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Maybe It's Time for Your Church to Have an Epiphany
Maybe It's Time for Your Church to Have an Epiphany

By: Stuart Blythe After Christmas and Easter, many other special Sundays exist for churches to observe during worship. Whether they do or don't isn't as important as whether they can articulate why they reached that decision.

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When Women Stand Together: #SilenceIsNotSpiritual
When Women Stand Together: #SilenceIsNotSpiritual

By: Lynne Hybels Women around the world have been disproportionately impacted by all the great global tragedies. And women need to be disproportionately engaged in the solution. One answer: #SilenceIsNotSpiritual

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For New Year, Will You Choose Life or Decay?
For New Year, Will You Choose Life or Decay?

By: Colin Harris As you step into the new year, you face a choice. It's a choice found repeatedly throughout Scripture: You can either make choices conducive to life or choices counterproductive to it. What's your choice?

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Why God Isn't Calling You to Change the World - Part 2
Why God Isn't Calling You to Change the World - Part 2

By: Rupen Das Human society will never escape the problem of the equitable distribution of the physical and cultural good, which provides for the preservation and fulfillment of human life. Yet God will bring transformation.

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Do You Have the Courage To Be a Change Agent?
Do You Have the Courage To Be a Change Agent?

By: Chris Smith It's not easy to be different. As you witness injustice around you, you must find the courage to follow the Spirit and take that road less traveled. That's the way to bring about change.

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Why God Isn't Calling You to Change the World - Part 1
Why God Isn't Calling You to Change the World - Part 1

By: Rupen Das We want to change the world. While transformation is a valid biblical concept, it is God who transforms and invites us into partnership. Nowhere in Scripture are we called to transform the world.

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What Many Folks Get Wrong About the Bible's Angels
What Many Folks Get Wrong About the Bible's Angels

By: Jim Kelsey Despite what society believes, angels are more than fixers of flat tires, finders of lost keys and preventers of car accidents. The Bible says they are as fearsome as they are comforting.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2017 in Review, From Grief to Joy
EthicsDaily.com: 2017 in Review, From Grief to Joy

By: Zach Dawes Grief marked the start of 2017 for the Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com as founder Robert Parham passed away but slowly turned to joy as we celebrated his legacy and chose a new executive director.

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5 Trends That Will Challenge Churches Like Yours
5 Trends That Will Challenge Churches Like Yours

By: Charles Revis These 5 trends will greatly impact U.S. congregations in the next three years and beyond. No surprises here, but it's important to be aware of them and face them with courage.

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10 Commandments for Welcoming Guests to Your Church
10 Commandments for Welcoming Guests to Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia Every church needs to learn how to greet guests and be the welcoming community Christ calls us to be. Yet this skill does not come naturally to churches. Here are 10 great tips to help, especially No. 5.

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Why We Only Focus on Jesus' Humanity at Christmas
Why We Only Focus on Jesus' Humanity at Christmas

By: Stuart Blythe Christians stress Jesus' human birth at this season, but we seemingly aren't comfortable with his humanity the rest of the year. Perhaps focusing on his humanity reminds us of how we fall short.

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How Prayers of Lament Help Our Broken, Bleeding World
How Prayers of Lament Help Our Broken, Bleeding World

By: Rick Love With so much violence in our world, Christians must learn to bring their pain and the pain of others into God presence. Prayers of lament, which make up a third of the psalms, will help us to "weep with those who weep."

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One Small Light Still Pierces the Deepest Darkness
One Small Light Still Pierces the Deepest Darkness

By: Brent McDougal "We wait for light, but lo, there is darkness," Isaiah wrote. The U.S. feels like that for many right now. Gloom, argument and disruption create fear for the future. It's like groping in the dark. But there's a glimmer of hope.

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What Would Jesus Do When It's Protest Time?
What Would Jesus Do When It's Protest Time?

By: Mark Tidsworth Religion and religious beliefs continue to clash. If Jesus had been incarnated in the flesh here and now, how would he respond to these clashes? Would he protest to get his rights acknowledged?

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How You Can Create a Memorable Christmas Eve Service
How You Can Create a Memorable Christmas Eve Service

By: Paul Beasley-Murray Christmas Eve services are a meaningful time but too often each one seems to merge into the other. None really stands out. To create a memorable Christmas Eve service, consider going Coptic.

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Continue the Call for Peace in Our War-Weary World
Continue the Call for Peace in Our War-Weary World

By: Barry Howard War seems to be this earth's constant companion. As we approach Christmas, once again preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us call on leaders in the highest places to cease provocation.

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Advent's Path Travels the Longer View of History
Advent's Path Travels the Longer View of History

By: Colin Harris Throughout history, empires focused on short-term greatness and domination. Advent reminds us there's another path. And it focuses on long-term goodness and community.

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Is Your Church Ready to Handle the Speed of Change?
Is Your Church Ready to Handle the Speed of Change?

By: Joel Snider Not only can we count on the future changing, that change occurs more rapidly than before. If they want to reach new generations, churches must be in a constant state of readiness to adapt to change.

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The Irony of Mary: Great Joy, Great Suffering
The Irony of Mary: Great Joy, Great Suffering

By: Jeni Martin Johnson Mary experienced great joy raising Jesus, but God's choice for Mary was also a difficult road of suffering. When feelings of suffering come, remember Mary. God saw her through and will see you through as well.

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This Represents the Biggest Threat to Your Decency
This Represents the Biggest Threat to Your Decency

By: Ron Rolheiser How you regard the least of these in society - the poor, the accused, the incarcerated and so on - reflects your decency. Treat them poorly, and you corrupt your own decency. There's no neutral ground.

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Churches in All Their Diversity Reflect Body of Christ
Churches in All Their Diversity Reflect Body of Christ

By: Bob Newell Jesus taking on a human body is a basic assertion of Christmas; the fully divine God became a social and cultural being. Our churches today, in all of their diversity and cultural nuances, reflect that original body of Christ.

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'Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence'
'Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence'

By: Nick Megoran For much of its history, Christianity has been the cause of, or at least the excuse, for many wars. It's time to return to a more authentic understanding of the gospel, which means rejecting war.

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Keeping Your Mission Trips from Becoming Safaris - Part 2
Keeping Your Mission Trips from Becoming Safaris - Part 2

By: Brent Hamoud Humanitarian tourism, while often well-intentioned, can objectify the victims of suffering and loss. We must never casually approach another person's pain and trauma. Here are 7 things to remember.

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Reaffirming the Truth: We Are Our Brothers' Keeper
Reaffirming the Truth: We Are Our Brothers' Keeper

By: Colin Harris The principles outlined in the Universal Declaration promote the value of a collective commitment to a social and political framework that seeks the well-being of all its participants. Simply put, we are our brothers' keeper.

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Keeping Your Mission Trips from Becoming Safaris - Part 1
Keeping Your Mission Trips from Becoming Safaris - Part 1

By: Brent Hamoud As the number of refugees has swelled globally, people have flocked to see these displaced persons firsthand through mission trips and other groups. But how do you keep your mission trip from becoming a safari?

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