Weekend Edition - June 3, 2017—Most Read Posts and Church Signs!

Weekend Edition - June 3, 2017—Most Read Posts and Church Signs!

Most Read Posts from January 1 to May 31 (Plus Church Signs!)


10. Searching for Gorsuch: For Many Evangelicals "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid”

Evangelism in Leadership: Is It Really as Simple as 5 Simple Steps?

Evangelism in Leadership: Is It Really as Simple as 5 Simple Steps?

We cannot lead what we do not live.


Pastors today are facing several challenges that make it tough to lead their churches into evangelism. With a trend towards tolerance, evangelism and ‘trying to convert’ others is often a major turn off in broader American and Western culture. Within the Church, compassion and justice ministries have become more affirmed and applauded, and so it’s often easier to focus our outreach efforts in those areas.

Being Remembered for What Matters: Some Thoughts on Wheaton College Student Ethan Roser

Being Remembered for What Matters: Some Thoughts on Wheaton College Student Ethan Roser

"since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses"


It’s a sad, even tragic, thing to read news stories about an accidental death. The stories focus on, well, the accident. And, to be honest, they are hard to read.

We saw that recently in the death of one of our students at Wheaton College. His name was Ethan Roser. And, yes, he died in a tragic accident that made national headlines.

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

How the church can leverage the arts for evangelism.


Given that the objective truth of the gospel never changes, the PROCESS of evangelism is much more about helping people encounter Christ than it is explaining Christ. And ARTISTS are some of the most powerful God-designed servants who can create environments wherein people experience the God-desired fruit of evangelism—people reconciled to God through the work of Christ.

Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It's Bearing False Witness

Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It's Bearing False Witness

Try this instead: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.


Conspiracy theories are nothing new—they’ve been around for centuries.

People love to speculate on hidden meanings or to jump at the potential of juicy secrets. Unfortunately, when these things are unfounded, lies are told and people are hurt. And most unfortunately, Christians are often involved in perpetuating them.

Planting 1,000 Churches in Your Lifetime

Planting 1,000 Churches in Your Lifetime

Churches need to be planted and then quickly need to plant other churches.


Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)

Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)

Measure outcomes, not activities.


Read Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important, Part One (The Problem of Measurement Inversion; Defining and Measuring “Healthy Church”; Is Your Organization Suffering from Measurement Inversion?).

Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up

Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up

Baseball and the distinction between prejudice and discrimination


Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them

Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them

They appeal to certain church planters and in certain contexts.


Discerning House Churches

The house church discussion is always an interesting one. People can be very passionate about house, simple, and organic churches, and that can limit some important discussions.

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

Lessons from a Small Town Pastor


A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for?

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