Posted on Jan 16th, 2013 | 2 comments
Do you have a limp from God? God must often break us deeply to truly use us greatly.
Jacob got his name changed at the climax of the pressures he had been living with. God forced him to face his character issues. He carried a limp after that, as a reminder of the Lord’s severe mercies. But he also carried more of the favor of God.
God was not only birthing a nation through the man, He was making the man a demonstration of the process He uses to make His servants fruitful. Fruitfulness usually must take place inwardly before God risks doing much with us outwardly. And fruitfulness, among...
Posted on Jan 15th, 2013 | 5 comments
The following is an excellent list of pastor interview questions. Although this is written from a very conservative baptist perspective, there are a lot of great questions here… feel free to modify to your situation and particular interview.
Pastor Interview Questions (sample list):
There are many who profess to know Christ who are mistaken. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?
What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life? Do you see true biblical love toward God in the lives of...
Posted on Jan 15th, 2013 | 2 comments
Johnnie Moore is the author of Dirty God (#DirtyGod). He is a professor of religion and vice president at Liberty University. Keep track of him @johnnieM .
Johnnie thinks that Jesus was a lot more like you than you think, and a lot less clean cut than this iconic image of him that floats around culture.
He thinks that despite the Christian belief that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, Jesus was a rather dirty God.
Matt Steen and I discuss the book and the concept in this short video.
Watch Jesus was a Dirty, Dirty God now…
From the CNN article:
Jesus was a lot more like you than you think,...
Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 | 1 comment
Ponder if you will the state of our world; and in particular the condition of America. Although one can easily argue the United States is still the greatest nation in the world and a country so many desire to come to— even risk their lives to enter into—there is no denying America’s social, moral and spiritual fabric continues to deteriorate at an accelerated pace. For many this is an alarming and discouraging trend.
Now consider the fact that 76% of Americans claim to be Christian, making the United States one of the highest per-capita Christian nations in the world. A nation full of...
Posted on Jan 10th, 2013 | 0 comments
I’m not sure that Louie wanted all this publicity after being chosen to pray at the inaugural.
He’s now being lamblasted as antigay. From the Advocate:
The most LGBT-friendly president in U.S. history will once again have a minister with a history of antigay statements deliver a prayer at his inauguration ceremony.
Pastor Louie Giglio of the Passion City Church in Atlanta, chosen to give the benediction, or closing prayer, January 21 at President Obama’s second inauguration, gave a sermon in the mid 1990s in which he said being gay is a choice and a sin that merits eternal damnation and...
Posted on Jan 1st, 2013 | 2 comments
Have you thought much about what you will be concentrating on in your church in 2013?
Joe Buchanan gives some practical advice on how to plan our your preaching calendar for the year. See if this is helpful:
1. Spend time fasting, praying and preparing yourself spiritually to hear from God
The amount of time and the way you do this will depend on the individual. There is no substitute, however, for getting yourself spiritually prepared to hear from God.
2. Identify the key issues and needs facing your congregation
I like to take an afternoon to simply pray through our church directory, asking God...
Posted on Dec 19th, 2012 | 0 comments
Google is partnering with the Israel Antiquities Authority to launch the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, an online collection of 5,000 images of scroll fragments. Among the texts is the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments, and part of Chapter 1 of the Book of Genesis, which is seen in the picture above and measures in at about 10 cm.
Google said the initiative will shed “light on the time when Jesus lived and preached, and on the history of Judaism.”
“Millions of users and scholars can discover and decipher details invisible to the naked eye, at...
Posted on Dec 18th, 2012 | 0 comments
In what is being called a hate crime, three elderly women (between the ages of 84 and 90) were tied up, tased, and their hom ransacked.
According to the Christian Post:
Three Mennonite women were attacked with a stun gun simply because of their faith, police said on Sunday. Dereck Taylor Holt was charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, burglary and other offenses and is being held by Lancaster, Pennsylvania police.
While police chief David Steffen told the Associated Press that Holt did not know the women personally, he did know that they were Mennonite and attacked them for that reason....
Posted on Dec 13th, 2012 | 2 comments
From The Inquisitr:
A former janitor at a Tulsa megachurch was sentenced to 55 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in the church’s stairwell.
Chris Denman was sentenced to an additional five years of probation and a $12,000 fine.
In October, Denman pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy of a child, lewd molestation, making a lewd proposal to a child and two counts of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. There was no plea agreement in place, and Denman faced a life sentence.
Denman was accused of the August rape of a 13-year-old...
Posted on Dec 11th, 2012 | 4 comments
Casey Graham thinks that there are 5 key reasons people aren’t giving as faithfully or consistently to your church as you want them to:
1. People don’t feel NEEDED
At one time, I remember church funding being ALL about need! The “weekly need” was published in the bulletin and the goal was to meet the weekly need. I believe we have swung the pendulum too far away from this.
We don’t want to be “that” church so we try to make our churches look like everything is professional and “done”. People park the cars in the parking lot, we have nice signs, and have great children’s...