A common myth exposed

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A common myth in our culture is “all religions are the same.” Many religions use the same vocabulary (for example - love, grace, peace), providing supposed evidence for their commonality. That kind of superficial analysis contributes to a false sense of similarity, but falls short of proving the...

Fake outrage

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Racism is a serious problem in our world. It’s a global problem – not just an American problem or a black/white problem. Confronting it requires concentrated effort from serious-minded people who intend real change. Christians must be on the forefront of this effort.

Public response

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Asking people to respond by making public commitments in a worship service seems to be less and less common today. There are several reasons for this. Some pastors are reluctant to ask for decisions because they don’t want to embarrass people. Some don’t want to ask for decisions because they...

Bad News

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Posted by Jeff Iorg on

The most recent statistical report for the past year of ministry by the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention has been released. The news is not good. As a denomination, we continue our multi-year decline on the most important indicator of our spiritual health – baptisms.

Lights out

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One contemporary trend in worship services is turning the lights down on the congregation during the service. This has the effect of focusing the attention on the stage, much like happens in a theater. The goal is well-intended – minimizing distraction among the audience – but actually has a...

A heart for missions

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When Golden Gate Seminary sold its property, moved its primary campus to Southern California, and changed its name to Gateway Seminary – some asked a legitimate question. Their concern was whether the seminary would change its core identity. The answer was and is no.

The Big Party

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Many years ago, our church had a series of solid successes on some significant ministry projects. At the time, I was involved in a supervisory relationship with a mentor who was helping sharpen my ministry skills.

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