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May 23, 2018
Paige Patterson

On the Removal of Paige Patterson and Next Steps for the SBC

Hard times require honest conversations.
On the Removal of Paige Patterson and Next Steps for the SBC
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Three weeks ago, I published an article that called on Paige Patterson to do the right thing for the Southern Baptist Convention and retire.

Between that article, and last night’s events, much has happened.

Beth Moore wrote in response about how she has been treated. Then, ...

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May 16, 2018
Stagnation

Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?

Making sure your church is a loving, welcoming environment that genuinely seeks to share the gospel is a great way to address stagnation and to actively pursue growth.
Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?
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When we hear the term “stagnating,” it likely elicits a response from us of something unhealthy and functioning poorly. Although it is sometimes the case that something stagnates for bad reasons, it is also true that stagnation is not necessarily a bad thing, depending ...

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May 14, 2018
Succession

Church Succession: How to Lead Our Churches into a Healthy Future

As pastors age, they can prepare so that the transition of leadership in their churches passes smoothly and their churches are set to stay on a healthy trajectory.
Church Succession: How to Lead Our Churches into a Healthy Future
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Church succession can be a sticky subject and sometimes involves a lot of awkward conversations. But it doesn’t have to. As pastors age, they can prepare so that the transition of leadership in their churches passes smoothly and their churches are set to stay on a healthy ...

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May 8, 2018
Volunteer

The Importance of Volunteers in the Church

To all volunteers, thank you for the ways you serve Christ and his church.
The Importance of Volunteers in the Church
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Most of us know how essential volunteers are to making sure our churches are as effective as they need to be. Churches need to develop an ethos of valuing volunteers, but in order for churches to thrive, they would do best to raise up volunteers who are leaders and choose leaders ...

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May 6, 2018
Rural church

One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

The presence of the rural church is critical if the gospel is to make an impact in the community.
One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

One-on-One with Glenn Daman on ‘The Forgotten Church’

Ed: How did you come to write The Forgotten Church?

Glenn: I was initially approached by Moody Publishers in 2016 to write a book highlighting the struggles and issues that are confronting rural America and how ...

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May 4, 2018

Responding to Moral Failure in Church Leaders

Christians and church leaders must listen, address real issues, take action, and bring judgment.
Responding to Moral Failure in Church Leaders
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The most recent rash of moral failures, accusations, and heartbreak over sin and human frailty is upon us. Ed Stetzer shared some very helpful reflections on this topic recently. Every time this topic hits the church (and world), I find myself examining my heart, dissecting ...

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Apr 30, 2018
Southern Baptist Convention

Paige Patterson and Doing the Right Thing for the SBC, Again

My heartfelt plea for the future reputation, and mission, of Southern Baptists.
Paige Patterson and Doing the Right Thing for the SBC, Again
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Social media is abuzz with comments about the church and domestic violence.

The cause is not a new incident; rather, it’s the result of an old audio clip that has resurfaced with comments from the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson. ...

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Apr 27, 2018
evangelism

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.

For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice.
Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.
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Evangelism has the ability to make some of us very uncomfortable. We worry about offending people. We agonize over saying something wrong, unorthodox, or unhelpful that might end up leading someone further from Christ in lieu of closer to him.

While we certainly don’t want ...

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Apr 21, 2018
sexual immorality

The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders

The character of Christian leaders is in question. We need to ask why and work for change.
 The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders
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The past few months (and if we are honest, the past few years) have been hard for Christians, and evangelicals in particular. I’ve felt it myself as I’ve had to deal with some good friends confess to failures, and the aftermath that has occurred in their wake.

It’s ...

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Apr 20, 2018
mental health

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?
The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?
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Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

Yet, this is a conversation ...

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Apr 18, 2018
Church Growth

Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement

Meet one of the most influential, but least known, church leaders: Bob Buford.
Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement
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The Church Growth Movement began to lose its mojo. That's not exactly a scholarly word, but you get the point. After a promising start, it began to decline in the 1980s.

In 1956, Donald McGavran published a book entitled The Bridges of God. It looked at the strategies that ...

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Apr 16, 2018
leadership

The Humble Leader

Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be.
The Humble Leader
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Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound.

The messiness of life gets ...

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Apr 12, 2018
race relations

Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G

The learning curve in this conversation about race is steep and more complex than the Black-White binary. And because of that, it can become emotionally exhausting for all of us.
Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G
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Expository Faithfulness and Racism

Attention prominent White pastor: If you want to avoid controversy, do not preach sermons on race at large evangelical conferences. In 2018, that will not go well for you. This week, David Platt discovered this at Together for the Gospel (T4G) ...

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Apr 12, 2018
Leadership

20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry

God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation
20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry
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1.God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation, while at the same time using that present situation to train them for future ministry challenges. (p. xvii)

2.When leaders serve their followers—meeting personal needs in practical ways—word ...

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Apr 10, 2018
leadership

One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

A timely book as leaders are stepping away from their roles due to moral failure or accusations of moral failure.
One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

Ed: You recently wrote a book about people ruining their lives, and you called it an implosion. Why did you use that term?

Eric: Demolition experts can take a building down two ways: they can pummel it from the outside with cranes and wrecking balls, or they can implode the building ...

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