Blog entries tagged Churches


26. Sunday at a Satellite Campus

September 5, 2010

This morning we went the Northway Campus of the Village Church in Dallas. This is a satellite campus of the main campus in Flower Mound, north of Dallas-Forth Worth Airport. There is another satellite campus in Denton. Together three locations offer 11 services each week, drawing somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-9,000 people every Sunday. We chos...

27. Q and A video – Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?

August 30, 2010

The last election was mean-spirited and it was hard to discern between truth and lies. Should Christians separate from political activism and focus on “Christian work” instead?

28. Anne Rice Quits Christianity

August 2, 2010

A few days ago bestselling author Anne Rice announced on her Facebook page that she is quitting Christianity. She started the ball rolling with this announcement:For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or t...

29. Cannon Beach Q and A, Part 2

July 10, 2010

I’m a modest person and I don’t even like undressing at the doctor’s office. If God is always watching us, and angels are always with us, does this mean when my spouse and I are having sex that we have an audience?The short answer is yes. This is part of the doctrine of God’s omnipresence. Read Psalm 139 and you will see how...

30. I’m Unhappy With My New Church. What Should I Do?

June 16, 2010

We received a fascinating question the other day from someone who said she had moved to a new area and found a new church. But things are not going well. She sees “rampant sin” (which she did not specify) going on the congregation and even among the leaders. Others have tried to address these problems to no avail. What should she do? He...

31. The Best Local Church Video I’ve Ever Seen

March 28, 2010

I believe this is the best local church video I’ve ever seen. I love it because it doesn’t start by talking the church. It starts with the gospel. Watch it and see for yourself. You may find yourself saying, “I’d love to be part of a church like this.”...

32. The Church at Brook Hills

December 15, 2009

Last Sunday we attended a fast-growing church in Birmingham called The Church at Brook Hills. Located at the southeastern edge of the city, the church attracts 5-6,000 attenders each Sunday in three identical services. They come in large part because of the earnest preaching of the senior pastor, Dr. David Platt. Although he is only 30 years old, h...

33. We had Church Tonight

September 16, 2009

I am finally back in my hotel room after the most amazing Wednesday night service I’ve ever attended. Earlier this evening I spoke to about 150 people at the Couples Class at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. As soon as we were finished, Pastor H. B. Charles, Jr (you should check out his blog) hustled me upstairs so...

34. Sunday at Metropolitan

May 5, 2009

Before the week gets too far gone, I want to say thank you to Randy Faulkner and the congregation of Metropolitan Baptist Church for their hospitality during my whirlwind visit over the weekend. I use the word advisedly because I more or less blew in (along with the rain that came on Saturday), preached four times on Sunday, and then flew home yest...

35. How to Spot a Healthy Church—Quickly (2009 update)

February 24, 2009

Two years ago, more or less on the spur of the moment, I wrote a blog entry called How to Spot a Healthy Church–Quickly. That entry turned out to be popular or least noteworthy because it eventually drew 98 comments, which I think is the record so far for any of my blog entries.I hadn’t thought about that entry until Crosswalk decided t...

36. We Joined the Church Today

December 28, 2008

This morning Marlene and I joined Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. To say that we waited a long time would be true, given that we moved to Tupelo in October 2005 and started attending Harrisburg more or less on a regular basis sometime in 2006.┬áIn the last three years we have seen the other side of church life—the view from the pew, ...

37. Excellent Article on the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park

November 20, 2008

The Wednesday Journal ran a nice article on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park. The church has a long legacy of faithful ministry and now is a multicultural congregation with services in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. ...

38. Dr. Todd Wilson

August 24, 2008

This afternoon the members of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL voted overwhelmingly to call Dr. Todd Wilson as their next pastor. He comes to the church with a wealth of experience—Wheaton College undergrad, Wheaton Graduate School, a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England, and two years on staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church ...

39. Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution

June 3, 2008

How should evangelical churches respond to the growing movement toward same-sex marriage? Here’s one answer. Put a statement about marriage in your church constitution.

40. Sunday at Sugar Grove

April 14, 2008

Here’s a slideshow of our visit to Village Bible Church yesterday. If the slideshow doesn’t start automatically, hold down the Crtl button while clicking on Refresh. You can click on each picture to see my comments and then click on Resume Show to go the next picture.Flickr Photo GalleryYesterday we spent most o ...

41. What Are You Fanatical About?

October 29, 2007

Before leaving Grand Ledge this morning, I had breakfast with Andrew, Brian and John—the three staff pastors at Grand Ledge Baptist Church. Andrew I have known for 17 years but I just met Brian and John this weekend. The church recently voted to go to a unique three-way co-pastor system in which the three pastors will toge ...

42. Grand Ledge Baptist Church

October 28, 2007

Tonight I preached my final message at Grand Ledge Baptist Church. This was the closing weekend of a month-long emphasis on missions. This evening we began with a live video interview via the Internet with a missionary couple serving in Bolivia. This is an example of how technology has made the world smaller. Not many years ...

43. Sermons at Sierra Bible Church

October 17, 2007

In my last message at Reno, I promised the congregation that I would post the text of my five messages on knowing God’s will. Here they are:How Can I Discover God’s Will For My Life?Sense and Nonsense About God’s WillThe Hardest Prayer You Will Ever PrayDon’t You Believe in Miracles? When You Nee ...

44. All In For Jesus

October 15, 2007

On Saturday Marlene and I flew to Reno, Nevada to speak at the Fall Conference at Sierra Bible Church. This is the second year in a row that we have come to Reno for the conference. Last year when I preached on doubt, I used the illustration of poker players going “all in” in order to win the game. That’s what we have ...

45. Five Down, Five to Go

October 9, 2007

A few random thoughts on why we do what we do . . .1) We are the middle of ten straight Sundays when I will be away from Tupelo. So far on consecutive Sundays I’ve been in Chicago, Normal, IL, Durango, CO, Thailand (two Sundays), and Los Angeles. Starting this Sunday it will be Reno, NV, Schroon Lake, NY, Grand Ledge, ...

46. Pastor’s Seminar in Los Angeles

October 6, 2007

This morning I met with these men at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. After eating breakfast together, we spent 2 1/2 hours talking about preaching. In the photograph the man to my immediate right (in the striped shirt) is Pastor H. B. Charles, Jr. It was at his invitation that I came to Los Angeles this ...

47. Preaching This Sunday in Los Angeles

October 4, 2007

This Sunday I’m preaching at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California where H. B. Charles, Jr. is the pastor. He is one of my favorite pastors in America and has been for several years. I say that even though we have never met in person. Back when I was pastoring in Oak Park, he somehow found me ...

48. Calvary Baptist Church

September 16, 2007

Today we are at Calvary Baptist Church in Normal, IL, a city in central Illinois on Interstate 55 between Springfield and Chicago. Normal is next to Bloomington, home of Illinois State University. We came at the invitation of Pastor Ralph Wingate, a good friend I met a few years ago. Several times we had lunch in Oak Park w ...

49. How to Leave a Church

September 14, 2007

This week I received an email from someone I do not know asking for some advice. Recently they left the church they had attended for more than eight years. It wasn’t anything doctrinal and it apparently didn’t have anything to do with worship styles or mode or baptism or a new building program. They left because ...

50. Why Churches Change So Slowly

September 4, 2007

During lunch with a friend, the conversation drifted to the question of why churches get stuck in a rut and never seem to change. Eventually one key insight emerged. Every organization is perfectly calibrated to produce exactly the results it is producing. That “calibration” is mostly invisible, but it is there, and it is h ...

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