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.
In The Grand Design, Hawking maintains that the creation of our universe (and any others) “does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god.” Stephen Hawking, whom has been called “the most revered scientist since Einstein,” published his new book last week. Titled The Grand Design, it quickly became the No. 1 book on Amazon. Not because it is a particularly well-written book (it isn’t).
“How did Barnes and Noble fall so far so fast?” This was the question asked by James B. Stewart of the Wall Street Journal as the giant bookstore chain put itself up for sale this month.
According to the Pew Research Center teens and twenty-somethings are “less religiously affiliated” than previous generations. To be specific, one in four Americans age 18-29 do not affiliate with any particular religious group.
What would you do for fame? I know, the “Reality TV” phenomenon should already have answered that for us. But I mean, really. What would you be willing to do? Just fill in the blank: I would be willing to do… For one aspiring actress, the answer was “porn.”
James Davison Hunter has written a provocative and important new book titled<i> To Change the World</i>. It is already sparking widespread conversation, and deservedly so. Hunter makes bold assessments that are contrary to conventional views, and does so with great intelligence and force, while maintaining a winsome and compelling demeanor.
In anticipation of the 2012 Olympic games, to be held in London, Britons have been given a crash course on how not to offend foreigners when they make their visit titled “Delivering a First Class Welcome.” Take a look at the top ten etiquette tips from VisitBritain.
Sometimes I think I should start a new file: really dumb culture wars that do more harm to Christianity than good.
In a recent interview, actress Cameron Diaz made it quite clear that she is content to be – and intent on being – a serial dater. In an interview with the UK’s Stylist Magazine, she says, “I think the big misconception in our society is that we’re supposed to meet the one when we’re 18, and we’re supposed to get married to them and love them for the rest of our lives. Bulls**t.”