply because they don’t really know how. This week, Mike pulls in my friend Van Metschke and also Anthony Progar and Jason Castellente and they discuss the following: How do you…
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    15 Sep 2012 | 12:00 am
    Dan - Mitten im Leben! | Film 2007 | moviepilot.de 7.5: Dan - Mitten im Leben! (2007) YUI Library - Gallery :: Bottle - Mobile UI Library Die drei Tage des Condor | Film 1975 | moviepilot.de 8.0: Die drei Tage des Condor (1975) Doc Hollywood | Film 1991 | moviepilot.de 7.0: Doc Hollywood (1991)
  • Leading Followers Is Too Easy

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

  • 7 Indicators That You’re Not Leading Anymore

    Ron Edmondson
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Being in a leadership position is no guarantee we are leading. Holding the title of leader isn’t an indication one actually leads. Leading by definition is an active term. It means we are taking people somewhere. And, even the best leaders have periods — even if ever so briefly — even if intentional — when they aren’t necessarily leading anything. Obviously, those periods shouldn’t be too long or progress and momentum eventually stalls, but leadership is an exhaustive process. It can be draining. Sometimes we need a break. For an obvious example, I try to…
  • Do You Want to Join Our Team?

    Ron Edmondson
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve never used this blog for this purpose but I decided to give it a try. We are looking for a worship leader. The job title is actually Associate Worship Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church.  But, who needs titles anyway? (Okay, some do) But, this is so much more than a title. And, we are so much more than just the name of a church. We are experiencing a movement of God upon our city. And, it’s a great time to be a part of things here. The primary role of this job — regardless of the title — is to partner with our worship pastor — who’s a really great guy…
  • 3 Things Creatives Need to Flourish

    Ron Edmondson
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    There are some lessons that are only learned the hard way. One of those has to do with working with creatives. I used to think when leading creatives, the key was to free them to create. I’ve learned — the hard way — that freedom alone for a creative can spell disaster. Nothing gets accomplished. No one is happy. Please understand. I’m not a creative basher. I am actually a creative. Not an artistic creative, but an idea creative. And, it’s true for me too. It’s the way I thought I wanted or needed to be lead. Wrong. I’ve learned these tips the hard…
  • 7 of the Best Gifts a Dad Can Give a Child

    Ron Edmondson
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    I love being a dad. I have a lot of titles, but this is one of my favorites. Long story short, I grew up much of my childhood without a father in the home. It left some scars, but one thing it did was make me very intentional to attempt to be a good dad. I remember as a 12 year old boy praying specifically that if God ever gave me the opportunity — I’d be the best husband and father I could possibly be. I fall short so many times — but it’s not because I don’t try. It may be because I get distracted — but it’s not a lack of desire. I was reflecting…
  • John 3 – Nicodemus – Sermon

    Ron Edmondson
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    John 3 – Nicodemus from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post John 3 – Nicodemus – Sermon appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Mary Martha Sermon The Attitude of Serving: A Sermon Romans 4 Sermon- Core Series Complaining and Arguing: A Sermon by Nate Edmondson
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    DAVE FERGUSON

  • Six Questions That Grow Great Leaders!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Resources to Get You Unstuck

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

    Tony Morgan
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I Don’t Have Enough Volunteers! This time of year can be quite fun as the worship services and other ministry environments fill up again. The challenge, of course, is that it takes people to minister to people. It’s right about now that the harsh reality begins to set in–we need more volunteers. When that happens, the natural reaction may be to blame the congregation. If they started contributing rather than consuming, we would have plenty of volunteers. That’s true. Unfortunately, though, our actions often fuel this consumption mindset. In other words, we can become the barrier that…
  • The Bottom Line: Wishing More Churches Operated Like Businesses

    Tony Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Though my mission is to help churches get unstuck, I love the periodic opportunities I have to serve businesses…particularly when the owner is committed to Kingdom impact. Businesses are driven by the bottom line. They want to make money. They know that if they don’t make money, they will eventually go out of business. Because they are so committed to the bottom line, I’ve found these characteristics are true of the businesses I’ve helped: They track the bottom line. Everyone on the team knows whether or not their business is meeting their financial objectives. If…
  • 3 Questions To Ask Before You Copy Another Church And Other Top Posts From July

    Jason Vernon
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    3 Surprising Facts About Churches On Social Media 3 Questions To Ask Before You Copy Another Church 10 Symptoms Of An Inwardly Focused Church Stop Doing That Event!: 10 Signs That It’s Time To Eliminate An All Church Event 12 Reasons Why Your Church Doesn’t Produce Spiritual Growth 10 Ways To Lose Great Church Staff Members What Most Leaders Miss When They Implement A New Idea Can You Hear Me Now? 6 Ways To Effectively Communicate With Your Audience 3 Ways Churches Communicate Poorly On Sundays Considering New Service Times?: 10 Growth Factors To Consider Photo Credit: sillydog…
  • How To Escape Being Too Busy To Get Anything Done and Other Articles To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    How To Escape Being Too Busy To Get Anything Done by Nellie Akalp Build Your Business On Your Strengths, Hire Your Team To Cover Your Weaknesses by David Nilssen The Why: 12 Distinct Goals for Business Blogging by Danny Wong Our Ideas Are Not Enough by Stephen Brewster 15 Things Startup Founders Must Master by Young Entrepreneur Council 4 Employee Engagement Secrets From Millennials by Andre Lavoie Smaller Is Better by Craig Groeschel Photo Credit: Transformer18 via Compfight cc The post How To Escape Being Too Busy To Get Anything Done and Other Articles To Get You Unstuck appeared first on…
 
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

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

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

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • The Dream Chasing Myth. Why Chasing A Dream Is Not Sexy At All.

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

    loswhit
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mom loses job. Son every parent in the world would want finds car mom always talked about when he was a kid and she was a housekeeper. Son buys car. Son Gives Mom Car. SON MAKES US ALL CRY LIKE A BABY… It’s better that way… Los
  • Why “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” Is A Lie… #Depression

    loswhit
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    As the outpouring of grief continues in the death of a hero to many of us, probably the biggest cry I am hearing is for people with mental illness to know that they are…“Not Alone” “You are not alone”… we chant. When I am NOT in the midst of a MMA Death Match with Depression…this sounds really comforting. When I AM in the midst of a MMA Death Match with Depression…this is a lie. 3 weeks ago, as I woke up after an AMAZING few days with my family in Jackson Hole, I could literally feel depression roll in with every centimeter my eyelids opened. “$#@!@$#. NO. NO. NO. Please…
  • Now THIS is a fantastic concept for a new restaurant. It’s Called SIGNS & the entire wait staff is deaf.

    loswhit
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    In a world where we sometimes feel as if we can’t find the good guys… This restaurant is proof that they still exist. I’ll make sure to visit next time I’m in town. Bravo… Los
  • A How To Guide To Being Filthy Rich… As Told By A Paycheck To Paycheck Mexican Man

    loswhit
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    After 40 years of walking this earth, if you were to stand me up next to my earthly possessions… Many would say I have little to show for it. We live in a small rented condo in Nashville.  We only have one car.  All my kids sleep in one room.  The bank account is paycheck to paycheck or speaking date to speaking date. We buy our kids clothes at Target, we buy their bikes at garage sales, and we get all of their home school curriculum second hand. Yet last night, as we were all laying in our one room we rented for this family reunion here at Bass Lake, watching something on my laptop…
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  • Robin Williams

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
 
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  • A Disturbing Trend

    Pete Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    There’s a disturbing trend I see among Christians these days. It seems like a lot of individuals and couples have a completely different set of friends every 2 to 3 years. And, as they talk about it, you quickly discover that their relational past is full of hurt and betrayal. And none of this hurt and betrayal has really one time led anyone to ask what deep truths about “themselves” this may have revealed. It’s always what the other people have “done” or “not done.” Or what the other people “believe” or “don’t…
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Why we do groups at NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At NewSpring Church we believe that you can't do life alone.Honestly, I would say that THE single most important thing for me in regards to me staying connected in my walk with Christ has been having godly friends in my life that could laugh and cry with me when I needed them the most. I hope that one day every person at NewSpring Church is connected with other people and doing life with them. And…one of THE BEST ways to get connected to other people at our church is through NewSpring Groups.We have Groups launching all across the state in the month of September.
  • Seven Things WE BELIEVE!

    web@newspring.cc
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, we covered a lot of ground at NewSpring Church today in the sermon. I wanted to provide this blog post as a resource with the verses I used (along with some extras) so that those who want to study/research more OR use this for their quiet time can do so. We began with this statement: What we believe determines how we behave.Afterwards we dove into seven things we believe at our church. As I said in the sermon, this was not intended to be a theological dissertation but rather a 30,000 foot view of our beliefs. Here we go…#1 – God the FatherGod is…
  • The Checkered Flag

    web@newspring.cc
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What’s up NewSpring Church? Our RaceDay series has been a TON of fun with events on every campus, 52 people that prayed to receive Christ and 287 baptisms!!! And this coming Sunday is the FINAL SUNDAY of the series…and I believe it will be THE most important.  Here are TEN things to reflect on as we head into the final lap.  #1 – Discipline is the difference between average and abundance (I Corinthians 9:24-27).  #2 – Discipline > Desire – even though we DESIRE something, it takes DISCIPLINE to achieve it. (For…
  • Five Things I Am Asking NewSpring Church To Do To Prepare For This Sunday

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – If you know someone who used to be a lot closer in their walk with Christ than they are right now…do WHATEVER it takes to get them here to NewSpring Church on Sunday.   #2 – Take some time to read James 5:20 in regards to that person. That verse says..."Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins." #3 – Know that THIS SUNDAY will be THE SUNDAY that so many people who have turned away from Jesus (either intentionally or accidentally) will begin the process of walking AWAY…
  • Seven Things Every Single Should Read Before Getting Married

    web@newspring.cc
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    At NewSpring Church, we're doing a series called "Race Day" (have I mentioned how we love NASCAR in the South?!) In this series, we're talking about running the race of life (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). If you are single here are seven articles I have written that will help you TRAIN in the right way! You Probably Should Not Date Him If... You Probably Should Not Date Her If... Four Things A Single Girl Should Know Five Things A Single Dude Needs To Know Nice Christian Boys and Girls Make Me Sick Eight Reasons Why You Can't Get A Date/Married 10…
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  • Does Your Church Have A Social Media Policy?

    Brandon Early
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    I have often been asked that question paired with, “I just don’t know what I don’t know. How do I mine for issues that should be covered in guidelines for social media use by our staff?” It is hard to know what to add without having a 500 page document that covers everything. Justin Wise […]
  • Ice, Ice (Bucket) Baby: The Takeaway for Christians

    Tony Myles
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    For the record, I know this isn’t the first “ice bucket challenge” post on the internet. (Check out Brandon Early’s great coverage here and here, and Rick Lawrence getting drenched here) The spotlight all of it has provided for ALS has been outstanding. You can hear one man’s personal comments on it here (warning: some raw […]
  • Rick Lawrence Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Amber Cassady
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Yesterday, Brandon Early challenged Rick Lawrence to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He accepts…and challenges Andy Brazelton, Bono, and Mark Burnett. Who else has participated in the challenge? What’s the favorite video you have seen? - Amber / @youthministry
  • Too Much Relational Ministry?

    Leneita Fix
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I love the model of relational ministry. My push is to get the leadership team to stop clumping together in back walls. Youth ministry is not the place for adults to congregate and get caught up on each other’s lives. Get involved people! Yet, there is something that can happen from time to time where […]
  • Greg Stier, Shane Stacey, Rick Lawrence, you have been called out…

    Brandon Early
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, I posted about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Before the post went live, one of the student in my ministry challenged me to it via Instagram. Today, I challenge Greg Stier, Shane Stacey, Rick Lawrence…You have 24 hours to respond. Head out and poke, these three and let them know this video is here… […]
 
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    History in the Making

  • The New Rules of Work

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

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

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

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

    Ben Arment
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    This new "maker society" that's emerging is forcing artists to become knowledgeable business owners as well. And it's causing a lot of them to cry "foul!" whenever they find themselves in a raw deal. Designers, for example, are notorious for decrying the low pay or no pay that accompanies their craft. They're angry about it, in fact. And I love designers. But here's a little business lesson for the independent makers who are trying to make their way in the land of buying and selling... In business, the deal that you can get is the deal that you can get. Let…
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    Eugene Cho

  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Michael Brown’s death.

