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5 Passages Your Pastor Wishes You'd Stop Taking out of Context
How we get them wrong and what church leaders can do about it.
The Bible was written for us, but not everything in it was written to us. So should we avoid sharing this verse with those in despair? Not necessarily. Abram
Is Your Church A Family? 5 Ways To Help It Be A Healthy One
A healthy family doesn’t put up walls to keep newcomers out. They welcome new members with open arms and big parties.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In fact, that's when families throw their biggest parties – to welcome newcomers into the family with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other parties.
The Church and the Huddled Masses
Throughout US history, the church has had a complicated relationship with the "homeless, tempest-tost" looking for a better life.
language. Ho and Bic stayed in touch with George and Ann over the years, exchanging Christmas cards and inviting one another to children's weddings.
Blessings and Burdens for Women Leaders
How can churches limit obstacles and increase opportunities for their women in leadership?
My friends compare notes about how soon after our weddings we were asked when we'd have our first child. (For the record, I was asked at my wedding reception.
Feasting and Fellowship in the Age of Food Allergies
Eating can be a source of fellowship—but in a fallen and allergy-ridden world, it can also present challenges.
daughters. When we gather to celebrate milestones—graduations, weddings, homecomings, baby showers—we mark the occasion by sharing meals together.
The Church that Drinks Together
In our town, refusing to drink alcohol may be a bigger stumbling block than serving it.
in the fellowship hall. Without this concession, no one would book the facility for weddings—and we need weddings to help pay the bills. But those of
The World Next Door
When the church embraces its refugee neighbors, blessings flow both ways.
We have attended weddings and birthdays and grieving ceremonies; our friends have also been a part of these same momentous occasions in our life.
A Surprising and Productive Friendship
Kevin Palau and Sam Adams discuss setting aside differences to help churches serve their cities.
tolerant in a way that doesn't fight with a scorch earth policy and say, “Unless every one of these churches are fully open and affirming and will perform gay or lesbian weddings, they're
Same-Sex Marriage: New Challenges, New Opportunities
4 Christian leaders reflect on how the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage could affect churches.
We will continue to love all people, but we do not perform weddings of same-sex couples in any country, and while people may have rights in the country that we will respect, we will not
Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Big Adventure
How evangelicalism’s “royal wedding” shows us the glory and struggle of marriage and ministry.
The call to home and ministry. Some of this disconnect is explained by our cultural assumptions about who bears responsibility for the work of the home
Same Sex Marriage Is Legal: How Pastors are Responding in this Crucial Moment
A faithful response means adopting a proper posture, not just correct doctrine.
“You earn the right to speak by maintaining a culture of consistent sexual sacrifice,” he said, referring to situations of divorce, any sex outside of marriage, and similar issues.
The Secret of Strategic Neglect
Bill Hybels on the keys to simpler and more effective leadership.
They do more weddings. More funerals. When you're in a small church, people are offended if you don't show up, if you don't do all the weddings and all the funerals.
WLL: The Softer Side of Calvinism, Pond Baptism, and Letting There Be Light
Just LINK it.
trashed. Sometimes, an apology is in order. Perspective: It's one thing to be single at a wedding. It's another thing to attend 32 weddings single. KidMin
The Grassroots Pastor
Do you need a flock to shepherd souls?
They serve you coffee, sell you insurance, nanny your children, teach at the middle school, photograph your weddings. Some of them even work in churches. So keep your eyes open.
Finding Rest in a Busy World
An interview with Brady Boyd.
In my small church, I was the staff. I did all the weddings, all the funerals, all the hospital visits, went to all the committee meetings and preached most of the sermons.
The Importance of Being Guested
Both mission and the cross demand Christians who can graciously receive.
As our movement spread through the ancient world, the early church "condescended" itself by continuing to participate in community life—attending weddings, debating in public halls
A Tribute to My Dad: An Unlikely Leader
A life guided by faithfulness, not problems.
I grew up thinking that all weddings from that era took place in homes, without the formality of tuxes and white wedding gowns. I asked Dad how he and his parents had made up.
Bad Exegesis and Back Roads through Kansas
They’re butchering Scripture. When do you say something?
But, with the wrong way exegete, a firmer wake-up call might be needed. You're going to end up at a handful of graduation parties, weddings, and various social gatherings this summer.
A Tough Act to Follow
A conversation with Jonathan Falwell.
So I made sure to tell people, "Yeah, we're a large church, but I'm your pastor, and I want to be there for you." So hospital visitation, weddings, funerals, meeting with anybody in the
Going to Church Alone
How to stop doing church in a way that fosters individualism and isolation.
The Eucharist, baptism, sharing the peace of Christ, prayer, potlucks, confession, accountability, weddings, wakes, Bible studies, house calls, and the meals provided in times of need
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