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9 reasons you should make the most of ‘big days’ for growth
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message of Jesus’ resurrection to all of the extra guests who come. One of the secrets to Saddleback’s growth over the years is big days. There are
 
Pick your friends wisely
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Recently, friends supported me as I spoke to the male members of a local church at a prayer breakfast. I was reminded of how much I was impacted by Mark 2:5. The parable of the paralytic struck me in a way that has never left my consciousness. If you remember, Jesus gave us all a candid perspective on how we should select our friends. “When Jesus saw
 
Fathers Forever launches partnership with local churches
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
RALEIGH – In today’s social and political landscape, the community leadership role of the church is more important than ever in molding our communities and uplifting the institution of family. To help churches fulfill that role, Fathers Forever, a Raleigh-based nonprofit organization, has recently launched the Fathers Forever-Faith Based
 
Overcoming fears, volunteer leads sex-trafficking ministry
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. – At midnight on a cold Friday in January, Loree Becton stands on a street corner along Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond, Va. – an area notoriously known for prostitution and crime. She's come a long way. Until a few months ago, Becton – wife of Mark Becton, pastor of Grove Avenue Baptist Church – had to whisper the
 
Eight of the most significant struggles pastors face
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Before me are handwritten notes that I took over a few weeks from various social media interactions, emails and a few phone calls. The total is nearly 200 separate communications to me. I kept a record of them for one simple reason: I wanted to identify the greatest pain points of pastors today. In many ways, there are no surprises. Indeed, I doubt most of
 

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Mediation phase begins for HBCU lawsuit

On Oct. 7, 2013, United States District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake delivered an unambiguous

The Original Big Mama

“One finger pointing the blame don’t make no impact. But you ball up all them

Pitt named sports scholar of the year

WASHINGTON – Maryland Eastern Shore junior forward Ishaq Pitt was named the 2014 winner of