Blind Spots and the Crashes they Cause

Posted by Brady Boyd

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 My pickup was red and shiny and had tires with chrome rims that would blind you if the sun hit at just the right angle. Pam and her parent’s toy poodle were in the front seat and we were driving through our hometown on [...]

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William Wallace and My Book about Women

Posted by Brady Boyd

I have agreed to write an e-book about the role of women in church and the inspiration came from an unlikely source. I was watching Braveheart, the movie inspired by the life of Scottish warrior William Wallace, and a particular scene helped clarify a big idea about this very important topic. There is a scene [...]

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The Blessings and Challenges of a Young Team

Posted by Brady Boyd

We are really blessed to have a great team of young leaders at New Life, but a young team also brings unique challenges that not all churches are ready to face. In fact, most churches tend to lean toward more mature pastors and leaders because of these potential messes. While I value maturity and believe [...]

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The Praying Church

Posted by Brady Boyd

Most churches pray, but not all are praying churches. Most churches pause during their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual, but certainly out of sincerity. But, how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind every spiritual advancement? 1. Prayer is modeled Prayer [...]

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The Civil War – Pragmatists vs. Idealists

Posted by Brady Boyd

The leaders of most local churches generally are influenced by either pragmatism or idealism when making decisions and leading their congregations. Leaders who are pragmatists tend to assess situations and solve problems in a practical, matter-of-fact way. Idealists tend to be moved by all the possibilities, while pragmatists immediately see the limitations. The truth is [...]

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The Thinking Church

Posted by Brady Boyd

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:8-9 What are you thinking about right now? Are you considering any new ideas or imagining new possibilities or realities? Have our [...]

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Sons and Daughters – Hype vs. The Holy Spirit

Posted by Brady Boyd

My new book is called Sons and Daughters and it releases everywhere October 9th. Here is an excerpt from chapter 29   A COUPLE OF years ago, I began to “follow” on Twitter a dozen or so high-profile pastors whose ministries I deeply respect. Every few days, I’d receive their 140-character updates and initially would be [...]

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How Many Weekends Should a Pastor Preach?

Posted by Brady Boyd

How many times do you expect your pastor to speak on the weekends at your church? I am assuming your pastor gets to take some time off for vacation and rest, but is he supposed to be in the pulpit each of the other Sundays? When I became the pastor here at New Life, I [...]

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The Night I Attended Church Again

Posted by Brady Boyd

Most pastors I know do not attend church. I just started back, myself. We are almost always in church on the weekends but we are there primarily to minister to others, which leaves little room for receiving ministry ourselves. Thus, it’s possible for a pastor to be caught up in perpetual church activities and still [...]

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The Birth of a Sermon

Posted by Brady Boyd

Sundays come around with an alarming regularity. That is the truth. For most pastors, the most discouraging day of the week is Monday when they realize they must craft another sermon for the following weekend. Thankfully, for me, I have discovered a rhythm of study and preparation that takes a lot of the weight off me. My [...]

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