DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS! Talk about everything. Express your feelings and ask your spouse to do the same.
"The problem with this question is that it assumes church life shouldn’t be hard."
"Effective leaders don’t supplant worry with naiveté."
Spiritual awakenings start with God's people waking up to the power of God unleashed through prayer.
"Love isn’t just communicated by the sex one has had, but also by the sex one hasn’t had. "
"Are you confident today?"
At the root of every destructive behavior is a deception. We may think that our identity is in Christ, but in reality it may be in the success of our marriage, mothering or ministry.
Evangelism training often focuses more on learning a one-size-fits-all presentation to deliver than on the gospel message and on the people with whom we share.
If we end up just gathering into communities of Christians who are just like us and believe like we presently believe, our spiritual growth will be stunted.
Evangelism is a central task of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), but many churches don’t do well at this task. In fact, many pastors don’t evangelize much, either.
"Just as we must never tolerate abusive behavior by a parent or a spouse—just as such evil should never be named among us—so too must evil of this sort never be allowed to gain a foothold."
"Isolation is not just hiding in a cave alone, it happens in the midst of a crowd and a calendar full of activities."
As a spouse starts pulling away from the marriage, he/she wants to justify the affair and/or their desire to plan a future that doesn’t include you.
"Spiritual headship is not license for men to do what they want to do. It is empowerment to do what they ought to do."
One of the reasons people are hesitant to try attending a church for the first time is that they’re not sure what to expect. In fact, they probably expect it to be a little bit awkward and uncomfortable.
"The Bible never refers to Christians (mature ones or new ones) as being on fire."
If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.
"Smart churches invest their best talent and best resources in children’s ministry."
"You are allowed to hate God. If you don’t believe me I encourage you to read the “Psalms of Lament.”
"People are exploring churches online more than they used to."