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Sep 16, 2014
Manhood

Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness

Men, take your singleness seriously, seek counsel, and be a godly man.
Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness
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In my previous article I talked a little about what it means to act like men spiritually, fighting for godliness, avoiding sin, pursuing God and worshipping Him.

The next few articles are going to flesh out some practical things that will mean for different phases in the lives ...

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Sep 10, 2014
Manhood

Responding to Critics of "Act Like Men"

Don't be afraid to call men to act like men.
Responding to Critics of "Act Like Men"

A few weeks ago, I began a blog series on being a godly man with a post entitled, "Act Like Men: What It Means to Fight Like a Man."

Before I continued the rest of the series, I want to address a bit of the criticism that arose.

When I published the post, I ...

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Sep 2, 2014
Books

20 Truths from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

Mike Cosper on the way story plays in to who God is and what Jesus has done.
20 Truths from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

1. Many Christians were raised to be suspicious of Hollywood entertainment, but all of the warnings seem to have done little to curb what people watch, except, perhaps, to add a patina of shame to any admission of viewing. (17)

2. Storytelling—be it literature, theater, ...

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Sep 2, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 9/2/14

Different Thoughts on Race; Faith and Politics; History in Maps

Sep 1, 2014
Labor Day
Labor Day Roundup 2014

Since I am out today, engaging in neighborhood recreation on a day named for Labor, I still wanted you to have some reading on this day. And, I wanted it to be on the theme of work and labor.

And, for those of you who read the blog in Canada, Bothswana, and everywhere else, ...

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Aug 31, 2014
Contexualization

Sunday is for Series: Contextualize This! The Gospel in a Worldly Context

Effective contextualization is important.
Sunday is for Series: Contextualize This! The Gospel in a Worldly Context

Culture is inescapable. Each an every one of us, who claims the name of Christ has been called to exist within the diverse cultures of this world and to do so as Aliens.

Citizens of a heavenly realm inhabiting earthly kingdoms. To inhabit this world faithfully is to contend ...

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Aug 30, 2014
Quotes from Newbigin and Others on Mission
Saturday is for Sermon Prep: Newbigin & Others on Mission
Grace Church

Like I do on most Saturday nights, I'm reviewing my message for Sunday. My researcher included several quotes in my ProTHEO research brief that relate to tomorrow's topic-- being a missional community, sent by Jesus, and blessed to be a blessing.

So, I will occasionally ...

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Aug 29, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "We Don't All Look Alike," a guest post by Carl Ellis, Jr.

Carl Ellis, Jr. shares a bit about what fueled his rage following Michael Brown's funeral.
It's Time to Listen: "We Don't All Look Alike," a guest post by Carl Ellis, Jr.

A quiet rage has been inside me since the shooting of Michael Brown on August 15 — a rage I kept under control as I tried to be objective and resist being manipulated by the strident and predictable rhetoric surrounding this senseless killing. However, as I watched ...

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Aug 29, 2014
Discipleship

The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Groups matter, and it's important that churches effectively establish and assess them.
The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Back in February, Eric Geiger and I co-authored Transformational Groups, a book based on a large research project conducted by LifeWay Research with close to 3,000 protestant churches. Eric recently interviewed me about this on his blog, and with so many churches preparing ...

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Aug 29, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: August 29, 2014

Txt Frm God; Long Message; What You're Looking For
Church Signs of the Week: August 29, 2014

The answer is no. You aren't allowed to text God back if you're driving and He texts you via church sign.

I'm truly impressed they had enough letters for their entire benediction.

"These aren't the gods you're looking for." (If you get that ...

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Aug 28, 2014
TCAT

Revisiting the Fundamentals and the Importance of Assessment

Self-assessment can be difficult, but self-awareness is too important to ignore.
Revisiting the Fundamentals and the Importance of Assessment

In the flurry of the demands of ministry that cry out for attention, any resource that brings us back to the important, orienting, foundational questions is a welcome friend. I have found the TCAT to be just such a friend. I am grateful for the sharpness of focus it is providing ...

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Aug 28, 2014
Thinkers

Thursday is for Thinkers: "It's Time to Listen: Kingdom Cooperation," a guest post by Brett Fuller

Pastor Brett Fuller stops by the blog to share how his multi-ethnic church works together for the Kingdom.
Thursday is for Thinkers: "It's Time to Listen: Kingdom Cooperation," a guest post by Brett Fuller

At the age of 21, God called me to help plant a church in Washington, D.C. Nine years later, the senior pastor asked me to succeed him in his role. My prayer to God at the time was, “Help me to labor with you in building a church that looks more like heaven than like ...

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Aug 28, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 8/28/14

TSA Body Scanners; Evangelical Responses to Gay Rights; Comeback Churches
Morning Roundup 8/28/14
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Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body ScannersAndy Greenberg

I’ve written before about the lack of Christian response to the growing surveillance state, but that aside, let’s just acknowledge that we are wasting a whole lot of money ...

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Aug 27, 2014
Interview

Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage: An Interview with John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell

John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell share their thoughts on how evangelicals must address same-sex marriage.
Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage: An Interview with John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell
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John and Sean, why even write a book on the subject of same-sex marriage? The legal
basis of the Supreme Court's ruling just means that it will take a few
 years, but many believe the battle is lost. Are you attempting to build a defense after the
 battle is over

The tide ...

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Aug 27, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 8/27/14

Character First; Multi-Ethnic Churches and Injustice; U.S. and Babylon
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