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Hospitality for Those Without "The Gift"

Hospitality for Those Without "The Gift"

Some people think I have the “gift of hospitality,” but I assure you, I do not. I am not a hospitable person. I am an introvert. My home is a haven where I can recharge and get ready to be with people again the next day.

In time, I have learned that hospitality is not a gift but an act of obedience with great gospel benefits. For me, though, it's been a journey.

Christmas Already?!

Christmas Already?!

The stores and online catalogs seem to think that October is the time to prepare for Christmas. Soon, shelves will be crowded with wreaths and glitzy tree ornaments. This used to annoy me quite a bit, but after a while, I finally realized that the stores are right—to some extent. October really is the time to begin getting ready for Christmas! In order to celebrate the Advent Season, church leadership must prepare even earlier. So, bring on the Christmas spirit! It's time to celebrate.

Pastor Appreciation Month—Why is it Important?

Pastor Appreciation Month—Why is it Important?

There was an old Isotoner Glove commercial featuring Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino saying the tagline, “Take care of the hands that take care of you.” Regardless of your church or staff size, take care of the people who feel God’s call on their life to lead and take care of you. From ministry interns to senior pastors, we need them at their best, because they often see us at our worst.

178 Years of Generosity

178 Years of Generosity

To say that Hurricane Harvey shook the region of Houston seems like an understatement. Amidst the chaos, stories of human generosity began popping up everywhere. But the story in the media was consistent: the response to Harvey was led by generous churches, and we have a lot of generous churches. Hurricane or not, it's past time for us to begin sharing some of those beautiful stories of generosity. Here are just a few.

The Privilege of Persecution by Moeller & Hegg

The Privilege of Persecution by Moeller & Hegg

What is persecution? How does it effect the global church, and what should we be learning from them? Sally Hinzie answers these questions and more as she outlines Dr. Carl A. Moeller & David W. Hegg’s book: The Privilege of Persecution (And Other Things the Global Church Knows That We Don’t).

Stop Supporting Missions. Start Investing in Missions.

Stop Supporting Missions. Start Investing in Missions.

Historically, a variety of Christian denominations have used words like “giving” and “support” to describe the funds they contribute to missions-related endeavors locally and globally. Currently, we live in a time that questions whether we have taken the concept of “giving freely” too far. Meaning, have we become too lax in how our giving is used to make deep and lasting differences?