4 Essentials of Running Your Church Website Well

This sponsored post was provided by MereChurch. Are you pondering a redesign of your site, or struggling with managing your site? We can take care of the technical headache of running a church website so you can focus on your ministry. Get in touch with MereChurch to get started. I have been working on church websites for about sixteen years. I have worked with hundreds of organizations, some of them through many iterations of their sites, and I’ve noticed a thing …

Using the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in Ministry

This sponsored Q.A. with Dr. D.A. Carson was prepared by Zondervan for the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Use coupon code NIVZSB50 and get the personal size for just $20 with free shipping! Q: While the church obviously shouldn’t repeat the medieval error of restricting access to knowledge in today’s information age, pastors certainly have an obligation to guide inquisitive believers to trustworthy sources. What role could a resource like the NIV Zondervan Study Bible play in helping church leaders direct seekers into finding …

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How a Minister in the Northeast Went to Seminary Online in the Midwest

This sponsored post, an interview by Jared Wilson, was prepared by Midwestern Seminary. I met Mitch Bedzyk last year, when his church in Elmira, New York invited me to come speak at their annual student conference. I had a great time in upstate New York, as I always do, meeting a lot great people, eating some really good BBQ (no, really!), and even visiting the grave of one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain. But my favorite part of the visit …

Study the Gospels with Eyes on the Gospel

This sponsored post was prepared by The Gospel Project. Is it possible to study the Gospels and miss the gospel? Perhaps that sounds strange, even absurd. But for those of us who’ve been Christians for any significant amount of time, the story of Jesus’ life is well known. We can rehearse the details quickly: He was born to a virgin girl named Mary, and His birth was announced to shepherds by angels. He was hated by the religious leaders of …

Context Changes Everything

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan. You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively …

sixty-six books. one story. all about one name.

This sponsored post was written and provided by The Jesus Bible. During the reign of Augustus, a young, ordinary teenage girl gives birth to a baby. In the vast expanse of eternity’s story, she’s just one person in one chapter. But in her arms is the author! Before he was laid in a manager, it was Jesus who laid out the foundations of the universe. Before Jesus split the veil in two, he split the sea in two. Before Jesus …

Justin Taylor Endorses Clarifying The Bible

“We have used the Clarifying the Bible DVD series on several occasions. Our folks rave about this series and come away with a much better appreciation for and understanding of how the Bible came to us and how it is structured. This is a learning resource that will greatly benefit every Christian!

5 Surprising Advantages to Online Seminary Education

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For men and women currently serving in their local church, pursuing theological education can often seem like an ideal rather than a reality. Even for those interested in and eager to formally deepening their knowledge of God’s word and its application to mission and ministry, their commitment to their present role would seem to preclude having the available time or resources to do so. But the truth is, seminary education …

What Every Christian Should Give their Pastor for Christmas

This sponsored post was prepared by Books at a Glance. Being a pastor is not easy. It doesn’t always pay well, it’s emotionally taxing, and many times we fail to appreciate or even thank our pastors for their tireless work on our behalf. So, What SHOULD You Give Your Pastor? Obviously the best and most helpful thing that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him, but in a more “earthly” sense, what should you give him, …

Three Reasons Why Your Church Should Stop Offering Small Groups

This sponsored post was prepared by SmallGroup.com who invites you to sign up for a free trial. Did you know that the company Walgreens invented the chocolate malt? According to Wikipedia, “in 1922, Walgreens’ employee Ivar ‘Pop’ Coulson made a milkshake by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the standard malted milk drink recipe (milk, chocolate syrup, and malt powder).” Yet if you have a late-night craving for one today, you’re not going to head to Walgreens. Or …