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Dec 22, 2014
Missiology

Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead

How replanting could be the best answer for a dying church
Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead
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Sometimes churches die, and sometimes they should.

As shocking as this may be, the death of a church might be the best thing that could happen for the sake of the gospel within a given community.

Churches are not meant to be mere holding tanks for folks who remember “the ...

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Dec 22, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/22/14

Pastors and Mental Illness; Rejecting Jesus; Anti-Elder:
Morning Roundup 12/22/14

More Pastors Embrace Talk of Mental Ills—Jan Hoffman

I had the privilege of talking to Jan Hoffman as she wrote this article, and I'm thankful she included our LifeWay Research data on mental health. I’ve written extensively on the subject, and am encouraged ...

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Dec 19, 2014
Race

Race in America: A First Person Report from #ATimeToSpeak

A brief summary of #ATimeToSpeak at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.
Race in America: A First Person Report from #ATimeToSpeak

Four decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, a diverse group of pastors gathered at the historic Lorraine Hotel—now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum—to discuss the state of race relations in America.

King’s dream ...

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Dec 19, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: December 19, 2014

Best Actor; Cemetery; Purr More
Church Signs of the Week: December 19, 2014

Award season in coming up. Could God nominate you? Better watch out, better not lie.

Spelling is hard.

I don't even understand. Lion and snake imagery? Help.

Thanks to Jonathan Pope, Colby Nicholson, and Thomas Caldwell for sending these in. As always, send me your ...

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Dec 18, 2014
Brazil

Global Connect Brazil: Join Us in Planting Churches in Northeast Brazil

Would you consider partnering in gospel ministry in Northeast Brazil?
Global Connect Brazil: Join Us in Planting Churches in Northeast Brazil
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Last year, Grace Church (where I pastor) began a partnership in Northeast Brazil to spread the gospel and plant churches in the area. We drove about three hours inland off of the Atlantic coast and focused on the interior region of the state of Paraiba. (Paraiba is about ...

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Dec 18, 2014
Thinkers

Honeymoon Marriage…Impossible? A guest post by Francie Winslow

Francie Winslow shares about her marriage and how God can give life to any marriage.
Honeymoon Marriage…Impossible? A guest post by Francie Winslow

This year my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. The first was the most memorable. Six months after our wedding, we were invited by an NGO to do development work in response to the 2004 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia.

Without hesitation, we bought ...

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Dec 18, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/18/14

A wrap up of coverage following A Time to Speak
Morning Roundup 12/18/14

Does the Gospel Mandate Racial Reconciliation? White Pastors Agree More Than Black PastorsRuth Moon

Christianity Today reports on our #ATimeToSpeak conversation from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and includes out LifeWay Research data (full story on that ...

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Dec 17, 2014
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 1

Dr. John Hammett elaborates on the role of election in salvation and the scope of the atonement.
Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 1

The Order of Salvation

When considering the order of salvation, I usually begin with Rom. 8:29-30 and add to it from my understanding of depravity (texts such as Eph. 2:1-3) and sanctification (as both initial and progressive; Heb. 10:10, 14). So I see salvation as beginning ...

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Dec 17, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/17/14

Comment Sections; Leading Through Conflict; White Privilege
Morning Roundup 12/17/14
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RESOLVED: Comments sections need to goChris Cillizza

I am consistently unimpressed with comment sections. I work hard to moderate mine and have some pretty clear comment rules, but I have to say I regularly wonder what we should be doing with comments.

Some say, "Kill ...

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Dec 16, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support

In our final part of this series, we look at pastors' struggles with mental illness and the supportiveness of churches.
The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support
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In my first post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research (in partnership with Focus on the Family and an anonymous donor) on the church and mental illness. I shared information that reveals the current general view of pastors on ...

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Dec 16, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/16/14

Unbroken; Sin of Racism; Eric Garner and Race
Morning Roundup 12/16/14
Courtesy of Religion News Service

Will Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” Disappoint Christians? It DependsSarah Pulliam Bailey

I’m planning to see Unbroken, but I’m guessing I will wish that Hollywood was less afraid of devout faith.

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Dec 15, 2014
Books

20 Truths from 52 Weeks with Jesus by James Merritt

Next year, commit to spending all 52 weeks with Jesus.
20 Truths from 52 Weeks with Jesus by James Merritt
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1. God can overcome whatever troubles are behind you to achieve the purpose he has set before you.

2. God weaves this cord into the tapestry of Jesus’s family tree to make a point: No one is beyond grace. God can take you where you are and fit you into his plan and ...

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Dec 15, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 12/15/14

Food Pantries; Working Women in Church; Bob Jones University
Morning Roundup 12/15/14
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Lifeway Study: Almost a Quarter of American Families Have Turned to Church Food Pantries for HelpStephanie Samuel

I was quite stunned to see that about 1/4 Americans would say they’ve received help from a church food pantry.

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Dec 13, 2014
Race

A Time to Speak, a Live Broadcast from Memphis

Watch a panel discussion on race and the church on Tuesday, December 16th at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.
A Time to Speak, a Live Broadcast from Memphis

We just finished the broadcast. You can watch it now, in DVR format (rewind, fast forward, etc.), by clicking here.

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Bryan Loritts contacted me about moderating a panel on race and the church, following the events that have taken place over the ...

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Dec 12, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: EastLake Community Church

EastLake Community Church sacrificially gives money, leadership, and members to its church planting initiative.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: EastLake Community Church

EastLake Community Church was planted in 2006, and has planted six churches over the past eight years. They are about to send out a seventh church to Toronto, Ontario. This will be their sixth North American church plant, and they have one international plant.

Their church ...

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