Month: September 2007

Quote of the day

“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
Edward R. Murrow
US broadcast journalist & newscaster (1908 – 1965)

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The Fulton Street revival can happen, again

Jeremiah Lanphier statueA life-sized sculpture of Jeremiah Lanphier has been commissioned from Lincoln Fox.  This bronze sculpture will be revealed at the 2007 Fulton Street Prayer conference and will be placed in various locations in Lower Manhattan.


Take one inexperienced layman, an old dying church, plus a heart for God, and you have the ingredients that sparked the Fulton Street Revival of 1857. 

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Looking for the Lost

Looking for the Lost   (Here’s the mp3 from 9.16.07)  Luke 15:1-10

Ravens lead searchers to lost woman

Circling ravens and two men who decided not to rest on their day off led to the discovery of a 76-year-old woman who had been missing for almost two weeks in the Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon.

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From a coalition to a congregation in 5 difficult steps

Yesterday we looked at characteristics of coalition vs. congregation churches.   Assume for a moment, hypothetically of course, that your church is a coalition of factions, each one protecting its own turf and sharing power in a tentative stand-off.  How do you as pastor or lay leader move your church from being a coalition to an authentic congregation? 

Here are the 5 steps to changing a coalition church into a congregation:

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Is your church a coalition or congregation?

I’ve noticed that a lot of governments around the world are formed by coalitions of various factions.  Each stakes out its own territory, but they agree to work together to keep the government going.  They share power, but not a common goal. 

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Small town changes affect small churches

Things in our small town are changing — some for the better, some not.  The town drugstore, Woodfin’s Pharmacy, closed earlier this summer.   A big drugstore chain bought them out, and moved all the prescriptions two miles out of town to the new store on US 29, a major north-south highway. 

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The power of passion

About this time of year, if your church is like ours, you’re scrapping around for folks to fill church jobs.  You need teachers, committee members, and church leaders.  And, if you’re like us, you’ll fill a lot of jobs.  But a few of those jobs will get filled by people who are passionate about them.  Those are the ministries that will grow and flourish.   Those are the people who will set the standard for your church. 

What makes passion so powerful?  Take a look and let me know what you think —

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