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Apr 17, 2014
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Love Your Neighbor by Carol Pipes

This week on Thursday is for Thinkers, Carol Pipes shares how God's love for us in Christ motivates us to love others.
Love Your Neighbor by Carol Pipes

I met Mr. Balentine in the summer of 1993. A group of 10 high school students and their leaders had been sent to Mr. Balentine's to make much-needed repairs to his house, which sat in a secluded cove of the Appalachian foothills. What started as a simple project turned ...

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Apr 10, 2014
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How Do I Talk with Someone Whose Worldview Opposes My Own?

This week on Thursday is for Thinkers, Dr. Toby Jennings explores the biblical ways to talk with someone with an opposing worldview.
How Do I Talk with Someone Whose Worldview Opposes My Own?

Everyone has a worldview with either more or less ingrained foundational principles. Twentieth century theologian Carl F. H. Henry asserted that "Divine revelation [is] the basic epistemological axiom." That is, if God does not provide knowledge (and even the mind ...

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Mar 20, 2014
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The Passion of Christ and the Plight of our Undocumented Neighbors, a Guest Post by Noel Castellanos

On Thursday is for Thinkers this week, Noel Castellanos draws parallels between the passion of Jesus and the plight of the undocumented.
The Passion of Christ and the Plight of our Undocumented Neighbors, a Guest Post by Noel Castellanos
Giovanni Batista Tiepolo

A quick overview of the story of God makes it clear that the margins are at the center of his love and concern. When I say this, there is often strong reaction by those of us who are wealthy and in power (which includes the majority of us who live in the USA), to the idea ...

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Mar 13, 2014
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The Gospel and Pastoral Ministry, a Guest Post by Philip Abode

On this week's Thursday is for Thinkers, Philip Abode writes about the gospel and pastoral ministry.
The Gospel and Pastoral Ministry, a Guest Post by Philip Abode

The gospel makes us God's workmanship, His poiēma. We get the word, "poem" from this Greek word. In Christ, we're God's work of art, His new creation. Created to live transformed lives for His glory. The problem is that even as genuine believers we don't ...

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Mar 6, 2014
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How the Gospel Abolishes the Fear of Church Planting, a Guest Post by Ryan Kwon

On this week's Thursday is for Thinkers, Ryan Kwon shares about the gospel and church planting.
How the Gospel Abolishes the Fear of Church Planting, a Guest Post by Ryan Kwon
Robb Thompson / flickr

God receives glory from fruitfulness and multiplication. God creates trees and plants to bear fruit. And when the seeds fall to the ground, they produce other trees. He does this with animals and with humanity. He gives us the charge to be fruitful, to multiply, and fill ...

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Feb 20, 2014
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Feeling Forsaken: Thoughts on Psalm 22 from Eric Mason

On this Thursday is for Thinkers, Pastor Eric Mason explains Psalm 22 and its Messianic implications.
Feeling Forsaken: Thoughts on Psalm 22 from Eric Mason
Sander van der Wel / flickr

Psalm 22 is what I would call a "hybrid psalm." It is a "hybrid" in that it has components within it that fit different psalms. There are parts that follow the pattern of a lament psalm (1-2, 6-7, 11-18), a psalm of trust (4-5, 8-10, 19-21, 26-34), and ...

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Feb 6, 2014
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Mission and Ministry after Losing the Culture Wars, a Guest Post from Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor, Executive Director of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, shares his thoughts on Christians and culture.
Mission and Ministry after Losing the Culture Wars, a Guest Post from Bill Taylor
Laurens Kaldeway / flickr

We hear much about the "culture wars". While they still rage with much fury in the US today, Christians in Canada lost the wars here many years ago. We may be tempted to lament the demise of Judeo- Christian values. Please allow me to share why I do not, and to ...

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Jan 30, 2014
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What Your Church Can Do to Care for the Poor, A Guest Post from Arloa Sutter

Author and speaker Arloa Sutter shares her thoughts on how the Church can better help the poor.
What Your Church Can Do to Care for the Poor, A Guest Post from Arloa Sutter
Javi Sanchez de la vina / flickr

More than 16% of Americans, one in five children, live in poverty in the US. While the needs of children in countries like India and Ethiopia have long been considered in our missions programs, it may seem more baffling for your church to know what to do about the poor in ...

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Jan 23, 2014
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Why We Need to Do Our Own Math, a Guest Post from David Park

Like in mathematics, we must show our work when we do theology.
Why We Need to Do Our Own Math, a Guest Post from David Park
nab_nabb2003 / flickr

"What's 12 times 6?" one girl shouted out while looking at me expectantly, pencil in hand, ready to write on a worksheet dog-eared on the top corners. I stared back at her blankly and with no Christ-like compassion and said, "Do the math." "60." ...

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Jan 16, 2014
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What's the Purpose of Our Work? A Guest Post from Jenni Catron

Jenni helps explore the question, "How do I fulfill God's calling when I must also work?"
What's the Purpose of Our Work? A Guest Post from Jenni Catron

Driven. A common one-word summary of the American rat race.

I've wrestled quite often with my driven-ness and how it correlates with God's calling on my life. A reconciliation that has often eluded me.

How does my drive for significance complement God's purpose ...

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Dec 12, 2013
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The Missing Middle: Three Expressions of Christ I'm Yearning to See In Evangelicalism

Guest blogger Sarah Cunningham explains her hope for the centrist Christian.
The Missing Middle: Three Expressions of Christ I'm Yearning to See In Evangelicalism
Courtesy of Patheos

I had one question for Ed Stetzer when I ran into him at the D6 conference a couple months ago.

Are you seeing a rise in centrists?

I was hopeful because I had read one of Ed's tweets with interest, as it echoed themes of posts I'd written that same week.

Statistically, ...

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Dec 5, 2013
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Pointing to the Creator

Today's churches are becoming centers of cultural change by rightfully reclaiming the arts as a means to worship God.
Pointing to the Creator
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An artist stands at an easel; her broad strokes on canvas eventually become the face of Christ. A man dressed in biblical costume sits at a potter's wheel and shapes an earthen vessel with his hands. A young dancer interprets the words of a popular worship song. Actors ...

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Nov 21, 2013
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Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church

DJ Chuang shares his thoughts on the future of the Church.
Ethnicity, Context, and Mission: A Brighter Future for the Church

In my 2 previous posts, I've blogged about the rapidly changing landscape with a look at Asian American Christianity and how American evangelicalism has quite a ways to go towards better engaging the full multiethnic diversity of American society; and not just our local ...

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Nov 14, 2013
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Why Evangelicals Don't Know Asian Americans

We have quite a way to go towards ending racial stereotyping in Christendom
Why Evangelicals Don't Know Asian Americans

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Before I unpack some of the multi-layer complexities to begin to understand why all this was so challenging, I'll briefly comment on 2 resolved incidents that I'm most familiar with.

At the Mosaix 2013 Multi-Ethnic Church Conference with 1,000 other in attendance, ...

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Nov 7, 2013
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9 Things About Asian American Christianity

Asian Americans are accelerating in their role in participating and shaping the future of the American church at large.
9 Things About Asian American Christianity
Courtesy of about.me

Asian Americans are a significant part of American society and its increasingly multiethnic population. Asian Americans are also accelerating in their role in participating and shaping the future of the American church at large. One blog post couldn't possibly describe ...

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