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Jul 15, 2014
Contexualization

Avoiding the Pitfall of Syncretism

Churches and pastors must respect the razor's edge between obscurantism and syncretism.
Avoiding the Pitfall of Syncretism
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A quick search for the word "contextualization" on this blog will reveal how important I believe it is for the church that truly wants to engage in God's mission. I have written and spoken on the subject extensively. And though I don't believe it to be the ...

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Jul 9, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/9/14

Church Planting; Prospect of Pain; Insecure Leaders
Morning Roundup 7/9/14

5 Things I Learned in Church PlantingRon Edmondson

The always-helpful Ron has some good insights on church planting.

When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our PleasureJonathan Parnell

Be sure to read this helpful article on pain.

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Jul 8, 2014
Contexualization

Beware of Obscurantism

Christians must not obscure the gospel by seeing other issues as more important.
Beware of Obscurantism
freefotouk / flickr

"I can't go to your church, I'm not a Republican."

That was what a pastor friend of mine heard from a neighbor to whom he was reaching out. He eagerly replied, "You don't have to be!" to which his friend responded, "But everyone at your ...

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Jul 8, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/8/14

Pope to Hold Bishops Accountable; Internet Never Forgets; Ministry Roles
Morning Roundup 7/8/14
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Catholic bishops will be held accountable for not protecting youths, Pope saysCNN

Pope Francis met with abuse victims and said something that every religious leader, Catholic and evangelical, needs to read. From the article: "'I beg your forgiveness, too, for the ...

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Jul 7, 2014
Missiology

Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities

What are some of the best times to share the gospel?
Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities
MoShotz / flickr

Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart of every believer to look for opportunities to share. That's ...

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Jul 7, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/7/14

Rest; 6 Traits of Effective Pastors; Responding to Pain
Morning Roundup 7/7/14
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Rest Is an Act of ResistanceRhesa Storms

I am not very good at resting, and I found this article convicting and helpful.

Six Surprising Traits of Effective PastorsThom Rainer

Thom Rainer has great input here.

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Jul 1, 2014
Church Planting

Church Planting Resource Roundup

Want to lead your church to multiply and plant more churches, but you don't know where to start? Start here.
Church Planting Resource Roundup

A week from today on The Exchange, I am going to host a few pastors and church leaders for a discussion on church planting, specifically the importance of established churches planting new churches. In anticipation of our discussion next week, I wanted to provide a brief ...

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Jul 1, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/1/14

Hobby Lobby Decision; Religious, Political Leaders on Hobby Lobby Ruling; Pastor's Kid

Jun 30, 2014
Religious Liberty

Hobby Lobby Wins: Where Do We Go from Here?

Supremes End Legal Debate: This WAS about Religious Liberty
Hobby Lobby Wins: Where Do We Go from Here?
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The U. S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in religious liberty—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs.

The High Court's Ruling

The ruling in favor ...

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Jun 30, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 6/30/14

Building a Team; Confronting Sexual Abuse; Bowdoin Christian Fellowship
Morning Roundup 6/30/14

Building a Successful TeamSelma Wilson

I had this already planned in my roundup, but now you can read the article and pray for Selma. She was in a car accident, will be fine, but got banged up. What is fascinating is how so many people (her team) responded and were ...

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Jun 27, 2014
Parenting

4 Ways to Know When God is Resetting Your Parental Narrative: A guest post by Tom Goodman

Pastor Tom Goodman encourages parents to find worth in God, not their children.
4 Ways to Know When God is Resetting Your Parental Narrative: A guest post by Tom Goodman
Laura Loeffler / flickr

When your adult child breaks your heart, it exposes the glory story you've been living in. Thankfully, it can also be a time that God resets that story.

You live within a narrative that defines your worth in a certain way: I call that the "glory story." For ...

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Jun 27, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: June 27, 2014

Selfie; Thor; Management
Church Signs of the Week: June 27, 2014

Millennial contextualization: examine your selfie.

God's hammer can smash the hardest heart? Who is he, Thor?

Classic church sign, never really gets old.

Thanks to Bobby Thomas, Ken Jennings, and Johnny Gonzales for sending these in. As always, send me your signs ...

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Jun 26, 2014
Thinkers

How the North Can Serve the South: A guest post by Edgar Aponte

Edgar Aponte shares a bit about Latin and South American Evangelicalism and how the United States can support it.
How the North Can Serve the South: A guest post by Edgar Aponte

The Context

In 1996, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona released "Si el norte fuera el sur" (If the north were the south). In this song, in a type of Willie Nelson spirit, Arjona explores and criticizes the cultural-political differences as well as the ...

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Jun 26, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 6/26/14

Reaching Millennials; Biblical Discipleship; Christian in Afghanistan
Morning Roundup 6/26/14
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Reaching Millennials: 3 Ways to Reach Unbelieving MillennialsChris Martin

Who is this?!?!?!

My Millennial dude blog guy has some good insights.

4 Marks of Biblical DiscipleshipTrevin Wax

Good input on discipleship from Trevin.

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Jun 25, 2014
Communication

How to Receive Criticism: 3 Kinds of Critics You Can Ignore

An important part of receiving criticism is carefully considering the source.
How to Receive Criticism: 3 Kinds of Critics You Can Ignore

Part of leadership is handling criticism, so I've tried to share some things to help you along those lines.

To start, I shared a five part series on how to give criticism with integrity:

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