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Why God Wants Your Church to Grow
Why God Wants Your Church to Grow

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
While it's true that church isn't all about the numbers, there's nothing wrong in reflecting on how we can be more effective in growing churches. God wants churches to grow.

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Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle and the Valley of Trouble
Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle and the Valley of Trouble

By: Danny Chisholm
The actions of Jared Fogle and Josh Duggar are inexcusable and harmful. Their actions should give us pause to examine our own lives, knowing forgiveness and restoration are available through Christ.

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3 Questions About What Matters at Your Church
3 Questions About What Matters at Your Church

By: John Rackley
Does your church live out God's mission for it or does your church exist to find new members to keep it going? Here are three questions to help you determine if your vision is out of focus.

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Now
5 Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing Now

By: Bill Owen
Being an effective pastor is not easy. Even outstanding pastors face days where self-doubt, fear and uncertainty nip at their heels. When those days come, here are five things you need to stop doing.

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Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface
Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface

By: David Swartz
On one hand, modern-day secularism seemingly runs rampant throughout Europe. However, the numerous storefront immigrant churches suggest that narratives of secularization aren't so rigid.

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Why Sacred Time, Space are Vital to Your Worship
Why Sacred Time, Space are Vital to Your Worship

By: Drew Smith
Both sacred time and space are vital to authentic worship and can function to draw us into the experience of God. Sadly, in efforts to be relevant, some churches have lost a sense of sacred time and space.

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Show Your Love for God by Meeting Others' Needs
Show Your Love for God by Meeting Others' Needs

By: Ron Rolheiser
We too easily and too frequently get the wrong focus befitting both Christian discipleship and human maturity. For the main part, our own salvation will take care of itself if we focus on the needs of others.

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5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision
5 Keys to Help Your Church Achieve Grander Vision

By: Matt Sapp
Churches have been reluctant to embrace new vision at the speed necessary to keep up with the shifting culture - and we're seeing rapid church decline as the inevitable result.

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Are We Redeeming Creation or Causing Its Suffering?
Are We Redeeming Creation or Causing Its Suffering?

By: Zach Dawes
God is working to bring about a "new creation" that involves both humanity and creation. It is not a replacement but a renewal movement in which all things are becoming fully aligned with God's design.

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Missing God's Presence While Seeking Other Messiahs
Missing God's Presence While Seeking Other Messiahs

By: Colin Harris
In nearly every facet of life, people look for a leader to deliver them from whatever peril may afflict them. Does our search for these deliverers keep us from seeing God's incarnational presence in our world?

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How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change
How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change

By: Dennis Bickers
Most church members are very content with the status quo and resistant to change. If you want change in your church, you need to identify the ones that want change and groom them for leadership.

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Discovering God's Purpose in Purposelessness
Discovering God's Purpose in Purposelessness

By: Stephen Holmes
Where is God's purpose when we watch sports or enjoy vacation? There is no need to connect vacation with purpose; trusting in God, we can dare to take time and space to relax, to rest, to enjoy.

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Does Your Congregation Have Healthy 'Church-Esteem'?
Does Your Congregation Have Healthy 'Church-Esteem'?

By: Mark Tidsworth
Just as people have varying levels of self-esteem, churches have different levels of 'church-esteem.' Those with mid- to high levels are poised to dream dreams and see visions for God's calling.

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Helping Church Leaders Recover from Leadership Scars
Helping Church Leaders Recover from Leadership Scars

By: Guy Sayles
Many church leaders, both clergy and laity, have leadership scars, difficult reminders of wounds they received when they attempted to offer their leadership gifts. We need to help them heal.

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Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation
Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation

By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if we are not concerned about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecology they will inherit.

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What Your Church Can Learn from Twitter
What Your Church Can Learn from Twitter

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Don't have time for Twitter? Don't need one more thing in your life already overstimulated by media? Well, Twitter can be a great way to meet new ministry colleagues and to recruit new church members.

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Why Worship Must Make Room for All Our Feelings
Why Worship Must Make Room for All Our Feelings

By: Julie Ball
In "Inside Out," one emotion, Joy, tries to be the dominant emotion in the head of an 11-year-old girl. And that can be the problem with worship when we want it to be filled with joy. Every. Single. Moment.

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Whatever Happened to the Christian Mind? Part 2
Whatever Happened to the Christian Mind? Part 2

By: Roger Olson
Most Christians' minds are a confused mess of ideas drawn more from popular culture than Scripture or Christian tradition. How do we turn this around? Simple; go back and start over.

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Like Docked Ship, Some Christians Safe But Not Sound
Like Docked Ship, Some Christians Safe But Not Sound

By: Larry Eubanks
A docked ship is safe, but that doesn't mean it's sound or seaworthy. Like that ship, many Christians feel safe about going to Heaven but that doesn't mean their behavior is sound.

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Whatever Happened to the Christian Mind? Part 1
Whatever Happened to the Christian Mind? Part 1

By: Roger Olson
The Bible says we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind. Too many Christians think three out of four isn't so bad. They need to develop a discipleship of the mind.

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Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking
Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking

By: Martin Brooks
Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?

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4 Elements of Genuine Worship
4 Elements of Genuine Worship

By: Drew Smith
The strongest obstacle to the life-changing experience of God in worship is our own self-centeredness and self-absorption. So what do we need to do to experience genuine worship?

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Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants
Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
Prejudices and cultural biases hinder our mission efforts, much like they did back when Peter and other believers avoided the Gentiles. Today, we see immigrants as a threat, not as a chance to reflect God's love.

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Love Your Neighbor - Even During Election Season
Love Your Neighbor - Even During Election Season

By: Sam Chaise
Election season is seldom known for its civility when candidates focus on negative attacks and destructive sound bites. Why doesn't the church lead the charge for civility this election season?

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