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

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

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? [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-friendly Church.]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 f … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

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...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer of HOPE International

Privileged to feature a recent interview with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for those w … [Read more...]

Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church

It’s not you. It’s me. That’s why I left your seeker-friendly church.At least that’s what I’m telling everyone. Just to be polite.I know I should just be honest, being a Christian and all, but I’d rather not feel like an evangelical outcast if I can help it. It’s bad enough that I haven’t renewed my subscription to Christianity Today (If we could just keep that between us, I’d appreciate it).But truth be told, I just don’t get what this seeker-friendly church stuff is all about. … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]


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