Over the last two weeks, we announced that the U.S. now has at least 8,000 multisite churches (by the broadest definition) and also 5 trends in how multisites launch and grow . On March 11, we’ll release an illustrated report covering over 25 major findings. It’s titled the Leadership Network/ Generis Multisite Church Scorecard —you can sign up at the bottom of...
Author: Warren Bird
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Dear Roger, Jesus said, "Resist not evil", turn the other cheek" and other similar pacifist type sayings. But yet, we in America continue to support and fight in what we call "Just Wars". How does one reconcile Jesus sayings as an individual/nation in defense against genocide or terrorism? Some have suggested there is one standard for individuals, while there is another...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
"Love That Lasts" is a comprehensive look at 1 Corinthians 13. Paul gives us a model for unselfish love. The chapter also teaches us practical ways to develop trust and intimacy with others.
Type: Bible Study
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13, Genesis 12:10-20, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 13:10
The social networking phenomenon is accelerating at record speeds and isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. The Pew Research Center states the following statistics for 2018: "Some 95% of teens now say they have or have access to a smartphone, which represents a 22-percentage-point increase from the 73% of teens who said this in 2014-2015. Smartphone ownership is...
Author: Luke Gilkerson
Our culture is so busy we are quickly replacing face to face time with texting, tweeting, voice mail, email and other forms of technology. Especially at Christmas, let’s make sure we give the gift of presence, that we are with each other and carve out time for shared experiences. That's what memories are made of.
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: John 1:1, John 1:14, Luke 10:38-42
Topic: The Birth of Christ
In Leo Tolstoy’s novel The Death of Ivan Ilych, the protagonist, Ivan Ilych, is a smart, competent attorney dying from an unknown cause. Tolstoy describes a scene in which Ivan has a sobering realization while gazing at his sleeping daughter, Gerasim. “Ivan Ilych’s physical sufferings were terrible, but worse than the physical sufferings were his mental sufferings which were...
Author: Don McMinn
The grandparent/grandchild relationship is a special one (and it should be)! It’s sweet and wonderful and like-nothing-we’ve-ever-known-before, but we must take care not to mishandle God’s design for it. “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to...
Author: Deborah Haddix