09 Jan 2017
January 9, 2017

Let’s Reflect

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So, it’s been awhile. Be the Church has been sitting silently for a couple years. Due to some personal issues, it just hasn’t gotten the attention we intended and I apologize to those who have been waiting to see what we were going to be up to. 2017 is now upon us… seemingly snuck up from.. read more →

Being a preacher is a full-time job.  On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It can be one of the most stressful jobs, and also one of the most rewarding.  (See our article “Pastors are People Too“).  Today, we’d like to just list a few things that are really not a good idea.. read more →

14 Jan 2015
January 14, 2015

Pastors are People Too

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Pastors are not perfect. Yes, I said it – pastors are not perfect! Just like every other Christ-follower, pastors are sinful people serving a holy God. Unfortunately, both pastors and lay people forget this fact sometimes. Sometimes lay people expect their pastors to always have the right answer, to do the right thing and have it.. read more →

01 Jan 2015
January 1, 2015

Eating with Sinners

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Perspective changes everything. I always found it funny to read the stories of Jesus getting into trouble with the Pharisees for eating with and spending time with “sinners.” Who else was Jesus supposed to hang out with? You know, there’s Jesus and then there’s the sinners. He could either be alone all the time which.. read more →

03 Nov 2014
November 3, 2014

Witnesses and Races

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In many churches, the first Sunday in November is celebrated as All Saints Sunday.  In the Protestant (non-Catholic) tradition, we remember all Christians who have gone before us and the lives of those who have had an impact on our faith journeys. In this video, we’re going to take a brief look at a few saints.. read more →

08 Aug 2014
August 8, 2014

Change Your Story

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Do you like change? Most people don’t. The truth is, though, changing is part of life. Sometimes change is exciting – getting married, having children, or moving to a new place. Many times change is difficult – losing a loved one or getting laid off from work. When it comes to congregations within the Church,.. read more →

You’ve seen it, haven’t you? The church where the pastor is working 24/7, dealing with negative church members, making hospital visits, responding to emergencies, and attending meetings; ultimately draining him or herself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This is not healthy and it isn’t the way the Church is supposed to function. It is not.. read more →

04 Jan 2014
January 4, 2014

I Blew It!

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Last weekend we attended a family gathering.  Before lunch, my “uncle-in-law” and I were asked if one of us would pray.  I said I’d rather he did, and he thought I should.  In the end, we ended up doing a unison prayer together that everyone knew.  That was ok, but my response bothered me. Why.. read more →

We are quickly approaching Christmas which means many people will be visiting churches that don’t typically do so.  Is your congregation ready?  Do you have good signs in place so the building is easy to navigate?  Are greeters lined up and congregation members ready to welcome guests with love and respect?  If your congregation is.. read more →

If we surveyed America, we would discover that somewhere around 80% of Americans say they are Christian. 80%! And yet, only about 25% of Americans will worship at some time this weekend. What does it meant to say that we are Christian? Does it really mean something … or is it a nice catch phrase?.. read more →