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Ministry has always been a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 47+ years! In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by so many people around the world!

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Recent Posts and Articles

  • NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! | Bible Study Guides: Paul's Early Letters (Galatians and Thessalonian Letters), Paul's Prison Letters (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon), Paul's Pastoral Letters (1-2 Timothy and Titus), and Hebrews. All are linked from my Publications Index.
  • NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! | Bible Exegesis Made Easy and How to Move from Text to Sermon. These two e-books are linked from the Publications Index.
  • 9.10.17 | The Gift, Promise, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • 9.10.17 | Filled with the Holy Spirit
  • 8.28.17 | Leveraged Leadership
  • 8.14.17 | Christians Are Daily Short-Term Missionaries
  • 7.28.17 | Mission Work Requires Proclamation
  • 6.25.17 | Setting Biblical Goals in the Local Church
  • 6.24.17 | Seminar: Reading the Gospels Theologically
  • 5.30.17 | More Effective Evangelism: the Personalized Gospel
  • 5.20.17 | "Message and Meaning Model" of Group Bible Study
  • 4.17.17 | Evangelism: What is working today?
  • 4.17.17 | Acts 16-18: Principles for Mission Work [sermon]
  • 4.17.17 | A Historical Overview: Seeking Alternative Biblical and Practical Expressions of Church
  • 4.9.17 | Acts: the Jesus Story [series of six sermons]
  • Autobiographical Articles

  • 3.23.15 | If I Quit For Six Months
  • 1.26.15 | People Who Get a Lot Done
  • 3.23.14 | Planting Trees--Hope and the Holy Spirit
  • 8.15.13 | Describing My Ministry and Mission Work
  • 3.23.12 | Reflections of a Rationalist Reductionist Restorationist
  • 12.1.11 | Journey to Understanding: Christ-Centered
  • 11.2.11 | Personal Mission Statement: A Good Use of Life
  • 11.2.11 | The Essence of Local Church Ministry: Autobiographical Reflections
  • 11.15.10 | Doing What We Hoped to Do
  • 2.17.10 | The Unthinkable
  • Seasonal and Holidays

  • New Year: End the Old Year Well [Psalm 23]
  • New Year: Start the New Year Right [Psalm 23]
  • New Year: Overcoming the Fear of Challenges [New Year's Sermon; Philippians 3:12-14]
  • New Year: Becoming More Like Christ in the New Year: Disciplines of Discipleship
  • New Year: BOLD in the New Year
  • New Year: "Shine in 2009"
  • New Year: A Building for God in the New Year
  • New Year: The New Year: A Time for Doing, Loving, Hoping
  • New Year: New Beginnings
  • New Year: Better Than Resolutions--Set Goals
  • New Year: For the New Year
  • New Year: Welcome to a New Year
  • New Year: Run with Perseverance [Hebrews 12:1]
  • Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday Reflections [article and sermon]
  • Easter: Easter: A Good Time to Rethink the Gospel
  • Easter: Mourning the Passing of EASTER!
  • Easter: A Changing World: Are We in Danger of Suffocating Easter?
  • Easter: Why Does the Date of Easter Change?
  • Mother's Day: My 62nd Mother's Day
  • Mother's Day: Mothers: Quotations
  • Mother's Day: Seven Characteristics of Effective Mothers
  • Mother's Day: Before I Was A Mom
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: A Poem
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Two Great Stories
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Everyone Has a Heavenly Father
  • Father's Day: Father's Day: Four Principles
  • Father's Day: Father's Day Sermon [2010]
  • July 1: 2015: Half-Time
  • Fall: Thinking About Fall's Flight Patterns
  • Halloween: Halloween and Missions
  • Halloween: Halloween--Bless the Unitarians!
  • Elections: A Bright Spot Before the Election
  • Elections: God and My Telephone: Reflecting on Political Calls
  • Veteran's Day: On Honoring Our Veterans
  • Thanksgiving: George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • Thanksgiving: Original Thanksgiving Declaration, George Washington, 1789
  • Thanksgiving: Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful?
  • Thanksgiving: Gratitude: An Indication that the Kingdom is Present
  • Thanksgiving: Reflecting on Michigan Thanksgivings
  • Christmas: Reflecting on Michigan Christmases
  • Christmas: What does the Bible say about the date of Jesus' birth?
  • Christmas: A Christmas Invitation
  • Christmas: Christmas Reflections
  • Christmas: Grace and Glory: A Sermon for the Christmas Season [Titus 2]
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Joy to the World
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: A Savior, Christ the Lord
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Resolutions--Seek, Share, Serve
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: Listen and Believe
  • Christmas: Christmas Sermon: When God Came Near
  • Reprints [Author Unknown]

