Chick-fil-A: What Your Church Can Learn II

Chick fil A: What Your Church Can Learn – Part II What can your local church learn from a chicken store? Apparently, in the case of Chick-fil-A, quite a bit. I thought I was done with this story, but obviously there’s still meat on the bones! (I know. I couldn’t

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Chick-fil-A: What Your Church Can Learn

Chick-fil-A: What Your Church Could Learn Since 2010, Chick-fil-A has been the most successful fast food restaurant in America. It leads the fast food industry in sales per store by a large margin. Like most “overnight success stories”, Chick-fil-A labored for more than 20 years before it opened its first

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The Sharpton I Know

The Sharpton I Know As soon as I saw the flyer I knew there would be a fight. “Special Worship Experience with Carlton Byrd. Special Guest- Al Sharpton.” It was a much-needed community rally sponsored by the Oakwood University church. Dr. Byrd began the assembly with an address on unity

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Why Adventist Ministers March

Why Adventist Ministers March It was 6 am Monday morning. I was dog tired, but on a plane to Washington D.C.  For a moment, I wondered if I’d made a smart decision. Classes just started and I was also conducting a 2- week revival. I only had time to fly

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When Should We Close a Local Church?

When Should We Close a Local Church? It’s a sensitive topic. It’s an unpleasant reality. But many local churches seem to be dying right before our eyes. What was once a thriving center in a vibrant neighborhood is now a decaying island in a neighborhood long gone. The signs are

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3 Words That Could Cripple The Race Crisis

3 Words That Could Cripple The Race Crisis It was a year ago tomorrow that I wrote this blog about Charlottesville, race, and the church. Any change? Yes. Thing have gotten worse! There is something strange about the Charlottesville incident. It’s not as if any of this caught us by

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What To Do When Your Church Is Dying?

What To Do When Your Church Is Dying? You remember the story? “The Emperor Who Wore No Clothes.”  It’s a Hans Christian Anderson classic. Let me refresh your memory. Many years ago there was a king who was obsessed with his fine clothes. His greatest joy was showing them off

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Ministers Who Marked My Ministry III

Ministers Who Marked My Ministry: Dr. E.E.Cleveland He was no more than 6’3, but to the world he seemed larger than life. Dr. E. E. Cleveland. I actually heard him before I saw him. As a child, we’d listen to the recording of his 1966 evangelistic campaign in Port of Spain,

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Ministers Who Marked My Ministry II

Ministers Who Marked My Ministry: Pastor Robert Leslie Willis I have spent the last several years of my life developing religious leaders, particularly pastors. I have researched and interviewed the best and the brightest. But I’m convinced that if you look up the word “pastor” in the dictionary, you’ll probably

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Ministers Who Marked My Ministry

Ministers Who Marked My Ministry Memphis, Tennessee is a city of churches. Always has been and always will be. At one time, it was listed as the city with more churches per capita than any city in America. Churches large and small dot the landscape of my hometown, but the

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Grace! 3 Things My Wedding Taught Me

“Grace! 3 Things My Wedding Taught Me” My wife and I have been married 33 years this month. To say that I married up is a major understatement. (I can almost hear the, “you got that right” chorus coming from my friends. Who asked you?) Anyway, the marriage has been

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Campmeetings…Here to Stay or Time to Go?

  Please don’t tell my Mother about this article. The title alone is enough to make me lose my spot at the holiday dinner table. I’m pretty sure that the 11th commandment for my mother and her pals is, “Thou shalt not miss camp meeting.” Camp meetings have been a

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