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Why Our Society Needs 'Amazing Grace' More Than Ever
Why Our Society Needs 'Amazing Grace' More Than Ever

By: Colin Harris
The coals of fear, ignorance and prejudice flame up to produce expressions of contempt on the public stage and in private conversations. We need "Amazing Grace" more than ever.

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7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health
7 Core Areas to Assess Your Church's Health

By: Larry McSwain
How healthy is your church? That will vary based on several factors, including socioeconomic status and location. But here are seven core markers to see how your church fares during its checkup.

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10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably
10 Insights to Handle Church Conflict Agreeably

By: Bill Wilson
Many clergy aren't prepared to navigate conflict and intense conversations. If that includes you, here are 10 insights to help you work through that next difficult round of criticism.

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Why We Think We Know Whom God Blesses
Why We Think We Know Whom God Blesses

By: Larry Eubanks
In almost all religions, there are those who are recipients of God's favor, and those who aren't. The problem is that we think we know who the blessed ones are and who they are not.

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A New Partnership for Training Ministers
A New Partnership for Training Ministers

By: Ircel Harrison
Supplying churches with trained ministers isn't as simple as it used to be. We need new types of partnerships among individuals preparing for ministry, churches and theological institutions.

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11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today
11 Characteristics the Church Needs in Leaders Today

By: Renée Embree
To be effective in today's culture, the church desperately needs leaders with deep character and faithful competence to help the church go from where it is today to where it needs to be for tomorrow.

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5 Principles to Help You Face Your Fears
5 Principles to Help You Face Your Fears

By: Bryan Brock
Fear is insidious. It uses up mental and spiritual energy. And when fear is in the air, it's like living in a toxic environment. Maybe that's why the command to "fear not" is so prevalent in the Bible.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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When Your View's Biblical; Others, Not So Much
When Your View's Biblical; Others, Not So Much

By: James Gordon
The problem with using the word "biblical" as an exclusive truth claim is that by so doing it implies that all who disagree with the point being made are deemed to be less biblical.

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When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God
When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God

By: Mark Tidsworth
People under stress often default to regressive tendencies. That's why some otherwise rational followers of Christ will abandon His teachings when anxiety reigns. They trade in Jesus to serve the "Warrior God."

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Do All Atheists Deny the Same God?
Do All Atheists Deny the Same God?

By: Roger Olson
Most atheists may claim to deny any and all concepts of God, but they're really reacting to a certain idea of God, often the transcendent Supreme Being of the "Abrahamic traditions."

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Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road
Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road

By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.

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Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?
Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no sense of a clear vision for ministry. And those that do typically have a vision that's so fuzzy or generic that it's unhelpful. Start the new year right with a clear vision.

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3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches
3 Ways Pastors Learn to Trust Their Churches

By: Mark Tidsworth
Trust is a two-way street. While much attention has focused on building the congregation's trust in the pastor, there's been less focus on building the pastor's trust in the church.

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What Jesus Wants from Us More Than Worship
What Jesus Wants from Us More Than Worship

By: Griff Martin
We're pretty good at worshipping Jesus, but he desires more from us. He desires obedience. In other words, imitating his life, taking his teachings and living and making them our teachings and livings.

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What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change
What Leaders Need to Help Thriving Churches Change

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
When a church needs to change, it requires careful preparation and persuasion. The wise leader needs to recognize that change in church life needs time and patience.

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When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate
When Speaking the Truth Isn't Always Appropriate

By: Ron Rolheiser
Having the truth is one thing, speaking it in a place and a manner that's helpful is quite another. Simply put, it isn't always helpful or charitable or mature to throw a truth into someone's face.

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Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors
Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors

By: Dennis Bickers
If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.

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This Christmas, Let's Give Joseph His Due
This Christmas, Let's Give Joseph His Due

By: Jim Kelsey
Every Christmas, Joseph gets short shrift. But like Mary, Joseph was an extraordinary human being used by God to usher in a new chapter in God's pursuit of us.

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Why Luke Referred to Bethlehem as 'City of David'
Why Luke Referred to Bethlehem as 'City of David'

By: Larry Eubanks
The title of "city of David" had always referred to Jerusalem until Luke's Gospel, when he bestowed that title on Bethlehem. It was Luke's way to highlight Jesus' opposition to the powers that be in Jerusalem.

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Don't Let Grief's Darkness Eclipse Light of Christmas
Don't Let Grief's Darkness Eclipse Light of Christmas

By: Barry Howard
Holidays can be dark days emotionally for many of us. Grieving is healthy as long as you are moving through the grief process as opposed to becoming stuck in your grief.

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Christ Will Give More Than You Can Contain
Christ Will Give More Than You Can Contain

By: James Gordon
The story of Jesus turning water into wine resonates with a world that needs to recover hope from hopelessness. He will give you more than you can contain and offer more blessing than you can think.

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Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?
Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?

By: Zach Dawes
The recent tragic headlines cannot overpower the love and joy we experience as we celebrate Christmas. Both traditional and little-known holiday songs reflect God's powerful love.

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Sharing Christmas Truth During a Season of Excess
Sharing Christmas Truth During a Season of Excess

By: Bill Wilson
The celebration of Christmas has ebbed and flowed throughout U.S. history. During the Advent season, Christians have the opportunity to provide a more meaningful message to society's season of excess.

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4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East
4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East

By: Nabil Costa
For people living in the Middle East and North Africa, life is incredibly hard. This Christmas season, here are four gifts that would help children and families escape their daily burdens.

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