Preaching outside the abortion clinic

Check out this press release. Do you have sympathy for the preacher arrested? I’ll openly admit… I think street preaching outside abortion clinics doesn’t accomplish much (other than making Christians look angry and defiant in our culture). Should it be allowed? I guess… it’s a free country. But the tone of press releases like this one (below) don’t seem to help the situation.  They strive only to rally the base.  (But the base is shrinking). I prefer to offer help to our local community pregnancy center.  They are doing great work in a positive way to those who...
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Make the Moment and Change the Perception of Christians in Your Community

Phil Cooke says: Politics, the prosperity gospel, movie boycotts, wacky Christian media efforts, and more have only marginalized the Christian community in the eyes of the people we’re supposed to be reaching. But if we would put our money (and time) where our mouth is and impact the local communities around us, people would notice. Christians certainly benefit personally from faith in Christ, but that’s not our only goal. We should always be ready to share that faith in tangible ways with others so they benefit. Here’s a video Phil has produced about the Make the Moment...
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Q Conference Wrap-up – Day 2

Matt Steen had an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to attend the Q Conference this week.  Here’s a wrap up of his impressions of day 2: Todd
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George Beverly Shea Dies at 104

George Beverly Shea, the booming baritone who sang to millions of Christians at evangelist Billy Graham’s crusades, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 104. Spokesman Brent Rinehart of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Shea died in Asheville after a brief illness. Shea was well-known as a gospel soloist before he and Graham met in the early 1940s. He joined Graham’s crusade team in 1947 and stayed until Graham’s declining health ended most of the evangelist’s public appearances nearly 60 years later. Besides his distinctive voice, Shea was known for his...
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An interview with Brad Lomenick from Catalyst

Brad Lomenick is a good friend and a great leader.  I’m so excited about his new book, The Catalyst Leader.  Recently, I got the opportunity to ask Brad some questions about leadership and his new book: Todd:  What is the Catalyst Leader about? Brad: The Catalyst Leader lays out the eight essentials for becoming a change maker. The traits that I believe one must develop in order to become a change maker, and ultimately a Catalyst Leader. I hope this book will provide practical leadership answers for a new generation of aspiring leaders who are looking for answers and solutions, and not just...
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The Danger of “If Just One Person…”

We’ve all been in a church business meeting when someone has said it. It’s the goto line to justify ministry expenditures, and according to Scott Cochrane, it is a dangerous lie. The line? “If just one person…” You may have heard it used like this: If just one person takes a big step towards God… If just one person starts reading the Bible regularly… If just one person invites someone far from God into their home… Scott pushes back saying that if just one person is doing this… it’s probably a waste of resources. In this edition of Ministry...
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What happened at the Q Conference in LA Yesterday

Matt Steen had the opportunity to travel this week to the Q Conference in Los Angeles.  Here’s his first day run-down of all that you missed!  
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Pray for those in Boston right now…

Let’s take a moment to pray for those in Boston right now.  An explosion (or explosions) have rocked the area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. CNN Headline Who knows what the source or cause was… but the scenes I’m watching on my TV right now look horrific. All I know to do is pray. Todd
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I’m not Catholic… but I did find this interesting…

I learned a lot about Vatican City in this short video.  I think you will too: Interesting… but confusing.  :) Found here. Todd
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Everybodies Orthodoxy is Somebody’s Heresy

Last week Matt Appling had a post on his site, The Church of No Peoplec, about the way we disagree within the church world. Coining what is now my favorite phrase “everybody’s orthodoxy is somebody’s heresy,” in response to yet another uproar about someone’s perceived theological transgressions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that having a solid grasp of orthodox theology is important… but I also believe that Jesus has called us to love one another in spite of our theological differences. In this episode of Ministry Briefing, we unpack our experiences with...
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