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  • Christmas Survival Boxes

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    Evan Courtney
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Each year for Christmas, our sermon series addresses needs that people have during the holiday season. This year’s series is called “Surviving Christmas” and will discuss stress, loneliness, salvation and reflecting on the past. For the past couple of years, we have done guerrilla marketing to invite our regular attenders to our Christmas series and equip them to invite their friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. In years past, we have accomplished this by hand delivering a tin of cookies and popcorn boxes. Survival Boxes Given this year’s theme, we are assembling survival boxes…
  • 12 Quotes to remind you of God’s Amazing Grace

    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
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    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    These 12 quotes are reminders for me and you to remember when it comes to God's amazing grace. If one especially speaks to you, write it down somewhere you'll see it often. I hope these are as much of an encouragement to you as they are to me. Jesus is greater than your past, Jesus is greater than your current circumstances, Jesus has a GREATER future planned for you!God loves His children NOT based on their PERFORMANCE but rather as His POSITION as His child.If you belong to Jesus then God’s love for you is more powerful that the sin that seems to haunt you.Right now God…
  • 2014 Connexion Conference

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    Robert Carnes
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in October, Central United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C., hosted the 2014 Connexion Conference, which examined the impact of technology on the church. The keynote speaker, Meredith Gould, is a renown author, blogger, digital communications consultant and founder of the weekly Twitter-based Church Social Media Chat (#ChSocM). Her keynote presentation focused on how new media affects ministry. The conference also featured several other speakers addressing a number of other technological topics. “Virtual community is real community. Whatever happens in so-called real life……
  • My First Sunday at Transformation Church is in the Books

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

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

  • 2014 Connexion Conference

    Robert Carnes
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in October, Central United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C., hosted the 2014 Connexion Conference, which examined the impact of technology on the church. The keynote speaker, Meredith Gould, is a renown author, blogger, digital communications consultant and founder of the weekly Twitter-based Church Social Media Chat (#ChSocM). Her keynote presentation focused on how new media affects ministry. The conference also featured several other speakers addressing a number of other technological topics. “Virtual community is real community. Whatever happens in so-called real life……
  • Christmas Survival Boxes

    Evan Courtney
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Each year for Christmas, our sermon series addresses needs that people have during the holiday season. This year’s series is called “Surviving Christmas” and will discuss stress, loneliness, salvation and reflecting on the past. For the past couple of years, we have done guerrilla marketing to invite our regular attenders to our Christmas series and equip them to invite their friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. In years past, we have accomplished this by hand delivering a tin of cookies and popcorn boxes. Survival Boxes Given this year’s theme, we are assembling survival boxes…
  • Church Recommendations Matter

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    People trust people. More than marketing, advertising or publicity, people trust one another. Recommendations, opinions and reviews are way more valuable than any marketing you can do. Church recommendations matter. Jeff Ferazzo with Constant Contact shared these stats at the recent Minnesota Blogger Conference: Recommendations and online opinions get way more credit than advertising. Word of mouth is where it’s at. And that’s nothing new. People are always asking their friends. These days we just have more and more options to get other people’s input. The same is true for church. If…
  • How to Manage Your Communication Schedule & Strategy

    Dave Shrein
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    I’m discovering a trend as I listen to the story of communication directors and staffers: “I didn’t start off as the communication director, I just kinda fell into it.” That’s my story too. I came on staff as a graphic designer/website guy and before I knew it, I was questioning why we were doing so many stage announcements. Thus, I became a communication director. Principles to Help Manage Communication What does managing a church communication schedule and strategy look like? While there isn’t a right way to do this and every organization will look different, I believe there are…
  • Certification Lab 2015

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Certification Lab is an opportunity for church communication leaders to get better. And it’s coming to Dallas and St. Louis in 2015. We’ve done three Certification Labs so far and the rave reviews keep coming. More than another inspiring conference (as great as those are), this is a practical, hands-on, small group experience. This is a chance to take your church’s communication efforts to the next level. We limit the audience to 50 participants, so you’re going to be able to get your questions answered. You’ll even get on-going help after the event. So mark…
 
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    Greg Atkinson

  • My First Sunday at Transformation Church is in the Books

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

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

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

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

    Greg Atkinson
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    I’m taking a break to write my next book this month. Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the mega-blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:How do people like Bob Dylan cultivate their creative genius? They do it in part through dry spells.“The act of being stumped is an essential part…
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  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

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

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

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

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

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

    djchuang
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Question> I help oversee our finances at our church and we’re considering online giving as an option. I know–getting into the 21st century finally!I recognize there are transaction fees associated with credit card donations, and one of our worries is that existing donors (by check) will move their donations to credit card, and the church would get hit with the fees and we would end up with less donations. Of course the ideal situation is that having the online giving option increases overall giving so that the transaction fees are worth it.I was just curious what you know…
  • Are you a Korean American Pastor?

    djchuang
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    You can help with this research project from Pastor Steve Chang (Living Hope Community Church), if you are (or know someone who is):a Korean-American senior pastoror EM pastor ministering in a Korean-American settingministering in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, etc)Here’s the invite to fill out the survey:Are you a Korean-American senior pastor or an EM Pastor ministering in a Korean-American setting from Southern California? If so, please take a few minutes to fill out a survey for a study on “Beyond the First and Second Generation: The Second…
  • List of dotBrand websites launched to date

    djchuang
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    ICANN’s new gTLD program has many more brands applying for its top-level domain, far beyond expectations. And 400+ new gTLDs have launched so far (new domain extensions like .CHURCH, .CLUB, .LINK, and .WEBSITE) with more to come. In the mix are dotBrand TLDs, those that are exclusively used by a branded corporation / organization / entity. My research has found that 50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied for new gTLDs. This is a list of active dotBrand websites launched to date: Brand TLDs launched and delegated 55views 17items Brand TLDs launched and delegatedListly by DJ…
  • Mentoring Online for Asian American Christians

    djchuang
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    These are my slides for DJ Chuang’s breakout titled Mentoring through Media at the Asian American Ministry Conference “Mentoring for a Lifetime” at Biola University on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 Mentoring through Media @ AAMC 2014 from DJ ChuangAudio Recording (mp3) of this Breakout:: http://djchuang.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/aamc2014-mentoring-through-media-djchuang.mp3References mentioned:Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed by Paul Stanley and Robert ClintonThe Lost Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation by Rowland…
  • Conference on Asian American Christian Mentoring

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Bryant
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    So grateful for my wife of 20 years! We’ve been dating since 1991, and I could not have found a better girl to be my bride! Deborah in the Bible was a warrior princess, a perfect description for my girl! Happy Birthday, Deborah!
  • Haven River Inn in Comfort, Texas

    Eric Bryant
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    The Texas Hill Country has so many beautiful and cozy places. There may be no place named so accurately than Comfort, Texas! For the third year in a row, Deborah and I have enjoyed 3 days and 2 nights at the Haven River Inn, a fantastic bed and breakfast in Comfort which is between Boerne and Fredericksburg – two more fun and quaint small towns. For pastors, Haven River Inn offers two free nights per year! We highly recommend this gem to you!
  • Life After Birth?

    Eric Bryant
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Recently Newsweek published an article called: “Heaven Is Real” In addition, John Burke has posted a series of articles based on his research on life after death. His newest book Imagine Heaven comes out in 2015. All of this reminded me about a drama I wrote for our church in Seattle back in 1995.   Twins in utero argue about whether there is life after birth.One is convinced there are signs all around that there is life after birth, but the other cannot see any proof. Their debate rages on for nine months until suddenly there’s a great earthquake. The one…
  • Baylor in Texas Monthly: A Story in Positive Leadership

    Eric Bryant
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The cover of this month’s Texas Monthly has to be the best one they have ever had! Seriously though, check out this well-written article by Tom Bartlett. Some of the highlights include the following: Bartlett shares about the origins of the school and its recent history going from one of the absolute worst sports scandals in the history of college sports to have “129 wins in four major programs - the highest single-season total in NCAA history.”  “And in the midst of this boom, Baylor is taking on the most ambitious plan in its 169-year history: to transform a…
  • Catalyzing Community and Mobilizing For Impact

    Eric Bryant
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    This year I have been able to help mobilize church leaders to love, serve, and influence their cities. From Toronto, Las Vegas, Kansas City, California, and Shanghai among others, I have been amazed at what God is doing among His people across the planet. A few openings remain in 2015! Let me know if you would like for me to be a part of your efforts to raise up and mobilize your leaders, connect with your city, or coach your staff. For a glimpse of what I shared in Shanghai at Advance 2014, check out the following messages: Session 1: Not Like Me Session 4: Catalyzing Community (GE Service)…
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  • New and Re-Released Music by Fred McKinnon

    Fred McKinnon
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Hey Gang, Hard to believe it’s November already.  I am excited to announce some brand new music and the re-release of some older music.  What better way than to dust off the ole’ blog and post about it. “QuietTimes” Series Re-Release Many years ago I recorded two free-flowing, instrumental albums.  “QuietTimes” Keyboard Instrumental and “QuietTimes” Volume 2 Keyboard/Sax Instrumental.   Both of these were created with the thought that they would provide continuous instrumental music that was perfect for praying, meditating, relaxing, or…
  • 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?
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  • Two Giveaways – Means Twice The Opportunity To Win!

    David Lindner
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Right now, we’ve got two giveaways going on here at WMC! You can win a copy of the Deluxe edition of Chris Tomlin’s “Love Ran Red” which has several bonus tracks. Or you can win your copy of: “Passion: The Essential Collection” which has all the most popular songs you’ve been singing in your church, plus a DVD with videos of performances of some of the songs, and some Louie Giglio Teachings from Passion conferences. Just click on the image for you the one you want to enter!  
  • WMC Podcast – 0141 – Jonathan Malm (Part 1 of 2)

    David Lindner
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Interview with Jonathan Malm In this episode we have the distinct privilege of talking with Jonathan Malm. If you’ve been on any worship site, podcast or blog lately, you’ve come across his name! This guy is everywhere. We don’t know how he does it! As you listen to this part 1 of our discussion, you’ll find out why he’s so popular. He’s not only creative, but he’s got a great heart and his humility makes for a connection that will keep you coming back for more. If you don’t think you’re familiar with his work, you probably are. Between…
  • CMS NW – Lightning Interview – Wisdom Moon (Centric Worship) @wisdommoon #cmsnw14 #cmsnw

    David Lindner
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We’ve got a few more interviews for you from the Christian Musician Summit, and it starts with Wisdom Moon of Centric Worship. Listen in! http://www.worshipministrycatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/LI_WisdomMoon_CentricWorship.mp3
  • CMS NW – Lightning Interview – Trevor Mathiesen @TrevorMathiesen #cmsnw14 #cmsnw

    David Lindner
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Come by the booth and sit down for a lightning interview with Kevin or Joe.  Find your favorite interview and “Like” it.  If you run into that person at the conference, make sure to say “hey”.  We’ll draw from participants for a number of giveaways during the conference. http://www.worshipministrycatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Trevor-Mathiesen-WordWorship.mp3   Check out Word Worship: http://www.wordworship.com/
  • CMS NW – Lightning Interview – Scott Fraley – #cmsnw14 #cmsnw

    David Lindner
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Come by the booth and sit down for a lightning interview with Kevin or Joe.  Find your favorite interview and “Like” it.  If you run into that person at the conference, make sure to say “hey”.  We’ll draw from participants for a number of giveaways during the conference. http://www.worshipministrycatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/LI_ScottFraley.mp3  
 
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  • Billy Graham Website Reports 5 Millionth Decision to Follow Jesus

    Paul Steinbrueck
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Christian Post is reporting: The Internet evangelism ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, marked a milestone this past weekend as the 5 millionth person indicated a decision to accept Jesus as his Savior through their evangelistic online presence at PeaceWithGod.net. According to John Cass, BGEA’s Director of Internet Evangelism: Overall, more than 20,000 people each day are viewing a presentation of the Gospel via BGEA’s online evangelism platform. For decades we have worked to fill venues with people so Billy, Franklin or Will Graham can proclaim the…
  • Thank You Google for These New Features

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes when Google does something new, it’s something that makes a lot of people anxious.  However, sometimes they put out something that’s pretty cool and helpful.  This past month Google did that twice.  They created two new features that are quite helpful. 1. Making Reviews Easier: Reviews are very important, especially for local organizations.  Positive reviews can help you rank better and make people more likely to visit your organization.  Negative reviews can hurt.  Google My Business (The Google Maps/Google+ Local listing dashboard) now allows you respond to…
  • The “Hidden” Website Feature I’m Most Thankful For

    Paul Steinbrueck
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    There’s one aspect of a website can’t be seen, yet I am tremendously thankful for. In fact, it may be the most important part of a website. I’ll tell you what it is in just a moment. But before I do, a quick story… A couple of years ago my wife and I were preparing to have about 100 guests over to our house for our annual Oktoberfest. A couple of hours before the party was about to start, I was replacing the flush handle on the toilet in our guest bathroom. There was a hairline crack in the tank, I didn’t think much of. But when I tightened the nut holding the…
  • 30 Reasons I’m Thankful for Search Engines

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I know it may sound a little odd, it’s true.  I’m thankful for search engines.  I really am. Why am I so thankful for search engines? Here are 30 reasons I’m thankful for search engines, one for each day of November: They save me time.  Do you remember what it was like before search engines.  Seriously, if you wanted to find something out, you were hunting through encyclopedias, libraries, calling people, etc.  Now, it takes 15 seconds. Who is that actor? A few weeks ago I was up in the mountains for a weekend and there was no internet access. My child was watching a…
  • If you are not doing this, you’re probably losing your most precious asset!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you are a part of a church, then it is very likely that you rely heavily on volunteers. Yes, your staff are very important but it is very likely that you have 5, 10, or 20 times as many people that volunteer at the church than are employed by the church. So what are you doing to make sure these essential people are feeling appreciated? With Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some things that can be done to show volunteers that they are appreciated and valued. Some of these you can even do through your website: Ask members/attendees from your…
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  • What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You?

    Thomas
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    “Light” by @Doug88888 licensed under CC BY 2.0 What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You? Believe it or not, your choice of ceiling lights illuminates more than simply the living room or kitchen in your home. The centrepiece of your room, your lighting choice can give away some clues to your personality too. Whether a reflective, delicate chandelier, or a more modern, brushed-steel affair; Read on to find out what your home lighting says about you, and how you can embrace the persona… The Chandelier “Chandeliers” by APPLE OU licensed under CC BY 2.0  Although…
  • Winter warming interior designs

    Thomas
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    When it comes to getting ready for a cold and blustery winter, changing summer cottons for woolly knits is a definite requirement. Preparing the home for wintertime may not be the first thought as the temperature falls, but taking a few steps to getting interiors ready for winter will ensure the home remains a cozy refuge throughout the long, dark season. Beating the winter chill The key to maintaining a warm interior during the colder months is to embrace cozier textures and warmer colors. Warming up the home’s interior may be accomplished with larger-scale projects such as painting walls…
  • The Different Uses of Log Cabins

    Thomas
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    A log cabin isn’t just somewhere you stay when you’re on a skiing holiday in the Alps, you can have your own in your back garden if you want to! The stylish and spacious designs are perfect for adding a touch of class to the exterior of your home and provides a great alternative to the traditional wooden garden shed.   Log cabins are far from just alternatives to sheds, however. They have the potential to provide all kinds of uses around the home, many of which you might not have initially thought of. Their size, in comparison to the traditional garden shed, means you can use them…
  • 3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom When you’re refurbishing a bathroom there’s a lot of things to take into account, and one of the most important is your choice of shower enclosure. There’s certainly no shortage of different configurations, manufacturers and models on the market. In fact it can get downright difficult to know which to choose. Each bathroom will have its own requirements, so the kind of enclosure that works best in a big bathroom might not be right for an en-suite. However, quadrant shower enclosures are increasingly popular and work in a…
  • Preparing Your Pond For Winter

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s safe to say that winter is well on its way, so it’s time to prepare your pond for the colder weather. Put together a set of equipment, including a pond vacuum, plant scissors, tongs and maybe a net. This way you are well prepared for every season as it arrives. Plants and Trees First of all remove any delicate or exotic plants. They won’t be able to survive during a frost. Remove and wrap the roots in damp newspaper and then in bin liners or plastic bags. Keep in a heated shed or cellar during the cold season, making sure that the roots are kept moist. Trim back any plants that…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • Philippians, Chapter 1

    Ron Edmondson
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    Philippians, Part 1 from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Philippians, Chapter 1 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Jonah Chapter 3: A Sermon Jonah Chapter 4: A Sermon Intentional Living – Write the Life Plan Complaining and Arguing: A Sermon by Nate Edmondson
  • 5 Insights I Have Learned About Failure

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    I deal with people who feel like failures. Everyday. It could be because of relationships gone bad. Business setbacks. A personal life — that was private — but is not anymore. Bad decisions intentionally done or bad circumstances — out of their control. All of that and more — failure. One reason people seem to identify with my teaching is that I’m not perfect. I’ve made lots of mistakes. I didn’t enter the ministry until I was 38 years old and that was plenty of time to learn valuable life experiences by failure. (And, I haven’t quit making…
  • 6 Resume Mistakes Pastors Make and Tips for Correcting Them

