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Oct 24, 2013
Thinkers

Empowering Across Ethnicities in the Body of Christ

Racial and cultural differences must not keep us from empowering our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Empowering Across Ethnicities in the Body of Christ
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I have had the opportunity to serve the Lord in a number of capacities over the course of my life. I am a Korean-American evangelical Christian pastor that has been empowered significantly by the majority culture of the American evangelical church and it's been a blessing ...

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Oct 24, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/24/13

Female Bible Scholar; Multisite Done Right; Humblebrag
Morning Roundup 10/24/13
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The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Female Bible ScholarSharon Hodde Miller

While at a recent Pastorum conference, I had the privilege of meeting and then sitting under the teaching of Dr. Cohick. When I saw this interview from my friend Sharon Hodde Miller, I thought ...

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Oct 23, 2013
Worship

The Third Wave: The Continualist Movement Continues

What is the Third Wave Charismatic Movement?
The Third Wave: The Continualist Movement Continues
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I've been blogging through some history of my brothers and sisters in Christ in the continualist movement, particularly focusing on Pentecostal, charismatic, and Third Wave expressions, over the last week.

It's been encouraging to see many speak about continualist ...

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Oct 23, 2013

Free E-Book from The Gospel Project: Christ-Centered Preaching and Teaching

Get a free e-book on Christ-centered preaching and teaching from The Gospel Project.
Free E-Book from The Gospel Project: Christ-Centered Preaching and Teaching

I've been somewhat surprised and enthused by the amount of discussion on Christ-centered hermeneutics in recent years. Certainly, this is an important issue.

Yet, I underestimated the amount of interest and passion that hermeneutics would stir up. Why is there resurgence ...

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Oct 23, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/23/13

African Anglican Revival; 3 Lessons in 27 Years; Learning from Chick-fil-A
Morning Roundup 10/23/13
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Will Africa's Anglicans Succeed at Revival This Week?Timothy C. Morgan

I'm a "watcher" of the Anglicans, having been extensively involved with many Anglicans in the Anglican realignment. Thus, this story is of interest and worthy of prayer.

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Oct 22, 2013
Assessments

Creating an Assessment Culture By Being of Berea and Issachar

Creating an Assessment Culture IV: What Should You Look For?
Creating an Assessment Culture By Being of Berea and Issachar
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This is part four in a series on the importance and process of creating an assessment culture in your church. Reading parts one, two, and three of this series may help provide some context for this post.

In our book Transformational Church, Thom Rainer and I outline seven ...

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Oct 22, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/22/13

Were Church Fathers Pro-Life?; Two Grandsons; Which States Love Dogs Most?
Morning Roundup 10/22/13
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Were the Church Fathers Consistently Pro-Life?David Neff

I saw David this week at the NAE board meeting and he looked awesome in his bow tie. Turns out, he can do a fascinating interview as well. Be sure to read this interview from Ron Sider (the historian):

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Oct 21, 2013
Missiology

Monday is for Missiology: 3 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 Questions Local District Leaders Should Ask About Church Planting
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In denominational or network life, the leaders who are the closest to the field, who know the most about the churches in their area, are leaders of the local district. They oversee a "judicatory," which is the official word for an association, district, diocese ...

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Oct 21, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/21/13

New Perspective on Paul; Asian-American Evangelical Concern; Chicken Nuggets
Morning Roundup 10/21/13
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From New Perspective to Fresh Perspective to … what's next?Scot McKnight

I'm no New Testament scholar, but I've been keeping up a bit on New Perspectives discussion. I plan to get Wright's newest work in the coming days. McKnight explains:

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Oct 18, 2013
Worship

Understanding the Charismatic Movement

Over 300 million people in the world are considered charismatic Christians.
Understanding the Charismatic Movement
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A 2011 Pew Forum study showed that almost 305,000,000 people worldwide, or 14 percent of the world's self-identified Christian population, is part of the charismatic movement.

That's 305 million people, and their impact on Christianity and God's global mission ...

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Oct 18, 2013
Compelled

Compelled to Missional Living (Part 2)

The Holy Spirit empowers us in a life of missional living.
Compelled to Missional Living (Part 2)

Last week, 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.

LifeWay (where I serve) is offering our book Compelled: Living ...

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Oct 18, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week—October 18, 2013

Join the Choir; Get Your Marshmallows; Maxwell House
Church Signs of the Week—October 18, 2013

The wordplay on this church sign is worthy of praise. And, note the lack of a pastor...

Don't forget your marshmallows!

I truly do not understand this sign, but it made me chuckle.

Thanks to Scott Thomas, Chad Ragsdale, and Hannah Baldwin for sending these in. ...

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Oct 17, 2013
Thinkers

Thursday is for Thinkers: Sho Baraka

Sho Baraka shares some insights on race and stereotypes in American entertainment.
Thursday is for Thinkers: Sho Baraka
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A man from the crowd asked, "How can I relate to the Cosbys? The families in my neighborhood don't look like that." A wise man said unto him, "If a man only knows the darkest and most defiled corners of his city, how then will he know that there is light ...

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Oct 17, 2013
Worship

Continualist Christians: An Overview

An overview and brief history of the Pentecostal / Charismatic / Third Wave Movements.
Continualist Christians: An Overview
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I'm thankful today for my many faithful friends in the continualist movement, represented by Pentecostals, charismatics, and Third Wave Christians around the world. Their impact is widespread—depending on how you count, up to half a billion Christians in the world ...

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Oct 17, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/17/13

An Appeal to John MacArthur; Public Prayer; A Song for My Mother
Morning Roundup 10/17/13
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A Final Appeal to Pastor John MacArthur on the Eve of His 'Strange Fire' Conference — Michael Brown

John MacArthur is leading a conference opposed to Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement, following up on other such conferences or books against the emerging ...

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