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Apr 18, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: April 18, 2014

Silly Rabbit; Come Hear Our Pastor; House Church
Church Signs of the Week: April 18, 2014

We get many of these sent in every year, and it's creepy, but classic at the same time.

Well this is not a very nice way to talk about your pastor...

United Pentecostal Church says all of your "house churches" are weak imitations.

Thanks to Glen Cantrell, ...

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Apr 17, 2014
Thinkers

Love Your Neighbor by Carol Pipes

This week on Thursday is for Thinkers, Carol Pipes shares how God's love for us in Christ motivates us to love others.
Love Your Neighbor by Carol Pipes

I met Mr. Balentine in the summer of 1993. A group of 10 high school students and their leaders had been sent to Mr. Balentine's to make much-needed repairs to his house, which sat in a secluded cove of the Appalachian foothills. What started as a simple project turned ...

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Apr 17, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/17/14

Leading in Community; Bart Ehrman's Obsession with Jesus; 10 Key Events in 20th Century Evangelicalism
Morning Roundup 4/17/14

Don't Do Leadership Alone, Build a Leadership CommunitySelma Wilson

Selma Wilson continues to show why she is one of the most beloved leaders at LifeWay.

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Apr 16, 2014
Westboro Baptist Church

Saved from Hate: An Interview with Mark Phelps, Son of Westboro Founder Fred Phelps Sr.

Mark Phelps graciously shared a bit of his story with me over the last couple of weeks.
Saved from Hate: An Interview with Mark Phelps, Son of Westboro Founder Fred Phelps Sr.
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Ed Stetzer: First, tell us a little about your background.Mark Phelps: I left my family and my father's "church" in 1973. I graduated college in 1976 with a degree in business finance. I married my wife of almost 38 years in August 1976. We started a business in ...

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Apr 16, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/16/14

Faces of 2050 America; Love Your City; Church and the Gospel
Morning Roundup 4/16/14
National Geographic

National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It's BeautifulZak Cheney-Rice

Fascinating look at a possible racial future:

Love Your CityMatt Kladnik

Helpful look at loving your context.

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Apr 15, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Scapegoat: Leviticus 16 by Dr. Kenneth Mathews

Dr. Kenneth Mathews of Beeson Divinity School looks at the atonement through the lens of Leviticus 16.
The Atonement and the Scapegoat: Leviticus 16 by Dr. Kenneth Mathews

The ritual "Day of Atonement" (Hebrew Yom Kippur), described in Leviticus 16, was the most holy day of worship in the Hebrew calendar. It was also the most complicated in terms of ritual performance. A ceremonial ritual conveys a powerful image in which there is ...

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Apr 15, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/15/14

Focus on the Family Movie; 10 Ways to Win the Internet; 7 Reasons We Don't Make Disciples
Morning Roundup 4/15/14

Can Our Film "Irreplaceable" Rise Above Censorship Efforts?Jim Daly

I was sitting in the theater this week (watching Noah) and I saw the trailer for the movie. It seems pretty innocuous...but not everyone sees it that way.

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Apr 14, 2014
Missiology

Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories

Sharing success stories in the second aspect of a church multiplication movement.
Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 3 Reasons You Need Success Stories
Courtesy of BabyBlue Anglican

Everyone loves stories. Stories strike a chord in the heart. They inspire the mind to see and dream. They can even draw others toward action. In order to be successful, a church multiplication movement needs stories that can do all three of those things.

Without action, ...

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Apr 14, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/14/14

How to Date Jesus' Wife; Good Marketing and Jesus' Wife; 25 Negotiation Styles
Morning Roundup 4/14/14
Courtesy of Harvard Divinity School

It's almost Easter, so here are some the "look, this whole Christianity thing is fraudulent" stories. Well, here's a helpful Q&A on the subject from Nicholas Perrin followed by a look at motivation from Chris Martin.

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Apr 11, 2014
Interview

My Interview with Boz Tchvidjian (Part 4)

Boz addresses a crucial part of how the Church addresses child abuse: how it's reported.
My Interview with Boz Tchvidjian (Part 4)

ED: You said we need to have protocols for dealing with reporting abuse at the local church level. I think most people know what a "required reporter" is now—they have to report certain things. But it's more than that. Can you talk to us a little bit about ...

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Apr 11, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: April 11, 2014

This Easter; Lessons from a Prostitute; Happiness
Church Signs of the Week: April 11, 2014

That's one way to persuade people to join you for Easter.

"Clickbait" in Internet terms is when a tweet or other link is either partially or completely deceiving in order to get clicks. This is the church sign version of clickbait.

Clever! Incredibly cheesy. ...

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Apr 10, 2014
Thinkers

How Do I Talk with Someone Whose Worldview Opposes My Own?

This week on Thursday is for Thinkers, Dr. Toby Jennings explores the biblical ways to talk with someone with an opposing worldview.
How Do I Talk with Someone Whose Worldview Opposes My Own?

Everyone has a worldview with either more or less ingrained foundational principles. Twentieth century theologian Carl F. H. Henry asserted that "Divine revelation [is] the basic epistemological axiom." That is, if God does not provide knowledge (and even the mind ...

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Apr 10, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/10/14

Outrage Porn and the Christian Reader; 2 Challenges Churches Face; Scot McKnight's Anglican Journey
Morning Roundup 4/10/14
Courtesy of Tim Challies

Outrage Porn and the Christian ReaderTim Challies

Gotta' say, I think that Challies gets it and this needs to be read widely.

Ed Stetzer on the two challenges churches face—David Buller

It's weird to list an article with your own name on it, but here ...

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Apr 9, 2014
Church Growth

A Catalyst that Fostered a Movement: Thoughts on Bob Buford and Leadership Network

Meet one of the most influential men in the church growth movement: Bob Buford.
A Catalyst that Fostered a Movement: Thoughts on Bob Buford and Leadership Network
Courtesy of Leadership Network

The Church Growth Movement began to lose its mojo. That's not exactly a scholarly word, but you get the point. After a promising start, it began to decline in the 1980s.

In 1956, Donald McGavran published a book entitled The Bridges of God. It looked at the strategies ...

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Apr 9, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/9/14

Mental Illness and Shame; How Pastors Can Handle Problems in the Church; Next Generation More Than 50% Non-White
Morning Roundup 4/9/14
Courtesy of Saddleback Church

Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame?Christine A. Scheller

A fascinating look at mental illness and the church.

How a Pastor Should Handle a Problem In the ChurchRonnie Floyd

Good advice from Ronnie Floyd.

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