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May 22, 2014
Thinkers

Biblical Illiteracy and the Knowledge of God (Part 2) by Toby Jennings

Toby Jennings explores the manifold curse of sin as it relates to biblical illiteracy.
Biblical Illiteracy and the Knowledge of God (Part 2) by Toby Jennings

One may make a formidable case that sin is its own penalty.

In Genesis 3, for example, when Adam and Eve chose to believe the lie rather than the truth—which is the definition of sin—that was evil. From that evil evil resulted. Their turning from life—which ...

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May 22, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/22/14

8 Ways to Comfort the Suffering; Intentional Ethnic Diversity; Killing Sin
Morning Roundup 5/22/14
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8 Ways to Comfort the SufferingEvan Welcher

This is moving…perhaps even more so when you know that Evan's wife, Danielle, died soon after writing this article.

New Church Growth Strategy: Intentional Ethnic DiversityHelen Lee

Helen Lee, who has also ...

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May 21, 2014
Interview

Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, answers questions about his new book on the Word of God.
Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Q: You explain that Psalm 119 describes how we ought to feel about the Word of God—that we should delight in and desire it. How do these two things show themselves practically in our everyday lives?

Kevin DeYoung: For starters, there is an affective element. We should be ...

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May 21, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/21/14

Twitter's Social Innovator; White Millennials Leave Church; Mission in Scripture
Morning Roundup 5/21/14
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Twitter's Social Innovator: All In for GodClaire Diaz-Ortiz

I've never met Claire, but I did fill in for her once at a speaking engagement!

This is another wonderful testimony in the Christianity Today series.

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May 20, 2014
Church Planting

6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter

Are you a church planter? How can you know?
6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter
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There are many places of service in the church. One category of ministry is pastoring. Then there are sub-categories, like children's pastor, teaching pastor, etc. Not lesser ministries, just more targeted areas of service. One sub-category is church planter. Pastors ...

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May 20, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/20/14

Derwin Gray; OT and NT in 10 Minutes; Print Media Problems
Morning Roundup 5/20/14
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Athlete Faces Identity Crisis at Career's EndRod Thomas

So glad to see that more and more people are learning about my friend, Derwin Gray.

The Old Testament in 10 Minutes + The New Testament in 10 MinutesJustin Taylor

A helpful look at the Bible—give ...

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May 19, 2014
Missiology

Are Youth Groups Bad? A Rant on Bad Research

Research show that youth groups are bad for our students, right? Not so fast.
Are Youth Groups Bad? A Rant on Bad Research
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Now, everyone makes a mistake. But, sometimes, an article just proves a point about bad research.

So, let's dive in and look at four factors that show this is bad research.

First, authors don't usually pick headlines, but this headline makes quite a claim: "Youth ...

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May 19, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/19/14

The Cost of Profanity; No More Mr. Nice Pope; NRB and Multnomah
Morning Roundup 5/19/14
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What Profanity Is Costing You As A CommunicatorDonald Miller

Donald Miller—who wrote about cussing preachers 15 years ago—has an important word. It's interesting that this is still an issue as we saw it at the Exponential Conference few weeks ago. And, ...

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May 17, 2014
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Fairfax & Baltimore, June 7-12

Join me with some Anglicans and Baptists.
Saturday is for Seminars: Fairfax & Baltimore, June 7-12
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In just a few weeks I'll be headed to Baltimore for a number of events, including preaching for some Anglican friends and then meetings revolving around the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Below is a brief overview of what I'm up to while I'm ...

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May 16, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

Pastor J.D. Greear reflects on the gospel and our Sabbath rest.
The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

In the Fourth Commandment, God established the Sabbath as a way for the Israelites to refocus on their relationship with Him, rest from their labors, and remember His work in creation and redemption (Deut. 5:12-15). That was the Sabbath law for Israel. But what does all this ...

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May 16, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: May 16, 2014

Cray Cray; Meet Jesus; Russia Prophecy
Church Signs of the Week: May 16, 2014

Not much to add to this one. Amen!

We've had one similar to this before, but we simply cannot be reminded of this enough!

I'm not sure why there is a big interest in "Russia in Prophecy," but who knows. I wonder if it has something to do with the Blood ...

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May 15, 2014
Church Planting

Church Planting Among the Urban Poor by Efrem Smith

President and CEO of World Impact, Efrem Smith, shares his thoughts on church planting among the urban poor.
Church Planting Among the Urban Poor by Efrem Smith

It seems that you can go to just about any inner city in the United States of America and find the same interesting dynamic. Many cities have communities that are considered the most afflicted when it comes to crime, poverty, education, and other areas. These communities ...

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May 15, 2014
Canada

Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You

The last week of May I will be in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Need a week off? I'll come preach.
Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You
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During the last week in May, I am in Banff, Alberta, spending a few days with Donna before I will speak at The Congress of Apostolic Ministries. That includes a Sunday (May 25th) and I am not preaching anywhere at this point.

Since I am now pastoring a church, I preach ...

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May 15, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/15/14

#Blessed; Dad of Teenagers; Pentecostalization and Pluralism
Morning Roundup 5/15/14

They Feel 'Blessed'Jessica Bennett

I was #blessed to read this article!

I'm the Dad of Teenagers and They are AwesomeBrady Boyd

If you are not reading Brady, you should be—but this article was particularly good. And, let me add, that pastors' ...

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May 14, 2014
Church

Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Are students leaving the church in droves? What can we do to stop the bleeding?
Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Dropout is a key word in today's evangelical churches concerning teenagers and young adults. The quote often sounds like this: "86% of evangelical youth drop out of church after graduation, never to return." The problem with that statement (and others around ...

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