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Developing Men who Take on the Heavy Lifting of Ministry

The reason men present such a challenge to the church is not because they are unmotivated or unchallenged or lacking opportunities to connect...

Building Your Women's Ministry in a Small Church

God expects leaders in churches of all sizes to offer multiple opportunities for women to serve.

  • Kelley Mathews & Sue Edwards |
  • April 30, 2008 |
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Why Theology Matters

Many in the American church know God in the same way they know the President — they know some facts about him, where he lives, what he does — but they do not have a relationship with him.

Anecdotes a Preacher Would Kill For

Winston Churchill called anecdotes, "the gleaming toys of history." They are hard to define, but we all know a good one when we find one. Here are some of my favorites for sermons.

Truth-Telling and Church Discipline

Leaders and churches that are committed to speaking the truth in love learn that church discipline is part of the package.

The Pastoral Theological Implications of the Jeremiah Wright Story

Perhaps there is someone who wonders in today's world, "Can a minister really have any possible influence on the world around us?"

The Fate of the Family and the Future of the Church

Is the future of our congregations tied to the fate of the family?

When Christian Leaders Do Wrong

Has someone you respected let you down? Did you learn your mentor has feet of clay? I'm writing this to those who feel confused and disenfranchised by religion.

God is and God Has Spoken: Tips for Bible Teachers/Preachers

Should the Sunday morning sermon be designed primarily to reach lost people or teach Christians?

The Church in Post-Christendom 3: Recovering the Mission of the Church

For the church to be a relevant instrument and faithful witness of the gospel, especially in the wake of Christendom's collapse, we must recover a God-centered understanding of the church's mission.

Progressing Right Out of Orthodoxy

Today, I rise to announce a new movement. We've got conservatives, liberals and progressives. Now it's time for the regressive movement!

Is Belief in God Just a Natural Phenomenon?

Scholars are working on an attempt to propose a purely natural origin for belief in God. One group of scientists armed with a multi-million-dollar budget is working on an effort known as "Explaining Religion."

Care of Creation Ministry's First Priority is God

I'm scared off by people who tend to treat the earth as god, rather than as God's handiwork, so I have avoided considering my responsibility as a steward of God’s property until a recent trip to Kenya...

Should we Miss Church Graveyards?

Not many churches have cemeteries anymore. In some ways, that's a good thing. But I wonder if we are losing something by outsourcing the care of our dead to the funeral industry.

The Church in Post-Christendom Part 2: Understanding the "Good News"

If "the church of Jesus Christ is not the purpose or goal of the gospel, but rather its instrument and witness," then what exactly is the church's mission?

What Would Jesus Do: Discerning Which Biblical Laws Matter, and Which Don't

What am I supposed to think when "don't clip your sideburns too short" is right next to "don't practice fortune-telling"? Can I know which principles God wants me to live by, and which ones to ignore?

Of Greater Import: Don't Forget Easter as We Move Toward Election Day

The first Easter meant that redeemed sinners now had the power to live above sin. But some people didn’t want this kind of Jesus. They wanted physical remedies. They wanted a political savior.

The Gospel According to Mark (Driscoll)

The pastor of America’s 15th fastest growing church probably likes all the attention. Lord knows he doesn’t do much to discourage the bloggers who frequently attack his unorthodox approach.

The Church in Post-Christendom

When we speak of post-Christendom, we conclude that the church no longer occupies a central place of social and cultural hegemony, and Western civilization no longer considers itself to be formally or officially Christian.

Best Preaching Books of 2007

Doctrine That Dances, from B&H Publishing and author Robert Smith, is Preaching.com's Preaching Book of the Year.

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