As obvious as this sounds, it is amazing the amount of men in local churches desiring to be pastors and considering a call to preach, but are never given the opportunity to actually preach.
- February 13, 2013 |
I was meeting with a potential church planter recently and some of the words of wisdom spoken to me over the years flooded my mind. Some of these were given to me by others. Some were learned firsthand by experience.
The most unbelieved beatitude in the Bible is: “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). The giver happier than the getter? Surely some mistake?
We Christians do have a counter-cultural message to share with the world. But how we share that message matters. A lot.
Giving to churches is flat. No turnaround of the economy is in sight. Many church attendees are unemployed. That’s the bad news.
That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.
The early New Testament church shows us that generous living honors God and blesses others.
How can we know where loved ones go who commit suicide? Dr. Roger gently answers this hard question.
Developing a fresh vision for your church can bring your congregation together during this new season.
Sometime back a survey from the Barna Group yielded six reasons young people leave the church.
Church attendance is about more than personal self-improvement. It's about body life.
Volunteering as a family brings solidarity to members of all ages.
Don't tell an abused woman: “If you had more faith and weren't wavering in your emotions, God would heal this marriage.”
Say the right thing, and you can help set her free. Every woman's pain needs to be heard and taken in and empathized with.
Dr. Roger discusses the different ways people try to cope with sexual abuse, and how to find real healing and hope.
By average I don’t mean mediocre or lazy. Just normal. Because that’s what most of those leading in churches today are. Normal.
Why would a pastor shy away from preaching a message on giving? The answers are many and complex, but most boil down to one: He’s afraid.
A man with a broken marriage wonders if he can leave his wife for his childhood sweetheart. Dr. Roger explains what the Bible says about this issue.