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Oct 1, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/1/13

Fifteen Minutes that Changed the World Forever; Student Spirituality Divided; New LifeWay Stores
Morning Roundup 10/1/13
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Fifteen Minutes that Changed the World Forever — Rev. Paul T. McCain

It's the first day of October and Reformation Day is coming soon. Lutheran uberblogger Paul McCain reminds us of why that matters.

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Sep 30, 2013
Missiology

Monday is for Missiology: Inside Iran-- An Interview w/ an Iranian Pastor

God is working in Iran through Elam Ministries.
Monday is for Missiology: Inside Iran-- An Interview w/ an Iranian Pastor
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Iran is all over the news. President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani talked last week—the first time the presidents of the two nations have spoken since 1979. This is being hailed as good news, and I tend to think that starting conversations is a good first step. Yet, ...

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Sep 30, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/30/13

Porn Threat; Women Apologists; Church Power Groups
Morning Roundup 9/30/13
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Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today Martin Daubney

This is a stunning article, but also contains explicit language. I post it because I think it is simply tragic. And, note that the man who pens it was involved ...

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Sep 28, 2013
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Refuel 2013 in Lynchburg, VA

Join me October 9-10 in Lynchburg, VA.
Saturday is for Seminars: Refuel 2013 in Lynchburg, VA
Courtesy of Refuel

In just a couple of weeks I will be headed to Lynchburg, VA to speak at Refuel 2013. Refuel is a conference held annually for pastors and other church leaders who need to take a couple of days to recharge, learn, and fellowship with other pastors and church leaders.

One ...

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Sep 27, 2013
The Gospel Project

The Heart of the Gospel and The Gospel Project: The Atonement

The Gospel Project editors comment on the importance of the atonement.
The Heart of the Gospel and The Gospel Project: The Atonement

In spring of next year, The Gospel Project team will release the seventh volume of our new curriculum. You may have heard that the Gospel Project recently passed half a million weekly users.

It's a crazy thing—God is using The Gospel Project around the world, ...

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Sep 27, 2013
Humor

Church Signs of the Week — September 27, 2013

Peanut Butter; Hide and Seek; Dunkin' Donuts
Church Signs of the Week — September 27, 2013

Watch out for that pesky peanut butter!

I don't think it was meant to be, but this is just creepy.

Dunkin' Donuts is late to the dunkin' party, as far as this church is concerned.

Thanks to @RevJLancaster, Scott Hanberry, and Ryan Gafton for sending these ...

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Sep 26, 2013
Interview

Training Leaders for the Kingdom: A Look Inside the Haggai Institute in Brazil

My interview with Ebenezer Bittencourt, Director of the Haggai Institute in Brazil
Training Leaders for the Kingdom: A Look Inside the Haggai Institute in Brazil
Courtesy of Ebenezer Bittencourt

During a recent trip to Brazil to work on our research partnership with the Cidade Viva Foundation, I had the opportunity to meet with Ebenezer Bittencourt, Director of the Haggai Institute in Brazil. The Haggai Institute is doing some great work in leadership and evangelistic ...

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Sep 26, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/26/13

Christians Rescue World's Orphans; Parents Repent to Your Kids; Suicide Fact Sheet
Morning Roundup 9/26/13
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Christians work to rescue world's orphans, but obstacles stand in wayBob Smietana

Bob Smietana, formerly of The Tennessean, and now writing for our flagship magazine Facts & Trends, reported a story on orphans that just ran in the paper. It presents a good ...

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Sep 25, 2013
Interview

Pastoring a Sending Church: An Interview with Pat Hood

Pat Hood explains what it is like to pastor a "sending church."
Pastoring a Sending Church: An Interview with Pat Hood
Courtesy of LifePoint Church

Tell me about some unique things your church is doing in outreach.

I don't know if we do anything that's really "unique." I would describe our outreach as "simple." I think Jesus' was too. He simply told his disciples, to "Go, make disciples." ...

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Sep 25, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/25/13

A Conflict of Christian Visions; An Open Letter to Church Planters; Anti-Psychotic Overmedication
Morning Roundup 9/25/13
Domenichino

If you are not reading Anthony Bradley, you really should be. In this article, he pushes a bit about our view of the creation narrative. Interesting stuff…

A Conflict of Christian Visions: Gen. 1-2 vs. Gen. 3 ChristianityAnthony Bradley

Christine was recently ...

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Sep 24, 2013
Outreach 100

Trends Among the Fastest-Growing and Largest U.S. Churches

Large and fast-growing churches make sacrifices for the kingdom of God.
Trends Among Growing Churches: Some Reflections on the Fastest Growing and Largest U.S. Churches
Courtesy of Outreach

Outreach Magazine just released their Outreach 100 issue for 2013. LifeWay Research does the research for this issue. I was particularly encouraged to see the list focus especially on fastest growing churches. You can subscribe to the magazine here. Here is my article with a ...

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Sep 24, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/24/13

Evangelicals Wrong on Mental Illness; 4 Public Invitation Tips; Stop Copying
Morning Roundup 9/24/13
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Amy Simpson responds to our research on mental health that has been reported at CNN (here and here), The Huffington Post, the Blaze, and lots of other places.

Evangelicals, You're Wrong about Mental IllnessAmy Simpson

I appreciated Ronnie Floyd's words here. ...

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Sep 23, 2013
Missiology

Multiplying in Partnership: Thoughts on the Work of Denominations & Networks

How church partnerships can help foster multiplication.
Multiplying in Partnership: Thoughts on the Work of Denominations & Networks
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Denominations and networks of churches were and still are created for the purpose of partnership in mission. At times, these organizations have successfully unified churches around their common goals and accomplished much. But sometimes the very institutions meant to unify ...

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Sep 23, 2013
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/23/13

Moody's Policy Change; Megachurch Not For Sale; Ph.D. Perils
Morning Roundup 9/23/13
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Moody's change to its alcohol policy has hit the news. As I see it, changes like this point to ongoing discussion (and in some places shifting views) on alcohol in conservative evangelical circles.

I've recently had conversations about alcohol with Wesleyans (you ...

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Sep 21, 2013
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Transformation South Florida, part deux

Transformation, it's closer than you think!
Saturday is for Seminars: Transformation South Florida, part deux

On Tuesday, October 29th, Micah Fries and I will be in south Florida, hosting an important regional conference dealing with Transformation; specifically what it looks like to lead a church that is a place of consistent transformation. We'll be joining with pastors, staff ...

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