by Mark G. Holbrook

There’s no avoiding it. Sooner or later, we are all accountable. When it’s welcomed as an integral part of our lives, accountability is the very foundation of personal development and organizational health. When accountability is absent, delayed, or dysfunctional, our character, reputation, and effectiveness suffer. And when the inevitable consequences arise, weakly accountable people are surprised when their lives begin to fall apart. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

This Thanksgiving, 21 out of my 27 family members who came together to “celebrate” ended up with the stomach flu. My house turned into an infirmary and Thanksgiving weekend looked slightly different than we all anticipated. As I did my best to help out with the grandkids (while trying to avoid catching this nasty bug), I reflected on a few reasons for thankfulness we don’t often think about—perhaps the ultimate reason for thankfulness. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

We don’t know how to pray. The Bible is clear about that (Romans 8:26). But God, in his goodness, not only gives his Spirit to intercede for us, but also provides us with precepts on prayer in his Word. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

What does it mean to “hurt” another believer? I’m not talking about hurting someone’s feelings, or even causing physical pain. 

If you look at Romans 14, specifically verse 15 (“For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love.”), you see a definition for “hurt” that means causing people to be spiritually weakened by your example. Tempting them to violate their conscience. Causing them to stumble.  [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Did you know that for 2012 or 2013, depending on staff size, employers will be required to report the value of their health insurance on each employee’s annual form W-2? This is just one of many provisions of the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010. Mark Jones, money management expert at ECCU, has blogged about the Affordable Care Act in his posts titled How much will your ministry get back for the health care tax credit? and Ministry Implications – The Affordable Care Act.

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is hosting a webinar titled Update on Health Reform Issues for Churches on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Sign up today to join the conversation as attorney and CPA Richard Hammar and ECFA President Dan Busby present more information relating to health reform.

What resources have you used to familiarize yourself with the latest updates to health care?