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Dec 17, 2013
Research

New Research: Americans Prefer In-Person Preaching to Video

New LifeWay Research Survey reveals preaching preferences of church visitors.
New Research: Americans Prefer In-Person Preaching to Video
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Recently, LifeWay Research conducted a study on video venue/multisite churches. I have always been interested in this technology and the phenomenon of live-streamed sermons in churches in place of a present, physical preaching pastor. I have written about multisite churches ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Research

Of Course People Prefer Live Preaching, But Video Venues Work When You Work Them

New LifeWay Research reveals new information on church video venues.
Of Course People Prefer Live Preaching, But Video Venues Work When You Work Them
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When my Senior Pastor suggested in 2001 that our church should open a new venue utilizing video teaching I told him it was the dumbest idea I'd ever heard. Who would want to watch him teach on a video screen? (I probably got away with more than other staff members because ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Research

Video Venues are a Barrier to Most of the People We Want to Reach

New LifeWay Research reveals new information on church video venues.
Video Venues are a Barrier to Most of the People We Want to Reach
Image: lifepointe / flickr

I've been a pretty vocal critic of video venues through the years. It's not that I don't think that God can and even often does bless preaching that comes off a screen, it's more that I am concerned for the formation of communities who choose this route and ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/17/13

CT Book Awards; NSA Ruling; Call Jesus White? Expect a Fight
Morning Roundup 12/17/13

The 2014 Christianity Today Book AwardsChristianity Today

The Christianity Today book awards are always helpful for reading ideas.

Judge's Ruling Could Jeopardize NSA SurveillanceAndrew Cohen

Well, not shockingly, a federal judge rules on the NSA saying, ...

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Dec 16, 2013
Groups Matter

Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 1): Five Ways to Connect with Disconnected People

Smaller groups are essential in reaching out to disconnected people in our churches.
Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 1): Five Ways to Connect with Disconnected People

One of the higher priorities for the church in recent years has become assimilation, and rightful so. The days are gone when people would find the nearest church and commit immediately—more people are secular and are not looking to jump in to a church and more Christians ...

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Dec 16, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/16/13

Jesus Was White; Biblical Literacy; Anxiety and the Christian
Morning Roundup 12/16/13
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Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad TheologyJonathan Merritt

Thank you, Jonathan.

Church hosts Biblical literacy program—Christine Chua

I thought this was a nice connection and plan. You can read our Canadian data here.

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Dec 15, 2013
Chicago
Church Journeys: Wheaton Bible Church

I'm still trying to update my Sunday updates from when I am on the road preaching. Three out of four Sundays, I am at Grace Church, where I volunteer as lead pastor. However, once a month I speak for a friend somewhere on the road. Most recently, that was Wheaton Bible ...

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Dec 14, 2013
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Transformation Toronto

Join us in Toronto for a Transformational Church event!
Saturday is for Seminars: Transformation Toronto

Is your church a place of transformation?

I'm serious.

I don't mean, do you have occasional examples of people who's life has been changed, I mean can you show, through consistent analysis, that your church is a place of transformation for those who walk in ...

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Dec 13, 2013
School Shootings

School Shootings and How Christians Should Respond

Pray for Arapahoe High School and Centennial, CO
School Shootings and How Christians Should Respond
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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, we are faced with yet another act of schoolhouse violence.

Today, the community of Centennial, Colorado, was the victim of a senseless shooting at Arapahoe High School which resulted in at least ...

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Dec 13, 2013
The Gospel Project

Do Your Kids Know The Gospel?

We must be intentional about discipling our children.
Do Your Kids Know The Gospel?

One of the hidden treasures that the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon, left the church was a little book titled Come Ye Children. In it, Spurgeon contended earnestly that one of the most important tasks given to a parent, teacher, or minister is teaching ...

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Dec 13, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: December 13, 2013

Wit's End; Dysfunctional Families Welcome; Free Beer!
Church Signs of the Week: December 13, 2013

Victory Baptist Church #1 says that God is at your wit's end, wherever that is.

Victory Baptist Church #2 just shoots it straight with anyone who may be too embarrassed by their family to attend church.

I literally laughed out loud at this one. FREE BEER! Just kidding... ...

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Dec 12, 2013
Thinkers

The Missing Middle: Three Expressions of Christ I'm Yearning to See In Evangelicalism

Guest blogger Sarah Cunningham explains her hope for the centrist Christian.
The Missing Middle: Three Expressions of Christ I'm Yearning to See In Evangelicalism
Image: Courtesy of Patheos

I had one question for Ed Stetzer when I ran into him at the D6 conference a couple months ago.

Are you seeing a rise in centrists?

I was hopeful because I had read one of Ed's tweets with interest, as it echoed themes of posts I'd written that same week.

Statistically, ...

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Dec 12, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/12/13

Son of Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide; Nelson Mandela; Affirmative Action
Morning Roundup 12/12/13

Isaac Hunter, son of Obama spiritual adviser Joel Hunter, dead in apparent suicideSarah Pulliam Bailey

So sad to see this painful story, but it reminds me of the brokenness of the world and the need for pastors to get help with personal struggles, even areas of mental ...

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Dec 11, 2013
Interview

My Interview with Selma Wilson, President of B&H Publishing

Selma Wilson shares her story and how she became President of B&H.
My Interview with Selma Wilson, President of B&H Publishing

Yesterday, GM announced that it had named its President, and some news organizations referred to this development as ending the "boys club" in car manufacturing.

You might find it interesting that in Christian publishing, there is one woman president among the ...

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Dec 11, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/11/13

Help Ronnie Smith's Family; 20 Things About Your Church; Smaller Worship Centers
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