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When Was the Last Time You Heard a Sermon on Taxes?
When Was the Last Time You Heard a Sermon on Taxes?

By: Zach Dawes
Analyzing taxation from a faith perspective has become taboo. It's rarely discussed from the pulpit; theologians have shied away from it. Yet a just tax system is one avenue by which we pursue the common good.

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Faithfully Paying Taxes to Support the Common Good
Faithfully Paying Taxes to Support the Common Good

By: Lori Walke
People of faith should work to make sure that our state and federal taxes go to the common good, specifically for economic justice, public education and social services for our most vulnerable neighbors.

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5 Steps to Lead Your Church to Be Innovative
5 Steps to Lead Your Church to Be Innovative

By: Ircel Harrison
Even though the Christian movement has survived and prospered over the year because followers were willing to learn, grow and innovate, church folks still resist innovation. For a start, check out Google.

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Paying Taxes is Our Duty, Not Our Reason to Rant
Paying Taxes is Our Duty, Not Our Reason to Rant

By: Bob Browning
Paying taxes is the duty of every citizen. In the U.S., we have a say in how the government levies, collects and distributes our taxes. As Christians, we must join these discussions because the gospel shows up in budgets.

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7 Deadly Tactics if Screwtape Advised Your Church
7 Deadly Tactics if Screwtape Advised Your Church

By: Mark Tidsworth
Looking for the best method to revitalize your congregation? Not! With inspiration from the mind of C.S. Lewis, here are 7 deadly tips from Screwtape on how to keep your church from fulfilling its calling.

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Your Church, Local Schools Can Partner to Bless Community
Your Church, Local Schools Can Partner to Bless Community

By: Patrick DeVane
Schools and churches have much to offer each other in mutually beneficial ways that bless the church, school and greater community. Here's how one church began to make a difference in local public schools.

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When Jesus Faces Legion: Making Sense of Today's Evil
When Jesus Faces Legion: Making Sense of Today's Evil

By: Gordon King
Destructive violence has plagued society since the earliest days of our history. It didn't make sense then; it doesn't now. Studying Jesus' encounter with Legion, however, can help us make some sense of evil.

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God Loves All Creation - Not Just Human Beings
God Loves All Creation - Not Just Human Beings

By: Leroy Seat
God loves all of creation - the plants, the animals, the minerals, the whole of nature. Humans, therefore, created in God's image, must love and care for the natural world as well.

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It's Time for Christians to Stand Up for Public Schools
It's Time for Christians to Stand Up for Public Schools

By: Anika T. Whitfield
Public schools represent all without discrimination, privilege or preference, yet remain under fierce attack. Many Christians have failed these schools through silence or lack of support. We can no longer remain so.

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Ministering in Our Schools Prepares Kids for Future
Ministering in Our Schools Prepares Kids for Future

By: Suzii Paynter
Churches must open their eyes to the children at their doorsteps. Ministering to kids in our public schools with a humble spirit, gentle conduct and extravagant generosity prepares kids to live together into their futures.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Support Public Education
4 Ways Your Church Can Support Public Education

By: Michael Ruffin
Public education is available to any student regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. We need to support our public schools in every way we can. Here are 4 ways your church can start.

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Jesus' Trial Before Pilate: Classic Case of Mob Rule
Jesus' Trial Before Pilate: Classic Case of Mob Rule

By: Ian Green
The trial of Jesus before Pontius Pilate is a travesty of justice. It's a classic example of weak leadership crumbling before the popular vote and succumbing to the demands of the mob.

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How in the World Is the Date for Easter Chosen?
How in the World Is the Date for Easter Chosen?

By: Barry Howard
Why don't we celebrate Easter on the same day every year like Christmas? When to celebrate the holiday has been a point of contention back to the early church.

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How Can You Celebrate Easter South of Equator?
How Can You Celebrate Easter South of Equator?

By: Joel Snider
Most of us, at least if we live north of the equator, tend to connect Easter with spring's arrival. So how do our friends south of the equator celebrate Easter when it's winter? It's easier than you think.

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Making Social Change with Help from Mister Rogers
Making Social Change with Help from Mister Rogers

By: G. Travis Norvell
Turning around our mean-spirited and callous society seems like a daunting task, but we can make meaningful and gradual change if we practice the Mister Rogers art of neighboring.

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8 Deadly Sins That Will Undermine Your Church's Future
8 Deadly Sins That Will Undermine Your Church's Future

By: Bill Wilson
All churches have a reason for being. Some know it, others stumble into it. If your church is to survive and have a vibrant future, here are 8 of those reasons that you need to avoid at all costs.

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Troubling Considerations About Christian Zionism - Part 2
Troubling Considerations About Christian Zionism - Part 2

By: Jonathan Kuttab
Whenever someone tells you that Christians are required to accept political positions regarding Zionism and its support of the modern state of Israel and its conflict with Arabs and Palestinians, be concerned.

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Biblical Texts to Plan Sermons on Ministering to Prisoners
Biblical Texts to Plan Sermons on Ministering to Prisoners

By: Zach Dawes
Here are biblical texts to help congregational leaders to preach and teach about the biblical basis for ministry to people who are in jail or prison and for pursuing a truly just criminal justice system.

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Troubling Considerations About Christian Zionism - Part 1
Troubling Considerations About Christian Zionism - Part 1

By: Jonathan Kuttab
When Christians claim their political beliefs are mandated biblical teaching, trouble ensues. That's the problem with Christian Zionism's political stance seeking to establish a Jewish state in biblical Palestine.

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The Keys to an Effective, Impactful Prison Ministry
The Keys to an Effective, Impactful Prison Ministry

By: Chris Smith
Your church's resources to provide support may be limited, but many ways exist for your church or ministry to provide practical support to an effective prison ministry.

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3 Things Your Church Needs to Know About Prison Ministry
3 Things Your Church Needs to Know About Prison Ministry

By: Travis Collins
Prison ministries can take on any number of emphases. Some churches focus on life beyond the bars, other churches on prisoners' families, still others on discipleship. Is this your church's calling?

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A Different Lens: Seeking Biblical Ethic on Incarceration
A Different Lens: Seeking Biblical Ethic on Incarceration

By: Colin Harris
What's the biblical ethic on incarceration? The Bible says little about the topic until we reach the New Testament. To find a biblical perspective, we must look through a slightly different lens.

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Why You Should Give Up Your Rights for the Gospel
Why You Should Give Up Your Rights for the Gospel

By: Michael Ruffin
For those of us who are U.S. citizens, we insist on and demand our rights, but the Christian way is the way of love. And sometimes we show love by not insisting on our own rights.

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One Philosopher Gets It: Why Christians Should Be Purple
One Philosopher Gets It: Why Christians Should Be Purple

By: Dan Holloway
Whether it's politics or fashion or religious thought, we all feel enormous pressure to conform. The Bible rightly reminds us that our calling as Christian people is not to conform but to be distinctive.

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When Hateful Words Groom People To Commit Violence
When Hateful Words Groom People To Commit Violence

By: Jim Kelsey
With our words, we build up or we tear down God's creation. We can never unsay what we have said, retract what we have written. And in extreme instance, that rhetoric can be used to foment violence.

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