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Oct 12, 2014
Contexualization

What is Contextualization? Presenting the Gospel in Culturally Relevant Ways

Contextualization involves an attempt to present the Gospel in a culturally relevant way.
What is Contextualization? Presenting the Gospel in Culturally Relevant Ways

The topic of contextualization arises frequently in contemporary discussions on missiology and ecclesiology. Although it is sometimes controversial, contextualization remains a critical component of effective Gospel communication.[1] The New Testament models the importance ...

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Oct 10, 2014
Manhood

Act Like Men, part 3: Men Treat Women with Respect

Men acting like men do not exploit women. Men respect women.
Act Like Men, part 3: Men Treat Women with Respect
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Since I’m a bit behind on other projects, I have planned to return to this "Act Like Men" series in December. However, a recent article in Vanity Fair caught my attention and brought me back to the series.

Earlier this week, Vanity Fair published the first ...

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Sep 17, 2014
Evangelism

Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches

It's easy for Christians to love each other, but it's important for believers to love others as well.
Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches
Susan Sermoneta / Flickr

It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers.

We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging out with like-minded people who (appear to) “have their stuff ...

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Sep 16, 2014
Manhood

Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness

Men, take your singleness seriously, seek counsel, and be a godly man.
Act Like Men: Serving in Singleness
sveinnbirkir / flickr

In my previous article I talked a little about what it means to act like men spiritually, fighting for godliness, avoiding sin, pursuing God and worshipping Him.

The next few articles are going to flesh out some practical things that will mean for different phases in the lives ...

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Sep 8, 2014
Chick-fil-A

Truett Cathy Has Died: Some Thoughts of the Man and his Mission

Truett Cathy was about much more than chicken sandwiches. He lived on mission.
Truett Cathy Has Died: Some Thoughts of the Man and his Mission
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Truett Cathy was much more than chicken and controversy, he was a man of Christ-like values who lived his life on mission, even when it was difficult.

CNN reported:

The deeply religious founder would go on to open location after location, eventually building an empire ...
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Sep 6, 2014
Religious Liberty

InterVarsity "Derecognized" at California State University's 23 Campuses: Some Analysis and Reflections

Will students with actual beliefs be allowed to have organizations on campus?
InterVarsity "Derecognized" at California State University's 23 Campuses: Some Analysis and Reflections
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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) has been, in modern campus terminology, “derecognized” by California State University schools. Basically, they will no longer be a recognized campus organization on any of the 23 schools in that system. IVCF has been derecognized ...

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Sep 2, 2014
Books

20 Truths from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

Mike Cosper on the way story plays in to who God is and what Jesus has done.
20 Truths from The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper

1. Many Christians were raised to be suspicious of Hollywood entertainment, but all of the warnings seem to have done little to curb what people watch, except, perhaps, to add a patina of shame to any admission of viewing. (17)

2. Storytelling—be it literature, theater, ...

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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
malavoda / flickr

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
Linh H. Nguyen / flickr

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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