How to Start a Cult

Recently, a conference speaker said, “If your experience is exalted above God’s Word, you are wrong.” In my opinion, this was the most important statement that I heard at the ministers’ conference. The conference speaker led pastors in an organized session of practicing spiritual gifts, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, visions, laying on … Continue reading How to Start a Cult

How to Miss the Point of Children’s Ministry

Measuring and Grading Towards a Nice Objective May Allow Us to Totally Miss the Greater Goals of Kids’ Ministry 1. Set High Attendance Goals. In KidMin, we prefer bigger groups over little groups. It really is a nice goal.  There are some really cool ways to make your group bigger: more parties, more toys, more … Continue reading How to Miss the Point of Children’s Ministry

“Swearing is a sign of rhetorical strength.”

Someone recently published, “Swearing is a sign of rhetorical strength.” The opposite is true.   Swearing is oratorical incontinence, a symptom of profound immaturity, and an indication of shallow, selfish thoughtlessness.   The simple and obvious truth is that cursing is a sign of weakness in many forms. It requires no creativity or intelligence to … Continue reading “Swearing is a sign of rhetorical strength.”

How to Euthanize Your Fervor

The nineteenth verse of First Thessalonians chapter five advises us: Do not quench the Spirit. I quickly thought of six ways that we can put out the flame: Lack of communication Starvation Isolation Distraction Misinformation Lack of participation Lack of Communication When we neglect to talk with God, it is like withholding oxygen necessary for combustion. … Continue reading How to Euthanize Your Fervor

How to Preach Foolishness

Preaching is rightly dividing the Word of God with a view to persuasion – a balance of all things that make a preacher one who is persuasive. In 1941, J. Harwood Patterson defined preaching: Preaching is the spoken communication of divine truth with a view to persuasion. Patterson explained his definition had three aspects: THE MATTER: … Continue reading How to Preach Foolishness