Blog

My goal with this blog is to inspire and equip church leaders to build healthy churches that fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

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8 Principles of Great Preaching

I've been listening to sermons for over 40 years now and attempting to preach for over 20 years. There are ...
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Attitudes of a Rock Star Staffer

As of this writing, there are 23 staffers serving at our church. Over the last 20 years, we have seen ...
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3 Primary Sources Eroding the Family Home Today

Erosion occurs when the forces of the environment eat away the foundation on which we are relying. The American family ...
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Why We Stopped Doing Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) was born out of an evangelistic passion of Mrs. Walter Aylett Hawes, a doctor's wife. Her ...
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3 Menaces of a Mob Mentality

Everyone seems mad. Everywhere you look people are mad and they’re taking their anger to the streets. With signs waving ...
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If You Could Lead the Church of Your DREAMS, What Would It Look Like?

If You Could Lead the Church of Your DREAMS, What Would It Look Like?

In 1999, when I graduated from seminary and prepared to take my first pastorate, there was far more that I ...
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How to Overcome Racism

Recent events have reminded us that racial tension is alive and well in America. Tempers flare and sides are quickly ...
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How To Know When It’s Time to Find a New Church

What I saw from the many comments on my previous post - The Church Isn't Meeting My Needs - Part ...
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The Church Isn’t Meeting My Needs

Over the years I've watched many people come into the church excited only to be MIA within a few short ...
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Is Anyone Feeling Depressed?

I’ve struggled with depression off and on for many years now. Sometimes it’s been severe but lately it feels like ...
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3 Vaccines We all Need Right Now

It all began in the United States on January 20, 2020. That was the date of the first confirmed case ...
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8 Ways To Overcome Fear

8 Ways To Overcome Fear

What’s spreading as fast as the coronavirus? FEAR. Fear is one of our primal emotions. Healthy fear can save your ...
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How To Have Church When You Can't Have Church

How To Have Church When You Can’t Have Church

The Coronavirus pandemic is literally changing everything! In our state, Maryland, the restrictions have changed rapidly.  On Thursday, March 12, ...
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The Single Greatest Christian Growth Catalyst

The Single Greatest Christian Growth Catalyst

I've been to a few dozen conferences over the last 20 years and I've always walked away with at least ...
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Growthbusters!

Growthbusters!

I've been coaching pastors for over a decade now and I've noticed that we (yes, I include myself) often struggle ...
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You Guys are a Cult!

You Guys are a Cult!

I recently talked to one of our members out in the parking lot who told me they had a funny ...
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Kicking Church to the Curb?

Kicking Church to the Curb?

"Say Wally." "Yeah, Beaver." "Can I borrow your tie for church?" "Sure Beav. Just hurry it up so we aren't ...
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3 Enemies of Revitalization

3 Enemies of Revitalization

When I started ministry in 1999 I had passion and vision, but not a lot of strategies and tools. There ...
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To Baptize or Not to Baptize...

To Baptize or Not to Baptize…

Susie just gave her life to Christ, but she's living with her boyfriend. John just prayed the prayer, but he's ...
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7 Envelopes Could Change Your Life!

7 Envelopes Could Change Your Life!

I usually write on topics of church leadership, but this time I want to get very personal.Like most couples, we ...
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5 Distinctives of Difference-Making Churches

5 Distinctives of Difference-Making Churches

Although it doesn't take an advanced degree to determine that the church is in trouble, recent research findings confirm the ...
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4 Secrets of Effective Evangelistic Churches

4 Secrets of Effective Evangelistic Churches

The numbers are alarming. Southern Baptists, once a leading denomination in evangelistic effectiveness, continue to decline year after year. The ...
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Four Things Your Guests are Going to Notice

Four Things Your Guests are Going to Notice

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the guests all arriving the greeters are thriving; we're so glad ...
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Processing the Pain of Senseless Evil

Processing the Pain of Senseless Evil

Processing the Pain of Senseless EvilPosted by Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Monday, November 6, 2017 “Sometimes something useless happens ...
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