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May 2, 2016
Mission

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding cultural is crucial to a church's effectiveness.
Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Now, that does not mean that eveything is on the table. There are marks of a biblical church that matter in every cultural setting. However, ...

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Apr 21, 2016
Thinkers

9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

Countering extremism will require a thoughtful effort.
9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

As an Iranian-American, I often get asked about the crisis in the Muslim world. I try to lean into the conversation, knowing a lot of sincere people are grasping for solutions.

In the aftermath of the Iraq War, most Americans want to avoid creating a Vietnam-style scenario in ...

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Apr 8, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—April 8, 2016

Religious liberty, Kindness, Discipleship, and more!
Weekend Edition—April 8, 2016

Down in Georgia, here's what the news media's love of 'religious liberty' scare quotes tells you—Bobby Ross, Jr.

"Journalists" need to use scare-quotes less. It's a form of editorializing.

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Mar 23, 2016
Abortion

The Limited Reach of the Planned Parenthood Videos and What it Says about Us

New LifeWay Research survey reveals many haven't seen them
The Limited Reach of the Planned Parenthood Videos and What it Says about Us

Last year the Center for Medical Progress released a disturbing, yet crucial series of videos on alleged Planned Parenthood business practices. The outrage over what was depicted was appropriate. I questioned some progressive evangelicals who remained silent in the face of such ...

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Feb 22, 2016
Evangelism

Cultural Trends Pastors Should Recognize

Every generation has to consider their context as they live out the mission
Cultural Trends Pastors Should Recognize

An author friend of mine claims our modern church methodology can reach only 30 percent of people in the West. Further, he says we have already reached those 30 percent and that we need to explore other ways to reach the 70 percent who would not attend a church gathering.

Re-read ...

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Feb 18, 2016
Culture

Jazz, Joey Alexander, and a Window on God

A musical prodigy reveals something beyond the material
Jazz, Joey Alexander, and a Window on God
JoeyAlexanderMusic.com

If you fell asleep before the end of the Grammys you can be forgiven. Many people do.

But if so, you may have missed—shoe-horned into the annual "Don't forget about me" speech from The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation President/CEO Neil Portnow, accompanied ...

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Feb 11, 2016
Thinkers

Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 2

D.A. Horton continues his analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement
Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 2

In this part I briefly analyze #BlackLivesMatter as a movement by leveraging the words of the founders regarding: the movement’s definition, their appeal for recognition of Black-centeredness, an often overlooked core value, the movement’s funding, their guiding ...

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Feb 8, 2016
Church

Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity

The decline of nominal Christianity is an opportunity for the gospel
Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity
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There was a time in American history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on where in America you live, it can seem like no one is a Christian. In reality, in our lifetimes, there was never a time when everyone was a Christian, and there will never ...

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Jan 20, 2016
Election 2016

What Have I to Fear

However you vote this year, don't be motivated by fear.
What Have I to Fear
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Fear has always been a factor in democratic elections. During economic recession or war, fear clarifies the choice of the electorate for a candidate who promises to create prosperity and guarantee safety. In sunnier times, fear helps the electorate choose the one who will ...

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Jan 12, 2016

God’s Cleaning His House…the Church

D.A. Horton stops by to talk about how God is cleaning up his bride amidst current events.
God’s Cleaning His House…the Church

God is cleaning house in the American Church. Through current events dealing with ethnicity, race, and systemic oppression, He is exposing our dirty laundry (the systemic segregation in our churches, interpersonal networks, and theological formation) because He loves us.

Specifically, ...

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Jan 12, 2016
Social Justice

#HellenistWidowsMatter: A Parable

What might we learn from the Scriptures about advocating for those who feel wronged?
#HellenistWidowsMatter: A Parable
Fibonacci Blue / Wikipedia

The Hellenist widows were upset. They were being overlooked—treated unjustly.

They did not believe they were valued like the Hebraic widows.

It was hard to avoid the racial and ethnic issues of the conflict.

The Hebraic widows, who were more ethnically aligned ...

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Dec 31, 2015
Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS

How should Christians think about religious liberty? I wrote about it yesterday for Religion News Service.
Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS
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In July of 2015, LifeWay Research published data showing how Americans think of America’s religious landscape. Sixty-nine percent of Americans said that “America is a nation of many religions,” and nineteen percent said America is a “Christian nation.” ...

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Dec 23, 2015
Politics

Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

In the second part of my interview with Senator Marco Rubio, we talk about "lost" people, and how "President Rubio" would share his faith.
Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

On "Lost People"

Ed Stetzer: You used the phrase "lost people" [in your last answer]. So talk to us a little bit about that. What is the role of the Christian, the Catholic, the Evangelical when it comes to sharing with people who are, to use a term you ...

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Dec 22, 2015
Christianity and Islam

Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

A lot of debate has swirled around the similarity (or dissimilarity) of Christianity and Islam lately. What do people think?
Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

Just a few months ago, in October, LifeWay Research published a good amount of data on how Americans, pastors, self-identified evangelicals, and religious service attendees see Christianity and Islam. Today, I wanted to share just a bit of data with you regarding how similar ...

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Dec 21, 2015
Refugees

The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call

When a situation is not understood, the Christian response is often defined by fear.
The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call
James Gordon / Wikipedia

In New York City in the early 1980’s medical doctors began to diagnose a strange and frightening disease. The New York Times reported:

A SERIOUS disorder of the immune system that has been known to doctors for less than a year — a disorder that appears to affect ...
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