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Mar 26, 2015
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Modeling a Healthy Gathering on Race

Helen Lee shares about her experience on the racial reconciliation roundtable at the IF:Gathering.
Modeling a Healthy Gathering on Race
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Helen Lee: Before this discussion at the IF:Gathering, you both were part of a group that met regularly and set the stage for what happened at IF. What did that look like and what impact did it have on you?

Jennie Allen: Last spring, Latasha and our friend Kim Patton asked me ...

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Mar 12, 2015
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4 Church Planting Tips with Lesslie Newbigin

Helpful thoughts on church planting from Lesslie Newbigin via Daniel Im.
4 Church Planting Tips with Lesslie Newbigin

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), while being best known for his work in missiology and ecclesiology, actually has a lot of advice for church planters. In fact, each of them is an extension of his quote in the picture above, or of my paraphrase below:

The church – a ...
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Mar 5, 2015
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4 Ways to Raise Up Godly Girls

Laurel Bunker shares about modeling Christlikeness and raising godly girls despite our brokenness.
4 Ways to Raise Up Godly Girls

It was the end of a long day and I was relieved to be home. Running through the door, I dropped my purse and keys in the chair, kissed my husband warmly, kicked off my shoes, threw off my cardigan and headed for my overstuffed chocolate colored couch which I affectionately ...

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Feb 26, 2015
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Border Crossing: On Race and Politics, Some Disagree Better than Others

How you disagree and converse with others reflects Who you follow and what you believe.
Border Crossing: On Race and Politics, Some Disagree Better than Others

When the Ferguson grand jury released its explosive verdict on November 24, I had just started Thanksgiving break.

For the past weeks, I had been pressing pastors in an MDiv course to reexamine their assumptions about race. As usual, deepening the conversation beyond cautious ...

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Feb 19, 2015
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3 Reasons Why I Hate Diversity

Christena Cleveland shares some of the hesitations all of us have to face when we welcome diversity.
3 Reasons Why I Hate Diversity

American churchgoers love Super Bowl Sundays and segregated Sundays.

LifeWay Research recently polled churchgoers and found that most are perfectly fine with the fact that Sunday morning remains one of the most ethnically segregated hours of the week. In fact, many people ...

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Feb 12, 2015
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Our Pride, Our Hearts, and the Vanderbilt Rape Case

Emily Ellis reflects on the Vanderbilt University rape case and how pride lives in all of our hearts.
Our Pride, Our Hearts, and the Vanderbilt Rape Case

Every Sunday after church, my family eats lunch together. A recent discussion at the Sunday lunch table revolved around the Vanderbilt rape case.

A couple of weeks ago in Nashville, two former Vanderbilt football players, Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey, were convicted ...

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Feb 5, 2015
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Why Waiting to Have it All Together Is a Big Mistake

Beth Seversen stops by to talk about the importance of sharing the gospel even when we don't feel 'ready.'
Why Waiting to Have it All Together Is a Big Mistake

Have you ever noticed when Jesus strikes up evangelism conversations he doesn’t use The Circle of Belonging, The Big Story, or even The Bridge Diagram? These gospel outlines certainly have their place in evangelism, but notice that Jesus starts the process by initiating ...

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Jan 29, 2015
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Thursday is for Thinkers: How to Love a Loved One with Mental Illness

Heather Palacios and her husband Raul share about mental illness in their marriage and how Raul has loved Heather faithfully throughout their marriage.
Thursday is for Thinkers: How to Love a Loved One with Mental Illness

When Raul watched me walk down the aisle on February 6, 1999, he knew it was the beginning of a new journey. However, he had no idea it wouldn’t be an easy one. On July 30, 2000, less than two years married, he would find me in a parking lot, inebriated and in the middle ...

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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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