This article was originally posted at the LifeWay Church Leaders blog. The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ – Luke 7:34 Jesus was a friend of sinners. This is clearly established throughout the gospels. Jesus was among…Read more 3 Ways to Be a Friend of Sinners
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Allow me to make a bold suggestion. I am increasingly convinced that Christianity is an inherently optimistic – and even happy – faith. Now I get it, even as I make that assumption more than a few of you are objecting to it. Your objections are most likely rooted in your view of the depravity…Read more A Happy Faith
I enjoyed the opportunity to submit a video for The Nines, a conference hosted by Leadership Network that features a series of short videos, offered by a variety of church leaders, and is viewed by an audience of more than 20,000 people. The video below is the video that I submitted. In it we look…Read more #TheNines 2014 :: Creating a Shalom Culture
Living in an area where one is in the religious majority changes the way you see the world. In America, those of us who are Christians often feel like the world is changing, and not in a way that is positive for us, but the truth is we are still part of the largest religious segment…Read more The Faith of Another
Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, SC. He is also the author of Aspire, a book that seeks to help the church develop and deploy disciples. Aspire is available today. Click here to purchase a copy. I’ve never met a pastor that said “Discipleship…Yeh, we don’t really do that. We’ve…Read more Guest Post: Do we really care about discipleship?