Browsing articles in "Ministry Briefing"
Apr
18
2013

Benny Heads to Trinidad and Tobago

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Benny Hinn recently headed to Trinidad and Tobago for one of his crusades, where he asked those gathered to sow a seed of faith for $100 (or TT$600). Considering the economic status of Trinidad and Tobago, this represents a significant sacrifice for many in the crowd, but Hinn let them know what would happen in return: You will produce a harvest for the rest of your life. There will be a miracle in your finances […]

Apr
17
2013

What Q Day Two has me Thinking On

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Day two of Q LA was another day of drinking from the fire hose… It started off with Mark Burnett, finished up with Gabe Lyons, and had a bunch of solid communicators in between. The thought that I am currently stewing on the most has to do with the correlation between the rise of the screen in our day to day lives, the numbing effect that comes from that, and the rise of sex trafficking […]

Apr
16
2013

“If Just One Person” Thinking and Good Stewardship

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We’ve all been in a church business meeting when someone has said it. It’s the goto line to justify ministry expenditures, and according to Scott Cochrane, it is a dangerous lie. The line? “If just one person…” You may have heard it used like this: If just one person takes a big step towards God… If just one person starts reading the Bible regularly… If just one person invites someone far from God into their home… Scott pushes back saying […]

Apr
15
2013

Everybody’s Orthodoxy is Somebody’s Heresy

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Last week Matt Appling had a post on his site, The Church of No People, about the way we disagree within the church world. Coining what is now my favorite phrase “everybody’s orthodoxy is somebody’s heresy,” in response to yet another uproar about someone’s perceived theological transgressions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that having a solid grasp of orthodox theology is important… but I also believe that Jesus has called us to love one another in spite of […]

Apr
10
2013

Pastors and Vacation Time

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Scott William’s recently had an intriguing post on his website discussing the need for church leaders to take more time off. Saying: In all seriousness, Sr. Pastors should try to find themselves in the sweet spot of preaching between 35-40 weekends per year (no more.) If they are preaching more than that, they probably aren’t raising up any other leaders/teachers, they probably don’t have adequate relationships with other Sr. Pastors, they are probably stifling the organizational growth […]

Apr
9
2013

Changing Rhetoric at Focus on the Family

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Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family recently made some interesting comments while being interviewed for NPR: You know, when we look at same-sex marriage or gay relationships, it’s just one of the many things that are outside of God’s design for human sexuality. There is no animus toward the individual, and that’s one of the – I think one of the great tragedies of our time is we’ve set this up as some […]

Apr
8
2013

What Happens AFTER a Pastor Subdues a Burglar?

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What would you do if your church were broken into? Pastor Mike Jankowski of Lamb’s Chapel in Center Moriches, New York asked his congregation to bring the culprit back to their church: When that happened six weeks ago, the next Sunday, I got up in front of the congregation in both of our services and I just said, ‘listen, whoever did this obviously is in a bad place. Let’s pray that God would bring this person […]

Apr
5
2013

Super Natural, Double Portion, Miracles for $273

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What does $273 buy you? According to Dr. Todd Coontz, $273 will get you a “Breakthrough Seed” that allows you to “Expect supernatural change within 90 days.” Dr. Coontz is a televangelist, of the prosperity gospel persuasion, based out of Charlotte. A recent story from a Charlotte television station reveals the significance of the $273 seed, as well as the lifestyle of Todd Coontz. In this edition of the Ministry Briefing Video Podcast, we discuss our thoughts […]

Apr
4
2013

Detwiler Calls out SBC for Enabling Mahaney’s Sin

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From a story covered in April’s Ministry Briefing Digest: CJ Mahaney seems to have become a bit of a lightning rod of late. The founder of Sovereign Grace Ministries has been through the wringer of late, as SGM is embroiled in turmoil with churches leaving, and an ongoing child sexual abuse lawsuit. Piling on top of all this is SGM co-founder Brent Detwiler calling on the Southern Baptist Convention leadership to distance themselves from Mahaney until the […]

Apr
3
2013

Smartphones and Facebook: Addicted Much?

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Do you have Facebook on your smartphone? How often do you check it? In a recent study commissioned by Facebook, smartphone users were found to be checking the social network an average of 14 times a day. The study also found that 79% of smartphone users use their phones within fifteen minutes of waking up while 62% grab their phone immediately upon waking. With this in mind, we ask the question: how are churches leveraging Facebook for the […]