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

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

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

    Eugene Cho
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    First, let me dispense with some information for those that may be interested. God’s been gracious in allowing me to visit a few churches and events over the next six weeks as part of a mini book tour for Overrated. Folks can pre-order the book now at your favorite online store and at stores on September 1 but if you’re anywhere around these cities, please be my guest. It’ll be a joy to meet you and to encourage one another in Christ: August 10 – New Life Fellowship, NYC (Queens) August 17 – Overlake Church 9am/11am August 31 – Antioch Church (Bend, Oregon)…
  • We have to see justice as part of discipleship and ultimately…our worship of God.

    Eugene Cho
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Over the years, I’ve been given by some the mini-reputation as a leader in the field of justice. At first, I took it as a compliment and  of course, I still do because I care a lot about justice. I know that people mean well. But I care about justice not  just for the sake of justice. I care about justice…because I care much about the Gospel. And sometimes, when I hear folks talk about justice in the church, I cringe… I cringe because if we’re not careful, we’re again compartmentalizing justice rather than seeing it as part of the whole Gospel; We need to see…
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    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches

  • Book Review: Finding a Vision for Your Church, by Michael A. Milton

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Wilkening
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Joel Beeke, president and professor of systematic theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Paul Smalley, his teaching assistant, came together to write Prepared by Grace, For Grace: The Puritans on God’s Ordinary Way of Leading Sinners to Christ. The primary question they seek to answer from the writings of the Puritans is: “What is the ordinary way in which God leads sinners to Christ?” The answer at which they arrive is the preparatory work of the Spirit of God. The…
 
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    Human3rror

  • Everyone Has Good Ideas…

    John
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    … but not all ideas are good. I was reminded this the other night as I chatted with my father about the current state of things and as I asked for some advice and counsel on a few particulars that I know he had experience dealing with. I was talking specifically about corporate culture, organizational dynamics, and scaling/growth when he level-set the conversation by stating: Everyone has good ideas but not all ideas are good. I reflected for a moment and realized that he was right. We continued to dive deeper and what I landed on was something that I could easily see as profitable for…
  • Being Teacherless

    John
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Are you teacherless? It’s a question that I was asked by a mentor of mine and I sat there for a moment and tried to answer his question quickly; I realized that I couldn’t. I wanted to give him some of the typical answers that were easy to conjure up but I realized that he was touching upon something much, much deeper. The truth was that I was teacherless and had been for a very long time. Right after getting out of college (barely) I went on a long kick seeking to move with speed through what I thought was supposed to be a career. I was working on my own power and through sheer…
  • Humans? Nah…

    John
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    A fascinating commentary on technology, economics, and mechanical minds. This is definitely worth your 15 minutes. Go for it. Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster that biology can’t match. What is really coming down the pipe? What should we do about the unemployable (at no fault of their own) who need jobs to sustain a living? Those are challenges and problems worth solving. (Oh, and it’s worth noting that I believe learning software development is one of the solutions.) The post Humans? Nah… appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Three Pipe Problems by Jason VanLue

    John Saddington
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    I love the title of this book, Three Pipe Problems by Jason VanLue (and the artwork is sweet to boot!). I had dinner with Jason last week and he handed me a copy of his book which is a book centered around design. But if I were to leave it at that then I’d do the quick read (I read it from cover-to-cover on a flight from Atlanta to Durham which is about 50 minutes) a grave disservice as it’s a commentary on how design is so much a part of our lives. I love the design of the book. “Three Pipe Problems” is a reference from the one and only Sherlock Holmes who is…
  • Persistence or Quit

    John Saddington
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    We’re in the middle of some significant decisions as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of my team in terms of how we handle the tough calls. (Although, I’m not sure there is ever a time where we are not in a moment of critical decision-making as a startup…) Luckily I’ve survived (and that’s really the right word) a handful of startups previously and I see the same patterns emerge. Ultimately, we as a leadership and organization will face the quesiton of whether we need to continue to pursue the current course or take a different one. It’s about…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

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

    Terrace Crawford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    I was selected recently to be interviewed by Justin Trapp for his #30in30.  Justin is interviewing 30 of today’s top Christian Leaders as voted on by his network.  In this interview Justin asked me some questions about Student Ministry. In … Continue reading →
  • Application Deadline Extended: Join my Coaching Network!

    Terrace Crawford
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I just finished selecting a few people who will make up my next Online Coaching Network for Youth Workers, but I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I’ve extended the application deadline to allow opportunity for … Continue reading →
  • Do You Need a Coach?

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I’m launching my next Youth Worker Online Coaching Network for Youth Pastors who have only been in the field for 5 years or less and I’m wondering if YOU or someone you know might need a coach? I’m taking applications this week only, … Continue reading →
  • My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE … Continue reading →
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  • PRESS RELEASE: ASCENSION WORSHIP LAUNCHES THE CITY WORSHIP PROJECT TO HELP WORSHIP SONGWRITERS BETTER REACH AND SERVE LOCAL CHURCHES EVERYWHERE.

    Shannon Lewis
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jacksonville, FL (August 1, 2014) – Ascension Worship has launched their “City Worship Project” to bring fresh, new worship songs “from the church, to the church.” The quickly growing National movement based in Florida, with hubs also in North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Arizona and Texas, currently stands over 400 members strong. Started in 2006, Ascension grew out of a common desire to be a worship resource for the local church. Songwriter, have you ever asked yourself, “Could my song have a greater impact on the larger church?” The City Worship Project’s four-step…
  • Sunday Setlists #317

    Editor
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, August 17, 2014!! Welcome to the 317th 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.
  • Let’s Sing & Make Melodies In Our Hearts To The Lord

    Editor
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    While studying Ephesians the other night I came across the scripture passage that talks about not being drunk with wine, but instead being filled with The Spirit… Ephesians 5:17-20 says, So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18)And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; (20)always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. John Piper…
  • New Single by SaintLewis featuring McKendree Augustas & Mark Siegel

    Editor
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    TWC Member Shannon Lewis (SaintLewis) released a single this week called When This Day Ends. It’s available on iTunes now. When this Day Ends – Saint Lewis Music & lyrics co-written this January/February with McKendree Augustas (of August York, & Kari Jobe band), & Mark Siegel (of Matt Maher band, & Capital Cities) – later bringing Jamie Miley (of Ascension Worship) to help with some of the guitar hooks. The recording features all of us writers, as well as T.J. Hartman of NeedMore on drums, & Nate Bedingfield of Aaron Shust’s band on lead…
  • Free Music Download From Fuel Music

    Editor
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    From the REVERENCE: An Offering project from Fuel Music, download this free mp3. Download Sing On The Battlefield by Kathryn Scott Fuel Music, one of the leading independent distributors of Christian music, CD’s, tapes and vinyl records internationally, released REVERENCE: An Offering worldwide Aug. 5. Fuel has gathered together 18 artists who are offering 19 songs, including 17 never-before-released tracks, for the album. This newly created brand focusing on song/artist discovery and inspired by Hebrews 12:28 features recordings by such lauded artists as Martin Smith, Remedy Drive, One…
 
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  • You Can Live With Us

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

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

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

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

    Jason Bedell
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:48 am
    “ARGHHH,” I exclaimed as I scoured the house in a panic, almost out of breath. “What’s wrong daddy?” My oldest was distraught. She could see the frustration in my face as I flung open cabinets, turned over piles of papers. “Are you missing something? Can I help?” Chloe was genuinely concerned. I snapped back, “Have you girls seen my wallet?! I put it right here on the counter and now it’s missing.” I had reached my boiling point. I knew we were going to be late to school and already had a late start to the morning. “Roxy, did…
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  • Moving to Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bill Reichart
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    excerpted from Chad BrooksI remember when I first started preaching. There was no rhyme or reason to how I prepared. I just started typing with an empty document and hoped for the best. Later, I took a few notes from my Bible and started at least working with a basic idea in mind. Over the last several years I have put a pretty good rhythm into place. These are five essential practices that I believe will help anyone’s sermon preparation. 1. Read. That’s it. You have to be reading. Read many different types of writing; articles, magazines, the newpaper and online. Read books related or…
  • The Reality Of Seminary Life - Infographic

    Bill Reichart
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    from Greg Henson:During the 2011-2012 academic year (the most recently completed academic year), 6,900 incoming students at 161 different schools within ATS completed the Entering Student Questionnaire.  Some of the results are reflected in this infographic provided below.(ht: Greg Henson)
  • How To Care For Those We Lead

    Bill Reichart
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    excerpted from Gilbert Kingsley:I was sitting in an elders’ meeting recently listening to two counselors, also elders, share about caring for our people. They said, “The vast majority of peoples’ needs can be met by someone who cares.”In other words, people that we may think need a counselor simply need to be in a caring community. They called this “soul care” and they described it this way using the acrostic LOVE.L- LoveGo to where they are.Are you curious about where those feelings come from?Feelings reveal reality. Explore feelings.Feelings are driven by perspective.
  • Snapchat Continues To Be Popular Among Millennials

    Bill Reichart
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Snapchat is now more popular than Twitter among U.S. millennials. A report, from comScore, finds that 32.9% of Americans aged 18-34 had installed the Snapchat app on their phones in June 2014, trailing only Facebook (75.6%) and Instagram (43.1%).While the data says nothing about actual usage of social media apps, it does indicate that Snapchat's reach among young adults is remarkably high, especially when compared to a multi-billion dollar company such as Twitter. You will find more statistics at StatistaThis trend is a significant challenge to those of us in youth, college and young adult…
  • 4 Tips For Memorizing God's Word

    Bill Reichart
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As followers of Christ, we need to hide God's Word in our heart - here are some great tips to help integrate memorization of the Word within our daily life.excerpted from Gloria Furman and Crossway1. Pray ItAre you faced with a situation that grieves you? Circumstances that frustrate you to no end? Things that make you feel like there’s no point to life? Seize the opportunity to pray through the Scripture that you have memorized. Pray the words that the Spirit divinely authored. You never know when those verses you have memorized will lead you to prayer, comfort you as you pray, and…
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  • Vicky beeching: love can supersede everything

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

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

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

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

    Joel Klampert
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Dad is Fat: by Jim Gaffigan “In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children” I am a HUGE gaffigan fan. I love his standup comedy and his outlook on life. The dude straight up cracks me up. I remember the first time I heard his “Hot Pockets” sketch a few years ago and I am pretty sure Jim still owes me a new pair of pants. Needless to say I was so excited to get this book, and after rave reviews from…
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  • Why Money Doesn’t Solve Money Problems

    Bob
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The raise you are hoping to get is not going to fix your financial squeeze. I mean even if you were making what your boss is making, it will not fix your financial squeeze. There is a famous principle called Parkinson’s Law that essentially says that expenses rise to meet income, so if you are having a hard time paying your bills or making a dent in your mountain of debt money is NOT your answer. I know it may sound like this is bad news, but really this is great news. This is because money problems (difficulty paying bills, paying off debt, getting into debt, difficulty saving) are…
  • How Being Broke Can Be a Blessing

    Joe Plemon
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Acts 3:1-9 tells the story of Peter, John and a lame beggar. The short version is this: the beggar asked Peter and John for money, but, being broke, they gave him something else: a miraculous healing. I wonder what would have happened if the apostles had had money. Would they have simply done what many of us do – throw money at the problem instead of investigating it? Hmm. I am not recommending that we strive to be penniless, but I do believe we can learn a few things from this event. 1. The Beggar Had Limitations If we could read his thoughts, I am guessing we would hear something like,…
  • FreedomPop: Free Mobile Phone and Internet Service

