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The Silver Lining on the Zombie Apocalypse

In his upcoming book, a university professor explores the horror—and the hope—of pop culture’s favorite disaster scenario. In our current cultural moment, most of us are probably familiar with the myth of the “zombie apocalypse”—the…


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Happy Birthday, Dear Church

Why Pentecost Sunday is worth celebrating. When my nephew Walker was little, I passed on to him a sacred ritual we call “The Trinity Handshake.” It involves greeting one another in the name of the…


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Why the US Military Wants Fewer Generic Christians

Department of Defense now recognizes 216 religions. If you’re an evangelical entering America’s military—and about 4 out of 10 service members are—you’re going to have to get more specific than that. The general categories of…




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Planting 1,000 Churches in Your Lifetime

Churches need to be planted and then quickly need to plant other churches. In order to start a movement and plant 1,000 churches in your lifetime, you need to think about church planting through the…


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Do This in Remembrance

Participating in the “high holy day” of American civil religion is beneficial for Christians, so long as we do so thoughtfully. This Memorial Day I’ll make what’s become an annual pilgrimage, to a place made…


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Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)

Measure outcomes, not activities. Read Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important, Part One (The Problem of Measurement Inversion; Defining and Measuring “Healthy Church”; Is Your Organization Suffering from Measurement Inversion?). Define the Object of Measurement…


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Faith's Checkbook by C.H. Spurgeon

Faith’s Checkbook by C.H. SpurgeonDevotional for Saturday May 27, 2017As the Life–So the Fruit For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in…


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Moral Outrage in America Is Now for Everybody

Gallup finds record-high liberalism on 10 of 19 issues. Yet moderates and liberals are growing more concerned. Ask Americans about their personal views on moral issues, and they are more likely than ever to hold…


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I Survived Katrina and Cancer

Here’s what I learned. As I emerged from the fog of anesthesia, I heard the surgeon informing my wife, Kelly, that our worst fear had improbably come true. “Cancer!?” I interrupted, before falling back into…


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Do Children Go to Heaven When They Die?

God’s love for children is clear in Scripture, but the ‘age of accountability’ is harder to find. Several years ago, I took a group of college students to the Amazon basin to share the love…


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The Freedom and Chaos of Sola Scriptura

Historian Mark Noll helps unravel the uses and misuses of ‘the Bible alone.’ It’s been a hallmark of Protestantism for 500 years, but what do we mean when we base our faith on “the Bible…


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Why We Argue Best with Our Mouths Shut

Science reveals the power of being quick to listen and slow to speak. When Tim Keller announced he would be stepping down from his New York City congregation —known for its outreach to the religiously…



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Our Spiritual Gifts Have an Expiration Date

Let’s rejoice in them—while looking forward to a time when they’re no longer needed. Spiritual gifts can cause confusion. As a pastor in a charismatic church, I encounter it all the time. Some are worried…



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How Christians See Muslims

Missions experts urge concern for both souls and security. Last December, two Muslim college students visited an upstate New York megachurch as part of an assignment to learn about different faiths. After the service, some…


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Flying Solo in a Family-Centered Church

Gina Dalfonzo shares an insider’s perspective on the frustrations of long-term singleness I recently received four blush bridesmaid dresses in the mail. The first was a floor-length formal with a corset so tight I almost…




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Cambodians Usher in a Miraculous Moment for Christianity

How the Southeast Asian country went from an underground church to a church-planting boom. Dozens of pastors crowded around Hun Sen with smartphones extended, snapping selfies to commemorate the Cambodian prime minister’s first-ever meeting with…


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Kay Warren: ‘We Were in Marital Hell’

Through God’s work in our lives, we’ve beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union. I’ve always been a church girl. Most of my earliest memories are tied to the…