James Perra

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A New Poor People’s Campaign

Photos from the Poor People's Campaign Launch in D.C.

The Secret History of William Gibson’s Never-Filmed ‘Aliens’ Sequel

One of the many problems with <i>Alien 3</i> was its lack of escalation. The first film in the franchise, Ridley Scott’s <i>Alien</i>, was a claustrophobic monster …

How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently

Most pastors want their churches to be a safe haven, but don’t have a plan to get there. When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want …

'Get the Girl to Do It'

What 'Hidden Figures' reveals about race, women, and how our sons see our daughters.

Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut Is the Movie 2016 Deserves

<i>Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut</i> is the cinematic equivalent of a train wreck. <i>Suicide Squad: The Extended Cut</i> is the physical equivalent of a train …

Times Square

Let's Kiss Dating Hello

A sociologist reveals her research about 'ring by spring' culture on a Christian college campus.

5 Factors That Brought a Dying Church Back to Life

The church I pastor, the Summit Church, was planted in 1962. In 2001, however, the Summit Church (then Homestead Heights Baptist Church) was a …

3 Important Reasons Why Pressure Is a Privilege

<i>“</i><i>The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the</i> …

5 Gifts to Give Your Pastor

<b>3. Your Personal Support</b><p>2 Timothy 4:16-17<p>Paul knew what it felt like to feel all alone. It’s a scary feeling. Many pastors today know that feeling. …

13 Facts About Opposition To Change Too Many Leaders Miss

You’re probably trying to change something right now.And — if you’re honest — you’ve already thought about backing off.Change seems too …

Five Reasons Why Churches Are Dying and Declining Faster Today

<i>“In the past, I’ve been able to lead churches to growth. I can’t do it anymore. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”</i>A pastor shared those sentences …

Five Reasons People aren’t Volunteering at Your Church

Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to…ush?<p>If so, you’re in familiar …

Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday

The pain of one pastor is intensified under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight, while the pain of another is ignored. Both hurt equally.

4 Reasons Your Kids Should Sit with You on Sunday

Taking your child to a Sunday worship service can be jarring. Trust me, I know. It once gave me a concussion.<p>Years ago, we began introducing our …

5 Words which Can Keep a Church From Growing

I’ve spent some time studying church growth – and church decline. I am frequently asked, especially by pastors in declining churches, what keeps a …

Your Sermon Offended? Good, It Was Supposed To

<b>“Lord, do you know the Pharisees were offended by your sermon?” Matthew 15:12</b><p>Let me say up front that no church can long endure a steady diet of …

Open letter from a priest to a porn star: I understand your suffering

"I have met people broken by pornography. On both sides."<p>Dear Amarna,<p>Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Patxi Bronchalo, and I’m a priest—a …

12 Reasons I Love My "Smaller" Church

While it may seem as if large churches with lots of programs are the most popular choice for Christians, the statistics tell otherwise. In a recent …

7 Ways To Add Character to a Cookie Cutter Home

We can't all live in a gorgeous Haussmannien building on the left bank of the Seine. In fact, some of us have to live in effective but uninspiring …

This 3-in-1 Magic Cake Will Blow Your Mind

You have to bake it to believe it.<p>Magic cake has actually been around for years, but we've been noticing these miraculous recipes that transform one easy-to-make batter into three distinct layers pop up all over the Internet, from Instagram to Pinterest.<p>So what makes this cake so magical? Food …

Dessert

You Won't Find More Decadent Biscuits and Gravy

12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online

Pastor, before you post that blog, Facebook status or tweet, what would be some indicators you might want to consider first? In such an instance, I …

Dear Church, Here's Why People Are Really Leaving You

Being on the other side of the Exodus sucks, don’t it?<p>I see the panic on your face, Church.<p>I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and …

5 Tips for Creating Healthy Change - Refresh The Church

To attract young people to your church, you’ve got to be warm. Not cool.

So many churches pour money and energy into flashy worship services meant to make teenagers and young adults think that church is cool.<p>But it turns out cool isn’t what young people want. Forget the rock-band vibe and the flashing lights. <i>Warm</i> is the new cool.<p>For our book “Growing Young,” we …

6 Ways Churches Can Reach Millennials

As more and more millennials seek a home church for them and their families, these 6 tips will help churches better reach and engage this generation.

7 Things Pastors Should Do Every Monday

Why Superman's Lame Disguise Might Actually Work

It’s been a longstanding complaint since the first <i>Superman</i> comics debuted in the 1930s: why doesn’t anyone see through Clark Kent’s lame disguise and …

Psychology

How Trigger Warnings Silence Religious Students

Practices meant to protect marginalized communities can also ostracize those who disagree with them.<p>Last week, the University of Chicago’s dean of students sent a welcome letter to freshmen decrying trigger warnings and safe spaces—ways for students to be warned about and opt out of exposure to …

Religion

Fifteen Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Not Visit Much

I read the sad story recently of a church that fired its pastor because “he didn’t visit the members enough.” Granted, I don’t know all the details …