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Jul 7, 2018
Singing

One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church

The very act of congregational worship is a symbol of unity

Ed: Where do your ideas come from when you write?

Keith Getty: What a wonderful question. Two things, and both are related to my Irish upbringing. First, my musical childhood was church music, classical music, and whatever influences of Irish “folk” music I imbibed. ...

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Jul 6, 2018
Churchgoers

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers
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I used to lead, and now work with, LifeWay Research. Here’s an interesting piece of research they just released. It’s a bit counterintuitive in ways, so it caught my interest and I decided to share the story with you!

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in ...

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Jul 5, 2018
Preferences

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2

Giving up your preferences and reminding your congregation to do the same is not an easy road, but it is worth it for the sake of the gospel.
Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2
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Third, exegete the culture.

If you are going to take the steps to walk through what it looks like to engage a culture wisely, then you need to exegete the culture. Exegeting a culture helps keep your preferences at bay. You need to step back and consider, “What is the culture ...

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Jul 4, 2018
preferences

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

If we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences.
Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1
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Everyone has their own personal preferences.

I am an 80’s guy. In fact, I like 80’s music so much so that a worship leader at a church I planted in Tennessee called me “80’s Ed.” But some people prefer music from the 90’s, or music that has ...

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Jul 3, 2018
Revitalization

Renewing Your Church: Church Revitalization as a Humbling Experience

God works through people and churches who depend on him.
Renewing Your Church: Church Revitalization as a Humbling Experience
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I accepted my first pastorate in 2004 at First Baptist Church in Castroville, TX as a 25-year-old recent seminary graduate. I had not given much thought to leading revitalization throughout my studies, but I found myself leading a church that was still in the process of healing ...

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Jul 2, 2018
humor

#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses

Let's get a laugh or two, or even a raised eyebrow, from our fellow well-intentioned congregants.
#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses
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EAP @eadampeek: “You told too many circumcision jokes, so we are leaving the church. If we wanted to hear a comedy routine, we would have just watched a Will Ferrell movie.”

Jeremiah Clements @JremiahClements: “Early in my first pastorate I had a guy stop me ...

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Jun 30, 2018
Holy Spirit

On African Children, Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling

The heart of this community and its message is their emphasis on the person, gifting, and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
On African Children, Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling

There is nothing like a children’s choir to warm the heart. It was the day before Pentecost Sunday and the last day of a conference of African Pentecostals and Charismatics. A choir of South African children, bodies moving in rhythm to a Zulu tune, reminded us of the remarkable ...

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