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The Top 12 Things for a Pastor to Remember Just Before Sunday Morning Worship

This is the moment the preacher has had on his mind and heart all week long. Now, he has done this for years, and by now you would think he's got it down to a science and he can do this blindfolded--lead worship, read scripture, offer prayers, preach the Word, inspire the congregation--but not so. This is not like anything else anyone on the planet does.

Is it Wrong for a Christian to Have a Drink of Alcohol?

This is not just an American issue but I live here so I will talk about what I know.

The Congregation's 10 Commandments of Preaching

In the absence of a union to let pastors know how the congregation is receiving their sermons, we are hereby taking it upon ourselves to act on their behalf.

How We Could Be Bigger

Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), where I have the privilege of serving as senior pastor, has a clear ten-year vision. And for us, how we reach our goals matter as much as the goals themselves. Because the “how” is about the way we live our lives.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 26, 2014 |
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Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor

In thinking about my amount of preparation, it is difficult to land on how many hours it takes. The main reason is that it feels as if every spare moment often leads to thinking about the next sermon.

Can Social Media Save the Church’s “Brand”?

The church’s perception is hurting. Big time. Is social media one of the ways we can change that?

What's a Church to do with Singles?

Church is a quirky thing. I love the Church and yet I have wrestled with the Church...especially when it comes to being single.

3 Reasons We Should Stop Calling People Heretics…Unless They Are

To say, “You’re a heretic" is a powerful claim, one with the ability to destroy. And like all weapons of mass destruction, it should be used with extreme caution.

How Does A Church Survive When Big Givers Leave?

Dr. Roger on having a sound financial plan for your church.

5 Requirements for Being Used by God

Rick Warren shares a great checklist for making sure our hearts are in a place to be used by God.

10 Signals That Say "You Are Not Welcome In This Church"

Here are ten ways churches signal newcomers that they are not wanted.

Theodosius the Game-Changer

The decision made by Theodosius to proclaim Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire – and the way it accelerated and took root in the early Middle Ages – is a story seldom told in light of the caricatures that abound.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 12, 2014 |
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Learning to Speak a New Language

Christianese is a foreign language composed of Christian clichés. It's no wonder visitors make a beeline for the exit and never return.

The Beards of Ministry

I think it’s important for Christians to laugh at themselves every once in a while. Sure, the Gospel is no joking matter, but Christians are still prone to all the foolishness and eccentricity of being human.

How a Man After God’s Own Heart Leads: Lessons from King David

One great example of motivating a team during crisis comes from the writings of David in Psalm 3. At the time of this writing, it is believed that David was hiding out from his own son Absalom. His encouragement kept his troops focused and gave them strength they needed in desperate times.

How to Equip Churches for the Workplace

According to Barna Group's study, only 40% of practicing Christians say they have a clear sense of God's calling on their lives.

An Inconvenient Truth

Many pastors and leaders look for the silver bullet - the solution that they can seamlessly weave into the life of the church that will solve all of their problems but keep everyone currently attending happy. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t exist.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 24, 2014 |
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Most Embarrassing Moments: Lessons I Learned from Bumbling Peter

God's Covering Grace

My Farewell Sermon

Two days ago, I preached my farewell sermon to the church that God---by His grace---gave me the privilege to serve for twenty-two years.

What Pastors Owe Their People

It's not easy, but pastors are commissioned to do this one thing for their people

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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