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Gospel Compels You to Tear Down Walls
Gospel Compels You to Tear Down Walls

By: Drew Smith
Our society is good at building walls to separate us from those not like us, but not all those walls are brick and mortar. We also erect non-physical walls to keep us from building authentic community.

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Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 2
Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 2

By: Vickey Casey
Knowledge is power in countries such as Mozambique and Uganda, but telling people they have rights is only half the battle. Making affordable legal services available is another challenge altogether.

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Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 1
Legal Work: The Future of Mission? - Part 1

By: Vickey Casey
Countless poor people all over the world need legal advice, advocacy and support but can't afford lawyers. Lawyers partnering with BMS World Mission are restoring balance to a system weighted against the poor.

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Why Can't Our Churches Be More Like Legos?
Why Can't Our Churches Be More Like Legos?

By: Bryan Brock
Lego buildings are fascinating structures. All those different-colored blocks connecting together to make one structure. But when it comes to church, we prefer everything and everyone to be the same.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Enlarge Its 'Bandwidth'
4 Ways Your Church Can Enlarge Its 'Bandwidth'

By: Larry McSwain
What's your church's bandwidth? We're not talking about your computers or anything technical. Every congregation has a certain amount of bandwidth in fulfilling its dreams for the future.

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Why We No Longer Recognize Ritual's Value, Power
Why We No Longer Recognize Ritual's Value, Power

By: Ron Rolheiser
Our society no longer understands the value and power of ritual, even though ritual itself can hold and sustain our hearts in something deeper than the emotions of the moment.

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3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness
3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness

By: Jon Kuhrt
The number of homeless people living on the streets is a social barometer indicating wider levels of poverty and exclusion. At least three factors lead to someone becoming homeless.

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Boom or Bust: Consumerism Still America's Religion
Boom or Bust: Consumerism Still America's Religion

By: Bruce P. Rittenhouse (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Why do U.S. citizens remain attached to a consumeristic form of life? It performs the religious function of providing them with an answer to the existential problem of meaning.

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When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience
When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience

By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Although God has instructed children to obey their parents, that doesn't mean they should listen to negative commands that may hinder their relationships with God. Parents have a responsibility, too.

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Large Gaps Remain Despite Social Safety Programs' Positive Impact
Large Gaps Remain Despite Social Safety Programs' Positive Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Social safety net programs help nearly 2 billion people, but better coverage is needed in parts of Africa and Asia, where most of the global poor live, a report says.

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4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too
4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too

By: Roger Olson
When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli
3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli

By: Terrell Carter
Church leaders face an increasing maze of challenges in a society growing more secular. While he had his flaws, Machiavelli has three pieces of advice that are relevant for local church leaders.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn
First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn

By: Brian Craig
Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches
Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches

By: Guy Sayles
Legendary UNC Coach Dean Smith had a three-prong philosophy for his teams: play hard, play smart, play together. And that's not a bad philosophy for churches, too.

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Early Christians' Radical Actions Really Not So Radical
Early Christians' Radical Actions Really Not So Radical

By: Drew Smith
While the actions of giving up private property by the early Christians may have been something radical, the reality is that these actions were actually normative for Christian identity and community.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family
4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family

By: Joel Snider
Those attributes that make healthy family relationships also create healthy church relationships. Here are four ways your church can model healthy family dynamics in the congregation.

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What Does It Really Mean to be Righteous?
What Does It Really Mean to be Righteous?

By: Rupen Das
What does righteous mean? The average church member likely associates it with being blameless or holy. Righteous can also be understood as an obligation in the context of our social relationships.

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3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones
3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones

By: Matt Sapp
The Rolling Stones have been going strong for more than 50 years. Their show has changed to adjust to the times, but their music and message are still the same. The church should take note.

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Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry
Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry

By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.

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Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?
Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?

By: Rob Hewell
Any person or group who holds a position deemed to be exclusivist and found to be offensive might be said to hold beliefs that are hateful toward others. Could that one day apply to Christian worship?

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4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants
4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
The practices of hospitality and loving strangers are essential to our identity as Jesus' followers. How can we put those disciplines into practice with the immigrants among us? Here are four ways.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know
3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know

By: David Fitch
Many leaders have misconceptions and wrong expectations about what it means to be a bivocational minister. Failing to grasp these three issues have nearly destroyed many of them.

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Do You Legislate Your Beliefs or Live Them?
Do You Legislate Your Beliefs or Live Them?

By: Terrell Carter
Instead of exhibiting the traits of grace and love within our own lives, Christians are increasingly forcing their system of belief on people that don't see the benefits of participating in that system. Can we change?

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