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24Mar 2017

I’m writing this just having swallowed two of the latest leadership books for pastors and ministers. For the purposes of this article, I will define leadership as “the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.” In other words, leadership […]

24Mar 2017

“…Keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:16-17 One of China’s greatest evangelists for the Gospel was a man named, […]

23Mar 2017

“…But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 Throughout my ministry, I have dealt with skeptics, atheists; people that despise Christianity, hate the Bible, and think we are all hypocrites or lunatics. I used to think it was my job to win every argument; but I finally realized you could win the battle […]

22Mar 2017

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 Did you know that suffering is the Christian’s greatest platform to exalt Christ? How would our lives change if we began to consider every struggle, trial, or unjust suffering a […]

21Mar 2017

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:17 You dotted the “I’s” and you’ve crossed the “T’s.” You went by the book, did the right thing, and took the high road. You love Jesus and live right, but you still get kicked […]

20Mar 2017

The average tenure and salary for pastors is shrinking. The hours are long and the demands are great. Despite the commitment and conviction of godly men who answer God, train for and accept the role of pastor, many push themselves to the limit physically, mentally and spiritually. A 1998 study by the Francis A. Schaeffer […]

20Mar 2017

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.” 1 Peter 3:14 Women and girls are on the frontline of persecution. In many parts of the world, they already face discrimination because of their gender…being a Christian makes them even more vulnerable. Meena and Sunita are sisters from a Hindu background […]

18Mar 2017

You can stand up on Sunday in the pulpit and deliver a marvelous message. It can have a captivating introduction, an easy to follow format, and be delivered with ease and candor. It can have a few funny tales thrown in to lighten the mood, and a few powerful moments to drive home a point. […]

17Mar 2017

“…In Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 At the end of Romans 6:23, Paul adds five words that may seem like an unnecessary addition. However, without these five words, there is no gift of eternal life. So the verse ends, “… in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Why are these five words so important? Because eternal […]

16Mar 2017

(Part 3 of a series on Unbranding the Church) Marketing the church produces “believers” (I’m using that term very loosely here) that look like the world. The natural result of marketing, the goal of which is to cater to the consumer, is to produce a happy and satisfied customer. Marketing seeks to meet a perceived […]