Archives For Church Life

Tips, information, and advice for church goers, pastors, priests, small group leaders, Sunday school teachers

Is Your City Among the Most Bible-Minded or Least Bible-Minded?

The American Bible Society and Barna Research recently released a study showing the U.S. cities that are the most Bible-minded. Top contenders include:

Chattanooga, Birmingham, Roanoke, and Springfield.

But what if your city didn’t make the top 10? Or even top 50? Continue Reading...

30 Ways You Can HEART Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

It's a great time to say "thank you" to anyone and everyone on your church staff, including volunteers.

Here are 30 ways you can show your pastor encouragement, but don't be too shy to express the love to everyone who is working at your church:

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Sherwood Carthen

Leif and I have the joy of meeting many extraordinary people, but sometimes we meet the super-extraordinary.

Sherwood Carthen was one of them. Continue Reading...

Worship painter

Let me introduce you to my friend, Scott Erickson. Scott is the Artist-in-Residence at Ecclesia Church in Houston (led by Pastor Chris Seay). I recently featured Scott, Chris, and Ecclesia in a blog post about Tattoos and the season of Lent. Check it out, here.

Scott is probably the only person in the world who is an artist-in-residence at a church. He also travels around the world with various organizations, conferences, and events painting live for the audience.

Throughout this year, I want to introduce you to some of my friends. People whose voices I know, respect, and appreciate. Their words often challenge me in my thinking and faith. I hope they'll challenge you, too. Enjoy!
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An Open Letter to Everyone Over 40 Who Has Left the Church

To whom it may concern and to whom, more importantly, it should concern:

Over the last few months I've met so many of you. Maybe I haven't met you, but I've met others with enough similarities in their stories that I thought I should write. You're over 40, and you've been in the church for years.

If you have children, then more than anything you want your kids to have a strong foundation, to grow up knowing the Lord. I think that's beautiful. But now your kids are older--either following the Lord bravely or choosing to sin boldly. Depending on the day, your heart celebrates or mourns with your kids. It probably always will.

As the years have passed and the nest grows emptier, you're no longer going to church for them, you're going for you. And that creates a void. Deep down inside, you're wondering whether you really should bother going at all.

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