    Bob
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Take a look at your mobile phone bill. Torturous, isn’t it?How about that internet bill? It’s probably not quite as painful, but nevertheless can be a source of irritation. Now, imagine getting rid of both of those bills. Think about all the money you’d save, vacations you’d take, and debt you’d pay off. FreedomPop, a free wireless internet and mobile phone service, just might be the ticket. But as you know, free usually – and ironically – comes with a non-monetary cost. So is it right for you? Pricing FreedomPop does indeed offer free mobile phone and…
  • 6 Online Jobs for College Students

    Kevin
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The new college school year is coming up, and with college costs getting higher each year, one of the recurring challenges is trying to find jobs to help finance your education so you don’t have to rely so much on student loans. Jobs aren’t so easy to get these days, especially when you have a limited schedule that has to leave plenty of time for classes and homework. One of the best ways to get around that is by finding jobs online. Just a few years ago, working online was mostly a novelty, but it’s becoming more common all the time. But one thing to be aware of is that online jobs…
  • 3 Dangers of Using Financial Incentives

    Tim
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Recently I finished Drive by Daniel Pink, a book that attempts to reveal the “surprising truth about what motivates us.” In one of the main sections, Pink discusses financial motivators and really made me think about the impacts they can cause. For years we’ve been taught that employees will work hard to achieve the goals that businesses establish, especially if there is a motivating factor such as a financial reward. Whereas the negative side to linking goals with rewards has seemed to take a back seat to the ‘good’ that comes from setting goals with incentives, we should…
 
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  • Marriage & Ministry: Zechariah & Elizabeth

    Resurgence
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
  • Resurgence Leadership #030: Mark Driscoll: Unity, Part 1

    Resurgence
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Part 1 of 2: Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance and purpose of unity in ministry. This message was recorded live at the 2013 Mars Hill Church staff conference.
  • Resurgence Leadership #030: Mark Driscoll, Unity, Part 1

    Resurgence
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. Part 1 of 2: Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the significance and purpose of unity in ministry. This message was recorded live at the 2013 Mars Hill Church staff conference. Subscribe iTunes Feed Coming up Next week, join us for part two of this series.
  • Be Nice!

    Kimm Crandall
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Christianity is not just about being nice. But what about the command to love our neighbor? How does niceness fit into the Christian life? With having four kids (age twelve and under) I feel like my anthem has become, “Be nice!” It seems as if I am telling (and sometimes yelling at) my kids to be nice all day long. Yet in my ministry to the rest of the world, I seem to be preaching a different message. You see, in my heart I know that Christianity is not about being nice. But is that really true? What about the command to “love my neighbor”? Loving my neighbor seems…
  • Tedd Tripp: Biblical Parenting, Part 3

    Resurgence
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Part Three: Helping Kids Understand Authority. Dr. Tedd Tripp explains the role of authority in Christianity and biblical parenting, and how a right understanding of God’s Lordship provides great help, protection, and freedom in childhood and all of life. This message is from the 2008 Biblical Parenting Conference at Mars Hill Church.
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  • "It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to..."

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    “It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.” - Sally Coulter (via artificial nocturne & ladder to the stars) I get it. I do. There’s a tension to manage,…
  • "It’s great to meet other people and see other ways to creatively solve problems. The timeline..."

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    “It’s great to meet other people and see other ways to creatively solve problems. The timeline is perfect, a few days at a time to “refresh.” It was a blend of tangible solutions, time to reflect and incredible nuggets to apply. Amazingly helpful.” - via Dustin Shaffer, Communications Coaching Network Alumni If you want a spot in my next network, there are three spots left. We start meeting next month!  
  • Pixar’s 22 Rules Of Storytelling. (via themetapicture)

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Pixar’s 22 Rules Of Storytelling. (via themetapicture)
  • The 1 Email Successful People Never Send

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The 1 Email Successful People Never Send: Want to get ahead? Emulate the super-successful and never send a long email. Steve Jobs was a well-known sender of short emails. The Apple co-founder’s email address was public for much of his time as Apple’s CEO, and he often responded to emails …
  • What does my life have in common with the NFL?

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Training, recruiting, drafting, hiring, firing, strategy, salary caps, negotiations, therapy, injury, rehab, teamwork, loyalty, dedication, concessions, time-outs, PR, practice, game time, pressure, winning, losing, trading, play books, game films, fans, owners, competitors, haters, trainers, discipline, fatigue, adrenaline, action, downtime, bad calls, lucky breaks, victory and defeat. All of the above and then some. I love the NFL. And, I love my life. And, I love that coach gave me a bye week. I’m headed to Wisconsin with family to eat cheese curds, golf, hike and spend some time…
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  • PhotoFunia: Fun Free Photo Effects

    Eric Dye
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I recently received an email from the church secretary asking to update an event on the church website. Included was an image they wanted to accompany the information. Being the mindful and thoughtful webmaster (do we still call them webmasters?) that I am, I asked where the image was from, as I could make sure the image was cited properly. The answer from the church secretary was fairly awesome. PhotoFunia “I got them from PhotoFunia,” she said. I then was told about how great of a resource it’s been for the church bulletin. So, being the mindful and thoughtful church tech and…
  • YouTube on the Go [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Like everything else on the web, YouTube is getting used on mobile devices more and more. If you were in doubt that the Internet is becoming more mobile (smartphones and tablets) and less stationary (laptops and desktops), here’s further proof. YouTube on the go: 40% of YouTube’s traffic from the United States is coming from mobile devices! [Click for Larger]I imagine that YouTube’s dedicated mobile app has really helped with mobile use. Like a dedicated online bookmark, users are able to ‘hop-on’ much easier than going to a web browser. Is your church using…
  • The First Steps Toward Church Video

    Paul Clifford
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re a part of a more traditional church, a smaller church that that just hasn’t had the budget, or you just haven’t done video before, taking the first steps toward using video in your church can seem daunting. There are some things you can do once you join a team or get the tap on the shoulder to “pray about starting a video ministry.” Research the types of video you might want to do. While there are basically, three types of video (see that previous post for the list) that most churches do, each can have sub-genres and different ways of realizing the…
  • Cardboard Industrial Flying Machines [Photos]

    Eric Dye
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cardboard artist Daniel Agdag has assembled this awesome collection of industrial flying machines by building and sculpting them all out of cardboard. Like the life-sized Iron Man made from cardboard, these pieces of artwork made from everyday objects or both technically impressive art artfully inspiring. Enjoy: “The Principles of Aerodynamics is a physical solution to the manifestation of a psychological problem. The pieces collectively form an ongoing pursuit of ‘escape’ through the metaphor of flight, where some may be successful and others may not.” The detail on these are…
  • What I Learned On Vacation: Check Your Email

    Eric Dye
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last month I had a vacation of sorts (as I mentioned before). During this time, I had some personal revelations about my life—both personally and work wise. I lend this to the fact that I spent multiple days at a time unplugged and completely disconnected from the Internet. No laptop. No tablet. No smartphone. I highly recommend you do it sometime—if not regularly. Not only did it force me to pause, clear my head, and have some self-reflection, but it also gave me a chance to contrast what I considered to be my ‘normal’ life with actual living. One of the things I learned and would…
 
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  • 7 Days in the Bible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Wilson
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    little flowersfamiliar strangerswe have not learned each others' namesbut that's alrightwe smile the sameand give a friendly nod and wavewhene'er we passbecause they're summer residents
  • Holiness and Soap

    Mark Wilson
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Holiness, like soap, doesn’t do much good until applied! You can keep it in a box, philosophize about it, and debate its merits at length, without ever getting around to using it. Soul cleansing is like taking a shower. If you skip a day, you’ll be the only one to notice. If you skip a week, your family will notice. If you skip a month, everybody will notice!Using soap is, indeed, much better than merely discussing it.
 
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • A Resource for Discussing Abortion

    Tim
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    A little while ago I shared an article titled Abortion: Making the Case. This was a simple way to structure a discussion on abortion while anticipating common responses and objections. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach on abortion and I prepared a slideshow to go with my presentation. I am sharing that slideshow today in case you can benefit from it. It works just fine as a standalone—you can simply click through the slides and read them in order. I have also included the file in Keynote, Powerpoint, and PDF formats if you would like to download it and use it in any…
  • A La Carte (August 21)

    Tim
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: Rythms of Grace by Mike Cosper ($0.99); Reasons for Our Hope by Wayne House ($4.99); new from GLH Publishing is that classic The Autobiography of George Muller ($0.99). 60/50 Ocean Way the Live Room Sessions - For my fellow NEEDTOBREATHE fans: Be sure to check out the new Liveroom EP at iTunes or Amazon. It’s amazing. Also, their most recent studio album Rivers in the Wasteland is $6.99 this week (iTunes, Amazon). Telling People What To Do - There’s some sound counsel here from Rick Thomas. I appreciate his three-legged stool approach…
  • My Favorite Blogs By (and For) Women

    Tim
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    It is a question I have received a number of times lately: Can you suggest some blogs written specifically for women? As it happens, I follow quite a few blogs written by (and often for) women. I am going to share a list of them today, knowing that I have undoubtedly forgotten some very good ones and owe a few apologies! So please accept this as an incomplete list. Aimee Byrd. Aimee goes by Housewife Theologian and writes both here and at Reformation21. I enjoy her writing for its depth and its emphasis on spiritual discernment. Charlene Nelson. Charlene writes articles and…
  • A La Carte (August 20)

    Tim
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Ask R.C. Live - Today at 4 PM EST, R.C. Sproul will be answering questions via Twitter. You can click the link to get more information. What Are Gospel Issues? - D.A. Carson takes on a phrase we may use a little too freely: “gospel issues.” The Funniest Joke - Here’s the funniest one-liner of the year: “I decided to sell my Hoover … well it was just collecting dust.” You can read the other finalists as well. See The Conqueror - This is a great hymn, and I do believe we may soon be singing it at Grace Fellowship Church (sans the bridge). College…
  • The Last Lion

    Tim
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Well, at least I won’t go to the grave having accomplished nothing. After more than 130 hours of listening, I finally came to the end of William Manchester’s incredible three-volume biography of Winston Churchill (As you may know, Manchester grew ill and died before completing the third volume, leaving it in the capable hands of Paul Reid). It is a stunning achievement—over 3,000 pages of reading or 130 hours of audio, all focused on just one man. Few men merit such attention. Churchill practically demands it. A couple of years ago I set out to read a biography of each one of the…
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  • Power, Police, and Another Shooting

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    About 12:30 PM Tuesday, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell was shot and killed by two police officers in Saint Louis, just north of Ferguson, Missouri, apparently after robbing a convenience store. The shooting was caught on video. This video portrays the painful paradox of how a casual moment suddenly, before you can prepare your heart, becomes a moment of terror and death. The crisis begins and ends in seconds. In the explosive milieu of the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, it intensifies the focus on how police use their guns. For over thirty years, I have lived in perhaps the…
  • Four Habits of a Happy Heart

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Today’s happiness is not promised, and it refuses to be assumed. True happiness — the kind that really anchors, satisfies, inspires, and lasts — is not something to be taken for granted. It’s not a reasonable, predictable, effortless expectation, not even heading into the freedom and rest of the weekend. Happiness can be very hard work. If you’re honest, I really don’t have to convince you of that. You’ve tasted too many Mondays, too many Thursdays, even too many Fridays. The reasons happiness is so regularly elusive are the hurdles in our hearts — the sin that still remains,…
  • Sanctified Name-Dropping

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In Jesus’s name, amen. We often tack this phrase onto the end of our prayers out of habit. Perhaps because of our Christian conditioning, or maybe because it signals that we’ve finished our turn in group prayer times, we regularly repeat this phrase, but do we really think about its significance? Praying in the name of Jesus is no formality. We approach God in prayer through Jesus because Jesus is the grounds upon which God chooses to hear us. Jesus talks to his disciples extensively about prayer in John 16, preparing his followers for not only his death, but his post-resurrection…
  • College Doesn’t Change Your Heart, It Reveals It

