Raising Hands in Church a Distraction? One Pastor’s Perspective

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My post Why I Don't Raise My Hands in Your Church may have had some readers doubting that any Christians could possibly have a problem with a practice that has become standard worship procedure in worship -- raising hands.Let me stress, I don't have a problem -- provided our focus is on worshipping God sincerely in Spirit and truth and not on conforming to external pressures.I thought one pastor's perspective on this issue was worth discussing as it represents a significant corner of … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

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I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right?OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost friends, and raise my hands higher (Higher!), I might b … [Read more...]

With U.S. Government Shut Down, Churches Step Up

Jesus Loves Jersey helps during the government shutdown

NOTE: I came across this inspiring report of churches stepping up to serve the community in light of the US government shutdown and thought I'd share about it directly from the press release. Feel free to share, link, pass along -- whatever works to inspire others to do the same. Let's get this service party started! With up to 31,000 employees being furloughed and over 190,000 small businesses affected directly by the government shutdown, New Jersey residents and businesses are far from … [Read more...]

Praise for the Promise

Simeon and Jesus: Praise for the Promise

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. He Told You!He Showed You!He Revealed To You! … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

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People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

Catalyst speakers

Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]

Dr Henry Cloud Opens Catlayst 2013 on Identity

Dr. Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud kicked off the opening session of Catalyst 2013 Labs with a session inspired by his new book Boundaries for Leaders. Dr. Cloud challenged Catalyst leaders to honestly acknowledge the reality gap that exists between what we know about leadership and what we actually experience in the real world of daily leadership struggles.  As Christian leaders, we know our identity is in Christ. We believe that proposition. But how do we truly understand our identity?  All too often we mi … [Read more...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

Can God guide a Christian's decision through dreams?

Does God use dreams to speak to Christians today?Many years ago, I would have immediately replied with a vehement and emphatic “No!” My fervor for protecting the place of Scripture as God’s revelation of Himself demanded it. Or so I thought.Now, I’m not so sure that dreams have no place alongside my continued insistence on the rightful place of Scripture as “the only rule to direct how we may glorify and enjoy Him.” As I read Scripture, I see God using dreams to guide His people, not just … [Read more...]


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