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5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now
5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now

By: Robert Creech
Pope Francis' vision for the environment is a call to practical action, personal ecological conversion and lifestyle change. Here are five ways your church can care for the environment today.

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Fighting Racism by Getting to Know Your Neighbors
Fighting Racism by Getting to Know Your Neighbors

By: Greg DeLoach
After 10 years serving as First Baptist of Augusta's pastor, I had never met our Baptist neighbors across the street. Following the Charleston massacre, I knew it was long overdue for me to meet them.

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Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity
Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity

By: Joe LaGuardia
Common Core provides national benchmarks for students. With so many churchgoers lacking basic bible knowledge, many churches must take a Common Core approach from the pulpit.

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How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?
How Can We Address Our Epidemic of Fear?

By: Colin Harris
Fear can be a healthy response to danger. Others can manipulate fear in unhealthy ways. That fear seems to grip our collective consciousness. It's time to stop reinforcing it.

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4 Ways Pope Calls Us to Reimagine Creation
4 Ways Pope Calls Us to Reimagine Creation

By: Stephen Holmes
The pope narrates the world, and our relationship to it, in new ways. If we accept his acts of redescription, then we will have no choice but to relate to creation, and to each other, differently.

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Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like
Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like

By: Danny Chisholm
Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church taught us a lesson in forgiveness. The world needs to know there is an alternative to violence. And it isn't more violence.

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4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs
4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs

By: Kathryn Kraft
Not only are Lebanese churches providing Syrian refugees with food, blankets, clothing and education, they are also meeting their spiritual needs. Here are four ways they're doing it.

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Pope Offers Clear Biblical Mandate to Care for Creation
Pope Offers Clear Biblical Mandate to Care for Creation

By: John Weaver
Pulling no punches, Pope Francis offered a clear biblical mandate to care for creation, calling for a Christ-like attitude, which recognizes that all people are in God's image and none is superfluous.

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Racism's Wound Still Painfully Open, Needs Healing
Racism's Wound Still Painfully Open, Needs Healing

By: Guy Sayles
As the Charleston church shooting reminds us, division among races, made worse by educational and economic inequality, is a wound which remains painfully open. How do we heal it?

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Protecting Your Church in Charleston Aftermath
Protecting Your Church in Charleston Aftermath

By: Terrell Carter
In the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting, those of us in leadership within faith communities must re-examine how we protect those that we serve. Here are four steps.

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5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care
5 Observations from Pope's Encyclical on Creation Care

By: Zach Dawes
Pope Francis' wide-ranging encyclical on the environment speaks boldly about the imperative that Christians have to take care of God's creation and notes the frequent moral failure of humanity to do so.

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Why Some Christians are Stuck in Right Field
Why Some Christians are Stuck in Right Field

By: Larry Eubanks
Reading and interpreting the Bible is like playing baseball. Outfielders must know the ball's trajectory and move to catch it. And those who can't judge the Bible's trajectories are stuck in right field.

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On Target: 4 Core Convictions About Church's Mission
On Target: 4 Core Convictions About Church's Mission

By: Sam Chaise
These core convictions about the church's mission are not rocket science, but if every church and Christian agency could get these key things right, we would be on the right path.

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Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership
Building Bridges with Asset-Based Pastoral Leadership

By: Rhonda Abbott Blevins
Asset-based pastoral leadership begins with developing a simple habit: With each parishioner, find out something he or she could teach and something he or she wants to learn.

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Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service
Innovative Ways to Train New Ministers for Service

By: Ircel Harrison
God still calls women and men to ministry, and churches need leaders. The traditional forms of providing theological education must change to meet the realities of individual lifestyles without sacrificing quality.

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Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty
Lessons Learned from Working with People in Poverty

By: Joel Snider
People who work with those in deeply engrained poverty must balance the need to alleviate desperation versus creating dependency. To understand the struggle of that decision, you must know the people in crisis.

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An Occupational Hazard That Trips Up Faithful Folks
An Occupational Hazard That Trips Up Faithful Folks

By: Ron Rolheiser
Too often, many Christians are embittered moralizers, secretly envying the amoral and criticizing our world out of bitterness. It's an occupational hazard for the good and faithful. Is it tripping you up?

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Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?
Should Churches Maintain Fossil-Fuel Investments?

By: Margot and Martin Hodson
Churches have substantial investments, including pensions, in fossil fuel. Is it ethical for them to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform their decision making?

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No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together
No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together

By: David Fitch
Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.

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4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance
4 Ways for Bivocational Ministers to Find Balance

By: Angela Jackson
Can you be a bivocational minister and have a balanced life? Here are four ways one minister is able to manage her bivocational ministry with her other work and her family life.

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Broadening the Horizons of Our Faith Tradition
Broadening the Horizons of Our Faith Tradition

By: Colin Harris
Life seems to be a journey of expanding consciousness broadening our world with each step. Can we see our Christian faith in terms of increasingly wider horizons? Or will we remain focused on ourselves?

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2 Cultural Blinders Worn by U.S. Evangelicals
2 Cultural Blinders Worn by U.S. Evangelicals

By: Thomas Kidd
We're constantly at risk of developing tunnel vision because of our culture. For U.S. evangelicals, the two greatest risks to biblical faithfulness are the prosperity gospel and the gospel of American patriotism.

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The Difference Between True and False Worship
The Difference Between True and False Worship

By: Michael Shaw
At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.

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Being Braver, More Faithful with Communion
Being Braver, More Faithful with Communion

By: David Kerrigan
Why is it assumed that communion is only for believers? If we believe new truth can still break through from God's Word, dare we allow our prophetic imagination to see something potentially new?

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Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?
Will Your Church Turn the World Upside Down?

By: Bill Wilson
Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.

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