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Every summer the same thing happens to my inbox. I open it to find a steady stream of emails from concerned parents, youth pastors, and older siblings, asking me to check in on so and so when they get to campus in August. They all want the same thing: to see their beloved 18-year-old get involved with our ministry on campus and growing in their faith. The problem is that more times than not, this isn’t exactly what the beloved 18-year-olds want for themselves. What do they want? That’s the question I’ve asked myself for the last eight years doing campus ministry. The question itself…
  • The Essential Secret of Preaching

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    In John Stott’s classic work Between Two Worlds, he writes: In a world which seems either unwilling or unable to listen, how can we be persuaded to go on preaching, and learn to do so effectively? The essential secret is not mastering certain techniques but being mastered by certain convictions. In other words, theology is more important than methodology. (92) This quote captures what I’m trying to do as a pastor and preaching professor, equipping younger ministers of the word. Ordering the Passion Many assume that preaching profs are either highly focused on technique and style, or that…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Elevation Creative: Confessions of a Teenager

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

    webteam
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Just because the Bible says God works all things together for our good, does not mean everything feels good all the time. But it’s often our times of greatest struggle that we can gain the most strength and increase our faith. In the final part of our series #DeathtoSelfie, Pastor Steven uses the story of Jacob renaming his son Benjamin to show us that, though there are circumstances in our lives we didn’t choose to go through, God has given us the rights to call any circumstance a blessing in His name.
  • Living a Life of Privilege

    webteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    At some point, we all start to question who we are, and what our place is in this world. We know, from the Bible, that we are God’s children, made in His image. But how does that relate to our day-to-day life? In this sermon clip from Week 1 of our series I Know He Is, But What Am I, Pastor Steven teaches that in order to understand our purpose and the plans God has for us, we first have to consider who He is, and what it means that we are called the righteousness of God.
  • Student Takeover 2014

    webteam
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Student Takeover 2014 was unlike any Student Takeover in the past. This year, over 900 eStudents across all our Elevation locations closed out the summer by coming together for three full days of worship, teaching, and fun at our first ever Student Takeover Camp.
  • The Unexpected Blessings of Disappointment and Rejection

    webteam
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In life, what we see on the outside doesn’t always match up with what’s happening on the inside. We long for acceptance and achievement, but we look in all the wrong places to find them, leaving us disappointed and rejected. How do we find purpose in these frustrations? And how can God use us in spite of our misguided priorities? In part four of our sermon series #DeathtoSelfie, Pastor Steven focuses on the story of Jacob’s wives – two very different sisters struggling with the very same things, to show us how God can take our pain of rejection and disappointment and turn them…
 
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  • Request an evaluation copy of Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    The launch of  Hope Reborn – How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus is just weeks away now. As the title suggests this short book aims to be a resource that you are going to want to give to people who want to become a Christian, or who need help to grow in their faith. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • LIVE TV DEBATE: Does Modern day prophecy automatically weaken Sola Scriptura?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    My live TV debate vs Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick, a cessationist, is now available to view online at Part One and Part Two. My opponent argued that in 1 Corinthians 13 Paul meant that gifts will cease when the Bible was complete. I disagreed, saying they continue until Jesus returns. We both agreed with the concept of Sola [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Adrian’s top 20 posts and controversy in the church

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    I thought I would share with you this summer my top twenty posts of all time (judged by traffic received since I moved to Patheos).  What is striking is that six out of the top ten are all about controversies in the church. I suppose it is inevitable that such things will draw the traffic. But, [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The danger of stressing only God’s love or his wrath

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Just a few bullet point thoughts for a Sunday afternoon for you: Those who stress only God’s love will always become liberals. Those who stress only His wrath will be angry, legalistic, fundamentalists. If you stress only God’s love will relate to him as a genial Father Christmas. If only his wrath you will fear [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • A Wedding Sermon

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Pastors often find that special occasion sermons are harder to write and deliver than regular ones. I know that I was much more nervous myself about preaching for the marriage of a couple in our church last week than I am about preaching on Sundays. So, here is a set of notes on a passage [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Best Ice Bucket Challenge

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

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I've been a Little League coach for the last 4 years. I've coached two championship teams for our local Little League. I've coached all stars. We've won an all star tournament. And I've also coached teams that came really close but couldn't finish. Winning is a lot of fun and what you shoot for, but sometimes getting really close is an amazing teacher and builder of character. I'm no great baseball coach though some of my teams have done well, but I love the kids and their families and caring about people sometimes takes you a lot further than skill and is more rewarding than winning.Case in…
  • Music Monday 8.18.14

    Steve McCoy
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    STREAMING FREE - Ty Segall: Manipulator | Been listening this morning. Holy cow. The first 16:30 was great! Then somewhere toward the 17 minute mark I was like "Yeeeah buddy!" Or whatever. I've sampled Ty's albums but never picked one up. Public confession is over. Now time to remedy that. NPR, "Manipulator may have missed its chance to provide the soundtrack to a summer that desperately needed one, but that just means it gets to be the feel-good hit of the fall."CHEAPNirvana: Nevermind $1.99Nirvana: In Utero $5Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More $1.99Animal Collective:…
  • Books on my Radar 8.15.14

    Steve McCoy
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    The Good Book Company continues to show their seriousness about Scripture and Bible study with their God's Word For You series by adding 1 Samuel For You and Titus for You by Tim Chester. If you order soon, you get Chester's 1 Samuel and Titus bible study guides for each book free with purchase.6 lesson Bible study guide free. Other books in the For You series...Galatians by Tim KellerJudges by Tim KellerTitus by Tim ChesterRomans 1-7 by Tim Keller (WTS has at a nice discount right now)A list of future titles, authors, and timeline for releaseOther books, new or new to me, that…
  • First Day of School 2014

    Steve McCoy
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Here's a favorite family tradition for the McCoy's...first day of school photos. Here's our new one taken this morning. I've added previous years below. 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
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    Worship Matters

  • He Who is Mighty – Video Preview

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

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

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

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

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

  • In Defense of the Small Church.

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I love the church. I love the church no matter her size. Sometimes the Small Church takes a hit. I was reading the latest July/August Outreach magazine ....It had a Resource Guide for Small Church America. (Well worth the price of this issue)The Stats and info were a wake up Call.Here is a sample:About 63 Million people of 20.4 percent of the population attend church each Sunday - American Sociological ReviewThe Average Church attracts fewer than 90 adults on a typical weekend. 60% of protestant churches have 100 or fewer adults on a typical weekend. Just 2% of churches attract more than 1…
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    21 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
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    11 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
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  • Currently Reading: Overwhelmed by Perry Noble.

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
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  • HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gabe Taviano
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    Not sure how I got there, but I am pretty sure my brother (Revelate Event Management) played a role in it. I was sitting in a large room at a table with a couple random guys and Lecrae and Ben Washer (founder of Reach Records – except he was black). There were lots of other hip hop artists in the room, preparing to perform at some large event. I saw lots of people starting to get in line to grab a bite to eat, so I headed that way for some pizza (vivid non-factor in the dream). While on my way to the line, I saw this lady at a booth who was saying something about humans and animals. I…
  • Logo design – Bridges for Hope (round 1)

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

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

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

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    A part of the story you may not have heard… Breaking Christian News adapted this story from Assist News Service, but made the headline something that Assist had buried in the final two paragraphs: The website stated that The JPS Foundation is now accepting donations for Brantly and his family, who lost all of their earthly possessions when he contracted the Ebola virus and was returned to the United States for treatment. After his symptoms appeared, Brantly was isolated and was never able to return to their home. According to JPS, everything is considered contaminated by Ebola and will…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Time for your midweek break and some news and opinion pieces you may have missed: As a New York state couple refuses to rent their facility for a lesbian wedding, we flash all the way back to July, where a blogger asks if people are overreacting.  Don’t tweet these: 25 Things You’ll Never Hear God Say. Why the Robin Williams death is hitting so hard. If you were one of the two SIM workers who contracted Ebola, would you even consider going back to Africa? The two are now immune; can’t spread the disease or contract it. Straining at a gnat? You decide. An argument against…
  • Video Moments Worth Sharing

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    This weekend I watched a number of things that I thought were worth sharing. The first is embedded below for your convenience, the others are linked. This video is from the Canadian daily Christian talk show, 100 Huntley Street and features author and “spiritual navigator” Jamie George discussing his new book Love Well (David C. Cook Publishing). I’m about 95 pages in right now and am impressed with his transparency and candor. The first of the Willow links was John Ortberg’s annual visit there. He was on staff at Willow Creek for many years, and on this…
  • From the Diary of Isaac Wotts, Church Janitor

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Isaac writes: One of the things I hate is when someone comes up to me on Sunday morning and says, “There’s something in the men’s room you need to see.” I try to dress up a little for Sunday, but there’s a great deal of wisdom in actually attending a different church than the one which employs you, especially if you’re the church custodian. (But if you’re the pastor; then it doesn’t work out too well.) In the handicapped stall, someone had carried in a chair from an adjacent Sunday school room, propped it up underneath the ventilation grate and…
  • What People are Reading

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Read any good Christian books lately? Here’s your chance to mention your book or one you’ve just finished. Comments are open. And here’s what’s popular in my part of the world:  
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  • “Jellybean” Bible Object Lessons

    Mimi Bullock
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Small, sweet and colorful, this eye-catching candy can’t help but attract attention. Bring a bag of jellybeans to kids’ church or Sunday School as a visual aid for a special bible lesson. Once you have completed the demonstration, dole them out and share the candies with the class. (Have a bag of sugar-free candies available for diabetic or sugar-sensitive kids and adults.) Ready to teach a jellybean object lesson? God’s Words Are Sweet “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 Prepare for this object lesson by…
  • 3 Twitter-Inspired Game Ideas for Kids Ministry

    Mimi Bullock
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Are your kids “tweeting”? If so, then you can put their Twitter knowledge to use in a fun teaching situation. Even if they don’t know how to tweet yet, this micro-blogging, social networking site is great inspiration for Twitter-inspired games for kids ministry. How would the gospel look if it were tweeted to the followers of Christ? Ask yourself that question and then present these two cool game ideas to your children. (Twitter birds make safe, familiar decorations for a classroom too.) 1. Tweet All About It Instructions: Give kids mini dry erase boards or divide them up…
  • Bible Lesson: John the Baptist’s Birth is Predicted

    Kelly Henderson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    The following lesson was adapted for a small group of children age 5-10.  The students discover that Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous and blameless before God in a time that God had been silent for 400 years.  Believers can trust God to keep all His promises and obey Him as they wait for His promises to be fulfilled. Bible Passage:  Luke 1:5-25 Bible Story Title:  John the Baptist’s birth is predicted Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, Activity pages, pens/crayons, charade…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Word Search

    Felicia Mollohan
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Click on the preview image to download this free worksheet for kids based on the Fruit of the Spirit. Page one of the download is the handout, page two is an answer key for leaders. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 Have you been studying the fruit of the spirit in your class and you looking for an activity to help the children in your class remember them? This just might be the activity for you. Word searches are fun and a great way to…
  • Greeting Visitors and Making Them Feel Welcome in the Church Nursery

    Mimi Bullock
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    You walk to the door carrying your most treasured possession–your child. You’ve decided to give the nursery a try. You want your little one to receive ministry at his level and you can’t wait to soak in the church worship service—it’s been a long week! However, when you open the door (that you have a hard time finding) you aren’t greeted by anyone. The staff appears busy, too busy for one more child. You slowly back out the door and think about going home… Think this scenario can’t happen? Think again! It happens all the time—it’s even happened at my church (and yours)…
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  • The Church and White Privilege

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

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

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

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

    Tyler
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Whether it be with people who disagree with me online, or people who disagree with decisions I make in helping lead a church, I can easily create fake enemies. I say fake because nearly all who come to mind are actually my brothers and sisters in Christ, so to call them an enemy of mine is over-the-top. As someone who prefers to have hard conversations, engage difficult subjects, while consistently pursuing openness over isolation, I can create a “me vs. them” mentality where those who don’t unequivocally support me must actually hate me. When I read the Psalms I place…
 
