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Nine observations about announcements in worship services

Nine observations about announcements in worship services

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...

How should Christians react when bible movies miss the mark?

How should Christians react when bible movies miss the mark?

I'm taking a risk here, since I received so much criticism for recommending Christians see the movie Noah. But as Hollywood attempts more movies based on the Bible, we need to do more than just...

The real reason the de-churched left

The real reason the de-churched left

They left church behind. Now they outnumber those who've stayed. Why have they turned their backs on a community of believers? What is it about today's church that keeps them away? Over the last year, while working...

A caution for believers in 2015

A caution for believers in 2015

The new year brings hope and opportunity. Many of us have made New Year's resolutions we are firmly committed (at least for now . . .) to keep throughout the year. Every new year, though,...

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Sexual orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Sexual orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

I recently addressed a major national conference on "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage" held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. As expected, the conference was one of the most responsible and edifying meetings yet held of Christians concerned about these issues. This is exactly wha...

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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…

What Hollywood knows about resilience that you don't

What Hollywood knows about res…

Love it or hate it, one thing you can say about many producers in Hollywood is that they are remarkably resilient. They don't give up, and in some cases keep pitching ideas for years. There's something to be sa…

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…

15 trends for churches in 2015: Part 2

15 trends for churches in 2015: Part 2

In last week's post, I shared with you trends 9 to 15 for 2015. Here is the introduction I wrote to that article: Trend prediction is both an art and a science. It is a science in the sense that I utilize the …

Riding out 3 big ministry storms

These are turbulent times. And the church is swirling in the maelstrom. I was reminded of this turbulence as I reviewed Holy Soup's top blog posts over the past year. Three topics catapulted to the top, fueled by viral sharing across the country and around the…

Newsweek's slam of the Bible 'irresponsible'

Newsweek's slam of the Bible '…

A Newsweek cover article calling conservative evangelicals "God's frauds" and characterizing the Bible as full of errors has drawn a range of corrective responses from Baptist commentators. "When Newsweek, now…

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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