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What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?
What Role Do Churches Have in Shaping Public Policy?

By: Matt Sapp
President Trump's executive order to instruct the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment raises the question of the church's role in shaping policy. Hint: It's not about fairness; it's about generosity.

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5 Ways Nurses Mirror Jesus' Work, Activity
5 Ways Nurses Mirror Jesus' Work, Activity

By: Brian Warfield
Jesus may have been called the great physician, but his work and life aligned fairly closely with the nursing profession. Here are 5 similarities between Jesus and the sacrificial work that nurses do around the clock.

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Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers
Bivocational Ministry Can Take Emotional Toll on Ministers

By: Jay Lynn
Bivocational ministry is often seen as an ideal solution for struggling churches, but there's another side to this coin. While it may free churches from financial burdens, it presents emotional challenges for ministers.

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What the Poor Taught Me About Faith
What the Poor Taught Me About Faith

By: Rupen Das
Understanding the faith of the poor is intriguing and challenging. What many seek is a God who cares for them in their desperation and destitution, enabling them to live their lives with a semblance of dignity.

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Covenants Can Hinder or Help: Which Will You Choose?
Covenants Can Hinder or Help: Which Will You Choose?

By: Colin Harris
Many churches and other Christian communities develop covenants. Those pacts can be exclusionary and restrictive or they can be embracing and empowering. Which will you choose?

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Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?
Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?

By: Molly T. Marshall
As provisions erode for our nation's most vulnerable, God hears the cries of the oppressed and empowers us to accomplish this holy intention. Now is the time to advocate for those who suffer unjustly.

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Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?
Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?

By: Carra Greer
Many Baptist churches fall short when it comes to addressing issues that affect women. Here are 6 ideas to help your church open its doors to women who need support, understanding and community.

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Buying Fair Trade: Where Would Jesus Shop?
Buying Fair Trade: Where Would Jesus Shop?

By: Pam Strickland
Horrible things like child labor and slavery happen around the world, but you aren't involved in that, right? Unfortunately, you are. But you can be part of the solution by seeking more ways to buy fair trade.

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7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change
7 Pitfalls When Leading Your Church to Change

By: Mark Tidsworth
When leaders are ready to lead their congregations to make deep changes, they often underestimate the work that's involved. Leaders often launch change too soon. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid.

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4 Easy Ways to Support Your Church Staff
4 Easy Ways to Support Your Church Staff

By: Joe LaGuardia
When churches aren't adept in conflict management or basic communication skills, they risk abusing staff or draining them to the point of burnout. Here are 4 ways healthy churches support their staff.

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How Christians Overcome 500 Years of Misunderstanding
How Christians Overcome 500 Years of Misunderstanding

By: Ron Rolheiser
Most Christians have an emotional uneasiness with Christians from other denominations, unable to see them as one of their own. After centuries of bitter misunderstanding, it's hard to focus on all we have in common.

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Prayer - A Marvelous Opportunity to Collaborate
Prayer - A Marvelous Opportunity to Collaborate

By: Sam Tolbert
As we participate in today's National Day of Prayer, we need to realize how prayer is essential to our future peace and survival. Let us take advantage to pray daily and to pray more often in community with others.

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Why People Trust Strangers Over Your Church - Part 2
Why People Trust Strangers Over Your Church - Part 2

By: Renee Embree
Thanks in part to the popularity of apps, people are more willing to trust strangers than longtime institutions. What does this mean for the church and how should your church respond? Here are five suggestions.

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Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light
Symbols of Hope: 4 Ways You Can Shine Your Light

By: Lynn Green
In many communities around the world, hope is in short supply. Christians, however, are called to share and embody the hope that we have. How are you shining your light?

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Why National Day of Prayer is More Urgent Than Ever
Why National Day of Prayer is More Urgent Than Ever

By: Karen Bullock
As we Americans learn of the volatile events of our world, we know that if there was ever a time for us as a nation to bow the heart and knees before God in prayer, it is now. Here are four ways to do that.

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What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church
What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church

By: Gary Furr
When people look at today's church, they often see legalism and a bland pablum of politics and culture religion. They need to see the gracious, welcoming and boundary-breaching good news of Jesus.

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Are You Ready for the National Day of Prayer?
Are You Ready for the National Day of Prayer?

By: Frank Lewis
Our nation needs prayer. You don't need to attend a pricey breakfast with a best-selling author or an award-winning Christian artist to observe the day. You just need to pray. Maybe even fast and pray.

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3 Ways Your Church Can Respond to the Opioid Epidemic
3 Ways Your Church Can Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

By: Jonathan Davis
Opioid abuse is reaching epidemic proportions in our nation, and churches are not immune from this crisis. Here are three ways your congregation can meaningfully engage this epidemic.

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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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