Prayer is a vastly underrated tool in helping our teenagers keep their faith long-term.
"Let’s be generous, but in helpful ways."
I tell my brethren that putting up with such trash talk is why the Lord has to call people into this work, instead of them lining up to volunteer. It’s why they pay us the big bucks.
After David committed adultery and murder and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront...
"Scarcity is a powerful tool to help drive engagement and, ultimately, growth at your church."
"When we separate God from happiness and from our longing for happiness, we undermine the Christian worldview."
They love each other, but no one has a growth vision for the future. The family of God enjoys a maintenance mode that doesn’t require change.
“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness." -Hebrews 12:10
"Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit."
In 2017, we need Jesus and to become more like Him.
"You can't "build it" and have them come, but you can "create it" and have them be invited."
There are a lot of roles our church can fulfill—ministers to the least of these, gospel advocates to the unreached—but one role that we must never take on is that of being the primary discipler of all our kids.
Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry.
"There are always two kinds of divorces—ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people."
"There can be some tension because you have two different values rubbing against each other."
After 25+ years of working with teenagers I'm convinced that suicidal thoughts among young people are NOT uncommon.
"We need the church because the church is God’s covenant community today."
"Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly."
Every day, just like with that mall slogan, you and I are invited to build our own kingdom. But we can't blame the retailers and advertising agencies. It's only ever first because of the sin inside of us that we are attracted to the evil outside of us.
"Leaders who criticize more than they contribute never make a lasting impact."