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Jul 4, 2016
Church

Engaging the Elections at Church

How to pastor your congregation during the campaign season.
Engaging the Elections at Church

With billions of dollars spent on presidential campaigns every four years, it is almost impossible for anyone who has a radio, television, computer or smart phone to ignore the barrage of news, advertisements and commentary on America’s favorite pastime: politics.

When ...

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Jul 1, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 1, 2016

Care for Refugees, America Divided, Church Signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 1, 2016

Evangelicals and refugees: Care first, conversion maybe laterAdelle M. Banks

Love and care may open the door to the gospel, but even if not we should love and care.

Today’s Betrayal of Women by the Female Bloc on SCOTUSDr. Gerard Nadal

Razor sharp analysis ...

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Jun 30, 2016
Thinkers

Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

How do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do?
Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

Who will be our next president? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind. In light of the upcoming presidential election, economic questions like, “Should we trade with China?” or “How do we pay for our debt?” are swirling in the minds of ...

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Jun 29, 2016
Church

Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The future of evangelicalism includes harsh realities for churches.
Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The enduring question for the church is this: how do we fulfill the Great Commission in a rapidly changing world?

We—the church of the West—receive no exception from the question.

But it appears that despite our best efforts to keep up with the ever-morphing values ...

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Jun 28, 2016
Church

3 Challenges in Urban Ministry

Urban ministry engages depravity, longevity and community.
3 Challenges in Urban Ministry

While cities are an excellent place for gospel advancement, urban ministry is not without its challenges. Some of these challenges can be better explained by three words: depravity, longevity and community.

Depravity is everywhere, not just cities

Quite a few Christians view cities ...

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Jun 27, 2016
Church Planting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Church)

Birthing a new church is not without pain.

A mother church experiences stress when birthing. The pains are physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial. Starting a new church sounds exciting, but a church needs to prepare for this birth in the some similar ways that a mother prepares for a new baby.

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Jun 25, 2016
Evangelism

Gospel-Centered Evangelism for a Multiethnic World

So what does high-definition evangelism look like?
Gospel-Centered Evangelism for a Multiethnic World

The vast majority of local churches in America are not growing.

This should break our hearts. This statistic means that more and more people in America don’t know the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. This fact will increase divorce, addiction, injustice, greed, sexual ...

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Jun 24, 2016
Evangelism

The Nations Have Come to Our Cities

We cannot overlook the influx of "the nations" ready for the gospel.
The Nations Have Come to Our Cities

Our first public service for Church of the Beloved launched on a cold Saturday afternoon in the diverse Near West Side of Chicago, surrounded by different African American, Mexican, Chinese, even historically Italian neighborhoods. Within walking distance is the University of ...

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Jun 24, 2016
Religious Liberty

California's Religious Liberty Moment—Coming to a State Near You

On the verge of a precedent that should not be set.
California's Religious Liberty Moment—Coming to a State Near You
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The California legislature is poised to consider legislation that could destroy the ability of numerous faith-based colleges and universities to pursue the mission for which they were created. SB 1146, one of two similar bills recently introduced into the California legislature, ...

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Jun 24, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—June 24, 2016

Church members, Stats, Singing Scripture, Church Signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—June 24, 2016

Five Reasons It Is So Painful For A Pastor To Lose A Church MemberThom Rainer

If you are a pastor who hasn’t suffered this pain, you will.

Singing Scripture is really good for youAaron Armstrong

And the psalms are a great example of it.

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Jun 23, 2016
Thinkers

As goes the mainline, so goes the nation

Many traditional mainline churches are literally dying on the vine.
As goes the mainline, so goes the nation

The next President of the United States will likely be a self-identified mainline Christian.

Hillary Clinton is a member of the United Methodist Church and Donald Trump continues to assert that he is a Presbyterian. However, Clinton does not align with the UMC on the exclusivity ...

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Jun 23, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—Is Not White

Southern Baptists will not both grow and remain a majority white denomination.
The Future of the SBC—Is Not White
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One of the highlights of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting was the panel on racial reconciliation. Then-president Ronnie Floyd convened a stellar line-up of pastors and leaders—White, Black, Asian, Latino—to discuss some of the issues that ...

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Jun 22, 2016
Evangelism

What the Tower of Babel Can Teach Us about Our Desire for True Gospel Witness

Foundational to following Jesus is that we live by faith and not fear!
What the Tower of Babel Can Teach Us about Our Desire for True Gospel Witness

Psychologists tell us that the primary way people deal with fear is avoidance. We just stay away from people and places that cause us anxiety. And what causes us anxiety? The unfamiliar, the unknown. That’s why most of us prefer safe, familiar, homogenous environments ...

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Jun 22, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—State Conventions

4 ideas from small denominations.
The Future of the SBC—State Conventions
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A significant part of the current Southern Baptist attendance decline rests on the asking if our methods are missiologically appropriate. If we were to honestly assess our churches by state convention, we would see we have not been as successful in the pioneer or new work states ...

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Jun 21, 2016
Denominations

The Future of the SBC—Local Associations

Associations have a chance to demonstrate their value to local churches.
The Future of the SBC—Local Associations
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As geographic concerns lessen through the use of technology, churches are forming networking partnerships that unite churches around theological and missiological concerns.

That’s generally called associationalism.

These networks did not, and could not, exist 20 years ago—due ...

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