  • 8.6.08 | Seven Things I Have Tried
  • 3.15.08 | Ten Principles for Life
  • 3.15.08 | Prayer of Abandonment
  • 11.15.06 | Hymns for the "Over 50" Crowd
  • 11.15.06 | Parable of the Pencil
  • 11.15.06 | God Knows
  • 11.15.06 | It Depends On Whose Hands It's In!
  • 11.15.06 | Two Horses
  • 11.10.06 | Ten Commandments for Getting Along with People
  • 11.9.06 | An Indian Version of the Twenty-Third Psalm
  • 11.9.06 | The Fellowship of the Unashamed
  • 11.9.06 | Lord, Make a Regular Man Out of Me
  • 11.9.06 | Ten Most Wanted Individuals
  • 11.9.05 | Reasons to Smile
  • 8.27.05 | Three Things
  • Not Classified

  • 8.24.13 | The Impact of Civic Religion in the United States
  • 3.1.04 | Passionate Because of "The Passion"
  • 2.18.04 | Reflections on the 2004 Oklahoma Christian Lectureship
  • 12.1.03 | Written Up or Written Down?
  • 11.4.03 | On Whom Should the Dogs Be Set? [sexuality in our culture]
  • 11.1.03 | Can Christian Education Teach Moral Autonomy?
  • Articles About Christian Living

