Confessions of a Church Planting Rev: Interview with Dan Nichols

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Ever wonder what's it really like to be a church planting pastor? Today we hear the confessions of one of the bright lights in the Evangelical world who's doing just that.I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Dan Nichols through his years as a high school student where he led the school's worship efforts. It's been a delight to watch him grow, first as Student Body President at Baptist Bible College and now as he follows God's call to plant a fresh church with a team in Wilkes … [Read more...]

Zip-Line Pastor Entrances and Skyfall Worship Music

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Well,I thought I had seen it all. Does this zip-line entrance into church by Pastor Rod Parsley qualify as "by any means" or is it a step too far?What's next? Pat Robertson's hair catching on fire while he records a commercial for the 700Club -- while moonwalking?As a pallate cleanser, try out this stirring rendition of "Skyfall" -- by the Granger Community Church worship band. In church. Took me back to my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church.Big HT to A Little … [Read more...]

Side-Splitting April Fool’s Day Story — Unless You’re a Baptist?

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As I was prepping for a leadership speaking session on communication, I came across this side-splitting story of communication gone horribly wrong. It makes the perfect blog entry for April Fool's Day.You likely stopped in to FaithWalkers expecting some pithy wisdom for your walk. Instead, you get some pious bathroom humor.I suspect you'll enjoy it -- even if you are a Baptist. I chose not to use it in my upcoming leadership session simply because there's no way I'd get through it … [Read more...]

Easter Sermon Audio: Everything Changes When Jesus Speaks

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Celebrate Resurrection Day with a listen to my recent sermon based on John 20, exploring the first few interactions people had with Jesus following his triumphant rising from the dead.Everyone Jesus encounters is confused, fearful, and or doubting. Maybe you can relate. Not surprisingly, everything changes when Jesus speaks.Listen. Learn. Believe. He is risen!  … [Read more...]

How the Passover Preaches the Gospel of Jesus

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On this Good Friday, when most eyes in Christendom turn to refocus on Christ's sacrifice and suffering on the cross, the Passover also rightly comes to mind.It's not only because the Passover meal served as the capstone to Christ's equipping of his disciples, nor is it just because Christ chose to transform the Passover into the new ordinance for His Church. Different traditions call it different things -- the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, or Communion. But all agree it is significant.I f … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps

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I'm always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his blog h … [Read more...]

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol

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What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage.My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol -- just in Rome -- and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends, but it might be cool if one of the … [Read more...]


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