8 Things to Remember During “Resurrection Conversations”

“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”

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‘Jesus is risen, therefore you have work ahead of you’

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’

The Resurrection, An Event To Be Confident About

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

Why Belief in God is Rational

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

Are Miracles Possible?

In the book “I don’t have enough Faith to be an Atheist”, authors Geisler and Turek bring up an argument from Benedict Spinoza.  The form of his argument is as follows.     Miracles are violations of natural laws.     Natural laws are immutable.     It is impossible to violate immutable laws.     Therefore, miracles are … More Are Miracles Possible?

7 Things I Wish I Had Known in High School

High school – it’s a weird time.

When you enter ninth grade, you feel tiny and overwhelmed – a strange contrast to the confident persona you easily assumed as king of the jungle in the eighth grade.

As you age, you begin to learn the ropes, but realize that not only do you have to keep up with your own personal changes – external and internal – you also must become aware of everyone else’s. … More 7 Things I Wish I Had Known in High School

5 Questions your church staff should be able to answer about LGBT issues

This post is not about what the answers to these questions ought to be. The post is to stress the fact that you and your team should be having a conversation about what the answers ought to be. Let’s get plugged into leadership and start this conversation. … More 5 Questions your church staff should be able to answer about LGBT issues

Pastors, The one sure thing that will kill a tech team is…

Love them or hate them there is a good chance you have a tech needs to carry out your weekend services. You could deliver the best message, second only to the sermon on the mound, and if you microphone is feeding back the whole time it won’t matter. The need for the tech team to do good work is important to your weekend service. This is true whether they are purely volunteer or a paid group. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see what is one you should avoid if you desire this team to thrive. … More Pastors, The one sure thing that will kill a tech team is…

Insight on Leadership and Podcasting from Coaching for Leaders, Dave Stachowiak

About 6 months I stumbled upon a podcast that has helped me grow tremendously! If you are someone that wants to continue to grow in your leadership I would highly recommend checking out Coaching for Leaders. Dave and his team do a great job at bringing on guests that are giving you relevant ideas you can apply in any situation you are leading in. Dave was kind enough to answer a few questions to help you become a better leader, start a podcast, and get the most out of his show. Let’s get plugged into leadership with Coaching for Leaders host Dave Stachowiak … More Insight on Leadership and Podcasting from Coaching for Leaders, Dave Stachowiak

Gain structure- Gain is not volume

I asked a friend of mine who is a sales person at a local music store what missteps he sees church techs make the most. He has worked with a number of churches both big and small. Churches come from all over the area to his store with the hopes of having a better weekend experience. The sound, video, and lighting, play such a huge part in creating an atmosphere. How can the questions my friend gets, help us create a better atmosphere? Let’s get plugged into leadership and help answer those common questions that are holding us back and we do not even know it. … More Gain structure- Gain is not volume