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Jul 7, 2016
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Border Crossing: 5 Ways to Move Church Voting Beyond the Status Quo

Church voting should reflect vision, not current reality.
Border Crossing: 5 Ways to Move Church Voting Beyond the Status Quo

If your church’s voting isn’t diverse, your church isn’t diverse.

Like many other tribes, my denomination elects regional officers, committees, and boards at conferences during the summer months. Too often, the voting process works against the values we espouse. ...

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Jun 30, 2016
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Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

How do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do?
Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

Who will be our next president? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind. In light of the upcoming presidential election, economic questions like, “Should we trade with China?” or “How do we pay for our debt?” are swirling in the minds of ...

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Jun 16, 2016
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Singled Out

It's time to lay aside our assumptions about singleness.
Singled Out

Singlism: the stigmatization of uncoupled adults, whether divorced, widowed, or ever single.[1]

I picked up the vibe right away. We were standing in a hallway waiting for one or two people from a different department to join us for a casual lunch. As we circled up to make introductions, ...

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May 26, 2016
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The Divorce Delusion: Marriage Matters for the Gospel's Sake

The prevalence of divorce today means Christians should understand marriage even better.
The Divorce Delusion: Marriage Matters for the Gospel's Sake

If you search the Internet for any length of time, you will find site after site, and story after story affirming a new definition of marriage and encouragement to divorce “for happiness sake.” Fact is, the biblical family is facing endangerment and tragically most ...

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May 19, 2016
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The Comparison Game: How You Can Win It and Live Shame Free

Comparison is an extremely destructive thing.
The Comparison Game: How You Can Win It and Live Shame Free

They say that comparison is the thief of joy, and whoever “they” are, I agree with them. If we are always measuring ourselves against our neighbors, who are broadcasting their latest and greatest on Instagram or Facebook, how are we to be content with our own lives? ...

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May 12, 2016
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Motherhood is Missional

Motherhood is discipleship, and it's part of the mission.
Motherhood is Missional

“Children tie the mother’s feet.” That is an old Tamil proverb that means children keep mothers from doing what they want to do. I can sympathize with the feet-tied feeling when my four kids join forces to do away with the interruption-free moments that I envision ...

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May 5, 2016
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Taking Aim at Worship

Why we need to re-orient our worship.
Taking Aim at Worship

What we call something or someone matters. Calling your wife, “old lady” may not produce the same effect as “darling.” Referring to your boss as “bro” or “home-girl” may be the start of a beautiful friendship—or a new job ...

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Apr 28, 2016
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Evangelism or “Elevator Pitch”?

The offer of salvation isn't a sales pitch.
Evangelism or “Elevator Pitch”?

What's the distinction between evangelism and an elevator pitch? If you look at how we actually do evangelism, can you see a real difference in practice?

Is it true most methods of evangelism are little more than elevator pitches? Do you recoil at the suggestion? Most people ...

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Apr 14, 2016
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Make Peace

The Christian's best option is love.
Make Peace

Christians and Muslims in America have an image problem. The rest of the world sees us as intolerant, belligerent, prideful, nationalistic, and extremist. As the daughter of Christian and Muslim parents, I feel like a kid stuck in a bad marriage, trying to salvage my parent’s ...

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Apr 7, 2016
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In God We Trust

Do we really think about what "God" Americans trust?
In God We Trust

Is God really real and if so, do we trust Him? That’s a great individual question and it’s a question being actively debated in the culture over the motto “In God We Trust.”

On the one hand there are those who want to see "In God We Trust" removed ...

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Mar 31, 2016
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It Starts With "Shukran"

Perhaps learning a new language is your next discipleship move.
It Starts With "Shukran"

"I'd like a green tea, please."

The cashier swiped my card as her co-worker put the ingredients into my cup, snapped on the lid, and handed it over the counter without much eye contact; she had already turned to tend to the next customer.

"Shukran!"

She ...

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Mar 24, 2016
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Stepping Off the Plantation

Adrian Crawford examines various angles of racial pressure.
Stepping Off the Plantation

As an African-American pastor of a multi-cultural church, the topic of race and reconciliation is often brought up. I’ve found myself grappling with how to discuss this topic as I often minister to, befriend and work with people of all backgrounds. I’ve wondered ...

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Mar 17, 2016
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Confessions of a Middle-Aged White Woman: 5 Leadership Lessons on the Way to Diversity

Cru leader Cas Monaco shares her journey to racial understanding.
Confessions of a Middle-Aged White Woman: 5 Leadership Lessons on the Way to Diversity

I don’t remember thinking much about race or ethnicity throughout most of my life as a leader. If the topic of diversity happened to surface in ministry settings, my response was generally the same, “Of course everyone is welcome, no matter their color or background. ...

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Mar 10, 2016
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Living in the Fullness of Salvation

We should never forget the present reality of salvation.
Living in the Fullness of Salvation

This past week a colleague asked a number of us exactly what the “fullness of salvation” means. This came after she shared an incredibly powerful image of the salvific work of Christ. Imagine that you are locked inside your bathroom, with no hope of escaping except ...

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Mar 3, 2016
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Parenting in a New Day of Presidential Politics

Amy Whitfield notes how politics has changed in the last two decades
Parenting in a New Day of Presidential Politics

In 1988, I turned twelve. It was an exciting time to watch democracy in action, and it opened up a new world for me. That was the year George Herbert Walker Bush won the road to the White House and became the 41st President of the United States.

A daughter of the Reagan era, ...

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