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  • Summer Blockbusters: 6 Rich Man Poor Man: How To Succeed At Failing

    paulwnewell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
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  • Summer Blockbusters: 5 When You’re Up Against the Wall: Facing Your Jericho

    paulwnewell
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 4 Between the Devil and the Deep Red Sea

    paulwnewell
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer BlockBusters: 3 Dazed and Confused

    paulwnewell
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
  • Summer BlockBusters: 2 Build A Boat

    paulwnewell
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness Loss Tragedy God's…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • What Every Man And Woman Needs To Know

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Campbell
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    We started our FAMILY Vacation series on Sunday at Elevate Church.  Throughout this series, we are learning how to travel through life’s challenges. This week we looked at THREE Marriage Potholes every marriage will face. When your car hits a pothole, it can create misalignment or a flat tire.  In the same way, these marriage potholes can create misalignment and cause you to drift to places you never thought you would end up. Check out week one of Family Vacation: Related posts: Family Vacation This Sunday! Marriage and Lies Potholes for Church Planters
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Slide presentations that people remember and don’t sleep through

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

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

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

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

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

  • 12 Churches under the Radar you should Know

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

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

    bradlomenick
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Most of us dread the weekly staff meeting. “Just get me out of there asap so I can get back to actually doing the work and making things happen” is the attitude many of us have. I know from experience…. Reality is, most staff meetings are boring, monotonous, just one person blabbing, and ultimately a waste of time. When I was leading Catalyst day to day, I’m not sure I would have wanted to attend the staff meetings I was leading. Lots of times they were boring, awkward, and not very inspiring. It’s one of the things I look back on and would definitely give myself…
  • Whose Attention are You After?

    bradlomenick
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    Who’s Watching you? Who are you watching? Whose attention are you after? Really. Whose attention do you crave? Too many of us crave the attention of the wrong crowd. Are you chasing the attention and approval of friends, or peers, or those who have “arrived” already? Are you seeking the attention of “celebrities” in your circle? Would it make your day to be noticed by someone? Your boss? The CEO? The Senior Pastor? Founder? That artist or musician? If a certain someone commented on your instagram pic or followed you on Twitter, would that totally make your day…
  • Young Influencers List, July Edition

    bradlomenick
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Here you go, a brand new July edition of the YOUNG INFLUENCERS LIST. You can see all the past months lists here. 1. Sarah Dubbeldam – owner and Editor in chief of Darling Magazine, a great lifestyle magazine for women. 2. Charles Best - former public school teacher, now founder and CEO of Donors Choose, an innovative and revolutionary charity focused on teachers and schools. 3. Roxanne Stone – VP of Publishing at the Barna Group, former editorial director at Relevant Magazine. 4. Ben Prescott - campus pastor of Free Chapel Orange County, and formerly with PlanetShakers in…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Are you called to RCIA ministry? How do you know?

    Nick Wagner
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    In his book, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, Jared Dees asks catechists to define their calling. In Catholic-speak, “calling” is a big word. When I think of “calling,” I think of Noah or Jonah or Peter. I … Continue reading →
  • Episode 86: What topics do we have to cover in the RCIA?

    Jen Pardo
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana discuss the topics we have to cover in the catechumenate. In the “Did you know?” segment, we point out that the length of the catechumenate varies, depending upon the circumstances of your catechumens. Finally, … Continue reading →
  • Why is mystagogical catechesis important in the RCIA?

    Mary Birmingham
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Why is mystagogical catechesis—the kind of catechesis envisioned by the RCIA—so important? Why not just give seekers a catechism, tell them to memorize it, come back when they have, and zap them into the church, no muss, no fuss? The … Continue reading →
  • Episode 85: Six rooms your RCIA process must have

    Jen Pardo
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building an RCIA process is like building a house. Discover the six rooms you have to start with. Then, in the “Did You Know?” section, we take a look at when we do and when we don’t use the oil … Continue reading →
  • Build these six “rooms” into your RCIA process

    Nick Wagner
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Constructing an RCIA process is similar to building a house. An architect does not worry about the color of paint in the living room.  She focuses instead on how many rooms to build and where the walls will go. After … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Big News… Grace Hills Is Pregnant! We’re Expecting a Daughter Church!

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Church planting is absolutely essential to doing all we can to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation. That’s why we planted Grace Hills with the philosophy of being a teaching hospital. From day one, our desire has been to plant other churches out of ourselves. This is the DNA of churches that have poured into us as well. Local churches bear the weight of the work of church planting and we wanted to be born pregnant, ready to give birth to a daughter church before it would normally make sense to do so. Michael, Jennifer, Jacob, Lucas, and Marcus Smith That’s why…
  • Diversity Was God’s Idea to Begin With

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Diversity and equality have been hot topics in the last decade of American life. We’re in the midst of various shifts in our culture surrounding these concepts, especially in relation to ethnicity and gender, and some of these shifts are good. When my family lived in southern California, we were ethnically not in the majority in our neighborhood, and we appreciated it greatly. Our church was home to people from dozens of ethnic backgrounds, and we loved that even more. All of the tension between ethnicities as well as what we have termed the “battle of the sexes” is really…
  • Justice Is the Pursuit of People Who Belong to God

    Brandon
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    God will make it all right! We live in world turned upside down at present. It’s an unjust place, an unholy place, and a place where the oppressed cry out to the Creator night and day. And we who belong to Jesus are agents of His Kingdom and its values, which include justice and peace. Our primary means of bringing peace and justice to the world around us is by way of telling the good news of Jesus who died to level the playing field and make salvation and redemption possible for all equally. But our world goes on in its trampling of the principles of justice. When people are oppressed…
  • Loving People You Don’t Like Is Really Love

    Brandon
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Loving people you like is easy. Loving people who are easy to love is a cinch. But loving your enemies? That’s a challenge. But it’s a challenge given by Jesus when He said, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NLT) The basic minimum requirement that the world expects of us is that we be loving when it’s easy, but Jesus’ new Kingdom ethic is far more challenging. He provokes us to accept people unconditionally, return deeds for…
  • How Will People Know You Love Them?

    Brandon
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Saying “I love you” matters a great deal. It’s a missing ingredient in too many family stories. We all need to receive that basic verbal affirmation, and we all need to be giving it as well. But verbal affirmations of love only go so far. What we need is love through deeds, love in action. We show our love in both simple and complex ways, from random acts of kindness to great acts of sacrifice. 1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”  Look at it this way, when you tell people…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Sunday Feedback

    Peter Mead
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
      Feedback is not created equal.  Wise preachers learn to tell the difference.  I suspect more than a few ministries are launched and sustained on the empty energy of post-sermon politeness.  On the other hand, genuine and helpful feedback can strengthen your ministry for years. Typically my approach is to say thank you for any feedback, then prayerfully evaluate what I am supposed to make of it.  Usually I find that meaningful feedback and compliments will come with a combination of factors – (A) Time – a week or a year later usually means more than five minutes later,…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block – III

    Peter Mead
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    We are coming to the end of a list of suggestions for overcoming preacher’s block . . . how about: 7. Sleep.  Sometimes when you are stuck, you can be tempted to work late and miss sleep.  Don’t.  Get good sleep and then work productively tomorrow.  We are designed to need sleep.  It can be a real step of faith to leave an issue like this with God and curl up in His arms for the night.  Sadly, too many preachers seem to think God is impressed by sugar and caffeine fueled fatigue that results in a vicious cycle of tiredness and inability to concentrate.  We don’t get…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block – II

    Peter Mead
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Continuing our list of suggestions for breaking out of preacher’s block.  Yesterday we thought about Pray, Break and Talk.  Here are some more ideas: 4. Read.  Sometimes it is time for a fresh perspective.  Maybe another commentary on a key section.  Perhaps check some biblical studies books to see if the text appears in the scripture index.  Maybe try a lighter commentary for how they handle this section.  But beware, sometimes the last thing you need is more information in.  This is an option, but it may be the wrong option.  If your block is from a massive input of data and…
  • Overcoming Preacher’s Block

    Peter Mead
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Writer’s block is a famous challenge, but I suspect preacher’s block is an equally frequent occurrence.  The time ticks by and Sunday’s deadline keeps approaching.  What should you do if you feel stuck?  Here are eight suggestions. 1. Pray.  Seems obvious, but I need to make this overt.  Pray.  And pray honestly.  Stop praying nice little “Lord I commit this process to you for your blessing and glory” prayers.  Start praying really honestly.  “God, I am really struggling here!  I don’t know what the problem is and I am scared that I…
  • Preaching and Patience

    Peter Mead
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
      Life transformation is typically a gradual process.  We tend to focus on the sudden change stories, but even there, when we dig deeper, we tend to find a process that was ongoing for a while.  We can pray for and celebrate the big breakthrough moments, but let’s not forget that God is patiently building the church at all times. Be patient with the church – By all means preach with expectancy and pray for monumental change, but remember that God has his plans and purposes at work constantly in all the lives that make up your church.  This Sunday’s message is part of…
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    samluce.com

  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

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

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

    samluce
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    One of the traps the enemy uses to marginalize leaders is envy. If I only had a bigger building. If I only had more staff. If I only had a bigger budget. The reality is that no matter how we don’t like to admit it none of us are immune from these thoughts. I know that I have struggled with each of these at different points in ministry. I remember having a conversation with a kids pastor who had less kids than we had and had 3 staff members to help. I left the call with this overwhelming feeling of frustration and discouragement. I remember actually breaking out a calculator adding up…
  • What we can learn from Mark Driscoll and Acts 29

    samluce
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    There has been a lot of buzz around the internet about the removing of Mars Hill and its founding pastor Mark Driscoll from the church network he helped to create Acts 29. There are ideas, theories flying and everyone it seems is picking a side and digging in for virtual battle. I won’t go into the details of the situation because that is covered in detail by other posts. Basically the Acts 29 Board felt sufficient cause for concern for Mark Driscoll, his church and the Acts29 that they have chosen to remove Mark and his church from any affiliation with the Acts 29 network. This is a…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Ask Good Questions

    samluce
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    One of the greatest things I got out of Infuse was a good ole fashion verbal butt woopen from Bro Jim. I went to a “Spend-a-week” Conference with Bro Jim and I didn’t even say Hi to him. I never asked a question and I never waited to speak to anyone. I always felt I would be bothering him or other speakers at a conference. I have learned that isn’t true at all and honestly it’s changed everything. CS Lewis says “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” I decided that I was going to get over myself and grow. Here is…
 
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  • The Social Media Platform Your Church MUST Pay Attention To NEXT

    Kenny Jahng
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      Today’s post is from Jason Caston who helps to equip churches as they connect their ministry with the online community. There are many resources are available on his blog ichurchmethod.com. I recently asked Jason to share with us some of the up and coming social media platforms that have gained popularity. An interesting transition is happening in the world of social media, Facebook is undoubtedly the king of the hill and Twitter is up there as well but the popular new kid on the block is Instagram and it’s here to stay.  Instagram now has 200 Million users, over 20 billion…
  • Top 5 Things I Learned About Promoting My Content Online

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

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

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

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

  • You need a fitbit

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

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

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

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

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

  • Noah Story Finally Getting Its Family Friendly Comedy Adaptation

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Darren Aronofksy's Noah epic was many things—Lord of the Rings wannabe, fanciful interpretation of biblical lore, not as controversial as it was made out to be—but a comedy it was not. Unified Pictures is looking to remedy that oversight by making their own Noah movie, and this one's going to be an all-CGI family friendly comedy. The focus will be on the animals, particularly a lonely aardvark named Gilbert who, according to the press release: "becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their…
  • As Ice Bucket Challenges Go, John Krasinski's Is a Good One

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    There are plenty of competing opinions about the usefulness of the Ice Bucket Challenge but, as celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge videos go, John Krasinski's (Jim on The Office) challenge to his wife, Emily Blunt, is one of the better ones ...
  • Congratulations on 150 Million Installations, YouVersion.

