Kobe Bryant was the top basketball player in America in high school. He became the youngest player in NBA history when he was drafted into the league. He soon led the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships. He won two more titles in 2009 and 2010, earning...
Location: Farmington, Missouri Pastor: Cheston D. Pickard Weekly Worship: Sunday at 10:45 AM, Central Fast Facts: First Baptist Church of Delassus is located on the outside of Farmington, Missouri in a community called Delassus. At one time the little township was the county seat. Now, it is somewhat hidden and unknown in...
Brad Pitt could have been Neo. During an interview this week, the movie star was asked to name a movie role he turned down. Pitt reluctantly gave one example: “I did pass on ‘The Matrix.'” The role eventually went to Keanu Reeves, and the rest is movie history.  If I were...
Podcast Episode #609 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Using research gleaned from the successes of turnaround churches, Thom and Sam reveal the five most significant single changes made by a turnaround church. Highlights: Concerted and intentional corporate prayer A pastor-led outward focus Necessary subtractions  A movement of...
Stanford professor Dr. James Doty has made a fascinating discovery: acts of kindness or compassion can have lasting positive impacts on our physical and mental health. Dr. Doty’s research indicates that our nervous systems are more constantly in “threat mode” than ever due to the demands and high pace of modern life. In response, our...
Over many years of walking in my neighborhood early each morning, I’ve learned to watch out for many things: cars, bikes, dog “souvenirs,” and the occasional skunk among them. I’ve never thought to beware falling iguanas. If I were living in Miami, however, that’s just what weather forecasters would be telling me to...
Imagine paying for your purchase by waving your hand. If Amazon’s plan comes to fruition, you’ll have that option. The tech giant is creating checkout terminals that would allow shoppers to link their card information to their hands. The plan is in the early stages and faces several questions. How will...
I was walking in my neighborhood this morning when I came upon a house with Christmas lights on. The display was not intricate—some strings of bulbs on sticks in the ground lining the front yard. As I walked up to the house, the lights clicked off. Today is January 23, the twenty-ninth day...
Some stories in today’s news animate us in inverse proportion to the degree they affect us directly. Democratic House managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), opened the presentation of their case for impeachment yesterday. They are accusing President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  For many...
Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing...
The title of Choose Zoe: A Story of UnPlanned Parenthood and the Case for Life by Laura Lynn Hughes is a bit misleading. Instead of the name of an unborn child, zoe is a Greek word for life, but not just any kind of life. Zoe signifies the divine,...
Today is the forty-seventh anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion. Since that 7–2 decision, the lives of nearly sixty-two million babies have been aborted in America. There were 862,000 abortions in the United States in 2017. This is the lowest number since abortion became...
By Sam Rainer You become what you celebrate. And we will celebrate church revitalization because we need more stories of churches being revitalized.    That’s why we are hosting Revitalize 2020 in Bradenton, Florida on April 20 and 21. It’s the inaugural event. You don’t want to miss it. We will celebrate...
The abortion debate in our country continues to escalate and divide people. While the science we have about the unborn is clear and uncomplicated, the circumstances and emotions surrounding abortion are anything but simple.  If you need convincing, just take a lap around social media, where posts and articles about abortion...
Chinese criminals are using drones to drop items infected with African swine fever into pig farms. They are also spreading rumors about the virus. The disease has reduced the country’s pig herds by over 40 percent because of mass culling to stop the spread of the virus. The resulting shortages have seen...
A pastor who turned his hostage video into a Christian testimony has been beheaded. Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The group then forced him to record a video that was supposed to be a plea for rescue. Instead, Pastor Andimi told his family and friends, “Be patient,...
President Trump is speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning. Meanwhile, the Senate is preparing to launch only the third impeachment trial of a president in history. According to a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans would like the Senate to vote against conviction, while 46...
Podcast Episode #608 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify If you can afford Netflix you can afford an online community where pastors can come together regularly at Church Answers Central. Today’s post comes from the blessing of pastors who have decided to focus...
In 1934, an African American pastor from Georgia sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the Holy Land. Afterward, he traveled to Berlin, where he attended an international conference of Baptist pastors. While in Germany, this man—who was named Michael King—became greatly inspired by what he learned about the great German reformer Martin Luther. So...
The United States 2020 census begins Tuesday in a surprising way. Toksook Bay, population 661, is on the edge of Alaska near the Bering Sea. Its homes are painted lime green, purple, or neon blue to help distinguish them from the white winterscape that makes it hard to tell where the frozen sea ends...
The most famous speech ever delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was almost not the speech we remember. Dr. King was speaking at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. The occasion was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He was the keynote speaker. Toward the end...
“I want to thank the Lord for blessing us with this opportunity. The glory belongs to him. And this trophy belongs to the best fans in the National Football League.” This is how Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt accepted the Lamar Hunt Trophy when his team won the AFC Championship on...
Note: As a companion to today’s Daily Article, our ministry has posted my sermon from yesterday on our website. “The formula for eternal significance” explores the story of Zacchaeus and invites us to partner with Jesus in impacting our culture. I hope it is helpful to you. The Kansas City...
By Thom S. Rainer  Tens of thousands of pastors and other church staff members are becoming retirement age each year. We have not seen anything like this phenomenon. These church leaders are reaching retirement age, but they still have many years of active ministry and life left in them. How...
Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing...
Location: Cumming, Georgia Pastor: Jay Miller Weekly Worship: 10:00 AM, Eastern Fast Facts: Parkway Presbyterian Church is a small church in north Georgia. The church has struggled through the departure of two pastors, and they have been praying to reset and set up the church for revitalization. Parkway is calling Pastor Jay Miller...
Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe.President Trump signed a historic trade pact with China on Wednesday. Yesterday, senators from both parties approved his administration’s foremost legislative priority—the revised North American Free Trade Agreement. In between, the House conveyed articles of impeachment to the Senate. Republicans were upset that...
Kyle Juszczyk graduated from Harvard, not known as a powerhouse football factory. He plays fullback, one of the least-appreciated and underutilized positions in the National Football League. And yet he makes more than $5 million a year playing for the San Francisco 49ers, a team which is competing this Sunday for a...
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, will soon be honored with coins bearing their images. According to a resolution approved by Congress this week, the Treasury Department must mint and print presidential dollar coins with the image of President Bush for one year and bullion coins with the...
Podcast Episode #607 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Our hope and prayer is for you to never need this podcast but our goal is to help leaders and prepare them for a variety of difficult situations. Today’s episode is sobering but helpful...
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