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Preaching as Worship
by Michael Duduit

A dangerous trend has emerged in the American evangelical church in the past two decades. Increasingly, our members (and even leaders) think of worship as the musical segment of the service, while preaching is considered a separate category apart from worship. In the midst of the often-foolish worship wars that have embroiled so many churches, this dichotomy between preaching and worship has slipped into our church life almost unnoticed.Enter Michael Quicke, who insists preaching ... Read More

It’s Join a Small Group Month
by Cory Mansfield

Did you know September is Join a Small Group month? Woo hoo! Let the celebrations begin! Ok, ok, ok. You got me. It's not. But we recognize how vital the role of small groups play in the life of the church and the life of the individual believer. God did not create us to be loners. He did not create us to go through life alone. Look at the following verses.... Read More

10 Ways to Give a Terrible Presentation
by Philip Nation

On a regular basis, I present information. Weekly, I preach sermons and teach Bible studies. Periodically, I teach at universities. On top of those, I also speak at leadership conferences of different types. Suffice it to say that I've been a bad presenter in the past and have been witness to some bad presentations in my time. Honing my presentation skills is something that has required a fair amount of discipline in my life&hellip... Read More

5 Reasons People Aren't Volunteering at Your Church
by Ron Edmondson

Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to... ush? If so, you're in familiar territory. I've never met a church that said, "You know... when it comes to volunteers, we're good. We've got plenty. In fact, there's a waiting list for the nursery." Churches everywhere need to mobilize more volunteers to get ministry done. But before you start signin... Read More

10 Reasons to Rejoice (but Mostly, Just One Big Reason)
by Joe McKeever

The coach walks up and down the sideline in front of his players. "Get your heads up! All of you! Take those stupid towels off your head! Let's show some courage around here! The game is not over yet. You're not defeated until you quit fighting. Lift up your heads! Look like champions!" The disciples had returned from a trial run in which they had practiced preaching the gospel of Jesus. Since the time wou... Read More

What Should Christians Be Teaching Their Kids about Gender?
by Carrie Dedrick

Twenty years ago, most parents probably didn't have discussions about gender identity with their children. While transgenderism existed then, and has since biblical times (read Deuteronomy 22:5), transgenderism is more prominent in the world today than ever before. Transgender people are featured on TV shows, movies, and even children's books (see Read More

The Christian Bucket List: 50 Things to Do before Heaven
by Joe McKeever

This has become a popular parlor game and a best-selling theme for all kinds of books -- places to go, things to do, foods to eat, scenes to see, before you leave this world, or "kick the bucket." That's what gave it the name "bucket list." Hollywood made a movie about this a few years ago. Today was evidently a morning of slow news because one of the television shows ran a feature on beer, "50 brews on our bucket list." "Oh great," I thought. "Just what some beer-guzzling couch-potat... Read More

10 Ways to Love Your Transgender Neighbor
by John UpChurch

We love the title so much that we forget the scandal behind it. When people called Jesus a "friend of sinners," they really didn't mean that as a compliment. They meant it to discredit Him, to shame Him, to rebuke those who followed Him. Mainly, the title was meant as a point of separation. And that's just what happened-but not like they wanted. They meant to say they were better than Jesus. But what it really showed was the mud-caked, stony heart stuck i... Read More

How to Teach Your Congregation to Pray
by Joe McKeever

"Now, it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray as John also taught the disciples.'" (Luke 11:1) The Lord's people want to pray. Most of the Lord's people want to learn to pray. You are the one to teach them effective praying, pastor. You do know how, do... Read More

How the Gospel Frees Us to Risk
by Russell Moore

I heard not long ago from a man I haven't seen since high school. When asked about his religious beliefs, he simply says he is "an atheist until proven otherwise." I fear sometimes that, despite all my Sunday learning, I'm the same thing. It's not just that I want to be protected from whatever scares me; I want to be reassured now that this protection will always be there. I want Christ, but I too often want him as a kind of quantifiable spiritual asset, ... Read More

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