Category Archive: Blog

Google Reviews for Churches

Pastors & church administrators, PLEASE HEAR ME: In today’s culture, when people search for a “church,” one of the first places they go to is Google. There was a time when I periodically… Continue reading

The Pastor’s Struggle: 4 tough yet important responsibilities

Every career choice will have its benefits, and its hardships. And though some careers are more stressful than others, every person will face stress at their jobs. From time to time, I reflect… Continue reading

A Visit to 6 Churches in NYC: including Redeemer Presbyterian, Hillsong NYC, & Times Square Church

My wife and I took a trip to New York City, to celebrate our 10 years of marriage. It was a trip of a lifetime, as we visited and saw historical sights &… Continue reading

12 Podcast Channels Leaders Should Subscribe to

Leaders are readers & leaders are listeners. And one of the greatest benefits of growing up in our generation is the magnificent & free access to sermons, mentorship & and teaching of godly… Continue reading

Book of the month: Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

   In 2016, I want to share more about the books I’m reading. Currently, I’m reading about  6 books at once, but the book “Sticky Teams” by Larry Osborne is really blessing me. … Continue reading

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Pastor Right After the Sermon

Preparing a sermon is a lot of work. For me, 10 to 20 hours on the average, plus the hours of contemplating, praying, & thinking. And, every preacher will agree, some sermons work… Continue reading

6 Ways to Undermine Your Leadership On Social Media

Social Media is a tool, almost like a double-edged sword. If used properly, it can help you reach more people effectively. If used wrongly, it can hurt relationships and your influence and reputation. If… Continue reading

Slavic Pastors planting English-speaking churches in US

The United States is a land of immigrants. If you ask most people, they have some knowledge of their “immigrant” past. Close to 15% of the residents in big cities weren’t born in… Continue reading

What To Do After You Preach

This is a great post written by Dave Harvey, posted here. I wanted to share it with my readers, especially with those who preach or hope to start to preach. If you preach… Continue reading

An Apology from a Pastor

Recently, Tanya Feygin’s article, “Russian Culture and The Christian Church” went viral in the Slavic Christian community, with close to 4,000 Facebook shares, thousands of views, and a lot of chatter & comments.… Continue reading

Response to “Russian Culture and The Christian Church”

Recently, Tanya Feygin’s article, “Russian Culture and The Christian Church” went viral in the Slavic Christian community. As I read it, bitter-sweet thoughts filled my mind. And when I was done, only bitterness… Continue reading

20 Ways to be Refreshing in the Local Church

The Gospel Coalition recently had a blog by Jason Helopoulos on “20 Ways to be Refreshing in the Local Church.” The content is very relevant to any person and local church, and I… Continue reading

Seven Warnings For Church Leaders Who Use Social Media

Recently, Thom Rainer, one of my favorite bloggers, wrote this article on Seven Warnings for Church Leaders Who Use Social Media. With Social Media being so prominent in our society, it is great… Continue reading

10 Questions for a 6-month Spiritual Check-Up

Want to do a 6 month “Spiritual Check-up?” Here are 10 great questions to ask yourself, or to have someone ask you, written by Chuck Lawless. Also, are you holding anyone accountable? I… Continue reading

8 Silly Reasons that Stop Churches from Starting to Use Social Media

Steve Fog recently posted a blog, titled, “7 Silly Barriers that Stop Churches from Adopting Social Media.” I believe the content of this blog is relevant, especially for those with very traditional roots. Do… Continue reading

20 Time-Management Tips for People in their 20s

Richard Feloni posted a blog on Inc.com, titled “20 Time-Management Lessons Everyone Should Learn In Their 20’s.” I found the content to be very helpful, and wanted to pass this unto my readers.… Continue reading

10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

Recently, @pastorboz posted an article on the 10 Things Pastors Hate to Admit Publicly. The article was great, painful, and truthful, and therefore, I wanted to share it with my readers. Please pray… Continue reading

10 Ideas for Wise Leaders

Recently, Chuck Lawless wrote “10 Ideas for Wise Leaders” that I read on Thom Rainier’s blog. These were so great, that I couldn’t resist reposting it for my readers! Great leadership is not… Continue reading

Are you Knowingly Investing into a Financial Scam or Pyramid Scheme?

As I write this blog, I am deeply concerned about an investment scam that has penetrated the Slavic community in our state. Though some are unaware that the company is just that –… Continue reading

3 Lessons from a Gym Trainer

I have realized that my family, my future, and my church need me to be healthy. And from my side, if there is anything I can, I ought to, to stay healthy. Therefore,… Continue reading

Призыв Реформировать Постоянной Диеты “Гостей Проповедников” в Славянских Церквях США

Перевод даной статьи на русский язык, зделан благодаря Валерию Борзов. Английский вариант этой статьи здесь. Заметьте #1: Этот пост не против миссионеров , и не против проповедников, посетивших церкви или проповедовавших там. Многие “гости”, это… Continue reading

A Call to Reform a “Culture of Guest Preachers” in the Slavic Church

DISCLAIMER #1: This post is not against missionaries, nor against any one preacher that has visited or spoke at any Slavic church. Most of these “guest preachers” are people who fear God, are… Continue reading

10 Things Church Volunteers Wished Their Pastor Knew About Them

This is a fantastic article, originally posted at pastors.com here, written by Brian K. Dodd. I think every pastor needs to hear and internalize this. _____________ What are the volunteers serving in your church… Continue reading

5 Directions to Look during communion

Communion is a special time dedicated to remember Lord’s sacrifice. It cannot be done hastily. As a matter of fact, I believe there are 5 directions we need to look, as we approach the… Continue reading

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

Recently, Tim Challies posted a great blog on “18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids.”  It got me thinking a lot, especially when I come home, and am tempted to finish… Continue reading

Biblical Men Cook!

Far too often, I hear men use the “Bible” and the “role of men” argument to stay completely out of the kitchen and never help their wife with cooking or simply washing the… Continue reading

10 Things Americans Waste Money On

This article was originally posted on Dave Ramsey’s website here.  We are currently making plans to hold Financial Peace University at City On A Hill, and this is a great article to make… Continue reading

Best Writing (and preaching) Advice for Young Writers

This blog was originally posted on Justin Taylor’s blog, “Between Two Words.”  C.S. Lewis’s last interview was on May 7, 1963—six months before he died. Sherwood Wirt (1911-2001) asked for his writing advice:… Continue reading

Can a Christian be a police officer?

Having been born in the Soviet Union, a nation deeply atheistic and anti-Christian in its very core, all believers were the laughing stock of society. I was blessed with a grandpa who was… Continue reading

11 Daring Questions to Ask Yourself about Social Media Use

I use Social Media a lot. I believe it is one of the greatest tools available today for individuals and churches to communicate, inform and influence people. I do not believe Social Media… Continue reading