Author Archives: Steve

7 Reasons to Not Shop on Thanksgiving Day

The trend for earlier celebrations of the holidays has bothered me for some time now. This year, while looking for school supplies in August, I discovered that the back to school aisle had already been converted to Halloween candy. Of … Continue reading

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Singleness is something to be celebrated

Singles are a valuable part of the church. Whether they have chosen and are happy with that state or they wish to change it, the church should welcome them into the family. I wrote about that on March 12, 2013 … Continue reading

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The church is the family

Bruxy Cavey, the teaching pastor at the Meetin House in Toronto Canada, is starting a new teaching series on what he calls the Modern Family. In the first sermon of that series, he uses Matthew 12:46-50 to make the point that the church … Continue reading

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Why governance fails and why it needs the missional family model

For generations people have talked, argued, and fought over the model of leadership for the church. Many support the episcopal model, which has a single leader- the bishop. This is the type of leadership used by the Catholic church, Anglican church, … Continue reading

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7 steps to introducing your children to the world without losing their souls

[Repost from February 22, 2013] Step 1 Start young. The younger you begin introducing your children to the world the better. You can help them to approach the world with their eyes wide open so they are ready to run … Continue reading

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Parents, your faith is important

Christianity Today reports on a new study about parent, children and the resiliency of faith. The study was released in a book by University of Southern California researcher, Vern Bengtson. The book is called Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed … Continue reading

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The family model and the angry pastor

The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church. The preceding quote is from Thomas Bandy’s … Continue reading

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Trust building in parenting…and the church

Parenting is a matter of demonstrating Christ’s love. A cornerstone for building a loving relationship is building a relationship of trust. No one can feel loved if they don’t feel they trust the other person. The same is true of … Continue reading

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7 Reasons a children’s leader cannot create family ministry

The good news is that the family model of ministry is growing around the country. This means more churches are working to connect discipleship to the home and more people are finding the church to be a necessary family. I … Continue reading

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Say “no” to likable sermons and “yes” to the family model of ministry

I found this blog over the weekend. Sermons Are Not For Liking by Tim Challies. Challies is right when he says, Sermons are not for liking. Sermons are for listening, they are for discerning, they are for applying, but they are not … Continue reading

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