Why do committed Christians go to church less often? The statistics are in! 1. Greater affluence Money gives people options. If your church is at all engaging the middle class, the upper middle class, or a suburban demographic, an interesting trend is developing. The middle class is shrinking, but as this New York Times report shows , it’s shrinking (in part)...
Author: Carey Nieuwhof
Pastor Rick Warren shares his thoughts on the powerful impact of God's Church, His Bride: "The Church is the most magnificent concept ever created. It has survived persistent abuse, horrifying persecution, and widespread neglect. Yet despite its faults (due to our sinfulness), it is still God’s chosen instrument of blessing and has been for 2,000 years. The Church will last...
Author: Rick Warren
The Discovery Channel once hosted a series called “Dirty Jobs.” Mike Rowe, the host, mucked-out, dug under, flushed, slogged, and slid through some of the most filthy and foul places on the planet. But whether he had been hanging from rafters or slipping through sewers, Rowe consistently showed his viewers how even the most grungy, grimy, gross job still has its own dirty...
Author: Leonard Sweet
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
My home was a nightmare. I felt dead inside, fearful of each new day. I was having one of those days when nothing seemed to be going as planned. I wanted to crawl back in bed so I could rise again to some other, new beginning. Just as I was having one of those mornings, for no apparent reason, a friend brought me a beautiful bouquet of roses, stargazers, and carnations. I...
Author: Gloria Irving
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Church, shares his thoughts about healthy churches. This is what he has to say: "When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I predicted that church health – not church growth – would be the primary concern of the 21st Century church. I believe that prediction is proving itself true. The New Testament says a lot about the health of the...
Author: Rick Warren
Why should the church disengage from politics? There are voices shouting from both sides of the issue. I often hear from some Christians who argue that we should disengage from social or political issues. Particularly around election season, these Christians will reason that we shouldn’t be speaking to political or cultural topics, since the New Testament seems not to. These...
Author: Russell Moore
Have you settled for a mediocre faith? Is your prayer life mundane, expectations low. God is bigger than that. Steven Furtick preaches about childlike faith. "Paul said to not let anyone look down on you because you are young." • I’m an expert on the idea of being dumb enough that God can do anything. Anything that is written in God’s Word is possible for anyone who...
Author: Steven Furtick
Hello, Roger! Jack Wellman of “Telling Ministries: Talking Truth Through Technology”, emailed me an article that he had written delineating some of the signs of apathy that tell the pastor that it is time for him/her to leave the church and move on. Frankly, I always thought that I would “move on” by being fired. Every pastor I knew growing up got fired. I guess that...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Daring Greatly is a series about stepping out of our comfort zones to believe God to change our faith, our relationships, our peace and our church. Preached by Casas Teaching Team.
Peter teaches that your choices and life direction should reflect God's love for you as His chosen treasure. You are a royal priesthood, expressing His grace and sacrifice through Jesus, His Son.
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-9