We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. Like so many congregations, we’ve sunk an amazing amount of time and energy into becoming a welcoming church. We changed worship styles, trained greeters and ushers, wore name tags, brewed coffee, went to workshops on hospitality and put our friendliest people …
10 New Books on Christian Growth and Serious Christian Living
10 New Books on Christian Growth and Serious Christian Living -- ALL ON SALE Like any good bookstore, we have all kinds of books, shelves in dozens of categories. Gardening, fiction, history, addiction recovery, film studies, engineering; we've got YA novels, cultural criticism, cookbooks, architecture, outdoor recreation, health, grief, and kid's picture books galore. We stand ready as a full service bookstore to help you with…
Former atheist-turned-Bible worker reveals why he thought Christians didn't really believe the...
A former atheist who found faith and now works with the Australian Bible Society says he used to think Christians didn't really follow Jesus because so many would rather give to humanitarian causes than share the Good News.
Christian Christmas Cards
Boxed Christmas cards are 50% off every day, making it affordable to send a special Christmas message to family and friends.
Contemporary art is a fraud, says top dealer
One of the world’s leading art dealers this week launched an astonishing attack on the contemporary art market, condemning the millions charged for some works as “almost fraud”.
How to Search Connections between Greek and English Bibles
Do you ever need to perform searches that connect English with Greek? For example, do you ever need to find out how a specific translation treats a given grammatical construction? This is nearly impossible to do without the specialized tagging in Logos. Let me show you a specific example from real life (if it weren’t …
Evangelicals Must Not Ignore the Church Fathers
"We shouldn’t forget that the Reformers relied heavily on the early church, especially the work of Augustine."
Why Church Leaders Should Read (and Teach) the Bible as Literature
God’s Word is alive, revealing our hearts and directing how we live, but it is also literature. And understanding that can help us understand the Bible.
Why Church Giving Is Decreasing
There are a few key reasons why giving might be down in your church.
How to Avoid Being Fired When Leading a Growing Church
For sure, there are no guarantees. But we have heard from many change leaders who have found these approaches to be highly effective. Leading change is difficult. Leading change wisely is best.
'Pastor Stanley's Words Are Dangerous': Messianic Believers Say 2nd Biggest US Church Should NOT...
A trio of Messianic Jewish leaders in the Atlanta area is the latest to publicly sound alarms concerning the "replacement theology" teachings about Christians and the Old Testament by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point, the nation's second largest church.
10 NEW BOOKS FOR CHURCH LEADERS ABOUT WORSHIP, OUTREACH, CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, and MORE on sale...
Sometimes, as in last week's BookNotes, I try to tell you a bit about the authors of a particular book, explaining why their past work remains important, and why a new book (in that case, Beyond the Modern Age: An Archeology of Contemporary Culture by Bob Goudzwaard & Craig Bartholomew) is so very urgent. I do my best to explain about it in some detail, making a case that at least some of our readers should purchase it right away. Such reviews are…
What Happens when Churches Read Together
We need to read the Bible, certainly—but also history, literature, current events, and everything else under the sun.
What Is the Church?
A message from 1 Corinthians 1:2 preached at Cross Road Baptist Church by Bob Loyd on August 2, 2015
What is a Church?
What is the "Church"?
So, what comes to mind when you hear the word “church”? A building? A business? A place to gather on a Sunday morning. In 1 Peter 2:5, the apostle describes the church, you and me, as living stones who are “being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Here’s How to Get Your Church Ready to Grow
Healthy financial practices protect your church and fuel your mission
Five Ways We Learn by Teaching in the Church
By Dave Schroeder I am not a teacher. I am not a PhD. I do not have an MDiv. Yet, I have yearned to achieve each of those things but have not felt called by God to seriously pursue them. In my head, it is a constant debate of man’s glory and God’s glory. Despite life not guiding me in those ways, my desire to influence and teach has never gone away regardless of what label is on it. I am a child…
5 Effective Ways to Convince a Church Guest to Return
We want to communicate to guests: “We love you. We love God and people made in His image. And we want to meet you with that love in the place where you are.”
Why You Shouldn’t Give Up On the Church
I grew up in the Church. No really, I grew up in the church. As a pastor’s kid, I spent countless hours in church and doing church activities. I am a church native and familiar with all its quirks and cultural oddities, with all its strengths and all its failings. As the son of prominent evangelic