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A Matter of Integrity: Why Christians Must Stop Taking the Fake News Bait
Including a simple 4-step check-list to help us stop passing fake news along.

Truth matters.

Especially as followers of Jesus.

Christians should have the reputation for being the most truthful people on earth. But we don’t.

Instead, whenever I’m on social media and see a tagline like, ‘This is huge, if true’ linking to a news item, ...

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Did 2016 Expose America's (And the Church's) Fame Addiction?
The church should be providing a counter-cultural balance to our fame obsession. Instead, we're feeding into it.

2016.

Worst. Year. Ever.

It must be. Social media says so.

Certainly, 2016 had its share of serious issues. From escalating problems in race relations, to horrific acts of terrorism, to the ravages of war in places like Syria, and more.

But that’s not what people are referring ...

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I'm Offended! By Easily-Offended Christians
If Christmas comes and goes without a red cup scandal, did it really happen?
I'm Offended! By Easily-Offended Christians
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Well, we did it.

We made it through this Christmas without a major national brouhaha erupting about a not-holy-enough red cup, banned lyrics at a school play, or a disallowed manger scene.

So let's keep it up, shall we? Let's resolve to go through the coming year determined ...

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Pastor as Coach and Shepherd? Yeah, Right. (From a Real FB Convo)
When someone sneers "A pastor that helps you define anything other than who would lead a committee! HA! Good one," let's listen before responding.

Are pastors supposed to be shepherds any more? Or is that idea passé?

If so, have we replaced it with something better? Or worse?

What if we had some raw, unsolicited opinions from the people who matter? Namely, the people in our churches – or those who have left.

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What a Rabbi Taught Me About Keeping Christ In Christmas
When people come to your church this Christmas season, they want to hear the story of Jesus. Give them what they came for.

“Keep Christ in Christmas” is a familiar saying this time of the year. But you don’t expect to hear it from the local rabbi.

For several years I was involved in our town’s Police Chaplaincy. One year, at our December meeting, the Methodist pastor noticed ...

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Have Coffee With a Radical: The Value of Listening to People We Disagree With
If we’re only hearing from people who think like us, we're missing out on a lot. Politically, theologically and relationally.

I have friends I’m not supposed to have.

From every imaginable political, theological, social, ethnic background, and more.

People with whom I have radical, even angry disagreements.

Yet they remain my friends.

Not just in the Facebook way. In the old-school, meet face-to-face ...

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Big Cities Need Great Small Churches, Too
Alongside big churches, we need an explosion of smaller, niche churches to infiltrate neighborhoods and challenge us to think differently.
Big Cities Need Great Small Churches, Too
Pedro | Flickr

Small churches aren’t just for small towns.

There are thousands of small churches in big cities and sprawling suburbs, too.

But there aren’t enough of them.

Yes, you read that right. The problem with the church in big cities isn’t that we have too many small churches, ...

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Ministering to Millennials by Leveraging the Relational Power of Healthy Churches
We need to lean away from the church-as-business model and into the church-as-relational-community model. Love God and love others.
Ministering to Millennials by Leveraging the Relational Power of Healthy Churches
Rainier Martin Ampongan | Flickr

Millennials won't build the kinds of churches their parent and grandparents built.

Because Millennials are not a homogeneous demographic group, as we established in my last post, there is no secret key to unlock their heart and grab their attention.

In a world of unlimited ...

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Why Millennials Won't Build the Kinds of Churches their Parents Built
We can't treat Millennials as a homogeneous group. We have to minister to them as individuals, instead.
Why Millennials Won't Build the Kinds of Churches their Parents Built
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Millennials defy categorization. But that doesn’t stop us from trying to categorize them, anyway.

Especially for Baby Boomers like me. We love categorizing people. It makes ministry easier. Simpler. Safer.

You know, boring.

As I wrote in Why Church Leaders Will Never Understand ...

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7 Reasons to Leave Your Caps Lock Button Alone – And What to Do Instead
Do you want your writing to feel less inflammatory, and be more readable and influential? Try these suggestions.
7 Reasons to Leave Your Caps Lock Button Alone – And What to Do Instead
Toshiyuki IMAI | Flickr

I love dialog.

It’s great hearing and reading other people’s opinions. Even when they disagree with me.

Because good communication matters to me, I want to enhance all of our dialog – especially online – with a friendly word of advice to a particular group ...

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