Blog entries tagged Church Trends


1. New Podcast: Is Christianity in Crisis?

November 16, 2017

We just uploaded a new podcast called Is Christianity in Crisis? We need to hear this because we live in a world that is increasingly hostile to Christianity. I gave this message at the Men’s Conference at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, CA several weeks ago.

2. Listen to Our Interview with Erwin Lutzer

June 3, 2014

How can the church speak the truth in love to this dying generation?

3. What’s Wrong with the American Church?

May 10, 2014

First, give the Bad News.

4. Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution

June 27, 2013

Write out what you believe about marriage and put it in your church constitution.

5. A Rudder, Not An Anchor

August 21, 2011

“May the past be a rudder, not an anchor."That’s what Joe Jordan said to Don Lough, Jr. as Don became the new Executive Director of Word of Life last Friday night.It was an apt metaphor.Leaders in every organization struggle to find the right balance between holding on to the past while moving into the future.Not long ago I heard ...

6. Don’t Change Your Vote

August 26, 2010

A note arrived from a pastor asking an unusual question. When the leaders of a particular ministry met, they were evenly divided on whether or not to dismiss a staff member. Because the vote was deadlocked, the pastor cast the deciding vote in favor of termination. When word leaked out, certain people were very upset, including some who threatened ...

7. New sermon video – “Are We All Hindus Now?”

August 20, 2010

Though the vast majority of Americans identify with the Christian faith, we are becoming more like the Hindus who believe there are many paths to God.

8. What Should I Preach Before We Break Ground?

May 28, 2010

A few days ago I received a note from a young pastor whose congregation has been waiting many years to begin a building program. Now at long last the day is fast approaching when they break ground on their first building. They will break ground in just a few weeks. The pastor wanted to know what he should preach on to build enthusiasm as the happy ...

9. Moving the Elephant

January 8, 2010

I had breakfast with a friend who told me that working in the church is like “moving the elephant.” He explained that moving an elephant can be quite difficult, especially if the elephant doesn’t want to be moved. You can get in front and pull on the trunk or you can stand behind and push with all your might. Eventually if you pul...

10. The Ten-Year Century

August 12, 2009

In a fascinating article published this week, Tom Hayes and Michael S. Malone argue that we have entered the era of the “ten-year century,” by which they mean that the pace of life has so rapidly accelerated that what used to happen in a century now happens in a decade. Changes that used to take generations—economic cycles, cultur...

11. Twenty Ways to Help Cafeteria Christians

December 21, 2008

A recent USA Today article told of new research regarding who goes to heaven. Most American religious believers, including most Christians, say eternal life is not exclusively for those who accept Christ as their savior, a new survey finds. Of the 65% of people who held this open view of heaven’s gates, 80% named at least one non-Christian g…

12. Don’t Go Public Too Soon

December 15, 2008

I was asked about church discipline for a young adult who has made some very bad moral and spiritual choices. The question was, “When does 1 Corinthians 5 come into play?” That answer is, it comes into play at the end of the process, not at the beginning. Evidently the sordid situation inside the church at Corinth had been festering for a long time a...

13. Let’s Read the Bible in Church

December 9, 2008

On Sunday I encountered a most unusual evangelical church. From the outside CrossPoint Church of Trussville, Alabama has all the marks of a growing, dynamic, contemporary church. The spirit of the church is infectious and comes in large part from its pastor, Ryan Whitley. I could make a long list of the things I like about CrossPoint, but let me fo...

14. How to Leave a Church

November 12, 2008

An email came from someone asking for advice on how to leave a church. The details don’t matter except that both the husband and wife have concluded that after years of being in one particular congregation, the time has come for them to find another place of worship. Partly it involves their children and partly it involves a desire to be part...

15. How to Dress for Church

September 21, 2008

So how should we dress for church on Sunday morning? When I was growing up, the answer was easy.Women wore dresses.Men wore suits and ties.Children dressed neatly.Pretty simple. And it worked for a long time because the church reflected the norms of the surrounding culture. Now we have “business casual” and “dress-down Friday...

16. Blogspotting

August 14, 2008

Here are a handful of useful articles and blog entries:Joe McKeever writes about three things to look for when you trying to find a good church.  Steve Furtick reminds us that good opportunities must be seized because they don’t last forever. John Piper offers wise words about the Lakeland “revival."Ron Ethridge reminds us why...

17. Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution

June 3, 2008

How should evangelical churches respond to the growing movement toward same-sex marriage? Here’s one answer. Put a statement about marriage in your church constitution.

18. God’s Unchanging Word

May 15, 2008

A friend sent me this comment yesteday . . .Do you know what I love about the Word of God? Well, one thing, anyway is that it is unchanging. It will be the same when I am 80 as it is today. Yet something tells me that I will not recognize the larger evangelical community when I am 80. I’m sure many faithful believers, ...

19. Should an Openly Homosexual Person be Baptized?

May 14, 2008

This week’s Monday Morning Insight contained an article with the intriguing title Should An Openly Homosexual Person be Baptized? The article is worth reading mostly for the comments that follow it. The article itself is based on a blog entry by Pennsylvania pastor Brian Jones.Here is my take on the subject . . .1. Th ...

20. The Next Great Awakening

January 4, 2008

Brian Bill passed along this quote from a summary of a book called Glocalization:The next Great Awakening, and perhaps the last, most likely will be global in scope since the world has gone global. The medium will likely be the Internet, not the preacher in the pulpit.Sounds right to me. Because the Internet levels the play ...

21. “The husband of one wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2

December 17, 2007

Last Thursday night at the men’s Bible study, we had a lively discussion about the meaning of “the husband of one wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2. At one point, I was asked to explain my views regarding divorced men serving as elders and/or deacons in the local church. My answer was simply that I don’t think this phrase ...

22. FM Radio Religion

December 13, 2007

So what’s happening in the “worship wars” these days? Terry Mattingly provides one answer in a column called FM Radio Reality in Church, which describes how one megachurch in California manages to put together three “radically different services” each week. Conventional wisdom suggests that nothing divides a church mo ...

23. Should She Work Full Time While Her Husband Builds the Church?

December 4, 2007

The email arrived from somewhere on the other side of the world. It came from a person I do not know and described a most unusual situation, asking for my advice. Here are the particulars. A few years ago, this couple felt called of God to start a new church to reach immigrants in a city in Asia. Both husband and wife worke ...

24. What Are You Fanatical About?

October 29, 2007

Before leaving Grand Ledge this morning, I had breakfast with Andrew, Brian and John—the three staff pastors at Grand Ledge Baptist Church. Andrew I have known for 17 years but I just met Brian and John this weekend. The church recently voted to go to a unique three-way co-pastor system in which the three pastors will toge ...

25. Christopher Hitchens Has a Point

August 28, 2007

The current issue of Vanity Fair carries a report by Christopher Hitchens on his book tour to promote his mega-bestseller God Is Not Great. As always, Hitchens has many provocative things to say, and those who are enjoy his sometimes acerbic comments on various religious leaders will not be disappointed. I found it fascinat ...

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