A growing phenomenon within the ranks of churches, large and small (but mostly large), is the cult of personality. It’s when a person becomes the center of attention rather than Christ; an individual looms larger than a mission; a figure is given more status than the organization itself.
One city. Three senior pastors of megachurches. And in just a six month period, three moral failures.
Got your attention with the title, didn’t I? At least, the attention of a number of you who consider it a hot topic.
Barbara Streisand was recently asked “the question.” You know it. It’s been around for ages: “If you could invite anyone, past or present, what six people would you invite for dinner?” Who would you pick?
Taking some time to reflect on my children...when they were small.
Today has been traditionally set aside as the National Day of Prayer. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, recently named to be the next Transportation Secretary by President Obama, has instead declared today to be “A Day of Reason” for his home city.
While pastors are charged to teach and lead, that is not where discipleship and challenge is meant solely to reside. The nature of healthy, biblical community – as painted in the New Testament – comes through the "one-anothers."
Something very specific took place during the decade of the 90s, that we are only now truly learning about.
Mere Christianity is not a reduction of orthodoxy – truth on the lowest level, as it were – but the distillation of Christianity so that it is fermented to its fullest potency.
I am heartbroken for the families, furious at the evil, and more resolved than ever to give my life to Christ's mission.
The Holy Spirit wishes all churches to grow – and specifically through conversion growth. So if a church isn’t growing, what is keeping it from fulfilling its full redemptive potential?
I am about to enter into the most volatile subject imaginable. No, not abortion or same-sex marriage, not even immigration reform or gun control. I want to talk about parents, sports and the church.
There is a growing phenomenon in many churches – particularly large, fast-growing evangelical churches - that can only be called “heresy creep.”
The last few weeks, Matt Lauer has been mercilessly roasted with calls for his replacement. I’ve never seen anything like it.
This is a blog with a very specific audience. I know it may exclude some of you, but it may be healthy for you to eavesdrop.
The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was -- and is -- part of the "good" declared by God at creation. And it was a good for us.
It was from the imagination of C.S. Lewis that we were first exposed to a devil’s diabolical advice for the capturing of the human heart through the fictional correspondence between a senior devil, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood. Here is a freshly imagined correspondence, just intercepted, of course, related to Easter.
It’s a fair question. In our culture, the significance of sacred days and times has long been forgotten. We live our lives on the surface of frenetic activity, seldom adding depth to any given moment.
During Meck’s early days, we held frequent conferences for church planters. One thing I told them then, and would tell them now,is to not overlook the chance to design your church's structure.
Former Disney star Ashley Benson is busy promoting a racy R-rated film, "Spring Breakers," which features (among other things) a threesome scene. And if that's not bad enough, it's being promoted via a cover story in Seventeen Magazine, a magazine which has openly shared that they target girls as young as 12.