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Jan 22, 2015
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Thursday is for Thinkers: Not Caring About Diversity is Not an Option

Trillia Newbell explores why many American churchgoers do not care about diversity.
Thursday is for Thinkers: Not Caring About Diversity is Not an Option

We don’t need to grow in diversity—our church is fine just the way it is. At least that’s what the majority of churchgoers believe.

Segregation within the Church will remain as long as we are content with the status quo—which we are. According to the ...

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Jan 15, 2015
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Border Crossing: A Humbled, Tumbled New Year’s Nativity

Dr. Elizabeth Drury stops by for her monthly column to talk about Christmas decorations and border crossing.
Border Crossing: A Humbled, Tumbled New Year’s Nativity

Perhaps like some of you, my husband and I don't always get the Christmas decorations put away as quickly as we would like.

Somehow, though we love Christmas, the task of hefting ornament boxes up the squeaky attic stairs nags at us, as if a timely cleanup helps to ...

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Jan 8, 2015
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Breaking the Silence After a Gruesome Battle With Cancer: A guest post by Margaret Feinberg

Too often, pastors aren't ready to deal with crises like cancer.
Breaking the Silence After a Gruesome Battle With Cancer: A guest post by Margaret Feinberg

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease; it represents thousands of different diseases with their varying components and factors. This has been through a brutal year through chemotherapy, radiation, and more ...

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Dec 18, 2014
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Honeymoon Marriage…Impossible? A guest post by Francie Winslow

Francie Winslow shares about her marriage and how God can give life to any marriage.
Honeymoon Marriage…Impossible? A guest post by Francie Winslow

This year my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. The first was the most memorable. Six months after our wedding, we were invited by an NGO to do development work in response to the 2004 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia.

Without hesitation, we bought ...

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Dec 11, 2014
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High Stakes Sharing: Reaching Out to Family, a guest post by Nancy Grisham

Working through family dynamics can be difficult, especially in the holiday season.
High Stakes Sharing: Reaching Out to Family, a guest post by Nancy Grisham

When I was growing up, my family had an unwritten code of silence. Even though we were professing Christians we didn’t talk about our faith.

Since we never discussed faith, I wondered if my parents had a relationship with Jesus or if they were just good church goers. ...

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Nov 20, 2014
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Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

Don't make evangelism more complicated than it already is. Trillia shares ways to simplify evangelism.
Evangelism: It’s Too Complicated: A guest post by Trillia Newbell

According to a LifeWay Research study conducted in 2012, 80 percent of church-going American Protestants who attend church one or more times a month believes they have a responsibility to share their faith. Of that same group, however, 61 percent have not shared the gospel ...

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Nov 13, 2014
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What Post-Seminary Evangelicalism is Missing: A guest post by Sharon Hodde Miller

When you discourage seminary, young church leaders miss out on at least one important thing: history.
What Post-Seminary Evangelicalism is Missing: A guest post by Sharon Hodde Miller

Throughout the last year of my life, I have had the privilege of sitting down with female evangelical seminarians to ask them one simple question: why are you here?

These opportunities emerged out of my doctoral research, which investigated the experience of evangelical ...

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Nov 6, 2014
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3 Low Cost/High Impact Family Traditions: A guest post by Kimberly Thornbury

Traditions are the building blocks for strong families. Dr. Kimberly Thornbury shares some of hers.
3 Low Cost/High Impact Family Traditions: A guest post by Kimberly Thornbury

I’m a firm believer that a few low cost household rituals, practiced faithfully, can have a disproportionate positive effect on the everyday busy family. Habits and layering, doing the same things every day, every month or every season are key to shaping individuals ...

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Oct 30, 2014
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Social Media, Civil Discourse, and the Fear of Missing Out: A guest post by Amy Whitfield

Our fear of missing out affects how we discuss with others on social media.
Social Media, Civil Discourse, and the Fear of Missing Out: A guest post by Amy Whitfield

When I entered freshman year at a women’s liberal arts college, I heard a great deal about the benefits of single-gender education for females. One piece of evidence was interesting. We were told that in a classroom with both men and women, the men were statistically ...

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Oct 23, 2014
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Beyond “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone): A guest post by Enoch Wan

Enoch Wan shares about the importance of expanding our horizons regarding "grace alone."
Beyond “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone): A guest post by Enoch Wan
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“Sola gratia” (grace alone) is one the basic beliefs of the Christian faith, summarized in the “five solae” during the Protestant Reformation. It was a key doctrine of Christianity and a trademark of Protestantism in comparison to Roman Catholicism ...

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Oct 16, 2014
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Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God

Sarah Bowler on what she's learned about God from unbelievers.
Thursday is for Thinkers: 3 Things Atheists Have Taught Me About God
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If you are a Christian who is passionate about living out your faith, then chances are you have engaged in at least a few religious discussions with agnostics and/or atheists.

I can still picture cafeteria debates from my freshman year of high school. What was actually ...

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Oct 9, 2014
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Border Crossing: Common Words Work Against the Multiethnic Message

Dr. Elizabeth Drury on the importance of terminology in multiethnic ministry and discussions.
Border Crossing: Common Words Work Against the Multiethnic Message

A leader with broad responsibility within his denomination once criticized an urban church plant, saying:

“All this multiethnic talk is just a distraction from the gospel, which is what God holds me accountable for. I don’t see anything in the Bible about getting ...
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Oct 2, 2014
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Mental Illness and Confidence in Restoration: A guest post by Amy Ivey

Mental illness is chronic and debilitating, but renewal and restoration await.
Mental Illness and Confidence in Restoration: A guest post by Amy Ivey

A scene begins in the movie Saving Mr. Banks with a young P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, telling her father she has toppins. Travers’ father is near death. His body is ravaged from heavy drinking and illness. She asks what he would like her to buy. “Pears,” ...

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Sep 25, 2014
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The Integration of Christianity and Psychology: A guest post by Sarah Rainer

Sarah Rainer, Doctor of Psychology, explains how psychology and Christianity relate to each other.
The Integration of Christianity and Psychology: A guest post by Sarah Rainer

Secular psychologists operate on a biopsychosocial model of human development and behavior. This model proposes humans develop and operate according to biological, psychological, and social influences. Accordingly, we are products of our biology and environment, both bearing ...

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Sep 18, 2014
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How Grace and Truth Unleash the Contagious Nature of the Gospel: A guest post by Eric Mason

Grace and truth both play crucial roles in how the Christian loves others.
How Grace and Truth Unleash the Contagious Nature of the Gospel: A guest post by Eric Mason

I consider myself a movie buff.

I am especially fond of movies that are based on heroic, mythical characters. For example, I have certain “authenticity” requirements that I use for evaluation when a new movie is released. Whether it’s a historic figure ...

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