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Climate Change: Protecting the Earth and the Poor
Climate Change: Protecting the Earth and the Poor

By: John Weaver
The question echoes around the world: What is happening to our weather? As Christians, we have a calling to protect the earth and the poor, even as world leaders fail to hear their cries.

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How We Can Make Truth Matter Again
How We Can Make Truth Matter Again

By: Neville Callam
In our post-factual society, where truth no longer matters and lies have equal footing, education can be a major instrument in the rebuilding of respect for truth and evidence.

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The Challenging Message of Lamentations
The Challenging Message of Lamentations

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Lamentations 1 offers no remedy for the world's pain. It is a chapter of unalleviated woe, full of loss and suffering. And yet, this side of the cross, we inevitably link this chapter with the passion of Jesus.

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7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches
7 Signs of Movement-Focused Churches

By: Bill Wilson
Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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Maintaining the Flow of Justice
Maintaining the Flow of Justice

By: Chuck Summers
No matter how big the crowds, how glorious the music or inspirational the preaching, our worship services are found unsatisfactory to God if we are not at the same time committed to maintaining justice.

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Short-Term Missions: Good and Bad Consequences
Short-Term Missions: Good and Bad Consequences

By: Neil Brighton
Many churches have a steady stream of people serving on short-term foreign mission trips. These trips can have good or bad consequences. How is your church preparing your members to serve?

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Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?
Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.

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When You Are Your Sister's Keeper
When You Are Your Sister's Keeper

By: Lynne Hybels
Three-fourths of the civilian casualties of war are women and children. When you open your mind and heart to God and the world, you realize that you are your sister's keeper. And they are all your sisters.

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Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It
Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It

By: Cliff Vaughn
The genocide in Nigeria in 1966 escaped the radar of most North Americans. While few missionaries talked about what happened 50 years ago, many other folks seemingly didn't want to hear about it. Why?

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8 Ways Churches Can Engage Schools This Year
8 Ways Churches Can Engage Schools This Year

By: Bill Shiell
It's back-to-school time. Renewed churches are engaged in local schools. By adopting a public school, a church can address racism, serve the poor and share the gospel through word and deed.

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Should You Stop Using the Term 'Disciple'?
Should You Stop Using the Term 'Disciple'?

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
The word 'disciple' occurs frequently in the Gospel and Acts, but not in the letters of Peter, Paul, James or John. A disciple represents an individual, but the plural of disciple is church.

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3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples
3 Needs That Help Church Groups Grow Disciples

By: Mark Tidsworth
When Christians commit to following the way of Jesus Christ, they realize they can't sustain that effort on isolation. Here are three ways that robust church groups meet spiritual needs of members.

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Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2
Should the Poor Seek Justice and Liberation? Part 2

By: Rupen Das
While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.

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Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?
Is Your Church Like Cut Flowers?

By: Bill Wilson
Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.

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Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?
Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?

By: Roger Olson
A generation ago, many churches regularly held Mission Sundays, focusing on world missions and evangelism every month or quarter. Today, such Sundays are rare. What happened?

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Why the Bible Isn't Your Instruction Manual
Why the Bible Isn't Your Instruction Manual

By: Nick Lear
When seeking how to approach life's complexities, do you read the Bible looking for answers or for wisdom? It may seem like an esoteric exercise in semantics, but your answer reflects how you approach life.

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How Does Your Church Look to Unexpected Guests?
How Does Your Church Look to Unexpected Guests?

By: Shannon Youell
How would unexpected guests, those persons who randomly show up at your church, react to your worship service? Would they understand what was happening? It's time to see your church through their eyes.

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Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer
Like Water on Hot Days: 5 Things to Remember this Summer

By: Matt Sapp
Water is necessary to life and is a central element of Scripture. As the tribalism in our national dialogue heats up, we can look to Scripture to offer some cooling relief to extinguish the vitriol.

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Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future
Setting Goals to Map Out Your Church's Future

By: Ircel Harrison
Churches planning for the future need to set goals to map out how they'll reach their destination. There will always be those who resist goals. Here are ways to answer those objections.

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Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel
Putting Yourself First Goes Against the Gospel

By: Ron Rolheiser
As individuals and as a nation, we are increasingly sinking into some unhealthy forms of tribalism concerned primarily with taking care of our own. It's happening around the globe and contrary to the gospel.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?
Which Set of Questions Best Defines Your Church?

By: Mark Tidsworth
When it comes to church, there are driving questions behind and underneath everything we do. Of these two question sets - one foundational, the other organizational - which one drives your church?

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Church Isn't the Place to Avoid Hard Questions
Church Isn't the Place to Avoid Hard Questions

By: Logan Carpenter
Sometimes, church seems like a place where we skirt around hard questions of our faith. Instead, churches should welcome questions, explore what Scripture says and admit when we don't know the answer.

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When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course
When Anxiety Attacks: 3 Questions to Correct Your Course

By: Bill Wilson
Christians often talk about how God is always good yet live anxious and obsessed lives. That gap between rhetoric and actions is at the heart of the dysfunction of many local churches and individual Christians.

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