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May 26, 2017
racism, prejudice, discrimination
Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them UpImage: mrsmee44

Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up

Baseball and the distinction between prejudice and discrimination

Racial and ethnic diversity among Major League Baseball (MLB) players has grown significantly since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. This past season, a record 259 players (or 29.8%) on the 2017 Opening Day active and inactive rosters for all 30 teams ...

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May 25, 2017
church planting, house church

Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them

They appeal to certain church planters and in certain contexts.
Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them
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Discerning House Churches

The house church discussion is always an interesting one. People can be very passionate about house, simple, and organic churches, and that can limit some important discussions.

Some say, “Of course, that’s the best way—that’s ...

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May 24, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

Lessons from a Small Town Pastor

A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for?

Leaders Who Are Reliable

Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 to, “Entrust to faithful men who ...

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May 23, 2017
20 Truths, book release

20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky'

Saving Our Faith from a Culture of Fear
20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky'
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What if our growing unease about truth and the symptoms we feel, whether mere anxiety or full on fear, is actually an invitation take a hard look at our faith? What if our fear, whether corporate or personal, is really an opportunity to reason together, to consider the state ...

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May 23, 2017
evangelism, church planting, CPLF

Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting.
Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering
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For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship, and it’s a partnership between ...

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May 22, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.
Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare that one of the reasons why the church or mission exists is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Yet ...

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May 21, 2017
missions, EMQ

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Measure outcomes, not activities.

A few years ago I was part of a breakout group at a church planting roundtable where we discussed the question, “What is church?” The group was comprised of international and regional directors of church planting organizations. About fifteen minutes into the discussion ...

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