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Is it Wrong for Churches to Play Secular Music?

While playing secular music in church seems culturally sensitive, there is the danger of it backfiring, in that many unchurched newcomers come to the church to seek a different approach to life and their problems. Thus, hearing pop or country music may just do the opposite of being attractive.

How to Be Careful about Politicizing Your Spirituality

The “political stumping” pastor runs the risk of alienating half his audience by focusing on politics over people. Admittedly, I often boast following a Volunteers win over Kentucky or an extended winning streak of the Atlanta Braves despite the opposition’s presence in the pews. They know that my high-pitched tone will be short-lived after the inevitable big loss.Sunday morning pastors have the challenging task of eliciting a response from a congregation of mixed loyalties, ages, and circumstances. He wants to preach the gospel but often must connect that gospel to culture and contemporary issues. With that connection, however, inevitably comes political parties or candidates and their respective social issues. Those issues – such as same-sex marriage, legalization of drugs, gun control, and abortion – often birth division within a church body. The pastor will often attach stances to the issues of one party or another. However, no one appreciates being “force-fed” politics.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/lawcain

How Are Women Uniquely Equipped to Serve the Church?

If we all take a good look at what is happening within our churches, we’ll most likely hear, read about, and see groups of women focused on numerous tasks. Both women’s and men’s activities within the church are important, but why are so many women involved in the church? What are today's churches doing well in connecting with women, and how can women use their unique talents and abilities to reach more for the Kingdom?Photo credit: ©Getty Images/SouthWorks

5 Signs Your Church Might Be Heading toward Progressive Christianity

Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a local Evangelical, non-denominational church, and we loved it. We cherished the sense of community we found among the loving and authentic people we met there, and the intelligent, "outside the box" pastor who led our flock with thought-provoking and insightful sermons. Sadly, the church started going off the rails theologically, and after about a year and a half, we made the difficult decision to leave. Today that church is a self-titled "Progressive Christian Community."Back then I had never heard of "Progressive Christianity," and even now it is difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a Progressive Christian, due to the diversity of beliefs that fall under that designation. However, there are signs—certain phrases and ideas—that seem to be consistent in Progressive circles. Here are 5 danger signs to watch for in your church:Photo Courtesy: NeOnbrand/Unsplash

10 Things the Church Must Repent of Today

As someone who’s been a Christian for a number of years, I have come to realize that no church is perfect. Even churches that preach the Scriptures rightly have some deficiencies among their members. Either way, the church is in an ongoing process of sanctification leading towards Christlikeness, meaning repentance must occur. In this article, I will list and explain ten things that the church must repent of today. Not only does this list apply to the congregation but to preachers as well. May we all grow in continued repentance before the Lord.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Drew Buzz

7 Qualities Congregants Want in Their Leader

Leadership is the buzzword that is sweeping through the church these days. As John Maxwell has said, “everything rises and falls with leadership.” As important as leadership is, let’s face the facts—being a leader is tough. After all, if it was easy to be a great leader, everybody would be one.When you think about leaders, was there a better leader who ever lived than Jesus himself? He took a group of 12 ordinary men from different walks of life and used them to turn the world upside down with the gospel.What was it about Jesus’ leadership style that caused these men and others to give him such a high level of devotion?What leadership qualities did Jesus possess that we can learn from?Once you discover these qualities, how can you apply them to your situation to transform those you serve and lead?Today, I want to highlight for you 7 leadership qualities we see in the life of Jesus.By the way, these seven qualities are the same ones the people you lead are looking for in you.Photo Credit: ©Pexels/RebrandCities

How Should Pastors Speak Up about Gun Violence?

No law or political declaration will ever cleanse the heart of man. The faithful pastor preaches the solution without having to mention the words “gun violence,” because it's a matter of sin and repentance.

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