Jesus was the first ever Twitter user

From the Telegraph.UK: Christ “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another’”, said Monsignor Ravasi, the Vatican’s equivalent of a culture minister. “A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol,” the cardinal said at a conference with Italy’s leading newspaper editors. The cardinal emphasised the importance of clergy making full use of modern-day computer technology. “If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they...
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Oprah finds Jesus. (OK not really… she finds Rob Bell)

Oprah’s new “Super Soulful” book of the month? Rob Bell’s new suspense thriller “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”. Oprah says: Pastor Rob Bell is shaking up the way we think about God and religion. I love his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (HarperOne). When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized—what’s the point? I’ve marked every page! It just wowed me. In the book, Bell explains that God is and always has been with us, for us, and ahead of us—and then explores how we can...
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Conversations: The Church Leader as a Creative

When you think of the word creative, who do you think of? Painters? Writers? Actors? Designers? Chances are that you would consider each of these professions as creatives, but how about pastors? Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, author of the book The Accidental Creative, and has a podcast with the same name. He also believes that church leaders who don’t consider themselves to be creatives are shortchanging themselves, and their congregations. Todd’s new book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day releases September 26th, and will be a vital tool for church leaders...
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You think YOU’RE having a bad day?

If you think you’re having a bad day… you’re not.  At least I bet you’re not compared to this guy: Lesson #1 Don’t be distracted from what you should be doing. Lesson #2 When you fall… get up.  Quickly.
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The longer you talk… the less you lead.

Wow… I like pieces that challenge me. Chew on this for a minute: “Verbosity isn’t leadership.  The longer you talk the less you lead.” Dan Rockwell says: Sadly, people with power usually talk longer than those without. Even worse, we determine whose powerful by the frequency and duration others open their mouths. We have it backwards. “I go to meetings, but I’m not allowed to speak.” (Spoken by a mid-level.) Leaders who do all the talking are power hungry fools. I’m hesitant to soften the blow of that last sentence, but, if it helps, I’m a talker. “Talkers are...
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Ministry Competition. Right or Wrong?

Jennifer Maggio asks some pretty important questions in this article: Do you get jealous when the church or ministry across town has an event that happens to catch the eye of the local newspaper? Or do you rejoice that God is using them in such a way? Do you find yourself critiquing another church, pastor, or ministry that has a similar ministry as yours? Do you feel genuine excitement when God elevates another church or ministry for His purposes? Or do you secretly struggle with jealousy? How would YOU answer these...
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FIRED! Church fires pastor after officiating same-sex marriage

I guess Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer from the Church of the Brethren in State College, PA wanted to take a stand. But that personal stand cost him his job. Kline officiated the same-sex marriage of two men in PA, even though same-sex marriage is not legal in the state.  (One county started issuing same-sex marriage licenses even though it’s not legal in the state as of now). After finding out their pastor had officiated the ceremony at the Mayor’s home, the board called him in and fired him. What did he really expect? What would YOUR church do if you attempted such a ceremony? This is where it...
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Church Sucks. (according to pastor)

A Eugene Church is spreading marketing all over town saying that “Church Sucks”. In case you’re wondering… the church actually did take one tip from me (though they didn’t ask permission!)… a 30 minute service.  That’s the first church I’ve seen that’s doing that (which I’ve thought was a winner for a church that is trying to be really targetted to people who don’t normally attend church). Watch the story… I’d love your input… Great way to reach people in Eugene? Would you do a series like this in your town?  Why or...
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Quotes of the Day: Mark Driscoll

A couple quotes from this article: “The church is dying and no one is noticing because we’re wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing.” and “You didn’t think you were here to kill time listening to Christian music until Jesus returned, did you?” Thoughts? Todd
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Lost and Found: Henry Blackaby in surgery today

Perhaps you’ve heard about the strange week for Henry Blackaby (you know… one of the writers of the popular Experiencing God from a few years back? Henry came up missing for about 29 hours over the weekend. Evidently, Blackaby suffered a heart attack while driving in Atlanta, became confused, and traveled around for hours and hours before police found him about 150 miles from his home. So… today, Blackaby is facing a quadruple bypass.  Let’s pray for him and his family today. Todd PS — I’m afraid if I showed up missing for 29 hours, no one might miss me.  :) More...
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