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May 26, 2017
racism, prejudice, discrimination

Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up

Baseball and the distinction between prejudice and discrimination
Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up
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Racial and ethnic diversity among Major League Baseball (MLB) players has grown significantly since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. This past season, a record 259 players (or 29.8%) on the 2017 Opening Day active and inactive rosters for all 30 teams ...

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Mar 18, 2017
research, worship, music

The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship

How does worship music style relate to congregational growth?
The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship
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In the past half century, perhaps no other Christian ministry innovation has been more influential and polarizing than contemporary worship. It has been maligned, celebrated, blamed for church splits (especially during the “worship wars” of the 1990s), credited for ...

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Mar 10, 2017
hero, art, faith, missions

Lessons from a Hero: What Lilias Trotter Can Teach Us Today

19th century artist chose ministry over fame.

Marvel Comics created a number of superheroes beginning in 1939, which continue to be popular today. You can find superhero movies, toys, clothes, shoes, watches, and electronic games, just to name a few. Each of these superheroes has special powers that allow them to overcome ...

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Jan 26, 2017
gospel, evangelism

How to Have Comfortable Conversations about God

Former atheist wants believers to have more effective gospel conversations.
How to Have Comfortable Conversations about God
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“And I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in Christ” (Phile. 1:6, RSV). We get to help people who are yet to know Christ to discover all the good that is ours in Christ. In short, we want to help people understand ...

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Dec 24, 2016
evangelism, Holy Spirit

"I Can't Wait to Tell You!" Learning from Mary

Evangelist offers evange-telling encouragement

“Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:39-41) ...

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Dec 1, 2016
preaching, pastoring

Pastors, Your Sermons Do Matter If You Want To See People Come To Trust Jesus

Every preacher at some point has experienced the painful vulnerability of baring their soul.

For my wife and I, it’s a joy being Lucero’s pastor.

A young, intelligent, and enjoyable mother of an exuberant boy, Lucero has recently abandoned herself fully into the arms of Jesus, a true testament of the gospel’s power to transform hearts from darkness ...

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Oct 20, 2016
evangelism, thinkers

Reclaiming Evangelism: Why Christians Need to Recover Their Passion for Christ

U.K. ministry leader explores evangelism's embarrassment, exclusivity, and entrepreneurial nature
Reclaiming Evangelism: Why Christians Need to Recover Their Passion for Christ

It didn't take him long to get round to trying to convert me. We had agreed to meet for lunch to talk about social media strategy. After the briefest of conversations about our families and what our working day had involved so far, it began. He pulled out the leather bound ...

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Sep 15, 2016
evangelism, thinkers

Why I Love Being Around Evangelists

There are a number of things we can learn from our evangelist friends.
Why I Love Being Around Evangelists

I love people who are called to be evangelists. You know the ones—they are able to engage in a faith conversation from almost any angle, in almost any moment. Sure, you have some with the gift of evangelist who abuse the gift and use it to the detriment of the Church’s ...

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Sep 8, 2016
correctional ministry, incarceration

Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

Our biblical mandate requires us to care for the marginalized, including those impacted by crime.
Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

I cannot be more thrilled that the September issue of Christianity Today is dedicated to correctional ministry. You can read the main article here. Correctional ministry is often omitted or marginalized; however, it is a ministry which impacts everyone touched by crime—offenders, ...

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Sep 1, 2016
church leadership, church communications

Three Ways Church Communicators Are Killing The Message

Before you preach one more sermon, stop and ask yourself these three questions.
Three Ways Church Communicators Are Killing The Message

A few weeks ago, my daughter called to update me on her field trip to the nature center with my grandson Cash. When I answered the phone, her voice was shaky. Here is how the conversation went:

My daughter: “Cash committed a murder today! We were in the butterfly exhibit ...

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Aug 25, 2016
worship, multicultural, diversity

Reconciling Witness And Worship: Six Ways To Begin

Imagine a church that considers its’ surrounding ‘neighbors’ and the future majority of our country in developing practices of worship.
Reconciling Witness And Worship: Six Ways To Begin

How will our future worship witness to the God of all nations? Imagine the year is 2025 and you are congregating in your church. Your mind and heart are focused on the Lord and His invitation to make disciples of the nations. Close your eyes and take a minute now to imagine ...

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Aug 11, 2016
evangelism, millennials

Can Evangelism Emerge From The Next Generation?

It’s time to stop expecting millennials to show apathy to the call of evangelism, and train them to rise up to the call.
Can Evangelism Emerge From The Next Generation?

As I sat in a room full of energetic, Christian millennials, our conversation quickly turned to the topic of reaching the community in fresh ways.

These passionate men and women were asking the question, “How can we engage with people who are far from God and invite them ...

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Jul 28, 2016
Thinkers

God in Our Midst

There is a pervasive consumerism in the church today.
God in Our Midst

Although a large majority of evangelical Christians agree that they should share their faith, most report that, actually, they don’t. That’s not really all that surprising given today’s pluralistic cultural setting. Research shows that a pervasive spiritual ...

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Jul 7, 2016
Thinkers

Border Crossing: 5 Ways to Move Church Voting Beyond the Status Quo

Church voting should reflect vision, not current reality.
Border Crossing: 5 Ways to Move Church Voting Beyond the Status Quo

If your church’s voting isn’t diverse, your church isn’t diverse.

Like many other tribes, my denomination elects regional officers, committees, and boards at conferences during the summer months. Too often, the voting process works against the values we espouse. ...

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Jun 30, 2016
Thinkers

Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

How do we know that we are pleasing God in all that we do?
Wise Decision-Making in God’s Economy

Who will be our next president? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind. In light of the upcoming presidential election, economic questions like, “Should we trade with China?” or “How do we pay for our debt?” are swirling in the minds of ...

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