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The Australian rugby star fired for speaking out against homosexuality on social media earlier this year said in a sermon Sunday that the devil is behind the push to expand transgender rights to children. He also urged Christians to take a stand for truth without fear of the repercussions.
There is a familiar statement that's quoted often, "Behind every number, there is a name.” For the 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, they all have names. To Bethany Christian Services, one of the largest foster care and adoption agencies in the nation, every child is much more than a number. They are a person that deserves the love of Jesus Christ and the benefit of a stable family.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is back behind the pulpit, teaching Sunday School for the first time after breaking his hip.
Find the good. It's there. Even in churches that may not be your cup of tea.There are two big myths about the way we view churches of various sizes.Myth #1: Big churches got big because they compromised their message, stole sheep or had some special advantage unavailable to other churches.Myth #2: Small churches stay small because they’re lazy, stupid or culturally irrelevant.Neither is true.Sure, there are some compromising big churches and some lazy small churches. There are also some compromising small churches and some lazy big churches. But for the most part, those stereotypes are untrue, unfair and unhelpful.They divide the body, hurt our witness and keep churches and their leaders trapped in unfair expectations.Mostly though, they provide a convenient excuse for each type of church to look down on other types of churches.So how do we overcome those stereotypes? Here are 5 starter steps:1. Look Beyond The HeadlinesEvery time there’s a scandal involving a big church, I hear from small church proponents who are convinced this is “proof” that big churches are an inherently a bad idea.In the same way, whenever a small church closes its doors, someone from among my church growth friends offers that as “proof” that we need to break through growth barriers, or be doomed to irrelevance and failure.The truth behind the headlines is that both big and small churches have scandals and closures. But big churches get the headlines because of their size and notoriety, while small churches minister in obscurity, going unnoticed and often unappreciated.Big churches are not more prone to compromise, and small churches are not more prone to laziness.2. Recognize Your Own PrejudiceEvery time there’s a mention of church size, someone chimes in with why they like or don’t ...Continue reading...
Find the good. It's there. Even in churches that may not be your cup of tea.There are two big myths about the way we view churches of various sizes.Myth #1: Big churches got big because they compromised their message, stole sheep or had some special advantage unavailable to other churches.Myth #2: Small churches stay small because they’re lazy, stupid or culturally irrelevant.Neither is true.Sure, there are some compromising big churches and some lazy small churches. There are also some compromising small churches and some lazy big churches. But for the most part, those stereotypes are untrue, unfair and unhelpful.They divide the body, hurt our witness and keep churches and their leaders trapped in unfair expectations.Mostly though, they provide a convenient excuse for each type of church to look down on other types of churches.So how do we overcome those stereotypes? Here are 5 starter steps:1. Look Beyond The HeadlinesEvery time there’s a scandal involving a big church, I hear from small church proponents who are convinced this is “proof” that big churches are an inherently a bad idea.In the same way, whenever a small church closes its doors, someone from among my church growth friends offers that as “proof” that we need to break through growth barriers, or be doomed to irrelevance and failure.The truth behind the headlines is that both big and small churches have scandals and closures. But big churches get the headlines because of their size and notoriety, while small churches minister in obscurity, going unnoticed and often unappreciated.Big churches are not more prone to compromise, and small churches are not more prone to laziness.2. Recognize Your Own PrejudiceEvery time there’s a mention of church size, someone chimes in with why they like or don’t ...Continue reading...
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