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Feb 4, 2016
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Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 1

D.A. Horton examines Evangelicals in co-belligerence with the Black Lives Matter movement
Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 1

Introduction

On December 31, 2015 InterVarsity released a statement regarding their decision to be co-belligerents with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Christians in America seemed to be split over their decision.

While viewing the back and forth I sensed a need for Christians ...

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Jan 28, 2016
Interview

That Great Teacher: What We Learn From Insecurity

Insecurity teaches us by revealing where we are not surrendered to God
That Great Teacher: What We Learn From Insecurity

A few weeks ago I sat on the couch, opposite my husband, as we shared our dreams for the future. He is a pastor and I am a writer, two vocations that walk well together, hand-in-hand. We talked about ministry, calling, and vision. We hashed out our plans, our successes, our ...

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Jan 14, 2016
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Incubation: Multiplication by Addition (Part 2)

Ray Chang shares part two of his series on how established churches can assist church plants.
Incubation: Multiplication by Addition (Part 2)

In my previous article, we examined the problem facing so many church planters, planting without much support. How can we minimize the causality of church planting? How can we salvage the dreams of young pastors wanting to establish a beachhead for God’s kingdom only ...

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Jan 7, 2016
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Incubation: Multiplication by Addition (Part 1)

Ray Chang stops by to share about how churches may come alongside church planters to support them in their work.
Incubation: Multiplication by Addition (Part 1)

Several months ago, we launched our first church planter cohort.[1] Seven church planters sat around tables, each one sharing his vision for launching a new church. As each planter shared his background and story, I began to hear a common theme around these church planters. ...

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Dec 17, 2015
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Border Crossing: Five Habits of Incarnational Giving

There are plenty of reasons we justify NOT giving, but there are just as many reason to give generously anyway.
Border Crossing: Five Habits of Incarnational Giving

Ever felt excited about giving a gift to people in need, only to have your generous spirit squashed by a barrage of cautions? I have.

Don’t just throw money at the problem. Don’t give without accountability or sustainability. Don’t create dependency. Don’t ...

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Dec 3, 2015
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God or Transcripts: Where Do You Put Your Trust?

Too many students (and parents) make idols of grade point averages. Find your hope in Jesus.
God or Transcripts: Where Do You Put Your Trust?

When I was growing up, there were A-students, and B-students, and C-students, and no one—not the kids, not their parents—worried much about it. We all found our way. A single generation later, my son arrived at our local public high school fresh out of a K-8 parochial ...

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Nov 19, 2015
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Border Crossing: Lessons in Generosity from the Believing Poor

How can your family, and your church, be more generous this holiday season?
Border Crossing: Lessons in Generosity from the Believing Poor

My husband and I receive a lot of credit that we don't deserve, especially when it comes to generosity, and it bothers us more than it used to.

We're generous by some standards. We tithe. We try to share time, money, and abilities. Scott serves churches and charities ...

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Nov 5, 2015
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Some Perspective on Millennials Serving in Ministry

What are we to think about Millennials as future leaders of the ministry?
Some Perspective on Millennials Serving in Ministry

The Millennial generation, the oldest of whom are turning 35 this year, are inarguably the ministry leaders of the future. However, Millennials also have the smallest percentage of church attendance[1] of any generation, leaving many pastors looking for insight and advice ...

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Oct 29, 2015
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Border Crossing: Outreach Carnivals with Diverse Neighbors

Elizabeth Drury stops by the blog to help us understand how to have fall parties with our diverse neighbors in mind.
Border Crossing: Outreach Carnivals with Diverse Neighbors

'Tis the season for fall festivals and trunk-or-treat. Especially if you’re welcoming diverse neighbors, make sure your church knows how to party with a purpose.

Understand the Message Through the Ears of the Audience

Some cultural celebrations, especially when ...

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Oct 22, 2015
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I Want My Promised Land

We must consider whether or not we have reached the "Promised Land" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned.
I Want My Promised Land

Sitting back and reflecting on the current state of our the nation that I deeply love, I find myself in a peculiar state of mind. As a black man who is 37 years old, I find myself living in times that my ancestors would not have dreamed of; times far away from the cruelty ...

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Oct 15, 2015
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A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace

How should Christians respond to poverty? Helpful thoughts from Dr. Anne Bradley.
A Biblical Answer to Poverty: God’s People and the Marketplace

We live in the richest time in human history. We are eradicating poverty at faster rates than any economist would have predicted 30 years ago. Global poverty rates have been halved since 1990 and are on pace to be halved again! This has been made possible by embracing the ...

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Oct 8, 2015
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3 Ways 'Mystery Guests' Can Improve Your Church

Melanie Smollen, founder and president of Faith Perceptions, stops by to explain the value churches may find in hosting a mystery guest.
3 Ways 'Mystery Guests' Can Improve Your Church

I get that some people reject faith in God and therefore will never darken the door of another church, but what I can’t accept is that some people don’t come back because they felt rejected by the church.

Question: How many people have visited your church in ...

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Oct 1, 2015
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The Silent War of the Church

Dr. Peter Lee stops by the blog to reflect on the silent war of the church and the meddling of the evil one.
The Silent War of the Church

I was asked to preach at a church where I chose as my text 1 Pet. 4:12-13. Afterwards, many approached me with words of appreciation for the message. One person, however, made a comment that I have pondered since. The comment was, “Your message was difficult to apply ...

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Sep 24, 2015
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A Challenge of the Urban Church: Reaching Rich and Poor in the Same Church

Churches must serve their communities, and the makeup of many communities is rapidly changing.
A Challenge of the Urban Church: Reaching Rich and Poor in the Same Church

As urbanization grows in the U.S., there are new challenges that are arising for churches and church plants. Among them is that of reaching out to and serving communities coming from different socio economics.

In rural and suburban areas, many of these communities are spaced ...

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Sep 17, 2015
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Ministry on the Bookshelf

Kylee Pastore writes about our narrow view of ministry and how we ought to enjoy God through the arts.
Ministry on the Bookshelf

On a calm, gray June morning I was driving to work. The contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi was bursting through the dainty speakers of my little car. About a month prior I had found myself in a ritual of listening to his pieces in my car. There were two songs ...

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