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5 Ways You Can Pray for the President, Other Leaders
5 Ways You Can Pray for the President, Other Leaders

By: Barry Howard
Praying for a leader doesn't mean you affirm that leader's policies or character. It means you affirm the power of God in providing guidance and to intercede for that leader to be receptive to God's direction.

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A Reminder to March to Beat of Different Drummer
A Reminder to March to Beat of Different Drummer

By: Barry Howard
A drum tree, composed of 34 drums from different eras, stands amid First Baptist Pensacola's Christmas décor. It's a reminder that our faith calls us to march to a countercultural cadence during this hectic season.

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10 Tips to Make Wise Decisions about Holiday Giving
10 Tips to Make Wise Decisions about Holiday Giving

By: Barry Howard
Many worthy charities, missions and ministries need financial help, but it's not possible to support all of them. Here are 10 tips to help you be smart and generous in your giving.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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7 Ways to Live Proactively in Our Post 9/11 World
7 Ways to Live Proactively in Our Post 9/11 World

By: Barry Howard
Our nation takes extraordinary security measures that would have been unthinkable and excessive 15 years ago. In our post-9/11 world, how can Christians take proactive steps to be 'salt' and 'light'?

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12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches
12 Healthy Trends Emerging in Revitalizing Churches

By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to be revitalized? It is a process of restoring a healthy vision, good congregational morale and a sustainable model for engaging in mission and ministry. Here are 12 healthy trends.

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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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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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10 Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pastor
10 Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pastor

By: Barry Howard
Confession is good for the soul, they say. So here are 10 confessions from one pastor about what he believes about church and ministry after 37 years of service.

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7 Lessons When Storms Devastate Our Communities
7 Lessons When Storms Devastate Our Communities

By: Barry Howard
Destructive storms disrupt and uproot communities, often causing massive damages and casualties. However, we can learn valuable lessons to rebuild after the storms pass. Here are seven.

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4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit
4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit

By: Barry Howard
The pulpit is a place to accent the privilege and responsibility of choosing our leaders, not a place to dictate the decision. Here are four steps for pastors who want to encourage good citizenship from the pulpit.

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Don't Let Grief's Darkness Eclipse Light of Christmas
Don't Let Grief's Darkness Eclipse Light of Christmas

By: Barry Howard
Holidays can be dark days emotionally for many of us. Grieving is healthy as long as you are moving through the grief process as opposed to becoming stuck in your grief.

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Growing Potatoes on Mars: 12 Lessons for Your Church
Growing Potatoes on Mars: 12 Lessons for Your Church

By: Barry Howard
In the novel-turned-movie "The Martian," an astronaut stranded on Mars must learn to grow potatoes for his survival. His task illustrates 12 lessons for the church and its survival.

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10 Tips for Ministers to Strengthen Their Marriages
10 Tips for Ministers to Strengthen Their Marriages

By: Barry Howard
To build a healthy marriage, a minister and spouse cannot be naïve to stress factors. They should take steps to navigate these challenges with faith, discernment and intentionality. Here are 10 tips.

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What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'
What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'

By: Barry Howard
Our ancestors envisioned a nation in which liberty and justice would be for all people. Some folks, however, have reduced 'liberty' to a license for self-centeredness and 'justice' to mere retaliatory action.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
How Your Church Can Make Missions More Effective
By: Barry Howard
Without any long-term objective to your church's mission strategy, your church could be encouraging a sense of entitlement that trends toward continual poverty. Here are five steps to break that cycle.
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The Kindest Way for Churches to Destroy People
The Kindest Way for Churches to Destroy People
By: Barry Howard
Does your church need to re-evaluate how to best use its resources for the poor and vulnerable? The author of "Toxic Charity" examines the ineffective approach taken by many churches and nonprofits.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Barry Howard
Profiles in Goodwill: Barry Howard

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Barry Howard, senior minister at the First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, writes columns featured on EthicsDaily.com. His favorite Bible verses are from Romans 12, calling us to be transformed by grace.

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If You Really Want to Make Your Pastor's Day, Try This
If You Really Want to Make Your Pastor's Day, Try This
By: Barry Howard
Pastors have been showered with thank-you notes, homemade goodies and gift cards during Pastor Appreciation Month. But there's one thing you can do to ensure your pastor feels appreciated.
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Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children
Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children

By: Barry Howard
Whether it's in their own neighborhood or halfway around the world, First Baptist Church of Pensacola has focused its ministries on investing in the lives of children.

