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8 Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations

There is one type of church revitalization that is more successful than all others. The church closes its doors for a season, and then re-opens, usually with a new name and new leadership. I know this approach is not an option for most of you, so I gathered data from the "other" category. This category includes churches that kept the same name and, for the most part, the same leadership.

Once You Realize You Deserve God's Wrath

dan delzell opinion page

As you might imagine, this analogy strikes a chord with inmates. It would be like a dream come true. Someone else already paid for the crimes you committed. And if this scenario was actually real, imagine how quickly the good news would spread among the inmates at the jail.

Planned Parenthood: The Gift That Keeps on Killing

Alveda King

Today, we could substitute the name Planned Parenthood for the Greeks, because like the Greeks, Planned Parenthood is waging a war on the lives of mothers and our children; and like the Greeks, Planned Parenthood wants to hide their secret agenda.

13 Signs of Leadership Fatigue

Worry, Worry, Worry

Leadership is sometimes wearisome – so wearisome that we come close to giving up. Over the years, I've watched leaders slide into defeat, and I've seen some of these common signs of trouble.

How to Trust God for the Extraordinary and Leave a Legacy of Faith

Joyce Meyer

Faith in God is an amazing gift. It starts the moment your heart says: I believe Jesus is God's Son and that He came to rescue me. That alone is an incredible truth. But I wonder how many Christians decide that's where their faith ends, when the truth is, there's so much more to believe for in this life!

An Open Letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA)

Mark Creech

I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you've stood for over the years. Your organization has worked tirelessly to defend our nation's Second Amendment. Although I never took the time to join the NRA, I am a fan and believe the nation is indebted to your great work. What concerns me, however, is a recent NRA-ILA alert that was sent to your members in North Carolina that I believe smears people of faith, like me, who oppose Sunday hunting.

Why I Am Upset Over the SBC Uninviting Ben Carson

Perry Noble

I posted online about being disappointed by the SBC in regards to their decision and saw a flurry of comments this morning when I woke up. Some agreed they were disappointed as well, others endorsed the SBC as making the right decision and then there were some who questioned why I was disappointed.

Finding Redemption in the Josh Duggar Story

Michael Brown

I have no desire to pile on with more comments about Josh Duggar, who appears to be a very serious and committed Christian who has made no excuses for the sins of his youth and who deeply desires to make a positive impact for the Lord in the years ahead. I simply want to share some redemptive thoughts.

How to Relish, Reread, Review, Retell and Relive Bible Stories

Paul de Vries portrait

The Bible is an awesome adventure, introducing precious eternal teachings within specific historical contexts. Through its pages readers find universal principles dramatically revealed in extraordinary human persons. God's eternal principles always matter, and so do specific timely moments of Divine action within people's lives.

What Should the Duggar Scandal Teach the Church?

Russell moore

I'm not interested in litigating the specifics of this case—the civil authorities and the relevant employers are now alerted to the situation. I'm more concerned that we see that this story is one more in what has been an endless cycle of stories of sexual abuse in "churched" contexts. We cannot assume that we can avoid this topic simply by making sure our doctrines are right, our values conservative, and our people sheltered from the world. If we are not addressing this issue, it is only because we are ignoring what is going on in our communities, and all too often in our pews. This requires that churches come with conviction to this question preemptively, before any specific situation arises, with a word from God.

Cultural Christianity vs. Convictional Christianity

Richard Land Portrait

As cultural Christianity wanes the more faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel.

The Scandal of Christianity

John stonestreet

And no amount of calm will dissuade critics, such as the Lynn, Massachusetts, school board member who compared Gordon College to the KKK and dismissed their work among the city's poorer children out of hand. In the end, no matter how "nice" we are, our faith in Jesus and our faithfulness to His teaching will be a scandal to the world. And we are and will be treated accordingly.

How Sexual Disorientation Can Lead to Self-Deception

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

The idea of "sexual orientation" is the world's way of trying to explain why people experience various sexual desires. In reality, all of us experience some measure of sexual "disorientation." The presence of sin within human nature causes confusion regarding our sexuality.

