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Apr 2, 2015
Thinkers

Loving Our Neighbors: Evangelicals, Immigration, and The Immigration Alliance

Alejandro Mandes of The Immigration Alliance explains the necessity of yet another immigration organization.
Loving Our Neighbors: Evangelicals, Immigration, and The Immigration Alliance

What is the need for yet another organization focused on immigration?

Organizations like the National Association of Evangelicals, The Immigration Table, and the National Latino Evangelical Coalition are providing significant vision and ministry, so why is it necessary ...

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Apr 2, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/2/15

RFRA is New Four-Letter Word; Mirror, Mirror; New Research on Church Attendance

Apr 1, 2015
Easter

Don't Waste Your Spike: Easter Attendance, Effective Follow Up, and Your Church

Easter is this weekend, but pastors, are you ready for next weekend yet? You should be.
Don't Waste Your Spike: Easter Attendance, Effective Follow Up, and Your Church
Image: Annibale Carracci

Almost every church in the world will see an attendance spike this week. In the this-is-really-obvious-research-finding, we found that Easter was the highest attended day of the church year. (OK, really, it was about Mother's Day, as USAToday reported in a front page ...

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Mar 31, 2015
Worship

Worship Leaders Are Not Rock Stars

Instead of performing music, we should be leading worship.
Worship Leaders Are Not Rock Stars
Image: B. E. Merrill / Wikipedia

I am a child of the contemporary church movement. I even came to Christ in a contemporary church.

The contemporary church movement is what I’ve known in most of my life in ministry. I’ve planted six churches that were contemporary.

Yet, I never would have ...

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Mar 31, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/31/15

Resurrection of Religion; Liberty University and the GOP; God Amidst Relativism

Mar 30, 2015
Culture

3 Reasons Public Places (Including Schools) Should Be Open to Churches

The Supreme Court denied hearing the case involving New York City's right to keep religious services out of schools.
3 Reasons Public Places (Including Schools) Should Be Open to Churches
Image: Joe Ravi / Wikipedia

Update: New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

Today the Supreme Court declined to review a case from New York City involving the city’s right to ban religious groups from holding worship services in public schools. Effectively this solidifies ...

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Mar 30, 2015
Missiology

4 Reasons Small Groups are Vital to Your Church’s Health

Small groups are important for your church because they foster discipleship and friendship:
4 Reasons Small Groups are Vital to Your Church’s Health
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If you think community is an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any church. I’m not the only one who thinks so—we have the research to back it up. ...

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Mar 30, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/30/15

Silent Cries; Apologizing to Victims of Sexual Abuse; Megachurch Demolition
Morning Roundup 3/30/15

Silent CriesDerwin Gray

I was moved by this, and I am encouraged to see that more pastors are writing on the subject of mental illness. (You can find much more on the topic here at our blog. See here.)

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Mar 28, 2015
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: The April "Restoring All Things" Tour: Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Dallas

Restoring All Things is a live storytelling experience. Join us!
Saturday is for Seminars: The April "Restoring All Things" Tour: Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Dallas

Restoring All Things: Grand Rapids, Atlanta, and Dallas—April 1, 8, 15, 2015

I want to invite you to this series of conference taking place in three different locations on three different days in April.

April 1st = Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI April ...
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Mar 27, 2015
The Gospel Project

Don't Miss the Story of the Bible

Jesus isn’t just part of the Bible story; He is the point of the Bible story.
Don't Miss the Story of the Bible

There are great stories in the Bible…but it is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the Bible. – Ed Clowney

This quote should caution us as preachers, teachers, and church leaders.

Sure, all of us believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the source of ...

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Mar 27, 2015
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: March 27, 2015

Hypocrites; Money Changers; Free Will
Church Signs of the Week: March 27, 2015

They've probably got a nameplate for your seat and everything.

I want to visit this church just to flip tables.

No more free will for you, you Calvinist!

Thanks to First Church Marlborough, Steve Hickey, and Kay Hiramine for sending these in. As always, send me ...

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Mar 26, 2015
Thinkers

Modeling a Healthy Gathering on Race

Helen Lee shares about her experience on the racial reconciliation roundtable at the IF:Gathering.
Modeling a Healthy Gathering on Race
Image: Courtesy of Thrive Photography

Helen Lee: Before this discussion at the IF:Gathering, you both were part of a group that met regularly and set the stage for what happened at IF. What did that look like and what impact did it have on you?

Jennie Allen: Last spring, Latasha and our friend Kim Patton asked me ...

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Mar 26, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/26/15

American Optimism; Sunday Mornings; Missional Community
Morning Roundup 3/26/15
Image: Timo Kohlenberg / Flickr

What Makes Americans So Optimistic?Jared Keller

A little history is good for the soul…

The Wonder of Sunday MorningTrevin Wax

Love this from Trevin…

5 Trends to Watch in the Missional Community ConversationLogan Gentry

I thought this was ...

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Mar 25, 2015
Urban Ministry

Finding the Mosaic in the Mess: The Reality of Urban Ministry

Doing ministry in the city can be messy, but there's beauty in the mess. Know and love your cities.
Finding the Mosaic in the Mess: The Reality of Urban Ministry
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In my work at LifeWay Research and through my blog, I regularly attempt to call the Church’s attention to cultural trends that affect the ways in which we share the gospel and accomplish the Great Commission in our local churches and our personal walks with Christ. ...

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Mar 25, 2015
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/25/15

Mean Churches; Powerful Productivity; What is Anglicanism?
Morning Roundup 3/25/15
Image: Milton Point / Wikipedia

Nine Traits of Mean ChurchesThom Rainer

I thought this was just awesome. The fact is, it is too common.

How the Most Powerful People Get Things Done: 4 Tips From a White House Staffer—Eric Barker

I thought this was interesting...

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