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How to deal with online church trolls

How to deal with online church trolls

I've consulted with hundreds of churches over the years, and sadly, there's one common enemy some of the most effective churches in America share – online trolls. In these cases, at least one disgruntled ex-church...

8 insights Into handling criticism from Charles Spurgeon

8 insights Into handling criticism from Charles Spurgeon

No one likes criticism but it is a part of the package for any leader. This week's post comes from this book. Public men must expect public criticism.—Charles Spurgeon Part of the leadership package is facing criticism....

How do pastors ensure their church becomes more than a ministry machine?

How do pastors ensure their church becomes more than a ministry machine?

In the midst of another hyper-busy day, the rueful Christian leader paused, looked across his desk, and said, "I no longer feel I'm running this organization. It's running me." For many, ministry has become a machine....

Are you too Christian for non-Christians?

Are you too Christian for non-Christians?

Google the expression "know your number" and you'll find screen after screen of reportedly essential life metrics ranging from prostate-specific antigens (PSA), to cholesterol, the amount of money you will need in savings to retire,...

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Which way, Evangelicals? There is nowhere to hide

Which way, Evangelicals? There is nowhere to hide

The very first issue of Christianity Today is dated October 15, 1956. In his first editorial, Carl F. H. Henry set his course for the magazine: "Those who direct the editorial policy of Christianity Today unreservedly accept the complete reliability and authority of the written Word of God. It is their conviction that the Scriptures teach the doctr...

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Friend Describes Shooting Survivor's Experience

The Southern Christian Matthew McConaughey

The Southern Christian Matth…

There are weekends where I give my wife extra time to unwind (a round of applause for me please). I stay in with the kiddos and I re-discover my absolute need for Jesus (and the honor I need to continue…

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…

How to overcome the five greatest fears

How to overcome the five great…

What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what's holding you back. It doesn'…

Why do brilliant ideas sometimes fail?

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that just flopped? Oh good – it's not just me then! So ... welcome to the club. Okay – why do our "brilliant ideas" fail sometimes? Well here are the top 3 reasons and what you can do about them: Reason #1…

Shift happens: why American Christianity dying is a good thing

Shift happens: why American Christianity…

Today a friend posted this piece that's been making the Interweb rounds this week. The author contends that the Evangelical churches, possessing "authentic Biblical Christianity" are actually not dying, but th…

12 signs of mediocrity in a church

I suspect this post may offend someone, but that's not my goal. I want churches to strive for excellence simply because our calling is to do what we do for God's glory. I fear, though, that many congregations settle for mediocrity. As a church consultant,…

Good riddance to nominal Christians?

Good riddance to nominal Chris…

Christian shrinkage. Is that bad news or good news? Well, it depends, it seems. The Pew Research Center's new study shows that the proportion of Americans who identify as Christian has declined by nearly 8 per…

How God made Bruce Jenner

Imagine Jesus chatting with Bruce Jenner. It's early in the morning and they are alone in the temple. The disciples are sleeping, still recovering from the previous day. But Jesus is up, and a man wants to talk to him about f…

Rapture Ruckus invades Billboard

Rapture Ruckus invades Billboa…

Ex-pat Parachute alumni Rapture Ruckus have topped the American Billboard Gospel charts, with hit-laden Invader Deluxe Edition. From a plucky white rapper from Wellington to an award-winning ex-pat, Rapture Ru…

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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