I love pastors. I love affirming pastors. I love speaking positively for pastors. That's why this article is a bit different for me. Pastors, I want to talk frankly and, hopefully, with a spirit of love, about one of the biggest mistakes I see many of you make. Most pastors have little emphasis, or sometimes, even knowledge about the content that is taught in groups in their churches.
This short video is part of a podcast series we did at Dare 2 Share called "Live THE Cause." Put simply living THE Cause is taking the mission of Jesus to "go and make disciples of all nations" in Matthew 28:19 personally and seriously. The goal of this series is to help you and your teenagers share the gospel with impact so that disciples can be made and multiplied.
The Christmas season is once again upon us and with it overwhelming encouragement from Madison Avenue to spend what we have not earned to buy what we cannot afford. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday (indicating the point at which retailers are in the black – or at least hope to be), signaled the start of the "holiday shopping season." That very phrase reveals the commercialized emphasis that has come to define Christmas for many Americans. If that wasn't enough, we now have "Small Business Saturday" and "Cyber Monday," the latest allurements to the altar of consumerism.
While holidays provide times to thank God, and celebrate Christ's birth, so often we get caught up in the familiar patterns we've always followed. Turkeys, trees, trimmings. Cookies, cakes and gaining weight. That's all ok. But I think many men just show up, instead of getting involved and taking the lead.
Christmas can be a very stressful time. It is a frenzied season full of expectations and obligations. Decorations need to be put up, baking has to be done, presents have to be purchased and relatives must be visited. It is quite possible that in a season where you should experience peace and joy you may miss out on all of it. Here are ten steps you can take to manage your stress this Christmas season.
In early 1984, I began serving as a pastor for the first time. I would ultimately serve four churches as a pastor and nine churches as an interim pastor. In 1984 I was a young 28-year-old pastor without a clue. Today I am 58-years-old, and I'm still not sure I have a clue. So much has changed. So much has changed in pastoring in just thirty years. Let's look at major ways the pastorate has changed in that time.
You'd think that Christians would be completely safe in the land of Gandhi. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. If I asked you to name the country that has witnessed the single greatest outburst of anti-Christian violence in recent years, you'd probably guess somewhere like North Korea or an Islamic country such as Egypt.
We're at war. Or at least, war is being waged on our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe. Sometime in November, the North Korean regime publicly executed eighty people in seven cities across the country. In each instance, a crowd was forced to watch as ten people, their heads covered with white bags, were tied to stakes and machine gunned to death.
As pastors and members we easily confuse the measure of greatness in the local church. We all know and admire the heavyweights whose numbers are the size of small cities. But one thing my senior pastor has taught me is not to elevate numbers beyond other dimensions of measurement God considers more important.
When we enter into a relationship with God, we experience a divine exchange where He takes our sin and gives us His righteousness. He also puts the seed of the Fruit of the Spirit in us (see Galatians 5:22-23). But in order for this fruit to grow in our lives, we have to study the Word and spend time with God so He can do this work in our soul.
Priscilla Shirer, popular Bible teacher, author and conference speaker, recently spoke with The Christian Post about her new book, God Is Able, in which she unpacks Ephesians 3:20-21 to explain how Christians can personally apply the Scripture's proclamation that God can "do exceeding abundantly above and beyond anything that you can ask or think." The married mother of three also shared her views on women in ministry and why Christians need to get out of the pews and onto the pavement.
This season of Advent, beginning the first day of December, is full of the JOY of the Lord! What could be more wonderful than the Good News that the Savior is born, that God himself has come to Earth as the Messiah? The great prophesies are fulfilled, including these profound and awesome words of Isaiah:
Pastor Rick Warren of Southern California's Saddleback megachurch explained his position on tolerance, homosexuality and marriage during an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, telling the journalist he is most concerned about the attempts to redefine the term "marriage."
Dr. David Jeremiah's fans and friends turned out Thursday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden to help the California pastor celebrate the release of his Jeremiah Study Bible, the culmination of his 40-plus years in ministry. Joining special guests like NYC's own Donald Trump were out of town church groups, local couples and even a few teens who weren't too shy to tell CP what impressed them most about the show — Kari Jobe and MercyMe.
North Korea has released 85-year-old U.S. veteran Merrill Newman after holding him for more than a week for allegedly making plots against Pyongyang, but American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae is still being held at a labor camp.
