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Jul 25, 2014
Youth Ministry
Connecting Students to God's Mission (Part 2): Sending Students

Connecting Students to God's Mission (Part 2): Sending Students

When connecting students to mission, we must first point them to Jesus, then encourage them to own their mission.

Pointing Students Toward Jesus' Mission

Student ministry must be more than a four-year holding tank with pizza. Kids may be happy and at church when they're younger, but unless they are shown how Christ is significant and His mission matters, they will leave in ...

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Jul 25, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: July 25, 2014

Borrow Church Sign; Wait Jesus; Tech Support
Church Signs of the Week: July 25, 2014

Keep your dirty mitts off our church sign.

Come on Jesus, just wait a wee bit longer.

Get your heart fixed and your Dell fixed.

Thanks to Art Snead, Tim Challies, and John Mehn for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer.

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Jul 24, 2014
Youth Ministry

Connecting Students to God's Mission (Part 1): Look to Jesus

Connecting students to God's mission first requires us to know the mission of the Son of God.
Connecting Students to God's Mission (Part 1): Look to Jesus
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When we begin talking about mission, many people think of mission trips. That's not a bad thing. One of my most formative experiences was a youth mission trip among the poor in Prestonburg, Kentucky.

Mission trips can be helpful to us in considering the mission of God ...

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Jul 24, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/24/14

Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights?; New Calvinism; Charismatic Catholics
Morning Roundup 7/24/14
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Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It's More ComplicatedJohn D. Inazu

This is a very important article and I exhort you to take the time to read it.

Naming the New CalvinismTimothy Paul Jones

This is helpful to understand more about New Calvinism.

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Jul 23, 2014
Politics

Faith and Politics: Living the Golden Rule

At the intersection of faith and politics, Christians must consider the Golden Rule.
Faith and Politics: Living the Golden Rule
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The political atmosphere at this moment in history in the United States, and around the world, is a tumultuous one. As tensions mount in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, foreign policy within American politics is being more hotly debated than it has in the last few years. We're ...

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Jul 23, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/23/14

Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage; Glory Days; Retro Report
Morning Roundup 7/23/14
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Big news report card: Oklahoma same-sex marriage rulingBobby Ross Jr.

I increasingly think that it is important to look at HOW news outlets cover news. This helpful post from Bobby Ross (of Oklahoma hat-wearing fame) takes a look at some solid reporting.

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Jul 22, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Making Disciples

Churches must assess themselves in an effort to be more effective at making disciples.
Stories of Transformation: Making Disciples

Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the "three B's"— budgets, buildings, and baptisms.

Those are helpful, he said. But they don't always show whether a church is fulfilling its mission to make disciples.

"Every ...

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