You are needed!

A word from Mel The Brook Network is brand new, but the connections between Christian leaders in all different walks of life and in cultures around the world is tremendous! Please consider 1) using the “Stay Connected” box at the top to get the weekly email with resources for you; and 2) leaving a comment …

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If they ain’t followin,’ you ain’t leadin’

Senator Bob Dole said that, second only to backbone, a leader must have a funny bone. So go ahead and have a laugh at this video which illustrates “if they ain’t followin,’ you ain’t leadin.’ Teach a group of recruits jumping jacks for the first time?….

Hang on!

It was very sad to hear in the news that Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper had announced that they were separating, sadder yet is the fact that it has just been two weeks since they celebrated their fortieth anniversary. The number “forty” appears throughout the Scriptures, typically for a long and sometimes difficult …

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Too many voices?

Garrison Keillor in an op-ed piece in the New York Times laments the end of publishing and the proliferation of cheap words: We live in a literate time, and our children are writing up a storm, often combining letters and numerals (U R 2 1derful), blogging like crazy, reading for hours off their little screens, …

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How Forgiveness Works

There was a single word headlined in the news coming out of the Amish community of West Nickels Mines after a young husband and father shot five young girls dead: forgiveness. That word got the attention of the media, but what does it mean–“forgive”?

Choosing Wise Leaders

Among the most common buzzwords associated with leadership in the church today are “passion,” and “vision.” But another characteristic of quality leadership that is a non-negotiable, one that we neglect at our own peril, is wisdom. A leader can have passion enough to make listeners almost swoon and can pass on a contagious zeal, but …

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Out of an Iranian prison

People around the world have followed the gripping story of two young women, imprisoned in Iran for their faith. Today comes this great news from Elam Ministries… Fourteen months after they were arrested for their Christian faith and activities, Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh have been acquitted of all charges by the Iranian judicial authorities. …

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The practical atheist

Marie used to live a vibrant, attractive, life of faith. She served in her church several days a week, was known for her generosity, and even did some seminar speaking. Today she will tell you that she believes in God, but she has no connection with other Christians, and she has adopted the view that …

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The roots of Jews for Jesus

I met Moishe Rosen at least a couple of different times over the years–a figure one cannot easily forget. Colorful, controversial. With his passing there is an opportunity to learn more about a remarkable movement called Jews for Jesus (Rosen was its founder). Ruth Tucker has written this excellent tribute.

North Korea in the dark

The news is stunning out of Asia today, that it is confirmed that a South Korean ship sank because it was torpedoed by a North Korean vessel. Forty six sailors lost their lives as their ship sank beneath the sea in the March 26 incident. The political rhetoric is intense as a result.

What communism could not do

While walking around the capital city of Laos, Vientienne, one sees one Buddhist temple after another, and many young men clad in the distinctive orange monks’ robes. Most young men join a monastery or a temple for at least a short period of time in their lives. Laos is one of just a handful of …

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Does God want you to be rich?

While researching the topic of prosperity in the book of Proverbs for a sermon this weekend, I ran across an article in Time magazine called, “Does God Want You to be Rich?” Included are some interesting statistics based on a national survey of Christians in America.

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