Christian leaders must follow God's call. Yet, I know many pastors who yearn for the conference circuit and to get out of the local church
It seems that many think that you are a mindless automaton if you attend a megachurch – a mindless consumer, unengaged in mission.
What Robertson said in answer to this viewer was wrong – not just wrong, but utterly reprehensible. I hope he will apologize and do so soon. But, Robertson's error reminds us that EVERY DAY we can lay down our lives for one another.
Though I understand the reasoning, I am not persuaded that unions are inherently wrong for Christians.
Race does matter and I think that churches and denominations need to be much more intentional on being more racially inclusive.
Let me briefly suggest five principles to consider about the issue of homosexuality and evangelical churches: The issue is not going away and you cannot ignore it or seek to downplay your views.
By now, it appears, the media has decided that Norway's shooter was not a "Christian fundamentalist." I think there are three reasons that many in the media were so quick to assume and report this unsubstantiated label.
The phrase "Christian fundamentalist" is all over the news. Anders Behring Breivik (the Norwegian mass murderer) appears to be one, according to many news sources
I have great concerns when people start deciding what "is" and "is not" a real religion and if other religions can build places of worship. Be aware that the standard that Christians advocate here may very well be used on Christians in the future.
We all engage in criticism, and because we are fallible human beings there will be times when we make mistakes in our criticism of others.
It was the Methodists who were about much of the mission. Yet, today, they are struggling. The United Methodists are seeking to revitalize their church planting efforts.
Today, I want to point you to a newly released Missional Manifesto. As you can tell from the definition at Wikipedia, there is no clear definition of the word.
Bell maintains that the orthodox view of hell as physical and eternal punishment for the sinner presents a weak God, not fit for the allegiance of man.
Too often, I have seen a sentence, a tweet, or a quote in an interview used to discount everything else someone has to say.
Bell has largely recast and tweaked the view that many mainline Protestants have held for a hundred years: that because of God's love, he saves everyone, regardless.
Before you criticize, be sure you understand the person and perspective with which you are taking issue
It is a myth that teens consistently rebel in every culture and context. Teen rebellion is more common in Western industrialized societies
In leading a church toward revitalization, the opposition may not occur externally as much as internally.
After assessing the situation, it's time to start facing reality and helping people start making some changes.
More than the mere insistence of saying "Merry Christmas," this season, like few other times of year, provides us with a scenario where our entire culture is at least cognizant of Jesus.
Basically, if a church is in a pattern of plateau, it can likely be kick-started more quickly and won't need as much priming.
Don't go into the situation thinking that you know everything there is to know about the people and the place that God is sending you to minister.
Anyone who has had to start a pushmower, chainsaw, or anything with a cord knows how frustrating it can be at times to get things started, especially when the machine is older and colder.
I continue to see movements gaining traction among Christians that do not seem to have many converts. In other words, they have recruits to their cause, but few converts to Christ.
I can and do speak at places where I disagree with the hosts. I get that not everyone feels comfortable doing that.