Claiming Our Freedom

By Melissa Slocum
Americans Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking the Iraqi mountains in July 2009 when they were arrested for allegedly illegally crossing the border from Iraq… read more

First Impressions

By Maurilio Amorim
"You never get a second chance at a first impression," sounds like a tired cliche your mother used to get you to comb your hair as a teenager. But I must say that, too often… read more

Blessing Discovery

By Missy Buchanan
A few years ago, an older friend lost his wife to a sudden, unexpected illness and death. He was overwhelmed with grief and wondered how he would go on living without her. One of… read more

Throwaway Church

By Matt Appling
"Throw Away World" Have you noticed how much stuff you throw away? Every week, I've got a couple of trash bags and some recyclables, stuff that was once useful to me, which I now… read more

Order and Chaos

By Shane Raynor
I was talking to someone the other day about spiritual struggles. This person is an athlete, and he has always found physical discipline to be much easier than spiritual and… read more

Opportunity to Transform

By Neal Bowes
On October 5, Steve Jobs died. The co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. had been struggling with the effects of pancreatic cancer for the past eight years. He was only 56 years old… read more

Integrating Children Into Worship

By Rick Quinn
How do we help prepare children for the experience of worship? Should they have their own form of church until they are "ready for big church" (which usually means ready to be… read more

Worship and Liturgy

By John O. Gooch
"We don't want a fixed order or any liturgy, not even a bulletin. That locks us in to the same order all the time. We just want to worship." That was a village congregation's… read more

The Seductions of Leadership

By Robert A. Ratcliff
The church needs leaders. The church needs good leaders. The church needs leaders who will make other leaders. Smarter people than me have written a lot (a lot) about that… read more

Christmas Day is a Sunday!

By Jessica Miller Kelley
If you haven't made that connection yet, let me be the first to inform you: Christmas Day is on a Sunday! While we all probably wish that everyone so valued the true meaning of… read more

Worship Evangelism

By David Lindner & Kevin Kruse
Does Worship Evangelism work? Is it even a good idea? What do we mean when we talk about worship evangelism? Should we be doing worship evangelism? All these questions and more… read more

The Power of Gratitude

By Greg Paul
The figures at the far end of the city park I was about to enter, lurking just outside the bright cone of a streetlight, had the hulking, rounded look acquired by homeless people… read more
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