A Christian Leader's Priorities Tom Lutz

The Christian leader that builds his role on Christ-centered bedrock is blessed with a sound foundation for setting priorities and is more faithfully followed because those he leads know the basis for his direction.  To determine the “non-negotiable” priorities you must establish, clarify the ...more

My Heaven-Journey Andy McQuitty

Jenny Simmons recently wrote me a cool letter from Bussloo, Apeldoorn, Netherlands where their band Addison Road was touring. She talked about how weird it felt to be in a foreign country with all the strange sounds and smells and language and a general sense of unsettling unfamiliarity. I didn’t ...more

Keys to a Fair Fight: Conflict Resolution Chet Weld

The essential step in dealing with conflict is to strengthen the relationship (maintain the connection). Here are the steps you should consider in preparing to address the conflict: prepare your heart, prepare what to say, and prepare for the context. In preparing your heart you have to ask ...more

Lost and Found Karen Holford

Our town still has one of those old-fashioned markets with little stalls piled high with fruit and vegetables, and the vendors calling out their best deals, each one clamouring for our attention and our money. It is a busy, bustling, noisy sort of place to go, and there's always lots to see as ...more

Worship Defined Don McMinn

What is worship? Who can experience it? Do we only worship on Sunday mornings? Do only musicians worship? What does it feel like? How do I become a worshiper of God? Some subjects are so broad that they defy definition. St. Augustine once lamented, "What, then, is time? If no one asked of me, I ...more

Living a Focused Life Karen Holford

Something about me and sports are not compatible. The mere suggestion of a ball game can double my stress level. I can lose a game of tennis before I can manage to serve a ball over the net. At school I always tried to run as far away from the ball as possible; fielding in distant, obscure corners; ...more

Functional Family: The One and Only Exhibit John Beeson

In the last two blog posts I talked about dysfunctional families: first in Palestine, and then in America.  Let’s get to the good news.  Let’s talk a bit about the functional family.  To do so, let’s set the stage of how the early church thought about the issue of family.  In the early church, the ...more

Tough Questions from the Hurting in Your Church Steve Dowdle

As pastors and church leaders, we often encounter difficult questions from people who are suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually.  How would you answer these questions posed to me early in my counseling ministry? If God really loves me, why did my healthy four year old son suddenly die ...more

The Dysfunctional Family: Exhibit B (America) John Beeson

In my last post I delved into the gory details of the complete and utter dysfunction of Jacob’s family: deceit, jealousy, lust, unrequited love, manipulation, preferential treatment, twisted use of sex – this family had it all.  I talk with all too many people from Christian families who are deeply ...more

A Week of Prayer with Your Kids Karen Holford

Here's a creative way to help your children participate in a week of prayer! Make a chart with a big square for every day of the week. Choose a category of people for each day and list them on a chart displayed on the refrigerator. Pray for them on the day you have chosen at the dinner table, or at ...more