By Linda Ahlgrim Ever wonder if it’s quitting time? Every church volunteer has probably faced a time when they felt that way. More often than not, these frustrations arise from interpersonal conflict and should be seen as opportunities to practice humility and become more like Christ, not as reasons to quit. But sometimes we do […]
By Michael C. Mack In 2009, Dave Runyon gathered a group of 20 lead ministers in the Denver area to think, dream, and pray about how their churches might join forces to serve their community. The ministers asked the local mayor a simple question: “How can we as churches best work together to serve our […]
By Michael C. Mack One way to know you have an intimate relationship with the Father is when you hear and recognize his voice (John 10:1-5). The only way to do that is to spend time alone with him. But that’s not easy in our fast-paced lives. In ministry we tend to spend a lot […]
By Jim Tune I’ve often been asked, “Isn’t this the only thing that really matters to God in the end: whether or not you’re a good person?” This sounds great, and being good and doing good are central to what it means to be human, but this question masks a subtle belief system. Just below […]
By Mark A. Taylor I’ve written before about a friend in ministry who was dealing with some difficult people. “Why don’t you show them why they need to approach this problem in a different way?” I asked her. “Because people don’t change,” she said. “My telling them another way is better won’t make any difference. […]
By Matt Smay One thing is certain as we contemplate all the changes the church is facing. Tomorrow’s church won’t look like the church we remember from days gone by. I try to keep things as simple as possible. When we overcomplicate things, we extend the time it takes to learn and become proficient at […]
This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the September 14 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com. ______ By Sam E. Stone Despite all that was going on around them, the people of Israel still had reason […]
By Dick Alexander When I graduated from seminary in the late 1960s, I had answers. Today I have questions. Back then, I thought I knew what a church should look like. There were some variations on a theme, but there was essentially one “model.” But today? Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Everything […]
- Changing a City
- Are We Moving?
- New President Appointed at Dallas Christian College
- Not Your Grandma’s Women’s Ministry
- Food Fight!
- Our Focus: on the Cross?
- Here’s Where Change Begins
- To Lead Change You Must Be Changed
- Why Would You Be the President of the NACC?
- A Seven-Day Cycle for Shoes
- Thinking Big
- Love Repurposed
- No One Recovers Alone
- This Week’s Decisions about How I’ll Use the Internet
- 2014 NACC: One Man’s Testimony
- 2014 NACC: Offstage
- 2014 NACC: Different & Demanding
- Ten Ways to Stifle Discussion in Your Group or Class
- How Are Things at Home?
- Despots, Presidents, and a Readable Grammarian
- The Thread that Leads to God
- God Is Working, God Will Work!
- The Lego Principle
- Just What Were You Thinking?
- Collaboration: The Key to Strength
- Training the Next Generation of Leaders
- Christian Colleges, 2013-14 (Chart)
- Six Stepped Down
- Hallowed Ground
9/12/14 •New President Appointed at Dallas Christian College
9/05/14 •A Seven-Day Cycle for Shoes
9/04/14 •Thinking Big
9/19/14 •The Strategic Ministry of ‘Neighboring’
9/19/14 •Hallowed Ground
9/18/14 •Go Away to Get Inside