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Easter Churches and Pastors

The title of S. M. Lockridge’s  famous sermon, "It's Friday, but Sunday's Coming", has been used by thousands of preachers to bring hope to the hopeless. Few sermons are a more powerful reminder that God can change everything and anything. However, the fact of the matter is that when we are experiencing the pain and frustration of Friday’s cross, we don’t “feel” the good news of Easter.  Unfortunately, knowing that Good Friday’s pain is a necessary prelude to Easter, does not lessen the pain.  Even Jesus cried on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Unfortunately, I know too many pastors and too many lay leaders who want their churches to spring forth full of Easter life without experiencing the pain and grief of Good Friday. Such a thing is not possible. It doesn’t work that way.   Let me be so bold as to say I know of no minister or church that has experienced significant ministry effectiveness that did not first pay the price of personal and organizational … [Read More...]

Beyond Your Average Easter Experience

Unfortunately, too many Easter services are low in spiritual impact and very predictable.  Too often they are nothing more than repeat versions of what is done every Sunday, except that the music and message focus on the resurrection.  That focus is on target.  However, the worship on this special day deserves more.  Because Easter is one of the two highest attended worship services in the whole year, more thought and effort should go into ensuring it will have a high spiritual impact.  So, let … [Read More...]

Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Bad Bosses

God has gifted some people to be leaders  --  “If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.” Romans 12:8.  It is also true that all church leaders should “take seriously” their responsibility to lead well, even if those who do not feel that they have the special gift of leadership.   Part of that responsibility is learning and growing to become better leaders.   Church consultant, Thom Rainer, wrote a recent blog about the top ten complaints he has heard over the … [Read More...]