Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 | 27 comments
Mark Driscoll has been getting some heat as of late for some comments he made in a new e-book. Here’s the part that has people talking. Warning, it has to do with the M word:
Masturbation can be a form of homosexuality because it is a sexual act that does not involve a woman. If a man were to masturbate while engaged in other forms of sexual intimacy with his wife then he would not be doing so in a homosexual way. However, any man who does so without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexuality activity, particularly if he’s watching himself in a mirror and being...
Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 | 1 comment
Here’s some innovative thinking and cooperation between a church and the city:
The Santa Clarita Parks Commission will hear a proposal Thursday to modify approved plans for a future park at the southeast corner of Valencia’s Bridgeport Marketplace.
Under the new plan, rather than a 5-acre park, the city would design a 2.6-acre public park and the remaining 2.4 acres would be paved as a parking lot for approximately 100 vehicles.
Real Life Church would pay for all of it. When complete, shopping center owner Bridgeport Marketplace LLC would deed the park property to the city and the new parking...
Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 | 4 comments
Precisely who wrote the Bible has been debated for centuries – but now scientists have devised a computer program that sheds much more light on the sources of the various religious texts within it.
Israeli computer scientists and Bible scholars have written an algorithm that analyses the writing styles found within various sections.
While it can’t pinpoint an individual author, the program has been able to determine when a passage has been written by more than one person and can detect the point at which a new author has taken over.
The computer program will be able to help with these kinds of...
Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 | 6 comments
Check this out from the Charlotte Observer. It’s a great story of a dying church finding new life:
Five years ago, Living Word Church had dwindled to 40 members. It had lost its founding pastor, could get no more than 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary and was unsure of the future.
Now, it’s part of one of the nation’s largest megachurches – and could serve as a model for the thousands of small churches that close every year.
“The story’s pretty amazing,” said the Rev. Layne Schranz, associate pastor at Church of the Highlands, a Birmingham megachurch that...
Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 | 2 comments
If your church is at all interested in getting outside your building and looking for new ideas to reach people far from God, then take a look at these 29 top Externally Focused ideas from 2011. After looking at a ton of different ideas, the Externally Focused Network narrowed it down to the best 29 ideas that exemplify what it means to be an externally focused church.
You can check it out here…
… then let me know what you think.
What’s the BEST idea?
Is there any that you think you’ll try in YOUR...
Posted on Nov 1st, 2011 | 2 comments
Dave Kraft gives some practical advice in how to begin developing leaders… all in under 3 minutes:
Thoughts? How do YOU develop leaders? What works for you?
Posted on Oct 31st, 2011 | 0 comments
YouVersion, the Bible app produced by the LifeChurch.tv team reached a new milestone: 30 million installs. The free Bible app is now offering 150 different versions of the Bible in 45 different languages. In addition, YouVersion offers nearly 200 Bible reading plans; and users have bookmarked 30 million verses and shared over 1.6 million verses via Facebook and Twitter. “It is very exciting to see what God is doing through YouVersion in a short period of time,” said Bobby Gruenewald, team leader for YouVersion. Bobby says that the app will continue to grow in the coming year by...
Posted on Oct 31st, 2011 | 3 comments
According to a recent article in the New York Times, there’s a new ministry in churches that is really gaining ground: Pet Ministries. One such example is a ministry called Noah’s Ark, the pet ministry of Grace Church near St. Louis. Grace, through Noah’s Ark, runs a pet-food drive; takes pets to visit the sick (as therapy), supports a no-kill animal rescue, and offers a support group for those who have recently lost a pet. According to a Humane Society spokesperson, pet ministries are now in all fifty states. Christine Gutleben of the Humane Society says that some churches are...
Posted on Oct 31st, 2011 | 7 comments
According to a report from the U. S. State department, there are virtually no churches left in Afghanistan. War, Taliban influence and a lack of government protection have eliminated just about all non-Muslim religious communities. In fact, the State Department’s report says that the last Christian church left in the country was destroyed in March of 2010. It is estimated that 99% of Afghanis are Muslim.
Posted on Oct 31st, 2011 | 10 comments
Francis Chan gives some encouragement and a warning to young pastors:
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