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PARSE: The Top 14 of ‘14 Our year’s stand-out content.

2014 has been a mighty good year to PARSE. Here’s a retrospective of the year’s most popular or valuable topics and pieces, with the expected (Mars Hill, immigration, sexuality, etc.) and the surprising (the wardrobe habits of a female preacher, elder care, and church ...

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Having Church with Buffalo WingsAnd other items from around the web.
Having Church with Buffalo Wings

Having Church with Buffalo Wings - First it was movie theaters, now it's restaurant chains. "When Riverchase United Methodist Church announced they would hold church services in a local Buffalo Wild Wings, they probably hoped to make a splash in the city of Hoover. ...

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Not Everyone Shares The Spirit of the SeasonAnd other items from around the web.
Not Everyone Shares The Spirit of the Season

Not Home for the Holidays - A woman in ministry writes her mom, "You didn’t sign up for this strange and wonderful life your daughter has chosen. You have not made any vows to the church. We young clergy women know that it isn’t always fair how our pastoral ...

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Friday Five
Jesus' Gift to UsAn Interview with JD Greear
Jesus' Gift to Us

Today we spoke with JD Greear, who is pastor of The Summit Church. He is also the author of many books including his latest, Jesus Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You. We spoke with JD about the views of the Spirit and how church leadership ...

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The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 2)More hard truths they didn’t tell you in seminary.
The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of this unusually honest piece from an anonymous church planter in a large North American city. (Be sure to read Part 1 for context.) Dirty secrets you'd like to share? The comments section is right down that way . . . - Paul

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Links... Wednesday Links.
Repent! The End is Near!And other items from around the web.
Repent! The End is Near!

The Why of Church Social Media - Why you need to work harder to connect people to your church: "Back in the day, back in the 60's, 70's, 80's, whatever, you would have multiple touch points each week with the people from your church. They'd come on Sunday ...

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The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 1)Five hard truths they didn’t tell you in seminary.
The Dirty Secrets of Church Planting (Part 1)

Enjoy this candid take on the grittier side of church planting, by a pastor who’s living it. Have your own secrets to share? Add them in the comments, and look for Part 2 on Thursday. –Paul

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

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