40+ And The Church: What Pastors & Leaders Have To Say (Part 2)

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The first post in this series offers a look at the demographics of those who responded to my survey of pastors and church leaders in search of their insight about how they're ministering to and with congregants over age 40. (Click here to read it.) I'm sure the call to pass on our faith from one generation to the next predates the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), but the words given to Israel before they crossed into the promised land after 40 years in the desert crystallized how to best do this - … [Read more...]

40+ And The Church: What Pastors & Leaders Have To Say (Part 1)

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Two weeks ago, I invited pastors and leaders to weigh in on the topic of older adults in their congregations. (Click here if you'd like to take this brief survey. I'll be keeping the survey active for at least 2 more weeks.) I've heard from nearly 60 leaders to date. While I received a fair amount of feedback from pastors and other congregational leaders in the survey I did last summer querying those over 40 to share about their relationship with the local church, my questions focused on … [Read more...]

A Women’s Conference For The Mind (And Heart, Soul, and Strength)

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"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." –Mark 12:30, Deuteronomy 6:5 Most of the churches I've attended over the last four decades have put the accent on different parts of this command. Some put the emphasis on strength, service, community action and outreach. Others have put the emphasis on the soul - personal piety for believers and evangelism of not-yet-believers were the primary focus of these congregations. … [Read more...]

Review: God’s Forever Family

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Why should the devil have all the good music? If those words immediately trigger a memory for you of a live performance of Larry Norman pounding on a piano a la Jerry Lee Lewis, you might be an aging Jesus Freak. While religious and social historians who study such things are divided on whether the Jesus Movement of the late 1960's–early `70's was indeed American's fourth great awakening, those of us who came to faith during this hurricane of the Spirit recognize that it was, at the least, … [Read more...]

God Doesn’t Want Christian Clones

know people who pepper their spiritual talk by quoting Beth Moore's pithy observations, Joyce Meyer's motivational aphorisms or Mark Driscoll's take-no-prisoners bluntspeak. I've known others who take their Christian life cues from radio personality Nancy Leigh DeMoss, social activist Shane Claiborne, Charismatic teachers Heidi and Roland Baker, or simply borrow the convictions of their favorite pastor. While these "Christian famous" speakers may be seated at the same banquet table at the … [Read more...]

What Happens At Your Church After An Older Leader Hands Over The Mic?

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Earlier this week, 78 year-old Dr. Tony Campolo announced he would be closing the doors of the ministry he launched three decades ago. I appreciate his faithfulness and consistent voice on behalf of the marginalized, and applaud his wise words in the RNS piece about his retirement from the organizational part of his speaking and writing ministry: "Too often, we old guys hang on too long and steal the spotlight from the new, bright, shining stars emerging as speakers and leaders,” Campolo … [Read more...]

Review: The Rebbe’s Army

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They leave the security of family and community to travel to the ends of the earth in the name of God. Destinations for these emissaries have included Bangkok, Salt Lake City, Alaska, Russia...just about anywhere there is a possibility they can be used to reconnect someone with God. They maintain their own unique lifestyle based in religious observance though this means they almost always stand out, peculiar people, in their adopted hometowns. They know they may never return to the comfort of … [Read more...]


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