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3 Advantages to Going Online for Your Daily Devotional
3 Advantages to Going Online for Your Daily Devotional
By: Barry Howard
Many people have relied upon Bible reading plans or devotional books for their daily devotionals. However, online resources can be a practical source of material, too.
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Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Christmas
Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Christmas
Many of us feel forced to travel toward Christmas in the fast lane in a culture focused on shopping and accumulating. Advent encourages us to go slow and breathe in the scenery.
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Where is God When the Bad Stuff Happens?
Where is God When the Bad Stuff Happens?
Where is God when bad things happen? To the person who is hurting, our canned religious answers seem hollow, shallow and often insulting. Suffering is no respecter of persons.
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How One Church Survived Their Mother's Day Controversy
How One Church Survived Their Mother's Day Controversy
A Mother's Day custom at one church, which honored the mom with the most children, became a controversy between the two finalists. Here's how one pastor solved it.
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Working Mother's Day into Your Church Liturgy
Working Mother's Day into Your Church Liturgy
How does your church celebrate Mother's Day? Is it a time for nostalgia or gentile respect for the influential role of mothers? Or does it go deeper?
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View from the Gulf: A Local Seaman's Perspective
View from the Gulf: A Local Seaman's Perspective
Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion triggered the oil crisis in the Gulf, we've heard from politicians, media commentators, BP executives and so-called expert analysts. Here are the views of someone who works there.
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Five Lessons Learned From Gulf Oil Catastrophe
Five Lessons Learned From Gulf Oil Catastrophe
Rather than just accepting the reality of the oil catastrophe in the Gulf, what lessons can we learn to be more proactive and progressive? For starters, here are five to help us be better custodians of our planet.
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Rising Tide of Anxiety Along the Gulf Coast
Rising Tide of Anxiety Along the Gulf Coast
Predictions about the impact of the oil spill on the Gulf seem to change several times a day. Rising up to meet the challenges presented by this crisis could require more perseverance than any of the prior storms.
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How People Recognize Authentic Christians
How People Recognize Authentic Christians
Authentic Christian living tends to be a more powerful and persuasive influence than sermons, songs or religious programs. People are more interested in the genuineness of personal faith than in doctrinal purity.
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For Balance in Life, Don't Neglect Reading
For Balance in Life, Don't Neglect Reading
In our age of information technology, it's easy to take in information. However, we need to do more than watch information to stretch our minds. So take some time to read a few good books.
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Guess Who's Watching You This Christmas Season?
Guess Who's Watching You This Christmas Season?
When I got up this morning, I had this sensation that I was being watched. No matter what I did – brewing coffee, checking headlines on the computer – I sensed other eyes watching me. Who was it?
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The Overlooked Season: Don't Skip Advent This Year
The Overlooked Season: Don't Skip Advent This Year
As mission-driven Christians who live in a market-driven culture, the reflective disciplines of Advent keep us alert to stealth forces like materialism, busyness, greed and indifference.
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Teddy Roosevelt's 10 Reasons for Going to Church
Teddy Roosevelt's 10 Reasons for Going to Church
Why attend church? Well, back in 1917, Teddy Roosevelt, America's 26th president, provided 10 reasons in an interview to Ladies Home Journal. Here's what he had to say.
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Living the Dream: Finding Purpose and Mission in Life
Living the Dream: Finding Purpose and Mission in Life
What's your idea of a dream life? Most of us think of a dream life as an upgrade in our circumstances, a life with fewer challenges and greater comfort and convenience. But is this God's dream for us?
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Change of Season: Making the Most of Life's Stages
Change of Season: Making the Most of Life's Stages
Rather than letting life's seasons pass meaninglessly and letting life become "vanity," the writer of Ecclesiastes encourages us to maximize the opportunities within each one of them.
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In Easter Pageant, All Should Identify with Thief's Role
In Easter Pageant, All Should Identify with Thief's Role
Other than the role of Judas, the most challenging part to fill in First Baptist Church of Pensacola's Easter pageant is the role of the thief. Few have volunteered for the part twice, but you can't have a true Easter pageant without him.
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Finding a Church to Call Home: It’s Not a Bargain Hunt
Finding a Church to Call Home: It’s Not a Bargain Hunt
All too often, many “church shoppers” become frequent “church swappers.” Searching for a church home is a crucial life decision. Here’s one pastor’s perspective on what to look for in a church.
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Hope Still Floats: Lessons from a Falling Plane
Hopefully, none of us will have a harrowing experience like the passengers on Flight 1549. But you never know when you are going to get caught in an emergency situation. If you suddenly find yourself facing potentially traumatic circumstances, remember the lessons learned from that falling, and later floating, plane.
