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Dec 30, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/30/13

Sweden's Social Experiment; 5 Books for Nonbelievers; Foursquare in 2013
Morning Roundup 12/30/13
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No More Gender: A Look into Sweden's Social ExperimentTrevin Wax

Trevin brings a fascinating look into a genderless society.

Eric Metaxas: My Top 5 Books for NonbelieversChristianity Today

Eric's list—fascinating and helpful.

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Dec 29, 2013
Personal Growth

10 Things on Thinking Ahead in the New Year

Planning for 2014
 10 Things on Thinking Ahead in the New Year
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This morning, during my message at Grace Church, I shared ten things from Don Whitney on thinking ahead for a new year (thanks, Justin Taylor for posting them). During my message, I indicated I would post them at my blog. Here they are.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
  1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
Good advice as you take some time to plan for 2014.
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Dec 27, 2013
Year in Review

Top Church Signs of 2013

Which church signs made it into the 10 best signs of the year?
Top Church Signs of 2013

A classic from the summertime, a church sign guy laments the heat.

Well, that's quite a statement.

This is a recent submission, and we had a few like this come in through the year. Bait. and. switch.

I mean...if CHUCK NORRIS approves...how can anybody resist?

This ...

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Dec 26, 2013
Year in Review

Top Current Events Posts of 2013

What current event blogs were most viewed on The Exchange in 2013?
Top Current Events Posts of 2013

Our world changes every day. Some days are "slow news days" and other days there is so much going on, for good or ill, that it is difficult to keep up with how the world is changing. One day we may rejoice at the discover of a cure for a disease, and the next we're ...

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Dec 26, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/26/13

Small Group; Holy Spirit as Person; Evangelicals and Race
Morning Roundup 12/26/13
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Two Days a Year in Small GroupEric Geiger

Eric and I are both thinking about small groups lately as we have a new book coming out, Transformational Groups. Take a look at this helpful post.

How Do We Know the Holy Spirit Is a Person?Justin Taylor

Good, solid ...

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Dec 24, 2013
Christmas
The Day of Small Things: A Guest Post from Laurel Moffatt
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The Day of Small Things

When an angel shows up at your door all unexpected, with a sword at his side and your name on his lips, it means that something is about to change for good. And, whether you like it or not, you're involved. This would shake the boldest of hearts. ...

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Dec 24, 2013
Year in Review

Top Cultural Posts of 2013

What were some hot pop culture topics on The Exchange in 2013?
Top Cultural Posts of 2013

Some of my favorite blog posts to write are blogs that deal with popular culture issues that are in the news or on my mind. Christians are to be in this world, not of it as we see in John 17, Romans 12, and otherwise, and a lot of times this idea is put to the test on the ...

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Dec 23, 2013
Year in Review

Top Blog Posts of 2013

What were the most popular blogs this year?
Top Blog Posts of 2013

At the end of every year it's fun to review a year of blogs and see what was most popular. Further, looking back on a year of blogs really puts things in perspective, and just a little review can provide an incredible amount of insight into what people value and what ...

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Dec 23, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/23/13

Being Evangelical; Virgin Birth and Santa; Hilarious Hallelujah Chorus
Morning Roundup 12/23/13
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The Gift of Being EvangelicalLaura Turner

Over the last few years, I find myself increasingly concerned about what it means to be evangelical and how we maintain that identity.

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Dec 20, 2013
Year in Review

Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year

Popes, laws, and violence make up many of this year's top religion stories according to the RNA.
Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year
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1. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is a surprise choice to succeed Benedict, becoming the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, and the first to take the name of Francis. He immediately launches a series of stunning and generally popular forays—meeting with ...

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Dec 20, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: December 20, 2013

Google; God is Watching; Reason for the Season
Church Signs of the Week: December 20, 2013

Good try, church sign guy, you were SO close.

This church sign almost topped all of the others in the "creepy" category.

Is this about the birth of Jesus as King being treason, or something else? I'm confused.

Thanks to Jason Carlton, Brad Russell, and ...

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Dec 19, 2013
Thinkers

Thursday is for Thinkers: Ray Ramos on 12 Step Recovery and Mission

Are 12 Step Recovery programs compatible with Christianity?
Thursday is for Thinkers: Ray Ramos on 12 Step Recovery and Mission

Hello my Name Is Raymond….

By the age of 15 I was addicted to crack cocaine, running the streets of New York doing everything and anything for another hit! By the age of 17 I had been arrested multiple times, convicted of multiple crimes, had spent some time in Rikers ...

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Dec 19, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/19/13

Preaching Christmas; Hobby Lobby's Righteousness; Cost of 12 Days of Christmas
Morning Roundup 12/19/13
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Christmas, Christology, Preaching and a Reading PlanGreg Strand

My friend Greg has some good advice on Christmas preaching.

The righteousness in Hobby Lobby's cause—Richard W. Garnett

The L.A. Times is not usually the place you see support for conservative ...

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Dec 18, 2013
Pope Francis

Pope Francis, TIME's Person of the Year, and What Evangelicals Might Learn

The world recognizes social justice, humility, and honesty.
Pope Francis, TIME's Person of the Year, and What Evangelicals Might Learn
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On Wednesday, December 11, TIME Magazine named Pope Francis their "Person of the Year." Soon after, the new Pope was named the number one news story of the year by vote of the Religion Newswriters Association.

The immediate evangelical responses to the TIME story ...

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Dec 18, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/18/13

Social Media and Pastoring; Gay Marriage and Homophobia; Stressed Pastors
Morning Roundup 12/18/13
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7 Ways Social Media Makes Pastoring More DifficultMike Leake

Had not even given much thought to this, but Mike brings some important cautions.

Being Against Gay Marriage Doesn't Make You a HomophobeBrandon Ambrosino

Brandon Ambrosino's article on being ...

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