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.


There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Building diversity by building an authentic worship service

"Make the Sunday morning experience as real and as relevant as possible, and people will come." (Pastor Danny Chambers at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
July 15, 2014  

One night I couldn't fall asleep

Joni Eareckson Tada recounts a fitful night in bed that turned into a morning full of joy. "How did that happen?" she asks. This clip includes a video produced by Joni & Friends about her life story. (Courtesy of NACC.)
June 29, 2014  

How do I 'surrender' myself to God's will

When Tom Harper asked me to review “A Beautiful Defeat” by Kevin Malarkey, I knew it was just the title intended for me at that point in my life, when I read the subtitle: “Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God.” Malarkey had a Christian psychotherapy practice, ...
June 20, 2014   Ronald Keener

Matt Proctor: Does your church underestimate Jesus?

In this clip from the North American Christian Convention, Matt Proctor explains how becoming too familiar with Christ can diminish a church's effectiveness. Do your members reduce the King of the universe to someone who's just nice to have around?
June 13, 2014  

The Slippery Slope of Leaving a Legacy

I love the idea of leaving a legacy. I want to do something so meaningful it extends beyond my own life. However, I find in this a temptation to become self-absorbed and idolatrous. When exactly do we start considering leaving a legacy? Is it when we get married and realize ...
May 21, 2014   Kent Evans

The Necessity of Consecration

Consecration or the act of consecrating means “dedication to the service and worship of a deity.” We serve, lead, and minister from a place and posture of consecration. This is the prerequisite for God choosing to use us in His grand plan. The book of Exodus uses the word consecrate ...
May 15, 2014   Greg Atkinson

Do the Scriptures' plurals make sense to "youse" too?

I grew up in the Church of the Brethren denomination that has offices in Elgin, Ill. That’s the Church of the Brethren—not the River Brethren, nor the Plymouth Brethren, nor The Brethren Church, nor the Mennonite Brethren, nor the Dunkard Brethren. The Church of the Brethren is the larger of ...
May 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

5 ways to turn your "church" into a sanctuary

Most churches used to have a place called “The Sanctuary,” (safe place). In newer churches that title is often The Worship Center, The Gathering Place, or even…holy croissants…The Cafe!  Over the past few years I’ve had the fun of “shopping” for “relevance toys” in some fairly big churches. You know, ...
April 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Controversy is for Real in Faith and Film

Two Christians see the same motion picture and come out at very different reviews of it. Sure, that happens. The film under review is Heaven is for Real, now in a theater near you. Steve Wohlberg is the speaker/director of White Horse Media (Newport, Wa.) and host of His Voice ...
April 24, 2014   Ronald Keener

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Christian worship is about believers giving honor, glory and devotion to God. A healthy church orchestrates its weekend church services with music and preaching that connect people intimately with God.