Category Archives: Quotes and Notes

Repentance 

QUOTE: “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road” – C.S. Lewis NOTE   DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS What gets your attention? What human needs or problems … Continue reading

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For stronger faith, pray stronger prayers…

Lent, 2016 As we move through Lent toward Easter and beyond to Pentecost, I’m hoping and praying for a significant, positive, meaningful change in the spiritual climate of our churches. We are spiritual … but Methodists are not about staying … Continue reading

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Young Pastors and Ambition – My Confession

Opening issue, from a Facebook friend: My heart is heavy today for the young pastors of our church who have passion, energy, conviction, talent and deep calling and are told (not so much by words but actions) “wait your turn … Continue reading

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New Life For A Dying Church

Question: I am thinking of a United Methodist church. It is several blocks from a main street, has a dusty set of buildings that need maintenance all over the place. Average age about 70. Very few baptisms or new members in … Continue reading

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Street Evangelism Questions

Street Evangelism Questions Question: About this time in Carbondale some Christian groups go out with a cross and seek to evangelize Millennials out on the Strip. People seek to persuade the lost in a few minutes that they need to avoid … Continue reading

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Is repentance a prerequisite to a relationship with Christ?

A comment on Facebook in a discussion regarding homophobia: “However, I was a little disturbed by your definition of the Gospel: ‘the good news that, through Christ, God is making all things new and the Kingdom of Heaven is open … Continue reading

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"The Christian faith was inaugurated" when Jesus said "Follow me!"

Keith Giles recently wrote the following … I’ve emphasized some points by highlighting them in bold: According to the New Testament, the Christian faith was inaugurated at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit, in fulfillment of Joel 2:28-32, was poured out … Continue reading

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RON EDMONDSON: 7 Reasons Leaders Quit Your Organization

RON EDMONDSON writes: If your organization expects to grow, you’ll need to attract, develop and retain quality leaders.  One of the highest costs an organization has is replacing leaders, so ideally once a leader is hired, you’ll want to keep … Continue reading

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Beyond the Megachurch Myths

Ed Stetzer recently corrected some common misunderstandings about megachurches, sharing information from Scott Thumma, one of the top megachurch researchers in the country, and author (with Dave Travis) of the book Beyond Megachurch Myths. Stetzer comments (in italics here) on nine … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Heaven: The Communion Scene from Places in the Heart

As my thoughts turn to Easter, and the new life that resurrection allows, I’m reminded of the closing scene of the film “Places in the Heart.” The movie ends as it began, on a Sunday. The church choir sings “Blessed … Continue reading

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