How many former pastors do you know who left the ministry because of personal sin or ministerial burn out? The odds are good that you know or have heard about several of these cases. There are numerous reasons why this happens far too often, but I would like to focus on one specific reason: church … Continue reading Is Your Church Setting Your Pastor Up to Fail?
Dear Minstrel, Let me begin by acknowledging that I have zero musical talent. If I auditioned for American Idol, I'd probably make it on TV as one of those people whose audition was absolutely horrendous. You know, the one that makes you ask, "Why in the world would someone with that awful of a voice … Continue reading An Open Letter to Worship Leaders
Over the past several years, Sunday school numbers, in general, have been dismal, so many churches have abandoned it altogether. That's exactly why the latest 9Marks eJournal is so important. This edition, Don't Be Too Cool for Sunday School, gives a whole host of articles answering the "Why?" and "How?" of Sunday school. If you're … Continue reading 9Marks eJournal: Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School
Corporate worship is vitally important for Christians, but it is also heavily undervalued by many. That's what drove Seth Brown to write this post today. Seth is another one of my closest friends whom the Lord has used to grow me more into the image of His Son. Seth lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with … Continue reading Suggestions for Cultivating Corporate Worship
Last week, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in eastern Kentucky caused quite a stir by banning interracial couples from membership in the church. (You can read about it here and here.) While I doubt there would be churches in my own denomination and region that would adopt such church policy, I don't doubt that many church-goers … Continue reading Interracial Marriage in the Church