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9 Ways to Reverse a Downward Giving Trend
The Bible is full of great teaching about stewardship and generosity, but we must always remember that God's Word is not as concerned with our money as with our hearts.
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
Several years ago I endeavored to write a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount for several hundred women. The Bible study was a labor of love, passion, and joy.
Choose to Pause and Fill Up
Pausing in a selah with Christ is the catalyst of revival, restoration, and peace.
And so, on a mountain, high, alone, and removed, the Bible tells us that there Christ's “face shone like the sun and his clothes became as light.” He was joined in that place by Moses
8 Assumptions Pastors Can't Make In A Post-Christian Culture
The so-called Christian culture is going... going... gone. We need to get ready for what’s next.
I've never lived in a predominantly Christian culture. But lately, I've been travelling a lot through the Bible Belt, so I'm seeing what a Christian culture looks like for the first time in my life.
Comparison Is Stealing Your Joy
Five practical tips to fight back
print. There are so many cautionary tales in the Bible about comparison—beginning with the very beginning. The serpent in the garden suggests to Eve that she compare herself to God.
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible
We can no longer depend on methods that worked 20 years ago.
Reaching a New Generation with the Bible. We The year was 1998. “This,” the camp speaker said, holding up a large black Bible, “is the Word of God. Now
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing.
The Bible tells us that “as a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Prov. 26:11). The Bible teaches us it is impossible to please God without faith.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups
And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference.
How to Make the Bible Central in Small Groups. And the shift in leader training that makes all the difference. But the book they cared about more than all others combined was the Bible.
Take Delight in Your Passions
The story of Juana Ines de la Cruz reminds us that God instills passions within us that he can use for his glory.
My Bible teachers never read us the tale of Juana Ines de la Cruz, the feisty Mexican girl with one sustaining passion: knowledge. At three, Juana persuaded
Lead from Where You Are
Give to others from your own walk with God.
Finish the leadership team agenda. Start Bible study outline. I was supposed to teach Bible study the next day, but instead of typing, I sat there tired, depleted, with nothing to share.
Why Church Leaders Shouldn’t Avoid “Practical” Topics
Preachers may not want to talk about finances—but it’s critical that they do so.
Howard Dayton, who has written and lectured extensively on the Bible and finances, claims that “the Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
Find out in this Q&A with attorney Richard Hammar. Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity. How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study. However, the work of Bible application is—by necessity—personal and incarnational, as well.
The Surprising Reason Women Go to Seminary
And what it can teach churches about discipling women.
Christian women want to study the Bible, learn the languages, and better understand theology. I know this shouldn't be surprising. Of course seminary students want to study the Bible.
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
Teaching the Hard Parts of Scripture Teaching the Hard Parts of Scripture BCLStore.com. Learn More. Are folks in your congregation chomping at the bit to know God's story—the Bible?
Sabbath Is More than Rest
Everyone wants a break and more time off, but Sabbath offers more.
time was shoved aside. When I married, worked, and had children, spending any time reading the Bible became rare and precious. Sundays turned into
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter
This year, as my beautiful girl, Zoë, completed her first year of Bible college (interestingly, at the same college I attended), I had an opportunity to watch her blossom.
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband.
As various church members stepped forward to hand him symbolic items—a bowl and towel for servanthood, a Bible for the ministry of the Word, a chalice for the administration of the