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Church & Culture
The Importance Of Investing In People With No Potential
We need to invest in people, not because they might do something great some day, but because they’re made in God’s image, and that alone is worth investing in.

Most of what we do in the pastorate makes no logical sense.

At least not in the here and now.

We invest in people who fail us over and over again. We pray, counsel, cry, study, preach, give and sacrifice – and often we wonder what good it all does.

Then we do it again.

Why?

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Church Growth: Before Asking “Does It Scale?” We Need To Ask, “Should It Scale?”
The best answers start with the right questions.

Not everything is scalable.

Church growth is. But not every aspect of church health is.

Not only is bigger not always better, in some cases pushing for numerical growth can actually be harmful to the mission of a local church.

Scalability Is Not Universal

There are a lot of great, ...

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What’s Wrong With The Church Today? Nothing That Hasn’t Been Wrong Every Other Day
God has always used imperfect people and imperfect churches, because that’s all there is to work with.

There’s a lot that’s wrong with the church today.

Over and over, I see similar complaints:

  • “The church today is compromised!”
  • “The modern church is about entertainment!”
  • “The contemporary church is more about personalities than about Jesus!”
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7 Contradictory Cultural Trends – And 7 Ways Christians Can Respond With Integrity
We need to be ready to listen to the concerns of people who seem to be living contradictory lives. Thankfully, this is something the scriptures have prepared us for.

The world is changing. Fast.

Unlike many of my contemporaries, I see a lot of good changes along with the bad ones, but no matter how you see it, change is hard.

And the extreme amount of change we’re experiencing now is overwhelming.

It’s especially challenging when ...

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First Impressions: 7 Ways To Give Church Guests A Frustration-Free Experience
Shortening the distance between our guests and a relationship with Jesus. That's what a welcoming church is all about.

There’s a lot about the gospel message that is not user-friendly.

Take up your cross. Love your enemies. Put God’s will ahead of my own.

But getting to that message shouldn’t be as hard as many churches often make it.

This lesson was reinforced for me recently ...

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Why Good Friday Is So Good – And How It Makes Easter Such Great News
Jesus took on death willingly, to defeat it permanently.

Most of the world’s historic victories happened in one simple, yet brutal way – the winner was better at killing than the loser was.

Death wins. As long as it’s your death, not mine.

One of the many reasons I follow Jesus is that his victory on the cross was ...

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Is Your Church Evangelizing Or Just Advertising? 4 Reasons It Matters
Evangelism isn’t about sales, it’s about relationship. It’s not about filling a building with people, it’s about filling people with Jesus.

There are two ways for a local church to reach more people.

Advertising or evangelism.

And they are not the same thing.

There’s nothing wrong with advertising, per se. Using social media, print ads, handouts or other means to let people know about your church or its events ...

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14 Observations About The State Of Christian Denominations Today
Denominations that support and enhance the biblical mission of the local church will thrive. Those that don't will continue to decline.

There are only two forms of the church that ultimately matter.

The universal church and the local church.

Everything else is an add-on. Including buildings, furniture, styles of music, types of preaching, curriculum, and the subject of today’s article, denominations.

I’m ...

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Want To Make A Difference? Forget What’s Popular And Work The Fringes
When it comes to impact, the more popular something is, the less likely you are to make a difference in it.

No one has ever made a bigger impact on the world than Jesus.

You don’t even need to be a Christian to see the obvious truth in that statement.

Because of this, I’m convinced that it’s in the DNA of Jesus’ followers to want to make a difference, too.

It’s ...

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When Jesus Got Angry
In a world in which anger is overused, being slow to anger may make a stronger statement than all our yelling ever could.

Almost every time I write or speak about the gentleness of Jesus, someone is quick to remind me that Jesus also got angry.

“Jesus wasn’t always meek and mild”, they’re quick to point out. “He called the Pharisees white-washed tombs!” “He ...

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