One night about 18 months ago when I was putting Genna to bed, I asked her, “Honey, how do you think God feels about you?” Her immediate response was, “Disappointed."
Pastors who walk into existing churches are quickly burdened by needed changes to improve the church. Where the challenge is for most of us is when and how those changes need to be brought.
I’ve been very open (and often very loud) in sharing that the mission of Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) is not about transfer growth. But there is one type of person we long for and who I, personally, pray for.
Christianity is an explanation of historical data, which is, in fact, one of the things that sets it apart from nearly every other religion.
If you are like me, you find meditation a difficult practice. You like the idea of it, but find the reality difficult to carry out. In my mind, “meditation” seems like an ethereal term, one that contains a good idea but without any clear structure. I struggle with it.
One wonders how Christians today whose lives are marked by deep suffering, tragedy, or persecution for their faith could apply Victoria Osteen’s view of God.
Someone wrote in to ChurchandCulture.org recently, to ask which books were most pivotal to me when I became a new Christian. It was forwarded to me with the note, “Might make a good blog.” I agreed.
One of the most important tasks in a pastor’s ministry is one of the most neglected: Going to hospitals to care for the sick and dying. It has practically become a lost art in the younger generations of pastors. Why is this?
What’s the best way to deal with insecurity in leadership? Here are 5 ways to deal with insecurity as a pastor or leader.
I am constantly looking for the proper balance in life, work, and professional ministry. As I have thought through it all, for my own sanity, I decided to make a quick list of the top issues I am working through as a bivocational pastor.
The trustees of our SBC International Mission Board elected my friend David Platt to serve as president, and I am radically happy. Here’s why.
After hearing Dr. Kent Brantly publicly thank God for healing him from the deadly Ebola virus, atheist Sam de Brito posted a scathing article at the Sydney Morning Herald that questions Brantly as a true man of medicine.
Twenty minutes ago, I had been in my office neck deep in my studies. Now, I found myself being asked to pray a final prayer over a dying, non-Christian woman in front of her husband and fifteen to twenty non-Christian family members hanging onto some miracle with my prayer.
In a racially divided world, the church of Jesus Christ ought not simply to advocate for racial reconciliation; we ought to embody it.
I remember being shocked as a young adult by some Hollywood wedding (a true story) in which the traditional vows were replaced with promises to be faithful “until the death of love parts us.” It’s time to return to basics. Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Feelings follow from godly actions, not vice-versa.
Paraphrasing a line attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most segregated hour in America is still 11:00am on Sunday morning. It's a sad reality that we see on a weekly basis. How can you help change that?
The first answer is to talk to God, but how many times have you done that and still cannot figure out what He is saying. What do you do then—when you don’t know what to do? Here are 7 suggestions.
So many churches focus on finding and promoting charismatic leaders while ignoring or assuming these significant lists of character-based and Spirit-based qualities. They do this to their peril, and even the world recognizes this.
- August 14, 2014 |