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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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Sep 11, 2014
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Exposing Abuse: A guest post by Emily Ellis

God gave men strength to defend women, not attack them.
Exposing Abuse: A guest post by Emily Ellis

When I saw the video of Ray Rice, the recently fired 200-pound running back for the Baltimore Ravens, knock his fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator, I felt sick to my stomach. “This is brutal,” I said out loud in my empty office to everyone ...

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Sep 4, 2014
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3 Ways to Love Others with Our Language: A guest post by Linda Manganello

In a time of intense polarization, loving communication is key.
3 Ways to Love Others with Our Language: A guest post by Linda Manganello

“Keep the line tight, you’re doing great,” my dad said as I was in the final steps of reeling in my first trophy Northern Pike. The setting was an annual family pilgrimage to Snowshoe Lake in Canada in early June. Little did I know that moment with my father ...

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Aug 28, 2014
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Thursday is for Thinkers: "It's Time to Listen: Kingdom Cooperation," a guest post by Brett Fuller

Pastor Brett Fuller stops by the blog to share how his multi-ethnic church works together for the Kingdom.
Thursday is for Thinkers: "It's Time to Listen: Kingdom Cooperation," a guest post by Brett Fuller

At the age of 21, God called me to help plant a church in Washington, D.C. Nine years later, the senior pastor asked me to succeed him in his role. My prayer to God at the time was, “Help me to labor with you in building a church that looks more like heaven than like ...

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Aug 14, 2014
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5 Benefits of Being a Female Executive: A guest post by Selma Wilson

Selma Wilson shares some of the benefits she has found in being a woman in an executive role.
5 Benefits of Being a Female Executive: A guest post by Selma Wilson

For the past four years, I have served on the executive leadership team (ELT) of LifeWay. The President/CEO, Thom Rainer, appointed me as the first woman in our organization’s history to serve on the ELT. I lead B&H Publishing, and, as Ed has pointed out, I’m ...

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Aug 7, 2014
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Why Loving The Poor Changes You: A Guest Post by Kelly Minter

Kelly Minter shares her experiences from the Amazon and what they taught her about poverty and herself.
Why Loving The Poor Changes You: A Guest Post by Kelly Minter

I touched down in Manaus, Brazil—The Gateway to the Amazon—and within an hour I was on a wooden boat sailing down the largest river in the world, blue and glassy with reflections of wool clouds and a crisp sky. I was there with Justice and Mercy International, ...

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Jul 31, 2014
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3 Things to Do to Guarantee You Won't Get Published: A guest post by Selma Wilson

What does it take to get published? First of all, don't do these things.
3 Things to Do to Guarantee You Won't Get Published: A guest post by Selma Wilson

As the leader of a publishing house, I get many inquiries about getting published. Here are a few things that will guarantee you won't get published:

1. Write a book that you (or your closest friends) wouldn't like.

If you want to be published, your message must ...

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Jul 17, 2014
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Sanctification, Rearview Mirrors, and Diversity in the Body of Christ: A guest post by Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland talks blind spots and diversity in the church.
Sanctification, Rearview Mirrors, and Diversity in the Body of Christ: A guest post by Walter Strickland

When my father taught me how to drive my first instinct was to jump into the car and race down the street. Like any good instructor, my father stopped me before putting the key in the ignition and walked me through a pre-driving checklist that included checking my rearview ...

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Jul 10, 2014
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The Pastor's Wife Who Went Crazy: A guest post by Heather Palacios

Heather Palacios shares about seeing the goodness of God amidst intense mental turmoil.
The Pastor's Wife Who Went Crazy: A guest post by Heather Palacios

When I was 8 years old I wrote a suicide letter to my grandma and mailed it. Naturally, very concerned, she turned it over to my parents. Who in turn, had me meet with a Christian counselor. Little did I know then, that that would mark the beginning of a lifelong journey ...

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Jul 3, 2014
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From One Pastor to Another: A guest post by Mark Croston

Mark Croston reflects on the difficulty of the pastorate and the centrality of the glory.
From One Pastor to Another: A guest post by Mark Croston

Serving as a Pastor for 26 years was wonderful. It was an awesome responsibility to be the Chief Theologian in Residence, Gospel Preacher, Christian Educator, Spiritual Guide, Life Coach, Team Motivator, Business Manager, Organizational Leader, Confidential Counselor and ...

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