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12 Benefits Your Church Might Provide Your Pastors

My seminary students occasionally ask me about whether a "pay package" a church offers them is adequate. I can't always answer that question easily because I don't know the church's financial state. What I do know is what I believe a church ought to provide for its pastors. Your church may not be in a position to offer all these benefits, but perhaps you could work toward providing them

How to Handle Church Discipline

Shane Idleman

An unrepentant man attends church while continuing a porn addiction; a wife leaves her husband for a boyfriend; a gossip continues belittling and slandering ... the lists goes on and on.

Christians Join the Military?

Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, decided to skip dinner at the downtown Marriott Waterfront hotel, and walked several blocks to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with about 30 peace activists – myself included.

Can the IRS Help You Fund Your Christmas Budget?

Chuck Bentley

I'm worried about how to cover the costs of Christmas. I know I should have been saving through the year, and I have some money set aside but do you have some suggestions on how to get some resources together to have more money available over the holidays?

Thanksgiving Doesn't Have to Look Like a Martha Stewart Book

Marina Slayton

My husband and I didn't grow up with many holiday traditions. I was lucky to get a cold turkey sandwich on Thanksgiving and his family didn't celebrate Christmas at all. But we just had our first child, and we want him (and his hoped for siblings) to have wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas memories. How should we start building those traditions? Thank you so much by the way…I really love your column.

Thank Your Way to a Good Attitude

dan delzell opinion page

You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude.

Giving Thanks for Rescue Dogs, Indoor Plumbing and John 3:16

Susan Stamper Brown

It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write, also reminding me that this is also the time of year I receive correspondence from thoughtful people asking how a particular American hero, a man who gave up his youth to serve this great nation under four presidents, is doing.

5 Problems With Church Programs

Thom Rainer

Writing this post may be one of the dumbest things I've ever done. I am the president of the world's largest Christian resource company, and I'm talking about the problems with church programs.

Thanksgiving: I Hate to Entertain, but Everyone Expects It

Marina Slayton

Parent Question: I have a full time job and I really don't like to cook and entertain. But everyone expects me to do all the heavy lifting for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Frankly my home isn't that clean most of the year – but I hate to entertain if the home isn't at least presentable. I feel that I fall short of expectations – especially at the holidays. Sometimes I just feel totally overwhelmed. How can I make it less stressful and more successful - for me and for everyone else?

Human Trafficking Fueled by Evil, Not Climate Change

Elizabeth Yore

Climate alarmists constantly revise their language in search of a catchy phrase that captures, and obscures, our reason and will. Hence, "catastrophic, anthropogenic (manmade) global warming" (CAGW—clear and specific) morphs into "global warming" (vague), which morphs into "climate change" (more vague).

6 Facts You Should Know About Syrian Refugee Debate

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As the debate over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to resettle in the United States has heated up following the Islamic State's attack on Paris, a panel of refugee resettlement experts briefed congressional staffers on Monday about the facts behind the U.S.' refugee resettlement process.

When Repentance Feels Impossible

matt moore

Christian, have you ever found yourself ferociously dominated by some public or secret sin? Have you tried to fight, day in and day out, against some pesky lust of the flesh only to find yourself continually falling into its miserable grip?


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Black Pastors Say They Won't Endorse Donald Trump for President at Monday's Meeting

Some ministers from a coalition of about 100 African-American pastors, who were scheduled to meet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday, have said they will not endorse him for president, contrary to a press release by the real estate magnate.

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Rob Bell's Successor Steps Down as Pastor of Mars Hill: 'Being a Pastor Is Not Who I Am'

The teaching pastor who took over for controversial author and Pastor Rob Bell at Mars HIll Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, announced Sunday that he will soon be leaving the church and explained that "being a pastor is not really who I am."

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ISIS Releases 10 Assyrian Christian Hostages; Over 150 Remain Captured

The Islamic State released 10 Assyrian Christian hostages Tuesday night in the Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, but over 150 remain captured and threatened with death.

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Over 48 Million Americans Can't Afford to Buy Food, 2016 Hunger Report Finds

Many health-related problems Americans face are directly related to hunger and malnutrition, according to a new report by the ecumenical Christian anti-poverty group Bread for the World.