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Nov 28, 2013
Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Prayer

God has done so much for us that ought to bring us to postures of thanksgiving.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
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It's true for all believers, but let me also say that I have so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. Presently, I am with Jaclyn, my middle girl, in Australia on a speaking tour. While there, Jaclyn and I get to spend time together and even do a little touristy ...

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Nov 27, 2013
The Gospel Project

The Urgent Mission, a Devotional from J.D. Greear

Some estimate that there are 3 billion people who have little to no access to the gospel.
The Urgent Mission, a Devotional from J.D. Greear

It's one thing to affirm the reality of hell in our heads, but it's another thing entirely to be gripped by this truth to the point it affects our actions. If we truly believe that people who do not know Christ will face eternity without Him in judgment, then certain ...

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Nov 27, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/27/13

Spiritual Discipline; 5 Steps to Bolder Life; Thanksgiving by the Numbers
Morning Roundup 11/27/13
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The Spiritual Discipline That Impacts EverythingEric Geiger

You should already be reading Geiger's blog regularly, but here is a great article that shows why.

5 Secrets to a Bolder LifeJ.D. Greear

J.D. has some helpful (and much needed) advice. We will be ...

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Nov 26, 2013
Worship

Continualist Christians: The "Third" Wave of the Holy Spirit

Where did all these continualists come from?
Continualist Christians: The "Third" Wave of the Holy Spirit
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I've already written extensively on my continualist brothers and sisters and I thought it helpful to continue that series for a couple more posts.

I started this series during the Strange Fire Conference, to (I hope) provide some additional light in the midst of what ...

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Nov 26, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/26/13

Tax-Free Housing Unconstitutional; Town Turned Down by FEMA; Sex-Filled Culture

Nov 25, 2013
Missiology

Two Grids Every Church Pastor / Planter / Missionary Must Use: Theological Grid

Church leaders must think theologically to faithfully engage in mission.
Two Grids Every Church Pastor / Planter / Missionary Must Use: Theological Grid

Everybody thinks they are in "the middle."

It's the people to the right of you that are extreme crazies and all those to your left have no convictions whatsoever. Recognizing that "the middle" is a subjective term, I still want to propose a middle ...

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Nov 25, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/25/13

Christianity dying; C.S. Lewis Popularity; Pastors and Vacations
Morning Roundup 11/25/13
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Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord CareyJohn Bingham

Though the title does not really match up with the article, it is still worth reading. (Carey said it is one generation from extinction, which is what every youth pastor says—not ...

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Nov 22, 2013
C.S. Lewis

Narnia and Camelot: A Tribute to C.S. Lewis

Dying on the same day, JFK and C.S. Lewis exemplify two contrasting reasons for hope.
Narnia and Camelot: A Tribute to C.S. Lewis
Courtesy of The Wade Center

4,694 miles—that's what separates Dallas, Texas from Oxford, England.

But on November 22, 1963, they were brought together in the deaths of two influential men called "Jack" – John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis.

I don't remember that day—my ...

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Nov 22, 2013
Culture

Costco's Fiction Bible: Another Faux Christian Outrage

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach tells his story.
Another Day, Another Faux Christian Outrage: Costco's Fiction Bible

My wife and I had attended our small group on Tuesday night of last week. We finished up a marriage series, and I learned that I wasn't communicating in her love language—most guys can relate! She snapped a photo of a jacket she liked at Costco, and so last Friday ...

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Nov 22, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week—November 22, 2013

Be Born Again; It's Going to Happen; Dying to See You
Church Signs of the Week—November 22, 2013

I appreciate the straightforward tone of the sign person on this one.

I know it's a little blurry, but this one was just too good to pass up.

I see what they're trying to say, but come on, you could have worded it just a little better.

Update: The sign is funny-- ...

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Nov 21, 2013
Thinkers

Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church

DJ Chuang shares his thoughts on the future of the Church.
Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church

In my 2 previous posts, I've blogged about the rapidly changing landscape with a look at Asian American Christianity and how American evangelicalism has quite a ways to go towards better engaging the full multiethnic diversity of American society; and not just our local ...

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Nov 21, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/21/13

Pentecostals and Charismatics; Life Apart from God; Ted Turner and Heaven
Morning Roundup 11/21/13
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Where Did All These Pentecostals and Charismatics Come From? — Mark Devine

The Gospel Coalition shares a helpful article on the rise of Pentecostalism and Charismatics.

Does Life Have Meaning Apart from God?Andy McLean

Andy McLean addresses an important question ...

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Nov 20, 2013
Australia

The State of Faith Down Under

Three major components to the current state of the Church in Australia
The State of Faith Down Under
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Less than a week from today one of my daughters and I will be on our way to the other side of the world to spend some time in Australia. I have been before, but I am excited to take Jaclyn Down Under to experience a different culture (and hopefully see some animals as that ...

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Nov 20, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/20/13

5 Ways to Land Your Church in Court; Arminianism; 10 C.S. Lewis Books
Morning Roundup 11/20/13
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The Top Five Reasons Your Church Could Land in CourtKate Tracy

You should read this if you are a pastor… Some lawsuits are avoidable and some are not… but there are lots either way.

Must One Agree with Arminius to be Arminian? — Roger E. Olson

Roger ...

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Nov 19, 2013
Research

New Research: Discipleship in Canada

Transformational Discipleship Assessment reveals Bible engagement shortcomings in Canada.
New Research: Discipleship in Canada
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LifeWay Research has recently released research about Bible engagement in all of North America, with part of that research particularly focusing on Canada. Below is an excerpt from the full article over at the LifeWay news site, including some of my thoughts on the findings ...

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