G.C.R. and M.O.U.S.E.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a PECULIAR people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I think this was a prophetic word concerning…

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Was Michael Jackson a Christian?

The Bully! Pulpit, a pop culture news blog, reports that rumors that Michael Jackson accepted Christ may have been false. Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest last week at the age of 50, was rumored by some to have become a Christian just weeks before his death. Mark Moring reported…

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Barna’s Eight Symptoms of Decline, Part 2

In my last blog post we looked at four of Barna’s Eight Symptoms of declining churches.  They were; Demographic Changes, Inadequate Leadership, Poor Management, and Old Blood.  Here are the next four with a few brief comments. 5. Building Campaigns “From coast to coast, the roadside is littered with the…

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Eight Symptoms of Church Decline, Part 1

It is not the newest book concerning church growth and health, but Barna’s book, Turn-Around Churches, still has lots of insightful material to help churches get back on track.  In particular, his Eight Symptoms of declining churches is still relevant in any situation. We will look at the first four…

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Church Growth Myths, Part 1

How do you grow your members from converts to disciples? We often think the whole process is automatic.  People will find out for themselves how to grow in their faith. NOT! If we don’t have a discipleship process in place we are presuming that it will just happen.  It’s as…

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What Good Is A Birthday?

Today I began another year on planet earth. I reserve the right to be silent about my age, but I will say that I’ve been a Christian now for 34 years. I believe that birthdays should serve as times of celebration, but they should also cause us to reflect, refocus,…

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Relationships Matter

In his book, Concentric Circles of Concern, Dr. Oscar Thompson says that the most important word in the English language, apart from proper nouns, is the word “RELATIONSHIP”! I believe his statement is true in a number of areas related to the church. Evangelism. Although I am not opposed to…

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