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    YouVersion, the immensely popular Bible app, just hit a very big landmark in a long string of pretty impressive ones: 150 million downloads. According to the organization's website, YouVersion is available in almost a thousand different versions and 679 languages ...
  • 16-Year-Old Arrested For Writing a Facebook Status About Killing a Dinosaur

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Feeling misunderstood is a big part of your teenage years. You're just trying to express yourself, but everyone takes it the wrong way. Take 16-year-old Alex Stone of Summerville, South Carolina, who was instructed by his teacher to write a short story and post it on Facebook. Alex wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” and then added “I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Not the most imaginative short story in the world, but there are some intriguing details. But the detail that stood out to his teacher was the part about the gun. She promptly suspended Alex and…
  • How to Weather a Crisis of Faith

    baileybrewer29
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    5 tips for weathering your first, second (or tenth) season of doubt. Faith is not always easy to weather. It can feel light and breezy one day—with a string of hopeful and happy words: “Faith, hope and love.” On others, it can feel like a giant weight you’re carrying around, making you wonder if you should drag it a little longer and see if it becomes light again or leave it behind and try life on without it.
 
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  • You Can Live With Us

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

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

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

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

    Jason Bedell
    16 Jan 2014 | 6:48 am
    “ARGHHH,” I exclaimed as I scoured the house in a panic, almost out of breath. “What’s wrong daddy?” My oldest was distraught. She could see the frustration in my face as I flung open cabinets, turned over piles of papers. “Are you missing something? Can I help?” Chloe was genuinely concerned. I snapped back, “Have you girls seen my wallet?! I put it right here on the counter and now it’s missing.” I had reached my boiling point. I knew we were going to be late to school and already had a late start to the morning. “Roxy, did…
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  • NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

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

    David
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    I believe we always think of the Bible while wearing rose colored glasses, in other words, when we look back on the good ‘ol days of our past, we remember the good times and the great things – but for as much as the Bible is a book about what to do and how to live, it also contains examples of what “not to do.” Yes, the Bible has heroes and heroines and people to look up to – but, the Bible is quick to admit their faults and to be transparent about their weaknesses.  Yes, David was Israel’s mightiest King and he had a strong faith and he was a man…
  • A look at Jude / an introduction

    David
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    The author of Jude….is Jude, which I think is surprising because how often do you hear Jude quoted by pastors? Rarely if ever, right? In Hebrew this is the name Judah (as in one of the 12 tribes) and in Greek this is the name Judas (as in the one who betrayed Jesus). There is some speculation about who Jude was, there was a different disciple named Judas  (Acts 1:13)  and Jesus also had a brother named Judas (Mark 6:3) And brother of Jesus – this is where many scholars land – as Jude writes in his introduction. Jude 1:1-2 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of…
  • The Evangelist / a look at 3 John

    David
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    3 John:11-12 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true. So our last Christian is DEMETRIUS and Demetrius is an Evangelist. And I think for some reason a lot of Christians have the wrong idea about evangelism. We think it’s one of those things you have to be trained to do, or it’s something that’s difficult or that it’s something you have to be…
  • The Proud & Unteachable / a look at 3 John

    David
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    3 John: 9-10 9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. Our second church member is Diophetres & Diophetres is PROUD What does John say about this person? That they put themselves first and they do not acknowledge authority. They are unwelcoming, slanderous and they drive people away from the…
 
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  • Tainted Like Milk

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

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

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

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

    Scott
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Every once in a while, God puts you at the table of someone who embodies the characteristics of His Son. Since I strive to be like Christ, this is indeed very helpful because it makes Jesus visible. That happened to me just now. As I write this blog post, I am sitting in my car […]
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  • Delivery… Delivery… Delivery

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

    Hal Mayer
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Whenever we discuss leadership we must discuss delegation. The problem is many people abdicate rather than delegate. Both actions may look the same on paper – “I gave them the responsibility” – but the preparation is totally different. Abdication happens when you... Continue Reading →
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  • 10 Ways Your Church can be Successful at Crowdfunding

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

    Russ Fortier
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Many people attend a church service when they’re invited by a friend or colleague. Sometimes they really enjoy the service, but never end up coming back. It’s not because they do not want to not return. The majority of the time it’s just because they don’t know how to get “plugged in” to what’s happening in your ministry. But it’s not just visitors to which this happens, sometimes this lack of being “plugged in” can also occur with members who become inactive in church activities. For believers, the Church is not a building, it’s the people. Whether they’ve been…
  • No-Contract Phone Provider, PagePlus, Cuts Bills by a Third

    Lauren Hunter
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    I was tired. I could barely stand the painful cell phone bill that arrived via online billpay each month. Every time I opened the email I sat in disbelief as my Verizon bill rivaled my monthly energy bill. Oh, and I only had one smart phone and one dumb phone on that bill at that time. My husband, a teacher, was close to begging me for a smart phone (I have the joy of paying the bills in our family). In a moment of weakness on a Sunday afternoon, we succumbed to the Verizon kiosk at Costco and walked away with two “free” Samsung Galaxy 3′s. Well, what is “free”…
  • 7 Ways to Connect the Dots

    Steve Caton
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    We have no shortage of information. We are surrounded by data, but data alone doesn’t tell a story. An individual star in the sky may be beautiful, but only when you connect the three in a row do you see Orion’s Belt. Individual data points are less important than the story that they can tell when we connect the dots. Measuring the right things can give a full, accurate picture of what is happening in your church. Here are six ways to ensure that your data is telling the right story. 1. Attendance This is where most churches start, but they often aren’t looking at the right metrics of…
  • 4 Crowdfunding Ministry Success Stories

    Jeremy Smith
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Last month we shared with you 5 Possible Crowdfunding Solutions for Your Next Church Project specifically designed for crowdsource funding that ministries can leverage. Regardless of your project, whether  renovating a part of your church, sending and supporting a missionary to Africa, financing a local outreach ministry, or sending kids to camp, online crowdfunding may have a place in your fundraising process. While it is great to know where these platforms are, it is even better to hear that they truly do work. Below, we have listed four success stories where churches and ministries were…
 
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  • Tear-jerking story of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Church planting is absolutely essential to doing all we can to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation. That’s why we planted Grace Hills with the philosophy of being a teaching hospital. From day one, our desire has been to plant other churches out of ourselves. This is the DNA of churches that have poured into us as well. Local churches bear the weight of the work of church planting and we wanted to be born pregnant, ready to give birth to a daughter church before it would normally make sense to do so. Michael, Jennifer, Jacob, Lucas, and Marcus Smith That’s why…
  • Diversity Was God’s Idea to Begin With

    Brandon
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:48 am
    Diversity and equality have been hot topics in the last decade of American life. We’re in the midst of various shifts in our culture surrounding these concepts, especially in relation to ethnicity and gender, and some of these shifts are good. When my family lived in southern California, we were ethnically not in the majority in our neighborhood, and we appreciated it greatly. Our church was home to people from dozens of ethnic backgrounds, and we loved that even more. All of the tension between ethnicities as well as what we have termed the “battle of the sexes” is really…
  • Justice Is the Pursuit of People Who Belong to God

    Brandon
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    God will make it all right! We live in world turned upside down at present. It’s an unjust place, an unholy place, and a place where the oppressed cry out to the Creator night and day. And we who belong to Jesus are agents of His Kingdom and its values, which include justice and peace. Our primary means of bringing peace and justice to the world around us is by way of telling the good news of Jesus who died to level the playing field and make salvation and redemption possible for all equally. But our world goes on in its trampling of the principles of justice. When people are oppressed…
  • Loving People You Don’t Like Is Really Love

    Brandon
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Loving people you like is easy. Loving people who are easy to love is a cinch. But loving your enemies? That’s a challenge. But it’s a challenge given by Jesus when He said, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NLT) The basic minimum requirement that the world expects of us is that we be loving when it’s easy, but Jesus’ new Kingdom ethic is far more challenging. He provokes us to accept people unconditionally, return deeds for…
  • How Will People Know You Love Them?

    Brandon
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Saying “I love you” matters a great deal. It’s a missing ingredient in too many family stories. We all need to receive that basic verbal affirmation, and we all need to be giving it as well. But verbal affirmations of love only go so far. What we need is love through deeds, love in action. We show our love in both simple and complex ways, from random acts of kindness to great acts of sacrifice. 1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”  Look at it this way, when you tell people…
 
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  • The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A Study of John 14:6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jessi Marquez
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    We’re so excited to be having Pastor Casey Treat as our special guest speaker on Sunday, August 17th! Casey and his wife Wendy are the lead pastors of Christian Faith Center in Seattle, Washington – the largest church in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to pastoring, Casey Treat is an author and motivational speaker, as […] Related posts: Guest Speaker: Michael Murphy | July 27 Guest Speaker Rohan Dredge: Sunday April 13th Guest Speaker Jon Tyson: Sunday June 1st
  • “They Devoted Themselves” Andi Andrew – Podcast

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

    Jessi Marquez
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The creative community of Liberty Church is gathering for its first OPEN Creative Meeting! If you’re part of the creative team, interested in joining the team, or seeking to find other creatives in our church community, we invite you to come. We are a group that includes filmmakers, graphic designers, photographers, social media experts, dancers, […] Related posts: Creative Team Workshop – July 13th Liberty Church – July Happenings Creative Team Workshop – February 1st
 
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  • Top 10 Articles for Senior Pastors (or Small Group Pastors Who Support Them)

    Mark Howell
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Over the years I’ve emphasized the role of senior pastor as small group champion a million times.  Somehow it made sense to gather up my top 10 articles for senior pastors (or small group pastors who support them) all in one place. Here are my top 10 articles for senior pastors: Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups 5 Things Senior Pastors Need to Know about Small Group Ministry Note to Senior Pastors: Authentic Community Begins with You 3 Prerequisite Convictions for Senior Pastors Who Experience Authentic Community 6 Ways to Help Your Senior Pastor…
  • Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry – My New Short Course

    Mark Howell
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry Coming to the conclusion that you might need a new design for your small group ministry?  Concerned that there may be something (or a collection of factors) preventing you from taking your small group ministry where you need to go? You’re Invited! I want to invite you to join me for my new 4 session short course: Design, Build and Sustain a Thriving Small Group Ministry.  Based on my most requested and most popular workshop, it draws more positive comments and rave reviews than anything else I talk about. Here’s what…
  • 7 Small Group Ministry Truths I Hold to Be Self-Evident

    Mark Howell
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve always loved this line from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Here are 7 small group  ministry truths that I hold to be self-evident: Unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again.  This is self-evident, isn’t it?  Unconnected people aren’t lining up for counseling appointments.  When a tough thing comes…
  • Becoming More: A New Study from Lysa TerKeurst

    Mark Howell
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Had an opportunity this week to preview a new study from Lysa TerKeurst, a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl is a 6 session study for women that “guides participants on an incredible, tremendously rewarding journey on which they will discover how to: Build personal, two-way conversations with God Study the Bible and experience…
  • Questions Small Group Pastors Should Never Ask

    Mark Howell
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are certain things every small group pastor needs to know from the very beginning.  These things are only discovered by asking great questions.  See also, 5 Things Every Small Group Pastor Needs to Know on Day 1. There are also questions that should never be asked.  For the most part, they’re just the wrong questions!  Asking them sometimes betrays a misunderstanding of success.  Other times the very fact that the question is asked indicates a misguided assumption. Questions Small Group Pastors Should Never Ask What is the minimum percentage connected we should accept? …
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  • Fear or Love - Two Perspectives on Engaging Culture

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

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Photo Credit: psgreen01 (Creative Commons)*Rant Alert*I keep seeing folks in the youth ministry tribe spending loads of time promoting and building their platforms. Whether it's guest blog posts on a big-name youth ministry blog, creating a blog and website to offer brand spankin' new services and advice for youth ministry folks, becoming youth ministry consultants or coaches or speakers (instead of pastors or full-time youth workers), writing and selling self-published books and/or e-books...the amount of social media platforms in the youth ministry world feels like it's…
  • Reflections on Colima: 4 Ministry Insights from a Missions Experience

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    We frantically hurried through the lively exterior of the Guadalajara airport, a teeming network of taxis, buses, and vans all skirting around each other while idle drivers waited on the curb for their next client. Our bus left from the station in 25 minutes; the drive to the station would take at least 30, and the tickets weren't refundable or transferable. Our two hired drivers had been waiting for us outside instead of looking for the large group of semi-confused Canadians expecting them inside in the airport. (I found out later, our hosts had miscommunicated about this particular portion…
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  • Zealot: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

    Charlie Whitlow
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    There are just enough interesting historical facts mixed in with Mr. Aslan’s own propaganda to make the unsuspecting masses conclude that his tale about Jesus is possible if not even probable. In reality, he has achieved a great work of pure fiction to be considered as serious as Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. It’s laughable that Mr. Aslan does not see that he is guilty of exactly the same fraud that he relentlessly heaps upon the gospel writers. According to Mr. Aslan the evangelists, Mark, Matthew, Luke & especially John are not to be taking seriously because they are writing decades…
  • A Brief History of Community Church

    Charlie Whitlow
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    September of 2012, Community Church turned thirty years old. It all started when Arlie Whitlow moved his young family of four from a small country town in South Carolina to a suburb thirty minutes outside of Washington, DC. Pastor Arlie, an enthusiastic, highly relational and entrepreneurial personality, began canvassing Loudoun County, gathering people who would become a new congregation. It was a total risk. There was no denominational backing or support from a larger church. A local businessman did promise Pastor Arlie a salary while he got the church ‘up and running.’ However, this…
  • 5 Question Test: Am I Walking in Total Forgiveness?