    Ron Edmondson
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    I don’t do a lot of guest posts on this blog, but my friend Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer keeps putting together great ones that I want to share. Here’s another. Jennifer served on the search team that brought me to Immanuel. She shares from her experience. 6 Resume Mistakes Pastors Make and Tips for Correcting Them Having reviewed over 700 resumes while serving on a pastor search committee, I saw the good, the bad, and the oh-my-goodness-what-were-they-thinking. Here are six common resume mistakes pastors make and tips for correcting them: 1) Taking credit for what God did: Most…
  • 5 Common Struggles Among Young Pastors

    Ron Edmondson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    I recently spent several hours with a group of young pastors. It was a cross representation of church planters and pastors of established churches. Healthy churches and unhealthy. Growing, plateauing and declining. Most were new in their positions and I expect all these churches will be growing soon. Sharp group. We talked about a lot of issues, but one of our longer discussions was when I asked them what their greatest struggle in ministry was at the current time. There were some incredible consistencies — actually more than I anticipated. Very different churches and very different…
  • 7 Words of Encouragement in Church Revitalization

    Ron Edmondson
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m a church planter. Having planted two successful churches, my heart is to see more church plants launch and do well. I think once church planting gets “in your blood”, it’s always there. A couple years ago, however, God called me into an established church in need of some revitalization. (Actually my first church was a revitalization church.) It’s been an incredible couple of years. God has blessed us in so many ways. It’s harder than church planting — just being honest — but its very rewarding in so many ways. I’ve encouraged numerous…
 
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  • 4 Steps to Empower Leaders: Implementing Solutions Rather Than Delivering Problems

    Tony Morgan
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    There’s security in being needed. That’s probably why we as leaders get addicted to solving problems. When someone brings us a problem, we begin to salivate. Our minds race through our experiences to identify instances when we’ve conquered this issue in the past. We identify the solution that worked the last time and relay it to the team. The team appreciates our wisdom and experience. We feel valued. Everyone wins. Then, over time, the number and magnitude of the of problems grow. Initially, it’s exhilarating because leaders are addicted to solving problems.
  • 7 Deadly Sins of Church Building

    Guest Contributor
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    by Mel McGowan At Visioneering Studios, we have had the blessing (and occasionally, the curse) of serving nearly a thousand ministry clients in the development of ministry facilities. Our sister ministries at Provision Ministry Group have been in action since 1953 serving thousands more. Sometimes its worth it to stop, count the blessings, smell the roses, and tally up the brain damage incurred during “church projects gone wild.” So here is a list of the most frequent and most damaging mistakes related to church development: Hiring someone you can’t fire: I sat down with a pastor…
  • 4 Lessons The Church Can Learn From “The Chevy Guy”

    Jason Vernon
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Last week, Rikk Wilde, a zone manager from Chevy presented the World Series MVP award to Madison Bumgarner. The presentation was definitely far from a TED Talk. Rikk was so nervous that it was uncomfortable for viewers to watch. His stuttering and stammering was a major distraction. At one point, his hands were shaking as he read from note cards. Just when I thought that it couldn’t get any worse, he made the comment that would soon be shared around the world. While talking about the Chevy truck he said, “It combines winning, um, leading….you know, technology and…
  • Debunking The “Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin” Myth and Other Articles To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    6 Qualities of a Leader I’ve Followed by Paul Alexander Church Gridlock: Navigating the Balance of Power by Mark Meyer Debunking the “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” Myth by Justin Lathrop Suddenly, I Have Three People Who Don’t Have Enough to Do by Fred Warmbier Learning From Other Transitions and Leaders: 6 Key Concepts by Kem Meyer Why Mark Driscoll’s Resignation Shows We’re In A New Era For Pastors by William Vanderbloemen Leadership Insights for Churches of All Sizes by Mark Morgan 3 Problems with Choosing Youth Over Wisdom in Church Staffing by Danny…
  • Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church And Other Top Posts From October

    Jason Vernon
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Would You Rather?: 10 Competing Choices For Growing Churches Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore: An Interview With Thom Schultz What The Church Can Learn From Jimmy Fallon Start Thinking Like A Growing Church Measuring Church Health: How Much Money Should People Give? The Growth Engine Of The Church 3 Ways To Transform Communication At Your Church Two Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make In Your Communications Strategy 10 Symptoms Of An Unhealthy Organization 10 Questions To Determine If You’re Trying To Do Too Much The post Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church And Other Top Posts…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Enjoy A Free Chapter of “Lean on Me” from the Folks at FaithGateway

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
      The fine folks at FaithGateway posted a free chapter of Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community today. Here’s a little tease; you can click over to their website for the rest! They’re also offering 20% off the book, too! (Insert your own verbiage about stocking stuffers or Christmas shopping here…I’ll save you the grief.) Much love, Anne Marie Sometimes the only way to return is to go. — Josh Garrels Leaving behind four years of friendships in Nashville, I moved to California, confidently running, fearless in my decision to…
  • Having a Plan for Coping with Anxiety

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It was 3:12 am and it felt like what I imagine a heart attack feels like. If I hadn’t felt this tightness hundreds of times before in the last 20 years, I probably would have been concerned, but it was a familiar foe. Rarely does it visit while I’m sleeping, but last night it did. I took some deep breaths, told my brain what was happening (because brains are only wired to know evidence – my racing heart and shallow breathing – not reason.) “You are starting to have a panic attack. There is no reason you should be this afraid. You are healthy, you are safe. This feeling…
  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

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

    loswhit
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Just a few nuggets this old vet has learned the past decade and a half 1.  Your church is not as excited about the new Bethel record, Tomlin song, or emo hippie house church song as you are. Remember… It’s not a stretch to say that over half the people that walk into your Sunday morning services have little to zero interest in the music portion of the service.  I know I know.  You are going to change their hearts and they will soon sprint onto the arms of the savior while weeping at the bridge of Relentless. Or not. An easy way to figure this out is not through rocket science… ASK…
  • Booking 2015!!! YOU ARE MY BOOKING COMPANY…

    loswhit
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    My Fall was one for the ages… It was a fall in which I made a purposeful switch to trying to fill my calendar dates with 75% speaking and 25% leading worship. “Carlos? Why in the world would you do that? You lead worship at some of the largest churches in the world? That’s just plain dumb man.” No. That is not anything anyone in particular said to me. IT’S WHAT I SAID TO MYSELF ALL SUMMER AS I DECIDED THIS WAS THE DIRECTION I WAS GOING TO HEAD. Because in order to continue to develop at this thing called life… We must take risks. And as much as I love…
  • A Behind The Scenes Look At When A Married Man’s Wife And Kids Go Out Of Town

    loswhit
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are a married man with kids and have a somewhat healthy family life I’m going to assume this the truth of your bachelor weekends.   You love you wife and kids. Like you love being with them, snuggling with them, and laughing with them. But when the opportunity presents itself for all of them to go out of town for a few days… Something rises from deep within. This feeling of freedom that you once knew. They are going to leave on Friday and come back Sunday night. Thursday night you start planning it all out… Friday night beer, pizza, video games. Saturday you sleep in till 10…
  • A Dad’s Secret Taylor Swift Music Confession

    loswhit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is what happens when you have an 8 hour road trip from Nashville to Chicago and are bored beyond belief. So I need to know.  How many of you parents like TSwift as much if not more than your kids? Playa’s Gonna Play… Los
  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

    loswhit
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    I hear it all the time… “The biggest issue the church is facing is addressing the issue of homosexuality.” Excuse me if I rant for a moment… How is this the biggest issue the church is facing? Cause there are sitcoms with gay characters? Cause there are more “out” people in your congregations? Ring Ring Ring…  Clue Phone… Y’all have just as many gay deacons in your church as Billy Graham had at First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. They were there.  They are there. They will be there. When I look at the biggest issue the…
 
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  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
  • A beard of prodigious length

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

  • Prayer Reveals Your Pride

    Pete Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Prayer reveals how much PRIDE is in the tank of your soul. Most of us struggle with prayer, because we’re very talented at pride. We are attracted to control, confidence, and competency. We have convinced ourselves that we have a lot more control than we actually do, but prayer allows us to realize that we are in desperate need of God’s help. I preached about this recently and I wanted to share a short portion of it with you.
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • From Coward to Pastor

    web@newspring.cc
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ever since I’ve been to Israel, I’ve fallen in love with geography. I know this might sound crazy to you since it’s no secret I made a 790 on SAT’s. The reason I’ve come to love geography, specifically the geography of Israel, is because of what it tells me about Jesus.Let me explain…Here is a map of Israel:You can see on the map towards the top is the Sea of Galilee. This is where Jesus lived, in a town called Capernaum. It’s BEAUTIFUL and I can TOTALLY see why Jesus wanted to live there. (Here’s a photo so you can see for yourself just how…
  • So what do we do when same sex marriage is legal in South Carolina?

    web@newspring.cc
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    What we have seen happen all over the United States is seemingly going to now become a reality as same-sex marriage is on the verge of becoming legal here in the Palmetto State.Within the past five years or so, I would say that one of the most frequent questions asked of me is what should be a Christian’s response to the issue of same-sex marriage.While I cannot speak for all Christians, I can speak for NewSpring Church and for our campuses all across South Carolina. And as far as we’re concerned, God clearly defined marriage as a relationship between a male and a female in…
  • 7 Scriptures to Remember about Grace

    web@newspring.cc
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ—that means NONE! (Romans 8:1)#2 – Jesus makes ALL THINGS new! (II Corinthians 5:17)#3 – Jesus does not partially clean us…He does it completely! (Isaiah 1:18)#4 – God knew EVERYTHING about you before He created you, everything you were going to do…and did it anyway and went ahead and arranged for the payment for your sins to be made! (Romans 5:6-8)#5 – God is SLOW to anger! (Psalm 103:8)#6 – It is a spiritual impossibility to out sin the grace of God! (Ephesians 2:4-9)#7 –…
  • To the Mom In Need Of Grace…

    web@newspring.cc
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I believe that the most challenging job in the world is to be a mother. Moms are AWESOME and today I wanted to say something specifically to moms...I truly don’t know how you do it all. You manage everything from being a cook, a chauffeur, a coach, a nurse, a teacher, a janitor, an organizer, a motivational speaker...and most of you do all of this before 9:00am! Most days you’re never thanked for all you do, you’re always putting others before yourself and you often wonder if you’re making any kind of difference at all.But I can PROMISE you that you are making a…
  • 12 Quotes to remind you of God’s Amazing Grace

    web@newspring.cc
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    These 12 quotes are reminders for me and you to remember when it comes to God's amazing grace. If one especially speaks to you, write it down somewhere you'll see it often. I hope these are as much of an encouragement to you as they are to me. Jesus is greater than your past, Jesus is greater than your current circumstances, Jesus has a GREATER future planned for you!God loves His children NOT based on their PERFORMANCE but rather as His POSITION as His child.If you belong to Jesus then God’s love for you is more powerful that the sin that seems to haunt you.Right now God…
 
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Is an M.Div needed for Youth Ministry?

    Estevao Yu
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    In these past few months, I have had many conversations regarding Korean church youth ministry. Through these discussions, I realized that there were some things to reconsider in terms of the hiring process of youth pastors. Do youth pastors really need a Master’s of Divinity? In my culture, having a life-long calling as a youth […]
  • Cosby and Christendom

    Tony Myles
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The Cosby show is recorded before a live audience. You know this, not because the voice of “Rudy” told you so… but because of all the new coverage and social media chatter about the iconic comedian Bill Cosby. Multiple women have come forth after decades of silence to make claims of sexual assault and drug-induced rendezvous […]
  • The Small Group Fail

    Leneita Fix
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I can recall my first major small group fail vividly from about 17 years ago.   I had been in youth ministry for a few years by then, so I thought of myself as a little bit of an up-and-coming relational expert.  We were in the middle of a great discussion (or so I thought) […]
  • Why Do We Take Attendance?

    Brandon Early
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I just sent a quick message to my small group leaders thanking them for leading and offering a quick tip on caring for their students. I hope this is helpful for you, and if you really like it feel free to send it to your leaders. Just delete my name and add yours. Here it is: […]
  • Generosity of Teenagers Trumps Tragedy

    Amber Cassady
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The generosity of teenagers trumps tragedy. Last summer, a crew of 5 teenagers and an adult were 2 hours into building a wheelchair ramp for a West Virginian resident at one of our Appalachian Workcamps when the unimaginable happened. The resident of the home collapsed; emergency personnel were called; and not too long after, they […]
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    History in the Making

  • Blue Ocean Twitter

    Ben Arment
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Twitter is starting to read like the classified ads. So much content. All in one long continuous feed. The chances of your brand getting attn are slim to none. And even if it's read, it's forgotten seconds later. Even the social media wizards who cry "it's about conversation" are getting really low interaction rates. I checked. Part of the trouble is everyone takes the same approach. One of these categories: Inspiring quotes.Cheeky observations.Linking to articles.Preachy mandates.Retweets of influencers.Constant few-word replies. I'm trying to figure out 'blue…
  • The Hidden Potential of Your Place

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

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

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

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

  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

    Eugene Cho
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Over two years ago on November 3, 2012, we heard about Kenneth Bae’s arrest in North Korea. Over a year ago on August 10, 2013, we held a special prayer vigil for Kenneth Bae and his family. Two weeks ago, we marked his two-year anniversary in North Korea and prayed for his liberation from captivity. His sister, Terri, shared some specific prayer requests and conveyed that it would take a miracle. Last Sunday, we celebrated the news of his freedom and safe arrival in Seattle to be reunited with his family. There’s something special about family reunions. Today, we had the joy of…
  • Pray for the people of North Korea. Lord, may your light shine forth.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m crying. And I can’t stop. There’s a tidal wave of emotions. As a follower of Jesus, I’m ecstatic over Kenneth Bae’s release from jail. Many will know that he was detained in North Korea not because he was trying to topple its government but because of his faith in Christ and his love for the people of North Korea. And while many question the wisdom of going to a country like North Korea, I know that following Christ will sometimes lead us to places that might be irrational to many – even to the Church. As a…
  • Two years. 730 days and counting. It’s time to release Kenneth Bae. #BringBaeBack

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
  • When your daughter’s name means “Joy of God” and yet, joy becomes the biggest challenge. #HappyBirthdayJubilee

    Eugene Cho
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. While I think I still kinda sorta wanna look young, I’m reminded how old I’m getting when I see my children. Today, my eldest child celebrates her 16th birthday. Her name is Jubilee and her name means the “Joy of God.” Jubilee also has a very powerful Scriptural meaning. It’s referenced in the Book of Leviticus where it is to “occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly…
  • It’s my birthday and I’d love to send you a gift – a personalized signed copy of my book.

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

    John
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    New glasses. Yey. pic.twitter.com/yIqUSathmj — John Saddington (@saddington) November 21, 2014 I got some new glasses recently. This is not really news or anything special but I thought the process was kind of neat as they took a number of measurements of my face, eyes, and head and created a very custom pair of spectacles. It was all so magical. I tried on more than a few and they also had these neat glasses to gather measurements: And these here which revealed something very interesting: After I tried on this pair so that they might gather some exact measurements they shared with me…
  • An Entrepreneur’s Struggle to Understand “Need” and “Want”

    John
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    I posted a few thoughts on the struggle that an entrepreneur has between “need” and “want”. Head over to Medium to give it a read. Also, would you do me a super-favor and “Recommend” the post as well? I admit that there’s a contest to get some Medium-related swag and I really want to win. Thanks in advance and have a great weekend folks! I’m spending my weekend at a soccer tournament for my @Roenne. The post An Entrepreneur’s Struggle to Understand “Need” and “Want” appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Celebrating with Family

    John
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    #1 App in the App Store! My oldest daughter made this for me yesterday after her mother informed her that her Appa accomplished something really cool (it got “Featured“) with his small app, Desk. I know that she didn’t fully understand what had transpired but it was enough for her to get excited (and we decided to celebrate with popsicles as well because the app became “profitable” pulling in a net total of $71.65! I share some more thoughts on the context of that here via the Desk Blog). I love that we celebrate as often as we do and that we decide to do it as…
  • My Child’s Inner Entrepreneur

    John
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    @saddington hi — Pressgram (@Pressgram) November 15, 2014 My oldest sent me into an emotional tailspin a few days ago when I discovered that someone had sent a tweet from an account that only I (and a trusted few) have keys to. As you can see, the first tweet was just a “hi” and I begin to literally conversate with the “rogue” tweeter trying to figure out who in the world was tweeting. And, they had an attitude about it too! @saddington me dodo — Pressgram (@Pressgram) November 15, 2014 I was frantic. I had no idea who was using the account and began…
  • The Power of a Newsletter

    John
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    I have been told 1,000 times that a newsletter is one of the best strategies and/or tactics to engage with one’s audience and yet I have not always leveraged it to its utmost. In many ways I just thought that it was just another thing that I had to write for and since I do ample amount of writing every single day I wasn’t motivated to execute against it. But recently I’ve found something very neat with the weekly newsletter (I use MailChimp) that I share on Tuesdays with my very small community surrounding my indie app, Desk. What I’ve discovered, most importantly, is…
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  • Want to Win Starbucks for Life?

