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The Secret to Church Growth Isn't Really Secret
The Secret to Church Growth Isn't Really Secret

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
When it comes to church growth, Jesus is no magician. He builds his church through Christians who share their faith joyfully with others. But leaders have a key role to play in church growth.

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3 Biblical Themes as Christians Celebrate Earth Day
3 Biblical Themes as Christians Celebrate Earth Day

By: Matthew W. Humphrey
Christians aren't just being good citizens when they're seeking to reduce their family footprint, they are taking seriously what it means to be an image-bearer of God.

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4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches
4 Differences Mark Pre-Easter vs Post-Easter Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Pre-Easter churches are marked by discouragement, loss and despair while post-Easter churches are marked by confidence and hope. Is your church living on the right side of Easter?

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A Seder Dinner Reminder: Only God Can Free Us
A Seder Dinner Reminder: Only God Can Free Us

By: Sara Powell
A Seder dinner at a friend's home offered a reminder that the story of God's chosen people is not an easy one. As the Israelites were in bondage, so are all of us enslaved. And only God can ultimately free us.

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How You Can Become Literate about God's Creation
How You Can Become Literate about God's Creation

By: Helle Liht
The first step toward environmental and climate literacy among Christians is how we read Scripture. We must read Scripture so that it holds together the natural world and the world of human beings.

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Why Do You Need to Talk to People You Disagree With?
Why Do You Need to Talk to People You Disagree With?

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
It's too easy today to simply stop talking to people with whom you disagree. When Christians authentically converse with people who view the world differently, they build a bridge of relationship.

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Redeeming Creation: Will We Follow God's Command?
Redeeming Creation: Will We Follow God's Command?

By: Molly T. Marshall
The church is rather silent about the stewardship of natural resources. Yet, in large measure, God has entrusted the care of creation to humans, and we participate in its ultimate redemption through our actions.

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Bible's Redemption Trilogy: Exodus, Restoration, Resurrection
Bible's Redemption Trilogy: Exodus, Restoration, Resurrection

By: Colin Harris
When you view Easter in the context of the Bible's larger testimony of covenant faith, it helps you see beyond a focus on "what Jesus did" to seeing through its lens to "who God is."

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Good Friday - Bad Long Before It Was Good
Good Friday - Bad Long Before It Was Good

By: Ron Rolheiser
From outward appearances, Good Friday was bad long before it was good. To understand what happened, we must separate what was happening on the surface from what was happening at some deeper place.

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Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You
Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Easter is not just this one Sunday. It marks the beginning of disciples who do not fear but move forward in the confidence of a faith that summons them away from familiarity and indifference.

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Bible's Redemption Trilogy: Egypt, Babylon, Golgotha
Bible's Redemption Trilogy: Egypt, Babylon, Golgotha

By: Colin Harris
Easter is more than a holiday. As we celebrate Holy Week, it's vital that we view it from the larger perspective of God's redemptive commitment to what the human family can become.

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The First Crucial Step to Make Ethical Judgments
The First Crucial Step to Make Ethical Judgments

By: Neville Callam
If you're going to make an ethical judgment on a situation, you must first be certain you have a reasonable grasp of the facts. Defensible judgments require a conscientious effort to secure the facts.

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3 Bad Consequences When Your Church Seeks Unity
3 Bad Consequences When Your Church Seeks Unity

By: David Hull
When churches seek mere unity, they face consequences that will have negative effects in the long run. Instead of a "spirit of unity," churches must seek "unity in the Spirit." It's not semantics; there's a big difference.

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How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1
How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1

By: Mark Glanville
Most refugees are here because they are fleeing persecution, conflict and possibly death. Here's how churches can avoid being swayed by fear-based rhetoric and respond from a loving biblical perspective.

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Proclaiming Gospel Draws Ire from Powers of Injustice
Proclaiming Gospel Draws Ire from Powers of Injustice

By: Drew Smith
Like John the Baptist, prophets of God's justice face persecution when speaking truth to the powerful who oppress the vulnerable. Becoming prophets will put us on a collision course with retribution.

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7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission
7 Healthy Habits of Congregations on Mission

By: Bill Wilson
While building a congregation's life around a clear vision and purpose is easy to believe in, problems emerge when we talk about how to do it. Here are 7 habits of churches that are on mission.

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Churches Handle Change by Learning to Take Risks
Churches Handle Change by Learning to Take Risks

By: Jerrod Hugenot
All churches have to deal with change. If they don't, they're left on the sidelines. How they learn to thrive, to become more resilient to challenges, will be a matter of learning how to risk and live to tell about it.

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Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry
Building Up Church Members To Take On Ministry

By: Sharon Prior
Many congregations expect their ministry staff to do almost everything, but hopefully those days are coming to an end. Ministers must develop a culture that helps members align their gifts with roles in the church.

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5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry
5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry

By: Renee Embree
Are smartphones a distraction in your youth group or ministry? These five suggestions can help you appropriately and creatively incorporate them into your ministry.

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4 Trends to Build Successful Communities of Care
4 Trends to Build Successful Communities of Care

By: Joe LaGuardia
Most churches have members who serve as primary caregivers to loved ones suffering from dementia. How do you build a ministry that reaches out to those families? Here are four best-practice trends.

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Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2
Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2

By: Jon Kuhrt
When interacting with people who beg, Christians are often seen as soft touches. While we should help people in need and be as human and kind as possible, Christians need to stop being doormats.

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"Closing the Borders" Mindset Touches All Areas of Life

By: Colin Harris
The closing-the-borders mindset is prominent in our political life, but further reflection suggests that rhetoric may be a symptom of a deeper problem in our human experience, affecting even our theology.

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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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