“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV). The Bible offers resistance to the enemy and helps guard against sin. It brings health and blessing to both body and soul, and results in the sweet sleep of confidence. The word of God provides strength and gives hope. It is a path when no direction can be found and a light in the darkness. It is the means to a relationship with the Creator, and the medium in which to draw nearer. Faith is built by hearing the word of God, and without faith it is impossible to please Him. It is the foundation to all wisdom and knowledge, and the tool by which we tap into a power greater than anything else in this world. We have one life to live on this earth, so why not make the most of it by taking up the challenge to spend time in the scriptures. Below are a few tips that may help with your goal to read through the Bible in one year: Continue reading “How to Read the Bible in One Year” »
Walk into just about any church this Sunday morning, and you’ll see something so common that you’d never think twice about it — worship leaders on the stage. In contemporary churches, it’s as common as padded chairs and plexiglass pulpits. But maybe we need to ask the question, should worship leaders really be on stage? Continue reading “Should Worship Leaders Really Be Exalted on Stage?” »
Sometimes moms have to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances due to death, abandonment, or broken relationships. It’s tough enough being a mom with the built-in support system of a husband. So, having to go it alone must be a near impossibility. In this article I strive to represent many of the countless single moms who are too busy to speak up for themselves. The plight of these women should be shared; after all, we are instructed by the Lord Jesus Himself that we should seek to bear the burdens of others. Moms and their children are no exception. Continue reading “Serving Single Mothers in Your Church” »
Adding widgets to your church website is a simple way to bring your Church website to the next level. With features like Podcasts and Sermon playlists, online tithing and donations via Paypal, video and social media embeds, widgets are the key to getting your congregation involved and engaged with your website. Check out this quick video to see how simple it can be to get widgets all over your Sharefaith website!
One of the first things Paul told Timothy and Titus when he left them to organize the infant churches of Ephesus and Crete was to appoint some good leaders. He gave instructions that describe in an ad hoc fashion the basic character traits to look for (1 Tim.3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). Pastors are familiar with these spiritual and emotional character qualifications. Many have written doctoral dissertations and practical monographs on them. I have several such books on my shelves as I write this. (Which is why I am not repeating them in this article for pastors). Because of our (correct) emphasis on what Paul has to say in these passages however, there tends to be a couple of assumptions regarding elders and overseers. One is that these qualifications are all there is to the process of choosing elders in your specific church. The other is that anybody who “fits the bill” should be able to join the eldership of a church. I don’t think Paul held either of these assumptions. Continue reading “Are You Selecting Godly Leaders in Your Church?” »
We’re really excited for our upcoming Easter mini movie! It’s powerful, heart-wrenching and full of Truth. Over the weekend Sharefaith went onset with the film crew to capture some behind the scenes photos during the filming of a few scenes of the mini movie. We’ve got something special in store for all of our great Sharefaith members, coming very soon! Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of New Easter Mini Movie” »
I read. A lot. While reading has always been an interest, I’ve done a lot more over the last few years. Besides books, I subscribe to a few dozen blogs. And thanks to Flipboard, I read interesting articles from all over the place. Recently, I came across an article on leadership. As a church leader, I’m always learning, always trying to get better. There was one quote in this whole article that really stuck out to me. The subject is consistency, and how important it is for a leader to be consistent.
It’s ironic really. As I contemplate the subject of empowerment, I hardly feel the unleashing of my potential. The baby is teething something fierce, my 3-year old has the flu and, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I know what the topic insinuates, commissioning women to serve formally in church ministry, but I can’t help but think about what it practically means for me now. I am reminded by scripture that “when you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me” (Matthew 25:40), and “…whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43). Ministry is first and foremost about serving, not accolades or promotion. Every day I look into the beautiful little brown eyes of ministry opportunities. Continue reading “How to Empower Women in ministry” »
American Christians go on short-term mission trips en masse. In 2006, 2.2 million Americans went on a mission trip, according to the authors of When Helping Hurts. To fund these trips, churches spent $1.6 billion. They spread out across the globe doing all kinds of things — building church buildings, distributing tracts, hosting camps, digging wells, bandaging wounds, and maybe occasionally visiting tourist destinations.
The amount of good that they did is incalculable. But is it possible that they did harm as well?
Everybody knows that the two most widely attended Sunday morning church services are Christmas and Easter. Indeed, many people attend only on those Sundays. I remember a personal encounter with a woman who came to church on either Easter or Christmas (can’t remember clearly which) some years ago while I was an assistant pastor at a large urban congregation. She arrived exactly at the hour that the service was to start and was very angry that there were no seats left. “Well!” she said loudly into the air over my head, “Next year, I’ll certainly find another church!” I wanted to tell her that we do this every week, but she huffed off before I could offer that clarification. One pastor I heard closed his Christmas sermon with the observation that he would look forward to seeing many of his flock in four months, on Easter. It was a snarky comment, but one that bubbled out of a common pastoral frustration. Not all pastors look forward to the two Big Sundays, for a couple of reasons. Continue reading “Pastor Preparations for Easter” »