By: Stephen Holmes
TED talks and sermons differ in one key area. Preachers need to remember that the sermon should never be about proposing new ideas, but about changing hearts and attitudes.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.
By: Hugh Hollowell
Homeless people first and foremost have lost their right to choose. Instead of denying them the ability to make choices, even bad ones, we should love them enough to restore their right to choose.
By: Mark Tidsworth
Some pastors tend to discount their competence and success. When pastors believe God has given them what they need in order to serve well, they lead more effectively.
By: Larry Eubanks
Care for the earth is a part of biblical theology, but somehow it doesn't find its way into a lot of Christians' theology. If we are going to get our lives in line with the plans of God, we must recover this emphasis.
By: Greg DeLoach
Now that every other person has a phone with a camera, the world's awash in selfies. Church can include groups of "selfies," too, but God has called us to reach out to our neighbors.
By: Chris Duffett
When you share the gospel with others, do you do most of the talking and assume they know nothing? Or do you seek out the light that's already within them and listen to their stories?
By: Guy Sayles
Devotion to the church often keeps company with doubts about the church. While we can be greatly discouraged and hurt by people at church, it's also where we discover God's grace.
By: Jon Kuhrt
The church exists for two reasons, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The first reason is to worship God in Jesus Christ. The second is to make disciples. Everything else is decoration.
By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.
By: Terrell Carter
One of the simplest evidences of our commitment to seeing and treating people as equals before God is through the diversity that is found within our congregations and leadership.
By: Drew Smith
The stories of healing of a prominent synagogue leader's daughter and an unnamed social outcast are intertwined in Scripture, reminding us that healing is available to all in society.
By: Roger Olson
Many churches strive to be authentically Christian like the first-century church but often only focus on outward symbols. What does authentic Christianity look and feel like in its corporate expression?
By: Rick Love
It's not only prominent events that demonstrate the power of nonviolent resistance to attain peace. The small day-to-day interactions make a difference, as one pastor discovered through many cups of tea.
By: Larry Eubanks
The church needs to gather together, but they should be so much more than just people who gather for worship and prayer. The church is a group of people with a common mission out in the world.
By: Stephen Holmes
The ideas of justice differ enormously across the whole spread of human culture and history. The Bible doesn't offer a clear definition, but we know God expects justice to reach all people without fear or favor.
By: Barry Howard
Without any long-term objective to your church's mission strategy, your church could be encouraging a sense of entitlement that trends toward continual poverty. Here are five steps to break that cycle.
By: Joe LaGuardia and Karen Woods
Clashes between protesters and police officers illustrate the growing distrust that rules our society. When distrust breeds disharmony and violence, how can churches step in to provide reconciliation?
By: Colin Sedgwick
Too many pastors and church members believe that size is the supreme mark of "success" in church life. What if we made our true priority being the most loving, Spirit-filled or prayerful?
By: Bob Browning
Do you believe people need to hear what you have to say? Peter, the leader of Jesus' disciples, did. However, he learned that before he could find his voice, he must first be willing to listen to Jesus.
By: Rick Love
Jesus gives five commands that form the basis for a multi-faceted, long-term approach to peacemaking that addresses ISIS and other expressions of violent extremism.
By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.
By: Joel Snider
You know the blessings within the Beatitudes. When you reverse them, you discover curses for those who ignore those blessings. These curses help you better understand the road map that Jesus gave you.
By: Preston Clegg
The cross of ashes on peoples' foreheads on Ash Wednesday is a sign of penitence, humility and mourning. They're virtues for which Christians today seem to have little use.
By: Elijah Brown
Iraq's religious and ethnic minority communities – Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and Turkmen – are living at the edge of extinction and face virtual non-existence without immediate action.