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Apr 21, 2016
Thinkers

9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

Countering extremism will require a thoughtful effort.
9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

As an Iranian-American, I often get asked about the crisis in the Muslim world. I try to lean into the conversation, knowing a lot of sincere people are grasping for solutions.

In the aftermath of the Iraq War, most Americans want to avoid creating a Vietnam-style scenario in ...

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Mar 21, 2016
Discipleship

Taking the Long View

Live your earthly life with heaven in mind.
Taking the Long View

At some point in our life, each of us has to learn the necessity of taking the long view. Deferred gratification causes us to live differently. We continue our education now so that we’ll have more opportunities after we graduate. We save today so we can have financial ...

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Mar 16, 2016
Leadership

20 Truths from Bound to be Free by D.A. Horton

Nothing in life is like freedom in Christ.
20 Truths from Bound to be Free by D.A. Horton

1. By the Holy Spirit’s empowering (Romans 8:9-13), you can walk in the freedom Christ has provided you with from sin and the encumbrances that weigh you down (Hebrews 12:1-2). (11)

2. I have found that when my focus is on my trajectory, my relationships, my lack of affirmation, ...

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Feb 24, 2016
Preaching

Thinking About Expository Preaching—Part 3

A look at the place of thematic, narrative, and topical preaching
Thinking About Expository Preaching—Part 3

In this three post series, I am trying to clear up some preaching myths and explain my position on the best method. The first post explained why verse-by-verse exposition should be the primary diet from which you feed your church. The second post made the point that verse-by-verse ...

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Feb 11, 2016
Discipleship

Supporting Discipleship Teams

Teams need expectations, definition, communication and proper tools
Supporting Discipleship Teams

One of the more common roles in a church is discipleship leader. Recently, as I was updating Planting Missional Churches for its next edition, Daniel Im and I listed discipleship coordinator as one of the seven key roles in a new church. In other words, someone holding up ...

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Feb 10, 2016
Discipleship

Thinking about Expository Preaching—Part 1

Expository is the best form of preaching, except for the other good styles, too
Thinking about Expository Preaching—Part 1

I preach through books of the Bible not because that method is mandated or modeled in the Bible, but instead because of what the Bible is. Because the Bible is the Word of God without error and inspired throughout, it requires us to treat the words, phrases, and sentences ...

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Feb 8, 2016
Church

Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity

The decline of nominal Christianity is an opportunity for the gospel
Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity
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There was a time in American history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on where in America you live, it can seem like no one is a Christian. In reality, in our lifetimes, there was never a time when everyone was a Christian, and there will never ...

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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
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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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