Kandhamal Day

Monday was Kandhamal Day for Christians in Odisha State, India. The day commemorates the six year anniversary of communal violence against Christians in the Kandhamal District of Odisha state.During that particular uprising, 100 Christians were killed, 56,000...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock Songs Featuring Violins

When you think of the elements that make up a great rock song, the violin is hardly the first instrument that comes to mind.At first glance, it's altogether too refined and too gentle to fit well into a genre dominated by drums, bass, and lead guitar.Nevertheless, in...

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Why Ministry Is Worth It

Most pastors wonder on occasion if ministry is actually worth it.And then along comes a story like the one below featuring Ace, and the answer unfolds before your eyes:Yup.  Worth it.

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#Trending, Week Three — #ForPetesSake

The #Trending series has taken me by surprise, both with the numbers of people and the level of enthusiasm.I suppose that's what happens when a series starts out by calling people to 30 Days Of Prayer.So this coming Sunday, we move to Week Three: ...

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My First Soccer Game Ever

Growing up I played a lot of football, more basketball, and of course, the most tennis.But I never played a game of soccer.  It wasn't in our PE program, I don't think they had soccer leagues when I was in elementary school, and by the time there was organized...

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#YesMan — The Church’s Answer For Self-Deception

Over the last couple of years, I've changed my approach designing sermons about group life from "ought to" to "have to."When connecting with a small group or Christian community is an "ought to,"  the sermon focuses (ineffectively, for the most part) on your...

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#Trending, Week Two — #YesMan

We've all seen them.Yes Men.Those people -- and they can be Yes Women as well -- who traipse around the work place, agreeing with every idea, suggestion, or thought the boss has.Yet on Sunday as we move to Week Two of Trending, we're going to discover something very...

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Some Things I Think That I Think

I'm pretty sure of most of these thoughts below.In other words, I think that I think the following . . .I don't like sweet potatoes.  But I love sweet potato fries and sweet potato chips.  Do I need therapy?When clergy post opinions on celebrity deaths, they...

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