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Happiness: The Christian Faith's Ultimate Goal - Part 2
Happiness: The Christian Faith's Ultimate Goal - Part 2

By: Lee Camp
Happiness is central to historical Christian faith and practice. Christians must give themselves a break from indulgent self-loathing, loosen up, live a little and learn how to grow up by tasting a bit of joy.

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Happiness: The Christian Faith's Ultimate Goal - Part 1
Happiness: The Christian Faith's Ultimate Goal - Part 1

By: Lee Camp
Unable to keep all the rules we've made up for ourselves and others, Christians can become caught up in self-hatred that comes from such legalism. Aquinas insisted Christian faith was about happiness.

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Challenging the Shame of Being Poor
Challenging the Shame of Being Poor

By: Rupen Das
In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus challenges the culture of honor for the rich and shame for the poor. Like the rich man, we cannot exclude the outsider as unworthy of our care.

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Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity
Speaking Out Against the Nations' New God - Austerity

By: James Gordon
In many nations today, the new god on the block is austerity; deficit reduction is its demanding consort. Those of us who advocate for the poor and vulnerable must challenge this god's veracity, legitimacy and efficacy.

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3 Steps That Flourishing Churches Will Take
3 Steps That Flourishing Churches Will Take

By: Mark Tidsworth
The North American Christian church is losing its cultural majority status and privilege, along with its influence in the public square. The churches that flourish will practice these three things.

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4 Responses for Church Leaders on Financial Giving
4 Responses for Church Leaders on Financial Giving

By: Matt Sapp
As more middle-class families feel the economy's squeeze, giving to church becomes a greater challenge. Sometimes, church leaders need to stop asking and start saying thank you louder and more often.

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Does Your Church Function as a Green-Light Church?
Does Your Church Function as a Green-Light Church?

By: Bill Wilson
Churches used to be a source of entrepreneurship, but many have abandoned that spirit and are in survival mode. Instead of being a green-light church where ideas are born, they're stuck in yellow and red.

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Black Majority Churches Redefine UK's Religious Landscape
Black Majority Churches Redefine UK's Religious Landscape

By: David Shosanya
While overall church attendance and growth declines in the United Kingdom, black majority churches are growing significantly. So why doesn't their growth rub off on other churches?

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Why Would Jesus Want to Release the Prisoners?
Why Would Jesus Want to Release the Prisoners?

By: Larry Eubanks
When Jesus called for the release of prisoners, he was seeking justice for the poor imprisoned because of debt. Today's predatory lending practices essentially enslave people in poverty.

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5 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from AA
5 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from AA

By: Logan Carpenter
Review Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step program, and you'll see the organization expects a lot from those who attend. They are family who hold each other accountable. The church could learn from them.

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Explaining Africa's Need Without Damaging Stereotypes
Explaining Africa's Need Without Damaging Stereotypes

By: Jonathan Langley
Africa is a diverse continent with more than 50 countries. It's vital for mission and aid agencies to communicate genuine needs when raising funds without perpetuating damaging African stereotypes.

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Christian Nationalism Isn't Recent Phenomenon
Christian Nationalism Isn't Recent Phenomenon

By: Philip Jenkins
Much of what we think of today as the fundamental institutions and ideologies of Christian America actually date to the 1950s, says the author of "One Nation Under God." But some reviewers stretch his assertions.

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Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls
Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike poor nations, some blame the high death tolls on the fall of man. The blame falls to corruption and incompetence that fails to protect the poor.

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Where Can You Find Serious Theological Reflection?
Where Can You Find Serious Theological Reflection?

By: David Fitch
While pop theology authors have connected with readers, we need serious theological engagement and exposure to the broader history of the way Christians have engaged the issue of interpreting Scripture.

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When Christianity and Politics Should Mix
When Christianity and Politics Should Mix

By: Gershon Nimbalker
Some Christians believe their faith and politics don't mix. In a secular democracy, however, Christians should speak out to protect individuals' rights, promote the common good and pursue justice.

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Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders
Training the Church's Next Generation of Leaders

By: Ircel Harrison
It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.

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Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?
Your Church Must Choose: Window or Aisle Seat?

By: Bill Owen
You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.

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10 Places Members Go When They Skip Church
10 Places Members Go When They Skip Church

By: Bill Wilson
Weekly church attendance is in serious decline as loyal members attend less frequently than before. Here are 10 of the most frequent places they go on Sundays when they're not in church.

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Dominion, Not Domination, Over Our Island Home
Dominion, Not Domination, Over Our Island Home

By: Guy Sayles
God has given mankind dominion over the earth, but we've distorted that meaning to justify exploitation of the earth's nonhuman creatures and profligate waste of its resources. We are not owners, but stewards.

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How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose
How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose

By: Juan Aragon
God not only shows compassion and mercy toward foreigners in the Bible, but also uses immigrants today to fulfill his divine purposes in the world. Here are two examples.

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Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?
Guardian or Gardener? Which Describes Your Church?

By: David Hull
Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?

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Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round
Genocide Awareness is Needed In April, Year-Round

By: Zach Dawes
April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.

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Why Too Many Christians Go it Alone, Pilgrim
Why Too Many Christians Go it Alone, Pilgrim

By: Mark Tidsworth
Many Christians see the process of growing as disciples as personal, private and individualistic, believing they don't need a community of faith. Here's why playing the John Wayne type won't work.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2

By: Azar Ajaj
While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.

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No Higher Calling: Advocating for Poor, Powerless
No Higher Calling: Advocating for Poor, Powerless

By: Bob Browning
Jesus couldn't ignore the plight of those who were being exploited, especially by the religious leaders. He accepted his mission to be an advocate for the poor and powerless. We also have no higher calling.

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