Spiritual Ruts

Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual rut? Since being a disciple is a lifelong journey, there’s obviously going to be ups and downs. I’ve found that consistently practicing spiritual disciplines helps to reduce the impact of spiritual ruts, but ruts are still going to come. Here’s a great article…

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Home Sweet Home

This morning I’m sitting in the lobby of the new Hampton Inn in Pikeville, Kentucky after leading an assimilation event last night in the area. As I type, I’m looking up the hill at the Pikeville College campus where I began my formal studies. I spent two semesters at the college…

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Spiritual Maturity Study: Key Findings, Part 1

The Kentucky Baptist Convention partnered with Ed Stetzer and Scott McConnell from LifeWay Research to conduct a formal study of the spiritual maturity of Southern Baptists in Kentucky. During the same period, LifeWay Research also conducted a similar study that focused on the Protestant Laity in America. The findings from…

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A Tribute to Bill Keightley

Last night, Bill Keightley, long-time equipment manager for the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program, died at the age of 81 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keightley, affectionally known as “Mr. Wildcat,” was in Cincinnati for the Reds opener as he was every year. Here’s a moving MEMORIAL VIDEO TRIBUTE set to…

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Simple Church, Clarity – Part 2

Every ministry needs a blueprint. Providing a blueprint will bring clarity to the church’s ministry process. In this post, we will continue to look at the five essentials of clarity from the Broadman & Holman book, Simple Church, written by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger. For more information on Simple Church,…

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Simple Church, Clarity – Part 1

In this series, we are looking at the Broadman & Holman book, Simple Church, written by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger. In the book, the writers encourage churches to “return to God’s process for making disciples.” Their research indicated that the healthiest churches in America tend to have a simple process…

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Simple Church, Introduction

In their Broadman & Holman book, Simple Church, Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Resources, and Eric Geiger, Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship, encourage churches to “return to God’s process for making disciples.” In their research, Rainer and Geiger discovered that the healthiest churches in America tended to have a…

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Every Christian Needs Basic Training

As you probably know by now, my son recently became a member of the United States Air Force (See Raw Worship, Father and Son, and Basic Training). During his military basic training, he learned so many things that are applicable to the Christian life. Most Christians and most churches can…

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Raw Worship

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 Can you remember the most moving worship service you ever attended? I can, because it was only two days ago, on Easter Sunday. My wife and I entered the Chapel Service at the Lackland Air…

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Basic Training

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this…

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