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A Tale of Two Attitudes
Though we are definitely not living in the worst of times, we are certainly experiencing the toughest economy in recent years—a challenging time to keep your business afloat, a challenging time to maintain your job, a challenging time to make ends meet. But the worst of our times can bring out the best in us.
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March to a Different Drummer
Our drum tree serves as a holiday reminder that God calls us to march to the beat of a different drummer, receiving our formative cues and motivation from the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus.
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Tough Times Can Open Door to Transformation
As a pastor and follower of Jesus, the teachings of the Bible and the initiatives of Christ are constantly re-formatting my lifestyle, calling me to leave behind the errant ways of my past so that I might live more authentically, more passionately and more faithfully.
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A Prayer for Independence Day
Good and gracious God, you have given us the privilege and the responsibility of living in the most resourceful land in the world. From sea to shining sea most of us enjoy unparalleled freedom, comfortable homes, nutritious meals, preferred vocations and unique religious liberty.
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There's 'Joy' in the Manger
Through the years I have enjoyed observing countless living nativity scenes during the holiday season. Most of these scenes are staged on the lawns of church campuses or they are incorporated into annual Christmas pageants. Many of the scenes include both human characterization and a menagerie of live animals.
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A Prayer for Independence Day
Gracious God, as we celebrate our nation's Independence Day, we approach you with hearts that are simultaneously brimming with gratitude and weighted with concern.
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Integrity on Tour and Beyond
When members of the PGA Tour think of integrity, they inevitably think of Joe Durant. Durant, who began his professional career in 1987, has competed on the Nike Tour and PGA Tour since 1993. And while Durant enjoys winning a golf tournament, he doesn't let his status as tour professional interfere with his priority commitments to his faith and his family.
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Advent: A Christian Countdown to Christmas
In the rural church of my upbringing, we didn't observe Advent. We jumped directly from Thanksgiving to Christmas. In our close-knit congregation, the non-negotiable liturgical dates on our church calendar other than Christmas and Easter were Church Conference after worship service on the first Sunday, Gospel Singing on the fourth Sunday night, Revival during the second full week in August, and Homecoming the last Sunday in July. Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Passover, and Pentecost were nowhere to be found.
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After Crises: Things Your Church Can Do
Churches and faith-based organizations are usually among the first and most generous to respond to communities and individuals who are in crisis. After storms, earthquakes and even tsunamis churches have responded by sending money, volunteers and supplies.
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The Dennis Diary: A Recollection of My First Week in Pensacola
My first week as pastor at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla., will be unforgettable. My wife, Amanda, and I arrived at our temporary residence on Monday, July 4th. Little did we know that the celebratory fireworks of Independence Day would be followed by an explosive outbreak of tropical weather in the Gulf later that week.
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Up Close With Extreme Makeover
On Sunday and Monday evening, March 7-8, viewers nationwide watched as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" built one of their largest and most sophisticated homes to date. And that home, located in Center Point, Ala., was built for a family with a significant family need. I am still fascinated by the story of why and how they accomplished this enormous feat.
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There's More Than One Way to Show Your Rear End
In the early weeks of the NFL playoffs, a player who has become renowned for his antics on and off the field was cited and fined by the NFL for mockingly "mooning" the fans of the opposing team. For the totally uninitiated, "mooning" is a gesture where the perpetrator bends over and flashes his or her hind side as a put down to another group or individual.
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It Takes a Lot of Strength to Tear Down a Wall
Not long ago, while traveling through a community in northeast Alabama where I served as a minister in the 1980s, my wife and I drove down the street where we used to live, and "the wall" was still there. There was an interesting story behind the wall, and perhaps the story surrounding "the wall" is worth telling.
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Politics in the Pulpit: Practicing Non-partisan Pastoral Initiatives
Every election year, pastors are faced with the challenge of how to address political issues fairly and legally from the pulpit. While some on both the left and the right attempt to hijack the pulpit in order to support their cause or their favored candidate, many of us in ministry strive to encourage members to participate in the political process without instructing members about how to vote.
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What Must I Do to Be Saved?
How did you become a Christian? How do you describe your conversion story? How can you better help others understand the decision to become a follower of Christ?
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Restoring Others Gently