  • 12.23.16 | Spirituality and How We Use Our Time
  • 4.25.16 | Are You Taking Church for Audit?
  • 3.22.16 | How to Develop Vibrant Faith
  • 2.16.16 | Love and Power
  • 2.16.16 | What Kind of People Should We Be? [1 Cor 2-3]
  • 12.26.15 | Seeking Christian Identity as Exiles in the World
  • 11.20.15 | Thinking About Elbows: Generous or Selfish?
  • 11.3.15 | Rethinking Faith
  • 8.3.15 | Defining Ourselves Positively
  • 8.3.15 | Traction: Mental and Spiritual Discipline
  • 8.3.15 | Reckless Abandon
  • 8.3.15 | Ten Commitments to Guide Life
  • 3.23.15 | If I Quit For Six Months
  • 11.19.14 | Don't Blame It On Human Nature
  • 11.30.13 | Guide to the Use of Daily Affirmations for Spiritual Growth and Renewal
  • 11.30.13 | The Use of Daily Affirmations: Introduction and Examples
  • 8.23.13 | Waiting
  • 8.20.13 | Fully Devoted Followers: Ten Principles
  • 8.18.13 | Keep the Fire Burning without Getting Burned
  • 1.17.13 | Balanced Christian Living
  • 7.16.12 | Forgiveness
  • 7.16.12 | Robbing God: The Challenge of Living in Abundance
  • 5.7.12 | Eight "P's"
  • 8.15.11 | In Search of Christian Identity
  • 8.15.11 | Finding God in the Valleys of Life
  • 6.11.11 | The Wonderful World of Commitment
  • 5.4.11 | Seven Things to Do with Word of God
  • 5.4.11 | Ten Things Christians Should Know How to Do
  • 3.7.11 | Just Thinking...About Time
  • 2.22.11 | Stay in Your Lane
  • 2.21.11 | Salvation: Spiritual GPS
  • 1.26.11 | Legalism and Mediocrity
  • 1.26.11 | Beginning Again
  • 1.1.11 | Becoming More Like Christ: Disciplines of Discipleship
  • 12.28.10 | Balancing Doctrine and Ethics
  • 12.18.10 | Are You Happy?
  • 11.15.10 | Following in Jesus' Footsteps
  • 9.7.10 | First Things First [Matthew 22]
  • 9.7.10 | I Am, Therefore I Act
  • 7.21.10 | Be a Balcony Person!
  • 7.14.10 | Disciples: An Acronym
  • 7.14.10 | Have You Read the Gospel?
  • 7.1.10 | Ten Activities for the Christian Life
  • 6.8.10 | Christianity: The Intentional Life
  • 6.8.10 | God Disciplines His People [It Is No Secret]
  • 6.8.10 | Ten Ways to Pursue God
  • 6.7.10 | Find Healthy Places and Healthy Friends
  • 5.6.10 | Getting "Into" the Bible
  • 5.6.10 | A Loftier Goal: Covenant People
  • 5.5.10 | I Got Tired of It: Musings on Materialism
  • 3.24.10 | Another Look at Spiritual Maturity
  • 3.1.10 | 28 Days to Change Your Life
  • 3.1.10 | Accountable to God: My Ten Commandments
  • 3.1.10 | The Rich Young Man: Religious or Righteous?
  • 2.27.10 | Eschatology: Learning How to Live
  • 1.31.10 | Writing a Personal Mission Statement
  • 1.31.10 | Daily Living: Three Essentials
  • 10.13.09 | God Defines Us as He Gives Us Gifts
  • 10.8.09 | Your Life Mission
  • 9.4.09 | How Did You Do It?
  • 9.4.09 | Time for a Funeral!
  • 9.4.09 | Phases of Obedience: Power for Christian Living
  • 9.4.09 | Find Your PLACE in the Church: Where Do You Fit In?
  • 9.3.09 | Calling: Why Did God Make You?
  • 9.1.09 | Are You a Christian?
  • 8.1.09 | Rules for Life
  • 7.15.09 | Just Reading the Book Won't Help!
  • 3.7.09 | Your Cloud of Witnesses
  • 2.23.09 | Church: Where the Gifts of God Come into View
  • 2.21.09 | There IS a God!
  • 12.13.08 | Learning to Walk in the Story of God
  • 8.25.08 | Spiritual Vitality
  • 8.6.08 | Hebraic Thought
  • 8.6.08 | I Want to be Bold!
  • 8.6.08 | Just Thinking...About Ambulances
  • 8.6.08 | What Do You Worry About?
  • 8.6.08 | A Three-World Faith
  • 8.6.08 | What Is Fellowship?
  • 8.6.08 | Pursuing God
  • 7.24.08 | Meeting God
  • 11.10.06 | Regeneration
  • 11.10.06 | Vioxx and Sin
  • 11.10.06 | "De-sin-sitization"
  • 11.9.06 | I Want to Be Bold!
  • 11.9.06 | A Time To Build
  • 5.16.06 | Thinking About...Reliance
  • 5.16.06 | But Grow....
  • 5.16.06 | Thinking About...Love
  • 5.16.06 | Thinking About...Consistency
  • 11.20.05 | Don't Forget Gethsemane
  • 4.27.04 | Under Oath
  • 4.27.04 | Adversarial On Purpose!
  • 4.27.04 | Overcoming Bigotry
  • 11.20.03 | Five Steps of Confession
  • 11.5.03 | "Such-Likers" and the Kingdom of God
  • 11.5.03 | Life Lists
  • 10.9.03 | Friendship With God
  • 10.9.03 | Who Do You Think You Are?
  • 10.9.03 | On Purpose
  • 10.9.03 | Priorities: What Matters to Us?
  • 10.9.03 | The Three R's of Spiritual Recovery
  • 8.15.03 | A Friend--From A to Z
  • 8.15.03 | God's Promises
  • 8.15.03 | How Long Has It Been?
  • 7.1.03 | Evaluating Your Spiritual Portfolio
  • 3.7.03 | Recall Announced
  • 3.7.03 | Psalm 23!
  • 3.7.03 | My Life
  • 3.7.03 | Zones
  • 3.7.03 | Finding My Treasures: Where I Hide Your Heart
  • 1.31.03 | Stuff: Lessons From Moving!
  • 1.31.03 | Principles for Swimming
  • 12.19.02 | Henry Van Dyke: Four Marks of Maturity
  • 12.15.02 | Thinking about Spiritual Coherence
  • 6.9.02 | Do We Need A Better Mousetrap or a Better Mouse?
  • 6.6.02 | Say "Sandia!"
  • 6.3.02 | You Are Responsible For Your Face!
  • 5.29.02 | Under Construction
  • 5.29.02 | Cleaning Cobwebs or Killing Spiders?
  • 2.5.02 | Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • 1.21.01 | Are We People of Character?
  • 1.21.01 | Upon Whom Do We Depend?
  • 1.21.01 | Just Thinking...About Pacifiers
  • 1.21.01 | Just Thinking...About Needs
  • Articles About Church