5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith.

9 Stupid Things I Did as a Pastor

Thom Rainer

1. I neglected my prayer life and time in the Word too often. It sounds absolutely insane as I write it, but I got too busy for God. As a consequence, I operated out of my own insufficient power too many times.

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NYT Bestselling Author's Blog Post Raises Over $500K in 3 Days to Help Iraqi Children, Families Displaced by ISIS

After the key Iraqi city of Ramadi recently fell to the Islamic State, an influential New York Times best-selling author wrote a blog post describing the heart wrenching experiences that a group of Iraqi mothers went through to escape ISIS, and in doing so, has helped raise over $500,000 in three days that will assist displaced Iraqi children and families.

Two Presbyterian Pastors Face Death Penalty in Sudan, Persecuted for Their Christian Faith

Two Presbyterian pastors are facing a likely death penalty as their trial in the Republic of Sudan begins. The Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yen Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church have been charged with espionage and blasphemy, though the church says they're being persecuted for their Christian faith, like other pastors in the Muslim-dominated country.

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West Virginia's Fetal Pain Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks Takes Effect; We Can All Relate to Pain, Pro-Life Leader Says

West Virginia's recently passed law prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks save for the health of the mother has officially taken effect.

Duggar Family Continues Receiving Evangelical's Support Amidst Josh Duggar's Molestation Scandal; Training Ministry Says 'Everyone Has Sinned'

Anna and Josh Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the reality-show "19 Kids and Counting" have continued receiving the backing of evangelical voices amidst the molestation scandal revolving their oldest son, Josh Duggar. Evangelism Explosion International, a worldwide training ministry, said that while Josh Duggar's actions as a teenager were "reprehensible," he has admitted and abandoned his wrong conduct.

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'There's No Such Thing as Comfortable Christianity;' NHCLC's Samuel Rodriguez Urges Spirit-Filled Christians to Speak Up

In a high-energy parting shot to a gathering of several thousand Spirit-filled believers at the closing session of the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Samuel Rodriguez warned that "there is no such thing as comfortable Christianity" and urged the group to use the power God gave them to declare Him to the world.

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Joel Houston Says Hillsong UNITED's New Album 'Empires' Will Inspire Christians to 'Live for the Unseen Aspects of God's Kingdom' (Interview)

Hillsong UNITED's new album "Empires" released this week with a message for Christians to "be building, speaking and living for the unseen aspects of God's kingdom," according to frontman Joel Houston.

Former New England Patriots Chaplain Don Davis Talks 'Deflategate,' Shares Message for Christian Players Potentially Involved, Fans (Exclusive)

Tom Brady

Former New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain who now serves as a player advocate for the NFL Players Association, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.

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ISIS 'Burned Alive' 20-Y-O Girl After She Refused 'Extreme Sex Act,' Forces Sex Slaves to Become Prostitutes, UN Rep Says

Islamic State militants have allegedly burned a 20-year-old women alive because she refused to perform what a United Nations official deemed was an "extreme sex act." The same official also disclosed that ISIS is forcing some sex slaves to be prostitutes.

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Pro MMA Fighter's Ministry Helped 710 Combat Vets With PTSD Live by God's 'Biblical Blueprint,' Escape High Suicide, Divorce Rates

Hundreds of former Marine and military veterans have been spared from the growing suicide and divorce rates among combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because a professional MMA fighter's faith-based retreat taught them that their disorder is no match for God's "blueprint" for their life.

In New Book to Moms Ex-Ambassador's Wife Marina Slayton Says 'We've Been Empowered By the Holy Spirit'

Be the Best Mom

In a new book for mothers titled Be the Best Mom You Can Be Marina Slayton, a Christian mother of four and wife of former U.S. diplomat Gregory Slayton, has shared tips on parenting in the 21st century. It's a time, she says, when parents and children alike are facing new challenges such as growing hostility against Christianity and a higher rate of suicide, both of which have touched her family personally.

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