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‘I’m not being fed at this church’

‘I’m not being fed at this church’

"I don't feel we're being fed at this church," Bill admitted. He's thinking about switching to another church – where he can be "fed." What does Bill mean? It seems that Bill, and many others who...

Ten joy stealers in ministry (and how to get it back)

Ten joy stealers in ministry (and how to get it back)

I know. There are many unhappy ministers in our local churches. Such is not a judgmental statement, but a statement of reality. Indeed, I count myself among those who have struggled with joy in ministry...

Be honest: are you addicted to being online?

Be honest: are you addicted to being online?

The American Psychiatric Association is focusing more and more attention to our online behavior – some might say "addiction." For instance, they've officially recommended "Internet-use Gaming Disorder" for further study. I'm a contributor to Fast...

Why the bible shouldn’t be worshiped

Why the bible shouldn’t be worshiped

The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it. You've heard that phrase before. You've read it on bumper stickers. You may have even said it a time or two. It's an odd little religious mantra that...

Opinion

The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

The world around us is changing at a velocity unprecedented in human history. But we must realize that while the world seems to be changing almost regularly before our eyes, the task of the ministry remains absolutely the same. The founders of this school were convinced that Christian ministry should be modeled on the life and teaching of Jesus and...

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6 tests for a God-given dream

6 tests for a God-given drea…

We all have dreams for our lives, our families, our businesses or church ministries. For some those dreams lie dormant and quiet, but they're there. For others, the challenge is deciding which dream to follow out of the many they…

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…

The perils and prize of leadership: an interview with Dr. Sam Chand

The perils and prize of leader…

One of the most respected voices on church and ministry leadership today is Dr. Sam Chand. On his website his tag line is "My Life's Vision is Helping Others Succeed" - and he's good at it. Sam and I have share…

Ever feel like your life is one step forward, two steps back…

Have you ever felt as though it's a case of one step forward, two steps back? You're trying hard, but not only are you going nowhere, you seem to be going backwards. Just brilliant! Well, when you're in that place, here are 5 things to…

The ministry breakthrough of the year

The ministry breakthrough of the year

I was explaining "radical hospitality" at a church workshop. I almost choked when I said my usual line: "Radical hospitality goes beyond a smiling greeter at the door." I was aware that this church hadn't yet …

Nine observations about announcements in worship s…

To have or not to have announcements in the worship services? That is the question many church leaders ask today. And indeed there are several tendencies or trends related to announcements, and they are often related to the size of the church. I asked a number…

The building with the biggest doors (a parable of sorts)

The building with the biggest …

One day, a boy was walking through the town with his father, just as they did every Sunday morning. He so enjoyed their walks. The boy held his father's hand as they traveled from street to street, taking in …

5 reasons why Millennials do not want to be pastor…

Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It …

Hillsong United celebrates RIAA Platinum Status for ‘Oceans’

Hillsong United celebrates RIA…

Hillsong UNITED continues to make an impact with their No. 1 single "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" as the song has received RIAA Platinum status. Hillsong was included also in 10 of Billboard's End of Year char…

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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