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Check out Linda's first video blog as she takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge!           Read More
Introducing a new blogger!
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I am excited to introduce you to Diana Kerr. She will be writing weekly blogs from a perspective that we love to hear from—the perspective of the younger generation. Diana’s very real and transparent writing style is refreshing and faith-filled and reveals her love for her Savior. Diana is a speaker and writer and also serves as an IF:Local Leader, hosting women's events and prayer gatherings coordinated by the IF:Gathering, a global nonprofit comprised of Christian female authors and speakers.... Read More
Sunday Strippers
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The members at New Beginnings Ministries, Warsaw, Ohio, have gotten an eyeful lately. And that has brought some negative national and international attention. For the past few Sundays, women who work at Foxhole North, a strip club, have showed up to protest the congregation—and some of them have been topless. Why? Because church members have been protesting the strip club for years. On weekends they stand outside the strip club with bullhorns, signs, and video cameras. Thomas George, the owner... Read More
Good-Bye, Robin
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“You ain’t never had a friend like me.” That song was the showstopper in Disney’s movie Aladdin, and it was sung by the effervescent genie of the lamp, voiced by Robin Williams. The genie’s entire persona was so much like Robin’s own that the comedian must have written many (most?) of his own lines. Robin Williams is dead at age 63, by all appearances a suicide. The details of his death are coming out piecemeal, and they are sad, so... Read More
Marked as a Christian
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If you scroll too quickly through Facebook and Twitter, you might think the symbol popping up all over is a smiley face. In reality, it’s anything but. Today in Iraq, the Arabic symbol for the letter N—ن—is being used by the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. As they take control of Iraqi cities, they use this symbol to mark the homes that belong to a Nazarene, or Christian. Christians are being forced to flee, convert to Islam, pay a... Read More
Invasive Species
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I don’t know if there’s anywhere in the United States that’s not struggling to control rapid growth of plants or animals of species that are not native to the region. The prime agents for these often harmful invasions, of course, are people. People both knowingly and unknowingly haul seeds, plants, and animals back and forth between continents. It is astonishing how just a casual species introduction can go haywire. Some species transplantations have been phenomenally successful. Botanists tell us that... Read More
Praying for a Discount
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Mary’s Gourmet Diner in North Carolina has really been making headlines. Their little-known (until social media got wind of it) gift to their customers was that they would randomly offer a 15% discount for those who pray publicly while in their restaurant. Last week when a patron posted a photo of their receipt, reflecting the discount, a local Christian radio station shared it and now everyone is talking. People from all sides are beating the idea to death: Should Christians... Read More
Church and Changes
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Last week I blogged about the conclusions from some Christian observers that membership and attendance in Christian churches is in serious decline. I offered my own “top five” list of attitudes in congregations that can help growth. The 5th was this: “You aren’t really ready to welcome new people unless you are willing to let them change your style and congregational culture.”   That comment drew some questions and pushback, and so I would like to expand on what I... Read More
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Last month the board that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding plan for a suicide-prevention net. In 2013, 46 people jumped to their deaths. There are phones on the bridge’s walkway, encouraging people to call if they are suicidal. Just a few days ago, the first suicide happened on the new span of the Bay Bridge in California. People were up in arms, wondering why a suicide barrier wasn’t part of that design. This week making... Read More
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Those challenging words are in the title of a new book by Joani and Thom Schultz. Researchers at the Hartford Institute might concur. Here are some of their current stats on religion in America: Only 40% of Americans say they attend worship services in a given week, but the actual numbers are far worse. Half of the “churchgoing” respondents are lying—the real number is only 20%. In the three years from 2010 to 2012, half of all churches in America... Read More