What if the Church Helped Provide Work Instead of Handouts?

David Spickard

This guest post by David Spickard originally appeared on Jobs for Life.  David grew up in Nashville, TN, and has always had a heart for people in need. Since 1999, he has applied his MBA and love for God at Jobs for Life, first as its Director of Operations and then as its CEO, beginning in 2006.  During this time, he has helped JfL grow from a local work in Raleigh, NC, to a global network of churches, ministries, and businesses helping men and women learn God’s design for work and find mea … [Read more...]

40 Churches in 40 Weeks: New Film Project Seeks Answers

40 churches

Today I am privileged to feature a guest post from my friend Sharon Bollum, who is heading up an innovative project called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM. Like me, she has concerns about the state of the body of Christ in America and is committed to asking the questions many seem afraid to ask. Check out 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM and follow their quest on Facebook or Twitter. When I tell people that we are traveling across the U.S. filming a documentary called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM I get one o … [Read more...]

Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

Blindfold

The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it's entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the letter can be returned … [Read more...]

Natural Disaster Relief: Why a Portable Church Has an Advantage

Hurricane Sandy disaster relief

Water can sure do a lot of damage. A typhoon in the Philippines, a tsunami in Indonesia, or closer to home, a superstorm in New York and New Jersey.We've all seen the pictures -- a tree that crashed through the middle of a house, a boat sitting lopsided in the middle of the a pile of wreckage, and houses flooded up to the second story. But the pictures don't even do it justice. Having personally seen the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, Florida, I can tell you that the damage is … [Read more...]

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

DeaPeaJay

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

raised hands in worship service

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...]


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