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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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Do You Accept All of Christ or Just Part of Him?
Do You Accept All of Christ or Just Part of Him?

By: Larry Eubanks
Many Christians accept the basics of Christianity but still reject Jesus' overall teachings. They advocate violence toward enemies, do little to help the poor and discriminate against foreigners and minorities.

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Meeting on Common Ground of Our Vulnerability
Meeting on Common Ground of Our Vulnerability

By: Guy Sayles
Many want the church to be a place where hard questions don't intrude and disagreements don't disturb. They want comfort more than challenge, but that desire wreaks havoc on the church.

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Religion in Global Affairs
Religion in Global Affairs

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Countering the words of partisans at home and abroad who use religion to advance causes of hate and distortion, John Kerry called for understanding the role religion plays in the lives of billions.

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The Source of Lasting Peace: God's Love and Grace
The Source of Lasting Peace: God's Love and Grace

By: Robert Guffey
In the swift stream of our times, we all seek a lasting peace. There's only one source. It's the love and grace of God, which will open the doorway to heaven on earth and fill your life with the gladness of God.

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What's Your Church's Blind Spot?
What's Your Church's Blind Spot?

By: Bill Wilson
We all have blind spots, but so do our churches. Churches ignore their blind spots at their own peril; they are an early warning system for more complicated issues ahead.

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Following an Alternate Script to Successful Life
Following an Alternate Script to Successful Life

By: Molly T. Marshall
Many people of faith follow the same life script as people without faith: get into the best school, get the highest paying job and so on. Perhaps it's time for church to offer an alternate script for success.

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The Changing Face of Senior Adults in Church Life
The Changing Face of Senior Adults in Church Life

By: Ircel Harrison
Senior adults are not just recipients of ministry. Many are still active in serving and caring. For those of us in church leadership, we must not forget that senior adults remain an important part of the church.

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How Your Church Can Help Domestic Violence Victims
How Your Church Can Help Domestic Violence Victims

By: Steve McMullin
Many domestic violence victims suffer in silence, afraid to let anyone know what is happening in their homes. Many attend churches but are afraid to ask for help. Here is how your church can help them.

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Speaking Truth in Love: Your Greatest Challenge
Speaking Truth in Love: Your Greatest Challenge

By: Jim Kelsey
The Bible instructs Christians to speak the truth in love - a command that's often easier said than done. We can speak the truth in many voices, but not all of them are loving.

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Why We Need to Seek Nature's Forgiveness
Why We Need to Seek Nature's Forgiveness

By: Chuck Summers
We sin against creation on a regular basis. We wipe out animals from their habitats, cut down acres of majestic trees and kill fish with poisoned waters. Is it time to ask for forgiveness from God's creation?

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How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear
How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Western fears about Islam and Muslims are surging again. Will we stand up to the media's negative perceptions of the Islamic faith? Or succumb to the hatred and fear from which God's mercy saved us?

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How Will Your Church Help Prisoners Re-Enter Society?
How Will Your Church Help Prisoners Re-Enter Society?

By: Douglas Smith
Christian volunteers I met while in prison helped me see that I am not defined by the worst thing I ever did, and to find forgiveness and hope. Will other prisoners find such help from the church?

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me
The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me

By: Bader Mansour
As a gentile who lived and worked among Jews for many years, many people were a light along my way. You can choose to be a blessing, lighting the path of others, or you can be a curse.

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Who Will Fund Your Church in 10 Years?
Who Will Fund Your Church in 10 Years?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no idea what their financial future looks like. Those who do pretend it won't happen to them. Here are five steps your church should take now to secure its future finances.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Bringing Back the Bible to Our Churches
Bringing Back the Bible to Our Churches

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
The reading of the Scriptures had been downgraded in our churches and our homes. Our congregations are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate. Therefore, we need to bring back the Bible to church.

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Treating the Earth as 'Warehouse of Cheap Resources'
Treating the Earth as 'Warehouse of Cheap Resources'

By: Guy Sayles
We live as if the earth were a warehouse of cheap resources for our indiscriminate use. Instead, we could live as images of God who represent God's gracious rule over the earth.

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Your Pastor as the Church's Chief Celebration Officer
Your Pastor as the Church's Chief Celebration Officer

By: Mark Tidsworth
Does your church celebrate the good things? An important element of pastoral leadership is to ask: How are we doing with celebrating God's good work in and through our congregations?

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Think You're Persecuted Like the Prophets? Think Again.
Think You're Persecuted Like the Prophets? Think Again.

By: Larry Eubanks
The presence of persecution doesn't mean a Christian is being prophetic. Sometimes it means that, on any particular issue, people who are Christians can be less righteous than those who aren't.

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