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How does a Christian leader maintain integrity?
Four significant Christian leaders we know answered that question by looking to each other.
For more than a decade, these guys have vowed to get together, stay in touch with each other, and hold each other to standards of holiness that guard and guide their ministries and their personal lives.
Host Mark A. Taylor will ask them to explain how this works, in this lively discussion with all four of them . . .
Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor with Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Maryland
Tim Harlow, senior pastor with Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park, Illinois
Eddie Lowen, lead minister with Westside Christian Church, Springfield, Illinois
Greg Nettle, president of Stadia, Irvine, California.
Read Eddie Lowen's description of how this group works in the October Christian Standard. (Find it in our digital edition via the free Christian Standard app for your phone or tablet.) Then come ready for insight--and probably several laughs--in a discussion you'll want to hear and share.
"In a world of polarized extremes, the most difficult position isn't pumping your fist for one extreme or the other, but moving to the middle to shake hands in the radical center, embracing the truth on both sides of an issue."
That's the position of month's guest, Ben Cachiaras, who will talk with host Mark Taylor about all the implications and possibilities for embracing the genius of the "and."
Jesus was both fully human AND fully God, he points out. Jesus challenges us to teach believers AND preach to unbelievers AND do ministry in the world.
Read Ben's challenging article, along with those from several others, in the June issue of Christian Standard. And then tune in to see if you are one of those Cachiaras describes as "a new breed of Christian leader today . . . fed up with simplistic answers in a complex world."
You can read the digital edition of Christian Standard on your smartphone or tablet. More information here: http://christianstandard.com/subscribe/digital-subscriptions/
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Welcome back Sim Gamers. We are excited to bring another show to you guys this week. Tonight's show will have limited topics and the rest of the show will be dictated by the callers. Our goal for the show is to have our topics driven by the audience. Sim Standard Radio is all about the community and we want to do our best to provide a platform where your voices can be heard. Listed below are the 2 main topics we will cover before opening up the line for callers. See you guys at 8pm EST.
Community Game Creation - This topic should spark some good conversation from the listeners. We will be discussing what would happen if it was up to the community to make these sports games? What type of effort would be put forth?
Bleacher Report Article -10 features every sports game must have to be successful - We will give our thoughts on the 10 features listed. Do you agree? Is there anything missing from the list? Are there things on the list of 10 that isn't important to you?
Open the line to callers
How to discover, mobilize, and thank the people who make your ministry happen
You know your ministry canNOT succeed without volunteers.
You know you need people who are capable, motivated, trained, and dependable.
But do you know how to get them?
And even more important, how to keep them?
In this episode, Christian Standard editor Mark A. Taylor talks with two local church leaders who have years of experience recruiting and energizing volunteers.
Susan Lawrence coordinates women’s ministries, small groups ministry, and Christian education at Taylorville (Illinois) Christian Church.
Melissa Sandel is director of ministries with West Side Christian Church, Springfield, Illinois.
Each of them wrote about thanking volunteers in the September Christian Standard, and each of them will help you keep the people you need where you serve.
Read their articles, and join our discussion about an issue crucial to every ministry leader.
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Welcome back Sim Gamers. We are excited to be bringing you another show this week. Tonight we will be discussing 2 main topics and then we will immediately open the line for callers. How do you feel about Cam Newton's Touchdown celebration? Was it over the top? Was it offensive? Should it be getting so much attention? Madden 16 received a massive patch this past Tuesday. How do you guys feel about the patch? What do you like about the patch? What do you dislike about the patch? Does the patch give you more confidence in the Madden Devs? How consistent is the gameplay in Madden 16 in comparison to other games?
We are hoping to get a lot of crowd participation tonight. Sim Standard Radio is about the community, our aim is to provide a platform for others following the Sim Movement to be heard. We look forward to all of your calls, comments, and questions. We'll see you guys at 8pm EST.
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Welcome back Sim Gamers. We are excited to bring another show to you guys this week. We will be trying a new format tonight. Going foward we would like to have limited topics and the rest of the show will be dictated by the callers. We will BRIEFLY discuss one or two topics and then turn it over to you guys for the rest of the show. Our goal for the show is to become driven by the audience. This will be a test run and hopefully this well set the tone for the future. We look forward to all of your calls, comments, and questions. We will also be giving away another copy of NBA Live 16 (Xbox One copy), you must tune in for details. Listed below are the 2 main topics we will cover before opening up the line for callers. See you guys at 8pm EST.
