Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Midweek Roundup: Ten Articles

What (Some) Church Members Really Mean When They Say They Want Their Church to Grow

You will rarely find a church member who says he or she is not for growth in the church. But many church members have unspoken, perhaps unknown, conditions attached to the statement. In other words, I am all for growth in the church unless it impacts me in some way. Read more

Satan's Great Trick

Satan’s great joy is to convince you that the sin you are about to commit is very small and the sin you have just committed is very large. He convinces you of this even when they are the very same sin. Read more

5-Step Strategy to God-Centered Prayer

It is easy to be critical of prayer, particularly the prayers of others. Robert Murray McCheyne’s words are often cited because they remain painfully true: “You wish to humble a man? Ask him about his prayer life.” Read more

Lead Forward: Developing World-Changing Leaders in a Postmodern World

Instead of falling behind, how can American evangelicals develop the next generation of kingdom leaders? How can they run this relay “in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Cor. 9:24)? Read more

7 Signs It’s Not Really A Team

In my world the word team is used almost on a daily basis. Most of us want to be in a team environment. However, in my experience working with churches – and it was true when I was in business also – more people claim to have it than actually do. Read more

Some questions on talking with Catholics about Jesus

If one person asks a question aloud, then usually there are a lot more people wondering the same but without a chance to ask! Hear are my answers to some great questions a student at a theological college asked me about talking with Catholics about Jesus. Read more

Church involvement varies widely among U.S. Christians

While most Americans still identify as Christian, there are big differences when it comes to how involved they are with a congregation – or whether they’re involved at all. Indeed, some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members. Read more

How Basic Economics Reveals the Connection Between Legalized Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

Countries that legalize prostitution report larger human trafficking inflows than countries where is it illegal. Read more

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. Read more

Christian teen raped, forcibly converted and married to Muslim man

A Christian girl has been raped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man in Pakistan. Read more

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