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Awakening to Pray

by Dr. James Willingham Our one great need today is for an awakening to prayer.  Yes, there are many calls to pray, and there are many who pray.  However, we have yet to see a movement of the Spirit of … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics by Russell Moore | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org

by Russell Moore Tabletalk: How did you come to pursue a career as a systematic theologian and Christian ethicist? Russell Moore: I felt a call to ministry early on and preached my first sermon at my home church in Biloxi, … Continue reading

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Discipleship Beyond the Mommy Blogosphere | The Gospel Centered Woman

In one of our most widely read and discussed articles yet, Hannah Anderson laid out ways the “mommy blogosphere” has become a vehicle for driving how Christian women think and talk about practical matters of the faith. She concluded the … Continue reading

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3 Decisions a Pastor Can Make That Will Help His Family | Ronnie Floyd

My wife Jeana grew up in the home of a Pastor, and we have always worked hard together to ensure our family is our #1 priority following our personal commitment to Jesus Christ. To God’s glory, my wife did not … Continue reading

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I’m a Christian. But I’ve Forgotten How to Belong to the Church. | Christianity Today

A millennial diagnoses her generation’s complicated relationship to the body of Christ. Interview by Laura Turner/ January 29, 2015 Sometimes, to borrow a phrase, we long to be in the church but not of it. We love Christ, but the … Continue reading

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Assessing the State of Your Church and How It Got There | TGC | Trevin Wax

Over the past month or so, I’ve been writing a series of posts on the need for a Christian to know “what time it is” from a biblical (see here, here, and here) and personal standpoint (here). Today, I want … Continue reading

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Teach the Uncompromised Truth of Genesis in Church | Answers in Genesis

This month, the pastor of one of the largest churches in Northern Kentucky (and close to our Creation Museum) is conducting a teaching series going through Genesis 1–11 for the congregation. This is the same church that will be hosting … Continue reading

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Survey: most churchgoers won’t skip church for football | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team, a LifeWay Research study shows. But a few die-hard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game. About 1 in … Continue reading

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Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment? | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

Numbers don’t determine a church’s health in-and-of themselves, but facts are our friends. | Ed Stetzer This column originally appeared in Outreach magazine. Be sure to check out Outreach and consider subscribing. Facts are our friends, and we need to … Continue reading

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Small, rural church gives 30% through CP | Baptist Press

ALMYRA, Ark. (BP) — Some might say trusting God comes easily for the farming families who make up the majority of the members of Almyra First Baptist Church. They watch rice emerge from flooded fields, soybeans grow in carefully weeded … Continue reading

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4 Considerations for Every Southern Baptist Church in 2015 | Ronnie Floyd

As we near the coming of the Lord, we should be more focused than ever before. As our 50,000 plus churches and congregations partner together in gospel causes, the time is now for us to rise up like never before. … Continue reading

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Unwavering Biblical Conviction | GRACE to You

Churches are everywhere. So why is it so difficult to find a good one? There are many towns and cities void of even one Bible-teaching, gospel-proclaiming, disciple-making church. There are several reasons good churches are so rare today. 1. Leaders … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Church Land | A Pilgrim’s Progress

Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons I’m Hopeful for the Church | A Pilgrim’s Progress

A change in calendar year means lots of essays, opinion pieces, and articles focusing on both the past and the future. In this post I’ll offer my own look at things. Specifically, I’m suggesting ten factors that make me hopeful … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

What’s the status of the church and how might we share the gospel in this time? | Ed Stetzer There’s an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some … Continue reading

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Theologians Off the Rails Again… | A Pilgrim’s Progress

In a recent blog post Arthur Sido asked an excellent question: “What is it about ecclesiology that makes otherwise sound theologians go off the rails?” I had been thinking about that question quite a bit this week when a magazine … Continue reading

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What if?

by Mike Nichols During the past few months, rhetoric from both sides of the Michael Brown shooting has been stated and restated, renewed once the grand jury found the officer who shot Brown should not stand trial. That rhetoric was … Continue reading

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Participating in Gathered Worship: Worship with Eager Submission | Founders | The Blog

In the last several posts we have asked the question: How are we to join in the gathered worship of the church? We must make an effort to come and gather. We must enter fully into worship when we arrive. … Continue reading

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Advice for a New Elder | 9Marks

Our church recently recognized a brother named Mark to serve as an elder. To welcome him, I reached out to a few dozen friends who serve as elders at other churches and asked them to send me advice they would … Continue reading

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Midwestern celebrates graduation, honors professor | Baptist Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its 56th commencement exercises on Dec. 12. The event was highlighted by seminary president Jason Allen’s keynote address and the honoring of longtime faculty member Jim Anderson. Speaking to 59 … Continue reading

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