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May 21, 2015
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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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Apr 23, 2015
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Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 1

When immigrants need worship space, think twice before renting.
Border Crossing: Renting to Churches of Other Cultures Part 1

A small immigrant congregation seeks space for worship services, and an established host-culture church with ample facilities weighs whether to make room. Should they do it?

Though few realize it, the more important question is why. Not answering it honestly from the start ...

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Apr 9, 2015
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Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and The Future of Training Church Planters

What if there was a more effective way to train church planters?
Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and The Future of Training Church Planters

What if there was a more effective way to train church planters? A way that focused on developing competencies and skills rather than the memorization of steps?

Every church planting program falls somewhere along this spectrum between a heavy emphasis on the classroom or field ...

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Apr 2, 2015
Thinkers

Loving Our Neighbors: Evangelicals, Immigration, and The Immigration Alliance

Alejandro Mandes of The Immigration Alliance explains the necessity of yet another immigration organization.
Loving Our Neighbors: Evangelicals, Immigration, and The Immigration Alliance

What is the need for yet another organization focused on immigration?

Organizations like the National Association of Evangelicals, The Immigration Table, and the National Latino Evangelical Coalition are providing significant vision and ministry, so why is it necessary ...

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Mar 26, 2015
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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
Thinkers

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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