4 Keys to Overcoming Procrastination

This article is posting on a Monday. A fresh week is before you. Tasks are waiting to be accomplished.   It can be tempting to put off stuff that has to be done. Procrastination is easy. How do you overcome it? Here are four keys:   Awaken earlier.   The early mornings are my best times of knocking out tasks. more »

Sermon: Courage (1 Kings 16:31-17:1)

Leaders are people who set out on a journey and take others with them.   AHAB   1 Kings 16:29, In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years.   1 Kings 16:30, Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of more »

Sermon: Biblical Leadership (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Biblical Leadership 1 Timothy 5:17–25   1 Timothy 3:15a if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God,   I. Leaders Who Serve Well and Are Held in Honor (vv. 17–18)   1 Timothy 5:17–18 says, 17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy more »

5 Practical Ways to Grow Your Vocabulary

I love words. Molding them, fitting them into eloquent sentences, and using them as ingredients in a recipe of grammatical combinations results in healthy, fascinating, and intriguing conversation.   The Economist released a study on the size of vocabularies, and here is what they found:   Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words Average native test-takers of age 8 more »

Sermon: The Biblical Concept of Compassion

The Biblical Concept of Compassion  1 Timothy 5:1–16   Deuteronomy 10:18, He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.   Psalm 68:4–5a, 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! 5 Father more »

The Cost of Writing A Sermon by Justin Trapp

Today, I welcome Justin Trapp as my guest writer. Justin is a leader, entrepreneur, and founder of sermonary.co. You can learn more about Justin at JustinTrapp.com. Every week, pastors research, study, write, and deliver a sermon to their congregation. Every week. Then, just mere hours after they finish this process, they begin writing a new sermon for the very next more »

10 Simple Action Steps to See Church Growth This Fall

School starts in most communities really soon. This means church growth season is nigh upon us. People will soon be back from summer vacations and longer weekend getaways to get back into the routine of life. What I’m proposing below is far from groundbreaking. If you’re the type of person to read a blog post about church growth, you know more »

5 Ways Churches Can Grow by Using Twitter Search

Have you ever used Twitter search? It is quite awesome! I’ve discussed it here on the blog once before. This tool seems to be one of the most underrated tools on the web. You can get really specific with Twitter Search, and speak directly into people’s lives. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a weekly time of searching specific more »

Why Amazon will Greatly Affect the Future of Churches

Amazon’s net sales for 2016 total $136 billion (link). Yes, you read that correctly. That’s billion with a “b.” A majority of their sales are generated through e-retail sales of electronics and other products (link). They have more than 310 million active customer accounts worldwide.   My wife and I were walking through Opry Mills Mall in Nashville recently, and more »

7 Tips to Make Ministers More Professional

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about our observation that pastoral ministry has swung in a direction further and further from professionalism. P     art of this has to do with John Piper’s book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. This is the most poorly titled book in pastoral ministry. BROTHERS, WE SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALS.   I’m not writing this more »