Preachers and Their Critics

Our guest blogger this week is Brian Hedges, lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. This post originally appeared here at the Gospel Coalition.  _____________________________________________________________ You’ll build a great church, pastor, if you ever learn how to communicate.  Listening to that sermon was like drinking from a fire hydrant.  I’m so disappointed!…

Sermon Notes for Sept. 23, 2012

Series: “Wrong Way: 4 Unexpected Principles that Will Turn Your Life Around”  The first principle… “Weakness is not a Liability”; the second: “The Greatest is the Servant,” the third: “Living Requires Dying” —> Today, “The Bad are In, but the Good are Out” Because of a fruit-based diet experiment in August, I learned how to choose/pick good…

Inclusion vs. Integration

I recently had an illuminating conversation with some friends about the difference between inclusion and integration, which the image below puts in visual form. The context of the conversation was how to include special needs families (and especially special needs kids) into the normal life of the church (after all, we’re all special needs kids…

The Gospel Story

This year all of our various “groups” are using The Gospel Project as study curriculum. This short, three minute video shows in dramatic form the sweeping story of the gospel. Enjoy. And parents, be sure to show this to your children—maybe as a devotion after dinner or before bed.  

“I Would’ve Never Done It without Them”

The story below is from ESPN.com, about Aloha High School running back Thomas Tyner, who ran for 644 yards to set an Oregon state record on Friday night. Nationally, Tyner’s feat is the all-time third-highest single game rushing total, according to the National High School Sports Record Book. Notice the beautiful humility in how, rather than taking credit for…

Sermon Notes for Sept. 16, 2012

Series: “Wrong Way: 4 Unexpected Principles that Will Turn Your Life Around”  The first principle is “Weakness is not a Liability.” The second principle is “The Greatest is the Servant.” Today is the third —> “Living Requires Dying” As many of you know, before moving to GA, our family lived in a farming/planting community in the Mississippi Delta…  So,…

Leadership, Jesus-Style

Ramez Attalah, general director at The Bible Society of Egypt, attended an international conference (the Lausanne Conference) for Christian leaders in 1974. This is his reflection on what struck him as Jesus-style leadership: It was a long flight back to Canada, and I had many papers to go through. I had taken a lot of…