Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | 10 comments
How much ‘confidential’ church information do you share with you spouse?
You know… board meeting stuff… who says what… who you’re counseling and what the issues are.
Do you share stuff like that with your wife or not?
It seems that most of the time, there are two different types of people… those that share everything, and those that share nothing.
I’m one of the ‘I share almost everything’ types of guys. My wife is my confidant. She encourages me, and she talks me off the cliff at times.
But I couldn’t keep a sane head if I...
Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | 10 comments
Pastor Ed Young has started a new sermon series this year called “What Would Jesus Say to…”
Here’s part of the press release:
Beginning January 5 and 6, Pastor Ed Young of the multi-state Fellowship Church will begin a new series entitled, “What Would Jesus Say To…” In this new series, Ed Young will take an in-depth look at some conversations Jesus would have if he sat down one-on-one with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Ellen DeGeneres and more.
While Pastor Ed Young recognizes that it may seem presumptuous to claim to know what Jesus’...
Posted on Jan 15th, 2013 | 1 comment
Carey Nieuwhof is a Canadian pastor that is putting out some GREAT leadership stuff. You should really check out his blog (link to follow). Here are five mistakes that Carey said he made in the area of leadership. He tells you these mistakes so you’re not wasting your time learning the hard way:
Carey writes: Here are five leadership mistakes I’ve made:
1. Pointing out what’s wrong – not what’s right. Many leaders share a trait: they immediately notice what’s right and wrong, and gravitate toward fixing what’s wrong. I’m king of this. And ironically, it motivates me to get...
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 | 2 comments
Tony Myles writes: I once worked in a job where I feared for my job… everyday. And I wasn’t alone. It wasn’t because of the economy, and it wasn’t because we were all bad employees. It was because our boss was insecure and came across like a lion to everyone. He was someone who only cared about the idea of success than in creating the environment for it. I’ve been in the exact opposite situation, though. I’ve served in church staff teams where we were so inspired by the character and direction of our main leader that we climbed over ourselves to be a part of what...
Posted on Jan 10th, 2013 | 14 comments
During a radio interview with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association yesterday, Pastor Scott Lively said that homosexuality “is the issue of the end times” and that God brought on Noah’s flood “when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” reports RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
Pastor Lively said: “The last straw for God before He brought the flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage and Jesus said that you’ll know the end times because it will be like the days of Noah. There’s never been a time in the...
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 8th, 2013 | 1 comment
At Mars Hill Church they have what they call a preacher’s “Qualifying Day”. This year they have about 50 elders at Mars Hill, and about that many more in training.
So they thought it would be fun to give them all a different text to preach a week ahead of time, then have a ‘preach off’ of sorts… They’ll show up to preach and be evaluated.
Well… only 3 will preach in the first round (date) of competition.
Mark Driscoll wrote on his blog:
This will be fun…for some of us. For our Mars Hill version of American Idol for preachers, I’ll play the part of...
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2013 | 4 comments
Do you have what it takes to be a pastor in the 21st century? Pastor Bob Robert writes:
So . . . . what kind of pastor are you? I was on a phone call with 15 exceptional pastors of large congregations across the U.S. this week. Each had grown their church, each has been “successful” in the traditional ways of defining that – but each felt uneasy about where the church is and where things are going. It’s as if there is this “church” cliff – that everyone acknowledges but not for sure what to do. For the most part it’s addressed by “style” of church and “where & how”...
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2013 | 7 comments
John Piper spoke for the last time (as Senior Pastor) at Bethlehem Baptist Church last Sunday. Here are some quotes from Piper from his last sermon (as reported by the Christian Post):
“If you entice people with wealth, … ease, health, chipper, bouncy, light-hearted, playful, superficial banter in your worship service posing as joy in Christ, you will attract people, oh yeah, you can grow a huge church that way. But Christ will not be seen in his glory and the Christian life will not be seen as the calvary road that it is.”
“I turn with dismay from church services that are...