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Aug 20, 2015
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Pro-Life Christian or Pro-Justice Christian? Yes.

Are Christians supposed to be pro-life or pro-justice? Kelly Rosati shares: we ought to be both.
Pro-Life Christian or Pro-Justice Christian? Yes.

Do you consider yourself a member of one of these two camps? The recent news about the gruesome harvesting of fetal organs by Planned Parenthood prompted some interesting discussion in this vein. My friend Ed asks some important questions here of his fellow believers.

But ...

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Aug 13, 2015
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3 Reasons Why Your Teaching Style Matters

Pastors and Christian educators: you must be intentional about your teaching style.
3 Reasons Why Your Teaching Style Matters

Teaching and learning weave throughout everyone’s lives in formal and informal ways. In our churches, teaching and learning are sacred, weighty endeavors and the educators in our churches should have clear convictions about both theology and practice. Although aspects ...

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Aug 6, 2015
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Pastors, Counseling, and Mental Health: 6 Guidelines for Pastors to Consider

Mental health issues are too prevalent for pastors to not be counselors. But they must do so wisely.
Pastors, Counseling, and Mental Health: 6 Guidelines for Pastors to Consider

I write this blog with two things in mind: a) Help those with mental illness to receive proper treatment, and, b) Aid pastors that engage in counseling individuals with mental illness. This is not an end-all be-all formula, but provides basic guidance for pastors. With that ...

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Jul 30, 2015
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Go Big or Go Home: How "Big" Has Invaded the Church

Is our obsession with big churches rooted in mission our just our desire for “big”?
Go Big or Go Home: How "Big" Has Invaded the Church

We are a nation in love with big things. We are told to dream big, live large, score high, rack up an impressive following, and measure success in ever-rising numbers. Measuring is key to success—we need proof and we need it often. Trusting in God is all well and good, ...

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Jul 23, 2015
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Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 3

Elizabeth finishes her series on renting to churches of other cultures with some helpful concluding advice.
Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 3

Can sharing facilities with immigrants prepare churches to become multiethnic?

My last two posts have contended that rental relationships between host-culture churches and immigrants can work for certain purposes, as long as decision-makers understand everyone’s true ...

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Jul 9, 2015
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My Journey to Seeing the Goodness of God in the Gift of Sex: A Theology of Sex and Parenting

Francie Winslow stops by the blog to share a fresh perspective for parents on the power of married sex.
My Journey to Seeing the Goodness of God in the Gift of Sex: A Theology of Sex and Parenting

We all want the very best for our kids. It’s in our God-given nature. With tremendous effort we go to great lengths, deep debts and exhausting distances (carpools, practices, lessons, tuitions) to give them the world.

But what if we paused, and took a step back from ...

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Jul 2, 2015
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Three Scenes: The Open Secret in Christian Adoption Circles and Why it Matters to the Church

How will you and your church contribute to the ministry of adoption?
Three Scenes: The Open Secret in Christian Adoption Circles and Why it Matters to the Church

I’m thrilled that my friend Ed has allowed me occasional space here to address matters of interest and concern. In April I wrote about how adoption doesn’t fix children over at her.meneutics. With oversight of Focus on the Family’s adoption and orphan care ...

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Jun 25, 2015
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Fighting Our Fears with God-Given Faith

Trillia Newbell stops by to share about how only God-given faith can erase the fear that so easily captivates us.
Fighting Our Fears with God-Given Faith

The statistics are in and the church is going to hell in a hand-basket… At least that is what you’d think if you watched the flurry of responses to information such as the recent Pew Research Center survey that claimed Christianity is declining. I wonder how ...

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Jun 18, 2015
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On Penalty of Death

Dr. Toby Jennings shares thoughts about death and who decides when we die.
On Penalty of Death

Dreaming of Death

“For a dream comes with much business.” Ecclesiastes 5.3

Wise King Solomon surely was involved in “much business.” Not only was he king of Israel, but he also had seven hundred wives and three hundred consorts. That the king had ...

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Jun 11, 2015
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The True Leadership Win—Passing the Leadership Baton

Selma Wilson is the Vice President of Organization Development at LifeWay, and today she shares her wisdom on passing leadership off to others.
The True Leadership Win—Passing the Leadership Baton

We were at a leadership retreat and I had asked the leaders to be prepared to review their leadership succession plans. One leader shared that the conversation made him feel vulnerable as a leader, like I was making plans to replace him. We had to stop and discuss why leadership ...

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Jun 4, 2015
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Women, Leadership, and Guilt

The church needs women who are committed to being trained to use their gifts in the local church.
Women, Leadership, and Guilt

What happens when you discern a call to ministry that seems totally impractical? What happens when you enroll in seminary without any assurance of a future job?

Those are the uncertainties facing the women I interviewed for my doctoral research last year. I sat down with ...

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May 21, 2015
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Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 2

When pastors consider renting to churches from other cultures, they must examine their motives.
Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 2

Generous hospitality can benefit immigrant congregations and their North American hosts, but it’s important to understand your motives first.

Last month, I referred to a common scenario: an immigrant congregation seeks space for worship services, and an established church ...

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May 14, 2015
Interview

Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse: My Interview with the Assistant District Attorney of Charlotte, NC

My sister-in-law, Kelly Stetzer, shares important information about child abuse and what churches need to know.
Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse: My Interview with the Assistant District Attorney of Charlotte, NC
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Ed Stetzer: What is your experience in dealing with child sexual abuse cases?

Kelly Stetzer: I have been a prosecutor in North Carolina for over fourteen years. For over ten of those years, I have prosecuted child sexual and physical abuse cases exclusively. I have worked with ...

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May 7, 2015
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Church Planting, Thermometers, and Thermostats

Are you merely taking the temperature of the world around you, or are you actually doing something about it?
Church Planting, Thermometers, and Thermostats

Isn’t it easier to point out the wrongdoings of others and tell people what to do, rather than be a part of the solution?

My wife and I have noticed this in our children—they love playing the victim. So whenever there’s conflict, instead of figuring it out ...

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Apr 30, 2015
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2 Ingredients for Leading Ministry Leaders with Mental Illness

How can people with mental illness serve in ministry leadership in their local churches? Heather Palacios shares.
2 Ingredients for Leading Ministry Leaders with Mental Illness

Recently, I was being interviewed about my bipolarity and the interview took a turn in the conversation that it never had before. When the interviewer asked, "How are you able to be in ministry with mental illness?" I had to really think about it. Before I let words ...

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