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Pastor… Get Started Blogging

One of my online heroes is John Saddington. He's got one of those dream jobs doing tech and social media stuff for Andy Stanley and Northpoint Church. He's also started at least 23 blogs! One of my favorites of all belongs to John (aka, human3rror), Church Crunch. Today, John sends out this post on Ten Reasons Your Pastor Should Blog. Not only do I agree with John's reasons, but if you're a Pastor and you're new to the idea of blogging, you need to be checking John's site …

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This Mother’s Day, Thank God for His Faithfulness

Tonight we had an awesome opportunity to honor the ladies in the Bethel family, but even more to honor God in His faithfulness. The theme of our Ladies' Banquet was "Fields of Faithfulness." We had Diane Spriggs, editor of the Baptist Trumpet as our guest speaker and the men served all the ladies roast pork tenderloin and other fine treats. We also assembled this video tribute to God's faithfulness... enjoy! Bethel Baptist Church Ladies Banquet from Brandon Cox on Vimeo. …

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Pastors Should Always Wear Long Sleeves

I once filled in for a Pastor who had a beard. His church was a bit upset with him about something and over lunch, two little ladies wanted me to point them to that passage that declares Pastors should not have facial hair... stop searching, it isn't in there. Neither does the Bible address the issue of sleeves, but it does encourage us to be in touch with people by having a shepherd's heart. …

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Have You Taken Your Faith to the Streets?

We've been blessed with a pretty great Youth Pastor in Justin Williams (shhh, don't tell him I said that). He and Refuge Ministry recently led our Sunday night service by giving testimonies of their amazing and rather interesting weekend living on the streets, so to speak. You've got to read about the event here, at Justin's blog. …

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God’s Gift to His Son and Jesus’ Gift to His Father

John 17 is referred to as the high priestly prayer of Jesus. It's the real "Lord's Prayer" (the other one is Jesus' model prayer for His disciples). In John 17, we hear the heart of Jesus. He's purposely praying out loud in front of the disciples on His walk from the upper room to the garden of Gethsemane. It's an amazing glimpse into the intimate and holy conversation between the Son of God and the Father. …

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Ron V. Mitchell – A Hero Goes Home

I learned today that Dr. Ron V. Mitchell has ended his battle with cancer, going home to be with his Savior. This news floods my mind and heart with fond memories of the short time that I knew Dr. Mitchell. First, some biographical information, via the Baptist Trumpet... …

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The Gift Conspiracy

I'm convinced there is a vast shower gift conspiracy operating in our culture. Think about it. For a wedding shower, she has all the fun. Nobody buys the sweet "couple" golf clubs or pocket knives. And then the babies, the poor little babies. They don't get anything fun - it's all about Mom! What a sham! Here's the funny thing... God is behind this conspiracy! The Bible says that every believer has been giving some special ability by the Holy Spirit, and that we are given …

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Spurgeon on Loving the Brethren

One of my favorite websites is The Daily Spurgeon where my friend Nick spends a lot of valuable time culling the pages of Spurgeons sermons and works to offer up a daily couple of paragraphs from one of history's greatest preachers. Today, Spurgeon echoed something that has been on my mind lately about Loving the Brethren. Basically, we can stand against what we interpret to be biblical error, we can expose falsities, and we can disagree strongly, but we ought to love the …

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Shepherd the Flock

http://www.shepherdsfellowship.org/pulpit/posts.aspx?ID=4188 …

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What’s Happening to My Denomination?

The Southern Baptist Convention has recently released its Annual Church Profile report, which spells out that the denomination is in decline. Last week, the Baptist Missionary Association of America welcomed three new churches into its fold. While we have a hard time tracking statistics of churches that have died, I'm going on an assumption that we lost more than three. Mainline Protestant denominations have been declining for a decade or more. What's happening to my …

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