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Jun 2, 2014
American Christianity

MissionTrends: 4 Trends for Churches to Consider

What trends must we consider when it comes to the state of the church in America?
MissionTrends: 4 Trends for Churches to Consider

Despite what many think, the church in America is not dying (and no serious researcher thinks that). However, there are some challenges and changes to be considered.

When we consider missiology, part of the discipline includes considering how churches relate to their culture. ...

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Jun 2, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 6/2/14

Female Made in Father's Image; Naming New Calvinists; AP Style Guide
Morning Roundup 6/2/14
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Female and Made in My Father's ImageKaren Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior does a great job here explaining how we are all made in God's image.

What to Call the So-Called New Calvinists?Scot McKnight

If you are following the "new calvinist" ...

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May 30, 2014
Interview

Be Real: An Interview with Rick Bezet

Life is tough. We must understand the freedom of being real with God, writes Rick Bezet.
Be Real: An Interview with Rick Bezet

Q: Why do people need to Be Real with God?

Rick Bezet: I have talked to many Christians through the years, including pastors even, who battle feelings of condemnation, insecurity and inferiority. Christ died for us to have victory in our lives, yet so many believers lack confidence ...

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May 30, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: May 30, 2014

Someday; Cross-Eyed; Graduates
Church Signs of the Week: May 30, 2014

Ouch. Humorous truth that convicts.

So punny.

Maybe one of those graduates ought to take over the church sign duties.

Thanks to Mark Hobafcovich, Keith Ross, and Mark Dance for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer.

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May 29, 2014
Thinkers

Strategies for Church Mergers by Kristy Rutter

Are you thinking about merging churches? Kristy Rutter has some tips and strategies for church mergers.
Strategies for Church Mergers by Kristy Rutter

I have had the privilege of working with the Chapel, a multisite church in the Chicago land area for the last 4 years. I started with them in 2009 to spearhead this "experiment" to see if we could launch more campuses, help more churches, and reach more communities ...

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May 29, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/29/14

Christianity in the Middle East; Pastors Need Sabbaticals; Dallas Willard
Morning Roundup 5/29/14
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How Christianity Is Disappearing In The Middle East In One ChartAlissa Scheller & Antonia Blumberg

It's an odd thing to think of a faith dying out (or being pushed out), but that's part of the history of Christianity. For example, Turkey (now an overwhelmingly Muslim ...

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May 28, 2014
Interview

Know the Heretics: A Book Interview with Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb answers questions about his new book on heresy throughout church history.
Know the Heretics: A Book Interview with Justin Holcomb

Q: What makes someone a heretic? What is the difference between orthodoxy and heresy?

Justin Holcomb: A heretic is someone who has compromised an essential doctrine and lost sight of who God really is, usually by oversimplification. Literally, heresy means "choice"—that ...

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May 28, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/28/14

Gospel for Everyone; Gay Marriage is Winning; 8 Tips on Leading a Movement
Morning Roundup 5/28/14
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A Gospel for EveryoneMark Dever

Mark Dever goes Catholic. And, I like it.

Ten Years Later, Why Gay Marriage Is WinningKevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom of the Religion News Service explains why gay marriage is continuing to gain momentum.

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May 27, 2014
Evangelism

How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies

Church planting and other ministry initiatives are on the rise, but evangelism is suffering.
How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies
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I am concerned.

We live in a time when church planting continues to capture more of our attention, mission volunteerism continues to be on the rise, and yet evangelism seems to be on the decline. Now, I think I have the background and practice to say that church planting ...

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May 27, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/27/14

Christian Privilege; Explosion of Joy; No Domestic Violence
Morning Roundup 5/27/14
Courtesy of Sam Killermann

30+ Examples of Christian PrivilegeSam Killermann

I think that more and more people are beginning to understand (or at least argue about) the concept of privilege. I've talked to Christena Cleveland a bit about this on an episode of The Exchange (and, congrats Dr. ...

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May 26, 2014
Research

Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

What is the state of discipleship in Canada, specifically as it relates to sharing faith and befriending other churchgoers?
Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

I'm up in Calgary this week, and will actually return to Canada several times in the next year, to talk about our Transformational Discipleship study of Canadians. Through extensive testing (the largest research project of its kind ever done), the LifeWay Research team ...

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May 26, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/26/14

A special Memorial Day Roundup
Morning Roundup 5/26/14
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Memorial Day: Bought with a Price

Remembering the Sacrifice: A Lutheran Reflects on Memorial Day

Rightful Revelry: Cautions Concerning Combining Patriotism and Worship

New York Times best-selling author and speaker Eric Metaxas sat down with me during the 2014 National Religious ...

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May 24, 2014
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: All Pentecostal, All Week. Go!

I'm hanging out with Pentecostals two different countries this week-- pray we honor Christ in all we do.
Saturday is for Seminars: All Pentecostal, All Week. Go!

I'm looking forward to being with several Pentecostal groups. Pentecostals are evangelicals-- just happier than most! :-)

Donna and I are headed to Calgary as I post this. We will spend a few days in Canmore and Banff for some days off. Then, I'll speak that the ...

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May 23, 2014
Canada

An Update on My Preaching for a Small Church Pastor

On Sunday, May 25, I'll be preaching at The Branch in Canmore, Alberta, Canada
An Update on My Preaching for a Small Church Pastor

Last week I threw out an offer. Basically, when I am on vacation, I like to take a little time to encourage a normal church. Here's what I wrote:

Since I am now pastoring a church, I preach most Sundays at Grace Church. However, once every six weeks or so, I preach somewhere ...
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May 23, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: May 23, 2014

Give God the Cash; What is Hell Like?; The Rapture
Church Signs of the Week: May 23, 2014

This is an interesting take on church giving. Ouch.

Classic one. Seen this a few times. Doesn't get old.

Ha! Clever. Never thought of it that way before. Also, autocorrect for church sign

Thanks to Bryan Padgett, David Evans, and Griffin Gulledge for sending these ...

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