One Minute In the Life of the Internet

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One Minute In the Life of the Internet is a post from Brandon A. Cox. With all this data being created every minute of the day, how is the gospel being heard? What do we need to do to connect with people and share the story of Jesus in a way that gets attention and […]


I Am a Foreigner

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Kids in Dominican Republic

I don’t like that word. I don’t like to hear people called “foreigners” on American soil. And frankly, I just don’t care that much about the politics of immigration. I’m a Christian, a stranger and a foreigner in this culture. My citizenship is in another kingdom, so I’m odd and strange because of my beliefs […]


3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

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Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don’t blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is “anything you […]


Audio: Don’t Believe the Rumors

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Don't Believe the Rumors

Pastor, you will always have critics, and you will always have fans. At the end of the day, you need to have the guts to believe neither, but rather to allow your affirmation to flow only from the truth God has declared about you in His Word.


Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

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Brandon Cox and Danny Kirk

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It’s a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that summarizes the truths presented. There’s nothing wrong […]


The Pastor as a Motivator

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What Is Next?

Pastor, no one on the planet bears more responsibility for motivating a group of people than you. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as “seeking to move a man’s will God-ward.” He went on to define teaching as “instructing that man in the will and ways of the Lord.” I […]


ReWritten: Exchanging Your Story for God’s Story

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A year and a half ago, I met Bruce and Heather Moore. I had somehow caught wind of their story and was so inspired that we invited them out to California to attend Saddleback’s leadership conference. Bruce had served on staff at two different suburban megachurches, but God had called he and Heather into a […]


Metrics: Balancing Stats and Stories

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Church metrics. That’s not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become “just a number,” and when people are just a number, we’ve failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we fail to count anybody, we allow people to slip through […]


Shawn Lovejoy on The Measure of Our Success

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The Measure of Our Success

We recently caught up with Shawn Lovejoy between breakouts at Exponential. His new book, The Measure of Our Success, was debuted during the conference and we see it as one of the most important reads for Pastors in recent times. Shawn candidly and transparently shares from his own mistakes and issues a challenge to Pastors […]


Planter Profile: Joshua Meyer

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Joshua Meyer is currently planting Cause Church in Clinton, Iowa and they are launching this week, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. How did God call you to plant Cause Church? About three years ago I was standing at my sink washing dishes and I heard in my mind: “You are done”. I called my wife, […]


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