After he was shot in the head, he crawled to his brother’s bed and saw that his beloved brother was dead, he says, citing the coroner’s report of the massacre. Bloodied with a hole in his head, Chris then crawled toward the doorway as if he was trying to find his mother. It was thereContinue reading “‘My own dad tried to kill me:’ Faith, friends help in survival – CNN.com”
Trust is never built on perfection, but on the ability to own up to our mistakes and flaws. We also see this with church membership: the church is one of the only organizations in the world where the absolute requirement for membership is failure. You have to own up to your bankruptcy before God. viaContinue reading “The Blueprint for Trust: Stop Pretending”
Busy ministry leaders turn into tired ministry leaders… Busyness Is the New Spirituality | TheResurgence. via Busyness Is the New Spirituality.
Here’s a very insightful article on why many churches die after pastors retire or leave and how churches need to plan ahead… Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession – The Gospel Coalition Blog.
Francis Chan says we should stop trying to make people love Jesus, and learn to rely on prayer, elders, and the Holy Spirit instead. “It’s been a gradual thing over the last five years. For several years in my ministry, I really operated as though the Holy Spirit didn’t exist. The truth is I trustedContinue reading “Making Waves as a Church”
Francis Chan shares his insight after 15 years of ministry and seeing no life change in one man in his church… “Churches that are built through our effort rather than the Spirit’s will quickly collapse when we stop pushing and prodding people along. Now we should push, prod, and persuade men, but I’ve learned toContinue reading “Francis Chan Gives Up | Conversations for Ministry Leaders”
I came across this video which wonderfully explains baptism, what it is, and why believers choose to do it… Baptism « What’s Next Kit: What’s next in your relationship with Jesus?. via Why Baptism?.
“…Christians should not be offended by her (Anne Rice’s) rejection of Christianity. We should instead use it as an opportunity to search our own lives to see how we have been vicious, cruel, mean, unloving, and difficult to others, and repent of our own sin without fixating on what we think are her sins. WeContinue reading “A pastoral response to Ann Rice ‘quitting’ Christianity – Mark Driscoll”
Repent of our theological idolatry. While theology is a great thing, it is not an ultimate thing. It is a means to an end to know God and make him known. In what ways have you made it an ultimate thing? Confess them to God. Claim gospel promises. Ask God to help you not makeContinue reading “Justification by Theology | TheResurgence”
Trial and temptation is often a sign of God’s work in our circumstances to draw us away from the fleeting promises of sin into the sweeter promises of grace. Allow trial and temptation to push you closer to God, not away from him. Difficult things often indicate God’s presence, not his absence. He disciplines thoseContinue reading “5 Reasons You May Not Be Seeing Spiritual Growth | TheResurgence”