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Dec 2, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

A significant percentage of pastors aspire to address mental illness, but how many actually do?
The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

Mental health has been a hot topic of conversation lately, and rightly so, because the church honestly doesn’t know how to deal with the multi-faceted issue.

At Facts & Trends, our LifeWay magazine where I serve as the Executive Editor, we decided to do a cover ...

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Nov 3, 2014
Missiology

4 Ways (Im)migration Impacts the Mission of the Church

Immigration is changing how the Church thinks about mission and outreach in North America.
4 Ways (Im)migration Impacts the Mission of the Church

Immigration is changing how churches think about mission and outreach in North America, and rightly so.

People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape that offers new opportunities for sharing the gospel, but also new challenges ...

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Nov 3, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 11/3/14

Escaping Boko Haram; Be the Message Sunday; Smashing Idols
Morning Roundup 11/3/14

Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram Tell of Horrors in CaptivityCharlotte Alter

A few months ago I post this on Facebook and Twitter, “When ISIS Islamist militants kidnap 100 non-Muslim women, it is as horrible as you are thinking. ‪#‎RealWarOnWomen‬.” I had ...

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Nov 2, 2014
Ministry

Sunday is for Series: “Laypeople” and Ministry

Church members must be given ownership and responsibility in the ministry of their churches.
Sunday is for Series: “Laypeople” and Ministry
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Is the mission of God merely for pastors? What about ministry? When it comes to God’s Mission and the church, Is there a distinction, should there be a distinction between “lay people” and pastors? We have, I fear, adopted the view that ministers and pastors ...

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Oct 31, 2014
Interview

Hope Reborn: An Interview with Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock shares about his new book and what it means to meet and follow Christ.
Hope Reborn: An Interview with Adrian Warnock
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Your new book is entitled Hope Reborn. Give us some insight into the title and what you’re trying to accomplish overall with the book.

As I argued in a recent article, hope is a uniquely Christian attribute. Paul makes this very clear throughout 1 Corinthians 15 where ...

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Oct 31, 2014
Vocation

The Sunday to Monday Gap: A guest post by RJ Grunewald

Because God is at work in the midst of the work we are doing, all of our work is sacred.
The Sunday to Monday Gap: A guest post by RJ Grunewald
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There is a large gap between what happens in churches on Sunday morning and what happens in the life of the average person on Monday morning. And this gap grows wider as the cultural differences between the values of the Church and the values of our communities are growing ...

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Oct 31, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat; Free Donuts; Toast
Church Signs of the Week: October 31, 2014

Classic Halloween church sign.

The Homer Simpson mission strategy. I like it!

Get it? Because hell is like a toaster. ...

Thanks to Terry Gibson, Nicholas King, and Mike Towers for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer.

Want to ...

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Oct 30, 2014
Thinkers

Social Media, Civil Discourse, and the Fear of Missing Out: A guest post by Amy Whitfield

Our fear of missing out affects how we discuss with others on social media.
Social Media, Civil Discourse, and the Fear of Missing Out: A guest post by Amy Whitfield

When I entered freshman year at a women’s liberal arts college, I heard a great deal about the benefits of single-gender education for females. One piece of evidence was interesting. We were told that in a classroom with both men and women, the men were statistically ...

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Oct 30, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/30/14

Heaven, Hell, Heresy; Churchless Americans; 43 Largest Faiths

Oct 29, 2014
Comment Policy

Comment Policy for The Exchange

Nine simple rules for commenting respectfully on The Exchange.
Comment Policy for The Exchange
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In order to facilitate even better conversation, we are seeking to be good hosts. That is always a difficult task because so many struggle with good conversation, leading an increasing number of Christian blogs to shut down comments. In order to make this a good place for ...

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Oct 29, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem

Engaging with Scripture can begin to solve our biblical illiteracy problem, but how do we engage with Scripture?
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem
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Faithful and Fruitful: How Do We Fix the Problem?

Of course, you already knew that reading the Bible helped you to grow. It's actually doingit that's a challenge. So what are some ways churches are helping people to engage the Scriptures more intentionally? Based ...

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Oct 29, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/29/14

Motley Crew Church; Churches and Mental Illness; Missionary Doctors
Morning Roundup 10/29/14

The Motley Crew ChurchBarry Creamer

Barry Creamer is the new President of Criswell College and is also a good writer. Be sure to read his article at our new church leaders site.

Church officials struggle to assist those with mental illnessErika Ritchie

A helpful ...

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Oct 28, 2014
Books

20 Truths from Small is Big, Slow is Fast by Caesar Kalinowski

Caesar Kalinowski shares some unconventional wisdom in a new book calling us to go
20 Truths from Small is Big, Slow is Fast by Caesar Kalinowski

1. God is restoring our relationships, our marriages, our families, our worldview, our work ethic, our sexual orientation, our identity, and every other part of who we are back to the way he desires them to be. And that only happens when the gospel gets in and changes and ...

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Oct 28, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 10/28/14

Christians and Ebola; A Tale of Two Churches; Islam's Problem
Morning Roundup 10/28/14

How Christians Should Respond to Ebola in the United StatesJeremy Writebol

Look! Common sense! From Nancy Writebol’s (the nurse who contracted Ebola) son.

A Tale of Two ChurchesChapel of Change

I thought this was a fascinating look at how churches have ...

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Oct 27, 2014
Missiology

3 Ways Technology Enables the Mission of the Church

Technology is a resource the church must wisely steward to accomplish the Great Commission.
3 Ways Technology Enables the Mission of the Church
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The technological-ification of the church is a huge issue, and every congregation and every pastor needs to take advantage of technology in order to enable the church’s mission.

I believe technology is a resource that we can use for God’s glory. Here’s ...

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