Restoration is a ministry initiative that is often neglected. Due to brokenness, miscommunication, and disconnection, restoration needs to occur in many dimensions of human relationships: Between spouses, between parents and children, between siblings, between colleagues, between classmates, between team members and between neighbors.
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'Tis the Season
The journey from Advent to Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year. For centuries, Christians have engaged this season with both contemplation and celebration. The deeper I venture into this journey, the more I discover this to be a multi-faceted season of opportunity.
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The Great Commission In Action
Throughout the Bible, there are a variety of statements urging people of faith to be faithful witnesses, in both conversation and action, before those who are not yet a part of the community of faith.
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What Did Scooby Do?
Meet Scooby, a 6-year-old dog who belongs to the Farris family in Corbin, Ky. Since Scooby's story appeared in several newspapers and on many of the national television networks, Scooby is now the most famous dog in the Commonwealth.
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Observing Holy Week Can Enrich Faith
This year as you approach Holy Week, try meditating on the whole story of Jesus' passion. Take time to listen to the voices of the crowd. Hear again the words of Jesus and ponder his days in Jerusalem.
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How to Deal With Reality of War
To deal proactively with the harsh reality of war, we should say our prayers, support our troops, exercise our freedom and stand firm in our faith.
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Take Advantage of Ministry's 'Interim Season'
During an interim season, the current staff will have additional "interim" assignments, and quite often an interim minister will join the ministry team and help guide the church through the transitional season. Most of the church's ministries can continue during an interim season, but a church should travel at a much slower pace.
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Rediscover the Revelation
The Revelation is one of the most relevant books in the Bible, especially if it is received as a book of encouragement or a book of worship. That's right! Encouragement and worship. Those seem to be the overarching themes of the book when it is considered in its original context.
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Rediscover the Prophets
How long has it been since you read the prophets? In the Old Testament, the prophets are considered the covenant spokespeople of God. Often, the prophets are misunderstood to be "foretellers" who predict what will happen and when. Actually the prophets are "forth tellers" who confront the people of God with the truth of God.
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Rediscover the Gospels
The Gospels are pivotal in helping us understand the fullness of the love of God. If you have not read the Gospels lately, you might be missing what life is all about.
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Rediscover the Psalms
The Psalms have often been called the hymnal of the Old Testament. This collection of Hebrew poetry contains 150 entries that include liturgical expressions of worship, capsules of Hebrew history, honest prayers and disturbing exclamations of lament.
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Read the Bible Daily
Often I am asked, "What can I do to grow as a Christian?" Several things may help you grow in your faith, but one of the most important is reading the Bible every day.
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Getting Relief From Depression
There are many reasons why winter is often considered an emotional downer. Some counselors attribute this wintry melancholy to post-holiday stress, while others believe it has more to do with isolation caused by blustery weather.
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On a Quiet Night in Bethlehem
God sent his Christmas gift special delivery as a babe in a manger. The Son of God was not a celebrity messiah, but the Savior who lived to reveal the ways of God to people just like you and me.
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Preparing for Your Advent Journey
Your Advent journey goes beyond what happens at your church services. Advent is a season for preparing your heart, mind and soul for the coming of Christ. Such preparation involves participation in worship, designating time for quiet meditation and reading daily Advent devotionals.
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Enrich Your Thanksgiving Holiday
It's that time of year again! The frantic holiday season is about to begin. In our over-commercialized culture, Thanksgiving Day has become the kickoff for the Christmas blitz. Unless you take charge of your holiday schedule, you will succumb to clever advertisements and cultural expectations.
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Speaking of Theology
Theology is "thinking about God." When I attend church, I want to be surrounded by other people who are practicing and processing their theology.
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What Is Postmodernism?
However you define or describe postmodernism, the reality of its growing impact on our culture and on the work of the church within our culture requires the church reaffirm its mission, re-think its strategy, and re-equip its membership for a new era.
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Major Mistakes Churches Make
Churches are prone to make mistakes. Although these mistakes may afford short-term numerical growth, they inevitably diminish the overall health of a congregation and taint the integrity of a local church. Some of the mistakes are major and some are minor.
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Being Informed About Alzheimer's Disease
The number of people who have Alzheimer's disease is growing. Families and congregations who are well-informed about Alzheimer's disease are better prepared to recognize and respond to someone who has the disease.
