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Reciting Pledges While Not Living By Their Words
Reciting Pledges While Not Living By Their Words

By: Michael Ruffin Christians pledge their allegiance to the Bible, the Christian flag and the U.S. flag. However, many who recite these pledges and expect others to do the same don't always live by the words of those pledges. Ironic, isn't it?

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In Shooting Aftermath, How Can Faith Infuse Our Daily Lives?
In Shooting Aftermath, How Can Faith Infuse Our Daily Lives?

By: Mitch Carnell The shooting at a Texas Baptist church can happen at any church. As we grapple with another round of gun violence, we cannot do nothing. At the very least, we can engage in a reasonable dialogue.

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Making the World Better One Small Act of Love at a Time
Making the World Better One Small Act of Love at a Time

By: Daniel Schweissing Despite the latest act of senseless violence, one group of students from a variety of faiths and no faith is part of a larger movement seeking to make the world a better place - one small act at a time.

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So When Did You Last Hear a Sermon on Racism?
So When Did You Last Hear a Sermon on Racism?

By: Gordon King Racism and prophetic protests against racism are part of the biblical message, yet we hear so few sermons in our churches about this moral issue. Here are 4 suggestions for pastoral leaders.

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4 Steps Your Church Can Take Now to Shore Up Security
4 Steps Your Church Can Take Now to Shore Up Security

By: Ed Hogan The news that a man gunned down 26 people in a Texas church sent shockwaves across the nation. What if a gunman had walked into your church? Here are 4 ideas you can put into place this week.

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How to Honor Veterans in Christ-Centered Worship
How to Honor Veterans in Christ-Centered Worship

By: Meredith Stone National holidays, such as Veterans Day, remind us of the challenges of incorporating government symbols into Christian worship services. Is there a way to honor our veterans while keeping worship focused on Christ?

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As Evil Inundates Society, Christians Must Not Lose Hope
As Evil Inundates Society, Christians Must Not Lose Hope

By: Don Gordon The mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs church in Texas is the latest in a string of killings that has permeated our culture, yet Christians must not lose hope in the ongoing battle against evil.

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10 Suggestions to Help Your Church Honor Veterans
10 Suggestions to Help Your Church Honor Veterans

By: Barry Howard Many churches have a time-honored tradition to honor veterans on the Sunday nearest Veterans Day, but not all veterans like the public recognition and applause. Here are 10 other ways you can honor them.

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Why Jesus' Life and Teachings Really Should Matter
Why Jesus' Life and Teachings Really Should Matter

By: John Pierce Some Christians view Jesus' sole purpose on earth as his death on the cross, but embracing this view allows them to ignore the hard stuff Jesus showed and said over three remarkable years about God's Kingdom.

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Church, State Both Should Seek Economic Justice for Poor
Church, State Both Should Seek Economic Justice for Poor

By: Matthew J. Tuininga Some Christians may oppose the government redistributing wealth for the sake of the poor, but insisting the government has no business caring for the poor is a modern phenomenon - alien to the Christian tradition.

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These Reformation Heroes Were Glossed Over by History
These Reformation Heroes Were Glossed Over by History

By: Pam Durso Martin Luther's challenge in 1517 reshaped the 16th-century Christian landscape and continues to influence Christian life today. Women were active in this new movement, yet their names aren't in the history books.

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Why Your Church May Be Measuring the Wrong Info
Why Your Church May Be Measuring the Wrong Info

By: Mark Tidsworth The common mistake of organizations, including churches and denominations, is spending most of their time trying to influence measurements they have little or no control over. It's time to take the lead.

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Why Protestants Should Learn to Appreciate the Saints
Why Protestants Should Learn to Appreciate the Saints

By: Agnes Howard Since Martin Luther, Protestants have excoriated the saints, focusing on abuses such as devotion verging on idolatry. But one Lutheran theologian says those abuses should not rule out appreciating the saints.

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Maybe It's Time Churches Sought Another Reformation
Maybe It's Time Churches Sought Another Reformation

By: Martin J. Hodson While Martin Luther's writings were not heavily concerned with creation care or the environment, those alive today could bring about another reformation of the church - an environment reformation.

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Why Jesus' Good Samaritan Can Change the World
Why Jesus' Good Samaritan Can Change the World

By: Brent McDougal Loving your neighbor, especially those you don't like, has the power to radically change the world. Jesus' parable about The Good Samaritan reminds us it takes more than kind words to achieve peace. It takes action.

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Exiting Homelessness Requires an Individual Journey
Exiting Homelessness Requires an Individual Journey

By: Jon Kuhrt While ministries and charities can provide support, stability, consistency and resources to homeless people, only each individual can take the steps leading down the hard road of recovery.

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The Moral Danger Lurking When You're Self-Sufficient
The Moral Danger Lurking When You're Self-Sufficient

By: Ron Rolheiser If you're strong, talented and blessed with sufficient wealth, it's easy to nurse the illusion of self-sufficiency. We forget we need God and others. How do you avoid the danger? There's a solution.

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How to Respond to Pervasive Sexual Assault Against Women
How to Respond to Pervasive Sexual Assault Against Women

By: Nick Lear Women everywhere are using the hashtag, #metoo, to speak out about the misogynistic or abusive treatment they've received at the hands of men. It's a time for Christians to lament.

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Why Style Matters When Preaching Against Racism
Why Style Matters When Preaching Against Racism

By: Stuart Blythe Style over substance in preaching typically isn't good. When it comes to preaching against racism, style, or how you say something, can be more vital than what you actually say.

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'Our Prayers Are With Them.' But Are They Really?
'Our Prayers Are With Them.' But Are They Really?

By: Frank Rees When a disaster or a mass shooting occurs, political leaders often say that their prayers are with the victims. Genuine prayer, however, cannot be a substitute for responsible action.

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Do Our Segregated Sundays Reflect True Community?
Do Our Segregated Sundays Reflect True Community?

By: Starlette Thomas Community means togetherness, but what kind of togetherness do congregants reflect when they're only with each other an hour on Sunday. After all, what kind of community can be practiced in segregated churches?

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'Only When It's Dark Enough Can We See The Stars'
'Only When It's Dark Enough Can We See The Stars'

By: Ginger Hughes Violence, hatred and bigotry seems to be increasing. You may believe you can't do anything to change it. Failure doesn't occur because we're unable to reach millions; failure happens when we aren't a light for one.

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4 Ways Your Sunday School Can Combat Domestic Violence
4 Ways Your Sunday School Can Combat Domestic Violence

By: Tony Brooks Domestic violence is often overlooked, even though one in five women is sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Domestic abuse hotlines receive 20,000 calls daily. How will your Sunday school help?

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5 Areas That Can Strain Your Pastor's Mental Health
5 Areas That Can Strain Your Pastor's Mental Health

By: Barry Howard While many hard-working pastors maintain good physical and spiritual habits, they can still neglect their mental health. Here are some practices that can help ministers strengthen their mental health.

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Why So Many Evangelicals Hold Environmental Posts in U.K.
Why So Many Evangelicals Hold Environmental Posts in U.K.

By: Martin J. Hodson and Margot R. Hodson Although evangelicals tend to be less friendly toward the environment than other parts of the church, many hold prominent positions in environmental work in the U.K. What explains this dichotomy?

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