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3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness
3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness

By: Jon Kuhrt
The number of homeless people living on the streets is a social barometer indicating wider levels of poverty and exclusion. At least three factors lead to someone becoming homeless.

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Boom or Bust: Consumerism Still America's Religion
Boom or Bust: Consumerism Still America's Religion

By: Bruce P. Rittenhouse (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Why do U.S. citizens remain attached to a consumeristic form of life? It performs the religious function of providing them with an answer to the existential problem of meaning.

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When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience
When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience

By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Although God has instructed children to obey their parents, that doesn't mean they should listen to negative commands that may hinder their relationships with God. Parents have a responsibility, too.

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Large Gaps Remain Despite Social Safety Programs' Positive Impact
Large Gaps Remain Despite Social Safety Programs' Positive Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Social safety net programs help nearly 2 billion people, but better coverage is needed in parts of Africa and Asia, where most of the global poor live, a report says.

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4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too
4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too

By: Roger Olson
When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli
3 Principles Church Leaders Can Learn from Machiavelli

By: Terrell Carter
Church leaders face an increasing maze of challenges in a society growing more secular. While he had his flaws, Machiavelli has three pieces of advice that are relevant for local church leaders.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn
First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn

By: Brian Craig
Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches
Coach's 3-Prong Philosophy Applies to Churches

By: Guy Sayles
Legendary UNC Coach Dean Smith had a three-prong philosophy for his teams: play hard, play smart, play together. And that's not a bad philosophy for churches, too.

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Early Christians' Radical Actions Really Not So Radical
Early Christians' Radical Actions Really Not So Radical

By: Drew Smith
While the actions of giving up private property by the early Christians may have been something radical, the reality is that these actions were actually normative for Christian identity and community.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family
4 Ways Your Church Can Be a Healthy Family

By: Joel Snider
Those attributes that make healthy family relationships also create healthy church relationships. Here are four ways your church can model healthy family dynamics in the congregation.

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What Does It Really Mean to be Righteous?
What Does It Really Mean to be Righteous?

By: Rupen Das
What does righteous mean? The average church member likely associates it with being blameless or holy. Righteous can also be understood as an obligation in the context of our social relationships.

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3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones
3 Lessons Your Church Can Learn from The Rolling Stones

By: Matt Sapp
The Rolling Stones have been going strong for more than 50 years. Their show has changed to adjust to the times, but their music and message are still the same. The church should take note.

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Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry
Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry

By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.

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Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?
Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?

By: Rob Hewell
Any person or group who holds a position deemed to be exclusivist and found to be offensive might be said to hold beliefs that are hateful toward others. Could that one day apply to Christian worship?

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4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants
4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
The practices of hospitality and loving strangers are essential to our identity as Jesus' followers. How can we put those disciplines into practice with the immigrants among us? Here are four ways.

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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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3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know
3 Issues Every Bivocational Minister Needs to Know

By: David Fitch
Many leaders have misconceptions and wrong expectations about what it means to be a bivocational minister. Failing to grasp these three issues have nearly destroyed many of them.

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Do You Legislate Your Beliefs or Live Them?
Do You Legislate Your Beliefs or Live Them?

By: Terrell Carter
Instead of exhibiting the traits of grace and love within our own lives, Christians are increasingly forcing their system of belief on people that don't see the benefits of participating in that system. Can we change?

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Considering What's at Stake in Creation's Deterioration
Considering What's at Stake in Creation's Deterioration

By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if there is not concern about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecological home they will inherit. The pope helps us see that.

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Papal Encyclical Should Embolden Pro-Environment Voices
Papal Encyclical Should Embolden Pro-Environment Voices

By: William Brackney
Christians need to respond to the ecological crises now and with good reason. And the pope's encyclical on creation should embolden every Christian denomination to study the issues and voice their concerns.

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What's Your Church's Priority? Getting Bigger or Better?
What's Your Church's Priority? Getting Bigger or Better?

By: Matt Sapp
Our society craves bigger stuff, and it's the same for the church. Bigger buildings, budgets and programs. More people. But is bigger always better? Or is it better to be better?

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Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor
Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor

By: Dennis Bickers
Some congregations spend too much time looking for persons with degrees and formal education. The next pastor or staff member of your small church may be already sitting in your pews.

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How Will Seminaries Respond to Pope's Climate Call?
How Will Seminaries Respond to Pope's Climate Call?

By: Timothy Gilbert
The pope's encyclical on the environment is a wakeup call to Christian and theological education to address pressing issues that will not wait and which have dire consequences for millions of people and creatures.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now
5 Ways Your Church Can Care for Creation - Right Now

By: Robert Creech
Pope Francis' vision for the environment is a call to practical action, personal ecological conversion and lifestyle change. Here are five ways your church can care for the environment today.

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