Four Stages of Church Planting Development

By Bobby Wood

Development is necessary for any profession, and church planting is no different. Who wants a heart surgeon who has never operated on a heart before or a contractor who’s never picked up a hammer? Church planters need

Christmas Songs are Freedom Songs

By Stephen Miller

It seems every department store starts pushing Christmas earlier every year. Radio stations start spinning their favorite holiday songs the moment Starbucks hangs its first holiday drink ad. It doesn’t matter that everyone south of the Mason-Dixon

Here’s My Checklist to Prevent “The Nightmare before Christmas”

By Phil Cooke

Every winter, church media producers and communication directors across the country begin a time-honored and terrifying ritual: the Church Christmas Pageant. These local, church-sponsored theatrical presentations are usually videotaped for archives or bookstore sales; and although everyone

The Accuracy of the Bible

By Dr. Jack Graham

The third testimony from Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 says this: “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of

The Surrender of Prayer

By Dr. Jack Graham

Nehemiah said, “I am your servant” (Nehemiah 1:4–11). We should never ask God to do something without also asking Him, “What do you want me to do?” That is what Nehemiah did. He asked God to

Success Tips to an XP – Executive Pastor

By: Kason Branch

April 23, 2003, is a day that then 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert will never forget. On that day, she was scheduled to sing the national anthem for the 2003 NBA playoff game between the Dallas Mavericks and the

Pre-Marital Counseling for the Glory of God

By: Tim Matthews

Tim Keller once said, “Both men and women today see marriage not as a way of creating character and community but as a way to reach personal life goals. They are looking for a marriage partner who

Five Ways to Overcome the Identity Crisis Every Worship Leader Faces

By Brian Taylor

Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Who am I?” or “Why am I doing this?” Maybe it was after a discouraging Sunday morning experience. Maybe you had to have that same conversation with that same

The Authenticity of the Bible

By Dr. Jack Graham

Not only did Jesus testify to the authority of Scripture, but also He testified to its authenticity. Jesus viewed Scripture as being verbally inspired by God. When He read the Old Testament scrolls—whether the Law,

The Journey of Generosity

By: Nick Floyd

As pastors we often feel pressured to make sure our lives are in accordance to the words that we preach on Sundays. This is a good thing; but at times, it can be overwhelming. I don’t know