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Dec 14, 2017
sanctification, holiness

The Sanctification Gap

The call to die is really a call to experience life the way we were meant to.
The Sanctification Gap

There is a gap of action and desire in Christian holiness today. The Christian is called to follow Jesus, become more like Him, and die to self. Most Christians know that God is calling them to live a life of holiness and submission to Christ, yet few actually act on these desires. ...

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Dec 13, 2017
hero, leadership, discipleship, exponential

Young Leaders Embrace the Idea of Hero Making

Young leaders measure success differently.
Young Leaders Embrace the Idea of Hero Making
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“We are looking for 50 church planters who we can help to plant 50 new churches in and around the city of Atlanta.”

These are the aspirations of 36-year-old James Griffin, lead pastor of CrossPoint City Church, who—along with Jason Gerdes of Revolution Church—are ...

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Dec 7, 2017
mental illness, suicide, depression

Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.

Depression is an illness. Like diabetes.
Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.
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Pastor Bill Lenz, founder and pastor of Christ the Rock Community Church, took his own life Monday afternoon. Here is what Christ the Rock CC said in a public announcement:

Bill had been suffering from depression for the last three months. He was seeing a counselor and doctor, ...
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Nov 24, 2017
inclusive, leadership, diversity, multi-ethnic

Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World

Are you close friends with someone who is significantly different?
Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World
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As a PhD student studying inclusive leadership,* I’m exploring how leaders effectively assemble a diverse team of people and then ensure their different perspectives are included and valued.

I’m curious to know…

  • How can a team of missionaries from different parts of the globe effectively work together to reach others for Christ?
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Nov 22, 2017
leadership, priorities, delegation, efficiency

Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better

Leadership, at its most basic level, involves the leading of people.
Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better
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Being a leader is tiring. When I was pastoring in Buffalo in the early 90s, I was responsible for EVERYTHING. You name it, I did it:

Make the bulletins. Check.

Visit the hospitals and sick. Check.

Preach the message. Check.

Lead worship. Check. (I am still apologizing to Jack Hayford ...

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Nov 9, 2017
parent, adoption, biracial

I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys

As a bi-racial family, how should we raise our children?
I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys
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I’m white. My son is black.

More accurately, my first born is an olive-toned Native American, and my youngest is black. I’m Slovenian and my husband is Irish. We are both olive. Until our second son was born—the black son—no one ever saw our family as ...

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Nov 2, 2017
autonomy, interdependence, isolationism

The Dark Side of Autonomy

The scope of the mission of God is beyond the capacity of any singular local church
The Dark Side of Autonomy
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Children crave autonomy. Whether they are trying to get dressed in the morning, make something for lunch, or ride a bike around the block. There seems to be something in human nature that causes us to desire to do things for ourselves. For children, this process is normal and ...

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Nov 1, 2017
church life, newcomer, lunch, hospitality

Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch

Include church members that are good at making people feel welcome
Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch
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We’ve all heard the old adage about the revolving church door. People come in and, before we know what happened, they leave, never to return. But what if this didn’t have to be the case? How do we treat those visiting or relatively new to our churches in ways that ...

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Oct 24, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

5 Things Leaders Need to Give Up

Leading means partnering and partnering means sacrificing.
5 Things Leaders Need to Give Up
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There’s a great saying that good leaders don’t see people as impediments—they seek to make people partners. But to implement this approach to leadership in daily life, we need to realize that partnering with people means sacrificing for them. Drawing from Brad ...

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Oct 20, 2017
John Piper, Evangelical, Multiethnic, Lecrae

More on Leaving White Evangelicalism: A Response from Bryan Loritts

People of color need to establish our own conferences, organizations, and networks.

LaVar Ball is onto something. It’s time for Jesus-loving minorities to stop begging for a seat at white folks’ tables. Like the Big Baller Brand, which was founded by basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball, we need to establish our own tables. Unlike ...

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Oct 18, 2017
social media, facebook, twitter, instagram, pastors

3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media

Church leaders need to be in social media spaces

Social media use is pervasive in American culture today. The various social media platforms we use are the 21st century version of the town square—they are modern-day spaces to exchange ideas, learn the news, and more.

Once upon a time, it was trendy to think that social ...

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Oct 17, 2017
theology, podcast

John the Baptist and Baptism (Theology for Life)

Hosted by Drs Ed Stetzer and Lynn Cohick
John the Baptist and Baptism (Theology for Life)

In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk about John the Baptist and different baptismal traditions. How should we view baptism, and what do we find in Scripture? What’s happening in baptism? And what’s the role of repentance in baptism?

Dr. Lynn Cohick ...

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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, discipleship, leadership

Can We Talk? The Story of One Texas Church's Road to Evangelism

A gospel-centered church is where the people share the gospel.

We often find that God does his greatest work out of times of difficulty. For me as a pastor, 2013 was a difficult year. Our community was facing rapid demographic changes that were bringing transition to our own church membership. Large numbers of first-generation immigrants ...

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Oct 15, 2017
pastor, bivocational, marketplace, evangelism

Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity

One-third of American pastors are bivocational.
Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity
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One of the most vital yet understudied streams of church ministers is the bivocational pastor. This is that pastor who, either out of necessity or intentionality, works as both the pastor of a local church and in the secular marketplace.

Already, more than one-third of all American ...

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Oct 14, 2017
kenya, evangelical, democracy, public square

Dispatches from Kenya

Kenyan evangelicals were a petri dish in the grand experiment of public square engagement.
Dispatches from Kenya
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The Academy Award winning Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, gives visual cadence to the beauty of the majestic landscape of East Africa. While too slow in pace, its cinematography captures what is so beguiling about that land.

One cannot wander in a four-wheeled ...

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