There it was: another email.
This one had a clear and poignant subject: "Pastor Search Committee Nightmare."
It was one of hundreds of similar pieces of communication I have received from pastors. The pastor receives a contact from a search committee. Often times the pastor is invited to go to the church for an on-site interview. This particular pastor had flown to the church several weeks earlier. more >>
Patriotism can be "a good thing," but it has to come with the recognition that "God is our King, not man," says theologian John Piper.
Piper, who serves as a pastor, theologian, and founder of DesiringGod.org, discussed the question of patriotism in a podcast interview published to the website on Friday.
On the week before Americans celebrate Independence Day, Piper said patriotism can be "a good thing" and cited as biblical justification Paul's Epistle to the Romans. more >>
An Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. has been welcoming Muslims into their sanctuary for Friday prayers for eight years, and the men who meet there now outnumber the church's congregation.
The Rev. Elizabeth Gardner of the Church of the Epiphany said the congregation felt called to open the church to the Muslim community because they were in need of a place to worship.
People who move to the big city should not give in to the popular vices of urban life and so create a meaningless existence, says the Rev. Billy Graham.
In his long running syndicated advice column "My Answer," Graham was asked about what to do in response to a "lonely" life in a major city.
"I was really excited last year about my new job, but it involved moving to a big city, and now that I've moved here I'm really lonely and miserable. Why are cities such lonely places?" asked the unnamed person. more >>
The "family of God" will outlast everything known in the modern day world, such as Microsoft, Hollywood and even the United States, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
"A thousand years from today, if there's still earth here, there won't be a Microsoft. There won't be a Hollywood a thousand years from today. There won't be a United States of America, because no earthly kingdom lasts forever. There won't be all of the things we think are so great," Warren wrote in his Daily Devotional Friday morning.
The best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life added: "But there will still be the family of God. God's people last. It's the only thing that's going to last. … I make no apology in saying to you that maybe joining a spiritual family will be the most significant thing you do with your life." more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>