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Respect

John A. Nelson

There's at least one recurring theme in churchgrowth essays, from the letter to the Ephesians up to the column that will almost certainly appear today in a ministry blog: you were welcomed in, so make sure you welcome others.


All My Needs, Already Supplied

Kenneth L. Samuel

Sometimes our best growth is not found in acquiring things we don't have, but becoming better managers and cultivators of what we already possess.


Strange Salon

Quinn G. Caldwell

Paul has basically made a career of being a jerk and annoying everybody in sight.  If he's not holding people's cloaks while they stone somebody, he's writing scathing letters or making the authorities so mad they throw him in jail and/or execute him.


Not Just for Funerals

Emily C. Heath

That Psalm 23 has been relegated mostly to funerals is a tragedy.


Arguing with God

Anthony B. Robinson

Arguing with God only makes sense if God is real, living, active, up to something in the world, present and intervening—the way God is in the Bible.


Is Nothing Sacred?

Christina Villa

Whatever happened to the sacred?  People seem suspicious of it. 


A Rock That is Higher Than I

Kenneth L. Samuel

When it comes to the contests of life that really matter, we often find ourselves clinging to the plateaus of our own abilities and accomplishments.


Sunday, Sunday

Molly Baskette

Sunday afternoons are a wasteland. Somehow, there is always not enough energy and too much day left at the end of the day on Sunday afternoons.


You Belong

Donna Schaper

The children of Israel knew very little about blogging or social media or populations exploding and tipping. Not one of them had email or a Facebook account.  But they did know what it meant to not belong. 


I've Got Your Back

Ron Buford

When we pray and even before we pray, God takes time to know us, intimately. Should we not do the same for others?