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7 Disastrous Results of Letting Your Personal Fulfillment Drive Your Ministry

I was struck by something Ray Ortlund said in a blog post recently:<p><i>“I am not impressed by young pastors who seem too eager to publish books and speak</i> …

Measuring without measuring | Seth's Blog

As an organization grows and industrializes, it's tempting to simplify things for the troops. Find a goal, make it a number and measure it until it …

Preserved Mammoth Carcass Found in Arctic

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Preaching Clearer

Phil Campbell offers ten ways to make our preaching clearer (a la Col 4:2). Good stuff for all communicators--in an excellent book by the way. He …

Books

How to Get Your Wife more Interested in Sex

This is a guest post by my friend Jennifer Degler. Jennifer attends the church I pastor and was actually on the search team that brought me to the …

7 Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Children

Most parents want to develop a close, lasting bond with their children which goes beyond the years a child lives in the home. Having a relationship …

The Real Reason Theologians Fight May Have Little to do With Theology

Have you ever had a conversation with another Christian and felt the two of you had a completely different view of God? And have you ever wondered …

We Model a Lot of Things for Our Kids. But Have we Taught Them How to Fail?

To celebrate my son Brent’s 16th birthday, my two boys and I signed up for the Tennessee Motorcycle Safety Course. It’s a two-day program designed …

10 Positive Paradigms in Church Leadership

I previously posted 10 dangerous paradigms in the church. Obviously, there are positive mindsets in the church also.<p>I decided to share some from the …

Great Kids Have Parents Who Seem To Do This Well

<b>I’ve noticed something. Kids with parents who are open and honest about their faults seem to do better in life.</b><p>I’ve been working on some material for …

Six subtle hints Karl Towns can give his roommate Andrew Wiggins

In case you missed it yesterday, <b>Andrew Wiggins and Karl Towns are rooming together this week for the Nike Hoop Summit.</b> Both will play for the World …

10 Dangerous Church Paradigms I’ve Observed

I’ve been in church all my life. Along the way I’ve seen and observed a lot. Almost all the insight I have into church has come by experience.<p>I have …

Why We Need a Different Kind of 'Maturity' in the Church

You’ve had it happen before, people tell you they are leaving your church because ‘they’re not growing’ or they’re looking for ‘deeper teaching.’<p>They …

The Biggest Lie Leaders Tell

Saul, David, and Solomon, the first three kings of Israel, had more in common than their positions on the throne. Each of them lied, and they did so …

Top 10 Instant Stress Busters

Beating chronic stress is a long-term effort, and we've shared a lot of ways to deal with it—but what if you're overcome with stress <i>right now</i> and …

My Sobering Time with Rick Warren about His Son Matthew

Over the last few days, my Internet world has been inundated with news about the death of Rick Warren’s son Matthew. When I got the word Saturday, my …

Are You Lazy?

Are you lazy? Let’s be honest, that’s a pretty pointed question. Most of us recoil defensively, but I think it’s a question we need to wrestle with …