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Should You Be a Headless Preacher?

I wrote an article on preaching the other day. After finishing the last sentence I did what most of us bloggers do—I went searching for a picture to attach to the article. I went to my Google machine and searched the images for preaching. Though I’ve done this search numerous times, I noticed something on this I’d never noticed before. …

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Your Pastor Is Broken—And It’s OK

An old friend, Richard, recently called me. He used to live in town and attend my church. For the past seven years or so, he’s been a member of a large church in Phoenix. We were catching up and reminiscing about old friends when he said to me, “I had coffee with my current men’s pastor yesterday, and he told …

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4 Ways the Promise of Heaven Transforms Your Life Today

If you were to truly grasp the beauty and hope of John’s vision of heaven described in Revelation 21 and 22, what would change about the way you live your life? Here are four ways the promise of heaven should transform our lives today. For the three of you who don’t know what a “bucket list” is: Bucket lists are …

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Where Is the New Center of Christianity?

One of the most important trends within the Christian movement is the explosive expansion of Christianity southward in Africa, Asia and Latin America. And with it, the new challenge of the globalization of Christianity. Philip Jenkins argues that by the year 2050 only one Christian in five will be a non-Latino white person, and the center of gravity of the …

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Preaching That Sticks

To preach in a way that connects with your hearers, I encourage you to do four things: 1. Enter Their World Preachers who engage their listeners consider what their world looks like. Jesus did that. Preaching to a mostly agrarian society, His sermons were full of plowing, sowing and reaping analogies. He knew His culture, and He preached into that culture. …

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Marriage

We’ve all heard the stories, and sadly, many of them are true… A husband leaves his wife and kids because of an old fling he got reacquainted with through Facebook. Or a wife innocently responds to a message from an old boyfriend, only for it to rekindle an old flame and lead to much more than she ever intended. Oh, and let’s not …

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The 10 Best Icebreaker Questions

When people come to your small group, their hearts and minds are all over the place. Maybe they are afraid of losing their job, maybe they just had an argument with their spouse, perhaps they are concerned about a wayward teenage child, or they are just excited about their favorite sports team winning a crucial game. Or, maybe they are …

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Don’t Wait Another Year Until Easter

I hope that your church pulled out all the stops for a raucous celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Without this historic event, our Christian faith would be worthless. We should absolutely make Easter Sunday the biggest and best on the calendar. But what are you going to do with Easter for the next 364 days of …

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