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The Antidote to Hypocrisy

After Alan mentioned he was a Christian, everyone around him clammed up and distanced themselves from him. They automatically assumed Alan possessed several unpleasant characteristics. Justified or not, the public…

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Why Are We Here?

What business are you in? It seems like an obvious question. But many businesses, organizations–and churches–have faltered and failed because their people were not clear about their true mission. This…

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The Church’s Male Exodus

The men have decided. Church is not for them. Increasingly, men and boys are abandoning their congregations. As we conducted the research for our recent book Why Nobody Wants to…

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The Anti-Business Church

Someone always inevitably blurts the Old Statement: “The church is not a business.” When a lay person uses a metaphor from the business world in a church meeting, you can…

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Fear Not: Double Your Teaching Results

Here’s a guaranteed way to dramatically power-up your teaching and preaching. It works. But many teachers and preachers will reject it-before ever trying it. I’ve used this approach-with great effectiveness-for…

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Great Speaker. Lousy Leader.

Pastor Bob really knows how to captivate an audience with his sermons. People say he’s a “great communicator.” And many people assume that Pastor Bob’s eloquence also means he’s a…

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Making God Real to a Skeptical Public

It’s true. Most people avoid church. They’re not interested. But, that doesn’t mean they’re disinterested in God. Here’s the problem. The population perceives that the church has taken its eye…

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