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Strategic Transformation 2

                   Strategic Transformation 2 In our last “Blog,” I spoke about the differences between “declining” and “thriving” congregations and the need for “strategic transformation.” We ended with the nine obstacles that get in the way of transformation within churches. Today I want [...]

The Blessing of Failure

The Blessing of Failure Jesus suffered betrayal by his disciples – especially Peter and Judas Iscariot. While we readily acknowledge that Judas betrayed Jesus into the hands of the Temple guards sent to arrest him, Peter betrayed Jesus by refusing to admit that he knew him (or believe in him). [...]

People Tend to “Drift” from Churches

People Tend to “Drift” from Churches When it comes to church, drift leads to distance and distance leads to disconnection – Dan Reiland In a recent blog, Dan Reiland discusses the “5 Most Common Reasons for Church Drift.” I know that summer time often sees members on vacation or on [...]

The Validity of Evangelism and Justice Going Together

The Validity of Evangelism and Justice Going Together Last month I preached from Acts 3 & 4 on how evangelism and justice go together. Peter and John were heading to Temple to worship when they encounter a lame beggar. He had hoped for a handout; they gave a hand up…”get [...]

“It Could Be Easy to Lose Hope”

“It Could Be Easy to Lose Hope” If all you hear is “bad news” and “dire predictions,” it could be easy to lose hope. Yesterday I received an email from a friend who shared the most recently “blog” from Thom Rainer, a researchist and author out of the Southern Baptist [...]

Biblical Justice

Biblical Justice When most people think in terms of “justice,” they normally focus on “punishments” and “pay-back.” We see it on the news almost daily: A person is injured or killed, and immediately there rises up a call for “justice.” Where there is a “wrong,” the call for “justice” usually [...]

What One Church is Doing to Reach Out

                                                    What One Church is Doing to Reach Out Rev. Landon Ledlow from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin sent me a copy of a social [...]

The Committed New Life

The Committed New Life If you recall from Sunday’s sermon on Acts 2, God has three essentials needed for working transformation among his people: the Holy Spirit, transformational preaching, and committed people (you can go to www.rlcnn.org/sermonsarchive/be-the-church-essentials-needed-for-god-to-work/ in case you missed or fell asleep during it). The Church was told [...]

“Spheres of Influence”

“Spheres of Influence” As we saw this past Sunday, everyone has people around them – co-workers, fellow students, neighbors, acquaintances, family – these make up our “sphere of influence.” These are the people God has put us among; they are the people we know and who know us; and Jesus [...]

“Witnesses”

“Witnesses” Acts 1 8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Imagine there is a car wreck, and you were there when it [...]