The outspoken host and pioneering Christian broadcaster has been the face of CBN since its founding 60 years ago. After decades of offering Christian viewers his commentary on natural disasters, 9/11, AIDS, pot, divorce, diplomacy, plastic surgery, homosexuality, Islam, secular colleges, the end of the world, critical race theory, and a range of other moral issues, Pat Robertson has signed off as host of The 700 Club. On the 60th anniversary of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), its 91-year-old founder announced that he would be stepping down and that his son, Gordon Robertson, would take over as full-time host of…

Begin Again Reading Club Invites Readers to Enter 2021 with Hope Award-winning and bestselling author Max Lucado, who has over 140 million products in print, is inviting people internationally to start 2021 afresh, abandoning fear, worry, and hopelessness from the crises of 2020 and looking forward to personal restoration and renewal in the new year. The Begin Again Reading Club runs January 25–March 7, 2021, sponsored by Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website in the world. Free registration for the event is at BibleGateway.com/Begin. Participants in the Begin Again Reading Club will read and discuss Lucado’s just-released book Begin…

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, has become beloved across Canada.

Paul knew that if people became the central focus of the church, the church would be conformed into the image of people not the image of Christ. Recently, I had a two-part series (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here) describing features of a church being more like a country club. The sober reality is many churches fit the bill when it comes to embodying characteristics of a country club. However, very few pastors, leaders, or members want to admit it. I get why it’s hard to admit that your church has more in common with a country club…

True church growth transfers people from the domain of darkness into the glorious light of Christ. On Thursday, we looked at the first three shifts to experience transformation in our churches. Today, I’ll share the final three. Shift 4: The church must make the shift from swapping members to having the primary growth strategy of going after people who do not yet belong This seems to be where most churches struggle. According to Rick Richardson’s research, only 40 percent of the churches in America are growing. However, only 10 percent of these churches are experience growth through conversion. That means…

Viewing the church or behaving as if the church is a country club distorts both the identity and the mission of the church. In my previous post, I began outlining four identifiers that your church might be more like a country club than a church. Once again, I’m not knocking country club memberships. If you are a member of one, I give you permission to sing along with Travis Tritt—loud and proud—“I’m a member of a country club….” But I fear that many believers view the church as a country club. Or at the very least, they practically behave as…

When churches are crafted into the image of consumers, they distort the image of their Savior. I have been involved at a country club three times in my life. The first time was under my parents’ membership while I was growing up. The second was as an employee serving as the assistant to the golf pro. The third was at an affordable club I found in Louisville a few years back. Let me just say, I have an affinity for golf! I’ve also grown up in the church and have been a pastor of several churches over the last 12…