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Aug 3, 2015
Radio

Hitting the Radio on BreakPoint This Week, Co-Hosting with John Stonestreet

I am excited to announce I'll be joining John Stonestreet on BreakPoint This Week every week as we talk Christianity and culture.
Hitting the Radio on BreakPoint This Week, Co-Hosting with John Stonestreet

Today, Ambassador Radio announced that, starting in mid-September, I will serve as co-host with John Stonestreet of BreakPoint This Week:

BreakPoint this Week to feature Ed Stetzer and new format
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Jul 31, 2015
Pastors

3 Sermon Prep Tips for Bi-Vocational Pastors

Being a bi-vocational pastor can be dreadfully taxing. Marty Duren shares how to make sermon prep not as burdensome.
3 Sermon Prep Tips for Bi-Vocational Pastors
Image: Ryk Neethling / Flickr

There may be no more under appreciated person in the Kingdom that the bi-vocational pastor. Many of them are the only staff member of a small church. They work a job during the week and are still expected to perform most, if not all, of the ministry functions of a full-time ...

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Jul 31, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: July 31, 2015

American; Be Our Guest; Sundays
Church Signs of the Week: July 31, 2015

Are we 100% sure the image above isn't someone's campaign slogan?

This is a PERFECT church sign if the movie is Beauty and the Beast. (Think on it... trust me.)

Get it?! Cuz sundaes and Sundays sound the same. Grin.

Thanks to Will Edmondson, Keith Francis, and ...

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Jul 30, 2015
Thinker

Go Big or Go Home: How "Big" Has Invaded the Church

Is our obsession with big churches rooted in mission our just our desire for “big”?
Go Big or Go Home: How "Big" Has Invaded the Church

We are a nation in love with big things. We are told to dream big, live large, score high, rack up an impressive following, and measure success in ever-rising numbers. Measuring is key to success—we need proof and we need it often. Trusting in God is all well and good, ...

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Jul 30, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/30/15

Saying No; Religious Freedom; Horse Soring
Morning Roundup 7/30/15

Three Reasons Leaders Must Constantly Say "No"Eric Geiger

I’ve REALLY been learning this truth. And, Geiger provides us more helpful guidance on saying no.

Few around the globe live where all religions are free & equalTobin Grant

Tobin (did ...

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Jul 29, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Cognitive Dissonance with Life and Death: Thoughts on Planned Parenthood

Kelly Rosati, Vice President at Focus on the Family, writes about our callousness to the life and death of the preborn.
Cognitive Dissonance with Life and Death: Thoughts on Planned Parenthood

[NOTE: Since I wrote this piece last week, a third Planned Parenthood video has been released. It is even more grotesque than its predecessors, if that’s possible.]

“Modern ultrasound technology produces a more-detailed image of an unborn baby’s features,” ...

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Jul 29, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/29/15

Bible in "Watchman"; Diverse Religions; Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom
Morning Roundup 7/29/15

Where’s the Bible in Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’?Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman asks a good question (as only a religion reporter can) about the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Jul 28, 2015
Books

20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

You need to check out this new resource from J.D. Greear on how your church can be a Great Commission church.
20 Truths from Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

1. Jesus did not say come and grow, but come and die. (17)

2. We live by losing. We gain by giving away. What we achieve by building our personal platform will never be as great as what God achieves through what we give away in faith. (18)

3. Study after study shows that ...

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Jul 28, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/28/15

Accountability for Sex offenders; Dealing with Criticism; Index of Culture
Morning Roundup 7/28/15
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A careful grace: Accountability for sex offenders in the churchBoz Tchvidjian

I’ve written a lot about protecting children (here, here, and more) and even have hosted Boz on the blog. I’ve also been thinking about how we might best be a place of grace for ...

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Jul 27, 2015
Church Planting

Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

Which church planting model is best for you? Multiple options exist, and it can be tough to decide.
Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models (Part 1)

We just got another car. Well, truthfully, Donna (my wife) made me get one. To be completely honest, she went and bought it and brought it home and basically said, "You're getting another car."

You see, I hate car buying. I hate picking the right make and ...

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Jul 27, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 7/27/15

Donald Trump's Faith; Burning Man 2015; Evangelicals and Gay Marriage
Morning Roundup 7/27/15
Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Trump believes in God, but hasn't sought forgivenessEugene Scott

More fascinating stuff on the faith of the candidates. This time, a good story from CNN’s Eugene Scott.

Burning Man 2015Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

I will be sharing more about ...

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Jul 26, 2015
Mission

Feed My Starving Children: A Miami Mission Experience

I am thankful for the ways Christ Fellowship Church seeks to serve the weak and hungry.
Feed My Starving Children: A Miami Mission Experience

I am in Miami right now, between services at Christ Fellowship, and I thought I'd post about a service project I participated in the last time I was here.

As I’ve mentioned before, Christ Fellowship is a large church of about 10,000—we call that a gigachurch—so ...

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Jul 24, 2015
Interview

Living on Mission in Your Community: An Interview with Pastor Clayton Reed

I am thankful for the ministry of Clayton Reed and for how he serves his community.
Living on Mission in Your Community: An Interview with Pastor Clayton Reed

Ed Stetzer: Clayton, what does it mean to you to be given the “Citizen of the Year” award at the 2015 Southlake Chamber of Commerce banquet?

Clayton Reed: It was totally unexpected. There were a number of local people nominated that had deep, longstanding ties to ...

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Jul 24, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: July 24, 2015

Woodpecker; Vitamins; Same Management
Church Signs of the Week: July 24, 2015

Even a woodpecker uses his head, so perhaps it's time for you to use yours.

I just don't understand.

Classic church sign. I hope your church never changes its management!

Thanks to Derrick Lemke, Aaron Telecky, Thomas Horrocks for sending these in. As always, ...

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Jul 23, 2015
Thinkers

Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 3

Elizabeth finishes her series on renting to churches of other cultures with some helpful concluding advice.
Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 3

Can sharing facilities with immigrants prepare churches to become multiethnic?

My last two posts have contended that rental relationships between host-culture churches and immigrants can work for certain purposes, as long as decision-makers understand everyone’s true ...

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