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Lessons from the Sydney siege

Lessons from the Sydney siege

Terrorism is nothing new to Australia. The first such attack took place in 1915 at Broken Hill when two men identified as being Muslims from the British Colony of India (modern day Pakistan) shot dead...

Should I tell my kids about Santa?

Should I tell my kids about Santa?

Every year at Christmas time I get asked by Christian parents "what should I tell my children about Santa Claus?" It's a fair question that I will do my best to shed some light on...

Why success takes more than passion

Why success takes more than passion

Everyone talks about "passion" these days, and truthfully, it's a wonderful thing. It's always better to be emotionally plugged into projects and excited about the possibilities. But these days, it seems that people talk about...

When “my bible says” doesn’t work

When “my bible says” doesn’t work

While speaking before a group I mentioned that the debate around homosexuality will present some complicated issues for the church. A man in the back of the room disagreed. "There's nothing complicated about it," he said....

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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…

The 5 most common ways pastors determine pastors' salaries

The 5 most common ways pastors determine…

There has been considerable interest on my previous posts dealing with pastors' salaries. One of the most common questions that I am asked is: "How do churches determine the salary of a pastor?" In this articl…

Church: does size matter?

Kelli, an unmarried middle-aged woman, says she chose her large suburban church so she could hide in the crowd. "I could come into this big auditorium and never see the same people every week," she says. She's in good company. Many megachurches like hers are growing–while…

5 reasons why Millennials do not want to be pastors or staff in established churches

5 reasons why Millennials do n…

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 …

So, what should our attitude be toward race, cultu…

Divisions, wars and disputes often happen in our world because of differences in race, culture and religion. So what is a Christian attitude towards these things? Acts 17 tells of Paul the apostle's time in Athens – particul…

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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