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Jan 8, 2014
Interview

My Interview with Boz Tchividjian (Part 1)

Boz Tchvidjian shares his thoughts on the way Evangelicals handle sexual abuse in their churches.

Jan 8, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/8/14

Leadership and Language; Church Annual Report; Jesus Creed's Best Books of 2013
Morning Roundup 1/8/14
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Leadership and LanguageEric Geiger

Eric's blog is increasingly a must read on leadership and church. Take a look.

7 Reasons Your Church Should Create an Annual ReportWill Mancini

We did not do an annual report, but I am persuaded that we should. So, next ...

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Jan 7, 2014
CPLF

Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-ethnic Context: A Recap of CPLF November 2013

A summary of thoughts from our latest Church Planting Leadership Fellowship meeting
Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-ethnic Context: A Recap of CPLF November 2013

A couple of months ago, in mid-November, LifeWay hosted a number of Evangelical denominational church leaders for a biannual meeting called The Church Planting Leadership Fellowship. In the summer of 2013 to learn from each other regarding African American and Urban Church ...

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Jan 7, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/7/14

10 Reasons to Stop Watching Porn; Houston Churches Grow; 14 Ways to Twist the Gospel
Morning Roundup 1/7/14
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10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Watching PornScott Christian

When GQ publishes an article on why you should stop watching porn, we've reached a point where people are starting to face reality. (If you click on the link, keep in mind that there is a lot of content ...

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Jan 6, 2014
Transformational Groups

Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 2): Seven Ways to Reach out to Your Neighbors

Learn to love your neighbors through your small group.
Ways to Grow Your Group (Part 2): Seven Ways to Reach out to Your Neighbors

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The command to love our neighbors is not just a theoretical concept. It is a choice to take action. It can be strategically planned out with a little forethought to sincerely show them and tell them about the One who loves them infinitely. There are a number of ways you ...

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Jan 6, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/6/14

Jesus the New Yorker; God-Centered Preaching; Ancient Worship
Morning Roundup 1/6/14
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Jesus the New YorkerTony Carnes

I had the opportunity to do lunch with Tony a couple of weeks ago. If you are not reading his ongoing work on NYC religion, you are missing out. It is fascinating and important work. You can find the site at NYCReligion.info.

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Jan 4, 2014
Year in Review

Top Tweets of 2013

A look back at my most retweeted tweets of 2013.
Top Tweets of 2013

I love interacting with friends on Twitter and Facebook. Social media is meant to be just that—social. I love encouraging people and being encouraged by others as well as we discuss life on mission, and a host of other both serious and silly things.

Over the last ...

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Jan 3, 2014
Research

New Research: Naming a Baby "Messiah" is Fine with Most Americans

What do you think about naming a baby "Messiah?"
New Research: Naming a Baby "Messiah" is Fine with Most Americans

In the summer of 2013, you may recall hearing about a story out of East Tennessee regarding a couple that named their baby "Messiah."

Jaleesa Martin and the father of her child appeared in court in August to settle which last name the baby boy would bear as the ...

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Jan 3, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: January 3, 2014

Now Open; Hearts like Diapers; Keep the X in Texas
Church Signs of the Week: January 3, 2014

This is the first of two gems from Toonigh Baptist Church today: Now Open!

The other side of Toonigh's church sign on the state of the heart—nice work.

The War on Christmas was alive and well last week in Texas.

Thanks to Jimmy Bell and Douglas Hallam for ...

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Jan 2, 2014
Animal Welfare

Should Christians Care about Animal Welfare?

What should Christians think about animal welfare?
Should Christians Care about Animal Welfare?
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Just before Christmas, I took a call from Christine Gutleben from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Through some mutual friends, they had heard about my daughter (Jaclyn) and her passion for animal welfare.

I've not written much on the topic, mainly focusing ...

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Jan 2, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/2/14

Marks & Spencer Apologizes to Muslim Employee; 5 Types of Gossips; Theological Library
Morning Roundup 1/2/14
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Marks & Spencer, UK retailer, apologizes over Muslim employee controversy—Adam Shaw

I'm pointing to this since I think this is going to be an issue in the Western world. Can Muslims refuse to serve alcohol? Can Christians refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings? ...

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Jan 1, 2014
Alcoholism

Dealing with Alcoholism

A former teetotaler shares his experience as a recovering alcoholic.
Dealing with Alcoholism: My Interview with an Anonymous Pastor and Recovering Alcoholic
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It's January 1 as I write this—the day after New Year's Eve.

The holiday brings to mind many things, but two things will stand out for this article. First, New Year's Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Second, it's not a secret ...

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Dec 31, 2013
New Year's Eve

New Year's Reflections from Around the Web

Jesus New Year Resolution; 10,000 Little Resolutions; Questions for 2013
New Year's Reflections from Around the Web
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At the end of every year, it's fascinating to read "Top" lists from around the Internet, what Christian leaders are saying about the New Year, and other year-end reports. Over the past week or so, I have featured my own Top Blogs of 2013. We even featured the ...

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Dec 31, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/31/13

People Trusted More than Pastors; Why Blog?; One Story
Morning Roundup 12/31/13
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The Seven People Americans Now Trust More Than Their Pastor (2013)Kate Tracy

An interesting take on a troubling stat…

Why Blog? 3 Influential Writers Share Their ThoughtsFacts & Trends

Helpful look at blogging from some well-known bloggers.

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Dec 30, 2013
Year in Review

Top Church Trends Posts of 2013

What were some of the most popular church trends blog posts this year?
Top Church Trends Posts of 2013

By trade, I am a missiologist—I study the Church for a living. I study the ins-and-outs of Church life, and I study the people that make up the Church. As a result, many of my blog posts, particularly those that fall under the Mondays are for Missiology category, are ...

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