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Sep 19, 2014
Pastors
We Need an Additional Way to Credential Pastors
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We Need an Additional Way to Credential Pastors

For the sake of Kingdom work and church planting, we may want to consider a new way to credential pastors.

The normal track for credentialing pastors includes college, seminary, and an ordination council. But what about credentialing pastors who take non-traditional routes? Is there space in your denomination for that? Should there be?

Furthermore, is there a biblical way to ...

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Sep 19, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: September 19, 2014

Bumper Stickers; Harry Potter; Hunger Games
Church Signs of the Week: September 19, 2014

Subtle, winsome bumper sticker evangelism...

Jesus: the truer and better Harry Potter?

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Thanks to Javin Proctor, Ray Umphrey, and Jon Jennings for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer.

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Sep 18, 2014
Thinkers

How Grace and Truth Unleash the Contagious Nature of the Gospel: A guest post by Eric Mason

Grace and truth both play crucial roles in how the Christian loves others.
How Grace and Truth Unleash the Contagious Nature of the Gospel: A guest post by Eric Mason

I consider myself a movie buff.

I am especially fond of movies that are based on heroic, mythical characters. For example, I have certain “authenticity” requirements that I use for evaluation when a new movie is released. Whether it’s a historic figure ...

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Sep 18, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/18/14

Church Buildings; Rape and Rotherham; Culture and Kingdom
Morning Roundup 9/18/14
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2 Wrong Ways to Think About Church Buildings

The folks at the Vision Room shared an article I wrote on church buildings.

Rape and RotherhamRoss Douthat

This is a really important article about the abuse of power and the exploitation of children.

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Sep 17, 2014
Evangelism

Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches

It's easy for Christians to love each other, but it's important for believers to love others as well.
Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches
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It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers.

We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging out with like-minded people who (appear to) “have their stuff ...

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Sep 17, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/17/14

Stewarding Marriage; Baptist Decline; Stories and Evangelism
Morning Roundup 9/17/14
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How to Steward the Power of MarriageAmy Julia Becker

If you are not reading Thin Places, Amy Julia Becker's blog, you are missing good content like this:

Baptist decline is just math: More move to other churches than the reverseTobin Grant

Tobin Grant has ...

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Sep 16, 2014
Manhood

Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness

Men, take your singleness seriously, seek counsel, and be a godly man.
Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness
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In my previous article I talked a little about what it means to act like men spiritually, fighting for godliness, avoiding sin, pursuing God and worshipping Him.

The next few articles are going to flesh out some practical things that will mean for different phases in the lives ...

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On this episode of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer:

- Interview: Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts: Alleviating the Poverty Without Hurting The Poor...And Ourselves.WHH_CoverNEW-web
- Training from Ministry Grid: Former NFL player and Pastor Derwin Gray shares what sets apart transformational churches.
- Leadership: Consultant and Pastor Ron Edmondson
- Bad Church Signs
- Name That Theologian

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