How do you respond to suffering?

Ajai Lall asks this poignant question and shows how we can respond to suffering while revealing our most important asset. As Founder and Director of Central India Christian Mission, Ajai teaches us how to turn every suffering moment into an opportunity.

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God has a valentine for you...

  There are over 700 references to the heart in the Bible, but only a few times does it actually refer to the physical organ. The word for heart is rendered mind in some translations, or understanding, judgment, or intention.  David writes, “Let the words of my mouth and the ...
February 11, 2016   Phillip Foster

5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

Senior pastors are workplace leaders too

As a consultant and minister to workplace leaders, I have noticed an unfortunate disconnect; a self-imposed separation between church leadership and leaders in other areas of society.  Business, government and education leaders see senior pastors as, well, pastors. Most of the senior pastors I know struggle with the same identity limitations. ...
February 03, 2016   Rob Streetman

4 strategies to help leaders develop critical thinking skills

Are you a critical thinker? Think about it. Leaders need to cultivate and practice critical thinking skills. I was in a meeting and heard the chairman say, “I wish we had thought about that before committing to this project.” Ouch! Something unforeseen had happened and it was a surprise to ...
February 02, 2016   Paul Greasley

You are invited!

You are invited! David’s life is chronicled for us so that we also know of his weaknesses and failures, not just of his more honorable exploits or God-glorifying endeavors. If you read the Psalms written by David, he admits to a number of ineptitudes. He readily confesses to sin, to worry, depression, ...
January 30, 2016   Phillip Foster

How one sermon unlocked a preacher's ministry

Hear how a sermon on marriage given during two different seasons of a pastor’s life, unlocked a key component in his preaching career. LeRoy Lawson, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, Tenn.), shares this key ingredient based on Acts 4 which took his ...
January 25, 2016  

How Gen X could save the church

In the last seven years, the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percent.  Between 2007 and 2014, the Christian (those who identified with groups such as Protestants, Catholics, Mormons and others) share of the population fell from 78.4% to ...
January 21, 2016   Dr. Boyd

30,000 Persian-language children’s Action Bibles in print

30,000 copies of the Persian translation of the full Action Bible have come off the press, Elam Ministries says. This hugely popular publication has enormous potential to enthuse Iranian children and youth with a love for the Scriptures, Elam, whose mission is to help build the church in the Iran ...
January 20, 2016   Anthony Marr

Two major, under-the-radar changes in American churches

I never would have predicted these changes would take place so rapidly. Indeed, I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. Still, they are a growing reality. These two major changes have a similar theme: decentralization. The first is a decentralization of facilities. The second is ...
January 14, 2016   Thom Rainer

The folly of rushing your writing

If you’re a football fan like me, you can hardly believe that Alabama has already been crowned this season’s national college champion, and that in a few more weeks the Super Bowl winner will be decided. Aside from the X’s and O’s national commentators will review during this month’s playoffs, ...
January 13, 2016   Ken Walker

An old man's conversation with God

“It’s natural for someone who has lived a long time to be afraid,” LeRoy Lawson says as he takes a reflective look at Psalm 71. What do you fear as you age? How does this impact your ministry? Lawson shares the secret to peace in the midst of aging. (Excerpted ...
January 12, 2016  

New Year's revolution

Have you noticed that switching or omitting one letter of a word can completely change it’s meaning? By changing one letter: Pirates becomes Pilates. Water becomes Tater. Wrapping becomes Rapping.             And Vogue becomes Vague. I saw a retraction in a newspaper that read, “We ...
January 12, 2016   Richard Frazer

"You offended me!"

The president of the University of Louisville recently offended a segment of the college community when someone posted a picture of him wearing a sombrero at a costume party. This reflects other campus incidents, such as the time at Yale University that students shouted down a dean for speaking out ...
January 12, 2016   Bob Russell

Reconsidering your New Year's resolutions

Exercise more. Check. Start every day with joyful gratitude. Check. Focus my energies using a well prioritized to-do list. Check. Well, it’s about that time in January when I realize that the several New Year’s resolutions that I made at the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, 2016 were made ...
January 11, 2016   Paul Greasley
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