World Vision & The Church I Used To Know

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Rev. Dr. John D’Elia points out that the poor and needy are mentioned 400+ times in the Bible, while homosexuality gets a paltry two mentions.

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Marriage

Much like in a marriage, simplicity and directness are virtues in Telaina Eriksen’s wry, tender poem.

Empty Pews: 6 Good Reasons Not To Go To Church

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In this provocative piece, author and speaker Dale Fincher shares a few good reasons why many American Christians aren’t occupying the pews for an hour like they used to.

Does Your Pastor Want To Skip Church?

CHURCH AND CROSSING

Ministers are the last people you think might consider leaving church, but I’m one of them.

7 Suprisingly Simple Ways to Meet the Divine and Feel Inspired

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Theologian Mark Bowness used to look for God in church. Then he discovered evidence of the creator in ordinary, everyday events.

The First Lady Syndrome: Trauma Induced by Her ‘Man of God’

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There’s an outbreak in the church and it’s causing wide-spread illness. To save humanity, we have to do more than shout for a cure.

Pull Up the Red Carpet that Leads to the Altar

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Faith leaders plagued with the “Man of God” disease are becoming a liability to the community. They’re more interested in building a brand than being a servant.

On Thanksgiving & the Other 51 Weeks of the Year

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Rev. Neil O’Farrell on the need to combat the crushing plight of poverty every single day.

What The Church Can Learn From the DMV (And How You Can Be Successful There)

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Nathan Loewen learns a lesson about diversity through an annoying trip to the DMV.

The Black Church: Slain in the Spirit or Out For the Count?

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The black church represents—more often than not—a time where the pulpit is laced with bulls*** and the pews and are filled with few. The disconnectedness in faith and freedom prompts the question: is the black church slain in the spirit or out for the count?

Eleven Things About the South That Really ARE True—and One That’s Not

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JJ Vincent confirms some of those things we believe about the South, and asks us to forget one very important one.

Pro-life Abortion Advice: No, Really.

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The Rev. Dr. Neil O’Farrell thinks Yin and Yang.

Pass the Casserole and Go to Hell

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What happens when we need a God bigger than what we learned in Sunday School?

My Hometown by Default: A Life Spent in Culture Shock

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Life as a missionary kid left Nate Owens without a hometown and longing for stability, bouncing between small Midwest towns and countries overseas.

The Question that Made the Preacher Pause

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The defining moment each week is when my prepared sermon looks back at me and asks, “Do you really believe this?”

Why I Wish Gay Churches Didn’t Have to Exist

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What if our churches took Jesus seriously when he said to love one another just like he loves us?