    Church: General

  • 12.23.16 | Work of Church Depends on Problem You See
  • 11.26.16 | A Biblical Model of Church: Mutuality, Message, Ministry
  • 5.17.15 | Five Areas where Church Should Refocus
  • 4.25.15 | Seminar: Characteristics of a Spiritual Church
  • 4.22.15 | Challenges Confronting the Church
  • 12.15.14 | Bells and Steeples and Churches
  • 9.3.14 | What is God's View of the Church?
  • 5.31.14 | Is Your Church Healthy?
  • 3.23.14 | Churches, Bells and Steeples
  • 5.26.13 | Renewing the Focus of the Church
  • 4.29.13 | Renewing Broken Churches
  • 4.10.13 | The Culture of the Church
  • 7.16.12 | Broken Churches
  • 5.7.12 | Model Churches
  • 5.4.11 | Church: Mission, Method, Maturity
  • 3.25.11 | Ephesians: The DNA of the Church where the Spirit Dwells
  • 3.7.11 | Why Do Churches Grow?
  • 11.15.10 | My Dream for the Church
  • 10.23.10 | Reflections: Making a Difference
  • 10.23.10 | Encouraging Observations: Keeping On Keeping On
  • 10.19.10 | Churches Filled with Non-Serious People
  • 9.7.10 | God Makes the Church a Community [1 Cor. 12-14]
  • 3.24.10 | Tardiness: Kick the Habit
  • 3.24.10 | Absenteeism: Kick the Habit
  • 3.24.10 | Churches Feel the Competition
  • 3.1.10 | Church Identity: Seeking Understanding
  • 3.1.10 | Is Your Church Dying? Factors that Threaten the Church
  • 2.27.10 | Undenominational Claim--Denominational Worldview
  • 9.4.09 | Seven Characteristics of Effective, Biblical Churches
  • 2.23.09 | Church: Where the Gifts of God Come into View
  • 8.6.08 | Stress Fractures
  • 8.6.08 | What Is Fellowship?
  • 11.10.06 | Why Does the Church Exist (1)
  • 11.10.06 | Why Does the Church Exist (2)
  • 11.10.06 | Why Does the Church Exist (3): Implications for Ministry Training
  • 2.18.04 | Who Are the Churches of Christ?
  • 10.9.03 | Product and Package!
  • 3.7.03 | Thinking About Differences
  • 1.31.03 | The Church is the Hope of the World
  • 6.9.02 | Is the Church "Playing Small"?
  • 1.8.02 | What Are the Marks of a Good Church?
  • 1.8.02 | The Church Is Like A Jigsaw Puzzle
  • 1.2.02 | The Church is Not....
  • 1.2.02 | How's The Church Doing?
  • 1.2.02 | Neglecting the Church to Death
  • 1.2.02 | You Should Be In Bible School Because...
  • 1.21.01 | The Church Is a Place of Belonging
  • Church: Mission, Purpose, and Vision

  • 12.23.16 | How to Make Your Vision a Reality
  • 11.26.16 | Vision: Three Essential Steps toward Implementation
  • 6.24.16 | The Importance of a Strong, Compelling Vision for the Future
  • 6.7.14 | In sync with the mission
  • 11.18.13 | What if the church misses its purpose?
  • 5.6.11 | Church Mission: Why? What? How?
  • 5.6.11 | ASCEND: The Christian Mission
  • 5.6.11 | Church: Purpose, Identity, Agenda, Renewal
  • 5.6.11 | The Purpose of the Church: What Business Are We In?
  • 3.7.11 | Serious About God's Purpose
  • 11.8.06 | Purpose, Mission, and Vision
  • 11.8.06 | Rethinking Vision: Basic ABC's
  • 5.22.06 | What Business Are We In?
  • 10.7.03 | A Vision Worthy of Our God
  • 8.15.03 | Sharing the Vision
  • 7.1.03 | What Is Our Mission?
  • Church Health

