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This 1 Assumption Could Be Dangerous for Your Church
This 1 Assumption Could Be Dangerous for Your Church

By: Bill Wilson
Many things we assume are shared values are actually called into question every day. One of the signs of a healthy church and a healthy leader is giving focused attention to the fundamentals.

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Living in the Shadow of Those Women - 2,000 Years Later
Living in the Shadow of Those Women - 2,000 Years Later

By: Merriana Harrelson
In passages from two New Testament epistles, women were rebuked to be silent in church. For 2,000 years, we've lived in the shadow of those women as these passages have been used to deliver soul-crushing blows.

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The Church's Role in Creating the Loneliest Generation
The Church's Role in Creating the Loneliest Generation

By: Christina Embree
Generation Z, the youngest generation, is also the loneliest, a recent survey says. Why do these social-media savvy adults feel alone? And what role do churches have in making them feel they don't belong?

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When Your Belief in God Doesn't Align with the Manuscript
When Your Belief in God Doesn't Align with the Manuscript

By: John D. Pierce
Most people say they believe in God, but what do they mean? Sadly, many Christians are guilty of portraying the "God of the Bible" in ways that don't align with the fullest revelation of God in holy text.

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Amid Gaza Aftermath, Searching for Mutual Solution
Amid Gaza Aftermath, Searching for Mutual Solution

By: Yohanna Katanacho
How should we respond to the killing of almost 60 of our people in Gaza? The beginning of the solution is rooted in seeing the other not as a threat but as a partner, not as a curse but as a divine gift.

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Why Big Issues Can Leave You Feeling Overwhelmed
Why Big Issues Can Leave You Feeling Overwhelmed

By: Stuart Blythe
Some issues, such as climate change, appear so great that they leave people so "ethically overwhelmed" that it undermines our ability to respond in any meaningful way at all. Yet we can overcome these feelings.

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Why Your Church Should Practice Civil Christianity
Why Your Church Should Practice Civil Christianity

By: Jim Kelsey
Radical civility is an inherent dimension of love of God. Sadly, we live in an uncivil time bred of an overwrought sense of freedom and autonomy, which can taint the lives of our congregations.

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Time to Bust the Myth of Biblical Womanhood
Time to Bust the Myth of Biblical Womanhood

By: Beth Allison Barr
The ideas associated with biblical womanhood, such as remaining under the patriarchal hierarchy of male teachers and pastors, are stressed not because they are "biblical" but because they are culturally acceptable.

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How Christian Views Have Shaped Criminal Justice System
How Christian Views Have Shaped Criminal Justice System

By: Philip Jenkins
When churches encourage people to reduce the use of the police and the formal justice system - emphasizing reconciliation, mediation and arbitration - it's a throwback to what the church has done throughout history.

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The 'Blood of Christ' - Transaction or Transfusion?
The 'Blood of Christ' - Transaction or Transfusion?

By: Colin Harris
In the 11th century, the Christian community articulated two distinct alternatives for interpreting atonement. The transactional method gained traction, but the transfusion method has seen a resurgence of late.

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From The Pews: The Damage from Pastors' Hidden Lives
From The Pews: The Damage from Pastors' Hidden Lives

By: Merianna Harrelson
Pastors are supposed to be the voice of moral reason and ethics in our society. When pastors' secret lives are exposed, it causes a spiritual dissonance within faith communities and indeed within our culture.

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The Convergence of Protestant, Catholic Ethics - Part 2
The Convergence of Protestant, Catholic Ethics - Part 2

By: Matthew J. Tuininga
The more Protestants and Catholics converse with and engage the best of each other's traditions, the more we discover just how rich, broad and consistent is the long tradition of Christian moral and social teaching.

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How Racism, Sexism Subtly Infiltrate Church, Mission Work
How Racism, Sexism Subtly Infiltrate Church, Mission Work

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Everyday paternalism. Willfully ignoring and separating from others. The language we use to identify others. Racism and sexism creep into many Christian churches and organizations through subtle blind spots.

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4 Legacies to Remember the Founder of Black Theology
4 Legacies to Remember the Founder of Black Theology

By: Richard Wilson
James Cone, who died April 28, was the founder of black theology, but he was so much more. What Cone began, many will continue. Here are four significant legacies for which he should be remembered.

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The Convergence of Protestant, Catholic Ethics - Part 1
The Convergence of Protestant, Catholic Ethics - Part 1

By: Matthew J. Tuininga
While Protestant reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church over doctrinal differences, today a growing convergence among Reformed and Catholic ethicists exists, even as important differences remain.

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My Journey to Become an Interfaith Baptist
My Journey to Become an Interfaith Baptist

By: Daniel Schweissing
The Baptist-Muslim Dialogue in Wisconsin gave me the opportunity and tools to build on my previous interfaith work and deepen my understanding of what interfaith cooperation can accomplish.

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How One Teacher Educated Kids About Muslim Neighbors
How One Teacher Educated Kids About Muslim Neighbors

By: Carol Stagner
What can one person do to make a difference in loving our Muslim neighbors? It's different for each of us, but here's one schoolteacher's story about her journey to educate her students.

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Bearing Witness to Confront Negative Stereotypes about Islam
Bearing Witness to Confront Negative Stereotypes about Islam

By: Drew Herring
Following the Baptist-Muslim Dialogue, the next step is confronting Islamophobia in our churches and communities. How do you begin conversations with those whose minds are closed by negative stereotypes?

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Why This Baptist Pastor Says, 'I'm With Muslims'
Why This Baptist Pastor Says, 'I'm With Muslims'

By: Jonathan Davis
If anybody should stand up for the religious liberty of Muslims, it should be Baptists. In many ways, Baptists invented modern religious liberty. Because of my Baptist heritage, I have no problem saying, "I'm with Muslims."

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6 Factors That Brought Baptist, Muslim Leaders Together
6 Factors That Brought Baptist, Muslim Leaders Together

By: Rob Sellers
If you were playing a categories game where you named pairs of items that naturally fit together, "Baptists and Muslims" wouldn't be your first choice. Yet those two worlds surprisingly came together. Here's how.

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Baptist-Muslim Dialogue Opened My Eyes to Interfaith Engagement
Baptist-Muslim Dialogue Opened My Eyes to Interfaith Engagement

By: Trisha Miller Manarin
Participating in the Baptist-Muslim dialogue helped me see my experiences living in a variety of places - and now living in a county where there are more Muslims than Baptists - as one of interfaith engagement.

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What Happens When Baptists, Muslims Work Together
What Happens When Baptists, Muslims Work Together

By: Richard P. Olson
Christian and Muslim leaders came together for a third dialogue session to explore ways they can work together for peace, focusing on building partnerships between congregations and mosques.

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Why It Matters When Your Church Segregates by Age
Why It Matters When Your Church Segregates by Age

By: Christina Embree
Separating the church community based on age began to gain ground back in the 1950s. This recent occurrence will affect our churches because our faith is passed primarily from one generation to another.

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Why Your Church Should Abandon Strategy and Go Tactical
Why Your Church Should Abandon Strategy and Go Tactical

By: Jim Kelsey
The church once thrived on civil power. Perhaps it is time for our congregations to return to tactics - finding the weak places in the "powers and principalities" of our age and exploit them in whatever ways we can.

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Does Your Church Know Who Your Neighborhood Is?
Does Your Church Know Who Your Neighborhood Is?

By: Stuart Blythe
Who is your church's neighborhood? Is it the immediate geographic region around the church? Or is it the many communities where church members work or live or move or have their being?

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