Danger: Implement change with care, FBC Durham pastor says

Jeff Robinson — April 19, 2010

It was a “traditional” Southern Baptist church, with its tradition entrenched firmly in the soil of 1955, an age that gave America the roadside luncheonette, waitresses on skates, the beehive hairstyle, “I Love Lucy” and Fortune 500 efficiency as the doctrine which served as the standing or falling of the…

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Seven sure-fire ways to blow up a church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 16, 2010

By Chuck Lawless, Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary I served as a church pastor for 14 years, have now served for 12 years as a church consultant and have watched hundreds of students begin their local church ministries during my 14 years…

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Speaking the truth in love: the key to pastoral ministry

Garrett E. Wishall — April 15, 2010

By Thomas R. Schreiner, preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary. A loving pastor should not want to blow up his church, but, for even the most faithful minister,…

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How to implement and sustain change in a local church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 14, 2010

By Hershael W. York, senior pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky. and Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary. With some regularity I receive an email or a call relating that some pastor, often a seminary student or recent graduate, has “torn up”…

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David Prince and Jeremy Haskins on how to implement and sustain change in a local church WITHOUT blowing it up

Garrett E. Wishall — April 13, 2010

Picture this situation: you have served as pastor of a particular church for less than five years. The church is growing and you think it would be wise to construct a new building. “Yes, the church was founded in 1916 and has met in the same building for 90 years,”…

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April 12 Towers: How to Blow up a Church

Garrett E. Wishall — April 12, 2010

The goal of course is to NOT blow up churches: but in reality some pastors do. Of course, what church is perfect? All churches need to grow in matching the New Testament picture of a body of people who reflect the image of Christ as individuals and as a group….

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My father’s son: Brand making name in country music

jeff robinson — April 9, 2010

In his song “Walking in My Father’s Shoes,” Craig Morgan sings lovingly of a father who taught his son how to be a man by example: “He taught me so many things, even when he wasn’t trying to,” one line recalls. Country music has a cherished tradition of emphasizing the…

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SBTS chapel Mullins Lectures live blog: Bryan Chapell

Garrett E. Wishall — April 1, 2010

Preacher: Bryan Chapell Text/title: Romans 15:4; “Hope’s Journey” The question before is whether the examples I have already given from Gideon and Colossians of Christ-centered interpretation are unique instances or whether they are normative throughout Scripture. Instead of trying to make Jesus Himself mentioned in every text, magically appear in…

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SBTS live blog: Bryan Chapell — Mullins Lectures

Garrett E. Wishall — March 31, 2010

God’s love is not based on our heroic or holy actions. What is the basis of God’s love? His grace. I know you know that, but the implications can be difficult for even the most mature Christian to apprehend and live out. Most of our human relationships are consequential and…

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SBTS chapel live blog: Bryan Chapell Mullins Lectures – Judges 7

Garrett E. Wishall — March 30, 2010

Preacher: Bryan Chapell Text/title: Judges 7 – Use for Useless Heroes I had the privilege when I graduated from Covenant Seminary of pastoring the oldest and largest church in our association. To tell you I felt like hot stuff would be an understatement. What I didn’t recognize soon enough was…

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