3 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Shots from the Pulpit at Immoral Celebrities

3 Reasons to Avoid Cheap Shots from the Pulpit at Immoral Celebrities

In the Sunday, August 9, 2009 Parade magazine, movie celeb Brad Pitt was talking about his life with Angelina Jolie. The rage of the tabloids, they appeared to be in love, they lived together unmarried as the parents of five children, ...

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When the Pastor Hurts

When the Pastor Hurts

If you are a pastor, or a human being for that matter, hurting is not optional; it’s only a matter of time. Life is painful. However, pain takes on a new dynamic when the one who is hurting is supposed ...

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7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

7 Ways to Gain Momentum in Your Church This Fall

Football, bonfires, and changing leaves; there is just something special about this time of year.  Many people find autumn to be the most refreshing time of year. There may be some spiritual significance to all of this. Fall is harvest ...

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3 Helps for Praying in Public

3 Helps for Praying in Public

It just doesn’t fit. You spent many good and profitable hours preparing and then delivering your sermon. However, when it came time to lead the prayer, you backed it in like an SUV in a compact parking space. Could it ...

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8 Tips for Surviving Ministry

8 Tips for Surviving Ministry

1. Get rid of your messiah complex. Behind the orange couch in our living room was as good a place as any to have a nervous break down. I called up our head counselor and said, “It’s Saturday night and ...

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My Personal Convictions vs. Biblical Truth

My Personal Convictions vs. Biblical Truth

A dramatic difference can exist between biblical truths and our personal convictions. Too often we confuse the two. We live and die for biblical truth. On the other hand, personal convictions are not nearly as foundational to living out the ...

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10 Ways to Influence People as a Leader

10 Ways to Influence People as a Leader

In some of my personal leadership development processes, I try to measure how I am doing as it relates to influencing other people. Dictionary.com defines influence as “the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Sermons Clearer

3 Ways to Make Your Sermons Clearer

Too many preachers are speaking in tongues. No, I don’t mean the kind of tongues Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14 when he encouraged the early Christians to have an interpreter so that all could be edified. As far as ...

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10 Steps to Immediate Church Renewal & Growth (That Most Churches Won’t Take)

10 Steps to Immediate Church Renewal & Growth (That Most Churches Won’t Take)

What if I gave you a list of ten things that any church could do that would bring almost immediate renewal and growth? Would you be interested in the list? Most would be. So here it is: Simplify your structure ...

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5 Tips for the Introverted Pastor

5 Tips for the Introverted Pastor

It can be hard to be an introverted pastor. Our culture values the strengths of an extroverted personality more than those of an introvert. There is also the reality that we have a people heavy job, and an inclination to ...

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