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Starbucks just announced something pretty big. This holiday season our friends @Starbucks will be giving away 10 “lifetime Starbucks cards,” which offer free beverages every day for 30 years!  From December 2 until Christmas, anyone who swipes a registered Starbucks … Continue reading →
  • Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This weekend I’m speaking at the 2014 National Men’s Conference.  In the spirit of the conference I’m making my book “Going Social” available for a special price of only $12.00 — which includes FREE shipping!  This is cheaper than you … Continue reading →
  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

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

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

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action: … Continue reading →
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  • Sunday Setlists #331

    Editor
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, November 23, 2014!! Welcome to the 331st 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.
  • TWC Is An Editor’s Pick Worship Leader Magazine’s Best Of Best 2014

    Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
      A big thank you to our friends at Worship Leader Magazine for picking The Worship Community as an Editor’s Pick for Best Resource Websites in 2014. From Worship Leader: “It is the mission of Worship Leader magazine to help church leaders shine a light on the triune God of the universe, so their communities are stirred to sing of his glory. The products we present in the Best of the Best are not the end result, but they represent an important aspect of communicating in a modern world. The mission is to lead people to Jesus. What should we use to accomplish this task? Anything…
  • Refocus and Routine: What Worship Leaders Can Learn From Golf

    Editor
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last week I was in a group study and one of the illustrations that our leader used to illustrate a point was that of a golf coach who works with elite level golfers. This golf coach teaches them to always REFOCUS before every shot and to rely on their ROUTINE as they take a shot. As worship leaders, I believe that there is something in this disciplined approach that can benefit us week to week as we pray, plan, prepare and play our worship sets. An elite golfer doesn’t just go up and carelessly hit a shot. They don’t allow the surrounding crowd, as quiet as they may be, to…
  • Sunday Setlists #330

    Editor
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, November 16, 2014!! Welcome to the 329th 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.
  • Episode 10: Productivity for Worship Leaders [Podcast]

    Editor
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    10 Productivity Tips For Worship Leaders Summary:Join Russ Hutto as he discusses 7 Productivity Tips for Worship Leaders. Sign up for The Worship Community’s and HighestPraise.com’s weekly resource list. Show Notes:Original post: http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/creative-productivity-tips-for-worship-leaders/Intro music: QuietTimes by Fred McKinnon available on iTunes.Website referenced: JamesAltucher.com Related posts: Episode 09: This Is Why You Don’t Make Worship About You [Podcast] Episode 08: Prayer: You Probably Didn’t Think Of It as Worship… [Podcast]…
 
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  • #adventure over #abandon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    My blog, Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog (RKBLOG.com) has been honored as an Editor's Pick for 2014 in Worship Leader Magazine this month. This recognition is among other worthy bloggers in the online worship community, as well. Here is the full quote from Worship Leader Magazine this month:Since 2005, Rich Kirkpatrick's blog has consistently been ranked among the top 50 Christian blogs, that and the fact that he is specifically writing from a worship perspective makes the RK blog a must bookmark. He's also a beloved faculty at NWLC (so you can tap into his wisdom both online and in person). -…
  • Worship Leaders: Musicians are more than fillers for your multitrack loop!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    There are just so many amazing technology advances today to aid the average church musician. You can get the original multitrack stems from the best recordings of modern worship music and do everything from rehearse with them, sweeten a live set with them, or fill an empty band spot with them. I applaud all of these and actually currently employ them in worship settings. However, how we lead our modern worship musician requires us to ask a couple questions. Are we dumbing-down our ability to lead by relying too much on tech and not enough on musical skill? Are we using musicians to fill a…
  • All Sons & Daughters cover by Dad & Daughter - "Great Are You Lord"

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

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

    Bill Reichart
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    excerpted from Gilbert Kingsley:These are four simple questions/statements that will naturally engage people within your sphere of relationships in spiritual conversations. “Sometime”.Something as simple as asking a “Sometime” question helps you find out their level of interest and takes the pressure off in the moment.Questions like“Sometime could I share with you the difference Jesus Christ has made in my life?” “I would enjoy hearing more about your spiritual journey sometime....would that be possible?” make having spiritual conversations more natural.“I…
  • 3 Rules For Thanking Donors That Should Never Be Broken

    Bill Reichart
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Thanksgiving holiday is just upon us. And during that time we will give thanks to God for His blessings. But having a heart and posture of thankfulness shouldn't just happen one day out of the year - it should be constant. And that is especially true with our donors.I often say, before you "bank, thank". Thanking your donors for their generosity is just as important as asking them. We should have just as much energy and focus about how we can make donors feel appreciated and connected as we do about motivating them to give. Here are 3 rules for thanking donors that should never be broken:Send…
  • Challenge For The Church - Delayed Marriage

    Bill Reichart
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    excerpted from an online article from Time.A new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever. The number of Americans who have always been single and will never marry is at a historic high, says a new Pew Research report, partly because they don’t have jobs and partly because marriage is becoming less highly-regarded. Most people think it’s important for couples who intend to stay together to be married, but the number of single Americans who want to get married has dropped significantly even in the last four years.The report, based on census…
  • What Is The Gospel?

    Bill Reichart
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God“The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” ― John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life“Never be…
  • 5 Criteria For A Good Worship Song

    Bill Reichart
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    With all of the contention, confusion and conflict over worship music, it is therefore very helpful for a church and it's members to know what constitutes a good worship song. Here are five criteria: It’s singable. The average person should be able to learn it after hearing it a few times. It’s culturally relevant. The song should represent a music style that is familiar to most of the people. It’s theologically sound. The song should reflect good biblical theology. It’s playable. Church musicians should be able to play and lead the song with excellence (assuming…
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  • What You Should Do If Your Mortgage Is Underwater

    Kevin
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Much has been made in the past few years of homeowners who walk away from homes that are worth less than the outstanding mortgage balance. The process even has a name – strategic default – which is abandoning an investment that no longer looks promising. But is that the right course of action? And what should you do if your mortgage underwater? There are actually several things that you can do to deal with an underwater mortgage, but let’s start by discussing something that you shouldn’t do. An Underwater Mortgage is Not a Pass to Abandon the Home Many homeowners walked away from…
  • How to finally get started with your business idea

    Bob
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    I remember sitting in my cubicle, with cloth walls surrounding me – or should I say caving in on me – with the sterile glow of a fluorescent light above my head. I had to stand up and look 50 yards in either direction just to catch a glimpse of sunlight. I still remember the best few minutes of my day was when I got to walk underneath a huge tree that stood just outside the building near the entrance of my corporate day job. To do this day, I don’t really understand why that tree inspired me to believe that I could start a business, but it did. I would walk under that tree…
  • 15 Healthy Slow Cooker Meals for under $10

    Jen
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Fall is the perfect time to break out the slow cooker.  I love that my family and I can still have healthy, home cooked meals for dinner, without the fuss and cleanup of actually preparing a huge meal every night.  Slow cookers are the perfect tool for a busy family and can help you save time and money.  These simple and healthy meals are easy to throw into the slow cooker in the morning, making your evening hassle free. Best of all, they are all under $10 a meal! Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken   Slow Cooker Cuban Beef     Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan   Slow Cooker…
  • How to Give a Cell Phone As A Gift: 8 Important Tips

    John Frainee
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thinking about getting that fancy new cell phone for your someone special this Christmas? Great idea! But before you head to your local cell phone store, there are a handful of important tips you should know so that you don’t spoil the surprise or hit a roadblock. As an ex-employee of a major cellular carrier, I’ve seen it all. People walk through the door expecting to purchase a cell phone for their loved one, only to walk out with nothing. Why does this happen and what can you do about it? And, how can you find some ways to save money on your purchase? 1. Make sure you’re…
  • How Should a Teenager Handle Saving vs. Spending?

    Kevin
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The saving vs. spending transition is something of a rite of passage every teenager needs to experience in order to get on the road to financial security and independence later in life. But it’s also a surprisingly difficult lesson to learn, since saving money is a major component of money management overall, and teens are usually seeing for the first time. This is especially true once they land their first job, and begin earning money on regular basis. But that’s also the perfect time for them to begin learning the critical difference between saving vs. spending. How do you make that…
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  • 4 Ways to Keep Your Team From Going in Circles

    Anthony Trimble
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
      So, we’re getting towards the end of the year and for most churches that means two things: Christmas productions and annual planning. Let’s talk about the latter. Annual planning for some teams is about dreaming; It’s exciting and passionate dialogue about what is to come. And then for some teams it’s disappointing. Another year comes and it reminds them that things weren’t accomplished and the same old conversations occur.  Here are 5 ways to keep from going in circles for the next 12 months.  1. Set short-term and long-term goals We all know that we…
  • Free Online Giving

    Anthony Trimble
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    First of all, if your church doesn’t provide online giving, this needs to be at the top of your list for tomorrow! Let me provide a few reasons why online giving is so important for your church: We live in a cashless society. Members don’t want to write their card number on an envelope every Sunday. Recurring giving helps people remember their commitments. If it takes longer than 40 seconds to give, 80% of people abandon the transaction. With all of these things in mind, the real question is, who do I use for online giving? Great question. Our first option is FREE! Well, when I…
  • Your Study Time Just Got Easier

    Anthony Trimble
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    If you’re like me, you do a lot of studying on your laptop. I especially like this because the copy-and-paste feature has made studying a lot quicker. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I don’t know, but what I do know is that Biblical study just got a lot easier.  Up until recently I had used the infamous BibleGateway.com for studying the Bible. One of its greatest features has been parallel comparisons between translations, which the website/app I’m about to mention is doing now as well. The problem with BibleGateway.com is that it had become outdated and…
  • Give Your Website a Fresh Look!

    Anthony Trimble
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Church websites get a bad rap most of the time. There aren’t many leaders that like to spend the expensive hourly rate for a web designer to spruce up their website. So, the church website suffers. Don’t be fooled, though. Your church website is extremely important. It’s one of the first impressions people come in contact with along with your parking lot attendants, nursery workers, and bulletin. I also can’t stress how important online giving is for your church. (We’ll deal with that in the next post.)  Oh, and get a Facebook page. WordPress has made the…
  • Font Squirrel: Best Free Fonts

    Anthony Trimble
    8 Dec 2013 | 9:24 pm
    Site: Fontsquirrel.com Price: Free Free fonts aren’t hard to come by. (I’m sure you’ve tried 1001freefonts.com and dafont.com.) But great free fonts are hard to come by. Recently, I came across Fontsquirrel.com, which gives free quality fonts that are also free for commercial use. The website is clean and easy to get around. If you know of any more sites that produce quality free fonts, please comment below.   Font Squirrel: Best Free Fonts is a post from: Mister Nifty Stay Connected Subscribe to RSS by Email Join The Mister Nifty Newsletter Follow Mister Nifty on…
 
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  • Refold: Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

    Eric Dye
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Started as a Kickstarter campaign, the Refold is a portable cardboard standing desk. While in concept it’s pretty cool as a portable office—it would also be really handy for churches! VBS kiosk sign-up, child ministry sign-up station, activities done off-campus, or any other church activities and events you can think of. Check it out: Refold What I like the most about Refold, is that it is both lightweight and heavy duty. Throw a tab cloth over it and it’s elegant or give it a custom paint job to make it full of fun. Refold is very versatile and with a price tag of around…
  • A Newbie’s Guide To Emojis [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A picture is worth a thousand words, so maybe that’s why some many of us have fun using emojis? The infographic below, covers some of the basic’s of emoji…ing(?)…but it’s mostly the history of these little graphic characters that I find particularly interesting. These little color bits started in 1995!?! Some of these ‘fluent emoji’ examples makes me wonder if it would faster just to type it out—LOL! [via WhoIsHostingThis.com] A Newbie’s Guide To Emojis [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • ‘Created for More’ by Jonathan Malm [Saturday Morning Review]

    Eric Dye
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone is creative. I know that we like to put people in boxes and say, “She’s creative, he’s creative, I am not creative.” Or maybe we say, “I am a creative person, but so-and-so is not.” All of these statements are untrue. You. Are. Creative. In fact, you are not only creative, but you were create for more. Created for More Created for More is a 30-day devotional to seeing your world in a new way. At first glance, this may seem like a devotional aimed directly at creatives and creatives only, however, after reading through this devotional, I can clearly say that…
  • How About Playing a Yaybahar Next Sunday?

    Eric Dye
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How would you like to have a Yaybahar at next Sunday’s praise and worship service? This cool acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen puts out the most unique, hypnotic sound. In the video below, you’ll hear the Yaybahar captured in realtime without any additional effects added. It’s pretty stinkin’ amazing: It’s hard to keep your eyes off of it, isn’t it? Considering that no sound is being processed through effets, it’s quite amazing… So to answer my first question: How about playing a Yaybahar next Sunday’s praise and worship service?
  • Do You Share Your Completed YouVersion Reading Plans?

    Eric Dye
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’ve used YouVersion for a long time, but nothing for regular Bible reading plans, studying or one of the many daily devotional plans they have to offer. Having recently finished up another paperback daily devotional and since I hadn’t landed a new one yet, I thought I would give some YouVersion devotionals a spin. So far, so good. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of devotions that are offered. After having finished my first devotional, my YouVersion app asked if I wanted to share the news with my friends. I froze. I was quickly reminded of the little boy who won a badge…
 
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  • Alphabet Soup for the Soul

    Mark Wilson
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    A lthough things are not perfect B ecause of trial or pain C ontinue in thanksgiving D o not begin to blame E ven when the times are hard F ierce winds are bound to blow G od is forever able H old on to what you know I magine life without His love J oy would cease to be K eep thanking Him for all the things L ove imparts to thee M ove out of "Camp Complaining" N o weapon that is known O n earth can yield the power P raise can do…
  • Discipleship is a Slow Cooking Process

    Mark Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    A profound post from Dan White Jr.'s blog, The Holy Mess:  Missional-Marinating.Sometimes, in our hurry to build a great, effective ministry, driven pastors end up making a bad stew.  We can't rush discipleship -- it requires patience.
  • It Takes a Re-Visioning Pastor to Turn a Church Around

    Mark Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Just finished Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church, by Aubrey Malphurs and Gordon E. Penfield.   Re:Vision is a helpful resource for pastors and supervisors of congregations who desire to turn plateaued or declining congregations around.Their primary point is that turnaround (growth) of a declining congregation is based primarily on two things:1.  The capacity of the pastor to lead change2.  The willingness of the congregation to embrace it.Through extensive research, Penfield and Malphurs discovered significant differences between re-envisioning and…
  • Four Leadership Capabilities

    Mark Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Researchers from MIT broke down leadership into four capabilities:1. Sensemaking (understanding the context in which an organization and its people operate)2. Relating (building relationships within and across organizations)3. Visioning (creating a compelling picture of the future)4. Inventing (developing new ways to achieve the vision)Few people excel in all four areas -- but effective leaders bring other members onto the team, who bring their complementing strengths to the bigger picture.
  • Now That is a Long Winded Preacher

    Mark Wilson
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Pastor Zach Zehnder just broke the world record for the longest sermon:  53 hours and 18 minutes.  I've preached a few sermons that felt that long.
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Help for the Weak Pray-er

    Tim
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    I have been enjoying Tim Keller’s new book on prayer (Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God). There are many of prayer’s mysteries he handles with exellence and perhaps none more so than what Paul means when, in Romans 8, he writes these words: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” What are these groanings or sighs? Here is Keller’s answer. There has been some debate over the meaning of “the Spirit’s groans.” Some believe that this is the…
  • Weekend A La Carte (November 22)

    Tim
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    It is a beautiful, cold and snowy start to the weekend here, though I hear rain is on the way. Early winter is a strange time in Canada. Kindle readers will want to know that I went looking for deals and found nothing. However, do check A La Carte Archives from the past 10 days and I’m sure you’ll find something to carry you through the weekend. When the Spirit Says Put a Sock In It - Douglas Wilson: “Some might want to represent this as a view of mine, in which I am seeking to quench the Spirit. It is actually the view of the Spirit, working through Paul, in order to…
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by this week’s blog sponsor—Reformation Heritage Books. They have just released a great new product in the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, and they are eager to get a few of them into your hands. So there will be 5 winners this week, and each of the winners will receive a genuine leather KJV Study Bible. Here are some of the Bible’s best features: A Study Bible to Feed Your Soul … Thoughts for personal and family devotions for every chapter Three dozen articles on how to live the Christian life…
  • No, You Are Not Running Late. You Are Rude and Inconsiderate!

