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So You Want To Write A Book?

So You Want To Write A Book?

Pastors are in a wonderful position to know what people need. Day-in and day-out you hear the longings, fears, questions, and hopes people in your communities have. Pastors are usually terrific storytellers, and every week they craft a message that weaves those...

How Planning Kills Motivation

How Planning Kills Motivation

It is often said that everyone wants to be a writer, but no one wants to write. Although this may be true for some, I believe many people want to write, they just have no idea how to get themselves to do it. As a writer and editor, the question I get most often is,...

Beating “Preacher’s Block” With Old Ideas

Beating “Preacher’s Block” With Old Ideas

Most pastors would probably say that preparing for and delivering Sunday’s sermon, something that a large majority of people would claim to be terrified or possibly even completely incapable of doing, is actually usually the easiest part of their job. Pastors do what...

Should Your Group Leaders Plan Their Own Bible Studies?

Should Your Group Leaders Plan Their Own Bible Studies?

The writer of the Book of Hebrews gave us a lasting, but very practical, exhortation in Hebrews 10:24-25. He told us that we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but continue on. Keep gathering. Keep meeting. That’s because the...

10 Ways to Lead Music Without a Musician 

10 Ways to Lead Music Without a Musician 

It’s funny how it can seem that coffee houses, seminary dormitories, and even urban street corners seem to never be short of musicians, but all of a sudden when the invitation is put out in front of a church to form a worship band . . . crickets. But don’t worry. It’s...

Google Hangouts As A Ministry Tool

Google Hangouts As A Ministry Tool

Technology offers us stunning reach out into the community and world. But, it's often overwhelming because tech changes faster than a sprinter runs at the Olympics. But if we want our churches to grow and the newest generations to join us in faith community, we need...

Is There Value In Prophesy?

Is There Value In Prophesy?

“The Antichrist will be Muslim.” “No, Jews would never accept him. He’ll be a Jew.” “Barack Obama is the Antichrist! Why can’t anybody see that?” Of course, President Obama is not the Antichrist. But I’ve actually heard this conversation Who hasn't?). The truth is, we...

Divinely Inspired Messages

Divinely Inspired Messages

“Fake it ’til you make it” works in many situations: intramural sports, social interactions at networking meetings, your first job out of college. It does not work in church—or at least not very well. It’s normal to have days where you feel uninspired, far from...

Preach About What You Are For

Preach About What You Are For

When it comes to topics of pop culture, would you say you are more well-known in your congregation for what you preach against or for what you preach for? Years ago, when both kids and adults were crazy for Harry Potter, Hermione, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...

Revitalize Your Prayer Life

Revitalize Your Prayer Life

People might assume that spiritual leaders naturally have dynamic prayer lives. I wish their assumptions were correct in every case. Unfortunately, pastors and other ministry leaders struggle with fatigue, time management, a heavy workload, and family responsibilities...

So You Want To Write A Book?

So You Want To Write A Book?

Pastors are in a wonderful position to know what people need. Day-in and day-out you hear the longings, fears, questions, and hopes people in your communities have. Pastors are usually terrific storytellers, and every week they craft a message that weaves those...

How Planning Kills Motivation

How Planning Kills Motivation

It is often said that everyone wants to be a writer, but no one wants to write. Although this may be true for some, I believe many people want to write, they just have no idea how to get themselves to do it. As a writer and editor, the question I get most often is,...

Beating “Preacher’s Block” With Old Ideas

Beating “Preacher’s Block” With Old Ideas

Most pastors would probably say that preparing for and delivering Sunday’s sermon, something that a large majority of people would claim to be terrified or possibly even completely incapable of doing, is actually usually the easiest part of their job. Pastors do what...

Should Your Group Leaders Plan Their Own Bible Studies?

Should Your Group Leaders Plan Their Own Bible Studies?

The writer of the Book of Hebrews gave us a lasting, but very practical, exhortation in Hebrews 10:24-25. He told us that we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but continue on. Keep gathering. Keep meeting. That’s because the...

10 Ways to Lead Music Without a Musician 

10 Ways to Lead Music Without a Musician 

It’s funny how it can seem that coffee houses, seminary dormitories, and even urban street corners seem to never be short of musicians, but all of a sudden when the invitation is put out in front of a church to form a worship band . . . crickets. But don’t worry. It’s...

Google Hangouts As A Ministry Tool

Google Hangouts As A Ministry Tool

Technology offers us stunning reach out into the community and world. But, it's often overwhelming because tech changes faster than a sprinter runs at the Olympics. But if we want our churches to grow and the newest generations to join us in faith community, we need...

Is There Value In Prophesy?

Is There Value In Prophesy?

“The Antichrist will be Muslim.” “No, Jews would never accept him. He’ll be a Jew.” “Barack Obama is the Antichrist! Why can’t anybody see that?” Of course, President Obama is not the Antichrist. But I’ve actually heard this conversation Who hasn't?). The truth is, we...

Divinely Inspired Messages

Divinely Inspired Messages

“Fake it ’til you make it” works in many situations: intramural sports, social interactions at networking meetings, your first job out of college. It does not work in church—or at least not very well. It’s normal to have days where you feel uninspired, far from...

Preach About What You Are For

Preach About What You Are For

When it comes to topics of pop culture, would you say you are more well-known in your congregation for what you preach against or for what you preach for? Years ago, when both kids and adults were crazy for Harry Potter, Hermione, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...

Revitalize Your Prayer Life

Revitalize Your Prayer Life

People might assume that spiritual leaders naturally have dynamic prayer lives. I wish their assumptions were correct in every case. Unfortunately, pastors and other ministry leaders struggle with fatigue, time management, a heavy workload, and family responsibilities...

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