American teacher Ronnie Smith, who was shot and killed in Benghazi on Thursday, depended on his faith in Jesus Christ alone while working in Libya, and had decided to move to that restive nation after listening to a message by preacher John Piper, according to reports.
A Colorado judge determined Friday that a Christian cake artist who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony last year violated discrimination laws, and therefore must serve gay couples or face fines.
Elective abortions will be covered health insurance plans for members of Congress and some of their staff, even though there is already a law banning the practice.
Apostle Ron Wilson, founder and lead pastor of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill., says his church has been "devastated" by the news that one of their pastors died after he shot himself in the head while grieving over his wife, who died suddenly last December.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, when asked if he supports "the Republican Party apparatus" bolstering openly gay candidates, said "I do," unleashing a storm of debate in the GOP which one conservative strategist denounced as a diversion to the real story in politics, the fallout of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare."
As a host of the daytime talk show "The View," Barbara Walters questioned why politicians, including the presidents, swear on a Bible while taking office when there is separation of church and state.
The fallout up to this point from accusations made by syndicated radio talk show host Janet Mefferd that author and megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll plagiarized in at least two of his books includes her pulling the allegations from her website, an apology to the outspoken Christian leader, and most recently, what looks to be the resignation of a dismayed producer from her show.
YouVersion's newest creation, The Bible App for Kids, has already been downloaded more than a million times since it was made available less than a week after its release on Thanksgiving Day. The app was developed in collaboration with the international ministry OneHope.
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz and NBA star forward Kevin Durant recently joined Pastor Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv to discuss spiritual growth, encouraging others in their faith and wielding Godly influence. Lentz also revealed how he learned to embrace what sets him apart from other pastors and why he thinks Justin Bieber is just like "any other kid" trying to work out his faith.
The United Methodist Church had its largest amount of funds donated online in a single-day during the #GivingTuesday observance, the denomination's leaders report.
Rob Bell, Christian author and former megachurch pastor, recently appeared on comedian Pete Holmes' late-night show and attempted to offer a theology lesson during an amusing surfing segment and nearly lost it during another bit dubbed "Profound/Profane" while trying to convince the show's studio audience that "everybody believes in something."
A Texas-based non-profit organization hosted a baby shower for 52 teenage girls to honor them for embracing their pregnancies and their decision to not undergo abortion procedures.
Strip Church Network, an organization that first aimed at reaching out to women working primarily in Las Vegas strip clubs for the last five years, has taken their ministry efforts nationwide, spreading hope to strippers in other cities where the sex industry also exists, say its leaders.
A new Christmas video featuring the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High," in which four guys used only a piano and their voices to make full-bodied worship to God, went viral this week.
The new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" teaches important lessons, but it fails to capture the main character's deeper motivations and show how the Christian faith condemns the evils of apartheid, Christian reviewers said. Nelson Mandela, the South African civil rights leader, passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
The former NFL quarterback and currently unemployed player Tim Tebow may have several job offers - in the broadcasting world - starting in 2014.
For anyone who has found themselves mulling over or emulating particular character traits of film, comic and book protagonists, Kristen Parrish's new devotional book, "No Cape Required," offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the lives and decisions of 52 heroes, drawing out a particularly noteworthy quality in each.
Christian leaders have expressed their sentiments of remembrance and sorrow at the news of the death of South African human rights activist and racial pioneer Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South African activist and president, has died at the age of 95 surrounded by his family at his home in the African nation he helped deliver from hundreds of years of racial segregation.
An American chemistry teacher working abroad in Benghazi, Libya was shot and killed by gunmen Thursday during his routine jog near the U.S. Consulate, security sources in the country confirmed Thursday.
A Christ-centered network of microfinance institutions is helping to provide life-changing mobile banking services in greatly impoverished communities in Rwanda so that people could find more security in life.
The Lebanese Forces Party (LFP) has called on the United Nations to help protect holy places, archaeological sites, priests and nuns in Syria following recent attacks.
A Christian missions organization believes that a seven-year-old Indian Christian boy who was drowned and tortured earlier this month was killed because of his religion.
A nonprofit organization that works to connect Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies has ranked some of the nation's most recognizable brands in its annual Christmas shopping guide.
The American Family Association is calling for a limited one-month boycott of Radio Shack, accusing the company of censoring the word "Christmas" from its holiday promotions and advertising.