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Nov 30, 2016
Christianity, 21st century

Thriving at the Edges of the World

E. Stanley Jones calls us to radical conservatism and a conservative radicalism.

The edges of the world capture our attention. Think of frontiers such as the frozen mountains of Antarctica, the Australian outback, or the Amazon jungle. They are places of great opportunity and, at the same time, filled with unknown threats.

As Americans, we have long been ...

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Nov 17, 2016
election 2016, race in america

The Election Forces Us to Talk about Race

One of the Church’s great challenges is unity in a very divided country.
The Election Forces Us to Talk about Race

Our country has elected a new President who was able to uncover a great deal of anxiety and frustration with our government. From social concerns like the economy or ethical concerns like Supreme Court judges, President-elect Donald Trump made a case that resonated with major ...

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Nov 14, 2016
hospitality, welcome, gospel

The Hospitable Gospel

Jesus modeled hospitality in the Gospels and commanded it in Acts
The Hospitable Gospel

There is no greater news than this: “The God of the Universe knows you and loves you, and all of your sins and wrong doing. He forgives at His expense in Christ.”

In fact, Scripture says, “God proves His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died ...

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Nov 11, 2016
Election 2016, Republican, Democrat, Evangelical

What Do White Evangelicals Owe People of Color in Trump’s America They Helped Create?

We carry each other’s burdens now so we can cry out with one voice for eternity.
What Do White Evangelicals Owe People of Color in Trump’s America They Helped Create?

In 2010, visual artist Gene Schmidt embarked on a journey using Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, as his canvas. Schmidt used panels of scrap wood to recreate 1 Corinthians 13 and laid it out against buildings and along sidewalks throughout the city. His work of art ...

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Nov 10, 2016
Election 2016, Republican, Democrat, Evangelical

No, Evangelical Does Not Mean "White Republican Who Supports Trump"

Labels matter. So do definitions. Evangelicals are best defined by their beliefs.
No, Evangelical Does Not Mean "White Republican Who Supports Trump"

Having worked in church and culture research for over a decade, I can tell you that one of the most-asked questions is about the category of Evangelicals.

It has been this way for a long time, but this election has brought it to the top of everyone’s list.

With 4 of 5 White ...

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Nov 9, 2016
Election 2016, Republican, Democrat, Evangelical

Lovekindness: A Post-Election Path for Christians in America

Democracy sees the value of dialogue for the common good.
Lovekindness: A Post-Election Path for Christians in America

Where do we go from here?

It is November 9, and after an exhaustingly long, divisive election that has at times felt apocalyptic, America now has a new President-elect, Donald Trump. But while there has been resolution to the long-contested question of who will occupy the White ...

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Nov 8, 2016
Election 2016, Republican, Democrat, Evangelical

Trumped: American Politics Turned Upside Down

Evangelicals made Trump’s candidacy; now they need to help remake his presidency.
Trumped: American Politics Turned Upside Down

Tonight, maps were redrawn. Political realities were upended. America was redirected—and, for good or for ill, Evangelicals were a big part of that reality. White Evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the general election, after propelling his campaign in the ...

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Nov 7, 2016
election, evangelical, republican, democrat, independent

An Interview with Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin on Why Evangelicals Should Not Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

Independent candidate invites people of all faiths to join a new conservative movement
An Interview with Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin on Why Evangelicals Should Not Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

Ed: What is going on in Utah? People of faith, Mormons, have bucked a decades-long Republican trend and you may be the first independent candidate to win a state in decades. What’s going on?

Evan: I think a lot of people have this traditional understanding of Utah as a ...

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Nov 4, 2016
Go Cubs Go

Weekend Edition - Cubs Win!

Cubs beat Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning of the 7th game of the 2016 World Series
Weekend Edition - Cubs Win!

Here are a few articles and series as our weekend roundup this week!

Reclaiming Dignity in Public Discourse | Darrell L. Bock, Mark L. Bailey

Dear Christian, You’ve Been Called to Mission | Zane Pratt

Engaging Women in Mission Leadership | Wendy Wilson

Church Signs

but after ...

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Nov 2, 2016
Election 2016, politics, Donald Trump

Evangelicals: This Is What It Looks Like When You Sell Your Soul For A Bowl Of Trump

When your ethics change based on wanting something to be one way or another (or one person to win or not), that's the definition of selling your soul.
Evangelicals: This Is What It Looks Like When You Sell Your Soul For A Bowl Of Trump
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Character matters for elected officials. At least that's what Evangelicals used to think.

The graph tells the story:

Five years ago, white Evangelical Protestants were the most heavily Republican voting bloc in the country, and also the group most concerned about the private ...

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Nov 1, 2016
evangelical, marriage

Evangelicals Across the Spectrum Are Clarifying Marriage as a Core Belief

For Evangelicals, same-sex marriage is not an "agree to disagree" issue.
Evangelicals Across the Spectrum Are Clarifying Marriage as a Core Belief

Marriage, as Jesus defines it in Matthew 19—where a man leaves his father and mother and joins with his wife in covenant marriage—is a core evangelical belief.

It might not seem that way these days, when we hear of a few people making news by changing their views ...

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Oct 28, 2016
halloween, trick or treat, trunk or treat, harvest festival

Don't Waste the Opportunity: 4 Reasons You Should Go Trick or Treating This Weekend

New poll asks "What are pastors telling their congregations?"
Don't Waste the Opportunity: 4 Reasons You Should Go Trick or Treating This Weekend

I know lots of Christians who avoid Halloween. I did years ago. I get it and even respect it, depending on how you handle it.

Many churches put on wonderful events as Halloween alternatives, and I understand their goal. The last church I planted did so. Some churches do it due ...

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Oct 21, 2016
racial reconciliation
Race in America: The Golden Rule: A Call to R.E.P. Christ Well

The context of most of our cities today is increasingly urban. We live in dense and diverse neighborhoods which embody the beauty and complexity of multiethnic people coming from multicultural backgrounds living in multi-socioeconomic situations.

Even if you live in the suburbs, ...

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Oct 19, 2016
racial reconciliation

Race in America: Pushing Forward on the Heels of the 'Voiceless'

Co-founder and director of the Voices Project and college pastor at Kilns College
Race in America: Pushing Forward on the Heels of the 'Voiceless'

It seems that when certain people are threatened, that the standard protocol is to declare a state of emergency.

My belief, along with many others, is that we have a state of emergency and it is for the dignity of Black lives. The uprising in Charlotte last month is a reminder ...

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Oct 18, 2016
republican, democrat, evangelical

Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Refusing to Play the Game, Profaning the Idol of Presidential Politics

Author and professor will vote down-ballot, but will not vote for a candidate for president.
Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Refusing to Play the Game, Profaning the Idol of Presidential Politics

I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump this November, but it’s not that both candidates are equally unworthy. According to my analysis, Clinton is worthy of at least consideration. Trump is a non-starter. (You can read more about the differing opinions ...

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