    Charlie Whitlow
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Today, in the message “The Advantage of Forgiveness,” I mentioned that I’d post five questions that I encourage each one of us to use to test if we’re walking in total forgiveness towards others. Here they are: Does remembering a particular event trigger a strong emotional reaction? When you think of a particular person do you feel “okay” about them with no hint of lingering hurt, bitterness or anger?  Can the offending party be thought of with a sincere desire that good things will happen in his or her life? Can you honestly believe & pray for them to succeed…
  • Prayer of Thanks for Health

    Charlie Whitlow
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lord, thank you for health. I don’t sincerely thank you often enough or acknowledge the blessing & benefit of good health. Thank you. For as long as I have it, I thank you. When my physical body is sound & alert; free from the distractions of pain & sickness, I can live & move & serve you more wholly. Thank you. I am reminded of how dependent I am—of how weak I truly am. One infection, one virus, one sore throat, one cold sends me to my knees; to my bed needing rest, needing care, needing hydration, needing nutrition. Lord, how truly needy I am! The world keeps groping…
  • Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Mate

    Charlie Whitlow
    16 Feb 2014 | 2:30 pm
    1.Faith.  Is he/she serious about their commitment to Christ & His church? 2.Self-image.  Does he/she have a healthy self-esteem? 3.Considerate.  How does he/she respond to differing ideas especially to those in authority? 4.Forgiven.  Does he/she have a clear conscience? Is their unresolved issues in his/her past–is there baggage? 5.Calling.  Does he/she have a clear purpose in life? 6.Frugality.  Does he/she have evidence of managing their $ well. Does he/she have anything in savings? 7.Etiquette.  Is he/she friendly or flirtatious? 8.Friendships.  Who does he/she hang out…
 
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  • God Is A Peacemaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    This week has been a bit strange. I’ve only eaten Chipotle once and I’ve been asked the same question twice. If you are keeping track that’s more questions than Chipotle. Now normally that wouldn’t be that big of a deal but this question was headache inducing. “What do you believe?” That was the question asked. I responded with, “About what?” God? The Bible? Where babies come from? At this point I’d rather talk to these strangers about where babies come from than the other two. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE talking theology. I love…
  • What To Do When Someone Disagrees With Truth

    Rob Shepherd
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    I’m a middle child. We are awesome. We are special. We are awesomely special. We are so special we have our own day. One of the perks that comes with being a middle child is the ability to reason incredibly well. Some would call it arguing but some would be first or third borns and they would be wrong. I have been known to drive people crazy by my reasoning. Especially when I can see both sides of an argument. Oh yeah, that’s another perk to being a middle child. So this post might be influenced by my middle child syndrome. You see I like to argue. I like to be right. I like to be…
  • Brontosaurus, Gungor, and Genesis

    Rob Shepherd
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Are you sitting down? If not, you should be. Sitting on the toilet counts and actually might benefit you because I’m about to drop some news on you that might produce spontaneous bowel movements. You know the dinosaurs? The ones that we learned about as kids, were featured in the documentary Jurassic Park, and have found their way into viral wedding party pictures? Well, they didn’t all exist like we were taught. In fact the Brontosaurus never existed. I’m not sure what Fred Flinstone was eating when he thought it was a Bronto Burger. My guess is that it was cat. Did you…
  • Movie Review: Expendables 3

    Rob Shepherd
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to movies. It takes something to really catch me off guard to love a film. With that being said I do have some exceptions. I like to call these movies Awesomely Bad Movies. Awesomely Bad Movies are movies I like but I’ll admit that they are pretty low quality. Some of my favorites are Big Trouble in Little China, American Ninja, the Original Captain America from 1990. Awesomely Bad! Also included in that list are Expendables 1 & 2. If you put any other group of actors in those two films and I’d laugh at how bad they were. But the…
  • Somethings Wrong With The World Today

    Rob Shepherd
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Aerosmith’s song Living On the Edge starts off with the lyrics, “There’s something wrong with the world today, I don’t know what it is.” That song came out years ago but as I look over the news I see it’s incredibly relevant for today. There is something wrong with the world today. Isis is beheading children and persecuting Christians in Iraq. A teen was shot by a cop in Ferguson Missouri and all havoc has wreaked out. If you don’t know about this one Google it. It is bad. The tension between the Ukraine and Russia is at DEFCON 1. Which contrary to…
 
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  • Computer milestones

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

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

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

    Richard Wilson
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Today was the start of one of the church’s biggest activities of the year, the camp for children. This year it is even bigger, for the first time lasting a whole week. It is great to see so many of the church members involved in various ways, such as leading and organising activities and cooking and advertising and so on. I went this afternoon to help take some things and people, but had to come back to Trento for a concert at night. I will be going for the whole day on Wednesday to run some games and do a video, and then again on Sunday afternoon to help with the closure and bring…
  • Kids’ Club goes public

    Richard Wilson
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Kids’ Club, our evangelistic program for children, went public yesterday for its second event. We set up in a large park next to a lake in one of the valleys, were a lot of families go in summer to get some relief from the heat. The weather was not as good as it could have been for this period, so there were not as many people there as we expected. On the other hand, a few invited friends came along, including one who wanted us to repeat the program in her town in the mountains. One of the highlights was seeing some teenagers dancing along with us in the playground – they were too…
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  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

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

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

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

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

    Will Mancini
    13 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my initial thoughts. Keep in mind that I believe providence and local ministry context are the primary factors in determining the scope of a ministry’s vision. This list focuses on developmental aspects of leadership. #1 The size of your God This isn’t a spiritual…
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  • Great Tunes: Sia – Chandelier

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

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

    Alastair Vance
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    weeks07days02hours19minutes42seconds27 Official date for @STORYCHURCH Chapter Two is Oct 12th! #excitedClick To Tweet -
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 17 Aug 2014

    Alastair Vance
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I Am – Crowder (B) Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman (B) Came To My Rescue – Hillsong (B) Desert Song – Hillsong (D) Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle (G)  
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 10 Aug 2014

    Alastair Vance
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B) Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristen Stanfill (B) I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin (B) Never Once – Matt Redman (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B)
 
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  • New Christian books recommended by Authentic Christian Living

    Authentic Christian Living team
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We believe it is important to continue to learn and grow in our faith. Our main source for growing in the Lord is by reading His Word, praying and seeking wisdom (which He promises to give us when we seek Him for it.) It is also beneficial to our spiritual growth when we glean from […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post New Christian books recommended by Authentic Christian Living appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts

    Authentic Christian Living team
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    David wrote Psalm 119 and included a powerful example for us: when we know God’s word (hide it in our hearts) we recall it in times where we are tempted to sin.  I know this to be true in my life. Moments when I’m discouraged I remember verses about how treasured I am, and that […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors

    MinJea Jung
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I once heard my pastors compare his job to a waiter. He said his main role was to serve good food to us. Check out these 10 inspirational quotes from pastors that we love. Our prayer is that they will satisfy your appetite! 1. Andy Stanley “when…God initiated his relationship with mankind, it didn’t begin […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization

    MinJea Jung
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, we selected these wonderful 15 Bible verses for scripture memorization.  We hope you print them out and take them with you to remember and memorize.  Feel free to Pin them and come back later if that works well for you. 1. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about

    Authentic Christian Living team
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today we launch our annual Christmas in July campaign.  Our pages will promote 16 charities that we think are worth noting. If you have Christmas in July ideas, we want to hear them. Will you take 5 minutes to learn about what each of them do? 1. A21 Campaign Work: Be a voice for those in […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
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  • Genesis 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Photo Credit: psgreen01 (Creative Commons)*Rant Alert*I keep seeing folks in the youth ministry tribe spending loads of time promoting and building their platforms. Whether it's guest blog posts on a big-name youth ministry blog, creating a blog and website to offer brand spankin' new services and advice for youth ministry folks, becoming youth ministry consultants or coaches or speakers (instead of pastors or full-time youth workers), writing and selling self-published books and/or e-books...the amount of social media platforms in the youth ministry world feels like it's…
  • Reflections on Colima: 4 Ministry Insights from a Missions Experience

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    We frantically hurried through the lively exterior of the Guadalajara airport, a teeming network of taxis, buses, and vans all skirting around each other while idle drivers waited on the curb for their next client. Our bus left from the station in 25 minutes; the drive to the station would take at least 30, and the tickets weren't refundable or transferable. Our two hired drivers had been waiting for us outside instead of looking for the large group of semi-confused Canadians expecting them inside in the airport. (I found out later, our hosts had miscommunicated about this particular portion…
 
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  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    21 Sep 2012 | 8:55 am
    According to a recent study by Lifeway Research, 80% of churchgoers agree that they are personally responsible to share their beliefs about Jesus with non-Christians. However, in the next six months only about 39% of them ever will. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 starts with “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. Another way to translate the word for “go” is “as you go” or “while you are going”. In other words, disciple making should be a natural way of life for the Christian. As you go, make disciples. It’s in the…
 
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  • Facebook advertising for Churches (@ijasonham)

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

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

    Tim Hutchings
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    Here’s a question for you. What is a pilgrimage? This year, I’ve been working to create the prototype for a new pilgrimage route across north-east England. The prototype trail goes through Gateshead and Newcastle, using a mobile app packed with maps, stories, images, audio and video, all created by local churches and communities. I’ve asked contributors to focus on the themes of “Hope” and “Journey”, but each community has invented their own response. So a church in Gateshead has created video interviews remembering what their town was like in the…
  • Proverbs (@paulblakey)

    paulblakey
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    http://seedresources.com/view/images/proverbs-27-19 Proverbs – written mostly by Solomon as a guidebook to life! Human wisdom, Godly wisdom and common sense all play a part in daily life. Wisdom – living by God’s standards – leads to life and all that is good whereas folly – wilfully going in our own direction – leads to an half life and ends in death. We need to, time and again, respond and live life from God’s perspective, attitude and action. Once when carrying out a talk on the work of Street Angels I said that a lot of what we do on the streets,…
  • A Wise Word: Reflection on Proverbs 25:11 (@Seeking1st)

    Nancy Wallace
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
      CC License: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vinally/5639206680/ Social media is full of words - funny, sad, silly, wise, cruel, kind, judgemental, helpful, beautiful, ugly. Posting on Twitter, Facebook and all the rest is so quick, it’s easy to say things we later regret. How many times have you re-tweeted a tweet that seems to be news, but without pausing to check the facts, so your tweet becomes false gossip or even slander. Or perhaps it is true but expressed in a cruel way? You know the sort of thing. Dave Roberts has a helpful Proverbs related post about our use of words in…
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  • You need a fitbit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    tsnipes
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    A little behind the scenes work on a sketch I recently did to sharpen the ‘ol skills! Related posts: 2 Minute Practice Sketch on the Wacom Tablet (Video) Trying to “practice what I preach” by doing something creative... Behind The Scenes Quick Sketch and Gallery Pics I don’t think I’ve actually shared this “Quick Sketch” video... Quick Sketch: Keeping the Art Muscles Moving We always have to keep our creative muscles moving. And...
 
