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Posted on Sep 26th, 2013 | 2 comments
From the Telegraph.UK:
Christ “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another’”, said Monsignor Ravasi, the Vatican’s equivalent of a culture minister.
“A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol,” the cardinal said at a conference with Italy’s leading newspaper editors.
The cardinal emphasised the importance of clergy making full use of modern-day computer technology.
“If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they...
Posted on Sep 26th, 2013 | 6 comments
Oprah’s new “Super Soulful” book of the month?
Rob Bell’s new suspense thriller “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”.
Pastor Rob Bell is shaking up the way we think about God and religion. I love his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (HarperOne). When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized—what’s the point? I’ve marked every page! It just wowed me. In the book, Bell explains that God is and always has been with us, for us, and ahead of us—and then explores how we can...
Posted on Sep 24th, 2013 | 1 comment
Perhaps you’ve heard about the strange week for Henry Blackaby (you know… one of the writers of the popular Experiencing God from a few years back?
Henry came up missing for about 29 hours over the weekend.
Evidently, Blackaby suffered a heart attack while driving in Atlanta, became confused, and traveled around for hours and hours before police found him about 150 miles from his home.
So… today, Blackaby is facing a quadruple bypass. Let’s pray for him and his family today.
PS — I’m afraid if I showed up missing for 29 hours, no one might miss me. :)
Posted on Sep 18th, 2013 | 1 comment
I’m always on the look out for quality events where I can grow and train my staff at the same time. I want to put this event on your radar: My friend Bob Franquiz is hosting The Pull Conference on TODAY September 18th at 1PM EST.
Bob’s new book Pull: Making Your Church Magnetic is released on September 15th and to celebrate the book’s release, Bob is hosting a free conference to help churches grow this Fall.
Check out who is speaking at the event…
This event is focusing on what you need to do to see explosive growth in your church this Fall.
Here are the topics they’ll be...
Posted on Sep 16th, 2013 | 0 comments
I hope you’ll join me as I host Leadership Network’s latest online event called Church Innovate Europe tomorrow (TUESDAY)
We’ll be hearing from a number of European church leaders.
You’ll gain a new perspective of how God is working on the other side of the pond!
Click here to RSVP!
Posted on Sep 16th, 2013 | 3 comments
Rick and Kay Warren sit down exclusively with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Monday at 9 p.m. ET to talk about the death of their son, and their new mission to raise awareness about mental illness.
Check your local listings.
And pray for Rick. He will have a VERY large audience tonight… and can really make a difference in many people’s lives.
Posted on Sep 5th, 2013 | 3 comments
We told you about this church and pastor a while back.
Well, the pastor and his son pleaded guilty and were fined $50 plus court costs.
But now there’s a bigger battle at the Church at Polaris near Columbus.
It seems the leadership team has asked the pastor to resign.
According to a suit filed recently, Pastor Bennett Smith actually did resign last month when the leadership asked him to. But then ‘revoked’ his resignation and then tried to fire a leadership team member and church employee.
Also, the suit accuses him of trespassing and telling a staff person to transfer a large...
Posted on Sep 4th, 2013 | 0 comments
I hope you had a great holiday weekend. My wife and I just got back from about 12 days in Florida taking my oldest two boys off to college (one is attending Full Sail University in Orlando; the other is at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship in Fort Lauderdale). It was a long and stressful trip… leaving behind family members is never easy.
Just like you… I’m back at it today. It’s always a joy to do what you know God has called you to do. In fact, there’s not a better feeling in the world.
But the life of the average church leader is crazy busy. And if you’re like...
Posted on Aug 7th, 2013 | 10 comments
OK… I will go on record as saying that it’s not one of my favorite worship tunes, but recently the PCUSA hymn song picker outer committee decided to drop the song “In Christ Alone” from the new official denominational hymnal.
Well… because of this line:
On that cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied”
The hymnal gatekeepers contacted the authors of the song, and suggested the following revision:
On that cross as Jesus dies, the love of God was magnified”
The authors said no.
And the song was dropped.
The committee said that it had nothing to...
Posted on Aug 7th, 2013 | 3 comments
We all know the Bible sets up specific courses of action when we have something against a brother.
And an even more stringent set of guidelines applies if an accusation is made against an elder.
So… is it ever right to be a church whistleblower?
Let’s say you’re on staff at a church and you discover your senior pastor is having an affair. You’re the only one that has this information. What should you do?
Or, you’re on staff at a church and you and another person (maybe it’s you and your wife) know of a sin issue that needs to be addressed.
There’s just one...