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Love All Thy Neighbors, Not Just Those Like Us
Love All Thy Neighbors, Not Just Those Like Us

By: Simon Barrow
God loves us beyond the divisions that life naturally imposes. The idea that our hospitality should extend only to those of our own nation flies in the face of the biblical call to love our neighbors.

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Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
Religious liberty allows people to worship freely without fear of persecution and protects citizens from compulsory religious participation. It's also a freedom we too often take for granted.

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Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness
Why We've Abandoned Life, Liberty and Happiness

By: Wade Smith
Our nation is polarized, angry and fearful. Political rhetoric and vitriol continue to escalate. Our fear has robbed us of how to live. We've forgotten the meaning of liberty and the joy of pursuing happiness.

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Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 2
Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 2

By: Mike Kuhn
If we can begin to overcome the hindrances to unity that have plagued Christianity for hundreds of years, maybe we'll discover that our traditions and diversity can be mutually enriching.

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Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 1
Church Unity: Lessons from an Unlikely Source - Part 1

By: Mike Kuhn
Radical Islamic groups, known as takfīrīs, control through power and enforced conformity. Divergence can mean exclusion or death. While Christian churches aren't so harsh, we can enforce rigid rules.

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When Days Seem Darkest, Hope Still Trumps Despair
When Days Seem Darkest, Hope Still Trumps Despair

By: Chuck Summers
Every day seems to bring news of yet another horrible event. It's enough to make you despair. However, the efforts of good people and our faith in God give us hope and keep us from succumbing to despair.

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God's Grace Doesn't Require Additional Rules
God's Grace Doesn't Require Additional Rules

By: Terrell Carter
Following a set of rules doesn't make people acceptable to God, yet we have a tendency to use rules to determine who is worthy of God's love and who can be cast aside. We are all equal in God's sight.

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Why Churches Must Take the Right Kind of Risks
Why Churches Must Take the Right Kind of Risks

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Taking risks can be good. When churches feel more like circling the wagons than trying anything approaching adaptive change, it shows throughout their ministry and the way they share the gospel.

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6 Ways Your Church or Ministry Can Flourish
6 Ways Your Church or Ministry Can Flourish

By: Renée Embree
Growing your church or ministry is good. It's not all about the numbers but about helping people know the God who loves them. Here are 6 ways your church or ministry can begin to flourish.

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2 Paths to Travel: An Ethics of Purity or Wholeness?
2 Paths to Travel: An Ethics of Purity or Wholeness?

By: Colin Harris
Purity and wholeness are good things, but as guides for ethical perspective, they can lead in different directions. One defends an image of perfection; the other affirms the interrelatedness of all of life.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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Taking the First Tense Step Toward Racial Unity
Taking the First Tense Step Toward Racial Unity

By: Michael Cheuk
One year ago, nine black members of a South Carolina church were killed by a visitor. That led pastors in a Virginia community to unite and discuss taking the first step toward racial unity in their city.

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Let's Take Care of the Home We All Share
Let's Take Care of the Home We All Share

By: Chuck Summers
Many churches spend more time in conflict than loving each other. Our nation and the international community are equally divided. So much divides us, but surely we can agree we have the planet in common.

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Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam
Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam

By: Rick Love
Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.

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Do You Know the Ten Commandments of Mercy?
Do You Know the Ten Commandments of Mercy?

By: Ron Rolheiser
The central biblical concept of mercy connotes a relationship that loves, embraces and forgives even when we cannot measure up or deserve what's given us. Mercy is God's essence.

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The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship
The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship

By: Michael Shaw
Modern worship has become a privatized experience that does not lead into care and concern for others, but our own personal edification. That is not Christian worship.

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When It's Time to Stare Down the Elephant
When It's Time to Stare Down the Elephant

By: Brent McDougal
People are consumed by the politics of division and polarization. Can we face the climate of hopelessness and powerlessness without giving in or giving up? Sometimes, you need to stare down the elephant.

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Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?
Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Many churches are trapped in a time-warp, unable to relate to the culture around. They may make small changes, but they're impenetrable to the outside world. It's time to recalibrate.

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Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support
Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support

By: Danny Chisholm
Churches with differing doctrines can come together to support reforms to the payday loan industry so poor people aren't forced into financial slavery over loans of less than $1,000.

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Changing Our Focus from What's Wrong to What's Right
Changing Our Focus from What's Wrong to What's Right

By: Christina Embree
We often start conversations with what's wrong with society. Instead, what if we focused on God's goodness? We don't have to ignore what's wrong, but we need to change the conversation's tone.

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Living Longer
Living Longer

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Protestant and Catholic women who attended weekly religious services were more likely to live longer than those who didn't attend, a JAMA article says. So should we all start filling the pews?

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Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?
Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?

By: Matt Sapp
Our divided nation agrees on one thing: We're concerned about our nation's moral condition. Can Christians offer an alternative between moral relativism and the dogmatism of religious fundamentalists?

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10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring
10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring

By: Chris Smith
Pastoring can be daunting, painful, disappointing and down-right depressing. It can also offer times of great fulfillment, joy, peace and gladness. Here are 10 lessons I've learned on the journey.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership
Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues
Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Every church will one day come to an end of their ministry. While it's hard for local congregations to accept that their ministries are concluding, the universal church will continue.

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