Master Recruiter: What is God Doing in the World?

Scott AtteberyChurch

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In my previous post, I suggested that church leaders need to clarify the idea of a “seeker.” Then, I proposed three questions to help define the issue. What is God doing in the world (i.e. the mission of God)? What is the church’s role in God’s mission? How should the church perform its role? This post tackles the first question. What is God … Read More

Your Church’s Recruiting Strategy

Scott AtteberyChurch

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Recruiting in college athletics is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year task that involves seeking out talent, assessing skills, and evaluating character. Athletic programs live or die by it. The church has been given a task similar to recruiting. We are called to evangelize, sharing the gospel with the lost in hopes they will come to Christ. Evangelism is not optional for the … Read More

She Lives Beyond the Grave

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, Discipleship

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Soon it will be Bryce’s birthday. That means I’m in party-planning mode. I imagine what it would be like if my wife, Jill, was planning his party. (Jill passed away three months after Bryce was born.) I can see her organizational skills going to work –the “invite list” would have been a mile long and everyone would have received a … Read More

The “Aha Moment” of Marriage

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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Marriage is like a globe. The globe is real. You can touch it, spin it, study it, and learn from it. However, the globe is not the end of the conversation. Do you remember the first time someone explained to you that the globe was just a small symbol of something greater? We call it an “Aha Moment.” The globe … Read More

How to Avoid the Worst Parenting Regret

Scott AtteberyDiscipleship, Parenting

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Everyone has roles and responsibilities in life. Yet, they aren’t all created equal. Consider the proverbial man on his deathbed who laments spending too much time in the office and not enough time with his family. The moral of the story is not to quit your job and stay home. God created work as a responsibility in which, by faith, … Read More

Free at Last

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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In 2013, Daniel Larsen was recently declared innocent after 45 years in a Southern California prison. I can’t imagine the mixed emotions –rejoicing for being freed, angry for being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Surely the question has gone through Larsen’s head: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” But this is a baseless question according … Read More

Building Spiritual Muscles in the Mundane

Scott AtteberyDiscipleship

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In the 1984 film “The Karate Kid,” an enthusiastic karate student is disappointed when his first lesson involves cleaning and waxing his master’s car. Day after day, Daniel questions the point of laborious tasks such as sanding a wood floor, refinishing a fence and painting Mr. Miyagi’s house. But when Mr. Miyagi finally begins to teach him karate moves, Daniel … Read More

Players Belong on the Field

Scott AtteberyGeneral

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When he began playing tee-ball, the coaches stood on the field with the players, helping them learn the game. Now that he is eight, his coaches are required to stay off of the field during play. The closest the coaches can get to the action is standing in the coach’s boxes on the first base and third base lines. Earlier … Read More

Don’t Discount Students

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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Today begins the 27th annual SOAR student conference. I attended the first SOAR conference as a seventh grader who was more interested in girls than God’s Word. During one of the sessions, the conference’s founder, Bobby Tucker, shared the story of a girl who had begun a Bible club at her school. For some reason, the idea intrigued me. That … Read More

Government Sponsored Missions

Scott AtteberyChristian Living

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The world of politics is not for the faint of heart. Politicians (and their staffs) are constantly trying to gain the upper hand in situations. It is an ongoing battle –much of which takes place in the media. Many times political opponents will try to smear each others reputations with lies, leaks, and slander. Praise God for the Christian politicians … Read More