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"To get beyond knee-jerk reactions means listening deeply." — Rebekah Simon-Peter
It’s on everyone’s minds. It’s all over the news. Millions of women took to the streets to make their voices heard. Should churches join in the political talk or …
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"The only way to decrease our resistance to facts is to cultivate humility." — Dave Barnhart
The good old days When I was growing up, watching or listening to the evening news was a ritual in many households. People would tune in to the broadcasts of one of several (three …
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"'Good' is okay. Sometimes we have to be okay with 'good.' But 'good enough' can be a problem..." — Joseph Yoo
Occasionally it’s helpful to be reminded that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Sometimes our need to be perfect gets in the way of progress. We get so caught up…
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"On Friday, Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. God’s word directs Jesus followers to pray for all of our leaders — and certainly that includes President Trump — his health, his heart, his family and a peaceful transition into the presidency." — Pastor Michael Slaughter
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful…
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It is revered by different Christian sects and draws more than a million visitors to the Holy Land every year, making it the biggest tourist attraction in the Palestinian territories.
ROME (RNS) It is revered by different Christian sects and draws more than a million visitors to the Holy Land every year, making it the biggest tourist attraction in the…
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Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday (Jan. 15).
LITHONIA, Ga. (USA Today) Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday (Jan. 15). In a statement, the church confirmed Long's death from…
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If you want to maximize participation in electronic giving, a seat back (or pew pocket) card is an essential tool for your church.
If you want to maximize participation in electronic giving, a seat back (or pew pocket) card is an essential tool for your church. These laminated cards should be double-sided and …
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"Spiritual formation, the emptying of ourselves to be filled with new life, isn’t comfortable, but it does lead to a kind of abundant life we could never have generated on our own." — Jill M. Johnson
I recently attended a spiritual formation retreat and met a man who was kind, helpful and a lifelong Christian. He wasn’t excited about attending the retreat, but he did so…
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Are the unity of the church and the orthodoxy of the church always tragically at odds?
Sometimes, one can gain perspective for thinking through one's own problems by listening in to how others are proceeding in light of analogous problems. The point of this post is…
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"Telling a person or a group of people to wait for something they really want to do and are excited about builds positive momentum." — Ron Edmondson
In church planting, I learned an important leadership principle. I’m not sure you can learn this one without being forced into it, so learn from my experience. Let me…
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“What are the two most stunning developments of the past five years? The election of Francis as pope and the election of Donald Trump as president. … It seems to me that Catholics in the U.S. are going to have to make a choice. Which is their vision?” — John Carr, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
WASHINGTON (RNS) For much of its long history in the U.S., the Catholic Church was known as the champion of the working class, a community of immigrants whose leaders were…
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Possibly the most conspicuous trend in American religion in recent years has been the increasing percentage of adults who are “nones,” people who don’t identify with a religious group.
None of the above Possibly the most conspicuous trend in American religion in recent years has been the increasing percentage of adults who are “nones,” people who…
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