What would God say to Pastor Ed Young?

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’...
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Mark Driscoll New E-Book: Puff or Pass: Should Christians smoke pot or not?

It’s kind of a big issue in Washington, where Mark Driscoll pastors.  In fact, Washington state recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. That has prompted Mark Driscoll to write a short e-book on a question he is now getting much more often:  Is it OK for Christians to smoke pot? Here’s how the book starts out: You can download a copy of the e-book here for free. OK… if someone grabbed you on the street, or called your office this morning and asked you the question, “If Pot became legal in our state, would it be ok, as a Christian, to smoke it?, what would YOU...
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The real reasons the unchurched don’t attend church

Yesterday, I featured a post about why people attend church. Today, I give you this post about why non-christians are NOT attending church: Of course, this is NOT a real study… but a graphic compiled by Chris Rosebrough… one of my discernment friends. He also lists scripture references for each point. I’d like to hear what YOU think about this. How does this correlate with how you see the work of the church in evangelism? How does this relate to how your church relates to the non-Christian. I was challenged on Twitter that I would ignore this study.  OK… I took the bait....
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How to know you’re a theological geek

I can see pastors all across America, sitting in their basements in their underwear, sorting and trading these: I can hear it now… I’ll trade you a John Calvin for a Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Are you crazy?  No way.  But I’ll trade you a Driscoll, Chandler, Noble, and Furtick for a Tim Keller. OK… sounds like a fair trade. Let the games begin. BTW… you can order them from Amazon.com… They release TOMORROW!  Here’s all the geeky details: Patterned after the all-American baseball card, Theologian Trading Cards provide essential information about the major...
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Why your church won’t try new things

Here’s a gem (I think) from an article from FastCompany.com: “Companies resist innovation because it appears to be less profitable”. OK… let me re-phrase: “Churches resist innovation because it appears to be less profitable”. But the church is ‘non-profit’. Really? Most church leaders are always looking at the bottom line.  And you have to… because you’re responsible for it. But starting a new ministry when it makes little or no financial sense to do so? And if there’s not a way to justify, on the front-end, mind you, the expense to...
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We’re reading the Bible through two totally different lenses…

How would you respond to Mikah Meyer (who wrote today at the Huffington Post): Having lived in Memphis, Tenn., for much of my adult life, I’ve come across many straight peers who say, “I love the sinner, I just hate the sin.” I believe deciding whether homosexuality is a sin or not is the biggest factor when it comes to swinging conservative Christians, those often most against gay marriage, to becoming supporters. I say “conservative Christians” not to indicate political preference, but as an indicator of biblical understanding. As a self-professing “biblical...
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Stressed after the election? This should help…

If you’re stressed after the election… this should help. After all, there’s nothing funnier than watching parents lie to their children, and watching the kids react. OK… so… forget about the whole ‘lying to your kids’ thing, and enjoy Jimmy Kimmel’s second annual “Tell your kids you ate all their Halloween candy while you video tape them segment”: Todd
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First Baptist Dallas Pastor: Obama is ‘paving the way for the anti-christ’

Robert Jeffress, the pastor at First Baptist Dallas said this in his Sunday sermon: “I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he’s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.” Here’s the video of the sermon: (OK… well, it seems they don’t want the video embedded…...
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Feel like you’re not making any progress? At a dead end?

One of my biggest frustrations many times with the church is that the church (as an institution) moves WAY too slowly for me. Hiring. Firing. Providing accountability. Starting programs. Killing programs. Moving forward. It’s all usually way too slow for me. OK… I tend to be a bit of a bull in a china store.  And I know that’s a problem. But I meet many leaders that are just frustrated because of how slow the church works.  It’s hard to see that your getting any traction.  It’s hard to see that any progress is being made. Chances are… you ARE moving...
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Admission to Preaching Festival is free… go figure

Baylor University is hosting a “Preaching Festival”. It’s for “people who don’t want to wait until Sunday for a sermon”. And it’s free. I think they have the bases covered. Here’s more from the press release that is trying to entice us all to attend: Many aspiring pastors have only a limited number of opportunities to preach as they prepare for their ministries, said Kessa Payne, administrative associate with The Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett. “This gives them a chance to do so,” she said. “Some of these students...
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