Bud Brown


The hidden sources of church conflict

Pastor, can you pinpoint the hidden sources of conflict in your congregation? If not, how will you manage them? Thankfully, you’re not left to your own devices on this one! The Bible lays it out pretty clearly. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that

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How do their lives fit God’s mission?

What do you tell the man who’s barely pays the family bills when he asks, “Pastor, how does this unrelenting financial pressure fit into what God’s doing in the world?” Or how do you comfort the single working mother who worries about bullies picking on her youngest at school? Pastor, do the members of your church

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What’s a pastor do when God leads into a dark tunnel?

What do you do when serving God leads you into a long, dark tunnel? You keep walking – and talking – even when something in your head screams “Run the other way!” Most of us didn’t sign on for hazardous duty when we sensed the call. We’d heard of others walking through ministry minefields, but we figured

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What churches can learn from Google about hospitality

Imagine you’re in charge of Google’s plan to bring fast Internet to America’s cities. You need a bit of cooperation from city governments. If you put yourself in Google’s shoes, you’ll know how church visitors feel. Obscure rules that hinder entry. Inefficient communications. Hard-to-get information. Unwillingness to share. Indifference. Government Challenges for Google Those are

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How did the world get to be such a mess?

How in the world did the world get to be such a mess? If the Bible stories about God creating this perfect world inhabited by morally upright humans is true, what happened? Well, the Bible’s story about the beginning of all things doesn’t end at Genesis 2. There’s another chapter that explains how we got into

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Cling to the mission if your church is about to crash

What does a discouraged pastor hang on to when he can’t pull the church out its death spiral? You’ve tried everything. Nothing’s worked. The death spiral continues. Crashing and burn is inescapable if the church maintains the course. You’re worn out. Discouraged. Defeated. You blame yourself even though you did it “by the book.” It’s

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How do you get God’s attention?

What do you have to do to get God’s attention? Not much, as it turns out. The Bible tells us that God actually wants direct contact. He cherishes his time with us and wants more of it. As much as he can get! The the creation stories we read that God wants lots of people. And

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Why did God create you?

Why did he bother? He bothered because he has plans for you. Great plans. Plans beyond your wildest imagination. C. S. Lewis caught a glimpse in the Chronicles of Narnia, but he didn’t see the half of it. But on this he was spot on: God created you to reign in his Kingdom. That’s the point

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