On #Ferguson, and Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches

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Transformation Church Baptisms

Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old, black teenager was recently shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. This is a sad, horrific, and an all too familiar ugly story. DIFFERENT WORLDS We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is […]


Ferguson and the Quest for Racial Justice

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Ferguson

The violent scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, are not what most Americans expected to see in 2014 America. The simmering tensions in this town, following the shooting of an unarmed teenager, ought to remind the Body of Christ of our responsibility to model reconciliation in Christ. We don’t yet know everything about what’s happened, or is […]


Before Robin Williams Shows Up in Your Sermon, Think Again

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Robin Williams

Most people are well aware of actor Robin Williams’ passing this week. The public outpouring from every sector is tremendous. This man touched a lot of people’s lives. Whether they embraced him as Mork from Ork, or “Captain, my captain,” or a DJ in Vietnam, or a loveable, hope-inspiring doctor in Patch Adams, Robin Williams […]


The Border Crisis In Texas Personalized

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Ronnie Floyd at the Border

The news stories and pictures of the border crisis in Texas all became personalized for me on Tuesday. The children and young people we saw are real children and real young people. We saw children from seven to seventeen years of age, from the countries of Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. On Friday, July […]


When Same-sex Attraction Hits Home: How Families Can Help

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Helping Hands

It’s a moment many Christians have had to face: a family member’s announcement that he or she is gay. Amid feelings of sorrow, guilt, fear and anger that families may experience surrounding such an announcement, biblical counseling experts say believers must have hope and realize that Jesus always changes those who come to Him in […]


To Grow Your Church, Know Your Culture

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Downtown

I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders […]


Why Hobby Lobby Matters

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SCOTUS

This is as close as a Southern Baptist gets to dancing in the streets for joy. The Supreme Court just handed down the Hobby Lobby case, and ruled that the government cannot force closely-held corporations to violate their religious beliefs in the purchasing of abortion-causing drugs. The ruling isn’t just a win for evangelicals, like […]


3 Signs That God is Moving in Your Church

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Wave

There’s no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God’s heart and the Spirit’s leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move. At times, we may be tempted to “hype” things up to give the appearance that […]


How Denominations can Create National Evangelism Strategies

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People Walking

I am concerned. We live in a time when church planting continues to capture more of our attention, mission volunteerism continues to be on the rise, and yet evangelism seems to be on the decline. Now, I think I have the background and practice to say that church planting matters to me—deeply. And, mission volunteerism […]


Same-Sex Marriage and the Future

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Biblical Truth

The Bible tells us that the king of Israel once wanted to hear from the prophets, as to whether he would be victorious over his enemies. All the court prophets told him exactly what he wanted to hear. Yet the king of Judah, wisely, asked whether there might be another voice to hear from, and […]


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