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The Secret to Staying Long Term in a Church

I read the following over the weekend in The New Guidebook for Pastors by Max Brunson and James W. Bryant: The secret to staying where you are is twofold. First, just say no. If a church asks for your Résumé, just say no. If God really wants you at that church, they will come back to you. When pastors send …

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37 Lessons Learned from the Mars Hill Church Melt Down

News within the American Church was dominated during the last third of 2014 by the melt down of one of America’s most cutting edge megachurch–Mars Hill Church of Seattle. Started by Pastor Mark Driscoll in 1996, Mars Hill captured the attention of the younger generation while preaching a conservative, doctrinally-rich gospel. In the last two months, since Mark Driscoll’s resignation …

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Houston Mayor Bullies Local Pastors

World media was abuzz this week with news of Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s bullying attempts to intimidate and silence local pastors. At the root of the crisis is a June 2014 “bathroom bill” initiated by Mayor Parker, a radical homosexual activist, and passed by the Houston City Council that among other “rights” permits transgendered men to use

How Do You Define A Cult?

During the Spring 2014 semester I am studying Modern Religious Sects as part of a Master of Arts in Apologetics through Luther Rice Seminary.  Establishing a clear definition of what constitutes a cult or sect is an essential place to begin when studying religious movements and gatherings. This is more true in 21st Century America, where many traditionally understood labels …

Called to Pastor? Maybe not

After serving in the vocational ministry for over 20 years, I have witnessed many men and women step forward in answer to God’s call on their life to enter full-time service. Some were called to the mission field, some to ministry in other local churches, and some to become a church planting pastor.  The call to ministry has always perplexed …

Groups Urge Obama to Proclaim “Inclusive” Day of Prayer

By Bob Allen | Associated Baptist Press The Interfaith Alliance and Jews on First called on President Obama to proclaim an "inclusive" national day of prayer May 7 instead of endorsing a National Day of Prayer Task Force headed by Shirley Dobson. Critics say the Bush administration tacitly endorsed the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which excludes non-Christians. Signed …

DHS Right-Wing Extremism Warning

From U.S. News and World Report: Reports of a warning about "rightwing extremism" issued by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis have been met with denunciations from conservative talk show hosts. Highlighting the reaction of the American Legion, which took issue with suggestions "that some soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could be recruited by right-wing extremists to …

Churches and “The Big Game” Copyright Issues

Photo Source: The Christian Post. Every year, churches across the USA face huge competition from an event that has become known as the Super Bowl. In fact, as National Public Radio commentator Frank Deford observed in a piece called “A Merry Super Bowl To All, And To All A Good Game”: Like Halloween and Valentine’s Day, Super Sunday isn’t an …