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In the event that the Bible is not convincing enough concerning the Christian responsibility of gospel proclamation, some tremendously helpful research recently dropped from LifeWay. Apparently, sharing the gospel with people we know is still a good idea. In all seriousness, the data from the recent report does a great job spelling out some things we should already know but rarely practice. In addition, there are a couple of data points that may come as a surprise to many and serve as a help to local churches trying to engage their community. The research specifically deals with unchurched people. That…

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An interesting article appeared in the Washington Post today about the refugee crisis in Europe. Over the last few months, news about the acute situation overseas has dwindled as other events have taken the spotlight. Nevertheless, the situation continues to play out, and the Post reports today that Hungary, the country in the EU most vocally opposed to refugees, is now trying to find a way to attract migrants because their economy is in such bad shape. The article is titled, “Hungary built a razor-wire fence to keep refugees out. Now, it’s desperate for migrants,” and it is worth a…

Read More In the News: Hungary built a razor-wire fence to keep refugees out. Now, it’s desperate for migrants.

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I am starting to dread that first look at Twitter each morning. After all, Twitter is my morning newspaper. It is where I get my headlines, and frankly this last week I have not wanted them. It is one thing when your headlines are filled with the dronings of political punditry and the cartoon-like shenanigans of our ridiculous presidential candidates. I do not like that much either, but it is another matter altogether when every morning you wake up to the news of death. It started with the early morning news of a bombing at the airport in Istanbul. Some…

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I see it regularly: young church planters who want to move to some other city and plant an exact copy of their sending church. Both in my role at the seminary and as a pastor of a church that sends a number of planting teams, it is not uncommon for me to hear future planters verbalize this desire. It is always well-intentioned. After all, these planters were trained and equipped in those churches. Often, it was their love for this church and its mission that compelled them to plant in the first place. If only others could experience what they…

Read More Church Planting is Not Church Franchising

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