  • 2.16.16 | Healthy Churches--What is the Key?
  • 5.31.14 | Is Your Church Healthy?
  • 9.4.13 | Church Wellness
  • 9.4.13 | Church Health: Seven Factors
  • 6.1.13 | Healthy Churches--Faithful Churches
  • 5.26.13 | Renewing the Focus of the Church
  • 8.16.11 | Church Vital Signs
  • 2.2.10 | Mapping the Journey: Developing a Healthy Church
  • Church Planting

  • 9.22.16 | Why don't more churches have babies?
  • 9.1.16 | Church Planting Is One of the Best Evangelism Tools: Why I focus on developing healthy, evangelistic, missionary churches
  • 8.20.13 | Christianity in Decline: The Need for Missional Church Planting
  • 6.1.13 | We Are Planting Traditional Churches: Is There a Better Path to the Future?
  • 11.6.12 | Church Planting: Stages of Church Development
  • 2.2.10 | Elements of Church Planting or Revitalization
  • 11.15.09 | Reflections on the Church Planting Movement
  • Church Development: Planning, Renewal, Gifts, Growth, Renewal

  • 4.8.13 | Finding Your Gifts, Finding Your Ministry
  • 3.9.11 | Small Groups: Church Change or Church Growth?
  • 3.7.11 | Why Do Churches Grow?
  • 7.27.10 | When the Church Needs Renewal
  • 3.1.10 | Three Imperatives for Church Renewal
  • 2.2.10 | Elements of Church Revitalization
  • 9.4.09 | Seven Characteristics of Effective, Biblical Churches
  • 2.23.09 | Reinventing the Closed System Model
  • 11.20.05 | How Do People Choose Churches Today?
  • 11.20.03 | What If We Miss Our Destiny?
  • 11.5.03 | Selective Vision
  • 11.5.03 | Four Dimensions of Church Growth
  • 10.9.03 | On Purpose
  • 9.15.03 | Do We Really Care?
  • 3.7.03 | Nothing Less Than Excellence
  • 7.17.02 | Automatic Church Growth[#1]
  • 7.17.02 | A Mission Consistent with God's Mission[#2]
  • 7.17.02 | Empowering Leadership--Structures for Encouraging and Enhancing Ministry[#3]
  • 7.17.02 | Gift-Oriented, Empowered, Participative Individual Ministry[#4]
  • 7.17.02 | Healthy Relationships, Holistic Spirituality[#5]
  • 7.17.02 | Celebrative, God-Centered Worship in the Context of Community[#6]
  • 7.17.02 | Spiritual Nurturing on the Faith Journey[#7]
  • 7.17.02 | Involvement in the Global Search[#8]
  • 1.8.02 | Catching the Vision: Developing the Church
  • 1.8.02 | The Church Is Like A Jigsaw Puzzle
  • 1.7.02 | Looking at Church Growth Again!
  • 1.7.02 | Revitalizing the Church
  • 1.2.02 | Another Look at Church Growth--1
  • 1.2.02 | Another Look at Church Growth--2
  • 1.2.02 | Another Look at Church Growth--3
  • 1.2.02 | Growing Churches Pay Attention to the Needs of Adults
  • 1.2.02 | What Do Growing Churches Have in Common?
  • Church and Contemporary Culture: News Items and Surveys [Barna, Gallup, Pew, and others]

