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Despite Failings, Many Churches Still Reflect God's Love
Despite Failings, Many Churches Still Reflect God's Love

By: Joel Snider
The church has its shortcomings, but we often focus too easily on its failings. We need to recall when members of the church family didn't simply talk about God's love. They lived it.

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3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle
3 Major Temptations That Rural Ministers Battle

By: Jonathan Davis
Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.

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How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust
How Your Church Can Transform From Tepid to Robust

By: Mark Tidsworth
Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.

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What Will You Do With Your 'One Wild and Precious Life'?
What Will You Do With Your 'One Wild and Precious Life'?

By: Molly T. Marshall
Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day," poses the question: "What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" The wild and precious life of Jesus beckons us to allow transfiguration in our lives.

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Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion
Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion

By: Philip Jenkins
Whatever might drive migrants to move, they carry their religions with them. And for many, the experience of migration produces religious demands that simply can't be met within the older religious framework.

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Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees
Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees

By: Lynne Hybels
A majority of white evangelicals don't feel a responsibility to Syrian refugees, but I believe as a Christian that caring for refugees is an act of worship and obedience to a God whose kingdom is global.

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Effective Christian Activists Must Learn Contemplation
Effective Christian Activists Must Learn Contemplation

By: Gordon King
Activists are constantly on the move, often measuring self-worth by the quantity of work achieved rather than by soul work. To effectively address global issues, action and contemplation must intertwine for Christians.

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In Our Tumultuous Society, Hear Wisdom's Quiet Voice
In Our Tumultuous Society, Hear Wisdom's Quiet Voice

By: Colin Harris
While the prophet calls us to speak up and be heard, often boldly in the face of threat and opposition, wisdom has a quieter call to live a certain way in the ordinary, everyday moments and circumstances.

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Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers
Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers

By: Neville Callam
The Bible shows Christians the right attitude toward the stranger. Hospitality to strangers links us both with God and with others. It is a wonderful way of experiencing the presence of the Holy One.

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Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home
Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home

By: Greg Magruder and Mary Lynne Moore
Don't think you can be involved in international ministries? You can, and you don't even have to travel overseas. International students are in your community, and your church can reach out to them.

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The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?
The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?

By: Juan Aragon
The needs in our world are so overwhelming that we run the risk of becoming unresponsive and impervious. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us to bestow his love and grace to everyone.

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Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty
Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty

By: Edgardo Martinez
First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas, ministers to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Moving beyond charitable acts, they are also challenging a system that causes poverty and other injustices.

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How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?
How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?

By: Matthew J. Tuininga
While Christians respect the government's right to determine when and how refugees come into the U.S., we must pray and advocate for accepting as many refugees as is safe and feasible.

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Why Today's U.S. Conservative Christianity is Really Liberal
Why Today's U.S. Conservative Christianity is Really Liberal

By: Roger Olson
Here's one of the greatest ironies of contemporary American Christianity: What we typically call "conservative Christianity" is really a form of liberal Christianity.

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First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships
First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships

By: Victor Gomez
Building relationships is the first step for any ministry with immigrants. We can provide fish and teach people to fish, but will we make sure they have a fishing pole and access to the lake?

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Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement
Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement

By: Philip Jenkins
While immigration is a political hot potato in the U.S., it also has religious implications. When ordinary people move from one area or another, sometimes reluctantly, they take their religion with them.

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What's God's Vision for Just and Fair Economy?
What's God's Vision for Just and Fair Economy?

By: Drew Smith
While Christians can disagree about how to create an economy that is more just and fair, we cannot deny that Jesus was clear about what constituted God's vision of a just and fair economy.

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Sharing the Gospel's Truth in Our Post-Truth Culture
Sharing the Gospel's Truth in Our Post-Truth Culture

By: Shannon Youell
Evangelism is challenging in a post-truth world, but humans are still seekers of truth. How can church leaders re-engage Christians to share the truth of the gospel in our post-truth culture?

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The Answer to Society's Escalating Violence
The Answer to Society's Escalating Violence

By: Larry Eubanks
You can't use violence, no matter how justified, to interrupt the cycle of violence. In the end, violence can only perpetuate the cycle of violence. So what can stop escalating violence?

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Can Christians Model Peace in World of Hostility?
Can Christians Model Peace in World of Hostility?

By: Colin Harris
In our current climate of hostility, is there a way for a faith perspective to be peaceful while being a responsible participant in efforts to bring faith to bear on crucial issues that divide us?

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12 Trends That Shaped U.S. Religion Since the '70s
12 Trends That Shaped U.S. Religion Since the '70s

By: Philip Jenkins
Our society has gone through remarkable transformations in the last 40 years. Here are 12 of the most significant changes and megatrends that have influenced U.S. religion since the mid-1970s.

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8 Observations to Help Churches be a Prophetic Witness
8 Observations to Help Churches be a Prophetic Witness

By: Gordon King
If today's leaders and congregations wish to bear a prophetic witness, eight observations from the life of the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, can help us address the challenges facing our wounded world.

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5 Ways You Can Pray for the President, Other Leaders
5 Ways You Can Pray for the President, Other Leaders

By: Barry Howard
Praying for a leader doesn't mean you affirm that leader's policies or character. It means you affirm the power of God in providing guidance and to intercede for that leader to be receptive to God's direction.

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4 Ways to Handle Political Tensions in Your Church
4 Ways to Handle Political Tensions in Your Church

By: Doyle Sager
The November election is over, and there's no more political tension in your church, right? If that's what you were hoping, you discovered those tensions morphed into something new. Here's how you can deal with it.

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Praying for Your Elected Officials: A Subversive Idea
Praying for Your Elected Officials: A Subversive Idea

By: Bobby Dagnel
Will you pray for President Donald Trump during his presidency? If not, then you will have become derelict in one of the most significant and strategic of our Christian duties.

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