3 times in ministry I went from the supine to the ridiculous

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When you wake up in the morning and get out of bed, typically you see your day going one way, but often—maybe too often—you’re badly mistaken! Surprises and interruptions are the stuff of ministry and often a good day can...

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Seven reasons why most church outreach programs fail

In my last blog in this space, I addressed the seven habits of outwardly focused churches. This time, I want to look at a related topic: why most church outreach programs fail. One of my passions in life is to help churches move from becoming inwardly focused to outwardly focused. ...
April 09, 2015   Thom Rainer

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Restoring the fallen

Rumors were flying about a friend of mine. Even though married with children, my friend seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time with a college-age girl. She had some personal issues and he evidently wanted to help her.  However, she was also fairly attractive. The time he spent talking ...
March 24, 2015   Bob Russell

4 young takeaways for old churches and vice versa

We can all learn from each other, that’s the stuff of real learning, you listen to someone else. What if we gathered leaders from very young churches and rather old ones in the same room—maybe over a nice cup of tea or a Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy ...
March 20, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Standing by those who are persecuted

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran lost his job in early January. The mayor fired him because Cochran had self-published a book on biblical morality and shared it with some people at work. City officials received complaints about some passages that denounced homosexuality as sinful. Evangelical Christians are experiencing increased ...
March 10, 2015   Bob Russell

How to express your love for God

I recently observed an unrestrained public display of affection by a couple who had just fallen in love. They were quite demonstrative, leaning on each other, fawning over each other, and frequently kissing each other. It made some onlookers feel uncomfortable. In the same gathering I noticed a couple who had been ...
February 24, 2015   Bob Russell

5 assets I really admire in a “rookie” preacher

Last week I visited my former 21 year ministry hood, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church—mentioned in Christianity Today as John Ortberg's church—so, as usual, I expected first class preaching and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little surprised.    Twenty-eight year old Abby McHugh was the speaker, and quite impressive! ...
February 19, 2015   Doug Lawrence

A fire hose of encouragement for pastors

"He got us through like he said he would!" Pastor Frank Smith's conclusion to his fiery session at NACC will fill pastors with a renewed sense of energy and joy in the believer's future.
February 13, 2015  

Jews fleeing France for Israel--fulfilled prophecy?

Today’s headlines reflect biblical prophecy. That is reflected in an article last month in USA Today. It reported: “(The recent) terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket confirmed Jessica Belhassn’s decision to leave France for the Jewish homeland, an individual journey that’s part of a ...
February 10, 2015   Bob Russell

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