The best thing we can do to preserve biblical marriage

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It’s easy to understand why most Christians are frustrated with the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of marriage. We believe marriage is much more than a civil ceremony; it is a divine covenant. The Bible teaches that God brought Adam and...

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Try the “Whitney method’ to avoid b-o-r-i-n-g prayers

Books on prayer can go from the ridiculously thick to the sublimely thin—from the 600 pages of one of my favorites, E.M. Bounds on Prayer, to the currently issued 96 pages of Donald S. Whitney’s Praying the Bible [Crossway]. Bounds, who died in 1913, wrote about why we pray rather ...
August 21, 2015   Ronald Keener

6 ways to survive unwarranted criticism

Faced with a critical environment, we all have choices to make—Take it? Repel it? Refute it? No matter how we handle it, there will probably only be a couple of seconds to decide.   Church professionals often find themselves in crisis, particularly given that their visibility is so high and ...
August 11, 2015   Doug Lawrence

"My God" versus the true God

Pastors and other church leaders, if you haven’t heard these kinds of statements yet, rest assured that in today’s confused, pluralistic society, you will: “My God would never send anyone to hell.” “I believe in a God who is bigger than all religions.” “The God I worship is neither Muslim, ...
August 11, 2015   Bob Russell

1 powerful moment to spark transcendent worship

Worship should be beautifully mysterious, and transformingly vitreous. One could call this, “worship in balance.”   There is a wonderful thread of mystery that weaves itself through the fabric of God’s description of Himself (Go find a used copy of Lloyd Ogilvie’s Autobiography of God at Amazon—it’s brilliant!). If we ...
August 01, 2015   Doug Lawrence

10 Troubling statements from church leaders and members

If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are proclamations that virtually assure your church’s decline and probable demise. All too common What is troubling is ...
July 30, 2015   Thom Rainer

3 things Evangelicals can learn from liturgical worship

And also with you!   We all know what an evangelist does…they preach! If they’re any good at all, they preach with great fervency. I’ve always been one of those guys when it comes to Evangelical worship. I have even often bashed anyone who wasn’t from that, “we do it ...
July 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Was Jesus a liberal?

A recent letter to the editor of our local newspaper suggested Jesus was a liberal. “I take issue with the term, ‘conservative Christian,’” the writer said. “To be a Christian is to follow in the footsteps of Christ and his teachings. As far as my understanding of Christianity, we are to ...
June 16, 2015   Bob Russell

Is it failure if no one responds to your gospel invitation?

Sharing from her own experience in giving people the opportunity to respond to the gospel, Liz Curtis Higgs reminds us of the difference between our role and God’s role in evangelism. Are you trusting God with the results or taking on more of a burden than you're supposed to? (Excerpted ...
June 05, 2015  

3 verbs , THE 3 verbs, for every worship gathering!

How many times have you heard/or preached that, “Worship Is a Verb?” Hopefully many times! Can you name them? Here are THE 3 worship verbs required to have a true call and response kind of worship service, no matter what the style or setting.   Here's the A list!   ACTIVATE your ...
June 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Cautions about drinking

In fielding questions from readers, I sometimes encounter issues with a broader application to church leaders. This was the case when a person e-mailed me recently to ask for my thoughts—and biblical teachings—about Christians who drink, whether excessively or just as a social practice and to relax. In a changing ...
June 02, 2015   Bob Russell
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