From Ed Stetzer:
Sin can certainly lead us to be workaholics, and we burn ourselves or our people out. But it can also lead to the opposite, a poor work ethic.
As a church leader you often do a lot of the work outside of the view of your people, and that can be a temptation toward doing less and just trying to look busy.
Ministry is hard, but God empowers us for it. Leading churches that grow takes sacrifice, focus, and hard work. Here are a few tools you can use to stay focused on your work so that you will lead your church through growth barriers.
Jen Oshman on some of her heroes of the faith.
God is doing something special amongst the Iranian people:
In Islam people do not know God as father. But praise God, He has been working in Iran. And many, many people like me are finding their Heavenly Father.
From The Economist:
However the subject may be taught, it is hard to deny the urgency of improving the general level of knowledge about what religions profess, what they hold sacred and what they consider taboo. In one form or another, the challenge is facing every democratic society.
About a month ago it was the 32nd anniversary of the nuclear disaster. Pripyat will remain a ghost town.