Tag Archives: Bill Hybels

Who is Peter Drucker, and what did he do with our church?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:38 — 20.7MB) The Post-Modern church is shaped around what has become the “business” of doing Church. The focus is on growing the numbers, defining the brand and making the customers happy, rather than focusing on feeding the sheep or equipping the saints to bring the Good […]

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Traditional, Transitional, Transformational – The Slow Suicide of Many Churches

It’s the way it works. Every church that has decided to follow Peter Drucker‘s business model, Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek model, Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven model - all under the term “Seeker-Friendly”. It begins slow, and continues steadily. The people in these churches are like the frog in a pot of slowly boiling water – never being told […]

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Is your church “Tasting the Summit?”

To the modern Church: Get ready to taste a new blend of worldliness from your pulpits, as pastors and elders from your communities (including two of the biggest in our listening area), are teaming up to present a tasting of what’s to come at Willow Creek’s 2014 Global Leadership Summit. The problem is, most of […]

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Religious leaders of all stripes endorse Son of God movie

Hear from our friends and partners, some of the nation’s leading influencers in faith, who offer insightful commentary on selected scenes from the movie Son of God. You can have hours of fun on the Son of God movie trailer site, where some of the biggest mega-names in the visible church are partnering and promoting the […]

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Ecumenicism and the Alpha Course

Here is an update on the Alpha Course, a program that was started by Nicky Gumbel at the Anglican church in London. This church was the center of the holy laughter movement in England and Europe, and has been known for services that include being “slain in the spirit” and behaviors such as uncontrollable laughter, spasms, loud animal-like […]

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Biblical discipleship vs. Rightnow Media

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:30 — 10.7MB) Are you ready for the next big state-of-the-art discipleship tool for every member of your church, including staff?  It’s called RightNow Media, a slick new video streaming program that compares itself to the Netflix of Christianity, and you don’t even need to lift a […]

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A breach of apostasy in post-modern churches

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:56 — 12.4MB) The time clock is ticking, and we are looking at end-times prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. If you aren’t “into” prophecy matters in your faith, you are not alone. Many evangelical churches have abandoned prophecy altogether, and in fact are teaching a very […]

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“Calvary Chapel Breached” raises questions

Reprinted from the LightHouseTrails Blog: Yesterday, we posted an article titled “Calvary Chapel Breached” by journalist Jim Fletcher. The article focused on a Calvary Chapel church (North Coast) in California and its invitation of a Palestinian man named Sami Awad. Fletcher’s article showed the implications of this invitation by Calvary Chapel and how this indicates the […]

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Church of Tares and the real roots of the Emergent movement

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:57 — 11.9MB) Today we’re meeting a film producer who is using his gifts to equip the Body of Christ to understand the times we are in and the movements that are springing up like weeds or tares among wheat, and choking out the light of God’s […]

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When Church means Business

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:43 — 11.8MB) What happens when the Body of Christ is operated like a successful corporation? There is an entire culture, complete with its own language, shaped around what has become the “business” of doing Church. Rather than focusing on feeding the sheep or equipping the saints […]

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Is Steven Furtick the new Prosperity Guru?

Positive Confession, Word of Faith, Prosperity Gospel. All of these names have been connected to a gospel that gives humans the power and control over a genie-type god we can manipulate if only we _______.  Ten months ago, we reported that popular North Carolina pastor Steven Furtick was dipping a toe into the Signs and […]

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Should Christians Attend the Muslim Mosque Open House?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:58 — 11.9MB) This Saturday the local Mosque in Green bay is holding an open house where local citizens can learn about the Muslim faith and ask questions of local Muslim leaders.  I am asking you our listeners if I should attend the open house and if […]

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Packers Robbed–While God is Smeared. What Angers Us Most?

Green Bay Packers fans—yes, they were robbed Monday night in Seattle. Those that know me know I have officiated all major sports on the High School level for two decades.  They also know I am continually defending sports officials as they have a very difficult job.  I have even asked for patience and understanding on […]

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Leadership and the Willow Creek Summit

I confess that I may have been a little hard on the Willow Creek Leadership Summit on today’s show, but I think we live in a time when tough questions and a tough self-examination is sometimes necessary.  By no means are we saying you should not attend, just understand that not every leader presented lines […]

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Do we need a new kind of sexuality for the 21st century?

Over on Jim Wallis’ Sojourner’s blog (where Lynne Hybels is listed as a contributing editor along with Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren, Donald Miller, etc.), guest writer Dave McNeely is proposing a new kind of sexuality for Christians in these modern times. We wouldn’t want to be outdated, after all. McNeely is an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Carson-Newman […]

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Oprah, Hybels join star-studded "Triumphant Journey" gala honoring T.D. Jakes

Sharing new photographs via the Do Not Be Surprised blog. Here is a partial excerpt. Read the full report here. Via Do Not Be Surprised: The Christian Post reported on 8 June: A black-tie gala featuring a surprise star-studded guest list will be held Friday night to celebrate Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35th anniversary of ministry service. […]

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Guilt By Association: Is it Biblical?

The recent concerns and controversies stirred up by many Christians over people like Franklin Graham, Kirk Cameron and Jonathon Cahn appearing on secular shows like Glenn Beck and networks like MSNBC are worthy of a lot of thoughtful discussion.  As with most disagreements there are two polar opinions from some Christians.  Some believe Christians should […]

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Truth or Consequences

In the coming months we will be spending a lot of time exploring the proper relationship between truth and love.  In my humble opinion, there may be no greater issue facing American Christianity than how absolute truth is being compromised in the name of love.  No greater example of this has occurred than the infamous […]

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5 Theological errors to learn (and avoid) from the purpose driven church

Confession: I once took one of those leadership development profiles and learned (or in my case confirmed) that I have an Entrepreneurial leadership style. Which basically means that I like to start things. It also means that once the shiny cool thing becomes routine and process-oriented, I’m ready to look for the next new thing. […]

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National Association of Evangelicals proposes code of moral ethics for pastors

  The Washington Post reports  that the NAE is proposing a code of ethics for pastors, and next will work on one for churches. The code outlines behavioral guidelines and has been wholeheartedly endorsed by “prominent evangelical leaders like megachurch pioneer Bill Hybels; and “The Purpose Driven Life” author and megachurch pastor Rick Warren.”   […]

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