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Nov 25, 2014
Ferguson

Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson DESPITE the Facts

Regardless of what the grand jury's decision means or what the facts say, we should still care about the people of Ferguson.
Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson DESPITE the Facts
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The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson following the death of Michael Brown. Last night, after the grand jury's announcement, peaceful protests quickly turned into violence, arson, and looting.

It breaks my heart ...

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Nov 25, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/25/14

Ferguson and the Cross; Grand Jury Decision; How to Respond
Morning Roundup 11/25/14

Today’s roundup is all related to the Ferguson situation.

#Ferguson and the CrossDerwin Gray

My friend Derwin speaks into the situation and reminds us of the need for relationships in the body of Christ.

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Nov 24, 2014
Ferguson

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?

The grand jury has made a decision in Ferguson, now we have to make ours. How will we respond?
A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?

In light of the grand jury decision handed down tonight in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, I think it is of utmost importance that all Christians, but specifically white evangelicals, talk a little less and listen a little more.

Or, put another ...

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Nov 24, 2014
Missiology

Want to Be Missional in the Way of Jesus?—Don’t Make These Five Mistakes

Living on mission is important, and Christ must be the center of the missional Christian's message.
Want to Be Missional in the Way of Jesus?—Don’t Make These Five Mistakes
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One of the attractions of the “missional” label is the inherent affirmation of Christ’s mission in and to the world. If we are followers of Christ, then part of that mission must include the idea that we want all people to know Him.

The term “missional” ...

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Nov 24, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/24/14

Planting in Highly-Church Areas; Atheists Believe in Heaven; Alex and Brett Harris
Morning Roundup 11/24/14

3 Reasons to Plant in Highly-Churched AreasBrandon Smith

Brandon Smith lays out what I am sure will be a controversial idea—that you should plant churches in churched areas.

To be fair, I agree with him and have said so here.

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Nov 21, 2014
CPLF

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship November 2014: Dallas, TX

Check out what happened at CPLF November 2014 in Dallas, TX.
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship November 2014: Dallas, TX

What could happen if we gathered together a large room full of the most significant and influential church planting leaders in the country? That was the question I asked myself a few years ago. It occurred to me that leaders who lead church planting efforts at the denominational ...

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Nov 21, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: November 21, 2014

All About That Grace; Dribbling a Football; People
Church Signs of the Week: November 21, 2014

I could not keep track of how many people sent me this sign this week.

I don't even understand sports and I can appreciate this reference.

People. People are happening at 10am.

Thanks to Bryan Fordham and Dan Nichols for sending these in. As always, send me your ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Research

Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

New research shows pastors recognize the responsibility of caring for the immigrant.
Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

Tonight, President Barack Obama is speaking in prime-time on the issue of immigration. Many think he is going to explain and enact an executive order protecting approximately five million people from being deported out of the United States.

Like many other evangelical leaders, ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Thinkers

Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

Don't make evangelism more complicated than it already is. Trillia shares ways to simplify evangelism.
Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

According to a LifeWay Research study conducted in 2012, 80 percent of church-going American Protestants who attend church one or more times a month believes they have a responsibility to share their faith. Of that same group, however, 61 percent have not shared the gospel ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/20/14

Overspending Churches; Converting Catholics; Bob Jones University Investigation

Nov 19, 2014
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 2)

Silence, flow, and theology all play important parts in the work of a worship leader.
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 2)
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After sharing points one through four yesterday, let's pick back up with points five through eight:

5. Churches and worship leaders are all over the board as it pertains to the amount of talking the worship leader does.

We, as a church, lean more toward the less talking ...

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Nov 19, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/19/14

End of Mideast Christianity?; Atheism in China; Exercising Power and Wise Boundaries
Morning Roundup 11/19/14
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Is This the End for Mideast Christianity?—Philip Jenkins

Fascinating long form article from Philip Jenkins in Christianity Today. This is the reason you should be subscribing to things like CT. We need such writing.

For more from Jenkins, read my interview with him ...

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Nov 18, 2014
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 1)

Worship leaders have one of the most important roles in the church, here is my letter to mine.
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 1)
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Dear worship leader,

You are one of the most important people in the life of our church.

You are entrusted with the task of standing before our people weekly and leading them into the very presence of God. Your role is to point people to Jesus, not yourself; yet, you ...

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Nov 18, 2014
LifeWay

Want to Be My Executive Assistant?

I'm looking for a new Executive Assistant to serve on the team at LifeWay.
Want to Be My Executive Assistant?

So, I am looking for a new Executive Assistant.

My current EA is Dwayne Ewers. You might want to know that as you get more interested. He can fill you in on what it is like.

Dwayne has been faithfully serving for almost three years now. When he came, I asked him to serve ...

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Nov 18, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/18/14

Christian Fighting; Disarray of American Theology; Pro-Life Democrats
Morning Roundup 11/18/14

Stuff First-Century Christians Fought AboutDerwin Gray

My friend Derwin Gray continues to pound the multicultural drum...and he has the chops and theology to do so.

American theology in disarray, survey showsNick Eicher

Nick Eicher calls the theology of Americans ...

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