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Are we winning at the game of “Follow the Leader?” Are people really with us? This piece is about checking to see if, in fact, anyone is following our skillful cues.

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Joan Rivers and the hope of life after death

Comedienne Joan Rivers died recently at the age of 81. Her passing came just three weeks after the world also mourned the loss of comedian Robin Williams and actress Lauren Bacall. Rivers was a very funny lady.  Despite her frequently edgy and irreverent humor, she was a relentless worker and ...
October 21, 2014   Bob Russell

7 Habits of joyful pastors

I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take long to assemble the names by the specific traits I sought. Simply said, I wanted to find out whose names I would include in looking for pastors who are joyful. The list ...
October 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Should you attend a friend's same-sex marriage ceremony?

Occasionally I receive e-mails from church members asking for my opinion on various personal or church problems. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for same-sex marriage in 30 states, an inquiry I received recently is relevant to all Christians—particularly pastors. Since many church leaders will inevitably ...
October 07, 2014   Bob Russell

5 Reasons churches benefit by seeking external help

The pattern is conspicuous. Churches that operate in an isolated and insular fashion are not as healthy as churches that regularly seek outside perspectives. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, as a rule, those churches whose leaders and members are involved solely in their own ministries tend to ...
September 25, 2014   Thom Rainer

The imaginary Jesus

Famed singer Elton John recently suggested if Jesus were alive today, He would favor gay marriage. A recent poll reveals 55 percent of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. I occasionally get responses from readers who insist Jesus would have written with more grace and understanding than me (likely true). ...
September 23, 2014   Bob Russell

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. In contrast, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino puts a ...
September 09, 2014   Bob Russell

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

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