Tyler Edwards, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, MO, says there is something missing in the church today. Stuck in a rut of routines and rituals, he claims the church is caught up in doing what it is “supposed to do” but is lacking the true essence of what it is supposed to provide: […]


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Fall is in the air. In fact, this week in northern California actually feels like winter with rain, wind, and frigid temperatures. With autumn comes the second most popular holiday in the US – Halloween. What is your opinion about Halloween? And what is that opinion based on? I was pretty ambivalent until I started […]


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Do you have people in your life who seem to live under a cloud of stress and anxiety? I do, both in my family and among many in my ministry sphere. And have you noticed that stress and anxiety seem to multiply, growing before your very eyes? People aren’t just stressed about one thing. Before […]


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Pray for North Korea

May 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Pray for North Korea

I must confess that I don’t spend enough time praying for other nations and almost never write about them. Yes, I read Voice of the Martyrs magazine every month and pray as I read those articles. But the reality is, I’m generally consumed with issues much closer to home. But when I saw this video […]


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Dan Lentz has a great article on Small Group Dynamics called “Why ‘Lay’ Small-Group Leaders Should Carry ‘Clergy’ Business Cards.” He makes the point that the distinctions between “lay” and “clergy” are counter-productive. Amen, Dan! This has been one of my soapboxes for most of my Christian career. In every church that I’ve been a […]


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Creating Other People

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Creating Other People

I’ve been reading a great book called SuperCoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life by Michael Neil. The book is full of  helpful hints for successful living. I especially liked his chapter on “Listening” in relation to my interest in challenging people. He says, We’ll nearly always hear what we’re listening for. This creates a […]


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Today we’re presenting the second part August 2009 LifeWay Research study of a national, demographically representative survey of 1,200 Millennials in the United States.  The first part of the study is reviewed here: Here is how Millennials respond to a series of doctrinal statements: God, Satan, sin and salvation * “God is a real being, […]


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Two-thirds of American “Millennials” – those born between 1980 and 1991 – call themselves Christian, but far fewer pray or read the Bible daily, attend weekly worship services, or hold to historical positions on the Bible and its teachings. These findings, which will affect how we lead our churches and small groups, are from a […]


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Did you every wonder why it’s so hard to lead a group, pastor a church, or disciple a new believer? Consider these religious “mix and match” findings of approximately 4,000 U.S. American Catholics and Evangelical Protestant adults from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and reported in The Washington Post and the February […]


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Valuing the Unlovely

January 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Valuing the Unlovely

Do you have challenging people in your small group? People who don’t fit in anywhere? I love this quote from S.D. Gaede in Belonging: Our need for Community in Church and Family (Zondervan: 1985). “More than anything else, community in the modern world depends on our willingness to emulate the Samaritan’s choice—on our willingness to […]


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