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Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church
Jul02

Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. I’m accustomed to thinking about things we need to do to lead a church to growth. What I don’t often think about is the focus of this post: “withouts” that hinder church growth. Let me know your thoughts about these “withouts.” 1. Preaching without the Bible. Preaching without the Word may result in increased attendance, but it won’t grow a healthy...

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8 reasons why pastors need to serve in the nursery or preschool for a Sunday
Apr30

8 reasons why pastors need to serve in the nursery or preschool for a Sunday

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. I’ve served as a pastor, and I fully understand our desire to preach every Sunday. Few of us want to give up our pulpit. At the same time, I think most of us don’t think much about taking a Sunday off to serve in the nursery or preschool department. I want to change that thinking. Here’s why: 1. It’s good for you to spend time with the little ones. They...

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10 church diseases
Mar05

10 church diseases

In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward fellowship), and the list itself challenges readers to come up with their own descriptions. Here are 10 diseases I see as I consult with unhealthy churches around the country: 1. Community Disconnect Disease. Churches with this...

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Nine bad reasons to not attend church this weekend
Jan19

Nine bad reasons to not attend church this weekend

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article first appeared on Dec. 13 on www.chucklawess.com I’ve been a pastor long enough to hear a lot of reasons for not attending church—some that just don’t make much sense. Here are some of those reasons I trust you will not use this weekend: 1. “I’m just not ‘feeling’ it this weekend.” Frankly, I have no idea what this excuse means. What I do know is that it assumes making life choices on the basis of...

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An Open “Thank You” Letter to Southern Baptists
Nov24

An Open “Thank You” Letter to Southern Baptists

I don’t typically write a post specifically for my denomination, but I’m making an exception today. In the past few weeks, I’ve been with Southern Baptists in Maryland, California, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia. They’ve been college students, pastors, church planters, laypersons, and denominational leaders. I’ve been reminded in these weeks of how much Southern Baptists mean to me, so I’m writing this thank you note to you. Thank...

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