George Beverly Shea Dies at 104

George Beverly Shea, the booming baritone who sang to millions of Christians at evangelist Billy Graham’s crusades, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 104. Spokesman Brent Rinehart of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Shea died in Asheville after a brief illness. Shea was well-known as a gospel soloist before he and Graham met in the early 1940s. He joined Graham’s crusade team in 1947 and stayed until Graham’s declining health ended most of the evangelist’s public appearances nearly 60 years later. Besides his distinctive voice, Shea was known for his...
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An interview with Brad Lomenick from Catalyst

Brad Lomenick is a good friend and a great leader.  I’m so excited about his new book, The Catalyst Leader.  Recently, I got the opportunity to ask Brad some questions about leadership and his new book: Todd:  What is the Catalyst Leader about? Brad: The Catalyst Leader lays out the eight essentials for becoming a change maker. The traits that I believe one must develop in order to become a change maker, and ultimately a Catalyst Leader. I hope this book will provide practical leadership answers for a new generation of aspiring leaders who are looking for answers and solutions, and not just...
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The Danger of “If Just One Person…”

We’ve all been in a church business meeting when someone has said it. It’s the goto line to justify ministry expenditures, and according to Scott Cochrane, it is a dangerous lie. The line? “If just one person…” You may have heard it used like this: If just one person takes a big step towards God… If just one person starts reading the Bible regularly… If just one person invites someone far from God into their home… Scott pushes back saying that if just one person is doing this… it’s probably a waste of resources. In this edition of Ministry...
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What happened at the Q Conference in LA Yesterday

Matt Steen had the opportunity to travel this week to the Q Conference in Los Angeles.  Here’s his first day run-down of all that you missed!  
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Pray for those in Boston right now…

Let’s take a moment to pray for those in Boston right now.  An explosion (or explosions) have rocked the area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. CNN Headline Who knows what the source or cause was… but the scenes I’m watching on my TV right now look horrific. All I know to do is pray. Todd
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I’m not Catholic… but I did find this interesting…

I learned a lot about Vatican City in this short video.  I think you will too: Interesting… but confusing.  :) Found here. Todd
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Everybodies Orthodoxy is Somebody’s Heresy

Last week Matt Appling had a post on his site, The Church of No Peoplec, about the way we disagree within the church world. Coining what is now my favorite phrase “everybody’s orthodoxy is somebody’s heresy,” in response to yet another uproar about someone’s perceived theological transgressions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that having a solid grasp of orthodox theology is important… but I also believe that Jesus has called us to love one another in spite of our theological differences. In this episode of Ministry Briefing, we unpack our experiences with...
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What’s the real sin here?

Nigerian pastor Chris Oyakhilome has painted himself in a bit of a corner recently when he said that he thought that masturbation was not a sin. He was forced to respond to the controversy on one of his recent TV shows. Nigerian evangelists have LOTS of influence. See if you can follow his rationale here. How would you respond to the question:  Is masturbation a sin? Here’s how Perry responded a few years ago. (You’re welcome, Perry, for bringing this up again). How would you...
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A word of thanks to you from Rick Warren…

A WORD OF THANKS TO CHURCHES WHO’VE PRAYED FOR US From Rick and Kay Warren, their extended families, and the Saddleback Church family Sunday, April 14, 2-13 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Kay and I want you to know how much we depended on your faithful prayers for us this past week in the aftershock of the suicide of our precious 27-year old son Matthew, who struggled with mental illness since birth. We felt your love and we received strength from your prayers during the most painful week of our 40 years of public ministry for Christ. Because you prayed for us, we were overwhelmed with the...
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How rich are you?

I came across this interesting site. If you put in your annual salary, it will show you how you rate compared to everyone else in the world. It’s pretty interesting… and makes you do a little soul searching. Turns out that if you make around $50,000 a year (or a little less) you are still in the worlds top 1% of earners. That’s pretty amazing… and something we don’t consider much here in the States. The site was created by a London interactive media company to ‘challenge people’s perception of their personal wealth”.  They are also hoping to encourage...
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