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The Key Every Pastor Needs Before Leading Change

On November 12, 2013 a small painting, roughly 30″ by 22″, sold for $32,645,000.00. With a surface area of 684.1875 square inches, that works out to $47,713.52 per square inch. At that price, the average American household could have spent their entire year’s income to buy about one square inch.[1] How did a piece of paper glued

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Tending God’s Vineyard

Not all of life’s important events happen on stormy seas. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest my family lived on an alluvial plain of the Southern California high desert. I gave orchard tending a try. It wasn’t large””only 24 trees. Our little acre had more rocks than soil, so planting one bare-root fruit tree took

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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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