BREAKING: Rick Warren to start new daily radio show

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, recently announced that he will be starting a new radio show. The show, thirty minutes in length, will be broadcast Monday through Friday in the top twenty-five radio markets in the nation. The show is being launched in order to combat the rise of rudeness, and war on religious freedom in the United States. Rick has spoken several times of late on talk shows about the lack of civility in our country, and was quoted in the story saying:

“People are far more rude now than they used to be… Our civilization is losing its civility. We just don’t know how to be nice to people.”

This is a pretty radical departure for Rick, who up until now has stayed away from hosting his own tv or radio show.

What do YOU think?

Are you comfortable with Rick Warren becoming a more public voice of Christianity?

Is there someone else that you would rather see doing this?

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Hubris and cockiness in young church leaders

Dr. Ed Welch suggests that a young leader should walk alongside a leader who’s been doing this ministry gig for a while.  When they see their friend struggle with the difficulties of ministry, it will change the way the look at their work and ministry:

Were you ever once a young, cocky leader?

How long did it take to cure you?  And what broke you of your cockiness?

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Three Ways To Know You’re Having an Impact

Does your church have a way of measuring leadership effectiveness? Are you constantly monitoring the development and performance of your staff and volunteer leaders? Scott Cochrane says:

“Imagine if you could actually measure the effectiveness of your leadership development.

Imagine if you could somehow really tell if all the leadership books you are reading and the seminars you are attending are paying off.

Is it possible? Can you actually measure the effectiveness of your leadership development?


In fact, measuring your progress is not only possible, it’s imperative.”

In this edition of Ministry Briefing, we talk about how to measure leadership performance, how to know if you are succeeding as a leader, and why this is so important.

Check it out, and let us know what you think:

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Spending Your Time the “Jesus” Way

A recent blog post from Michael Perkins encourages us to stop wasting time. In it, he points out how easily distractible we are, how easy it is for us to get caught up in the fluff of the world around us, and to waste time that we should be spending focusing on the important things going on in the world today:

Everyday people are dying and literally going to hell.
Everyday the poor goes without the necessities to live.
Everyday people die of a treatable disease.
Everyday people are sold and abused in sex slavery.
We have all gotten engrossed in a story here or there, we have all gotten distracted by current events, but where do we draw the line between being completely unengaged in the world around us, and being so up to date on pop culture that we have lost all of our redemptive influence?

How do you create a healthy balance?

spending time the jesus way

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Ministry as your identity

Let these words of Paul Tripp penetrate your heart and speak to you today:

Ministry had become my identity. I didn’t think of myself as a child of God, in daily need of grace, in the middle of my own sanctification, still in a battle with sin, still in need of the body of Christ, and called to pastoral ministry. No, I thought of myself as a pastor. That’s it, bottom line. The office of pastor was more than a calling and a set of God-given gifts that had been recognized by the body of Christ. “Pastor” defined me. It was me in a way that proved to be more dangerous than I would have thought.

No one celebrates the presence and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ more than the person who has embraced his desperate and daily need of it. But in ways I now find embarrassing, ministry told me that I was not like everyone else, that I existed in a unique category. And if I was not like everyone else, then I didn’t need what everyone else needs.

At home it was all too easy to mete out judgment without grace. I had let my ministry become something that it should never be (my identity), and I looked to it to give me what it never could (my inner sense of well-being).

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Court Case: Church was ok to deny woman entry to service

A bad day in court recently for Hui Son Lye.

She had brought a lawsuit against the city of Lacey, WA.  She was convinced that her consitutional rights were violated because police arrested her as she tried to enter Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

It seems that the woman was upset that the mass was not being conducted in Korean, even though she claimed the Archbishop had instructed it.

According to the church, the woman had disrupted services before, so they issued a ‘no trespass’ order and told her to worship elsewhere.  She was told that should would be arrested if she returned.

But she returned.

And was arrested.

A Washington federal district court rejected her claims.

QUESTION:  Have you ever had someone be a real problem in your church?