  • 6.10.14 | Taking the Gospel into Today's World: Cultural, Intellectual, and Religious Shifts
  • 8.24.13 | The Impact of Civic Religion in the United States
  • 12.17.10 | Economy Has Impact on Giving
  • 10.19.10 | Barna: Little Religious Change
  • 10.19.10 | Pew: Survey Confirms Bible Illiteracy
  • 10.6.10 | Barna: Financial Concerns Are Top Worry
  • 7.12.10 | Barna: Changes in Teen Faith
  • 6.8.10 | Lifeway: Fewer Young Adults Attend Church
  • 6.8.10 | Barna: Americans Open to New Expressions of Faith
  • [This link is to the complete essay. The next three articles divide the essay into articles suitable for church bulletins.]
  • 6.8.10 | Barna: Americans Open to New Expressions of Faith-1
  • 6.8.10 | Barna: Americans Open to New Expressions of Faith-2
  • 6.8.10 | Barna: Americans Open to New Expressions of Faith-3
  • 6.8.10 | Barna: Majority of Christians Believe Jesus Speaks Back
  • 5.7.10 | Barna Report: The Faith of African Americans
  • 5.7.10 | Barna Report: The Changing Faith of Hispanics
  • 5.7.10 | Barna Report: How Church Size Affects Faith
  • 5.7.10 | Barna Report: Beliefs Vary Widely Among Christians
  • 5.4.10 | LifeWay Research: More Churches Opening than Closing?
  • 4.15.10 | Barna: Most of the Unchurched Are Christians
  • 3.24.10 | Pew Survey: Profiling Religion among the Millennials
  • 3.24.10 | News Report: Wyoming First State to Adopt Code of Behavior
  • 3.1.10 | Barna: Reshaping Faith in the U.S.
  • 3.1.10 | Barna: Four Megathemes in U.S. Culture
  • 2.27.10 | Barna Report: Decreased Giving
  • 2.1.10 | News: Christian Worldview--Top Ten Stories of 2009
  • 2.1.10 | Barna: Developing Effective Competent Leaders
  • 2.1.10 | Pew Survey: How Religious Is Your State?
  • 2.1.10 | Barna Report: Denominational Decline
  • 1.31.10 | Number of Americans with No Religion is Growing
  • 1.31.10 | Christmas 2009 Gallup Poll: Fewer Americans Define Themselves as Christian
  • 12.29.09 | Pew Report: Americans Mix Faiths
  • 12.22.09 | 2009 In Review: Reflecting on a Barna Report
  • 12.10.09 | Barna: House Churches--An Update and Reflections
  • 12.8.09 | Barna: Changing Attitudes Toward the Bible
  • 12.3.09 | Spiritual Activities for Youth: Barna Summary
  • 10.12.09 | Another Look at U.S. Church Attendance
  • 6.30.09 | Pew Survey Shows Religious Shift
  • 6.13.09 | Barna: New Ways of Experiencing and Expressing Faith in U.S.
  • 3.10.09 | Two Religious Surveys
  • 2.15.09 | Barna: Spiritual Gifts Survey
  • 1.15.09 | Barna: Christianity No Longer Default Religion in the US
  • 12.13.08 | Wuthnow: Church Attendance and Marriage
  • 10.27.08 | Barna: Changing Views of Spirituality
  • 3.17.08 | Changing Religious Affiliations: Results from a Pew Forum Survey
  • 11.20.05 | Barna: How People Choose Churches Today
  • 10.9.03 | Gallup: Are We Spiritual?
  • Articles About Ministry

