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10 ways through the same-sex tsunami

10 ways through the same-sex tsunami

Some say this is the one issue that will single-handedly destroy the church in America. I don’t buy that. But I do anticipate that some churches will suffer unnecessarily because of their mishandling of the same-sex controversy. Whether they like it or not, churches will increasingly face decisions related to homosexuality. These include: References to […]

The church’s hidden back door

The church’s hidden back door

Beef up outreach. Emphasize evangelism. Plant more churches. Polish the marketing. None of this is reversing the overall trend of church decline. Even when a church attracts new members it doesn’t grow. Why? It can’t add people fast enough to make up for the legions slipping out the back door. They are the Dones–those who […]

5 reasons some pastors are loners—and why that’s not good

5 reasons some pastors are loners—and why that’s not good

I admit it. I have a tendency to be a loner. I like my personal space and my private time. I recognize, though, that my tendencies aren’t always the best for a pastor. Here are my reflections on others like me: Why Some of Us are Loners 1. Some of us are naturally introverts. In […]

I’m Not Just Emotional

I’m Not Just Emotional

I’m just not emotional”…we’ve all heard that before, or, maybe you are the one saying it. The first and most obvious reason for lack of emotion toward God is that many don’t have a strong relationship with Him…people have religion but not a true relationship. For this reason, Jesus states, “These people draw near to […]

The 7 Marks of Discipleship

The 7 Marks of Discipleship

  Can you give a clear, concise and biblically accurate description of a disciple of Jesus? If so, you are a select member of an elite club. I wonder if most ministers – let alone most Christians – really know what their ministry’s “finished product” is supposed to look like? I’m being reluctantly dragged to […]

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