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Bounce Back After Defeat
Every leader faces failure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your ministry.
ministries. Even Elisabeth Elliot, who translated the Bible for the Auca Indians, had to start over when someone stole her papers from her car. These
The Power of Ethical Congruence
Senate chaplain Barry Black reflects on 14 years of pastoring politicians.
I offer an invocation for the convening of the session of the Senate, conduct Bible studies, spiritual mentoring classes, visitations, funerals, memorial services, observances, those kinds
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand
Whether you’re teaching about God’s love or sovereignty, these four steps will prepare you to teach.
How to Teach the Bible So Others Understand. Whether delight. I was getting a front row seat to my friend's growing calling as a Bible teacher, and I loved it.
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves.
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. Straight to the Source. Seminaries teach a simple
Why I Don’t Go to the Bible to Find Sermon Material
When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it.
When we treat the Bible like a collection of sermon texts, we can lose the wonder and the beauty of it. Church LeadershipOctober 22, 2016. Why I Don
Female Insights into the Christmas Story
Women bring unique perspectives when they teach the Word of God.
femaleness? After sharing the situation with a mentor, she encouraged me to pay attention to the unique insights that came to me when I studied the Bible.
Tell a Good Story When You Preach
How to teach in a way that connects, compels, and builds trust.
Because although most of our hearers know how the Bible stories turn out, they don't know how their stories are turning out. They can't read to the end of their books.
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use
betrayals. Further, it's important to read Scripture daily. Too often, pastors use Bible study for sermon preparation and not personal enrichment. It's important
6 Leadership Lessons I've Learned from Millennials
As I'm learning from Millennials, I'm finding hope for the future.
My husband's role as a Bible college professor and my own role leading a campus ministry church at a big state university has meant that for 19 years we have lived and worked with
How to Minister to People Who Don’t Like You
Eight tips to love the hard-to-love.
Many good things happened. The church grew with new converts, and my heart rejoiced to see people who had never been to church, who didn't own a Bible, give their lives to Jesus.
You’re Not Always Right
We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible.
You're Not Always Right. We all have biases that affect the way we interpret the Bible. But how many of those subjects are truly addressed in the Bible?
Motherhood Changed My Image of God
When my understanding of God changed, so did my leadership.
We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. Growing up in church, I knew the basics of the Bible, and thought I had a pretty good idea of who God was.
10 Steps to Get an Internship Ministry Started In a Small Church
Most small churches would love to have interns. But how do you overcome that massive initial step of getting your first intern?
3. Find Alternate Ways to Reach Students. Start by making the normal calls to typical places - your denominational leaders, Bible colleges, seminaries and so on. But don't stop there.
The Astonishing Power of Small Churches: Looking Ahead
Small churches are a vital component of the most powerful force for goodness the world has ever seen.
There's probably a copy of it on the computer or smart phone you're using to read this blog post. It's called the Bible. It's not a secret. We need to do the Bible stuff.
Encourage More Women to Lead
Regardless of theology, we need to empower more women to use their gifts in the local church.
When God gives a woman in your ministry the gift of leadership— something we see throughout the Bible and the history of the church—how will you help her steward her gift well in
Charleston and the Resilience of Wednesday Night Church
A year later, the mid-week prayer meeting is more important than ever.
explained. “In that way, prayer meeting and Bible study became the bedrock of our church. time. This allowed for mid-week Bible study and corporate prayer.
We Can't Help Everyone
When it comes to people with mental illness, I have to recognize my limitations.
beginning. She dove into studying the Bible and had a million questions for me about life, parenting, relationships, and other practical areas of life. She
Why Doesn’t God Answer My Non-Stupid Prayers?
When you're in pain, even good, thoughtful ideas about why God sometimes doesn't answer our prayers can feel trite and fall short.
short. At best, all those truths feel less like an answer than like the ingredients of an answer that hasn't quite gelled yet. What the Bible Promises. There
9 Things I Love to Hear In a Sermon
After thousands of sermons, you stop being impressed by the flash, and you start noticing the essentials.
The only place I can be assured of hearing that is between the covers of the Bible. But please don't clean the Bible up for me. Please don't clean the Bible up for me.