Ever had someone disrupt services?

How did you deal with it?

Would you EVER issue a ‘no trespass’ warning?

How would you deal with this situation?

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Being called down from the pulpit

This clip has been making it’s way around the internet.  It’s from First Baptist in Hammond, IN.  It’s a short clip… just about a minute… but shows the attitude that comes from the pulpit there. It’s the same culture and attitude exhibited by former pastor Jack Schaap.

Take a look:

I’m not sure if this message from Larry Smith was before or after Schaap left, but I think it’s a good example of the abuse that can occur in churches like this.  As you can hear in the background, the amens continue throughout the showdown.

I grew up in a church like this.  And it was not uncommon for someone to be called down from the pulpit… even by name.

Given… most of the people that were called down were teenagers.

And most of us deserved it.

And… most of the group I was in at that time are no where near a church on Sunday these days.


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To all the sermon stealers: Milk many cows, but make your own butter

Ray Pritchard has some advice for pastors that steal sermons:

  • The nature of the Internet makes it easy to steal someone else’s work and make it your own.
  • But the Internet also makes it very easy to find out when a pastor has been using someone else’s work.
  • What about using an outline verbatim? From my point of view, that’s fine because an outline is not a sermon. I don’t think you need to give credit for an outline unless it is amazingly unique. The same holds true for ideas and thoughts that you may find here and there. No one wants to hear a sermon that sounds like a pastiche of quotes: “As John Piper pointed out . . . John MacArthur suggested this application . . . Spurgeon used this illustration . . . To borrow a thought from Geoff Thomas . . .” Some of this is just a matter of common sense. When you borrow a big section or a very unique idea and certainly when there is a significant quote, give the attribution. But don’t go overboard either.
  • What about the pastor who allegedly is using my sermons verbatim? Let me say again what I’ve said before. That’s just plan dumb.
  • In earlier years I used to say that people could use my sermons any way they like, and I still mean that. But I never meant, “Use them word for word.” It never occurred to me that someone would do that.
  • You’re bound to get caught sooner or later.
  • So this is what I say nowadays: You are welcome to use my sermons in your own message preparation. Use them, amend them, revise them, by all means improve them, and make them your own.
  • Don’t preach anyone else’s sermons verbatim.

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Your excuses are stupid.

Sorry. But there is really no nicer way to say it. Your excuses are stupid. Especially when it comes to your relationship with Christ. Yes, you may have a had a rough childhood. Yes, you may have a busy schedule. Yes, you may think you’re giving up too many opportunities and experiences.

Same goes for us leaders.  Our excuses are stupid.

Stop being scared.

Stop worrying about your security.

Don’t misplace your priorities when it comes to leading the church.

Do what needs to be done.

Because your excuses are stupid.

The work is TOO important.

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Who will be the next Pope? It could be Regis.

When the College of Cardinals vote on who will be the next leader of the Catholic church, what standards and qualifications will they be looking at?

According to an article this morning at CNN, the standards are ‘remarkably loose’ for choosing a new Pope.

In fact, any baptized man in good standing could be elected pope.

But no women (since they can’t even become priests).

So… according to the CNN story… that really opens up the range of options.  Here’s are some possibilities:

House Speaker John Boehner

U2 Lead Singer Bono

Comedian Stephen Colbert

Or, how about a Canadian pope, like Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the former archbishop of Quebec?

Other top contenders:  Peter Turkson, a cardinal fro Ghana.

It’s extremely rare that a pope is chosen that is not a bishop or cardinal, but it could happen.

But a reality check… it hasn’t happened since 1379.

Just for fun… here are some other catholics that might make interesting popes:

Alec Baldwin

Steve (that’s what she said) Carell

Dom DeLuise (oh stink… he’s dead, but would have made one heck of a pope)

Jimmy Fallon

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sylvester Stallone

Jon Voight

Harry Connick, Jr.

Bruce Springsteen

Sean Hannity

Jimmy Kimmel

Bill O’Reilly

Regis Philbin

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