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Oct 24, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Moves Toward Mission

Pastor Jerome Ellard shares about how assessment moved his congregation toward mission.
Stories of Transformation: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Moves Toward Mission

An assessment of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship could not wait until things were more settled. In fact, their time of transition provided the perfect opportunity to evaluate where they were and where they wanted to be.

Jerome Ellard will soon be taking over the leadership ...

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Oct 24, 2014
Roundup

Church Signs of the Week: October 24, 2014

Nobody's Perfect; Open Psalms; Spiritual Service
Church Signs of the Week: October 24, 2014

I laughed out loud at this one. Well done.

Ha ha... nice wordplay.

Apparently this church only hosts Spiritual Services on Fridays. I wonder what Sundays are like.

Thanks to Brad Graves, Jason Cooper, and Jason Sampler for sending these in. As always, send me your signs ...

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Oct 23, 2014
Thinkers

Beyond “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone): A guest post by Enoch Wan

Enoch Wan shares about the importance of expanding our horizons regarding "grace alone."
Beyond “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone): A guest post by Enoch Wan
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“Sola gratia” (grace alone) is one the basic beliefs of the Christian faith, summarized in the “five solae” during the Protestant Reformation. It was a key doctrine of Christianity and a trademark of Protestantism in comparison to Roman Catholicism ...

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Oct 23, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/23/14

Living in a Pluralist Society; Animal Welfare; Christians at Harvard
Morning Roundup 10/23/14
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5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist SocietyJohn D. Inazu

This is the second article I’ve highlighted from John Inazu as he is becoming on of my favorite thinkers.

Evangelicals Speak Out for Animal WelfarePatheos

Some respected names in evangelicalism ...

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Oct 22, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement

Biblical literacy cannot exist without regular Scripture engagement.
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement
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It's All About Engagement

The bottom line is that too many Christians are simply not reading and studying their Bibles. This goes beyond simple trivia questions aimed at revealing how few facts we know about our Bibles. American evangelicals increasingly lack a spiritual ...

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Oct 22, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/22/14

Steve Jobs on Leadership; What Americans Pray For; Reasons You're Missing Millennials

Oct 21, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

Exponential growth requires sacrificial planting, and The Summit Church shows that.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham has been planting churches in both North America and Internationally since the beginning. Over the years they have planted 23 churches in North America and 47 churches internationally. They have recently made an intentional shift in strategy ...

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Oct 21, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/21/14

Church Culture; InterVarsity and California; Preaching the Gospel
Morning Roundup 10/21/14

How to Shape Your Church’s CultureAndrew Hebert

Helpful look at culture from Andrew Hebert, a new friend and good thinker. Also, you can see the new church leaders site we have launched at LifeWay.

California State University SystemInterVarsity

Since I ...

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Oct 20, 2014
Missiology

Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Strategy matters, even when it comes to something like sermon prep.
Strategy Matters: The Importance of Strategic Thinking in the Church (Part 2)

Sermon Prep Strategy

Not only are we seeing churches take their groups seriously, in regard to strategy, we are also seeing new and intriguing trends in respect to sermon preparation. In my mind this is a particularly unique, and helpful, phenomenon.

In an era where too ...

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Oct 20, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/20/14

Big Tip; Ebola Story; American Prayer

Oct 17, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge

How well do American Christians know their Bibles? Hint: not well.
Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
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America can be proud of many things: our innovation, generosity and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Yet when it comes to our nation understanding one of the greatest gifts ever given to humanity—the Bible—we're moving from dumb to dumber ... and it's ...

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Oct 17, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

Over 775,000 people study God's Word through The Gospel Project every week.
The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

The Gospel Project team believes that it is important for kids, students, and adults to not learn only Bible stories but also learn the Bible story. The story of redemption through Jesus Christ. This is why we fashion every study in such a way that each participant not only ...

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Oct 17, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: October 17, 2014

Broken; DisciPILEship; Lukewarm
Church Signs of the Week: October 17, 2014

I actually think this church sign is quite brilliant. Good use of the accident.

I'm not sure what discipileship is, but I sure hope it's something like discipleship. #spellcheck

I really hope "The Lukewarm Church" is the title of the message and not ...

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Oct 16, 2014
Thinkers

Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God

Sarah Bowler on what she's learned about God from unbelievers.
Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God
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If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists.

I can still picture cafeteria debates from my freshman year of high school. What was actually ...

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Oct 16, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/16/14

Change of Mind; Divinity School for Liberals; Religion's Demise
Morning Roundup 10/16/14

When Should Leaders Change Their Minds?Jeff Iorg

If you are not reading Jeff Iorg’s leadership insights, you are missing out. Here is a guest post from him on Eric Geiger's blog.

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