Is the Church trying too hard to identify with the world?


The late John Wooden had a unique philosophy about coaching basketball. He seldom scouted an opponent, believing it best to concentrate on improving his team’s performance. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Wooden’s UCLA teams almost always had superior talent....


Joni Eareckson Tada: It's a daily fight to stay satisfied in Jesus

"Don't think I am looking forward to heaven to get a new body," says Joni. "No. I am looking forward to heaven to get a new heart - a heart that is free of sin." (Uplifting video courtesy of NACC.)
September 08, 2014  

God is bigger when we need him more

Joni Eareckson Tada describes her morning wake-up routine as a battle with bitterness, then a surrender to the Lord, ending in joy. "God always seems bigger to those who need him most." (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 15, 2014  

A spiritual myth: "Divorce is just as common in the church as in the world"

Have you ever heard someone cite these statements as fact? 1) "Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce, or 2) "The divorce rate in the church is just as bad as the divorce rate in the world." I've always had serious doubts about those statistics. They didn't seem consistent ...
July 29, 2014   Bob Russell

3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not finish. I love to produce video projects for non-profits and ...
July 04, 2014   Doug Lawrence

The #1 reason for decline in church attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, ...
July 01, 2014   Thom Rainer

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

Four keys to planning for church health

Based on both research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their community—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign for the church in America. Through the feedback I’ve received on this ...
June 19, 2014   Thom Rainer

Five reasons "kicking the can" leadership leads to disaster

Okay, I’m joining the crowd. As we contemplate the forthcoming congressional and state elections in November, the majority of Americans are tired and angry about political leaders who put off major decisions. Many call this habit of indecisive leaders “kicking the can.” I’m mad at President Obama. I’m mad at ...
June 05, 2014   Thom Rainer

America going to pot

On January 1, 2014 Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Not surprisingly, the weed business is thriving. Pot parties are the rage of the Rockies. The general consensus is that Colorado’s decision will be the nationwide wave of the future; Washington ...
June 05, 2014   Bob Russell

Why your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation ...
May 29, 2014   Will Mancini

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