Every Christian sitting in a pew on Sunday morning is also a father, son, neighbor, or citizen, and we all have the responsibilities and authorities that go with those vocations.
Forget words like ‘Faith,’ ‘Bible,’ ‘Church,’ or—heaven forbid—the name of your denomination, say consultants. Go with a name you can market.
Because it’s not really a job, but a 24/7 calling, there are demands on pastors that people in regular jobs don’t experience.
Every Sunday families face the monumental challenge of getting out the door and to the service on time. In our house the baby always needs something right as it is time to leave.
As an outreach strategy, Vacation Bible School is usually a flop, but still the chorus echoes across the country: ‘At least we planted the seed.’
While ‘total inclusion in the community’ may sound good as a fundamental moral principle, running it through the logic machine yields some problematic results.
Whatever the reason you went to church on Easter, God is glad you were there, not because he needs you, but because you need him — more than once a year.
In no way should church be anything like a political television harangue, but for many Americans it can be a fair comparison.
Millennials are dissatisfied with church because they’re going for all the wrong reasons, and none of the right ones.
Jesus has invited us to his birthday celebration, but many are staying home and opening their presents, instead.
If you are a Christian—and last time I checked Christmas was still a Christian holiday—it matters not whether your Christmas is simple or sumptuous as long as it is sanctified.
Lights do not shine in darkness unless darkness predominates. Darkness is how we come to know that light, not darkness, has positive substance, a substance not to be taken for granted.
I know plenty of women who are incredible leaders and gifted speakers. But I don’t believe those gifted women should be lead pastors of the local church.
Environmentalism drains our wealth in a doomed effort to buy us salvation.
For the church to be salt and light will require pastors who are prepared to contend with the brutal reality that salt stings wounds, and light blinds those who are committed to darkness.
I sat there waiting for the real part of me to taste the wafer, but it never did. I thought maybe there was something wrong with that part of me.
A faithful pastor and parents, not large congregation size, will keep your kids in church, even if megachurch pastor Andy Stanley says otherwise.
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