Saturday, August 12, 2017

Notable Voices and the Week in Review: August 12, 2017

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4 Money Landmines for Your MarriageArt Rainer

In marriage, there are money landmines. These are decisions that can lead to a significant blow up in the relationship. Needless to say, each one is to be avoided. Here are four money landmines to avoid in your marriage:


Four Helpful Tips for Cultivating Generous GivingErik Reed

In recent years, I have worked hard to change the culture of my church. We have a long way to go, but we are changing. The church has become more financially generous. The following four things are what I (we) have incorporated into our regular rhythms—easily accessible to others—that could help you cultivate more generous giving in your church.


3 Reasons to Be Thankful for Bad SermonsBrandon Hilgemann

Although I am an advocate for powerful, God-glorifying, excellent sermons, the reality is that not all sermons will be the best we’ve ever preached. So here are three reasons you can take joy in the occasional bad sermon:


The One Trait Every Leader Must Possess — Ron Edmondson

While I believe there are many traits and qualities a great leader must possess, there’s one that stands out among all others. In fact, the longer I think about it, I quickly realize that most every trait builds on this one trait! A leader’s most important trait is…


Eight Suggestions for Eager New SeminariansAlvin Reid

I remember a cold, windy day in January, 1982. My wife Michelle and I arrived in Fort Worth as newlyweds with everything we owned in a small U Haul trailer. We moved into our little one bedroom, furnished apartment with little materially but great dreams spiritually. I hobbled on crutches from a knee operation. We were broke, but we were called, and that was enough. That was 35 years ago, but it seems like only yesterday. If you are a brand new seminarian, I have a few things I hope will encourage you to help you for the next few decades.


What Every Pastor Wishes His Worship Leader KnewJ.D. Greear

A few weeks ago, one of our leaders asked me to come speak to a group of worship interns, telling them “everything I thought pastors wanted worship leaders to know.” When I agreed to do it, I thought it would be a stretch to come up with three or four things. That was a bit na├»ve. By the time I was done, it grew to a list of 14. I’d love to see a corresponding list of “What Every Worship Leader Wishes His Pastor Knew,” but for now, here is my advice for growing worship leaders:


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