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Dream with God

Dream with God
I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. For many people, the will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as tho
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Loving Our Neighbors

In each of the synoptic gospels, Jesus enters into conversation with a crowd about the traditional summary of the Torah: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … and your neighbor as yourself.” In Luke’s gospel, a man seeking clarification (if not also self-justificatio
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Life by the Clock or Life by the Compass?

Which do you live by: Clock or compass? If the clock dictates, your life is consumed with the immediate and pressing issues of the moment. Clock-life is focused on short-term results. If the clock rules, you find yourself racing from event to event in a mad scramble to meet expectatio
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Church Saboteurs

“Saboteurs” is the word that Steve Bagi gives to the people who intentionally or unintentionally jeopardize both the church’s health and yours. Bagi writes: In our attempt to be fair and democratic we have sometimes allowed people to take the floor who shouldn’t have even been allowed
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Bringing Good from Evil

Originally posted September 2010 In the midst of the pandemic of conflict swirling through local churches in the 21st century, it is tempting to lose heart. Many do. I have had heartbreaking conversations with scores of clergy and laity who have emerged from bruising local church conf
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The Worst of Times–Really?!?

  It happens nearly every day for me. It’s the inevitable conversation about the demise of organized religious activities, specifically local church attendance and giving. The vultures are gathering to feast on the carcass of the local church. Clergy and lay leaders are wringing
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Lessons Learned from my Return to the Pastorate

Ronnie Brewer is the pastor of FBC Bristol, VA. Bill Wilson recently asked me to reflect on my transition last summer from denominational work back to the pastoate, when I became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Bristol, Virginia. Particularly, to reflect on the experience of joini
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Lessons Learned on the Road to Church Health

EDITOR’S NOTE: Five years ago, Amy and Russ Dean invited me to come alongside their church for a season of strategic visioning. I recently asked them to reflect on the ensuing years and what they have learned in the process. -Bill Wilson by Russ Dean In the summer of 2009, after a ric
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Flipping Orthodoxies

By Mike Queen Consultant with The Center for Healthy Churches Every organization, including our churches, has deeply held beliefs about ‘how things are done around here’. Larry Keeley of the Doblin division of Deloitte Consulting calls these deeply held beliefs ‘orthodoxies’. He defin
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