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Five of the most frequent issues of conflict among church members

Five of the most frequent issues of conflict among church members

If you want to hear the reasons for a church fight, you are likely to encounter one of these five. Let me be clear. I do not think all church members are fighting all of...

Want to get your ideas noticed? Learn to take your moment

Want to get your ideas noticed? Learn to take your moment

In a recent Hollywood Reporter issue, actor Terry Crews tells a story about being on the set of the movie Expendables: "When we were doing the first Expendables, Sylvester Stallone was looking at the playback,...

11 differences between a college football fan and a church member

11 differences between a college football fan and a church member

Warning: The article below is a bit of sarcastic humor. I am speaking in hyperbole to make a point. The football fan noted represents a very rabid football fan. The church member represents some, but...

Why are we here?

Why are we here?

What business are you in? It seems like an obvious question. But many businesses, organizations–and churches–have faltered and failed because their people were not clear about their true mission. This cloudiness of mission contributed to the...

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‘Get with the program’ — The Church of England votes to ordain women Bishops

‘Get with the program’ — The Church of England votes to ordain women Bishops

Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. "It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmo...

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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…

Leaders: stop valuing everyone equally

Leaders: stop valuing everyone…

The Bible is clear – everyone has intrinsic value and worth. God loves us all and there are no favorites in His kingdom. As leaders, we try to live that out every day. The problem is, we get into trouble when w…

A surprising suggestion for starting the week

I'm sure you're facing a long to-do list right now, and this week there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But today, I'm recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That's right. No work,…

The Ministry Machine - church decline in the Industrial Age

The Ministry Machine - church decline in…

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 …

Seven factors hindering evangelism in churches

There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal evangelism is ultimately a heart issue between Christians and…

Does God need a better publicist at the Oscars?

Does God need a better publici…

Recently, Dr. Larry Poland, founder of Mastermedia International showed me some interesting figures first published in Slate on the number of times God gets thanks at the Oscars. As Dr. Poland put it: "Nathanie…

The weird things that Christians say

Peculiar people. The apostle Peter used that term to address his people. After a couple thousand years, I guess we're still peculiar. But I'm just not convinced that everything we do to differentiate ourselves from the rest …

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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