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Feb 3, 2014
Worship

What Should Worship Look Like?

Three questions to ask when planning a worship service.
What Should Worship Look Like? 3 Questions to Ask When Planning a Worship Service
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I've always loved worship.

As a failed worship leader (every church planter has to play guitar, right?), I found worship both meaningful and powerful. Some of those times are when I am by myself—worship dominates my personal prayer time. Then there is corporate ...

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Feb 3, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 2/3/14

Russia Calls U.S. Godless; Why We Review R-Rated Films; To Whom Does Christ Pay Our Ransom?
Morning Roundup 2/3/14
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Who's 'godless' now? Russia says it's U.S.Marc Bennetts

It's an odd place where we find ourselves when Russia calls us godless….

Why We Review R-Rated FilmsAlissa Wilkinson

I like CT reviews, but I think that there needs to be a limit. ...

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Jan 31, 2014
Interview

People-Pleasing Pastors, an Interview with Charles Stone

Dr. Charles Stone shares about his experience as a people-pleasing pastor and how he learned to overcome it.
People-Pleasing Pastors, an Interview with Charles Stone

Ed Stetzer: Dr. Stone, explain a bit of your experience in church leadership and how that motivated you to write your newest book, People-Pleasing Pastors.

Dr. Charles Stone: I've served as a pastor in some capacity for over 33 years either as a church planter, an associate ...

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Jan 31, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: January 31, 2014

Whiter than Snow; Taking the Hearse to Church; Go Broncos
Church Signs of the Week: January 31, 2014

This is an illustration that has resounded with much of the country this week.

Don't let the hearse take you to church, but don't get too close to our van, either!

...

Thanks to Darryl Davis, Jay Jennings, and Justin Banks for sending these in. As always, send ...

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Jan 30, 2014
Thinkers

What Your Church Can Do to Care for the Poor, A Guest Post from Arloa Sutter

Author and speaker Arloa Sutter shares her thoughts on how the Church can better help the poor.
What Your Church Can Do to Care for the Poor, A Guest Post from Arloa Sutter
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More than 16% of Americans, one in five children, live in poverty in the US. While the needs of children in countries like India and Ethiopia have long been considered in our missions programs, it may seem more baffling for your church to know what to do about the poor in ...

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Jan 30, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/30/14

Groups Matter; Why I'm a Cessationist; Why I'm a Continuationist
Morning Roundup 1/30/14
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Neither Dependence Nor IndependenceEric Geiger

Eric Geiger gives a snippet from our brand new book, Transformational Groups, due out on February 15th. You can preorder your copy here.

Why I Am a Cessationist—Thomas Schreiner

I am thankful for The Gospel Coalition ...

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Jan 29, 2014
Interview

God's Mission has a Church: My Interview with Tabletalk Magazine

In an interview with Tabletalk Magazine I share a bit about my testimony, my ministry, and my research.
God's Mission has a Church: My Interview with Tabletalk Magazine

Tabletalk: Please describe how you became a Christian and your current ministry.

Ed Stetzer: I grew up on Long Island, outside of New York City, in a nominal Irish Catholic home. My sister was the first in my family to hear the gospel and trust Christ. She rode a church bus from ...

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Jan 29, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/29/14

The Obama Doctrine; Christian Blogging and the Bride of Christ; Imago Dei and Homosexuality
Morning Roundup 1/29/14
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The Obama Doctrine: American Civil SpiritualityDiana Butler Bass

This is long, but I think important.

Does Christian Blogging Rend the Bride of Christ?Mike Leake

Mike's post is also worth reading.

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Jan 28, 2014
Grammy's

The Grammys, Grace, and the Gospel

How did the 2014 Grammy Awards signal a shift in American culture?
The Grammys, Grace, and the Gospel: 3 Things the Grammys Can Remind Christians
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The cultural highlight of the Grammys would certainly be Queen Latifah overseeing a mass marriage ceremony.

It was not solely a gay marriage ceremony, but the ceremony was during the gay marriage anthem "Same Love," so the intent and focus was clear. There were ...

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Jan 28, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/28/14

The Faith of Presidents; NSA Program Illegal; Proselytizing Missionaries
Morning Roundup 1/28/14
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What presidents really believe about GodMichael Beschloss

The Washington Post On Faith blog is back and producing some great content. Take a look.

Privacy Board: NSA telephone records program illegalEvan Perez (CNN)

The government commission that reviews privacy ...

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Jan 27, 2014
Missiology

Monday is for Missiology: Cynicism Doesn't Reach a Lost World

How skywriting evangelism at Disney World challenged me in how I think about evangelism.
Monday is for Missiology: Cynicism Doesn't Reach a Lost World

Walt Disney World specializes in catching your attention—it's a paradise for people with ADD like me. There's something interesting everywhere you look. But the day I visited, there was one thing every person in the resort was certain to notice that wasn't ...

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Jan 27, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 1/27/14

Bible Gateway's Top Verses of 2013; God Healed My Abortion; Synergism/Semi-Pelagianism
Morning Roundup 1/27/14
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Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013Kate Tracy

OK, I'm a nerd, but I find this fascinating.

How God Healed Me from My AbortionKevin DeYoung

Moving story from Kevin DeYoung's blog.

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Jan 24, 2014
Social Media

Social Ecclesia: Spirit-Led Digital Presence

How can churches utilize social media and other digital communication?
Social Ecclesia: Spirit-Led Digital Presence

In the Summer of 2013, thirty-or-so social media geeks met for a small conference at Saddleback's Rancho Capistrano retreat center to discuss best practices and strategies for social media managers. Carrie Kintz, Haley Veturis, and I (Benjamin Clark) felt a kindred spirit ...

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Jan 24, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: 1/24/14

Germs and Jesus; Members Expected; Uncertain
Church Signs of the Week: 1/24/14

As someone who does everything to avoid being sick, I resound with this church sign.

I can't put it any better than the guy who submitted this church sign: I'm not sure which one I am more afraid of being!

The church really that way? Or is it the other way? I ...

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Jan 23, 2014
Thinkers

Why We Need to Do Our Own Math, a Guest Post from David Park

Like in mathematics, we must show our work when we do theology.
Why We Need to Do Our Own Math, a Guest Post from David Park
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"What's 12 times 6?" one girl shouted out while looking at me expectantly, pencil in hand, ready to write on a worksheet dog-eared on the top corners. I stared back at her blankly and with no Christ-like compassion and said, "Do the math." "60." ...

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