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Dec 13, 2014
Race

A Time to Speak, a Live Broadcast from Memphis

Watch a panel discussion on race and the church on Tuesday, December 16th at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.
A Time to Speak, a Live Broadcast from Memphis

We just finished the broadcast. You can watch it now, in DVR format (rewind, fast forward, etc.), by clicking here.

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Bryan Loritts contacted me about moderating a panel on race and the church, following the events that have taken place over the ...

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Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayers of thanksgiving are an overflow of a renewed heart.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Ben Franske / Wikipedia

I'm home today, after spending far too much time on the road this fall.

I just spent a week with Kaitlyn on her 10-year-old trip. (I describe that family tradition here.) Kristen, her older sister, joined us for a day to tour Biola University-- and she is well on her ...

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Nov 25, 2014
Ferguson

Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson Despite the Facts

Regardless of what the grand jury's decision means or what the facts say, we should still care about the people of Ferguson.
Why You Should Still Care about Ferguson Despite the Facts
Jamelle Bouie / Wikipedia

The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson following the death of Michael Brown. Last night, after the grand jury's announcement, peaceful protests quickly turned into violence, arson, and looting.

It breaks my heart ...

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Nov 24, 2014
Ferguson

A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?

The grand jury has made a decision in Ferguson, now we have to make ours. How will we respond?
A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?

In light of the grand jury decision handed down tonight in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, I think it is of utmost importance that all Christians, but specifically white evangelicals, talk a little less and listen a little more.

Or, put another ...

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Nov 16, 2014
Millennials

Sunday is For Series: Reaching the Younger Generation

How can churches reach and retain students and millenials?
Sunday is For Series: Reaching the Younger Generation
Tulane Public Relations / Wikipedia

One of the greatest challenges for the church in the 21st century remains to be how to engage and mobilize millennials and students, who, to some, often appear indifferent to the gospel.

This Sunday I am going to focus on a series of posts that I have written dealing with ...

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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
Daniel Foster / flickr

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
TruettCathy.com

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
campus connection

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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