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2 Paths to Travel: An Ethics of Purity or Wholeness?
2 Paths to Travel: An Ethics of Purity or Wholeness?

By: Colin Harris
Purity and wholeness are good things, but as guides for ethical perspective, they can lead in different directions. One defends an image of perfection; the other affirms the interrelatedness of all of life.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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Taking the First Tense Step Toward Racial Unity
Taking the First Tense Step Toward Racial Unity

By: Michael Cheuk
One year ago, nine black members of a South Carolina church were killed by a visitor. That led pastors in a Virginia community to unite and discuss taking the first step toward racial unity in their city.

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Let's Take Care of the Home We All Share
Let's Take Care of the Home We All Share

By: Chuck Summers
Many churches spend more time in conflict than loving each other. Our nation and the international community are equally divided. So much divides us, but surely we can agree we have the planet in common.

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Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam
Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam

By: Rick Love
Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.

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Do You Know the Ten Commandments of Mercy?
Do You Know the Ten Commandments of Mercy?

By: Ron Rolheiser
The central biblical concept of mercy connotes a relationship that loves, embraces and forgives even when we cannot measure up or deserve what's given us. Mercy is God's essence.

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The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship
The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship

By: Michael Shaw
Modern worship has become a privatized experience that does not lead into care and concern for others, but our own personal edification. That is not Christian worship.

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When It's Time to Stare Down the Elephant
When It's Time to Stare Down the Elephant

By: Brent McDougal
People are consumed by the politics of division and polarization. Can we face the climate of hopelessness and powerlessness without giving in or giving up? Sometimes, you need to stare down the elephant.

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Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?
Does Your Church Need to Recalibrate Themselves?

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Many churches are trapped in a time-warp, unable to relate to the culture around. They may make small changes, but they're impenetrable to the outside world. It's time to recalibrate.

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Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support
Reforms to Payday Loan Industry Deserve Church Support

By: Danny Chisholm
Churches with differing doctrines can come together to support reforms to the payday loan industry so poor people aren't forced into financial slavery over loans of less than $1,000.

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Changing Our Focus from What's Wrong to What's Right
Changing Our Focus from What's Wrong to What's Right

By: Christina Embree
We often start conversations with what's wrong with society. Instead, what if we focused on God's goodness? We don't have to ignore what's wrong, but we need to change the conversation's tone.

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Living Longer
Living Longer

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Protestant and Catholic women who attended weekly religious services were more likely to live longer than those who didn't attend, a JAMA article says. So should we all start filling the pews?

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Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?
Has U.S. Society Reached a Moral Turning Point?

By: Matt Sapp
Our divided nation agrees on one thing: We're concerned about our nation's moral condition. Can Christians offer an alternative between moral relativism and the dogmatism of religious fundamentalists?

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10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring
10 Reflections Gleaned from a Decade of Pastoring

By: Chris Smith
Pastoring can be daunting, painful, disappointing and down-right depressing. It can also offer times of great fulfillment, joy, peace and gladness. Here are 10 lessons I've learned on the journey.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership
Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues
Even as Congregations End, the Church Continues

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Every church will one day come to an end of their ministry. While it's hard for local congregations to accept that their ministries are concluding, the universal church will continue.

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Who Are the Lonely People in Your Church?
Who Are the Lonely People in Your Church?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Real loneliness is a constant, inescapable, grinding, gnarling sense of being invisible to other people, of not mattering. And our crowded churches are filled with lonely people. Do you see them?

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Who's in Your Church? Members or Disciples?
Who's in Your Church? Members or Disciples?

By: Mark Tidsworth
Over the centuries, as church and culture and government blended, the word "member" took on a new meaning in church life. Members focus on rights and privileges. Members volunteer; disciples serve.

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The Role of Individual Volition in Moral Formation
The Role of Individual Volition in Moral Formation

By: Stuart Blythe
Four interdependent areas contribute to moral formation. Individual volition is at the core of such formation. For Christian moral formation, it's the individual will in relationship to God.

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When Your Church Needs a Mission Trip in Reverse
When Your Church Needs a Mission Trip in Reverse

By: Roger Olson
Many churches send a group of their congregants on a mission trip to help those "poor other people." Do they need more help? Or do we? Churches might benefit more from a mission trip in reverse.

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Can Your Church Be a Commons for Your Community?
Can Your Church Be a Commons for Your Community?

By: Matthew Hensley
In colonial days, a common was owned by no one but belonged to all. In today's isolating society, churches can create a new commons - one founded on hospitality and not on what they might gain.

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4 Seeds to Live Out the Gospel Organically
4 Seeds to Live Out the Gospel Organically

By: Brent McDougal
Missions can't be a bait-and-switch to get people to come to a worship service. To grow a genuine mission work in your community, your church must invest time, attentiveness and love.

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When Churches Don't Want to Work Together
When Churches Don't Want to Work Together

By: Dennis Bickers
Some churches consider churches from other denominations as competitors. Instead of trying to build up our individual churches, let's unite with others as colleagues on mission with God.

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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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Harvest Thanksgiving: Celebrating Creation Together
Harvest Thanksgiving: Celebrating Creation Together

By: Neville Callam
Once a staple of corporate worship life, Harvest Thanksgiving was a time when life in agrarian communities was adorned by rich annual celebrations of the providential care of the God of nature.

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