    Tim
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    You are not “running late.” You are rude. You are inconsiderate. You need to change. Greg Savage’s frustration with other people’s tardiness boiled over into an amusing rant that he posted online, and that was subsequently read by hundreds of thousands. 10 people kept waiting in a meeting for 20 minutes, while some selfish pratt who idles his way via the coffee shop, is actually 20 minutes times 10, which is 200 minutes wasted – while you keep us waiting because you did not catch the earlier bus. That is over 3 hours wasted. By you! How much has that cost the business?
  • A La Carte (November 21)

    Tim
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    Here are today’s Kindle deals: Everyday Talk About Sex and Marriage by John Younts ($2.99); Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell ($1.99); The Promises of Grace by Bryan Chapell ($1.99). Also, a few days ago I listed the NIV Application Commentary series that is on sale, but missed a few of the newer volumes to reach ebook: Exodus, 1 & 2 Samuel*, Psalms (vol 1); Proverbs, 2 Corinthians. Immigration Reform Will Tear Us Apart - Here is Russell Moore’s response to President Obama’s immigration executive action. Things - Things is a fantastic piece of productivity…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Worship Is an Act of Reversal

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The gathering together of the church for worship is an act of reversal; it is an act of reversing our loves. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “We don’t go to church to worship, we come to church already worshiping.” Our days are not marked with worshipless moments. We are always giving our hearts in worship towards some end — like running water that must move and wind around and fill up, worship is ever flowing out of us. When sin entered the garden, Adam’s and Eve’s worship wasn’t diminished, it was simply redirected. Augustine defined sin as disordered love. Sin has…
  • Mom Enough (New Book)

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Are you mom enough? Time Magazine forced this question into the face of every mother with bold letters above a cover image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands, it re-ignited a longstanding “mommy war” in American culture. But it turns out this was the wrong question, pointing in the wrong direction. There is a higher and more essential question every mother faces: Is God God enough? Our new book cuts through the nonsense of competitive mothering. Eight bright women expose the spiritual corruption of it and explore how gospel grace is relevant…
  • The Local Church and the Supremacy of Christ

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Membership in your local church is one of the most important things about you. The local church is the greatest, most profound collective of which any human could be a part. Your family, your career, your nationality — these all pale in comparison to what it means to be a member of a local church. And of course, this doesn’t make any sense unless we understand what the local church actually is. There is a lot we could say at this point, and there are many good definitions out there, but in hopes of keeping it basic, here’s one way to put it: The local church is a community of Christians…
  • The Search for a Better Pleasure

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Desire is a tricky thing. It has the power to lead us either to a throne or a tomb, to slavery or freedom, to true joy or mirages of satisfaction. The war of faith and desire began in the Garden. In Genesis 3:5, Satan is ending his conversational attack on Eve’s faith by influencing her logic, causing her to question not only the commandment of God but the character of God. He uses his demonic craftiness to subtly lie to Eve, telling her that God will not do what he said, that he’s not as good as she thinks he is. Sinful Desires? When the character of God comes into question, the mind and…
  • Feasting on Thanksgiving

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In a week, most of us in the United States will gather as family and friends around a table and share in the lavish feast we call Thanksgiving. The tradition of setting aside a day to give thanks extends back to the earliest days of the U.S. The Continental Congress proclaimed a day of national thanksgiving in 1777, and President George Washington proclaimed one in 1789. After 1815, the practice disappeared until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. This tradition is a merciful common grace…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • How to Be Grateful Even When We Lose

    webteam
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s easy to give God praise when we’re winning, but what about when things aren’t going the way we planned? Our God is faithful and is constantly fighting for us, even in the midst of our struggle. In this clip from our series 52 Days of Thanks and Praise, Pastor Steven shows us how our relationship Christ allows us to celebrate and be thankful in victory, even in the face of disappointment.
  • What We Can Expect From Living A Generous Life

    webteam
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    It seems like generosity and sacrifice go hand in hand. And, it’s true, that giving generously usually costs us something. But in the Bible, when God talks about giving, He doesn’t talk about having less of something, but having more. In this clip from our sermon series Banner Years, Pastor Steven explains the full blessing of living an open-handed life.
  • Elevation Worship: Unstoppable God (Acoustic)

    webteam
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Wake Up The Wonder, the new album from Elevation Worship, releases on November 25. Recorded live in August 2014 at Time Warner Cable Arena, these songs are our prayer for the church; a prayer for revival. This video for the acoustic version of Unstoppable God is just a preview of all that is to come. Tutorials, charts, and other resources are available at elevationworship.com.
  • How to See The Overwhelming Proof of God’s Promises

    webteam
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    The evidence of God’s faithfulness is all around us. But as Christians, we can have a hard time recognizing it. In part 1 of our series Surround, Pastor Steven shows us the proof of God’s promises through the story of our church. And when we understand God fulfills every promise He makes, we can gratefully celebrate all He has done and joyfully sacrifice for all He has planned for our future.
  • Surround

    webteam
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    When God makes a promise, He keeps it. God said He would do more than we could ever imagine, and He delivered. We’ve seen God do the impossible. We see it throughout the Bible. We see it in our own lives. In our own church. The love and faithfulness of God surrounds us and shapes our desires and dreams. Now we have the opportunity to surround our own cities and communities, sharing the love and faithfulness we’ve been given. And, we know this is only the beginning. For information about a location near you click here.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • A word for every preacher this weekend

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in “urgent prayer for Gods presence.” We may excuse the spiritual poverty [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Spurgeon on the vital place of prayer

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    I came across the following two quotes about Spurgeon’s view of prayer on a website I was reading. They both struck me so strongly that I wanted to check the sources. Thanks to Logos Bible Software I was able to find the source of the first. But the second quote alludes me, as although it [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Lest we forget. Remembrance Sunday and those Tower Hill Poppies

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. We find it hard to imagine the devastation caused by two World Wars separated by just two decades. But we must remember. We must appreciate the horrors of war and be thankful for the relative peace in our time. And we must think of those who do not know peace. Small tokens [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • “The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds’ Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned. We have a choice when we read passages like the [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • King David: As shrewd as a serpent?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    When I read 1 Samuel 29 I have a number of unanswered questions. At the top of the list is “Would David really have fought against King Saul alongside the Philistines he had been hiding with?” It is hard to imagine that the answer would have been yes. David told the Philistine king he would have [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Shoot Christians Say

    Steve McCoy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    My wife made me aware of this. Not new. Still relevant. Not secular. Funny! I laughed pretty hard at this. Enjoy and happy Friday!
  • Lots-o-Links 11.20.14

    Steve McCoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Tim Keller's New Lectures on Preaching | Here you will find four new lectures on preaching and a link to Keller's older talks with Clowney on preaching. Also check out my Tim Keller Resources page.New books to check out, especially as the new year approaches... Tim Keller - Prayer (Amazon) | I'm partway through and it's excellent. Inspiring. Refreshing.Paul Tripp - New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Amazon) | These are dated, so perfect for 2015.National Book Awards for 2014 | I'm going to check out Louise Gluck's winning book of poetry, Faithful and Virtuous Night.
  • Logos - Bible Speaks Today NT Commentaries

    Steve McCoy
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    For the last few months I've been using the Bible Speaks Today (BST) New Testament commentary series on Logos. They supplied me with the digital copy in my Logos library for use and review. I reviewed Logos 5 in March and my review for Logos 6 will be up in a few weeks. It's an outstanding program. The BST commentary series isn't new to me. Commentaries from this set have been a blessing to me for years and are some of my favorite commentaries because they do so well at blending Bible exposition, pastoral considerations, and theology. They are deep without…
  • Field Notes - Ambition

    Steve McCoy
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Two of the everyday carry (EDC) things are a pocket notebook and a pencil. I'm nerding out over them and they are making my daily work more efficient, my mind less cluttered, and my productivity apps on my phone a little more lonely. My favorite pocket notebook, a recent discovery of mine, is Field Notes. And what a discovery. Small enough to keep in a front pocket or throw in a bag. It's barely noticed, yet it gives me the freedom to have the original "white board" with me everywhere I go to do with as I please. I use it as a paper planner, mind dump, quote collector, todo list, journal, and…
  • Music Monday 11.17.14

    Steve McCoy
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Amazon's $5 albums have been a bummer lately, but this most recent batch has some gems. Here they are...Andrew Bird: Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...Chvrches: The Bones of What You BelieveTove Lo: Queen of the Clouds | Her song "Habits" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Amazing. Right in the same wheelhouse as Sia's "Chandelier."LCD Soundsystem: This Is HappeningExplosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take CareThe Gloaming: The GloamingJ.D. McPherson: Signs & Signifiers | Try out: "North Side Gal"Damien Rice: OSturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds In…
 
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    Worship Matters

  • Join Us at WorshipGod UK 2015!

    Bob Kauflin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Last year we were thrilled to have our first WorshipGod UK conference in Bath, Called to be Faithful, hosted by Nathan Smith and Grace Church Bristol. It was a joy to link arms with other UK churches and ministries that are pursuing theologically informed, gospel-driven, Spirit-empowered singing in local congregations. Attendees came from more than 10 different countries and over 100 churches to learn, fellowship, sing, pray, and encourage one another. In response to many requests, WorshipGod UK is coming back to the Bath Forum, 7th-9th May, 2015. The theme will be Gathering Around the…
  • The Songwriting Process – Prepare Him Room

    Bob Kauflin
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    A few weeks ago, I sat down with Neil DeGraide, Steve Cook, and my son, Devon, to talk about different aspects of our new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. One topic we discussed was the songwriting process. Songs rarely come instantaneously. And that can be an encouraging thought for someone currently in the midst of writing a song that sounds remarkably mediocre. When we hear a song on an album we have no idea of the dozens of hours of labor, thought, editing, prayer, conversation, and study that went into it. We only hear the finished product. So in the video below we take time…
  • “O Holy Night” Revisited

    Bob Kauflin
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    A few years ago, my friend, Kevin Hartnett, wrote two new verses for the classic and well-loved carol, “O Holy Night.” We ended up recording his version on our new album, Prepare Him Room. We called it O Holy Night (Hear the Gospel Story). Any time you mess with a “classic and well-loved” carol, you’re bound to get some questions. Why change something that has been popular for so many years? Why fix what ain’t broke? The original lyrics for “O Holy Night” were written in 1847 by Placide Capeau, a Frenchman, at the request of his parish…
  • Prepare Him Room Giveaway Contest Winners!

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

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

  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

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

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

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

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

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

  • The one about Hymns and Choruses and Cows

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Okay, I know this is old, but this morning I encountered someone who had never heard it, and so I figure there’s probably more than one. (This was a popular e-mail forward about fifteen years ago.) Praise Songs explained… Not long ago a farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. “Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.” “Praise choruses,” said his wife, “What are those?”…
  • Our Son, The Actor

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This year our youngest son switched programs at the university and is now registered as a Theater major. As if to confirm this choice, he auditioned and got the role of Elwood P. Dowd in a student production of Harvey. I’d long heard of this play but had never seen it, and last night we got to see the show and was thoroughly entertained. The school has a very professional and renown theater program and lived up to its reputation. Elwood is listed first in the cast list, and I suppose it was a central role, but this was very much an ensemble effort. But I was completely emotionally…
  • The Hardest Days

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Doug and Gary were always the last to leave the office.  Doug always turned off the lights as Gary set the alarm, and on Fridays, Gary always asked Doug if he wanted to join him for church that weekend. “Actually, I’m going to church with my wife on Sunday,” Doug replied. “Oh right. I forgot you’re a CEO,” Gary said smiling. “A CEO?” “Christmas and Easter only.” They both laughed, and Gary continued, “You know it’s good that you’re going, but you always pick the two hardest days.” “I know,”…
  • What if…

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    What if instead of a Jewish prayer book, that was a Bible or a hymnbook that you recognized in the picture? What if instead of happening half a world away this took place in a Christian church a few blocks from your house? What if instead of the victims having foreign-sounding surnames, the names were people that you knew personally? …Religious terrorism always happens somewhere else, but what if…?
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    Stay here to read classic Wednesday links, or visit PARSE to view nine selected stories with more preview info. The above image from the Ship of Fools archives seemed appropriate given that women can now officially be bishops in the Church of England. Desiring God interviews missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, who says that it’s all worth the risks aid workers are taking: “[T]o just turn away and put our backs to the world is wrong.” These reviews of Kirk Cameron’s film Saving Christmas weren’t exactly glowing, and these were from people within the…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • 10 Reasons Why Children’s Ministry is Better!!!

    Mimi Bullock
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Everyone thinks that their particular ministry call is “the best” but children’s ministry leaders have the unique position of being right. (Insert LOL here.) I have had the privilege of being involved with some dynamic ministries and worked in at least five different ministries like Adopt-A-Block, discipleship and even ladies ministries. However, working with kids has always been my favorite. I can give you 10 reasons why children’s ministry is better–for me at least. I get to shout “do over!” if I make a teaching mistake or if an object lesson or…
  • Three Popcorn Object Lessons from Mark 4:7-9

    Mimi Bullock
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Could teaching kids about God be as easy as popping a bag of popcorn? Yes, indeed! If you have some popcorn, you can easily teach three significant object lessons to your Sunday School, children’s church or summer camp. Since it smells so tempting and delicious, have plenty of popcorn on hand to serve and share with kids after your teaching demonstrations. Ready to show object lessons that pop? (I couldn’t resist, sorry!) The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit (For this object lesson you need an air popper, popping oil, a bowl and some loose kernels.) Place all the items on a table in…
  • Jesus’ Family Tree: Matthew 1:1-16 & Luke 3:23-38 Genealogy

    Felicia Mollohan
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    I was reading in the Bible where it lists the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-16 & Luke 3:23-38). I thought how great would it be for the students in my class to learn about Jesus’ family tree and the bloodline that He came from in order to fulfill prophecy of the Old Testament? So I put together these cards that will end up looking like a tree in the end, if you follow the format that I have provided. On each card, it gives a basic “title” for each of the people to help the students remember who they are, as well as one to two Bible verses that relate to that…
  • Cell Phone Object Lessons from Romans 15:13

    Mimi Bullock
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Have a cell phone? You have everything you need to teach a valuable Christian lesson to teens or kids. Based on bible verses like Romans 15:13, “ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” You’ll have everything you need to teach kids the importance of powering up with God. If I were to give my cell phone object lesson a theme, it would be: Just like a cell phone needs a charger to power up, we also need to be be spiritually charged regularly. Teaching a Cell Phone Object Lesson Place…
  • Sunday School Lesson: God delivers Israel through Deborah and Barak

    Kelly Henderson
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    The following lesson was taught to a small group of children ranging from age 5-10.  The students will discover from this lesson that when we live lives that please God others will see His glory. Bible Passage: Judges 4-5 Bible Story Title: God Delivers Israel through Deborah and Barak 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, Letters A,B,C,D, copies of Deborah and Barak Booklet, crayons, markers, visuals for lesson, Learning Goal: Students will learn that God’s glory is seen in lives of…
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    Man of Depravity

  • Failing at Faith

    Tyler
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Last week I taught a one-week course (9 separate sessions) on the book of Genesis at Ecola Bible School. This was my second week in a row away from my family, but spending a week at one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world, and getting to know the students and staff at Ecola, was a fair trade off for missing them again. Theme for the Genesis course (graphic created by Ross Gale: rcgale.com) It’s impossible to summarize the whole book into a short blog post, but one theme I continued to land on with students is that faith doesn’t mean avoiding failure. Abraham…
  • Understanding Over Argument (Or That Time I Spent a Week with Friends in San Diego)

    Tyler
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Ignore my white feet. Oregon hadn’t seen the sun in about a month. Last week I spent 3 days with guys I’ve known for the bulk of the past decade. We met via blogs and then Twitter, and have been consistently involved in each others lives since. These are guys I considered part of my core group of friends. Keep in mind, I’d never spent a single moment with any of them in person. As I expected, it was an incredible time together. Hard to describe the kind of thankful I am to have gotten to know them better. They’re the kind of guys I wish lived down the street from me,…
  • Dear Christian, Your Politics Are Ruining Your Witness

    Tyler
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today is election day. A general election to be specific. In my home state we find out whether recreational use of cannabis will be allowed, whether illegal immigrants will be able to obtain driver’s cards, and whether non-GMO products must be labeled as such. Nothing earth-shattering, but clearly important issues. I voted.I will not, however, be sharing my voting choices publicly. I have two neighbors who have been to known to illegally grow marijuana, but I have not asked them about their illegal actions, nor will I announce my voting record on the issue. Why, you ask? Because I…
  • The Peripheral Should Be the Priority

    Tyler
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    My week tends to revolve around two different times: Sunday at 9am and Tuesday at 6am. Sunday at 9am is the culmination of a week of preparation. Tuesday at 6am those preparations start all over again. The times of studying for a message, practicing music, or coordinating with people involved with something on Sunday quickly rises to the top of the priority list. And then there’s meeting with people, knowing their lives, and prayerfully considering how best to care for and disciple them. These are the things that make my to-do list each week. These are the things that cause me to wake…
  • 30 for 30

    Tyler
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today I am officially entering the years of old. 30 years old to be exact. Those of you who are beyond 30 will chuckle, that’s okay. I’m sure I will in another few years. “Oh how young I actually was back then,” I’ll think. As someone who has typically identified himself as a “20-something” today is a day of transition beyond that label. Don’t blame me if my blog still says I’m 29. I have to hang onto something from the past. Nobody but you all will know the difference. I’ve taken time in recent weeks to examine my life over the past…
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 7 Living the Word of God

    paulwnewell
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents…
  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 6 SALVATION: Protecting Your Mind

    paulwnewell
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 5 FAITH: Defeating Every Temptation

    paulwnewell
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 4 Peace

    paulwnewell
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
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  • Core Training: The Ultimate CrossFit – 3 Righteousness

    paulwnewell
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
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    Kevin Campbell