    Ministry: General

  • MINISTRY INDEX PAGE
  • 12.23.16 | Work of Church Depends on Problem You See
  • 11.26.16 | Fellowship Depends on Quality Relationships: Personal, Sharing, Support, Forgiving
  • 11.26.16 | How to Help Hurting People
  • 11.26.16 | Change Takes Time
  • 11.26.16 | Some Possible Reasons Why Churches and Christians Resist God's Will
  • 11.26.16 | What Is the Theology of Your Church?
  • 6.24.16 | The Importance of a Strong, Compelling Vision for the Future
  • 6.24.15 | Preachers and Spiritual Nourishment
  • 5.17.15 | Five Areas where Church Should Refocus
  • 3.23.15 | Leading by Preaching
  • 12.15.14 | Essentials in Beginning an New Ministry
  • 12.8.14 | Preach the Gospel: Use Words Always
  • 12.2.14 | Church Turnarounds-2
  • 12.2.14 | Church Turnarounds-1
  • 11.7.14 | Ministry Priorities: Keeping the Real Mission in Mind Every Day
  • 10.20.14 | Passing the Ministry Baton [2 Timothy]
  • 8.1.14 | The Work of a Minister: What Members Expect
  • 5.31.14 | Is Your Church Healthy?
  • 1.24.14 | Concentration: Staying Focused
  • 8.20.13 | Establishing a Strong Ministry: Evaluate, Equip, Engage, Entrust
  • 11.6.12 | What Do We Spend Our Time Talking About?
  • 4.4.12 | Discharge All the Duties of Your Ministry [2 Tim. 4:5]
  • 11.2.11 | Is professionalism a desirable quality in ministry?
  • 9.20.11 | Using the Internet for the Lord
  • 8.16.11 | Is the modern church of Christ "pastor-driven"?
  • 7.24.11 | The Role of the Church in Developing Ministers
  • 5.6.11 | Ministry: Reasons for Persevering
  • 5.5.11 | Ministry: Things I Did Not Learn in the University
  • 5.4.11 | Learning Curves: Problems or Opportunities?
  • 5.4.11 | Where will the Church Find the Next Generation of Ministers?
  • 3.12.11 | Improving Worship: Serving as a Director
  • 3.11.11 | How Can Ministers Meet the Community?
  • 3.9.11 | Effective Ministry Is Three-Dimensional
  • 3.7.11 | Ministers That Accept Ownership
  • 2.21.11 | Ministry: Ideas for Getting Through Troublesome Times
  • 1.26.11 | Faithful Ministry
  • 1.26.11 | Beginning Again
  • 10.19.10 | Taking Care of My Soul--and the Souls of Others
  • 10.6.10 | Ministry and Learning Curves
  • 9.7.10 | Effective Ministry to Those with Ill Health
  • 9.7.10 | Understanding Ministry Stress and Burnout
  • 7.1.10 | Healthy Dynamics for Ministry Families
  • 7.1.10 | Guiding Principles for Effective Ministry
  • 6.8.10 | Christianity: The Intentional Life
  • 5.6.10 | Rethinking Ministry and Technology
  • 4.16.10 | Survey of Ministers Shows Importance of Ministry Training
  • 4.16.10 | A "Blessing Strategy"
  • 4.13.10 | Education and Foolishness
  • 3.24.10 | The Greatest Challenges in Ministry
  • 3.1.10 | When Is It Time to Leave?
  • 3.1.10 | Finding and Developing Ministers
  • 2.28.10 | Seeking and Helping
  • 2.27.10 | Pray For Us
  • 2.2.10 | What Do Ministers Do?
  • 2.2.10 | Five Things Ministers Need to Know
  • 10.13.09 | Ministry in Times of Personal Crisis
  • 9.4.09 | How Did You Do It?
  • 6.24.09 | My List
  • 4.26.09 | 40 Years of Ministry: Things I Learned the Hard Way
  • 3.7.09 | Your Cloud of Witnesses
  • 3.5.09 | Not By My Power
  • 2.23.09 | Reinventing the Closed System Model
  • 12.13.08 | Stewardship Again
  • 8.6.08 | Ministry: Self-Image and Job
  • 12.25.07 | Communication
  • 12.25.07 | When Elephants Fight
  • 11.1.06 | Dangers in Ministry
  • 11.1.06 | Ministry in Today's World Requires Adaptability
  • 10.30.06 | What Is A Minister?
  • 12.1.03 | Beyond Baby Boomers: Two New Generations
  • 12.1.03 | Principles for Ministry: Creating Lasting Value
  • 11.05.03 | Ministry Reflections
  • 10.9.03 | Motivations in Ministry
  • 10.9.03 | The Reality of Our Clergy System
  • 10.9.03 | Shaping Ministry
  • 1.8.02 | Beyond Keeping House: Principles for Effective Ministry
  • 1.21.01 | Effective Counseling Enables Effective Ministry
  • 1.21.01 | Four Questions for Ministers
  • 1.21.01 | Ministerial Ethics
  • 1.21.01 | The Minister's Spiritual Life-Separating God and Job
  • 1.21.01 | What Will 21st Century Ministers Do?
  • Finances: Ministers, Missions, and Fund-Raising

  • 6.7.14 | Communication: The Challenge of PR
  • 6.7.14 | 54321: A Fund-Raising Model
  • 8.20.13 | Finances and Ministry: The Half-Million Dollar Truck
  • 7.16.12 | Robbing God: The Challenge of Living in Abundance
  • 5.4.11 | Thinking about Money and the Church
  • 12.17.10 | Economy Has Impact on Giving
  • 11.15.10 | Missions and Finances
  • 10.20.10 | Crystal Cathedral Bankruptcy: Will Anyone Learn Anything?
  • 10.20.10 | Charitable Giving Declines: Insights for 2011 Budgets?
  • 7.1.10 | Financial Principles for Life [17 page booklet]
  • 4.27.10 | When the Church Budget Hinders a Missional Focus
  • 4.19.10 | Ministers and Taxes
  • 2.27.10 | Barna Report: Decreased Giving
  • Biblical: Textual Articles

