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Nov 1, 2013
Ministry Grid

What is Ministry Grid?

Ministry Grid: Training Made Simple
What is Ministry Grid?

Whether you have been waiting with baited breath or this is your first time hearing about it, Ministry Grid will launch on 11/12/13. We are excited about this dynamic platform for training the church because we believe it will provide unprecedented opportunity for churches ...

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Nov 1, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week — November 1, 2013

Fall Leaves; Holy Ghost; Kneemails
Church Signs of the Week — November 1, 2013

Now we're into Jesus Juking seasons? Goodness gracious.

Someone wants to boast about their Holy Ghost wiener roast that's better than most. (Am I doing this right?)

This is funny, right, because one way to pray is to get on your knEEs and the "EE" in ...

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Oct 31, 2013
Thinkers

How High is Your Cultural Intelligence?

Valuing the incredible diversity that God has created across humankind requires that we step out of our comfort zones.
How High is Your Cultural Intelligence?
Courtesy of Helen Lee

I was born in Spokane, Washington, and I've lived all my 40-plus years in the United States. If you never met or saw me before but heard me speak, you would likely assume that English is my first language, and you'd be correct. I love watching the NFL, I vote and ...

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Oct 31, 2013
Halloween

Four Reasons You Should Go Trick-or-Treating Tonight

Halloween's history is checkered, but its opportunity is right now
Four Reasons You Should Go Trick-or-Treating Tonight
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I know lots of Christians who avoid Halloween. I did years ago. The Halloween church signs we just posted make that clear. I get it and even respect it, depending on how you handle it.

One of my churchy neighbors makes a point of turning on his lights so that everyone knows ...

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Oct 31, 2013
Humor

Halloween Church Signs (Updated as More Come In!)

Just Truth; Holy Ghost; Fun-Sized
Halloween Church Signs (Updated as More Come In!)

Some might say you could add "No Fun" to this list.

I'm of the view that Christians might want to participate in trick-or-treating, as I explain in this post. However, I know that some do not, and they use their signs to tell about it!

Jesus Juking Halloween ...

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Oct 31, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/31/13

Women in Leadership; Strange Fire Book Review; Personal Worship
Morning Roundup 10/31/13
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A Casting Call for Leading Ladies — Donna Hill

Evangelicalism is not often a friendly place for women leaders. This article reminds us that we need to be developing leaders, with a specific emphasis on developing women leaders in the secular world. It's worth your ...

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Oct 30, 2013
Subversive Kingdom

Subversive Kingdom: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

Jesus communicated the mysteries of the Kingdom through the context of his hearers.
Subversive Kingdom: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds
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Jesus lived in an agrarian society, so it shouldn't surprise us that many of His parables use metaphors related to farming. When He told these stories originally, His audience would have resonated with the talk of fields, seed, and crops.

These were tangible ideas Jesus ...

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Oct 30, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/30/13

Where'd the Calvinists Come From?; Millennials Reject Fighting; Avoid Burnout
Morning Roundup 10/30/13
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Where Did All These Calvinists Come From?Matt Smethurst

Although I can't find a rise in Calvinism in our Protestant pastor surveys, we do find evidence of a growth of Calvinism in some denominations.

This article gives a pretty good description of the influences ...

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Oct 29, 2013
Seminars

Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-Ethnic Context: The Next CPLF Gathering

Join us at our Church Planting Leadership Fellowship in November.
Church Planting in the City and in a Multi-Ethnic Context: The Next CPLF Gathering

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship.

This is a peer group, specifically focused on those ...

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Oct 29, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/29/13

Prince George Baptism; Multiethnic Ministry Conference; Small Group Commitments
Morning Roundup 10/29/13
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The Church's Spiritual Message in Prince George's BaptismElizabeth Dias

It's been fascinating to see the coverage of the royal baptism, but many of the stories are rather weak on theology. Elizabeth Dias does a good job in her story.

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Oct 28, 2013
Missiology

Monday is for Missiology: 3 More Questions Local District Leaders Should Ask About Church Planting

How can district-level denominational leaders be engaged in church planting?
Monday is for Missiology: 3 More Questions Local District Leaders Should Ask About Church Planting
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Previously, I gave you three questions the denominational or network leaders who works most closely to the churches should be asking. Technically, those are often called mid-level judicatories (districts, associations, regions, conferences, etc.), though it depends on the polity ...

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Oct 28, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/28/13

President Devotional; Humor and Jesus; 25 Leadership Quotes
Morning Roundup 10/28/13
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The Man Behind the President's DevotionalPaul Brandeis Raushenbush

This was a moving article from The Huffington Post, featuring Joshua Dubois (who will be a guest at this blog one of these days!).

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Oct 27, 2013
Money

Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Money Mistakes

What are some of the most common errors we make when it comes to money?
Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Money Mistakes
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I started a new (occasional) feature of things from my Sunday message. Last time, it was something the Lord taught me—on the need to forgive some people who had not done anything to me, but I was growing bitter toward. Now, I just thought I'd share something I learned ...

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Oct 25, 2013
Compelled

Compelled to Missional Living (Part 3)

Love is evidenced by action.
Compelled to Missional Living (Part 3)

Two weeks ago, I published an article about how missional living engages us to see life through God's perspective. It was an idea that Philip Nation and I wrote about in our book Compelled: Living the Mission of God.

Last week, I wrote about how the Holy Spirit works to empower ...

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Oct 25, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week—October 25, 2013

Texting and Driving; Jesuscare; Loved into the Gospel
Church Signs of the Week—October 25, 2013

Jesus Juking driver safety. Don't text and drive!

In light of recent healthcare debates in the United States: who needs healthcare when you've got Jesus right...?

I don't think I really want to be "loved into" anything.

Thanks to Ian Ashby, Mike ...

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