  • How To Silence The VOICES Around Us

    Kevin Campbell
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Sunday at Elevate Church was an incredible day for many reasons.  We packed over 1,200 shoeboxes for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child, THREE people made decisions to receive Christ, and we learned what it takes to silence the voices! I love what God is doing in our church right now! On top of what I just mentioned, watch the beginning of the message from this week to hear of a testimony from our team that went to Mexico. Also, you can learn the three things that our enemy uses to make us question God’s voice: Silence The Voices from Elevate Church on Vimeo.
  • The ONE VOICE That Matters Most

    Kevin Campbell
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here are three voices that can keep us distracted. Today, I want to share about the one voice that really matters. There is only one voice that matters for all of eternity. There is only one voice of approval that matters. There is only one voice of significance that matters. The Voice that matters most: The Voice of our Father in Heaven. Matthew 3:16-17 says,  “After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened & he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove & settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who…
  • VIDEO: What Voice Matters Most

    Kevin Campbell
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    We launched a new series on Sunday called VOICES. The idea is that every day we are bombarded with voices all around us. The voices are telling us what we should do, what we should not do, etc. Check out the message from week one to learn of the three distinct voices that create noise to keep us from hearing the ONE voice that really matters: VOICES – What voice matters most? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: Three VOICES That Can Distract Us VOICES: How To Listen To The One That Matters Most Dangerous Church Preview [Video]
  • Three VOICES That Can Distract Us

    Kevin Campbell
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What voice should I listen to? What voice really matters the most? We are talking through these things the next few weeks at Elevate.  I believe one of the most important things we can do is learn how to stop and listen to the right VOICE. Jesus said in John 10:27: “My sheep listen to my VOICE; I know them & they follow me.” Sheep had to listen to the voice of their shepherd because they aren’t very smart and can’t see far. That is one of the reasons followers of Jesus are often referred to as sheep. We aren’t as smart as we think we are and we can’t see into…
  • How To Get Through Bad Things

    Kevin Campbell
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    We concluded our You Asked For It series on Sunday at Elevate with a message “Why Do BAD Things Happen To GOOD People?”  Bad things happen to ALL people as a by product of living in this broken world. One day God will restore all things, but in the mean time how do we get through the bad things that come in our lives? Check out the message from this week to learn three things we need to remember when going through tough times: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: How Do I Know God Exists? The NAME That Makes All The Difference…
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Amazing mobile phones and the next billion Internet users

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

    siskin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Digital is transforming Africa and Asia. The speed of change even surprised a mission staffer who returned for a short visit to his former West African country, and saw just how widespread digital had become: Africa is changing! Cassettes and CDs are beginning to disappear. In two weeks of teaching the Bible, there were numerous computers, tablets and smartphones. Many connect to the Internet and use social media. The invasion of new technologies makes missions rethink the ways of spreading the Gospel. Instead of brochures and cassettes, SD cards or mini SDs are distributed. They are light…
  • Starting with the why – how to inspire action

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

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

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

  • 12 Keys for Successfully Starting something New

    bradlomenick
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started? Here are some tips for getting started: 1. Act like you’ve arrived. No one needs to know you’re just starting. When you’re small, act and think big. When you’re big, act and think small. 2. Hire people you like. Look for chemistry first in terms of creating your initial core team. 3. If at all possible, don’t work with your family. Start with competency, not relatives. And stay away from taking loans, venture capital, or seed money from…
  • 9 Things to Consider when Hiring someone New

    bradlomenick
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    1. Hire slow and fire fast. Many organizations are just the opposite, hiring fast and firing slow. 2. Look for heart and hands, not just mind and spirit. 3. Culture is key. As the leader, do you want to hang out with them? Hire people you want to be friends with. 4. Don’t just interview them. “Intern” them. This has always been the system at Catalyst. 5. Hire a doer, not just a talker. 6. Benchmark the Experts. Who are the best people in the world at the position you are hiring? Figure out who that is, and contact them. For advice, suggestions, and to understand why they…
  • 10 Key Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned over the Last Year in Handing off Catalyst

    bradlomenick
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    ***UPDATE*** I’m a year removed from being on a strategic 4 month sabbatical. This time last year I was in the middle of it. It’s been quite a year. And the last 12 months have provided some incredible learnings. So looking back, here are 10 reflections and learnings one year later that hopefully will help you in your own leadership journey. 1. I got my smile back. Stepping away allowed me to rediscover the passion. Finding joy in the journey again. At Catalyst Atlanta the first week of October- I was in the “mosh pit” during the evening session on Thursday down on…
  • Want to be a Thought Leader, Author and Expert? Great! But beware.

    bradlomenick
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    All of us should be striving to be experts. To be the leaders in our industries. In our organizations, our churches, our schools, our businesses, our non profits, our networks and associations. These are a few of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in the pursuit of being a thought leader, an expert, a leader. I haven’t arrived in any way, but thought these might be helpful as we all strive to get better and continue to gain more influence. 1. Actively Build a Support Network- including those who can help you on the journey, and those who will be real with you regardless of…
  • Young Influencers List, October edition

    bradlomenick
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Here you go, the October edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Colony House- new rock band out of Nashville, and a strong connection to Steven Curtis Chapman!! 2. Molly Smith- movie producer, co-founder of Black Label Media, and the producer behind films like The Good Lie and Blindside. 3. Preston Miller- Chicago based hip hop choreographer, dancer and founder of United Artists Initiative. 4. Salomon Ligthelm- filmmaker, videographer, and overall talented creative designer and director, and c0-writer of the song “Oceans.” 5.
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Is your RCIA team ready for seekers this Christmas?

    Nick Wagner
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Imagine this. Someone who is lonely or anxious or victimized or broken has come to the end of her rope. She is exhausted and disheartened. She has no idea what to do next. She doesn’t like going out at this … Continue reading →
  • Episode 99: Are you doing too much in the RCIA?

    Nick Wagner
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Listen to find out if you might be overdoing it with your RCIA ministry. And the “Did you know?” segment covers something that is not in the RCIA — but some people think it is. Finally, we answer a question … Continue reading →
  • The recipe for becoming a great RCIA catechist

    Nick Wagner
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Years ago, I read an article by a chef and food writer for the New York Times. His article was about how shocked people are when they see his kitchen. He lives in a tiny New York apartment, and the … Continue reading →
  • Episode 98: Honoring the baptized candidates

    Jen Pardo
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    In this episode, Nick and Diana discuss Fr. Paul Turner’s keynote presentation from the recent Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions meeting regarding how we honor baptisms of other Christian’s denominations. Our “Did you know?” segment focuses on a paragraph in … Continue reading →
  • Do less to accomplish more

    Nick Wagner
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    American Pickers is a reality show on the History Channel that follows two antique dealers around the country as they discover “rusty gold” that they can make a profit on. A usual segment shows them arriving at someone’s house or … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

    Brandon
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and “megachurches” (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also agree with a principle shared by Bailey Smith who once said, “There are no large churches. All churches are small, some are just smaller than others when compared to the surrounding lost population.” I’ve pastored churches of 30 and I’ve served as a staff Pastor at a church that averaged about 22,000 attenders at the time. In many ways, the largest of them…
  • Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What better way to teach about how desperately we need grace to make marriage work than to ask my wife to join me for part of the message to talk about how much grace we’ve needed to make our marriage work! So to promote this weekend’s service, we shot a little promo video together. After a couple dozen takes, we gave up, but still managed to make this… It was fun. Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic was originally posted at Brandon A. Cox.
  • You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow with the help of others. And the New Testament reveals a pretty neat idea in the mind of God… the church can be a growing body of compassionate counselors. If you’re a Christian, you need counseling from other Christians, and you need to offer counseling to others too. I believe there is a huge need for professional counseling in the culture in which we live, and there are times for…
  • We Are the Church, and We CAN Do Better

    Brandon
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    On the whole, there are far more negative perceptions of the church in American culture than positive ones. These negative perceptions are based partly in reality as we’ve often failed to accurately represent Jesus to our culture, and partly in unfairly propagated distortions. We can’t do anything about the negative feelings people have toward the church when it’s really representing the gospel well. But we can certainly own our faults and failures and commit to better showing the world the Jesus who came, full of grace and truth. In other words, we CAN do better. Paul said…
  • Giving the Gift of a Blessing

    Brandon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and “blessing.” We even follow up a sneeze with “Bless you.” But in Scripture, the idea of a “blessing” was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the “blessing” in their culture for a formal event in which they would…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Pondering Passage Purpose

    Peter Mead
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    As a preacher studying a passage it is tempting to be purposeful in pursuing your own message, but to ignore the purpose of the passage. Maybe you are intrigued by the passage, or perhaps wondering how it could be preached.  Yet somehow, in the mix, we seem to lose sight of looking for why the writer wrote the text.  That is, rather than simply looking for what the writer wrote, we also need to ponder why the writer wrote it. 1. Look at the context – It is vital to look at any passage in its context.  What is going on around the text you are focused on?  What is the flow of thought or…
  • Creative Christmas Sermon Options

    Peter Mead
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Christmas services are just a few weeks away.  You might be getting excited, or dreading another Christmas and the need to generate more messages when the obvious options feel well worn.  Here are some other angles to consider: Prophecies - there are some key Old Testament prophecies, such as Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, even Jeremiah 31:15.  Why not take an Old Testament approach to Christmas hopes this year? People – maybe you have preached through Matthew’s opening chapters, but have you preached the four other ladies in Matthew’s genealogy . . . Tamar, Rahab, Ruth,…
  • Jesus Was Not 50% Human

    Peter Mead
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    There is a phrase that I suspect we would do better without.  It is only introductory to another thought, but it tends to lead somewhere potentially unhelpful.  It goes like this, “Jesus, in his humanity…” or “Jesus, in his divinity…” I understand why we use these phrases.  There are times when you are preaching a Gospels text and you want to underline the fact that Jesus fully entered into our world and experience (albeit without sinning), so the first phrase is used to highlight some aspect of the true humanity of Christ.  There are other times when…
  • Preparing Christmas Sermons or Advent Reading?

    Peter Mead
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I just realized that Advent is fast approaching and you may well be starting to think about Christmas preaching (or Advent reading with family).  Can I make an overt promotion of Pleased to Dwell for this purpose? 1. As an Advent Read – With 24 short chapters, Pleased to Dwell, works really well as a pre-Christmas read for an individual or a family.  Engaging and high energy, the sense of anticipation builds toward the Christmas narratives and their implications for us.  I know some churches are using it as a church-wide pre-Christmas resource too. 2. For Advent Sermon Prep –…
  • Identifying with Bible Characters

    Peter Mead
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The Bible is full of stories.  Stories are very effective ways to communicate.  When a story begins, people tend to do two things – first, they identify with (or disassociate from) characters, and second, they feel the tension in the story, anticipating the resolution.  So when we preach Bible stories, let’s be sure to help listeners connect with what is going on. 1. Don’t give a history lecture, preach the story to today.  It is easier, perhaps, to dispassionately tell what happened back then.  But it is not easier to listen to that.  It is, typically, dull.  However…
 
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    samluce.com

  • Will you go to hell for smoking marijuana?

    samluce
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    We like to put things in boxes. We like tidy answers. Will you go to hell for smoking weed? No. Should you smoke weed? No. Many parents are going to have to start figuring out what they believe about marijuana. Most states that have legalized it have set the legal age at 21 which is wise. Here is why I think legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. Wider use and acceptance. The legal age is 21 but so is alcohol and go to any High School party, college campus alcohol is everywhere. Is weed in these places now? Yes. But legalization will make it far worse believe me. People typically smoke it to get…
  • Are we preparing our teens for legal weed?

    samluce
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I came across this info graphic on the website information is beautiful. It depicts what the most crops are the most lucrative. This info-graphic tells everyone state legislator they are missing out on massive tax revenue. We have successfully taxed tobacco into the dark ages. States will legalize weed and do the same to it. So the question is not if your state will legalize it but when. Here is my question. As a parent what are you going to tell your kids? As a youth pastor what are you going to tell your kids and how are you equipping your parents with practical and spiritual implications…
  • The Elements of Decision-making

    samluce
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    To lead in any capacity you need to make decisions in an efficient manor. You need to assess a situation and make a determination as to what needs to be done often with little information. One of the key distinctive of leadership is the willingness to make a decision even under adverse conditions. Only executives make decisions. Indeed, to be expected—by virtue of position or knowledge—to make decisions that have significant impact on the entire organization, its performance, and results defines the executive. Effective executives, therefore, make effective decisions. Drucker, Peter F.
  • Advent resources for families

    samluce
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    As a parent we want to make the most of every season. Christmas time is no exception. I remember a few years back looking for ways to help my kids “get” the true meaning of Christmas. I’m not anti-santa just more of a Santa agnostic. We tried to teach our oldest that Santa wasn’t real for a while and a few years ago despite our best efforts he opened his gifts and said “Dad, Santa is so good to us.” Boom. Christian parent fail. I decided to tell my kids there was a real Santa and his name was St. Nicholas. Through the centuries St. Nicholas has continued to be venerated by…
  • How the Catechism keeps us from bad theology

    samluce
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Kevin DeYoung in his fantastic devotional exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism explains the threefold outline of the Catechism in such a concise and profound way. Question one of the Catechism shapes our whole existence. The first thing we need to know as a Christian is that we belong to Jesus and not to ourselves. But it doesn’t help much to know all about comfort and joy if we don’t know what is required to live and die in this comfort and joy. Belonging to Jesus and not ourselves means knowing three things: guilt, grace, and gratitude. The rest of the Catechism will follow this…
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    Dave Ingland

  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

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

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

    Rob C
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Are There Side Effects Of Deer Antler Velvet? The question of deer antler velvet side effects is often raised. It is a valid concern since there are many supplements that have been known to have adverse effects after consumption. Despite its popularity, the extract is yet to gain complete acceptance as a viable option in management of physical health. Deer velvet extract is made from the natural substances found in the antlers before they calcify. The benefits that you can derive from the use of the products are many including regulation of blood circulation, hormone regulation, endurance and…
  • Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising

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

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

  • Neon Trees

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This week we spotlight the pop/rock band, Neon Trees, and talk with them about their fun, catchy new album, “Pop Psychology.” Plus we talk to author Eric Metaxas about his new book, “Miracles,” provide you with some Black Friday survival tips, share with you our Christmas list, discover the purpose of the cumberbun and create new ways to call someone “large and in charge.”
  • What Does God Sound Like?

    tania.harris.71
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ridley Scott made an interesting decision for the voice of God, and it raises an important question. How would you depict God’s voice if you were making a movie? I was fascinated to hear of director Ridley Scott’s choice in his soon-to-released epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott cast an 11-year-old British schoolboy to play the role. The director said the boy was chosen to ‘exude innocence and purity’. In the 1998 animated movie, The Prince of Egypt, each cast member whispered God’s lines, so that His voice ended up sounding like a symphony of various people.
  • Officer Darren Wilson May Soon Resign from Ferguson Police Department

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in a confrontation on Aug. 9 is in talks to resign from the Ferguson Police Department. According to reports, Officer Darren Wilson “is in the final stages of negotiations” with local officials over the terms of his resignation. Today, a grand jury will meet, likely for the last time, to determine if charges will be brought against Wilson in the Brown killing. Since the shooting, Wilson has said that he did nothing wrong. According to CNN he’s told colleagues that the resignation is a move “to help ease pressure and protect…
  • Your (Slightly Early) Christmas Playlist

    jessec
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. Because it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve compiled a playlist of new Christmas tunes (and a few favorites from the last couple of years), to get your holiday season off the right start. Sure, a sizable chunk of Christmas music borders on insufferable, but these songs really do help make the season bright. Give it a listen or—if you must—bookmark it and come back to it after Thanksgiving. Either way, fa la la la la la ...
  • Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins Are Returning to ‘Parks and Rec’

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    We’ve got good news and bad news for Parks and Rec fans. The good news is that Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) will return to Pawnee for the show’s final season next year. The bad news is, they’ll only be back for a single episode. In an interview with TVLine.com, executive producer Mike Schur said, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted … But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more time — we managed to make that happen.” The seventh and final season of the NBC sitcom…
 
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  • #adventure over #abandon

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

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

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

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

    David
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional was written by Dan Seaborn. Dan is a Christian evangelist and marriage and family expert. He is also the founder of Winning at Home Inc., a ministry that focuses its on family relationships. The Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional is a 365 day reading – with a single devotional on each page. And what makes this a great read is that, I think every parent tries to do their best and of course they want the best, but whose advice do you take? Which books do you read? Dan Seaborn suggests that a family that focuses on God and reads the…
  • Dare U 2 Open This Book by Carol McAdams Moore

    David
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Dare You 2 Open This Book is a young boys devotional written by Carol McAdams Moore. Carol currently writes for children and youth and you can find her contributions at David C. Cook; Urban Ministries; Christian Education Warehouse; and Lifeway magazines. Carol has a strong heart for youth and children’s ministries and it’s her hope that her work would draw them closer to Jesus. This young boys devotional is aimed at 8-12 year olds (but my boy is 6 and he loves it also) and it’s filed with large graphics and fun activities to get your young man into thinking about his…
  • Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible

    David
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Ok, I have to admit, I have never watched a single episode of Duck Dynasty (I know how can I call myself a Christian or a Texan?) But it’s true. If you live under or a rock or you’ve never been to Wal-Mart Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated duck call business, “Duck Commander.” Well, to put their label on yet another product, you can now get a Duck Commander Bible. Sold in the New King James Version, the Duck Commander Faith and Family…
  • Brave Mom

    David
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Sherry Surratt is the CEO at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International. She is passionate about helping women step into their influence and change the world. She works every day to invest her life in moms and families. Her latest book, Brave Mom is a look at the top 10 most common things a Mom can be afraid of, things like the “perfect relationship,” or “having a baby” or worse… “having teenagers!” Each chapter centers around a real story of a Brave Mom who has faced this trial head on and a short prayer for Moms who are seeking to unload their…
  • Lean on Me

    David
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    If you don’t remember who Anne Marie Miller is perhaps you’d remember her from her previous penname “Anne Jackson.” She’s written Permission to Speak Freely, Mad Church Disease, and Bearing Burnout. Anne speaks at colleges, conventions, and churches on the topics of social justice, sexuality, health, addiction, and biblical themes of grace and restoration. Big congrats to Anne for getting married to the love of her life! Oh yea, and she’s a Texan! Her latest book, “Lean on Me” is about the nature of discipleship being a communal process. God…
 
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    Serving Strong

  • How To Be A Miserable Leader

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creating a Compelling Culture

    Hal Mayer
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    I love the graphic above.  I believe strategy plays a huge role in the success of an initiative or program.  Yet, without a compelling culture – we can miss the outcome we want and need.  Below is a video of a... Continue Reading →
  • Transparent are we?

