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Jul 22, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Distractions, Work, a Diverse America, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?Karen Swallow Prior

Paul’s admonition to press toward the mark comes to mind in these days.

Do God’s Will, Not His WorkBethany Jenkins

A great word on how we compete with ourselves and others.

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Jul 20, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2

Larger churches building smaller buildings with community areas are a growing trend.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2
Woodstock City Church

Following building trends isn’t necessarily a hobby of mine, but it is quite interesting. For instance, micro-housing or tiny houses have become increasingly popular, particularly among millennials, and in urban areas with a high cost of living.

But what about church buildings? ...

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Jul 18, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 1

Don't overlook the philosophical importance of worship facilities.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 1

Facilities are important to churches—that’s self evident. In this article—the first in a series on trends in church buildings—I will make a few philosophical observations about church facilities and their importance.

Much ecclesiological conversation these ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 15, 2016

Race, Russia's bad law, Church cookouts, church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 15, 2016

The Pastors Out to Save Millennials’ SoulsAmanda Abrams

Great reminder of the need for planting churches in difficult areas.

The Church at Its Racial Turning PointTheon E. Hill

Thankful for the churches that are stepping up and praying that more will do so.

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Jul 11, 2016
Church

Di-ver-si-ty: Overcoming Homogeneity in Our Churches

Racial diversity in local churches is a preview of eternity.
Di-ver-si-ty: Overcoming Homogeneity in Our Churches

Diversity, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization. It can also mean the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, and the like. ...

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Jul 8, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 8, 2016

Weeping during tragedy, Surrounded by Muslims, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 8, 2016

Will You Weep With Me?Brian Key

After the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Brian Key asks white Christians a simple question: “Will you weep with me?”

Corporate LamentDan Hyun

Dan’s Facebook post provides insight into why various cultures ...

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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
Church

Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Pastors and churches mix patriotism and worship around July 4th.
Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Doubtless most Americans believe America has a special relationship to God. Last year LifeWay Research found:

Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing, according to a September ...
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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 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 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 13, 2016
Evangelism

The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series

The math doesn't lie: Southern Baptists need new evangelistic momentum.
The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series
Cultural challengesA negative view of engaging culture, and being negatively viewed by culture, remains a thorn to SBC effectiveness. And, to be honest, some leaders have exacerbated this problem.Many think being on the front line of the culture wars for decades is "fighting ...
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Jun 3, 2016

"Lord, I Thank Thee That I Am Not like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"

Religious scorn should not flow from our voting choices.
"Lord, I Thank Thee That I Am Not like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"
Wikipedia / Gage Skidmore

In the 18th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells a story about two men who go up to the temple to pray.

One is a Pharisee, known for his strict piety: he fasts twice a week, tithes faithfully, and doesn’t cheat on his wife.

The other, a tax collector, is a train wreck ...

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