Daniel Markovits is a professor at Yale Law School with previous study at the London School of Economics, Oxford, Harvard, and Yale Law School. In The Atlantic, he pulls back the curtain on one of America’s most destructive myths: the harder you work, the happier you’ll be. The dictionary defines...
Last week in my webinar about retirement paths for pastors and church staff, I shared about the current collision of two major forces in the church: the significant increase in those headed toward retirement, and massive changes we are seeing in local churches. Had we talked about these massive changes...
Podcast Episode #564 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Determining the correct pace of change is often the most important aspect of leading change—because change is needed in nearly every church situation. Today, we discuss why change is essential and how to do...
Rashida Tlaib, March 6, 2019Here’s the article I wish I were writing today: the daughter of Palestinian immigrants is elected to the United States Congress, shining a light on the significance of Palestinian people everywhere. She returns to the West Bank to visit her elderly grandmother and to inspire...
One of the most common responses we receive at ThomRainer.com is something like this statement: “You can’t run your church like a business.” I get it. Our goal is to glorify God. Our goal is to make disciples. Our goal is to be faithful to God’s Word. Our goal is not...
“Any person could be attacked at any minute,” said a surfer who spotted a great white shark off Cape Cod. Researchers have identified at least three hundred of the huge predators in the popular area. Nine people were injured last night in Pennsylvania when lightning struck a tree, causing it...
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia Pastor: Rev. Dr. Charles W. Wormley, Sr. Weekly Worship: 10:30 AM, Eastern Fast Facts: Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a warm welcoming church situated in an urban setting with a unique and humble beginning. During the 18th century, the residents of Spotsylvania and surrounding counties saw a need to...
Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service — Chad Ashby You show up, and parking lot attendants greet you. Faithful teachers instruct you. Ushers find a seat for you. A well-practiced worship band leads singing for you. Your pastor preaches a faithful, God-glorifying sermon to you. Childcare workers care for your children....
The stock market fell more than eight hundred points Wednesday, the largest one-day drop of the year. It rebounded somewhat yesterday to finish up nearly one hundred points, but concerns about the global economy persist. The decline Wednesday was precipitated by a “yield curve inversion” that made headlines when it...
Podcast Episode #563 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Metrics have a bad reputation in some churches. In others, they’re too much of the focus. Today, we discus why you should take a balanced approach to metrics. Some highlights from today’s episode include: There is...
When I was twenty-four, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the 12-Step program philosophy gave me the structure I needed to get sober. I’ll always be thankful for that. At the time, I knew very little about it, but I stuck around “the rooms” because I consistently met people who had been...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify When a staff member leaves, most churches automatically search outside the church for a replacement. Today we offer a different perspective on staffing. Episode Highlights: Raising up leaders from within to serve on staff is typically a healthier approach to staffing. It’s often a...
Philadelphia police on August 14, 2019.“I thank God for these cops.” That’s the sentiment of a woman protected by police officers amid an unfolding crisis in Philadelphia last night. Officers went to a house to serve a state narcotics warrant when they came under fire. Nearby daycare centers with dozens...
In “Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father,” Peter Stark portrays a deeply flawed and immature Washington, long before personal growth transformed him into the Father of Our Country. Stark writes: “George Washington at twenty-one was a very different Washington from the one we know and hold...
Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.The two staff members guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, according to this morning’s New York Times. They then falsified records to cover up their mistake. The two employees were...
We were optimistic that the Revitalizer Profile would be received well. Our expectations were far too low! The Revitalizer Profile is an instrument that guides leaders of church revitalization to understand how God has wired and gifted them to make a difference in His churches. The person taking the Profile needs...
In We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis, prolific author Mary DeMuth uses Scripture, research, and sexual abuse survivors’ stories—including her own—to call the church into action against the evils of sexual abuse. Dr. Jim Denison interviewed DeMuth via email. This is their exchange:...
Protestors at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all remaining departing flights for the second day after thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked the terminals. “Protesting in the airport is the best way to tell the world what’s happening in Hong Kong,”...
Podcast Episode #562 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify When a pastor hears the phrase “People are saying . . . “, it brings a great deal of anxiety. But should it? Today, we discuss the reasons for the anxiety and how to...
@JProskowGlobal“Dad has come home.” With these words, Roy Knight III described the remarkable funeral service held last Saturday for his father, Roy Knight Jr. Col. Knight’s homecoming made national headlines last week, and for good reason.  A true American hero  Roy A. Knight Jr. enlisted in the United States Air Force just...
Perhaps the most common question I get in church revitalization goes something like this inquiry: “What do I do to get people in the community to come to our church when our members don’t live in or near the community?” My response is usually not well received. Simply stated, you...
Location: San Francisco, California Pastor: Joon Choi Weekly Worship: 9:30 AM, Pacific Fast Facts: Chinese Grace Baptist Church is a revitalization/replant of a local Chinese church with a 50-year history in San Francisco, CA. Initially founded by a Chinese missionary pastor from Hong Kong, it has primarily been ministering to first-generation, Cantonese-speaking...
56 Tough Bible Passages (and How to Understand and Teach Them) — Trevin Wax We take a contested or puzzling passage of the Bible, walk through the most common interpretations, and then recommend how to preach or teach the passage effectively. The podcast is sponsored by the Christian Standard Bible, and we...
Podcast Episode #561 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Pastoral attire seems to be a hot issue in almost every church. Today, we discuss the response to another recent podcast on the subject and provide a few updates. Some highlights from today’s episode include: There...
In a week filled with bad news, let’s look at some good news. Actor Danny Trejo helped rescue a baby trapped in an overturned car in Los Angeles last Wednesday. Video shows him at the scene where two cars crashed. He says he crawled into the wrecked vehicle from one...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify When churches are looking to revitalize, a name change is often on the table. Today, we discuss whether or not you should change the name of a church as part of a revitalization. Episode Highlights: Most churches have no reputation in their community—which...
Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington Post and a bestselling author. He has also been characterized as “extravagantly contrarian” and “one of the most extreme ideologues in the business.” Consider, for example, the title of his column following last weekend’s shootings: “Republicans’ thoughts and prayers have become a...
I sat in a lovely little plaza in Lille, France, assuming the most open body language posture I could muster. I looked foreign, helpless, and in need of a friend.  I guessed the Friday afternoon worship time at the adjacent mosque would let out in a moment and faithful Muslims...
Nine Reasons Christians Fail to Evangelize Many don’t know what “evangelism” is. We have few evangelistic role models. Some church members aren’t convinced about lostness. Some churches have provided no evangelism training. Fear of the unknown halts our efforts. We’ve “gotten over” our salvation. Pastors aren’t taking the lead in evangelism. We don’t really know many lost...
President Trump will visit El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, later today as political conflict over last weekend’s shootings continues. Politicians and the media are also debating the role of gun control in preventing such tragedies. In a crisis, a secularized culture looks to the resources it has. Political leadership is...
[Close]