Yesterday was Easter! If you are on staff at a church, there is a good chance you are taking it easy today. Enjoy the much-needed rest. But as you know, there is another service coming up in six days. The guests that made it out to your church this past weekend will likely be considering another visit this coming Sunday. I would like to offer some considerations for your sermon this weekend. Let’s get plugged into leadership before you get writing. … More Mind the Gap!
For weeks and months after that meeting, the conversation about giving was wrapped into weekly meetings with my leader, and throughout the staff. Giving went up. We measured through, tracking and conversation, giving. It was and is important to give as Jesus tells us to give. … More Evangelism tracked liked Giving?
The study of how we come to know things, I think, is THE most important thing to keep in mind when sharing your faith, preaching, casting a vision, and communication in general. As you are communicating, the question in everyone’s minds is: “how do you know that?”
You are thinking it right now! This question is especially prominent when the person talking to you, is saying something you disagree with. You will look for any possible flaw in their message, so you don’t have to deem it as true. Keep an open mind as you read through. This post is long, and some what technical. Let’s get plugged into leadership and look at the knowing of knowing. … More The Way You Know
“How does the death of a guy, even if he is God, do anything for me now?” A friend asked me this a short time ago. This person didn’t doubt that God raised Jesus from the dead. They doubt how it could have any effect on them today. It wasn’t “Good News” if it didn’t really matter. On one hand, I understand this person’s question. I understand the desire to connect the Resurrection to our life today. On the other hand God has revealed to us His purpose and plan in raising Jesus from the dead. Simon has outlined some evidence that gives us confidence in the historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection. Simon then drew from the biblical stories and concluded ‘Jesus is risen, therefore you have work ahead of you’ here. Part of the work is to share the Hope that is found in this event. Even though it is ancient history, it has present day effects. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see how we can relate the Resurrection to our conversations today. … More 8 Things to Remember During “Resurrection Conversations”
Guest post from Simon Foster. Student Life Pastor at Life Charlotte!
I sometimes have weeks where I am around a lot of people and the conversations can get a little bit monotonous. I can get bored. Tasks keep piling up like that pasta bowl that you’ve been chowing down on for 30 minutes but it feels like nothing has changed, all the tasks and pasta are still there. It can get overwhelming at times. Can you relate? We constantly are putting on all different hats from husband to dad to job (student pastor) to student to friend to a neighbor to miscellaneous hats you didn’t really want to wear but its got to get done. You with me?! … More ‘Jesus is risen, therefore you have work ahead of you’
Good friend and Student Life Pastor at Life Fellowship church has offered to give us, the readers, some great insight into the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Simon Foster is working on his MA in Apologetics at BIOLA university. He has graciously shared some insight from a class he is taking there on the resurrection. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see how we can love people with the fact of the resurrection. … More The Resurrection, An Event To Be Confident About
Absolute truth has to exist. There is a reality. Once in awhile, in conversation, I have to establish absolute truth more than a basic belief. Absolute truth is essential to any conversation about belief in God. The easiest way to establish the fact, truth does exist, is to just ask the person if absolute truth exists. If they say, “no”, then you ask, “ Is your answer absolutely true?”. This shows the error in their thinking and they are left with the only reasonable option, to accept that there is truth or could be an absolute truth. Let’s get plugged into leadership and look at this topic in more detail. … More Why Belief in God is Rational
In the May 2015 issue of Premier Christian Magazine, a publication out of the UK, there was an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The title of the article is “Welby:’Evangelism is for all Christians”. It is a very great article and worth a read if you can get your hands on a copy of the issue. In this article, the Archbishop gave the readers his top 5 tips on Evangelism. The 5 things so impacted me and my practical evangelism, I thought it was worth it to share them here. Let’s get plugged into leadership and improve our evangelism. … More The Archbishop’s 5 top Evangelism tips
Ronald Cram is a long time friend of mine. I was first introduced to Ron through his little booklet “Why 3 Brilliant Atheist became Christians”. It is an amazing read and you can find the booklet and more information about Factbridge on the their website. I love working with ministry leaders like Ron! He has a … More Interview with Ronald Cram, from College ministry Factbridge
People love the “E” word! Churches focus on evangelism, entire college ministries are built on evangelism, and it should be something that each Christian should be doing. The practice of evangelism, sharing the good news of the Gospel, is changing lives as people encounter Jesus and what He has done for them. To hear Jesus … More Evangelism VS Apologetics