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Jim Elliff

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FIRST-PERSON: 8 ways to turn your church around

Pastor, author and speaker Jim Elliff, gives eight ways the average church member can help a struggling church. "It is true that just a few can make such a difference," he says.

A lesson at Augusta

PARKVILLE, Mo. (BP)--For some reason unknown to humankind, my older brother once got to play golf on the distinguished Augusta National golf course ...

FIRST-PERSON: A funny Gospel?

PARKVILLE, Mo. (BP)--I watched a portion of a video designed for the purpose of telling Bible stories and presenting the Gospel to children. The entertainer was dressed like an angelic Elvis Presley, complete with wings. The clothes and movements of the entertainer's body were an overstatement of the real Elvis.

FIRST-PERSON: Where are all the members?

PARKVILLE, Mo. (BP)--Out of Southern Baptist's 16,287,494 members, only 6,024,289, or 37 percent, on average, show up for their church’s primary meeting, according to statistics from LifeWay Christian Resources.

FIRST-PERSON: A Valentine form (or from?) Jimmy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Valentine's Day brings back some strange childhood memories for me.

FIRST-PERSON: Do hurricanes just happen?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Though some postulate that hurricanes are spawned merely by natural causes, this answer is one “cause” too short. The Bible teaches they are first decreed by God.

FIRST-PERSON: When ball becomes Baal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--It's rare to see kids playing sports in the neighborhood anymore. We're now organized and "professionalized" -- including uniforms, state-of-the-art facilities, competitive coaches, equally competitive parents, all focused toward after-season tournaments.

FIRST-PERSON: But I don’t feel thankful

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"But I don't feel thankful." I can hear this perfectly logical complaint coming from my kids when I make them say "Thank you" for some act of kindness done toward them. Should we really act grateful when we are not?