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Feb 4, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition: February 5, 2016

Engaging in politics, What loves is not, Single Christians, and more
Weekend Edition: February 5, 2016

POLITICS IS NEVER ENOUGHAaron Earls

Aaron Earls is a consistently solid writer, and this post on how Christians engage politics is no exception.

Solo But Not AloneErin Straza

Living single in a mostly married world is always a challenge.

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Feb 3, 2016
Church

The Gettys Spearhead Call For a Global Hymn Sing

Acclaimed hymn writers to reintroduce "Facing a Task Unfinished" on a global scale
The Gettys Spearhead Call For a Global Hymn Sing

Last week, my daughter and I visited with Keith Getty a bit, talking about music, ministry, and her plans. Keith left our meeting to head to a conference call about a new project they are launching. I asked for some info on that to share with you.

As you may know, Keith ...

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Jan 11, 2016
Recovery

The Gospel, Breaking Sinful Patterns, and Addiction

How Steps can bring a new kind of recovery ministry to your church.
The Gospel, Breaking Sinful Patterns, and Addiction

I'm a big believer in recovery from addiction. I've seen the power of recovery among friends and family.

Yet, I'm also a Christian, and an evangelical one, passionate about the gospel.

So, as we talk about recovery and higher powers, I'm convinced that ...

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Jan 5, 2016
Bible Study

The Importance of Gospel-Centered Teaching in Children's Ministry

Children's ministry leaders weigh in on why it is important that they teach children in a gospel-centered way.
The Importance of Gospel-Centered Teaching in Children's Ministry

Ed Stetzer:Why is a gospel-centered, more theological curriculum higher on the shelf for you?

Karen Dolan (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, NY): I would say that I am of the opinion that if we are not teaching a Christ-centered, theologically sound curriculum for ...

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Dec 29, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Teaching Kids the Hard Stuff of Scripture

Teaching the tough, gross stories of the Bible to kids is hard, but it needs to be done.
The Importance of Teaching Kids the Hard Stuff of Scripture
Jacopo Vignali

Ed Stetzer: How do you guys teach the "hard stuff" of the Bible, and further, how do you equip parents to work through those difficult themes/events with their children? It's hard, I know.

Karen Dolan (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY): I don’t have ...

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Dec 25, 2015
Christmas

He Is Born: A Christmas Hymn

A hymn for you as we remember the incarnation today.
He Is Born: A Christmas Hymn

Merry Christmas!

Today I just wanted to share a Christmas hymn that Chris Martin, my blog guru, stumbled across this week on the Internet. It was originally published in French back in 1862. It is called "He Is Born," and the traditional English translation is ...

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Dec 24, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Leading Kids to Love Jesus

I recently asked #kidmin leaders how they help children love Jesus for themselves.
The Importance of Leading Kids to Love Jesus
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Ed Stetzer: How do we avoid teaching moralistic principles, making the focus moralism, but instead at all ages and at all stages making sure people understand the gospel itself.

Lou Cha (Kenwood Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH): I think that one of the important things is you ...

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Dec 22, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Teaching the Big Story, Not Just Morals

It's easy to teach moralism, but it's important to teach more than that.
The Importance of Teaching the Big Story, Not Just Morals

Ed: Why do you think the storyline of the Bible itself is important for kids to know? Why do they need to know the big story?

Lou Cha (Kenwood Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH): As a congregation, we value the whole counsel of Scripture...

It’s like a puzzle and the kids ...

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Dec 4, 2015
Advent

A Christmas Guide To Family Worship

This Christmas season, how might we lead our families to remember Jesus?
A Christmas Guide To Family Worship

Gathering together as a family to spend focused time worshiping God is a wonderful way to center your home on Him. Family worship is a visible reminder to our children that God is worthy of our time, our attention, and our affection. In the hectic ebb and flow of life, it ...

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Nov 12, 2015
Discipleship

Five Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

Small groups are not automatically effective. It takes intentionality to make them accomplish their mission.
Five Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another.

When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied ...

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Nov 11, 2015
Discipleship

Overcoming the Discipleship Deficit

The church must be more vigilant about making disciples and leading people to become more like Jesus.
Overcoming the Discipleship Deficit

The topic of discipleship is one of increasing importance among many believers, and rightfully so. This topic deserves our attention even more today as church leaders realize there is a “discipleship deficit.”

One of the triggers of this term seems to be the ...

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Oct 23, 2015
Discipleship

Let's Rediscover Discipleship

I recently had the opportunity to write the foreword for Robby Gallaty's newest book on discipleship.
Let's Rediscover Discipleship

Why are so many people not growing deeper in their relationship with God?

The Bible tells us that we should be conscious of ourselves and of our teaching. Paul instructs Timothy, “Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to ...

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Sep 30, 2015
Community

Community Matters: Resourcing Transformational Small Groups

What does your small group study? How do you decide?
Community Matters: Resourcing Transformational Small Groups

Community does indeed matter. In this blog series, we've seen that true biblical community is a non-negotiable, and that this kind of biblical community is both counter-cultural and missional in nature.

In light of that biblical imperative, we've also seen the importance ...

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Sep 23, 2015
Community

Community Matters: The Importance of Transformational Small Groups

We must cultivate a multiplying network of small groups that bind the church together.
Community Matters: The Importance of Transformational Small Groups

If we want our churches to be healthy, we will be intentional and strategic in the development and cultivation of a multiplying network of small groups that bind the church together.

As we see it, all groups can have three functions: a connection function, a formation function, ...

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Sep 16, 2015
Community

Community Matters: The Role of Leadership Transformational Groups

The quality and kinds of leaders you have in your community will drastically affect the health of your community.
Community Matters: The Role of Leadership Transformational Groups

This is the second in a series of blog posts in which we are considering relationship between the church's practice of community and transformational small groups.

If community matters (and it does), leadership matters. Leaders can make or break a group. There's been ...

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