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

  • “Phone Tips” Set You Straight on Voice Communication

    Lauren Hunter
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Did you know cell phones were just phones? Did you know how to correctly record your away message? These and other crucial phone etiquette tips are shared with humor and zest in the usual “Tripp and Tyler” style. These guys make me laugh every single time. If you haven’t discovered their YouTube channel, it’s never too late to check them out. “Phone Tips” Set You Straight on Voice Communication is a post from: ChurchTechToday “Phone Tips” Set You Straight on Voice Communication is a post from ChurchTechToday - Technology for Today's Church.
  • Social Media: For Better or Worse

    Steve Caton
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all have that one friend on social media.  You know the guy I’m talking about; deep down he is probably a wonderful person, but when he is online he makes you cringe. We all have at least one. (Caution: If you can’t think of one…. It might be you).  We find ourselves making excuses for them, hiding them or if they are really bad, unfriending them. Social media is a way of life now. There is no going back. Someday Facebook may fade, or twitter no longer chirp, but it is highly unlikely that online, mobile friendly, relational software will ever go away.  For better or worse it is…
  • 8 Elements of a Healthy Small Church

    Karl Vaters
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    What does a healthy Small Church look like? It looks like a healthy big church – in all the ways that matter, anyway. No, a healthy Small Church is not just a miniaturized version of a healthy big church. Pastors who try to do that are usually concentrating on the externals. And it never works out well when we do that. But underneath, every healthy church looks the same – no matter what size it is, what style of worship it utilizes or what denomination it does (or doesn’t) belong to. The principles that make big churches healthy are the ones that make Small Churches healthy. And the…
  • Seeds Family Worship: The Word of God [Music Review]

    Lauren Hunter
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    As a worship leader, writer, blogger, and mom to four kids under 11, I LOVE new worship music that gets me pumped up and ignites my passion (and my family’s passion) for worship. I’ve long been a fan of Seeds Family Worship and their awesome scripture-infused tracks set to upbeat tunes that make you want to dance while sneaking in scripture memorization. It’s a win-win. Our church has used their YouTube videos with words for years for our mid-week kids program, so when Seeds reached out to ChurchTechToday directly asking us to review their latest album, Volume 8: The Word of…
  • Worship Leader Magazine Editor’s Pick 2014

    Lauren Hunter
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    We here at ChurchTechToday are so pleased and thankful that Worship Leader Magazine has chosen our site as one of their Editor’s Pick of 2014. Worship Leader Magazine  is an invaluable resource to church leaders, worship directors, artistic directors, church tech gurus, worship team members, and more. We are thankful for their ministry and grateful that they’ve chosen our humble site as one of their Editor’s Pick resources. Please check out the link here to the full November/December Editor’s Pick Issue to read about many resources that can enhance your church’s…
 
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    mattofact.com

  • The Art Of Possibilities

    Mattofact
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Creative teams often hold the support beams up for many company divisions to do their own work. But, when company leaders value creativity as a key to the company’s future – creative teams are empowered. Creativity goes beyond art and making stuff, it has to do with how everyone in the organization approaches growth obstacles the company is facing or how customers are served. Check out this piece from our company CEO on a “vision scape” he had commissioned to serve as a talking point around the importance of creativity and the art of possibilities. Video cred to my…
  • B2B Video Protips

    Mattofact
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Selling business products and services to other business comes with a unique set of challenges and requirements. Every industry has its own specific language and nuances that have to be carefully navigated. Truthfully, I’m more of a fan of speaking in terms of Human to Human marketing rather than Business to Business marketing. Businesses do not make buying decisions, people do! Real people who you interact with, talk to, and build relationships with — they are the ones making the decisions on what to buy. Here is a video I helped create in cooperation with the award-winning Eric…
  • Show’m what to expect

    Mattofact
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    One of the most valuable things you can do is remove the doubt for people looking at your product – and your church is a product. Families shop, visitor dip in and out without you knowing, and people in the community drive by your building and wonder, “What’s going on in there?”. At 4Corners Church we set out to develop a video that did just that. We wanted to show people what to expect on a typical Sunday morning. Staff member Lisa wrote a killer script, other staff members weighed in, volunteer Katie did a great job on camera with her infectious personality and my…
  • Creativity in Church Spaces

    Mattofact
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    How are you transforming your space into something that turns people toward a posture of worship? Are you called to rebuild the creative walls of the Church? Man, that calling resonates with me. The Church largely has built spaces for function and less for definition, but what’s emerged is a canvas to play with. Bending light is a high calling. The journey of being creative with our spaces and using them for something other than a place to sit in, is a journey that is transformational and demands our interactions with others. Watch this video from my friend and someone I highly admire…
  • Oceans by Hillsong United

    Mattofact
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This song, Oceans by Hillsong, kills it. The lyrics are on point. Watch the lyric video below and find the songs lyrics below. Lyrics “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me…
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

    Brandon
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and “megachurches” (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also agree with a principle shared by Bailey Smith who once said, “There are no large churches. All churches are small, some are just smaller than others when compared to the surrounding lost population.” I’ve pastored churches of 30 and I’ve served as a staff Pastor at a church that averaged about 22,000 attenders at the time. In many ways, the largest of them…
  • Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What better way to teach about how desperately we need grace to make marriage work than to ask my wife to join me for part of the message to talk about how much grace we’ve needed to make our marriage work! So to promote this weekend’s service, we shot a little promo video together. After a couple dozen takes, we gave up, but still managed to make this… It was fun. Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic was originally posted at Brandon A. Cox.
  • You Need Counseling, And You Need to Give Counsel

    Brandon
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Some of the spiritually healthiest people I know are in counseling. There seems to be some stigma around it, but getting help with our mental and emotional issues is really a matter of choosing to grow with the help of others. And the New Testament reveals a pretty neat idea in the mind of God… the church can be a growing body of compassionate counselors. If you’re a Christian, you need counseling from other Christians, and you need to offer counseling to others too. I believe there is a huge need for professional counseling in the culture in which we live, and there are times for…
  • We Are the Church, and We CAN Do Better

    Brandon
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    On the whole, there are far more negative perceptions of the church in American culture than positive ones. These negative perceptions are based partly in reality as we’ve often failed to accurately represent Jesus to our culture, and partly in unfairly propagated distortions. We can’t do anything about the negative feelings people have toward the church when it’s really representing the gospel well. But we can certainly own our faults and failures and commit to better showing the world the Jesus who came, full of grace and truth. In other words, we CAN do better. Paul said…
  • Giving the Gift of a Blessing

    Brandon
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and “blessing.” We even follow up a sneeze with “Bless you.” But in Scripture, the idea of a “blessing” was filled with meaning. God said that all who treated Abraham and his descendants well would be blessed. The patriarchs reserved the “blessing” in their culture for a formal event in which they would…
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    The Navy Christian

  • MPW #5: Pray for Children

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

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

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). We must pray against this level of discouragement that leads to suicide. The reasons for suicide in the military are varied. Some end their lives because of chemical imbalance brought on by war wounds, some others because of otherwise fixable personal problems such as heavy debt, divorce, lost loved ones, etc. Regardless of the reasons
  • MPW #2: Pray for those on Deployment

    Dan Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Deployment is a particularly stressful time in the life of a military service person. It is also very stressful for the family that remains at home. The stresses that are felt at home ripple their way across the oceans that divide the family and touch the deployed member as well. Kids need to be fed and cared for, a spouse needs to feel rest and valued, the car needs an oil change, and countless
  • MPW #1- Pray for Chaplains

    Dan Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Romans 10:14 - How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Being a chaplain is a difficult life. Some times I think it is nearly impossible, from what I can observe. They must deal with the political situations, the changing cultural environment, and the
 
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  • All Team Tonight!

    Emily Kirkendoll
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    All Team is our quarterly meeting for the teams that together make Sundays great across our three communities. The pastors of Liberty Church are deeply invested in the personal growth and health of our teams, and All Team is a way of celebrating the wins, spreading vision for what’s ahead, and training leaders. If you’re on […] Related posts: All Team – June 13th Creative Team Workshop – February 1st Creative Team Workshop – July 13th
  • Liberty Sisterhood gathers for freedom

    Emily Kirkendoll
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    “I quit.” Not too many women’s movements have started with those words. But as Andi Andrew told the story of Liberty Sisterhood’s early beginnings, she shared her personal conviction not to do women’s ministry in any way she had seen it done before. She had prayed to God, “I am shutting this down. I am putting […] Related posts: Liberty Sisterhood Liberty Sisterhood Gathering on May 2nd Liberty Sisterhood Relaunch – Fri Sept 14th
  • Liberty City November highlights

    Emily Kirkendoll
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:18 pm
    “There is great power in a grateful heart.” As Paul Andrew remembered with gratitude the people who had changed his life, he reminded us that a lifestyle of gratitude has the power to influence others. This month as we continue our series on gratitude, each of our communities has committed to reaching out to their neighborhoods to […] Related posts: Come see Kris Vallotton at our services on Sunday, November 16th Launching In 2013: Our Brooklyn Community Join The Union Square Launch Team
  • “Living In Wholeness” Kris Vallotton – Podcast

    Molly
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Pastor Kris Vallotton of Bethel, preached this message, “Living in Wholeness” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on November 16, 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: “They Changed My Life” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Let’s Do This” Paul Andrew – Podcast “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew – Podcast
  • “They Changed My Life” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message, titled “They Changed My Life” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on November 9, 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: “Let’s Do This” Paul Andrew – Podcast “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew – Podcast “Public Identification” Rhema Trayner – Podcast
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    MarkHowellLive.com

  • New from Bill Hybels and John Ortberg: Life Lessons from Jesus

    Mark Howell
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I spent some time this week with a new collection of Bible studies you’re going to want to know about.  Life Lessons from Jesus is actually a collection of 5 studies (with a total of 36 lessons), all of which will appeal to your small group leaders and members. While Life Lessons from Jesus is not a DVD-driven study and it doesn’t include a leader’s guide, it’s written in a way that will be relatively easy for all but the least experienced leaders to facilitate. Click here for more... »         
  • Quotebook: Trade-Offs and the Pursuit of More

    Mark Howell
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Looking for a way to have it all?  Whether we’re talking about ministry or life, many people look for opportunities to have it all or to do everything.  Wise leaders, essentialists, understand that “strategy is about making trade-offs.”  See also, Could This Strategic Misstep Be Limiting Your Ministry Impact? I loved these lines from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: “It’s easy to see why it’s tempting to deny the reality of trade-offs....Click here for more... »         
  • Take a Look at Your Coaching Structure Through 3 Lenses

    Mark Howell
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    In a recent conversation with a group of church leaders I pointed out three aspects of small group coaching structures that provide helpful lenses through which to evaluate.  There really is very little mystery to building an effective coaching structure.  It requires recruiting the right people, to do the right things, with the right people.  See also, The Truth about Building an Effective Coaching Structure and The End in Mind for an Effective Coaching Structure. Here are the...Click here for more... »         
  • Four Decisions Wise Small Group Pastors Make Once

    Mark Howell
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    You know the decisions you have to make every time you turn around?  The decisions that seem almost forced upon you in moments of weakness?  The decisions that catch you off guard and lead you to agree to things you don’t really want to do? I think all of us could make a quick list of decisions we’ve made that we immediately (or eventually) regretted.  All of us. Some of us, though, have learned from the consequences and decided to never make that mistake again. Here are...Click here for more... »          CommentsThanks for…
  • 6 Essential Questions about Making Disciples and Small Group Ministry

    Mark Howell
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Wrestling with questions like, “Are we really making disciples?”  Or maybe, “Where are the mature disciples?”  I want to suggest that while those are valid questions, they might not be the most helpful questions.  In addition, asking the right questions is essential if you want to discover discover the best solutions. W. Edwards Deming said, “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.”   Albert Einstein said, “If I...Click here for more... »         
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    the mayward blog

  • What I'm Working On

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Just thought I'd give a brief update on some of my recent writing and speaking projects:LeaderTreks. I regularly write blog posts for LeaderTreks, and recently wrote a two-part series on evangelism and discipleship (and why those aren't opposites). From Good News Sharers: Giving Students a Language for Evangelism and Disciple-Making:Training students to view themselves as disciple-makers and bearers of the good news of Jesus is essential before they can grow as confident gospel-sharers. Sharing the gospel is more than just one of many tasks for Christians; it’s an identity we embrace. When…
  • On Opinions and Identity, Or Why I Still Love You Even If You Liked Interstellar

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    I think I'm in the minority on this one, but I'm gonna throw it out there: I wasn't particularly impressed with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar.Sure, it has its moments of grandeur. In between the lengthy exposition where characters say Things That Are Really Deep and Important, there are some compelling questions about human origins and the nature of love, even if I think the film's answers for those questions aren't particularly enriching or true. I found myself more impressed with the ESA landing the Rosetta probe on a comet this week. Science fact just trumped science…
  • Movie Review: Fury

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Too long have I livedamong those who hate peace.I am for peace;but when I speak, they are for war.(Psalm 120:6-7)The young Norman (Logan Lerman) could have penned the latter verse of the above psalm. He hasn't been in enough battles to write the former line. As the new soldier assigned to join a US tank squad hardened by the horrors of three years of battles, Norman (read: "normal man") is naive and frightened about the realities of war. He signed up for this military gig, but he doesn't really want to kill anybody.Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) could also have written the psalmist's…
  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

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

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

  • RePresent Jesus Christ

    RevCollins
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Copyright RePressentJC.com New Book Found While cruising around on Facebook tonight I stumbled across a link to a new book. The link title is what first caught my attention. You see, my mission here at GC Ministry is to help people move away from a purely religious experience and develop a deeper spiritual commitment. I want you to be a representative of Christ to the world. This new book aims to do just that. Who Is Christ No, I am not looking to develop a discussion of who He was. I firmly believe that He was God incarnate. What I mean by the question is what kind of person was He. What did…
  • God’s Facebook

    RevCollins
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Jesus on Facebook The blogger I am sending you to today has written a wonderful article on the topic of Jesus on Facebook. I thought she did a wonderful job of making her reader think about what Jesus would look like if He were on social media. Then again, we are His representation to the world. So I would say He is on social media. What has He been saying in your neck of the web? http://reststopforthesoul.com/2014/10/03/jesus-on-facebook/The post God’s Facebook appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: The Story Of Passover Gets Told Through Social Media [Video] Favorite Links…
  • Religion

    RevCollins
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    religion [ri-lij-uh n] noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. The definition of religion from deinition.com pretty well sunarizes what most of us think of when we look to define the word  The point I want to focus on today is the ritual observance. Far too often that is exactly what our faith walk becomes. We leave the area of relationship…
  • Top 3 Reasons I Am Here or My Goals

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

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

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

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

    Think Eternity
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” –Marianne Williamson  Insecurity is what can keep us from becoming incredible instruments of God. Rather than asking him how we can serve him and walking in obedience to his will, we would prefer to seek the things that would make us happier and more successful.
  • 5 Questions Every Young Christian Should Ask by Grant Skeldon

    Think Eternity
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In Ephesians 4:1, Paul says, “Therefore I, a prisoner serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” God is doing amazing things with young Christians all over America, and all over the world. Here are five important questions every young Christian should ask themself: 1. Do you know what God has called you to, and are you confident in your calling?  If you know your calling but you’re not confident in it, you don’t fully understand calling. Calling doesn’t mean you’re necessarily special. It means…
  • 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…
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  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    High attendance Sunday, a really cool story, and the white building is coming down. It must be time for another Next Level Update… Sunday was a very cool day. Lots of first time visitors. Lots of connections. Lots of passionate worship. Lots of engagement during the talk. Lots of pointing to Jesus. And lots of people. 278 to be exact. Our average since September has been around 250. That’s exciting! My favorite part about Sunday involved someone visiting our church for the first time. A couple of months ago our church was able to help a single mom who was down on her luck, and…
  • What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!

