Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Comic-Con
Lessons Your Church Can Learn from Comic-Con

By: Michael Parnell
San Diego's annual Comic-Con event is the largest gathering of pop culture in the world. Find out what one Baptist pastor discovered that this event could teach our churches.

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What Do Your Words Really Say About You?
What Do Your Words Really Say About You?

By: Guy Sayles
We're told as children that "words will never harm" us, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Words can open wounds that never fully heal. We have a responsibility to use our words wisely.

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Pedaling through Life Alone Leads to Burnout
Pedaling through Life Alone Leads to Burnout

By: Michael Helms
When we go at life alone and decide not to trust or collaborate with others, we burn out without reaping the results we want. When we work together, we have what it takes to reach the finish line.

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Diatribe or Dialogue: Which Way Will You Choose?
Diatribe or Dialogue: Which Way Will You Choose?

By: Colin Harris
Our public conversation has degenerated into little more than competing sound bytes. We seek control, rather than cooperative understanding. Can we learn to offer more humility and less grandstanding?

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3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence
3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence

By: Brian Lee
With all the eruptions of violence, it's easy to overreact and paint certain groups with a brush that is far too wide and certainly unwarranted. How do we respond in light of all that is happening? Here are 3 ways.

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Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?
Microfinance Industry: Predatory Lending Practices?

By: Zach Dawes
Predatory lending practices within the U.S. payday loan industry are becoming more widely recognized as advocates push for reforms. But how widespread is the problem within the microfinance industry?

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Why We All Need Knowledge and Wisdom
Why We All Need Knowledge and Wisdom

By: Guy Sayles
The intertwined serpents on the physicians' caduceus represent knowledge and wisdom. Good doctors need both, and so do we. Knowledge is about "what" and "how"; wisdom muses about "why" and "who."

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Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts
Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts

By: Joel Snider
Our lives are consumed by the 'tyranny of the urgent,' those things that get in our way and demand attention. Instead, as the 17-year locust reminds us, the long view of life is the healthiest and most effective.

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Closing Loopholes to Protect Our Girls
Closing Loopholes to Protect Our Girls

By: Larry Eubanks
A new Virginia law makes it illegal for girls 13 and younger to wed, closing a loophole allowing men who committed sex crimes to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims. This and other laws protect our girls.

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Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission
Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission

By: Martin Accad
Many people see the world as divided between Muslims and "the rest." How will the church repudiate this stereotyping driven by fear and return to God's hopeful mission?

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Questions Abound As Nation Grapples with Violence
Questions Abound As Nation Grapples with Violence

By: Gary Furr
Rage and death are all around us in our nation. As we search for the answers to the unrelenting violence that plagues our society, it seems like we only have more questions.

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A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe
A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe

By: Clare McBeath
We all know the Exodus story, in which Israelites wandered through foreign lands for 40 years en route to the Promised Land. Do we recognize the modern-day exodus story unfolding in Europe?

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America's Violence Problem: No More Excuses
America's Violence Problem: No More Excuses

By: Brent McDougal
Five police officers are dead, killed by a sniper while protecting a peaceful protest in Dallas. How did we get here? Could Rwanda hold some answers for us? And how will churches make a difference?

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4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos
4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos

By: Ryan Jespersen
With the political season approaching a fevered pitch, social media sites are a minefield of political arguments. Here are 4 ways you can exemplify a Christlike response amid the chaos.

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How Should Christians Respond to the Orlando Massacre?
How Should Christians Respond to the Orlando Massacre?

By: Bill Ross
"The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history." These words bring fear, hate, exclusion, injustice, hurt, shock and pain. How should Christians respond? It boils down to one word.

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How Churches Should Reflect Jesus' Radical Ministry to Women
How Churches Should Reflect Jesus' Radical Ministry to Women

By: Kathryn Freeman
We live in a culture that degrades and devalues women. If we are to follow Christ's example, we should lead the charge against destructive messages about the value and worth of women.

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Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood
Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood

By: Martin Brooks
Why are these "foreigners" moving here? It's a sentiment shared by many, even Christians, as immigrants settle into their cities. But God determines where people move and live and does so with purpose.

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When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting
When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting

By: Phil Palmer
Some media call them migrants, others may say immigrants or refugees. Much of our media is guilty, consciously or otherwise, of dehumanizing people in their reporting.

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What You Can Learn from Examining Your 'Roots'
What You Can Learn from Examining Your 'Roots'

By: Michael Helms
Your family roots have a deep influence on you. On your life's journey, you must recognize the parts of your family system that still exist around you and within you - and ask yourself what needs to change.

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Martin Luther King: Extremists for Hate or for Love?
Martin Luther King: Extremists for Hate or for Love?

By: Thomas Kidd
In "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. was at first disappointed but then satisfied to be labeled an extremist. The question is what kind of extremist will you be?

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Many of Us Share Guilt in Exalting False God of Football
Many of Us Share Guilt in Exalting False God of Football

By: Ferrell Foster
Football has become one of our nation's modern-day false gods. We have gotten so out of hand with football that we are putting the safety and well-being of women at risk.

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On Memorial Day: Practicing the Discipline of Remembering
On Memorial Day: Practicing the Discipline of Remembering

By: Barry Howard
Memorial Day is not just another "day off" but a day to remember those who have lost their lives in the military service of our country. Rather than a time to celebrate, the day offers us a chance to reflect.

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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