Weekly Highlights- April 15, 2017

Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.

Art Rainer   |   5 Bad Excuses for Not Giving to Your Church

Many struggle with the idea of giving to their church. There is a barrier between them and the offering plate (or online giving site). Often the excuses for not giving are based on a misunderstanding of Scripture or a misunderstanding of their church. Here are five bad excuses for not giving to your church:

Juan Sanchez   |   10 Ways to Provide a Welcoming Environment for Your Guests this Easter

On Easter Sunday, April 16, we will welcome many visitors to our worship gatherings. A lot of these guests will step into a church service for the first time. Many, I suspect, do not call themselves Christians. Guests notice and usually comment on how loving a fellowship is (or is not) by their willingness to welcome newcomers. If your church already welcomes guests well, then praise God for His work among you and continue to remind your members about the preciousness of others. The following are just 10 ways we can help guests feel welcome and at home each Sunday, but especially this coming Easter Sunday when so many will visit your church for the first, and possibly, last time.

Brandon Smith   |   5 Reasons You Should Delight in Theology

Theology is the grammar of the Christian faith. We can’t avoid it. We can’t ignore it. And I think it can be mostly boiled down to five foundational concepts.

Chuck Lawless   |   8 Things I DIDN’T Learn in Seminary

I’m a seminary dean who believes in what we do. In fact, I think anyone called to ministry who has opportunity for further training has some obligation to at least consider this option. On the other hand, I recognize some things that are hard to learn in the classroom:

Sarah Piercy  |   What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

When I miss a Sunday service, I miss way more than I ever thought.


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