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Jun 1, 2015
Canada

The State of Evangelicalism in Canada

What do Canadian evangelicals believe, and how are they viewed by Canada as a whole? Some new stats provide insight.
The State of Evangelicalism in Canada
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A study on religion and faith in Canada conducted by the Angus Reid Institute was released a few weeks ago detailing the views of various faiths in Canada and how Canadians perceive faith and religion as a whole. It is a fascinating study, and I think some of its data is ...

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May 31, 2015
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Concordia University Irvine and the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference (Pittsburgh)

Join us in either Irvine, CA or Pittsburgh, PA this week for two great conferences.
Saturday is for Seminars: Concordia University Irvine and the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference (Pittsburgh)

Tuesday, June 2nd—Great Commission Summit at Concordia University Irvine (Irvine, CA)

This coming Tuesday, I will be speaking at the Great Commission Summit at Concordia University in Irvine, California. I will speak twice on Tuesday morning, and the other keynote ...

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May 29, 2015
Books

20 Truths from A Field Guild to Everyday Mission

What does it look like to live on mission in the routine of everyday life?
20 Truths from A Field Guild to Everyday Mission

1. Fix broken things: Jesus saw blindness and other disabilities as symbolic of spiritual brokenness; we can to. Pick up trash, paint fences, help a neighbor with rehab, or clean a park.

2. Be generous: Sacrifice your time, money, and resources for the good of others. This ...

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May 29, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: May 29, 2015

Snowbirds; Summers; Our Sundays
Church Signs of the Week: May 29, 2015

Guess it's time to start getting to church a little bit later to slip in the back.

Well alrighty then!

This is quite a statement. Can someone verify?

Thanks to Michael Burgett, Justin Dennis, and Steven Mosley for sending these in. As always, send me your signs ...

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May 28, 2015
Thinkers

Loving Individuals Who are Hurting: Tips on Navigating Trauma and Grief

How do you come alongside someone who is dealing with a traumatic situation? Psychologist Sarah Rainer helps.
Loving Individuals Who are Hurting: Tips on Navigating Trauma and Grief

As someone trained to work with psychological trauma, I recognize that I hold an interest in a topic that makes many people feel uncomfortable. Words like death, refugee, torture, and suicide are not your typical lighthearted topics discussed at weekend social events. However, ...

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May 28, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/28/15

Replying to "The State of the PCA"; Evangelicals Search for Credibility; Casual Christianity
Morning Roundup 5/28/15
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Dear Bryan: Replying to "The State of the PCA"—Rick Phillips

So, I featured Bryan Chapell’s letter on the state of the PCA. Well, it turns out that others have replied. Here’s one.

Evangelicals and the Search for CredibilityJake Meador

And, ...

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May 27, 2015
Australia

Australian Christianity: An Interview with the Australian Bible Society

Recent Pew data revealed Christianity's place in America. What is Christianity like in Australia?
Australian Christianity: An Interview with the Australian Bible Society
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I was in Australia recently, on a bit of a tour, working with several schools and organizations, including Christian Media Australia, Ridley College, St. Phillips York Street Anglican, Mentone Baptist Church, The Geneva Push, Moore Theological College, and Queensland Theological ...

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May 26, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/27/15

The Catholic Church's American Downfall; The Evangelical Advantage; Overestimation of LGBT Community
Morning Roundup 5/27/15
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The Catholic Church’s American downfall: Why its demographic crisis is great news for the countryPatricia Miller

It’s all about polls today… First, take a look at how progressive writers use the data about Catholicism.

What is interesting is that ...

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May 26, 2015
Books

20 Truths from Discipling and Multiplying Leaders by John Amstutz

What can we learn about leadership from the lives of Paul and Peter?
20 Truths from Discipling and Multiplying Leaders by John Amstutz

1. Who a leader becomes and is as a person is of greater significance than ability or accomplishments, for what we do flows out of who we are. (14)

2. Faith pleases God. It believes he exists and rewards those who sincerely seek him. (18)

3. The making of a leader is ...

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May 26, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/26/15

Marriage Rate Hits Low; Evangelical Stability; Theology Feud in Arizona
Morning Roundup 5/26/15

U.S. marriage rate hits new low and may continue to declineLois Collins

Marriage is continuing to decline, but the trends are mixed.

Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America—Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

I don't think I ever linked to the ...

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May 25, 2015
Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made

Remember the lives people have given to maintain the freedom we have to worship in this country.
Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made
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Although I am in Brazil, I think that patriotic days like this are important—and as a dual citizen, of the United States and the Kingdom of God, I celebrate these days even when I am far away.

So, today, my family and I will take a moment, thank God for the freedom ...

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May 22, 2015
Science

3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science

A lot of Christians are nervous about engaging science, but should we be?
3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science
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I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd, and it appears I have passed that attribute on to my children. As I start this essay, my daughter has just shown me her clay model of the surface of the skin, complete with labels of the various layers.

Obviously, your first ...

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May 22, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: May 22, 2015

Holy Spirit; First Baptist Church; Parking Spots
Church Signs of the Week: May 22, 2015

I'm not quite sure that's how it works...

Repetition is key.

That's one way to enforce the parking rules, I suppose.

Thanks to Nathan Holder and John Whittaker for sending these in. As always, send me your signs via Twitter to @EdStetzer.

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May 21, 2015
Thinkers

Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 2

When pastors consider renting to churches from other cultures, they must examine their motives.
Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 2

Generous hospitality can benefit immigrant congregations and their North American hosts, but it’s important to understand your motives first.

Last month, I referred to a common scenario: an immigrant congregation seeks space for worship services, and an established church ...

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May 21, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 5/21/15

Christians Learning from Business; Arizona Church Wars
Morning Roundup 5/21/15
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What Christians Can Learn from Secular Business ThinkingMatt Perman

I got to hang out with Matt recently during our Gospel Projectbroadcast. I love what he is writing, but I will tell you what I told him. His stuff is great, but it disappoints me that too many Calvinists ...

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