    Rob Shepherd
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    What’s gonna work? Teamwork! If you have toddlers like I do then there is more than a great chance you are familiar with the Wonder Pets. The Wonder Pets is the A-Team of children’s shows. If you remember A-Team it was a group who was recruited to solve a problem each week. They would get into a sticky situation, utter their catch phrases, and solve the problem by the end of the show. Every. Single. Week. That’s the Wonder Pets, but it’s with animals, and for kids. One of the Wonder Pet’s catch phrases is “What’s gonna work?” And they reply with…
  • Movie Review: Interstellar

    Rob Shepherd
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    I really like Christopher Nolan’s (Director) films. I love how he writes his own scripts with the help of his brother. I love how he is old school Hollywood meets new school in that he builds set pieces, but still has amazing special effects. I first heard of him after Memento took critics by storm. It leads to a great twist that I did not see coming. Of course I love his Batman films, but I also love Inception and The Prestige. I think he is brilliant. So when Interstellar hit theaters there was no question I was going to see it. Even if the previews didn’t capture my attention I…
  • Away With Awkward

    Rob Shepherd
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Life presents many awkward moments. Like when you are at the movies buying your ticket and the cashier says, “Enjoy your movie,” and you reply with, “You too.” Awkward. Or when you respond to someone’s wave because you think it is intended for you only to realize it wasn’t. Awkward. When you get home from a party and realize you had food stuck between your teeth for the majority of said party. Awkward. When you pass gas because no one is around only to have someone walk into your stank. Awkward. When you are trying to be nice by holding a door for someone,…
  • Movie Review: Dumb And Dumber To

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Dumb And Dumber is considered to be a classic by many people my age. My wife saw it in theaters 8 times. It’s been 20 years since Dumb And Dumber took theaters by storm. A lot has changed in 20 years. Mainly I’m not 16 years old any more. Dumb And Dumber To returns the original cast and is directed once again by the Farrelly brothers. On this adventure Lloyd and Harry pick up where they left off. This time it’s 20 years later and the two best friends go on an adventure to find a daughter Harry didn’t know he had. Now the question everyone wants to know is; is it good?
 
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  • Presentation

    Richard Wilson
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This morning we made our first appearance in church as enlarged family. We did not do too bad in organising ourselves to go out (just a few minutes behind when we hoped to leave the house) given that we had no system yet, and there was a last minute vomit from one twin and nappy change from the other. So we were able to receive lots of compliments from our friends, but especially present Luca and Mattia to the church to thank God for them and to ask for their continual prayers for us as a family. It was the last Sunday that my in-laws will be with us, and we wanted them to be a part of this…
  • The photo I’ve been waiting for

    Richard Wilson
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Pinuccia, Mattia, Stefania, Daniele, Luca, Richard Finally all together (Mattia on the left, Luca on the right).
  • Festival, fan, family

    Richard Wilson
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Next Saturday there will be a festival in the quarter of Trento in which the church hall is located. We’ll be opening our doors, and putting on various activities for children in the afternoon, a concert in the evening, and following it up with an evangelistic meeting the following week. Pray for the many people that will be around on that day, that they will also come to visit us, and that we will have boldness in taking up the opportunities that come up. Today I met one of my fans. Someone came to church, having travelled from Rome on the overnight train, just in order to meet me,…
  • Twins day 6

    Richard Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    It was a long day today. In the morning the hospital told us that also Luca had left the intensive care ward, was out of the incubator and in a heated cot, and that we would be able to pick him up and hold him for the first time. That was wonderful news for us, but then we had to wait the hours until we were going to go to the hospital in the afternoon… When we arrived, it got even better: we could hold Mattia as well. So we had a good time getting to know them. Unfortunately for the other children, Daniele had a fever this morning, so he and Stefania had to stay outside and watch through…
  • Twins day 4

    Richard Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A few improvements today. Pinuccia is at home now – she is feeling better than before even though still a bit sore, but she left the hospital more because her bed was needed than that she wanted to come home. But the surprise when we went to visit the twins in the afternoon was that Mattia had been moved from the intensive care unit to the neonatal problems unit. That is, he needs less help, even though he is still in an incubator. We might be able to take him and hold him when we visit the hospital tomorrow, which would be great and would make the experience seem more real. At the moment I…
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  • Majorca, Our First Port of Call

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is the most popular of Spain's Mediterranean islands. Although it is heavily crowded in July and August crowds considerably drop off in September when we’ll be there on our cruise. And the weather will still be great!People flock to the island’s beautiful coast filled with upscale resorts, but you can also find secluded beaches and picturesque coves.And the beaches are only a small part of Majorca’s draw. Head toward the mountains and hike to the hilltop monasteries. You’ll find kite-surfers, windsurfers and be able to look down on sailors in the…
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    18 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Genesis 31 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. 5 He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. 6…
  • Genesis 30

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Genesis 30 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.” 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened…
  • Genesis 29

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Genesis 29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied. 5 He said to…
  • Jacob's Ladder

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Genesis 28: 10-11 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. Beersheba is situated southwest of the Dead Sea. He was alone and probably very sad; feeling apart from both his parents and God. Genesis 28: 12-22 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord,…
 
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  • What I'm Working On

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Just thought I'd give a brief update on some of my recent writing and speaking projects:LeaderTreks. I regularly write blog posts for LeaderTreks, and recently wrote a two-part series on evangelism and discipleship (and why those aren't opposites). From Good News Sharers: Giving Students a Language for Evangelism and Disciple-Making:Training students to view themselves as disciple-makers and bearers of the good news of Jesus is essential before they can grow as confident gospel-sharers. Sharing the gospel is more than just one of many tasks for Christians; it’s an identity we embrace. When…
  • On Opinions and Identity, Or Why I Still Love You Even If You Liked Interstellar

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    I think I'm in the minority on this one, but I'm gonna throw it out there: I wasn't particularly impressed with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar.Sure, it has its moments of grandeur. In between the lengthy exposition where characters say Things That Are Really Deep and Important, there are some compelling questions about human origins and the nature of love, even if I think the film's answers for those questions aren't particularly enriching or true. I found myself more impressed with the ESA landing the Rosetta probe on a comet this week. Science fact just trumped science…
  • Movie Review: Fury

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Too long have I livedamong those who hate peace.I am for peace;but when I speak, they are for war.(Psalm 120:6-7)The young Norman (Logan Lerman) could have penned the latter verse of the above psalm. He hasn't been in enough battles to write the former line. As the new soldier assigned to join a US tank squad hardened by the horrors of three years of battles, Norman (read: "normal man") is naive and frightened about the realities of war. He signed up for this military gig, but he doesn't really want to kill anybody.Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) could also have written the psalmist's…
  • Choose Your Battles: 6 Questions to Ask in a Ministry Conflict

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

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

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

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

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

    Kathryn Price
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/transmission I’ve spent the week role-playing the part of a candidate for Church Related Community Work ministry in the United Reformed Church.  We were preparing the assessment panels who will be interviewing candidates for real. In preparing for this I was taken back some 20 years to when I candidated for ministry myself.  One of the key texts that inspired me then – and continues to do so – was a little book called The Isaiah Vision.  It was published by the World Council of Churches in their Risk Book series in 1992 and was written by…
  • Church Online (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
      At my local church in Exeter we appeared in the local newspapers this week talking about our online streaming of the Sunday Services. Very often churches audio record or film the service, but in the last 5 months or so we’ve placed a strategy behind our Church Online service, not only to reach members who cannot attend physically to church, but those who are just on the internet, maybe on Facebook, and come across Church Online some way or another and hear about our amazing God! On a Sunday we have around 30/40 from not only Devon but abroad too, and it’s incredible to see the…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Transmission (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ok, so this is yet another habit that doesn’t crop up in many traditional lists of spiritual disciplines, but a bit of digging might find it there.  Perhaps in terms of listening, or guidance; in silence, or study. My Dad has devoted his working life to radio (he recently retired, and last weekend he was one of those involved in installing the new sound system at church, so the passion continues…)  A radio doesn’t actually produce anything itself – it picks up a signal that’s being sent, and passes it on.  And that makes me think of Isaiah and his fellow…
  • Fall in love with the Bible, read Isaiah! (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Earlier today, when faced with tapping out this blog post, I posted a frantic tweet into the twitter verse ending with a rather desperate squawk of ‘Help!’. The book of Isaiah is a work of genius. Its word of wisdom, warning and encouragement span a vast period of the history of Israel from the 8th century BC to the catastrophic exile of the people into Babylon and its aftermath. Get even a fraction of that into a 500 word blog post? Good luck!! One thing is for sure, the whole book of Isaiah demands close study and it pays you back for it in spades. A close reading is needed to…
  • Workshop invitation from the Digital Pilgrimage Project (@tim_hutchings)

    Tim Hutchings
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This year, I’ve been working at CODEC on a pilgrimage arts project, which I’ve blogged about here and here. I’m almost done – and now’s your chance to join in! I’ve been organising a series of art workshops around Gateshead and Newcastle this year. There are just a few left, including one in the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle, this Saturday morning (November 22nd). The workshop runs for two hours, from 10:30 am, and it’s completely free. All ages and abilities are welcome. If you can make it to Newcastle, it would be great to see you. The…
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  • 3 Ways to Advance the Kingdom by Mastering Media

    tsnipes
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    HOW DO WE ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD? One sure fire way to do it is to harness and master the power of modern media! No other time in history have the people of God had the ability to broadcast to the WORLD from ANYWHERE, anytime and for little-to-no cost! You can either: LISTEN TO … Continue Reading → Related posts: 8 Reasons Why Artists Need Their Own Websites I came across a very simple but informative article with... How to Find Time to Launch Your Creative Idea (Audio) How do you take action on your creative calling while... Audio Version: 3 Ways to Make REAL Money From Your…
  • Tony’s Gift Giving Picks: “What Do You Do With An Idea?” the book

    tsnipes
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This book hides under the guise of being written for the young, but it engages a question that creative entrepreneurs have ALWAYS wrestled with: ‘WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?” Watch my video below to see why I think you need to give this book to others for Christmas! Be sure to place your … Continue Reading → Related posts: Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives If you want to have the BEST Christmas ever for... How to Make Money from Your Book…Without…
  • What We Can Learn From TAYLOR SWIFT: Marketing Genius

    tsnipes
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Whether you’re a fan or not you MUST pay CLOSE ATTENTION to how Taylor Swift is marketing her new album “1989”…IT’S GENIUS! Taylor has done a phenomenal job launching her latest album. They do a lot of what I’ve taught my clients about the product launch strategy, so YOU CAN DO THE SAME: 1. CREATE … Continue Reading → Related posts: 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business One of the best ways any business can market themselves... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... If…
  • What Is the Culture War and How Do Christian Creatives Fit in It?

    tsnipes
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    I was recently asked, in reference to a previous post, what I meant by “culture war”. Here’s my interpretation of The Culture War and how I believe we creatives fit within it: Culture is defined as: “The behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought, especially as expressed in … Continue Reading → Related posts: 2014, The Culture War, The Devil…and You I believe that 2014 will usher in the biggest battle... Your Talent as a Weapon? Recently I circulated this image on Social Media to see...
  • 8 Reasons Why Artists Need Their Own Websites

    tsnipes
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    I came across a very simple but informative article with 8 reasons why artists need their OWN website. Yes, their are many resources and services that allow artists to have a web presence…BUT LET’S BE HONEST: If you REALLY want to go from being a “hobbyist” to truly approaching your talent as a viable source … Continue Reading → Related posts: Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers? I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many... BLUEPRINT: How Artists Should Use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to Boost…
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  • Will you go to hell for smoking marijuana?

    samluce
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    We like to put things in boxes. We like tidy answers. Will you go to hell for smoking weed? No. Should you smoke weed? No. Many parents are going to have to start figuring out what they believe about marijuana. Most states that have legalized it have set the legal age at 21 which is wise. Here is why I think legalizing marijuana is a bad idea. Wider use and acceptance. The legal age is 21 but so is alcohol and go to any High School party, college campus alcohol is everywhere. Is weed in these places now? Yes. But legalization will make it far worse believe me. People typically smoke it to get…
  • Are we preparing our teens for legal weed?

    samluce
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I came across this info graphic on the website information is beautiful. It depicts what the most crops are the most lucrative. This info-graphic tells everyone state legislator they are missing out on massive tax revenue. We have successfully taxed tobacco into the dark ages. States will legalize weed and do the same to it. So the question is not if your state will legalize it but when. Here is my question. As a parent what are you going to tell your kids? As a youth pastor what are you going to tell your kids and how are you equipping your parents with practical and spiritual implications…
  • The Elements of Decision-making

    samluce
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    To lead in any capacity you need to make decisions in an efficient manor. You need to assess a situation and make a determination as to what needs to be done often with little information. One of the key distinctive of leadership is the willingness to make a decision even under adverse conditions. Only executives make decisions. Indeed, to be expected—by virtue of position or knowledge—to make decisions that have significant impact on the entire organization, its performance, and results defines the executive. Effective executives, therefore, make effective decisions. Drucker, Peter F.
  • Advent resources for families

    samluce
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    As a parent we want to make the most of every season. Christmas time is no exception. I remember a few years back looking for ways to help my kids “get” the true meaning of Christmas. I’m not anti-santa just more of a Santa agnostic. We tried to teach our oldest that Santa wasn’t real for a while and a few years ago despite our best efforts he opened his gifts and said “Dad, Santa is so good to us.” Boom. Christian parent fail. I decided to tell my kids there was a real Santa and his name was St. Nicholas. Through the centuries St. Nicholas has continued to be venerated by…
  • How the Catechism keeps us from bad theology

    samluce
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Kevin DeYoung in his fantastic devotional exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism explains the threefold outline of the Catechism in such a concise and profound way. Question one of the Catechism shapes our whole existence. The first thing we need to know as a Christian is that we belong to Jesus and not to ourselves. But it doesn’t help much to know all about comfort and joy if we don’t know what is required to live and die in this comfort and joy. Belonging to Jesus and not ourselves means knowing three things: guilt, grace, and gratitude. The rest of the Catechism will follow this…
 
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  • Going on The Grid

    Tim Schraeder
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    It’s been said that we’ll have about five to seven careers in our lifetime, which seemed crazy to me when I first heard it. However, in my 31 years to date, I’ve worked a couple of retail jobs, was a barista, worked as a communications director, did a brief stint in consulting, and have spent the last few years as a freelance social media strategist working with some amazing organizations and causes. I love the work that I’ve done and am grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had, but I’m always up for a new adventure and a new challenge. A little over a…
  • #FTW :: The Conference Call in Real Life Video

    Tim Schraeder
    23 Jan 2014 | 2:06 pm
    In my groggy early morning scan of my social media feeds [code for: still in bed, half awake and squinting at my iPhone screen because the sun was hurting my eyes], I saw post after post after post about A Conference Call in Real Life.  It was hard to miss... The Dreaded Nightmare of a Conference Call In Real Life [VIDEO] http://t.co/sm4TXZKigt — Mashable (@mashable) January 23, 2014 A Conference Call in Real Life - Too much synergy to handle http://t.co/cyYZaFFmjm @trippandtyler — CollegeHumor (@CollegeHumor) January 23, 2014 If you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favor and check…
  • Year in Review

    Tim Schraeder
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:32 am
    Dang. It’s already New Year’s Eve? 2013 has been a remarkable year and I’m going to attempt to try and condense it into a few paragraphs worthy of a blog post version of a Christmas letter. If there’s one word that I could use to sum up 2013 it would be the word HOPE.  I’ll be honest and say that 2013 began with some uncertainty for me.  I had disengaged from church-related work for a season and was working with ‘marketplace’ clients. I’ve learned that my heart and passion for work is in large part driven by a desire to work with cause-based…
  • When Social Media Unites

    Tim Schraeder
    18 Nov 2013 | 1:08 pm
    When tragedies strike, social media can unite people to do good. I learned that firsthand yesterday. Yesterday afternoon I scrolling through my Facebook News Feed when I saw a message from my sister-in-law trying to contact her family members:   I instantly started searching a bit more to discover that some bad storms had hit my hometown of Peoria, Illinois. I tried to call some of my family but couldn’t get through. Then I heard the worst, a large tornado had touched down right outside of Peoria in Washington, Illinois. My brother and his family, aunt, many friends live there. And…
  • Surprised & Delighted :: When Social Media Wins

    Tim Schraeder
    18 Oct 2013 | 10:25 am
    Social media has forever changed the landscape of how businesses maintain relationships with their customers. With an active presence on social media, a business has 24/7 connection to their customers and a way to have a relationship that goes beyond one-time transactions. Businesses that succeed at social media not only provide relevant content to their followers, but use it to invest in a relationship with them. Caring for your customers through social media doesn’t mean that you’re just answering their questions or replying to a crisis, it also means taking the time to get to…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • What Is The Davidic Covenant? A Bible Study

    Jack Wellman
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever heard of the Davidic Covenant?  If so, what is it?  If not, then what does the Bible say about the Davidic Covenant? The Davidic Covenant The Davidic Covenant refers to the promise that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Great Bible Verses for Tough Decisions

    Crystal McDowell
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if there was a great hand from heaven pointing to the right decision? We can procrastinate as long as possible, but eventually the time will come when a decision has to be made.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Christian Quotes Against Abortion

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In today’s world all you need to do is say the word abortion and it is sure to open a conversation. Sometimes that conversation can get quite heated and even turn into an argument. I find this to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Shall Not Covet: Bible Lesson and Life Application

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    We live in a consumer driven culture, where everything from marketing to popularity is driven by the desire to have it all. If we just drive the right car, marry the right person, have the right job,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is The Time Of Your Death Predestined By God?

