Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.
A beach. A hammock. A golf course. A fishing pole. What images go through your mind when you dream about retirement?Many consider rest and relaxation to be the primary activity of retirement. Or you might say that retirement is about the absence of activity for many.
But is this what God wants out of our post-paycheck years? Or does He want something different? Something better.
The golf course is good. So is the beach. And there are times to enjoy those things.But the Christian’s retirement should look different than most. How? Here are five ways:
Chuck Lawless | 8 Ways to Improve Your Preaching and Teaching
I make no claims to be a preaching and teaching expert, but I’ve been a preacher and seminary professor for more than 20 years. All of us, beginning with me, can improve in communicating the gospel. See if any of these ideas will help you improve:
Carey Nieuwhof | What To Do When People Want A Church To Grow…But Not Change
One of the tensions many of us wrestle with as leaders who are trying to navigate change happens when people tell us:
I want our church to grow. I just don’t want it to change.
Every time I hear or read that, my brain says “Ugh”. As much as I think that’s a dumb reality to live in, it’s a reality so many of us face in leadership. How do you respond when people want a church (or organization) to grow, but not change?
Christian George | 5 Ways Spurgeon Coped with London’s Terror Attacks
On September 30, 1888, “Jack the Ripper” murdered his third victim, Elizabeth Stride, only five miles from last Sunday’s terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. Terror seized Spurgeon’s London. Would the murders continue? Who would die next?
In the recent wake of suicide bombers, knife attacks, and runaway vehicles, here are five ways Spurgeon coped with terrorism in London:
By almost any metric, the majority of North American congregations are established churches. They often include discouraged leaders and frustrated members. Conflict in these churches is often normative.
So how does a church move from an inward drift to an outward focus? Though I provide ten succinct steps, I do not want to leave the reader with a false impression. I am not suggesting that these steps are necessarily sequential, nor am I suggesting that they are a quick-fix for any and every congregation.