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  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

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

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

    samluce
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    One of the traps the enemy uses to marginalize leaders is envy. If I only had a bigger building. If I only had more staff. If I only had a bigger budget. The reality is that no matter how we don’t like to admit it none of us are immune from these thoughts. I know that I have struggled with each of these at different points in ministry. I remember having a conversation with a kids pastor who had less kids than we had and had 3 staff members to help. I left the call with this overwhelming feeling of frustration and discouragement. I remember actually breaking out a calculator adding up…
  • What we can learn from Mark Driscoll and Acts 29

    samluce
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    There has been a lot of buzz around the internet about the removing of Mars Hill and its founding pastor Mark Driscoll from the church network he helped to create Acts 29. There are ideas, theories flying and everyone it seems is picking a side and digging in for virtual battle. I won’t go into the details of the situation because that is covered in detail by other posts. Basically the Acts 29 Board felt sufficient cause for concern for Mark Driscoll, his church and the Acts29 that they have chosen to remove Mark and his church from any affiliation with the Acts 29 network. This is a…
  • 3 things I learned from Infuse: Ask Good Questions

    samluce
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    One of the greatest things I got out of Infuse was a good ole fashion verbal butt woopen from Bro Jim. I went to a “Spend-a-week” Conference with Bro Jim and I didn’t even say Hi to him. I never asked a question and I never waited to speak to anyone. I always felt I would be bothering him or other speakers at a conference. I have learned that isn’t true at all and honestly it’s changed everything. CS Lewis says “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” I decided that I was going to get over myself and grow. Here is…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 7 Christian Etiquette Tips When Visiting A Church Of A Different Denomination

    David Peach
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been invited by a co-worker from another faith to visit their place of worship? Or, would you like to visit a different religion or denomination so that you can be more effective in your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Sins from the Bible That You Don’t Hear Discussed Much Today

    Jack Wellman
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What sins are not even talked about anymore in society but are clearly defined as sin by God?  What ones would you add? What is Sin? 1 John 3:4b “Sin is the transgression of the Law.” Sin is what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Women I Admire from the Bible

    Crystal McDowell
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Women played a significant role throughout the Bible. Their influences, decisions, and relationships (or lack thereof) with God had a tremendous impact that still affects the world today. Eve eating... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Asking God’s Help For An Estranged Spouse

    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In today’s fast-paced world married couples often get so busy that they lose time for one another. One thing leads to another and before you know it either the husband or the wife decides that they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Should Christians Donate Their Bodies To Science When They Die?

    Jack Wellman
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does the Bible give Christians guidance on whether a believer can or should donate their body to science when they die?  What do you think about this controversial subject? The Body is Sanctified... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What ever happened to Dad’s chair?

    revtrev
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Some of my earliest memories are of a game my grandpa and I used to play. He’d be out of the living room and I’d crawl on to his green-leather chair. I’d wait for him to come into the room. There was always a sideways look and then a methodical walk to where I sat. […]
  • What we all need to experience real grace

    revtrev
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Can we trust the body? Last week we looked at some of the problems of togetherness. Trusting the body is one of the toughest truths to live out. We can almost convince ourselves we can trust the Bible…and if you don’t I suggest you take the time do so. We can learn with patience and […]
  • The Problem of Being in Community

    revtrev
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    So far in our “Did God Really Say?” Series we’ve looked at how we can discern what’s right and wrong by two of the three tools God has given us. We’ve looked at why and we can trust the Bible. We’ve looked at why and how we can trust the Spirit. Today we start in […]
  • 3 ways to know it’s the Spirit speaking

    revtrev
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them […]
  • Don’t think you know fathers until you read this

    revtrev
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    There is something lacking in our culture and it’s a healthy (and Biblical) understanding of fathers. In this article we’ll look at how God has revealed himself as Father and what that means for us today. Don’t think you know fathers until you read this. In the Hebrew Scriptures we see God reveal more and […]
 
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  • It takes maturity...

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    It's not uncommon for a church to have a gap in its congregation or youth ministry. It could be the older folk at the evening service, a generation of baby boomers on a Sunday or teens in senior high on a Friday night.Sometimes, the gaps are beyond a church's control, a sign of present or previous weakness or become evident due to a surge in one particular demographic.But, gaps cause a hidden damage.Those who are younger don't get to see the next step lived out.The young adults don't get to see someone who has faithfully followed Jesus for seven decades.The boomers don't get to…
  • Preachers vs TV sales-people

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    If you watch any morning show or late-enough time-filler, you'll inevitably encounter a "paid promotion" for anything from food processors, gym equipment, insurance and cleaning products.Of all the options, the greatest advertorial in history, as I mentioned back in 2010, is for the slap chop. I don't care how good the ShamWow was, how excited Big Kev was or how many free steak knives came with the deal.A few weeks ago I meet with someone who mentioned, if I decided to use my communicative powers for evil, instead of good, I would be quite effective.In fact, a few weeks ago I sold…
  • Youth ministry CEO?

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Earlier this week I posted here about the misguided importance the church often places on developing leaders, almost substituting it for the great commission.The reason this is true has to do with the CEO like structures we create and reward within churches.What do I mean?Well, right now I'm a CEO of a youth ministry.But I started at the bottom and had to work my way up to "the top."I started as a "customer" and then got "hired" as a junior "staff member."Then I got "promoted" until I was a "junior executive" with "increased responsibilities."And got "trained in the system."And then…
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  • Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

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

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

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

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

    Fr. Peter
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
      The Scots Photographer Alexander Gardner Photographs the American Civil War. The post The Scot who shot the Civil War appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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  • 17 things I love about my husband

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

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

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

    Osayi
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If I told you some of my deepest secrets you would probably think I was very strange, or you would be glad to know that there was someone else in the world that shared your peculiarities, and then you would probably want to be my friend… We all have secrets, every single one of us. The neighbor that looks perfect, and you wish you could be like, the lady in church who always seems to have everything under control, the woman whose kids are incredibly well-behaved, the smiling lady with the amazing husband…all of us, we all have secrets. So try not to be too harsh with yourself…
  • Worried? Change the station

    Osayi
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    worried? I’ve found myself worrying a lot lately. If there’s something to worry about, I’ll quickly begin worrying about it. If it’s something that can’t be solved, even better, because it means I can just keep thinking and worrying about it… It doesn’t matter what it is, cleaning the house, writing a blog post, safety of Nigeria, getting stuck in traffick etc. etc. etc. I was listening to an audiobook recently and the lady talked about changing the station. If you keep getting thoughts you don’t like, just change the station in your mind. If…
 
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  • Lawn Chairs and Generosity

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Herron
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    The post Lawn Chair Sundays appeared first on Jonathan Herron.
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    Tru Ministry

  • Why You Need High School Students To Be Leaders

    collie.coburn
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    One of the great things about Vacation Bible School to me is all the high-school students who show up and lead for the week. There’s nothing like the crazy, infectious joy that high school-aged leaders bring to make a children’s program lively and memorable. When VBS is finished, I typically try to recruit several of the students who demonstrated a gift for leading to kids to be a part of our Sunday morning rotation. I do this because I’ve come to realize that giving high-school students real responsibilities in our classrooms is a huge win all around. Simply put, I’ve gone from…
  • Shifting Sand

    courtney.wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    This month did not feel very “blog worthy.”  My highlight reel seemed to have a black and white cast – not in the artistic way, but nothing standing out as stories to tell or wisdom to impart.  In fact, the stories that could be told felt dark and dysfunctional.  Extended family issues, critical volunteers, illness – waves kept crashing in, swallowing the bright spots with confusion.  At times, it felt like I needed to surrender to life, and only in His strength, I was able to surrender to God. When my daughter was 3 years old, we went out to take family photos on the shores of…
  • Time to Recruit

    cheryl.wong
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Olaf: …sometimes I like to close my eyes and imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come. Bees will buzz, Kids will blow dandelion fuzz And I’ll be doing whatever snow does in summer A drink in my hand, My snow up against the burning sand Probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer Who can think of summer the same after hearing Olaf’s song? (You do know Olaf, right? The adorable snowman from Frozen?) Just thinking of the song makes me smile and want to spend more time relaxing in the sun. And why not? The summer team is going great, VBS was a big success, and I survived the…
  • Families Serving Together

    nancy.thompson
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    My 16 year old son is on the spectrum.  He has high functioning autism.  Sometimes he has trouble with social situations including interactions with others.  Sometimes he’s very rigid in his thinking.  There is no gray area, only black and white.  His way.  The end.  And often, a conversation is directed at you, not engaging with you.  Needless to say, some days are difficult. We recently participated in a day of service.  I was asked to lead a team that would prepare and serve breakfast to homeless in downtown Seattle.  I checked the to-do list I was given, gave instructions to…
  • Fail Forward

    collie.coburn
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    Children’s Ministry is a profession full of creativity. We’re always coming up with new games, lessons, events, crafts and decorations. This is a big part of the joy of doing children’s ministry, we have the freedom to try new ideas and see what happens. The flipside to this is that with new ideas comes failure. We’ve all had the experience of seeing a great idea fail to take off, or turn out entirely different than we imagined it. Sometimes the frustration of failure seems greater than the joy of success, or at the very least more common! Doing ministry means frequently deciding to…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 17

    Naomi Deviny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “How Great is Our God” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” “Revelation Song” “Our God” “Lord I Need You” “In Christ Alone” “Here I Am to Worship” “This is Amazing Grace” Rising 117 spots on the Proclaim Charts this…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 10

    Naomi Deviny
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot. “How Great is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Our God” “Cornerstone” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” “Here I Am to Worship” “Mighty to Save” “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” “This is Amazing Grace” This week a Christian hymn…
  • Pro Media Adds More Smart Media

    Jason Hickerson
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    This month we added 15 new packs of media with two amazing videos. With this update to Pro Media you can announce a mission trip, remind people when your services start, or offer an online giving option. If you are preaching through Isaiah or speaking about Purity then Pro Media has everything you need to make an engaging presentation. We make it easier to build elegant church presentations! 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.  
  • Just Released: Proverbs 31 Bible-Art Video

    Katie Monsma
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sharing the beauty of the Word has never been easier—our new Proverbs 31 video brings Scripture to life through color, sound, and animation. At Logos, not only do we write code that matters, but we also create original artwork to encourage and inspire. Our video team focuses on creating compelling graphics that help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes. The Proverbs 31 woman—“a woman who fears the Lord”—has been a biblical role model for thousands of years, and this video was created to inspire growth in her honorable attributes. Share this encouraging video with those you love.
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on August 3

    Naomi Deviny
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:12 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. “How Great is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Mighty to Save” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Our God” “Revelation Song” “This is Amazing Grace” “Cornerstone” “Doxology” “Lord I Need You” Get the Top 100 Get the Top 100 songs in Proclaim sent straight to your inbox!
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    Seeing Invisible

  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

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

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

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

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

    Blake Mankin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s now been more than a year since I married the most incredible woman in the world. May 25, 2013, Meagan walked down the aisle towards me and we started our life together as husband and wife. It’s been a thrilling ride, full of laughter, adventure, sanctification, and daily lessons in dying to ourselves. As we continue to put one foot in front of the other, we continue to find each step brings a new, beautiful view. I’ve learned a lot with Meagan by my side. I’ve learned lessons about relating to others, like how undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you…
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  • This Is Real Love

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

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

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

    Kris Burke
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Matthew 16:13-17 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. UFC, Jesus had this conversation with His disciples over 2000 years ago…
  • His Name Is Victory

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Psalm 60:12 – With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. There are many battles that we will face in this life, or may even be facing. Battles within, battles that surround us, or even battles we face on behalf of others. We can see them coming from every direction. Yet, the one thing the Christian DOESN’T do is retreat! Our enemies of fear, lust, pride, or any other darkness we face deserves only one thing…a battle.  But how do we win these battles? How do we run out to confront them face to face as David did and overcome? Only by the VICTORY…
 
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