    Jack Wellman
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Has the day of our death been predetermined?  Are we powerless to change it?  Has God specified a time for our death and the number of our days? Predestination is… You can read about predestination,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Long Page

  • Can we use “Allah” ?

    Justin Long
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The idea of using “Allah” as the word for God is controversial in some Christian circles. It’s also controversial in some Muslim circles, as believers in Malaysia can attest. But for me, I think that we can use Allah as the word for God and not make a big fuss over it. Now, I am not a degrees theologian. I am quite possibly theologically wrong in this regard. I am open to correction. And this should certainly be taken as my thoughts, not an official position of our organization. But the Baptist theologians seem to agree with me – see this. Most Muslims I have…
  • Passing over

    Justin Long
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    It is chilling to think how air travel has empowered connection with places and peoples we want to get to while at the same time enabling us to leap right over places and peoples we have no wish to visit. In ancient times you had to pass through many places to get to Rome or Beijing, and many were disciples ’as they were going.’
  • Disconnects

    Justin Long
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    You’ve undoubtedly heard the old line about how if each believer won one person to Christ each year (or month, or whatever) within a short time the whole world would be saved. Why does this approach never work? Because of the limits of our social circles. We presume that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else. In fact, we are only loosely connected, with some having many connections and others having few. Information passes through the strongly connected ‘hub’ people, and they serve as gateways. They can stop the flow of information if they desire. Thus while it…
  • Should

    Justin Long
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Should we invite our unsaved neighbors to come to church? Should we encourage unsaved neighbors to read the Bible and try to obey it? Should we encourage them to read the bible with their families? With their friends? With their unsaved friends? Should we encourage them to pray and try to obey what scripture says and see what happens as a result? Should we encourage them to do this weekly? If they do this weekly with friends and family, does this make them a spiritual authority? Should we do that? What are the possible results? Now, what if we replace the words “unsaved neighbor”…
  • Traveling

    Justin Long
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    I am traveling to the Global Ephesus Consultation from the 10th to the 20th, and I don’t know how much I will be online during that time. If you have a pressing question send an email to justin@beyond.org.
 
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  • 4 easy ways to overcome discouragement

    Trevor Lund
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I don't know for sure what's going to happen. Hello once more,   It's been another week of learning a lot. For me that means there has been many issues I've had to figure out how to manage. (I learn the most by making mistakes...and yes, I know a lot.)   First off, if you have [...]
  • It is a new season…

    Trevor Lund
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It is a new season in this part of the world.   I know the calendar says winter starts December 21...it's just not reality in my part of Canada.   We're sitting about 15 degrees (celsius) below our normal temperatures and thanking God the wind isn't blowing (that's when things get really cold).   It's [...]
  • Is the measurement of time arbitrary?

    revtrev
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    OK, I've been doing some searching. Our church in Beaumont is getting great traction through social media and image searches. It's time I get back to producing content for my RevTrev Readers. I'll be posting my message notes and videos back on RevTrev.com starting this week. Almost every week I've been posting a Pastor's Minute [...]
  • Here’s how to handle the options God gives you

    revtrev
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Are your options really options? We’re looking at “How to Live the Life You Were Created For” and last time we started to look at the life of one of the Kings of Judah. Asa was the great-grandson of Solomon. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He saw peace and [...]
  • Do you seriously want God’s best for you?

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

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

    Nate
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney Hard to believe that it’s almost March already. Spring is coming and summer is around the corner. For many, summer can be rather depressing, especially if you made a resolution to … Continued
  • The 2014 Top 100 Kidmin Tweeters

    Nate
    14 Jan 2014 | 9:20 am
    Over the last few weeks I have had the incredible opportunity to work with a few other children’s pastors from around the country to develop an awesome list called “The Top 100 Kidmin Tweeters”. This list has been talked about … Continued
  • 3 Books Every Leader Should Read

    Nate
    25 Dec 2013 | 6:24 am
    Reading over the years has become a staple in my life. It’s part of my DNA. As a matter of fact, I seem to even get cranky when I don’t get to read. It’s like a chocolate covered frozen banana … Continued
  • Do you have Klout?

    Nate
    9 Dec 2013 | 11:32 am
    Many of you know I have a slight addiction to technology especially when it involves Google or Twitter but recently my eyes have been focusing on something that’s been around for some time and is now starting to pick up … Continued
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  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part Two)

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

    Kerry Bural
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    We put our ministry, nonprofit and church logos under far more pressure than they can bear. Think about it. Your poor logo does not have super powers. It simply cannot communicate everything about you and your vision, mission or values. Nor should it. Why do we expect so much of these poor little guys? Imagine how overwhelmed your logo must feel knowing that you expect it to transfer everything you believe and want to communicate through its limited symbols, colors and elements? Put under such unrealistic expectations, it’s amazing they agree to stick around and still be a part of the team.
  • 14 Urges Leaders Should Resist Every Day

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

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

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

  • A safe person for two unsafe responses

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    BE WARNED: The following post involves swear words. But, in the context they are used, they are, although uncomfortable, somewhat appropriate.When I read this post on ministrymatters.com about the 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Grieving Person, I had two responses.These are the two responses I've both felt, and recommend to people/warned people about, when they're going through a time of tragedy - especially death or miscarriage.Bullshit and Fuck Off (I did warn you! Don't keep reading if you're offended).Whenever you're fresh off an event of misfortune or heart-break…
  • The time being part of a denomination helps

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    No doubt, they are out of fashion.When churches rebrand, generally, the thing which gets dropped is the traditional title of their denomination.And, admittedly, they can be annoying.They can seem out of touch...They can be weighed down by those entrenched "in the system"...A large system which, sometimes, seems to slow the movements of God...A structure which can be difficult to wade through...An expense which can be used more effectively elsewhere.But, being a part of a main-stream denomination, like my church is, does have some significant positives.First,…
  • Is this what I signed up for?

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Some days, those in ministry get home from work and allow their mind to wander back to their initial, first-date-like, job interview.They think about the promises made.They think about the rose-coloured perspectives.They think about the flawless faces which greeted them on their first Sunday.They then look at what the people at their church go through and wonder... Is this what I signed up for?Tragedy.Emergences.Cancer.Accidents.Sickness.Death.Miscarriage.Depression.Disappointment.Retrenchment.Scandal.Failure.The answer, no matter how cordial the interview was nor what your job…
  • A WHAT meeting?

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Last Sunday, if we were live streaming our evening service, I'd be Internet famous right now.Whilst making an announcement about an upcoming, and important, congregational meeting I said something slightly alternate.A conjugational meeting.It was not unnoticed.How the wires in my mind went from congregational to a mash-up of conjugal (if you're wondering why that might be a little awkward, then this might assist), I don't know, but at least I didn't make this guys mistake...
  • Before and after family ministry expectations

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Those who work with kids on a Sunday morning can get frustrated by the flocculating numbers experienced each week.One week you'll have a handful of kids, the next you'll get a near-full-turnout, seemingly, without any discernable pattern or reason.Thus, planning can be problematic and, on a week you've got something special planned, quite discouraging, if that happens to be the Sunday families "have off."We can even, in our weaker moments, wonder why families are "so flakey" when it comes to church attendance.But, there are two stages of life for those who work with families...
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Amphilokios, Bishop of Iconium

    Fr. Peter
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    FROM THE SYNAXARION On November 23 in the Holy Orthodox Church we continue to celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Holy of Holies, and we commemorate our father among the saints Amphilokios, bishop of Iconium. Verses Sent forth in dead man’s dress, O Amphilokios, Though dead, thou dost scatter spiritual ambushes. On the twenty-third, death took Amphilokios. Amphilokios was a friend of St. Basil the Great and other great saints of the fourth century. He lived in a cave in asceticism for forty years. After that, he was consecrated Bishop of Iconium. He took part in the Second…
  • Top Posts of the Last Week

    Fr. Peter
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Here is a list of the Top Posts of the Last Week here at Shepherd of Souls Traditions of Blessings Determination Come and See Image of Christ Thanksgiving Prayer Lost Sheep Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement Orthodoxy and Contraception Do Symbols Matter The Holy Apostle Matthew The post Top Posts of the Last Week appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Theotokos Enters the Temple

    Fr. Peter
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Today is the preview of the good will of God, Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation. (Troparion of the Feast) On the 21st of November the Church celebrates the great feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.  Tradition tells us that Mary was presented in the Temple, by her parents Joachim and Anna, around the age of 3 or 4 and she remained there, living and serving, until her betrothal to…
  • Traditions of Blessing

    Fr. Peter
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Naming Maximos Spiro Orthodoxy is filled with traditions and with blessing but some of these has fallen out of use.  I am one of those priests that is attempting to bring back many of these traditions.  Recently I had the opportunity to bless an apiary and a new barn for parishioners that was a first for me but these are very traditional blessings that harken back to a time when we relied on the fruits of the earth cared for with our own hands.  Since many people are going back to back yard farming these prayers are important. Another set of prayers are those around the birth of a new…
  • Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

    Fr. Peter
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    “The senseless killing of people in any place must always be denounced, but that these brutal attacks in the synagogue in Jerusalem should have occurred against innocent, unarmed worshipers deserves only the strongest possible condemnation. Our prayers go out to those who were wounded and are fighting for their lives and to all those devastated by this attack, especially the families of those who were murdered today. In a particular way, we are conscious of the death of one of our neighbors from Boston, a member of a distinguished Jewish family, Rabbi Moshe Twersky.” Cardinal…
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    Iyasostuff

  • If He did it before

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

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

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

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

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

  • Facing Down the Gates of Hell

    Jonathan Herron
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    One of the key religious sites I was most amped about seeing last month in Israel was the Gates of Hell.  Yes, it is a real, literal, historical place! This post is part of a series from my recent trip to holy sites throughout Israel.  Previous posts: Live from the Sea of Galilee Caesarea: The place where worms busted royal guts and where Paul was in prison That Time I Went Swimming in the Dead Sea The Gates of Hell are located on the very northern edge of Israel, so far north that we could literally see the borders with Lebanon and Syria.  We stopped to wave at ISIS (not really). 2,000…
  • Why National Adoption Awareness Month is so personal

    Jonathan Herron
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    In short, I couldn’t imagine life without my two kiddo’s. I love being their Daddy. Both of my children are adopted and they are awesome. Adoption is a beautiful, messy, crazy adventure. Sometimes Many times when we’re out shopping, well-meaning strangers say dumb things to us.   Here’s a Public Service Announcement from Adoptive Families Everywhere: Adoption is an adventure and we are looking to do it again… but we need your help. Check out this hot-and-fresh new page we just set up. Forward/Retweet/Share.  Please. The more this gets shared on social…
  • That Sunday Morning Where Everything Went Wrong (and Right)

    Jonathan Herron
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Many times on blogs and social media, I only see the stories of how everything is awesome and how people I follow and admire are having everything fall perfectly into place. This blog post isn’t one of those stories.  We are smack in the middle of a month-long Grand Opening of our new facility at Life Church.  We’ve worked our tails off in fundraising, training volunteers, tending to details, getting people focused on our mission, and strategically inviting the community to our services. Yet today ended up becoming a Sunday morning where everything went wrong (and right). It…
  • That Time I Went Swimming in the Dead Sea

    Jonathan Herron
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    I still can’t believe I was in the Middle East just three weeks ago.  Absolutely blows my mind and I’m still unpacking everything that God taught me while touring holy sites throughout Israel.  I shared about Caesarea last week, now here’s a snippet about the Dead Sea. Because it is the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is flush with incoming minerals and salts.  This makes the body of water separating the international borders of Israel and Jordan impossible to sink in. Seriously, you can try all you want, but the abundance of minerals literally pushes your body up to…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Life Church, 11.02.14

    Jonathan Herron
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The place was on fire!  That’s all I can say about the kick-off of our month-long Grand Opening of Life Church’s new facility.  Our Lifers went above and beyond in taking risks and inviting friends to church — we ended up seeing 11 hands shoot up in the air in response to the message!   Here’s some fun snapshots of this amazing, landmark morning:   The post PHOTO ESSAY: Life Church, 11.02.14 appeared first on Jonathan Herron.
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Get Your Christmas Media!

    Jason Hickerson
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Thanksgiving will be here soon and then it’s time for Christmas. Many churches are getting things ready for Christmas Services and Pro Media is making it easier than ever. All the imagery you need to build your Christmas Presentation is here. There are over 28 new slides designed specifically for Proclaim, taking advantage of all the Smart Media features. Spread a little Christmas joy with one of these packs or mix and match to build a beautiful presentation today. These new packs are available for Pro Media subscribers. Start your Pro Media subscription and get instant access to our…
  • New Pro Media is Here

    Jason Hickerson
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Thirteen new packs have been added to Pro Media. There are now over two hundred packs in Pro Media! 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. Thanksgiving is here and we have the perfect media to announce your upcoming event. When it’s time for Children’s Church you can use a Smart Media announcement. Simply add the words and leave the formatting to Proclaim. A favorite among the Proclaim Team is the Bright Gradient pack with several options to fit…
  • Last Chance Pricing: Over 250 Bible Screen Motions

    Jason Hickerson
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Don’t miss the last chance to get introductory pricing on Bible Screen Motions! Get over 250 videos for only $89.95. These short videos are perfect for emphasizing a sermon text or bringing the Bible to life by adding them to the pre-service loop. They are made by professional designers and inspired by our popular Verse of the Day series. Check out a few of the videos below, then take advantage of this one-time special offer by purchasing them in Proclaim. If you want these videos on your TV, computer, or wireless device then check out Bible Screen where you can stream bible art straight…
  • More to Love – Proclaim Update

    Jason Hickerson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    First things first: Open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. The full list of changes is in the Proclaim forums. I want to quickly highlight three changes. You can edit media title, description, tags, and video loop settings for media in your group’s upload series. This will allow you to tag all of your media just the way you want to. If you need to make a change, no problem, just edit the information. Click a tag to search for that tag across all media. This new feature makes finding media you uploaded easier than ever. Proclaim is even better with…
  • Proclaim and Mogiv

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

  • We’re Not the Solution

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

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

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

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

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

    Kris Burke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. UFC, People underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout the country we can see prayer as an under utilized part of peoples walk holding no expectation of an answer. But what, in all the world, is as powerful as prayer? When we are praying we are not just speaking to the air but we are lifting our petitions to the ears of the Most High God. Our prayers enter the realm of…
  • A City on a Hill

    Kris Burke
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. UFC, When I first read this verse I immediately started thinking about Jesus on the cross. Picturing that, “city on a hill” reminded me of Jesus being brought up a high hill and than lifted up high in the air on the cross for all to see. Jesus allowed himself to be brought up that hill and raised up on that cross to be on display. The enemy thought it was to display His shame but Jesus Christ knew it was a display of His victory. Now we, reborn by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, are also being raised up and…
  • Bountiful Fruits

    Kris Burke
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    2 Corinthians 9:10 – Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. UFC, I love this time a year; the air is cooler, the leaves are changing and it is traditionally the time of the harvest. In the kingdom of God, it is also the time of the harvest. It is the time when you will be reaping all that you have sown into the Kingdom. We can see it happening in the church and we know it happens in our lives also. Remember all those prayers you prayed, all the revelation that you sought or…
  • The Reason Why

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-5‬ NIV) God chose us before creation to be his own. He adopted us as His children to shine in the way we live our lives. And the question is why? Why would this awesome God choose us? The key phrase is: “In love…” God chose before creation, this  means before we could make any move, before we could think or prove anything, simply…
  • Heavenly Minded

    Kris Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. UFC, When I first read this verse I was stricken by the difference between Paul’s attitude in his writing and the circumstance he was in when he wrote it. If you read just the verse, he speaks about how he has become a servant of God and how it was given to him as a gift by God’s grace. He sounds like he is enthused and counts himself blessed to be given this opportunity of servanthood. But we know that Paul was writing this letter from a jail cell. He was imprisoned,…
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    WP Ministries

  • How to Install a WordPress Theme in 5 Simple Steps

    Andrew Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    By Andrew Wilson Ready for a quick tutorial? Today, I want to show you how to install your theme in five easy steps. Before we get started, you need to do the following things: Download your theme in a .zip format (Note: Theme stores usually e-mail you the file or allow you to download it in their account […] This is a post from WP Ministries. Read the original post at How to Install a WordPress Theme in 5 Simple Steps
 
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