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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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