Friday, 22 November 2013 09:26

How seminaries fail

Seminaries have created enough predictable, conventional, cookie-cutter ministers. The church needs ardent, zealous, incensed, enraged and impassioned ministers.

Published in Seriously Funny

How many staff members a church needs and can afford is a conversation that no one wants to have, but good stewardship demands it.

Published in Vital Signs
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:17

Does your pastor need a doctorate?

Churches should value the importance of an educated clergy, but church leadership also should be educated about what the various degrees represent and the value of experience blended with education.

Published in Commentaries
Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:18

Unwrapping the church

Questions about identity and calling in a congregation are rarely answered with the application of prepackaged strategies.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:24

The perils of self-preservation

One of the glories of being created in the image of God is that we are invited to live at a higher level than instincts or feelings.

Published in Vital Signs
Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:58

The worst new church member speech ever

“Take up your cross and follow” can be a hard sell in a consumer culture.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:41

Discernment

Quick-fix thinking can hinder congregations during times of anxiety.

Published in Commentaries
Friday, 11 October 2013 11:32

Book says faith overcomes discrimination

Contributions document how an ecumenical movement opposed an Alabama law illegalizing ministry to undocumented immigrants. The book should also remind Baptists that they were once reviled minorities, and that they should conduct themselves accordingly, a prominent theologian says.

Published in People
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:30

Stuck in the messy middle

“We are not that kind of Baptist” begs the question, “What kind of Baptist are we?”

Published in Commentaries
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:14

Ministry as tug-of-war

Managing tensions inherent in church life can lead to stronger leadership teams.

Published in Commentaries
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