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Using the Internet Wisely
The Internet has been described by critics and doomsday prophets as a "pornographic cesspool" and as the "demonic beast" of the apocalypse.
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Inquiring Minds Want to Know
When you read the Gospels, it is surprising how many questions were asked of Jesus, both by his disciples and other inquirers. Consider the following intriguing questions that were posed to Jesus.
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All Nature Sings
This is an excellent season to get out and enjoy the beauty of the "rocks and the trees." Here are some activities that could get you and your family out to enjoy the "beauty of the earth" this autumn:
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A Remarkable Story of Forgiveness
Although expressions of forgiveness do not always require the forfeiture of penalty or restitution, authentic forgiveness does require the relinquishment of vengeance by the offended, and it does seek the reformation of the offender.
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Making Faithful Attendance a Priority
I have often listened as church members voiced their best intentions of attending church and Sunday school, but then I have watched as travel plans, minor aches and pains, or the lure of a round of golf or another trip to the lake deter them from faithful attendance and participation.
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Through the Eyes and Ears of a Child
Children who attend Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, worship services or confirmation classes learn important lessons and stories that help shape their faith and values for their adult years. Children, like adults, may not immediately understand the significance of many of those stories, but through repetition, reflection and experience, the interpretation and application of the biblical stories gradually become more meaningful.
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Lessons from the Exodus
The Exodus journey is the central story of the Old Testament. This ancient adventure teaches us many relevant lessons about walking with God in the postmodern era.
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Lessons from the Ark
Stories from the Bible often have several different angles of interpretation. The story of Noah, for example, is a story that we learned as children and that we continue to reflect upon as adults.
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Choosing a Memorial Gift
After the death of a loved one or friend, individuals often want to offer a memorial gift to acknowledge their sympathy to the surviving family members and to honor the memory of the deceased. There are many different ways to provide a memorial gift. How do you choose an appropriate gift?
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Becoming a Healing Community
While we were driving through a popular vacation village, I noticed a sign near the entrance that boasted it to be "One of the Top 100 Retirement Communities in the U.S." The homes did look attractive and the sign gave the village some distinction, but it certainly takes more than a sign and an attractive building to constitute a community—just as it takes more than a sign and an attractive building to constitute a church.
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Putting Your Pain in Perspective
How do you handle your own pain and suffering? Whether you are experiencing the physical pain of illness, the emotional distress of grief, or the spiritual affliction of persecution, your suffering must be put in perspective or you may become a nagging complainer.
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Model the Mind of Christ
When I took a human anatomy course during my junior year in high school, our class learned to identify the left and right hemispheres, the synapses, the cerebral cortex, and the meninges.
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Becoming a Lifelong Student
During the summer months, I usually re-read the Psalms and the Proverbs. These collections comprise a part of the biblical literature known as "Wisdom Writings."
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"Catch a Wave"
"Catch a wave!" I've seen this slogan on television commercials, and on signs in beachfront stores and surf shops. It appears on t-shirts, caps, posters and swimwear.
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Liberty and Justice for All
"I pledge allegiance to the flag ..." We recite these words in classrooms, at ballgames and at civic gatherings. During these days of debate and conversation concerning certain words within the pledge, do we listen to all of the words and take them seriously?
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"Bored Meeting" Cancelled
There are many lists of church bulletin bloopers that are circulating on the internet. On one copy of these humorous mistakes, I found a comical entry that read, "Church Bored Meeting this Sunday at 4 o'clock."
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Holding Your Tongue
In the rural South, where I grew up, if you were about to speak out of turn or to speak negatively about someone, an older adult would usually interrupt you with the reprimand, "Hold your tongue."
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Tough Tips for Parents
Father's Day has come and gone, but the importance of parental nurture, tough love and firm discipline remains.
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Going to Church When You Travel
Summer is here and so is the busiest travel season of the year. When you are traveling, whether visiting friends or going on a family vacation, do you attend church services? If not, you may be missing a unique opportunity to have a different kind of worship experience.
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Memorial Day Fights Forgetting
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. This important holiday is not just another "day off" but a day to remember those who lost their lives in military service to our country.
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Ballpark Etiquette
