The word is already out on the debate on Friday, November 26 between Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the UK, and writer Christopher Hitchens, one of the "new atheists".
Why we should be thankful for, well...everything.
Why are so many senior church leaders having problems with 20something staff members? I’ve talked with several pastors and staff members of late who find the working arrangement challenging at best, maddening at worst.
If you’ve been in church leadership for very long, you know that most unchurched parents come to church not for themselves, but for their kids. They wanted their kids to get God, and in the end, they get God.
I really like John Wesley. I've been to his church and his home...though it wasn't easy.
Unashamedly a book man, I realized that I helped to kill two of my favorite bookstores. Now that I'm repentant, it's time for penance.
The church, wherever she is, should be conscious of casting itself as a “third” place.
Seminary used to be a given for anyone wanting to pursue a life of vocational ministry. Not anymore.
There is a new and startling cultural trend. It is the tendency of children to grow older younger; a trend with its own acronym: G.O.Y.
Consider our mission: Reaching people for Christ and baptizing them, followed by discipleship. Yet the numbers being reached for Christ by individual churches are often dismal, and the numbers of those who then go public through baptism are even worse. Let’s talk about one slice of this challenge, specifically getting those who have committed their lives to Christ to go public through baptism.
Reflecting how those who teach and lead in Christian settings tend to assume that people know a great deal more than they actually do.
It's a new day for the news. And with seismic changes afoot.
How do you fail at failing? According to a recent article in Time magazine, all you have to do is study the recent collapse of Blockbuster. “Yes, the movie-rental firm was doomed,” Stephen Gandel writes, “But the ending could have been a lot better.”
When we swing the pendulum to one extreme or the other, which is often the most comfortable thing to do with such dynamic tensions, we lose the very thing the dynamic tension is meant to produce.
A look at the top 10 things we need to open our ears and our hearts to hear.
A recent report found that now 1 of every 7 Americans lives at or below the poverty level. How should a church respond?
Many leaders have fallen into adultery. Why is this happening so frequently?
I recently learned a great deal about leading a church from someone who has never led one. Jack Welch, the salty former CEO of GE, sat down for an interview with Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, for the 2010 Leadership Summit and served up more truth and wisdom in 30 minutes than most seminary classes give over a semester.
ABC’s “Modern Family” won the award for outstanding comedy series in last month’s Emmy awards. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” is No. 1 on iTunes and the accompanying video is No. 1 on YouTube. Or to put it another way, a show mainstreaming a homosexual couple and their adopted child and a song glorifying premarital sex are big hits.
1. That pastors would see other churches in their immediate vicinity as a co-laborer, not as the competition.