Tag Archives: leaders

Going to Church on Christmas

Pope Julius I was not a forward thinking leader.  Instead of fixing Christmas on the 25th of December, he could have set the date of Christmas on the last Thursday of the month.  That’s what Abraham Lincoln did with Thanksgiving, and it is so much easier to schedule worship services and office closings…

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Dick Gregory: A Smile in the Struggle

On August 19, 2017, the world lost a civil rights activist, social critic, and comedian. Dick Gregory was a stand-up comedian who insulted all forms of racism during the 1960s. In the midst of heightened racial tension, protest, and the struggle for civil rights, Gregory provided entertainment, relief, and a smile for African…

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Reasons Why Church Leaders Should Go On Short-Term Mission Trips – Part 1

Are short-term mission trips an appropriate use of church resources? Do they help or hinder long-term mission efforts? These are important questions, but I am going to set them aside for another time and make the safe bet that your congregation is involved in some sort of short-term mission or service trip at…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Preserving (not Creating) Unity and the Bond of Peace

This is part 5 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #5: Focus on INTEGRITY not unity Churches of Christ began as part of a movement emphasizing Christian unity. The sad irony of this is, of course, that there are a number of factions within Churches of…

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How to Be Pastoral in a Rancorous Political Season

I asked my father if he could recall an election as rancorous as the 2016 race.  He has been eligible to vote in all elections since 1968 and remembers others before that one.  History shows us that there have been tumultuous seasons of political struggle in that time, but my father’s vote for…

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