That’s why you’re alive. That’s what sustained you and allowed all of the other things to happen.
On December 22, 2013, images and footage of America’s infamous, bearded duck hunter flooded primetime news headlines. What’s the buzz about? In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — a Southern, fundamentalist Christian hunter from the popular A&E series “Duck Dynasty” — called homosexuality a sin. The network decided to suspend the reality star […]
By Tim Spivey, lead planter of New Vintage Church (San Diego) It’s time for everyone to start putting their “lists” out there. Not everyone enjoys these posts; I do. I like reading what others found to be particularly helpful, because it helps me get to know them a bit better and to cut through some […]
I’ve had a few dramatic stumbles when I stand quickly, only to realize one of my legs has mysteriously fallen asleep. The numbness makes it feel like the leg has suddenly gone missing, only to give sharp tingling reminders that it indeed is still there. A foot, arm or leg falls asleep because of too […]
“Why don’t they consider the elder’s spouse in the selection and training process?”, Tisha asked as we chatted. I was interviewing her as part of my due diligence evaluation of her company, “After the Fact — Final Affairs,” which assists in the administration and closing of probate matters. As we chatted, her comments as the […]
On Nov. 21, 2013, a Federal trial court in Wisconsin declared that the clergy housing exclusion — often referred to as the minister’s parsonage allowance — is unconstitutional for clergy providing their own homes. This startling decision from a Federal District Court is sending shockwaves through the faith community. The name of the case is […]
How can I make a difference with all the homeless in our own community?
I hate the word “staff” because it’s a rather mechanical, de-personified way to refer to those who feel called the serve the Lord and His Church in a special way. But, you know what I mean. In my experience, churches (and each individual Christian) have a view of staff — a culture — that might […]
With all the stress and hustle of the Christmas season, I want to lighten things up. Below are nine “diseases” many church facilities suffer. Gary Nicholson, one of Visioneering’s studio directors and lead architects, developed this list. He thought you would enjoy “playing doctor” to diagnose your own facilities. Enjoy! (And thanks goes to Gary. […]
This past week, I attended a meeting of the local NACBA chapter that invited a guest speaker to address the new IRS guidelines lead by a local CPA specializing in church tax issues and audits. Just to be clear, I didn’t attend this workshop because I love accounting. In fact, during my freshman year in college, […]