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What You Can Learn from John Ruskin’s ‘Scandal of Grace’

By Leroy Seat | January 24, 2020

John Ruskin was an influential British writer and social thinker in the last half of the 19th century. His most important literary work highlighted what has been called “the scandal of grace,” drawing praise from Gandhi to Tolstoy.

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"No. 2: Tonya" is the second installment in a short-film series highlighting female Baptist pastors. This film, produced jointly by Baptist Women in Ministry and

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The De-industrialization of the Rural South

By Gary Farley | January 17, 2002

Following World War II, Pickens County, Ala., like many other counties in the rural South, “chased smoke stacks” with good success. A major electronics company built a plant near Reform and at its peak employed 800 persons. Four textile plants also moved to the county and employed another 700. For the 60 percent of the 21,000 people […]

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To Be and Do Church Differently: Living in the Unfinished Reformation

By Eddie Hammett | January 17, 2002

With the dawning of a new year we are all learning to live with many changes and with courage and faith in the face of the ‘new normal’ caused by terrorist attacks on our country. While many lives and families faced great loss and challenge, the spirit of America seems stronger than ever. Churches are […]

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Poll: Stress Growing Among Americans

By Staff | January 17, 2002

More Americans experienced stress in their daily lives than they did seven years ago, according to a recent Gallup poll. Forty-two percent said they frequently experienced stress, while only 20 percent said they “never” or “rarely” did, according to the December poll. Thirty-eight percent of Americans said they experienced stress from time to time. While […]

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Islam: A Profile

By Gary Leazer | January 17, 2002

The Shahada, or confession of faith, states that “I bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” A devout Muslim will always repeat the Shahada upon rising and at bedtime. It is whispered into the ear of a newborn and into the ear of a person […]

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Cracking Your Congregation’s Code: Mapping Your Spiritual DNA to Create Your Future

By Dave Russell | January 16, 2002

Richard Southern and Robert Norton are partners in Church Development Systems, a consulting practice focused on church renewal and growth. Both Episcopalian laypeople, they offer a helpful volume on church vitality aimed at mainline congregations. In a market filled with such volumes, the “twist” that differentiates Southern and Norton’s work is their focus on “spiritual […]

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