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Oct 27, 2017
opioid, addiction, crack, war on drugs

A Public Health Emergency: The Opioid Crisis & Our Response

The Church has an opportunity to repent and respond with compassion.

This past year, opioids claimed 59,000 lives in the United States. This number is staggering when we consider those who avoided overdose. Add to this number the impact on families and loved ones and the number grows exponentially.

Yesterday, President Trump moved to declare this ...

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Oct 25, 2017
election, republican, democrat, church, unity, division

The Great Divide (in the Church) in 2016, and Why It Still Matters

It seems we cast more blame than light.
The Great Divide (in the Church) in 2016, and Why It Still Matters
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It’s been eleven months since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. And even as I reflect on the 2016 election now, I still believe it will be remembered for many reasons, including the fact that it was arguably the most divisive election in recent times. ...

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Oct 22, 2017
Burning Man, evangelism, leadership, ministry

Walking in Obedience to the Promptings of God’s Spirit and His Command to Love: Lessons from Burning Man

Many of the people at Burning Man are searching for something to satisfy them spiritually

Burning Man is an annual festival that draws over 70,000 people to the desert of Black Rock City, Nevada, during the week leading up to Labor Day. One of the core values of this community is radical self-expression, which includes things like amazing creativity and artwork, ...

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Oct 19, 2017
20 Truths, book release, getty music

20 Truths from "Sing!"

When we sing we witness to the people in our church who are yet to believe

Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

We are a singing people because it is how God has created us. It’s what we do. And when we do, we’re simply joining in with what the rest of the creation is doing. (8)

God has formed our hearts to be moved ...

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Oct 19, 2017
John Piper, Evangelical, Multiethnic, Lecrae

Open Letter to John Piper on White Evangelicalism and Multiethnic Relations

Lecrae, Truth's Table, and an Asian American ministry leader

Dear John Piper,

In your Desiring God article, you wrote how you didn’t know what Lecrae’s “loosening from ‘white evangelicalism’ means for multi-ethnic relations.” I’d like to attempt to address this.

Before I do, I’d like to offer ...

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Oct 18, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

Engaging in Dialogue: A Response from a Former Marine, Police Officer, and Pastor on Kaepernick

When one person’s rights are violated, everyone’s rights are in jeopardy.

As I understand it, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem was birthed from a conversation between him and an Army Green Beret member during the time when Kaepernick was sitting in protest of what he viewed as unfair treatment of ...

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Oct 10, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA, trump, pence

Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

As Christians, we can (and should) disagree well.
Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

Well, the debate about taking a knee just took an odd turn.

On Sunday, after players at an Indianapolis Colts home game chose to kneel during the national anthem, Vice President Mike Pence decided to walk out of the game. On social media, President Trump signaled that, perhaps, ...

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Oct 7, 2017
hypocrisy, integrity, weinstein, murphy, politics, entertainment
Hypocrisy on Display in Hollywood and in Politics: Responding with Anger and Humility
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Hypocrisy. Even the thought of it makes most of us cringe.

And boy was it on display this week on the right and on the left.

For example, Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual harasser and an abuser of power. Yes, Weinstein created a foundation to support “...women’s ...

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Oct 3, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

Understanding Worldview and the Flag

Michael Lee joins the conversation on Kaepernick’s protest

Following the widespread NFL protests last Sunday, Ed wrote a thoughtful post in which he expressed that he found “such protests disrespectful” and questioned whether the playing of the national anthem was a proper time to protest. Not stating explicitly whether ...

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Oct 2, 2017
shooting, las vegas, mandalay bay, pray

One-on-One with Pastor Vance Pitman on the Tragedy in Las Vegas

My friend Vance pastors Hope Church in Las Vegas.
One-on-One with Pastor Vance Pitman on the Tragedy in Las Vegas
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This morning I wrote on how we can respond to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Today, I also had the opportunity to chat briefly with Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas. Below is what we discussed.

Ed: What’s going on with the churches in Las Vegas ...

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Oct 2, 2017
shooting, las vegas, mandalay bay, pray

3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas: It’s a Powerful (Not Political) Act for Christians

Prayer is not an empty gesture; it's how Christians first respond to tragedy.
3 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas: It’s a Powerful (Not Political) Act for Christians
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This morning, most Americans are waking up to news of another mass shooting—this time in Las Vegas—and, this time, the worst in our country’s history.

We will sit in front of the TV, our regular morning routine put on hold as we see the all-too-familiar images ...

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Sep 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner, Playboy, mourning, legacy

Hugh Hefner, Mourning, and Legacies: Beyond the Pipe and the Robe

Is sex better because of Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91.

Some of you may wonder why I am writing about a man best known for his pipe, his robe, and for taking the sexual revolution and promiscuity to a new level.

If we are honest, we’d be hard pressed to find something affirming to say about ...

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Sep 27, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

There’s No Dishonor in Kneeling: A Response on Colin Kaepernick

Charlie Dates responds to Ed Stetzer's article on Kaepernick’s protest
There’s No Dishonor in Kneeling: A Response on Colin Kaepernick
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Let me rush to acknowledge that the growing racial tensions in America need not create further racial division in the Church of Jesus Christ. I submit these words to you not to intensify an already hostile culture, but to say that the Church must not be silent while bigotry ...

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Sep 26, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

The Helpful History of Minority Demonstrations

John Richards responds to Ed Stetzer's article on Kaepernick’s protest

This weekend, President Trump fired the tweet heard ‘round the sports world. And the sports world—specifically NFL players and owners—responded with protests and demonstrations. As he is apt to do, Ed penned a very thoughtful response to the controversy and ...

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Sep 24, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA

Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot

Free speech is important, but is it always helpful, and how does it relate to employment?
Kaepernick, Speech, and a Job: The Cleat May Soon be on the Other Foot
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Free speech can be quite controversial.

But this shouldn’t be surprising. If we all agreed on everything, we wouldn’t need the First Amendment. Unpopular speech is why we have the First Amendment. And, let me be clear, Colin Kaepernick was exercising his First Amendment ...

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