The first to drop the stone

SERMON LESSON:  JOHN 8:1-11 SERMON TEXT:       JOHN 8:7 SERMON TITLE:      “First to drop the stone” BEHAVIOR PURPOSE: To move hearers to face their commonality with all sinners. INTRO— BERMUDA—ON OUR HONEYMOON, WE ATE AT FINE RESTAURANTS BECAUSE MY PARENTS GAVE US A MEAL PLAN.  FOUND MYSELF LOOKING DOWN ON OTHERS—HATE TO ADMIT, IT FELT GOOD. …

Please don’t abandon your marriage

Letter I wrote to a friend seeking to abandon her marriage. Names have been changed. Dear Sally I have really wrestled with how to best communicate my thoughts to you regarding your recent actions. By all the evidence I've seen, you are no longer the person I thought you were. I have no idea how…

Always walk at graduation 

Always walk at #graduation. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to earn another degree last year. I was not going to walk in graduation because I thought the pageantry and “pomp & circumstance” was over the top and a waste of time. I’m grateful I did decide to walk and I loved every minute…

Ideas for “catching” a ministry job

Start with those who know you best. Maybe you could create a position at your current church. Knowing them well, see a need and address the “pain” the church is feeling. Develop creative solutions for your current pastor to hire you. Initially, your church may say they don’t have the money but you could spend…

Just do it: How your school can make the biggest impact in your community

Statistics show selfless school administrators and teachers of private schools are making a tremendous impact on their community of families, but they often struggle to have the same influence on their local community. How can a private school have maximum impact on their community where it leads to future school growth? The great advertising executive…

5 impressive Social Media church leader ideas

Seeing church leaders take advantage of social media tools and engage with people is very exciting.  It allows them to be more approachable and accessible to their audience in a casual and easy to use format. The tools they use are free (for the basic options), equipment can be as basic as one’s iPhone and…

A ministry and a dream . . . deferred

My dear friend Eric Spivey tells the true story of a minister whose wife sinned and caused the minister to have to resign his church.  I know “Bill” (name changed) very well. Bill’s Story Like the stories of Israel and the disciples, my friend Bill’s story begins with an illusion of normalcy.  As a young…

2011 Case study of Coca-Cola

I.  Introduction A. Objective of paper The objective of this paper is to analyze and assess the financial statements and any other supplementary documents of material relevance to the financial performance of a chosen company in order to identify and provide advice on the strengths and weaknesses of the company. This accounting information will be…

The life and times of old camel knees, the Apostle James

INTRODUCTION There are few books quite like James in the entire Bible.  It is a hard hitting, direct and to the point book as well as encouraging and offering hope for the future.  James is a respected leader of the church of Jerusalem and he wants to encourage, challenge, and edify those persecuted Jewish Christians…

Head of School: Eight ways to win friends and create major donors

In private schools, there are scores of wealthy parents who love your school but have never invested any more than tuition.  How do you move them from entry-level givers to long-term, committed major donors?  Is there a secret? It is not a secret and it is easier than you think.  Eight ways to win friends,…

The running of Jonah

The narrative of the life of the prophet Jonah is one of the best-remembered stories in all the Bible. Jonah clearly got to see the awesome power of God due to his defiant act of rebellion. The Old Testament reaches one of its highest points of revelation as God is clearly seen in His creation…

Better World Books (BWB) Case Study

Better World Books Case Study Introduction Better World Books (BWB) is a feel good story about a dream of college entrepreneurs who wanted to make a different in their community, impact the environment, and create a profitable company providing employment for hundreds of people.  Their dream has been fulfilled and they are growing.  BWB has…