More Like Christ

More Like Christ

According to a poll conducted by ACS Technologies here, more than half of Americans list themselves as “Christian”.  That is quite a lot, however, it is 15 million fewer persons than in 2011.  In an article sharing the data, it states that the combined...
Preparing the 2023 Budget

Preparing the 2023 Budget

Those in church life know that the season of budgeting is soon upon us.  Just as churches need a plan to receive money, they need a plan to spend it.  Sadly, some churches don’t think strategically about connecting their budget with their ministry.  Rather, they just...
The Junk Drawer

The Junk Drawer

Most of us have a junk drawer. It is that place we accumulate everything we might want to grab one day, but seldom do. Mine has always been in the kitchen. I was looking in it the other day, hunting a twist tie for a bag of bread. I found plenty of things—toothpicks,...
Freedom For

Freedom For

Yesterday our nation celebrated its independence. It is a day of flag waving, parades, get-togethers, and cook outs. Hot dogs are the big thing on July 4th, which is why Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is held on the holiday—last year’s winner ate 76 hot dogs in 10...
THE STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

THE STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

Should my church have a stewardship campaign? That question should be met with another.  Should my church have a time to emphasize mission?  Or prayer?  Or children?  Or Bible study?  The answer to all of these is, “of course.”  Stewardship is part of discipleship,...
Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

For as long as I can remember, I have heard the expression, “Run for your life.”  Usually, that has to do with something nonsensical in which no one’s life is in serious jeopardy.  However, there are people who actually have to run for their lives.  They are called...