Christian stuff the world needs, part 1: Welcome the stranger

A plea for empathy — putting ourselves in another’s shoes — is so often what’s missing from conversations about immigration.

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The genericization of the evangelical church

We have traded one form of uniformity for another, once again on the basis that this is “what works.”

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Political correctness, again

It’s actually an attempt to be kind at least and inclusive at best.

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Are character and competence really that important?

If a church is experiencing low trust and conflict, chances are the root causes have to do with those two words.

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Jimmy Carter: Faith as verb

One cannot fully understand Carter’s life, work and present response to cancer apart from the centrality of his faith.

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4 reasons why preaching the lectionary might be right for your church

Inevitably, one discovers again the layers of meaning and depth in the sacred text.

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Millennial ministry: It’s time we drop the adjective

And stop trying so hard to attract them.

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The spiritual practice of listening

It means paying attention to the movement of God’s Spirit in us and in the voices and the stories of others.

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Cultivating generous giving

The checkbook tells where we locate our treasure and where our hearts reside.

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Sermon mistakes

Is it appropriate to correct your pastor? You bet.

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The rise of shadow work

Feeling swamped? It may be because you’re doing tasks you used to pay others to do.

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Missing children

Maybe the church needs to give silent parents opportunities to talk about their children.

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Vacation currency

Would you work for a company that offered you unlimited vacation?

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Preaching like a girl

I can’t stop preaching but I can’t preach like a boy.

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Whining, dissenting and knowing the difference

The key is to channel it into action.

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Choosing adaptive change

The Spirit of God is always creating new possibilities where we prefer to endow old institutions.

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Loving God with our minds

But do it as Christ did — with humility.

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A few words against faith

Is Christianity nothing more than a set of ideas?

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Healthy disbelief

Faith includes disbelieving what is not of God.

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Dancing Baptists?

Finding ways to affirm diverse cultural traditions.

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