Posted on Apr 15th, 2013 | 2 comments
I came across this interesting site.
If you put in your annual salary, it will show you how you rate compared to everyone else in the world.
It’s pretty interesting… and makes you do a little soul searching.
Turns out that if you make around $50,000 a year (or a little less) you are still in the worlds top 1% of earners.
That’s pretty amazing… and something we don’t consider much here in the States.
The site was created by a London interactive media company to ‘challenge people’s perception of their personal wealth”. They are also hoping to encourage...
Posted on Apr 15th, 2013 | 2 comments
Perhaps you’ve heard that KFC is now introducing it’s new boneless original recipe chicken. It’s real chicken, just like the original KFC, but without the bones. White meat… dark meat… full pieces of chicken… no bones.
Well… research tells them that:
1. Four out of five servings of chicken today served are boneless
2. They say that many young people don’t know that chicken actually comes with bones. (huh?)
Don’t worry you can still get your carcass with the chicken if you choose… the bone-in version is not going away.
Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | 14 comments
Daphne Daly writes:
It may surprise many Christians to hear me say that I was a Born Again Christian the entirety of my 20 year career as a prostitute and adult entertainer. I was a Born Again Christian the entire time I was advocating for legalized brothels. The fact is that Jesus still loved me throughout my entire life of sin. He held my hand the entire time, guiding me through until I found my place in his kingdom, not in this world. Those in same sex relationships are no different. They are still precious in his eyes.
Ready. Set. Go…
(That mean’s I’d like to hear your...
Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | 1 comment
Russ Rankin writes:
Professing Christians progressing toward spiritual maturity will have a firmer grasp on important doctrinal positions, according to findings from LifeWay Research. However, plenty of churchgoers still struggle with basic truths about God, the Bible and salvation.
The LifeWay Research study on “Doctrinal Positions” shows that while 81 percent of churchgoers say “When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior,” 26 percent agree “If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through...
Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | 30 comments
Scott William’s recently had an intriguing post on his website discussing the need for church leaders to take more time off. Saying:
In all seriousness, Sr. Pastors should try to find themselves in the sweet spot of preaching between 35-40 weekends per year (no more.) If they are preaching more than that, they probably aren’t raising up any other leaders/teachers, they probably don’t have adequate relationships with other Sr. Pastors, they are probably stifling the organizational growth culture and they are setting themselves up for burnout and failure. In addition to time off, an...
Posted on Apr 11th, 2013 | 9 comments
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family recently made some interesting comments while being interviewed for NPR:
“You know, when we look at same-sex marriage or gay relationships, it’s just one of the many things that are outside of God’s design for human sexuality. There is no animus toward the individual, and that’s one of the — I think one of the great tragedies of our time is we’ve set this up as some super sin or super debate about homosexuality.”
A decade ago, this type of language would have gotten Daly fired… but today, he joins a growing...
Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | 9 comments
“You could have a church full of people and offering plates full of money without ever doing the things Jesus told you to do…the institution would be successful, but the mission would not.”
“On the other hand, you could have a church so radically committed to the mission that its members never came to church or put their money in the plates. They would all be out there on the mission field, bringing heaven to earth. The mission would be successful, but the institution would not.”
These are the words of Jim Somerville, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.
Posted on Apr 9th, 2013 | 6 comments
More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture they see in moral decline, yet only one in five Americans read the Bible on a regular basis, according to a new survey.
More than three-quarters of Americans (77 percent) think the nation’s morality is headed downhill, according to a new survey from American Bible Society.
The survey showed the Bible is still firmly rooted in American soil: 88 percent of respondents said they own a Bible, 80 percent think the Bible is sacred, 61 percent wish they read the Bible more, and the average household has 4.4 Bibles.
Posted on Apr 9th, 2013 | 2 comments
Carey Nieuwhof writes:
Almost every church I know says they want to reach unchurched people. But few are actually doing it.
Part of the problem stems from the fact that many churches don’t really understand unchurched people…
And part of the problem is that our model of church is designed to reach and helped churched people, not unchurched people. Churches haven’t embraced change deeply enough.
Here are 9 signs your church is ready to embrace unchurched people:
1. Your main services engage teenagers.
2. People who attend your church actually know unchurched people.
3. Your attenders...
Posted on Apr 9th, 2013 | 11 comments
Daphne Daly writes:
The fact is that yes – the Bible does say that it is wrong for two people of the same sex to be together. However, it also says that it’s wrong to take the Lord’s name in vain. The Bible is very clear on what is sin is and what sin isn’t. It is also clear that there are no levels of sin. If someone commits murder, engages in sex outside of marriage or even lashes out in anger – it is all the same. Sin is sin. The Bible clearly states that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sin. He asks for very little in return. He has asked us to be...
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