Church & Culture

Church & Culture
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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4 Questions To Consider Before Commenting On A Controversial Subject
If I can cut through the clutter, I’ll speak up. If I’m just adding to it, I’ll stay quiet.

Everybody has an opinion.

And everyone is entitled to one.

But not every opinion is of equal value. Including mine.

With the advent of social media, we can state our opinion on platforms that can potentially be seen by thousands of people. Because of this, our opinion feels like ...

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A Question Of Character: Getting Unstuck Is Not The Church’s Biggest Problem
It’s getting harder to blame small or stuck congregations for what’s wrong with the church.

There is a crisis in the church.

People are leaving.

And we want them to come back.

But before we ask how to get them back, we need to ask why they’re leaving in the first place.

It’s not because our churches aren’t big enough, cool enough, relevant enough, or ...

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Why Current Church Trends Mean Very Little In Smaller Churches
Small church ministry isn’t about following trends, it’s about knowing people.

In a couple recent articles, I wrote about current trends in church worship music. (You can read them here and here.)

If you worship or serve in a smaller church, you may have read those articles and shrugged, or maybe you saw the titles and didn’t even bother to read them. ...

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Want To Accomplish Your Goals? Dream Bigger – And More Long-Term
While it may seem counterintuitive, thinking bigger and on a longer timeline is often a better way to get things done.

You won’t succeed at your New Years resolutions this year.

Sorry for the bad news, but it's highly unlikely, statistically speaking.

But here’s what you can do. You can start.

Want to write a book? Start writing every day.

Lose weight? Start a healthier lifestyle.

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Understanding The New Apathy About Church Attendance
Most people who don’t attend church are not making a conscious choice against it. Choosing requires awareness.

Why are fewer people going to church? And what can we do about it?

This may be the main topic of conversation among pastors today.

For example, while scrolling through my Facebook feed last weekend, I came across multiple posts with sarcastic takes on how sad/interesting/ridiculous ...

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