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Five incredible steps to close the back door in your church

Five incredible steps to close the back door in your church

If you want to close the back door in your church, read these five incredible steps. By "closing the back door," I am referring to assimilating or keeping those who have already become a part of...

The cost of being a leader with last-minute ideas

The cost of being a leader with last-minute ideas

The lesson for today: If you're ideas are delivered last minute, the execution will be half baked. One of the most frequent frustrations I hear from creative teams, media directors, advertising agencies, copywriters, and designers...

5 keys to share faith-without being a jerk

5 keys to share faith-without being a jerk

The men surrounded Candace after the community meeting. They knew Candace was a Christian. They had some serious questions for her. This scene played out a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I see—and participate in—scenes like...

Why there's hope for pastors trapped in depression

Why there's hope for pastors trapped in depression

This past Sunday I preached a message from the book of Job entitled "The Dark Night of the Soul: The Problem and the Blessings of Depression." In this message, we examined the difficult and often...

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Lead with empathy, love your neighbor, let the truth come out — a response to Ferguson

Lead with empathy, love your neighbor, let the truth come out — a response to Ferguson

From a modified transcript of today's edition of The Briefing:

I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the first opportunity I had to speak to the issue. Since then I have not addressed the question because I wanted to stand by what I said back on August 12th. We should not speak to the facts on the ground unt...

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Mass held for slain US journalist James Foley

Tee-totally plumb wore out

Tee-totally plumb wore out

I don't think a hot stone massage or a Calgon bubble bath could begin to ease this exhaustion. A deep, intense, two-day sleep, or a rest in a hammock on a secluded island with a half a jar of peanut…

Mind and mouth

Out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.—Matthew 12:34 Today's verse reminds me of a woman who came to one of my conferences and shared with me that she never stopped thinking and talking about her problems, even though she…

3 signs it might be time to find a new job

3 signs it might be time to fi…

My father's generation valued job loyalty. It wasn't unusual at all for employees – especially of large corporations – to spend their entire working life at one company. But today, that notion has been turned o…

11 mistakes I’ve made as an author

If you want to hear some really stupid mistakes I made as an author, then read the following with the hope that it might help you. It's never been easier to get a book published. There are still great commercial publishers that offer incredible services and…

Five reasons many churches are not growing evangelistically

Five reasons many churches are not growi…

This post is not about a new program or a new approach for a church to reach its community. This post is about you. It is about you pastors, church staff, and lay leaders. It's about any of you wondering when…

Saying ‘good riddance’ to church dropouts

News of the decline among America's churches is producing a strange new effect. Elitism. While church involvement continues to slide, some people are attempting to spin the decline into an odd source of pride and superiority. It's beyond putting "lipstick on a pig." It's trying to…

The warning signs of bad Christian TV

The warning signs of bad Chris…

In my book "The Last TV Evangelist: Why The Next Generation Couldn't Care Less About Christian Media – And Why It Matters," I released a list of mistakes that reveal when Christians are dropping the ball – part…

Christian tomatoes - Yes, the Christian rip-offs c…

I wrote recently about "Godinterest" – the Christian social media site that's a rip-off of Pinterest. Before that it was "Christian Chirp" – the rip-off of Twitter (notice that the site has been terminated, and the owner cite…

Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red album announcement

Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red albu…

Chris Tomlin released a youtube video this morning announcing his new Album titled Love Ran Red. The new album will be out in the fall. This album will follow Tomlins "Burning Lights" Album which spent 3 weeks…

Wolves At The Gate announce second album

Wolves At The Gate have announced their sophomore album "VxV" (pronounced "five by five") which will be released on June 10th. The first track "Dust to Dust" has been released, which you can watch above.

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52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

Perfect? No. But you're still the right dad for your boy. Bestselling author Jay Payleitner, dad of four grown sons (and one amazing daughter), gives you a bucketful of man-friendly ideas…

Bridge to Haven

Bridge to Haven

This is a book you won't want to miss and won't soon forget. It's one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you…

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one…

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