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Aug 29, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "We Don't All Look Alike," a guest post by Carl Ellis, Jr.

Carl Ellis, Jr. shares a bit about what fueled his rage following Michael Brown's funeral.
It's Time to Listen: "We Don't All Look Alike," a guest post by Carl Ellis, Jr.

A quiet rage has been inside me since the shooting of Michael Brown on August 15 — a rage I kept under control as I tried to be objective and resist being manipulated by the strident and predictable rhetoric surrounding this senseless killing. However, as I watched ...

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Aug 26, 2014
Race

It's Time To Listen: "The Importance of Perspective," a guest post by Stacy Hilliard

Former police officer Stacy Hilliard shares about the importance of perspective in situations like that in Ferguson, MO.
It's Time To Listen: "The Importance of Perspective," a guest post by Stacy Hilliard

The Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO is troubling to me for two reasons: 1) I am an African American, and 2) I am a former police officer. Both play a vital role in shaping my view of the Ferguson incident and other incidents similar to Ferguson around the country in ...

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Aug 25, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "The Lie," a guest post by Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper shares some reflections upon returning home from Ferguson, Missouri about the lie we still believe.
It's Time to Listen: "The Lie," a guest post by Lisa Sharon Harper

Sometimes national events make plain the yawning distance between disparate worlds. The slaying of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, on Saturday, August 9 was just such a moment.

That moment triggered a series of responses and counter responses by ...

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Aug 23, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "How We Can Learn From One Another," a guest post by Philip Fletcher

Pastor Philip Fletcher shares how people of different ethnicities can work together.
It's Time to Listen: "How We Can Learn From One Another," a guest post by Philip Fletcher

When the peace of an individual, family, or community is shattered, everyone suffers. Every difficult situation offers us an opportunity to reflect and inwardly determine where we position ourselves in relationship to others. We are a beautiful people whom God has knit together ...

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Aug 22, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? (Part 2)," a guest post by Leonce Crump

Pastor Leonce Crump, in part one of a two part mini-series, addresses systemic injustice.
It's Time to Listen: "Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? (Part 2)," a guest post by Leonce Crump

A System of Injustice

Many have asked me in regard to the events in Ferguson, “Where’s the injustice here? Where’s the injustice in this case?” They follow it with requests for proof: “Has there been an unbiased account of what actually happened?” ...

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Aug 21, 2014
Race

It's Time to Listen: "Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? (Part 1)," a guest post by Leonce Crump

Pastor Leonce Crump, in part one of a two part mini-series, addresses systemic injustice.
It's Time to Listen: "Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? (Part 1)," a guest post by Leonce Crump

Working Toward Whiteness

“I’m sorry for being white!” His comment glowed from the computer screen with such weight that for a moment it was as if it was etched there permanently. What, you may wonder, was the context of this comment? It was written on ...

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Aug 15, 2014
Communication

Stop Being a Mouthpiece for Satan: A guest post by David Lindell

By God's grace, use your words for the encouragement, not the destruction, of others.
Stop Being a Mouthpiece for Satan: A guest post by David Lindell
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I tend not to think of myself as a mouthpiece for Satan; in fact, I prefer to see myself in the opposite light. This is why a passage tucked near the end of the New Testament is so troubling for me. The third chapter of James deals explicitly with our words. While we expect ...

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Aug 1, 2014
Contexualization

Engaging an Ever-Changing Culture With a Never-Changing Gospel

Avoid church culture pendulum swings—concern yourself with proclaiming the gospel.
Engaging an Ever-Changing Culture With a Never-Changing Gospel
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People have a tendency to get willfully locked into their way of doing ministry.

In so doing, we end up loving the particular way that we do church more than the particular people our church has been called to reach.

I've said many times before that if the 1950s were ...

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Jul 23, 2014
Politics

Faith and Politics: Living the Golden Rule

At the intersection of faith and politics, Christians must consider the Golden Rule.
Faith and Politics: Living the Golden Rule
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The political atmosphere at this moment in history in the United States, and around the world, is a tumultuous one. As tensions mount in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, foreign policy within American politics is being more hotly debated than it has in the last few years. We're ...

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Jul 15, 2014
Contexualization

Avoiding the Pitfall of Syncretism

Churches and pastors must respect the razor's edge between obscurantism and syncretism.
Avoiding the Pitfall of Syncretism
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A quick search for the word "contextualization" on this blog will reveal how important I believe it is for the church that truly wants to engage in God's mission. I have written and spoken on the subject extensively. And though I don't believe it to be the ...

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Jul 9, 2014
Research

Everything Is Terrible: How Bad Stats Fuel Disillusionment

What's terrible is bad stats and the impact they have
Everything Is Terrible: How Bad Stats Fuel Disillusionment
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"Everything is awesome."

I can say those words and there are those of you who have just had your day ruined by an inanely catchy tune you can't turn off. The musical parody from The Lego Movie just sticks to your brain.

However, if we are good students of ...

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Jul 8, 2014
Contexualization

Beware of Obscurantism

Christians must not obscure the gospel by seeing other issues as more important.
Beware of Obscurantism
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"I can't go to your church, I'm not a Republican."

That was what a pastor friend of mine heard from a neighbor to whom he was reaching out. He eagerly replied, "You don't have to be!" to which his friend responded, "But everyone at your ...

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Jul 2, 2014
Communication

How to Receive Criticism: 2 Types of Critics Who Can Teach You

We must be able to learn from friendly and unfriendly critics: both usually have something helpful to say.
How to Receive Criticism: 2 Types of Critics Who Can Teach You

I'm working through a blog series on criticism. I started with how to give criticism, which is a lot easier. That series included articles including:

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Jun 30, 2014
Religious Liberty

Hobby Lobby Wins: Where Do We Go from Here?

Supremes End Legal Debate: This WAS about Religious Liberty
Hobby Lobby Wins: Where Do We Go from Here?
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The U. S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in religious liberty—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs.

The High Court's Ruling

The ruling in favor ...

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Jun 24, 2014
Church

Hillsong Church at a Glance

What is Hillsong Church like, beyond the music that just about everyone sings?
Hillsong Church at a Glance
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The 30-year story of Hillsong Church is fascinating.

I've had several reporters ask about the lately as they celebrate their 30th. In prep for some of those interviews, including for this story, my team has been putting together something of a fact sheet. I'll probably ...

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HOPE International ministry executive and authors Peter Greer and Chris Horst discuss how organizations drift from their original mission in this episode of The Exchange.

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