It's baseball and softball season again, and the local fields in our community are full of energetic boys and girls who are eager to hit a homerun or make a double play.
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Why Teddy Roosevelt Went to Church
Some people attend church regularly. Some attend church sparingly. Some do not attend church at all. As a minister, I have observed a variety of motives that lead individuals into active church participation. What are your reasons for going or not going to church?
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Sin Is a Big Word
"Sin" is a big word, much bigger than most of our small notions about it. Sin has been described as "giving in to temptation," "missing the mark" and "trespassing against God or other human beings." The Bible has a lot to say about sin.
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The Value of Personal Prayer
During Jesus' life and ministry, he regularly advocated and practiced the discipline of private, personal prayer. For Jesus, public prayer had a didactic purpose. For example, Jesus offered a model prayer in teaching his disciples to pray. Then, Jesus specifically instructed his disciples, "But when you pray, go into your room, and close the door" (Mt 6:6).
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Lessons from the Cloth
A couple of years ago, Bo Prosser, minister of education at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., teamed up with Charles Qualls, now associate pastor at Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., to produce a motivational book for church leaders.
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Look Who's Coming to Dinner
When some people think of Jesus, they may assume that he spent his time with the most reputable and righteous people of his day. A careful reading of the Gospels might change our thinking and introduce us to the real Jesus, the one who is constantly found associating with "sinners."
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Rendering Unto Uncle Sam
April 15 is not a date that usually appears on the Christian calendar. It is tax day, the deadline for filing personal income taxes. Is there a biblical and historical precedent for paying taxes?
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Easter: Varied in Celebration, United in Belief
Christmas is always on Dec. 25. Why isn't Easter on the same date every year?
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Avoid Hurrying through Holy Week
A historical narrative of the week we now observe as Holy Week is found in John 12-20. During Holy Week, Christians of different denominations around the world will unite to reflect on the events which led to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
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Think Before You Speak
A couple of years ago, a friend gave me a desk calendar for Christmas. It was one of those page-a-day calendars where you peel off a page each day of the year. This type of calendar comes in many varieties. I have seen such calendars featuring daily devotions, favorite recipes, inspirational sayings and popular cartoons.
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Bad Time for a Nap
Airline passengers were asked to disembark from planes, exit the airport, then re-enter through the security checkpoint a second time. The lines were long. Most passengers tried to be cordial and cooperative but some were irate.
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A Time to Laugh
Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a new study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
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Please Pay Attention!
Parents say it to children. Teachers say it to students. And the Bible says it to us. "Please pay attention." Inattention will get you into trouble.
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It's Not in the Cards
I remember looking forward to Valentine's Day when I was a child. In our school, Valentine's Day and Christmas were the only two occasions when parties were allowed.
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All I Really Need to Know ...
I learned some of life's most valuable lessons in Sunday School. I know that best-selling author Robert Fulghum argued that all he really needed to know he learned in kindergarten.
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Practicing Good Hospital Etiquette
Visiting the sick has traditionally been a ministry for both clergy and laity. People of faith feel a spiritual responsibility to visit the sick, especially those in the hospital. When Jesus told a story about compassionate ministry to his disciples, he used an example of ministry to the sick: "I was sick and you visited me."
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Re-Entering Church Gracefully
Recently, while attending a major sporting event, I noticed a peculiar sign near the gate as I gave my ticket to the gate attendant. In bold black letters the sign read, "Absolutely No Re-entry." In other words, if you come out, don't expect to get back in.
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Original Christmas Music
In Luke 1:46-56 we find a story culminating in Mary's song, the first Christmas music on record, so to speak.
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Embarking On Your Advent Journey
The green wreath contains four purple candles surrounding one large white candle. The day is Dec. 2. Only one purple candle is lit this day: the candle of peace. This marks the beginning of Advent.
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What Is Your Favorite Hymn?
Each Sunday parishioners gather in their local churches to worship God by singing hymns, saying prayers, experiencing sermons and engaging in other parts of the liturgy. Every dimension of the worship service is important.
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Getting Real Religion
When I was a child we would sing, "I've got that old time religion in my heart, way down inside." What is real religion? And how do you get it "way down inside"?
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