Closed Minded Gamers - Nowadays it seems like gamers are more concerned with having one game than having games compete for your business. When there is competition some games will win and some will lose but as gamers we should always won't competition in the gaming world. We will discuss our thoughts on how sports gamers are more focused on destroying a game rather than promoting competition.
NBA Live's relevance - We will cover a lot in this segment. As many of you may know NBA Live is not doing well in terms of sales and popularity. We will be discussing the importance of the NBA Live franchise.
Community calls and feedback
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Welcome back Sim Gamers. We are excited to have you join us for another show. We have a great show lined up for your tonight. In the 2nd hour we will open the line for callers. We look forward to all of your calls, thoughts, and comments. Brief descriptions of tonight's topics are listed below. See you guys at 8pm EST.
Tom Brady's 4 game suspension nullified - We will discuss our thoughts on the situation. Are you upset about the ruling? Is Brady guilty of something? Why did the suspension get overturned? What are your thoughts on Roger Goddell.
NBA 2K16's gameplay enchancements - Michael Wang from the NBA 2K dev team recently put out a blog and video in regards to the gameplay improvements in NBA 2K16. We will give our thoughts on the improvements and what we expect from 2K16. Will this be the game that eliminates most of 2K's legacy issues?
Madden 16 check in and post release issues - We will discuss our thoughts on Madden 16 now that there are a lot of bugs showing up. Do you still feel good about the game? Were CFM issues intentionally done to get sim players more involved with Draft Champions and MUT? Are the post release issues any differebt from prior years?
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Welcome back Sim Gamers! We are pleased to be bringing another show to you guys this week. Tonight we only have one main topic and then we will open up the line to the callers. We are looking for a lot of crowd participation tonight, we want the show to be about you guys. For real to call in and talk about whatever your heart desires. Listed below is a brief description of tonight's main topic. See you guys at 8pm EST.
Madden 17 CFM Must Haves - We will be discussing things in CFM that are must haves in Madden 17. I (Sim) recently put out a video showcasing the injury and fatigue system in NFL Head Coach 09, we will discuss how that exact system was done by EA before 2K Sports implemented in NBA 2K15. Why hasn't it made it back to Madden? How is it that 2K was able to recreate the feature before Madden added it back? Is this possible for Madden 17?
The line will be open to the callers
Of all the names and numbers reported in the May issue of Christian Standard, we'll introduce you to three of them in this helpful episode:
Brian Kruckenberg, lead pastor with New City Church in Phoenix, Arizona will talk about his congregation's remarkable growth, 61.5% in 2014!
The second fastest-growing church reporting to us was Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC at 36.2 percent. Donnie Williams, Lifepointe's lead pastor, will join our panel.
Our third guest is Bo Chancey, senior pastor with Manchester (NH) Christian Church. This congregation achieved the highest baptism ratio, 17.7 percent. That means for every 100 people in the congregation's 2014 average, the church baptized almost 18 people.
We want to know how these congregations achieved this kind of outreach. Please listen for ideas and be ready to ask your questions of these dynamic church leaders.
Download the May issue of Christian Standard from the App Store, at Google play, or from apps for Kindle.
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Welcome back Sim Gamers! We have our fingers crossed tonight, as most of you would know we were unable to have a show last week due to issues with the site. Hopefully we will not encounter any issues tonight. We have a great show lined up and we can't wait to start the discussions. In the second hour we will open up the line for callers. We look forward to all of your calls, thoughts, and comments. Listed below is a brief description of tonight's topics. See you guys at 8pm EST.
NBA Live 16 Demo - We will give our initial thoughts on Live's demo. We will discuss the face app delay, Summer Circuit gameplay, overall gameplay, and more.
NBA Live 16 vs NBA 2K16 - We will discuss the competition between Live and 2K. Has Live 16 closed the gap? Has NBA 2K16 increased their lead? Will you be playing both games? We will also give our thoughts on the latest information released in regards to NBA 2K16. How does Live 16's face scan technology compare to what was offered in NBA 2K15?
FIFA 16 Demo - We will give our initial thoughts on FIFA 16's demo. What areas could Madden borrow from FIFA?