    Old Testament
    The Rock of Our Salvation [Joseph, Genesis 39-50]
    We Need More Hurs [Exodus 17]
    Life With God's Presence [Exodus 33]
    Leadership: Doing God's Will God's Way [Exodus 17; Numbers 20]
    Principles for Warfare [Dt. 20]
    Leadership Principles [Joshua 6]
    Are You the Deliverer God is Sending? [Judges 3]
    Come Out of the Stronghold [1 Samuel 22]
    Finding God in the Valleys of Life [1 Kings 20:28]
    A Mind to Work [Neh. 4]
    A MAP for Reading the Psalms
    Understanding the Psalms
    Like Streams of Water [Psalm 1]
    The God Who Hears Answers [Psalm 4]
    If the Foundations Be Removed.... [Psalm 11]
    Psalm 23!
    Holiness from the Top Down [Psalm 23]
    A Prayer Guide from Psalm 27
    Waiting in Stillness [Psalm 46]
    Teach Us To Number Our Days [Psalm 90]
    Isaiah: Promise Theologian
    Finding Stability in an Unstable World [Isaiah 33:5-6]
    Staying in Love! [Hosea 2]

    New Testament
    "Trust" in the Sermon on the Mount: A Model for Applying Wisdom Literature [Matt. 5-7]
    Matthew 6: The Topic is Trust Not Treasures
    When Will You Live? [Matthew 6:33-34]
    Seek Ye First.... [Matthew 6:34]
    The Secret of the Easy Yoke [Matthew 11]
    Religious or Righteous? [Matthew 19]
    Leading Cross-Culturally: Kingdom Vision and Values [Matt. 19-20]
    First Things First [Matthew 22]
    Identity Is Essential to Being Able to Love [Matthew 22:34-40]
    Giving from Abundance [Mark 12:41-44]
    Nobodies [Luke]
    Are You Salty? [Luke 14]
    Using God--Luke 15 Revisited
    Gratitude [Luke 17]
    Gratitude: An Indication that the Kingdom is Present [Luke 17]
    It's All About Jesus [John 1]
    The Power of Unity [John 17]
    Living in the Post-Resurrection World [John 21]
    Waiting on the Spirit [Acts 1-2]
    A Weapon of Mass Salvation [Romans 1:16]
    Love the Lord With All Your Mind [Romans 1]
    United or Untied? [Romans 14]
    Paul's Ministry: Reevaluating our Preaching [Romans 15:14]
    What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? [1 Corinthians survey]
    Your Sure Calling and Confident Election [1 Cor 1]
    What Kind of People Should We Be? [1 Cor 2-3]
    What has God called you to do in his Kingdom work? [1 Cor 3]
    God Makes the Church a Community [1 Cor 12-14]
    Made to Be Sin [2 Cor 5:21]
    Getting Ready in the Desert [Galatians 1]
    Spiritual Cannibalism [Galatians 5]
    Living Above the Law [Galatians 5]
    What is God's View of the Church? [Ephesians 1-3]
    Is Jesus at Home?--The Christian Walk [Ephesians 3-5]
    Criticism [Ephesians 4]
    A Top Ten List for Healing Hurts [Ephesians 4:25-32]
    Marriage Warning Signs [Ephesians 5:21-32]
    Fight the Good Fight [Ephesians 6]
    Pray in the Spirit [Ephesians 6:18]
    Have You Seen Jesus? [Colossians 1]
    The Work of God [Colossians 1]
    Passing the Baton: Key to a Successful Relay Race [2 Timothy]
    Giving All Diligence [2 Timothy 2:15]
    Be Diligent! [2 Timothy 2:15]
    Land Your Ship, Do Not Drift By [Hebrews 2:1-4]
    Hope, Help, and Home (#1) [Hebrews 9]
    Keys to Perseverance [Hebrews 10]
    Called to Faithfulness [Hebrews 11-12]
    Run with Perseverance [Hebrews 12:1]
    Holiness from the Top Down [1 Peter 1]
    As Living Stones [1 Peter 1-2]
    A Word Against Ungodliness [Jude 15]
    Church Vital Signs [Revelation 2-3]

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