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Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

We’re told we should contextualize the gospel, but this sounds like watering it down or forfeiting important principles. So, what nonessential gospel elements can be contextualized?

Guest editorial: “I have depression”

Guest editorial: “I have depression”

I have depression. I do. There’s no point pretending I don’t. I could pretend, but the truth will make itself known eventually.

Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

More than most celebrity deaths, the passing of Robin Williams hit hard at our home. The barrage of articles and comments on the Internet indicates we were not alone.

2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way. Imagine Congress being that capable.

Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

How can a minister take unpopular stands on important issues and still express care for the congregation?

Down Home: Ezra, Marvo & keeping really, really quiet

Down Home: Ezra, Marvo & keeping really, really quiet

Early in the morning, the tiniest sounds reverberate through an otherwise-quiet house. Ezra, my three-year-old grandson, had not learned this fact yet.

2nd Opinion: Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

2nd Opinion: Who will answer Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening?

Analysis: Revitalized churches and transformational leadership

Analysis: Revitalized churches and transformational leadership

Seminaries, denominational headquarters and church libraries are filled with studies, surveys and opinions about why churches in the United States plateau and decline. However, few address a pastor’s leadership style as a contributing cause or solution.

Right or Wrong? A multicultural culture

Right or Wrong? A multicultural culture

Most churches seem boggled by the dynamics of our secular, multicultural, multifaith society. How do churches develop Great Commission values in the face of such diversity?

Downw Home: A ‘jungling’ octopus & the joys of summer

Down Home: A ‘jungling’ octopus & the joys of summer

Even after being away from home, it’s a sin not to stop and play with your grandson.

2nd Opinion: How to throw away a Bible

2nd Opinion: How to throw away a Bible

After some saints of my church decided to clear out our Sunday school storage area (who wants to do that job?), an unusual question was posed: “What do we do with damaged Bibles?”

2nd Opinion: Failing to see God’s love

2nd Opinion: Failing to see God’s love

Churches die for many reasons—from bad leadership decisions to bad luck to poor execution of programs and ideas. One reason they die is ingratitude.

Right or Wrong? Persistence and patience

Right or Wrong? Persistence and patience

The New Testament advocates persistence and patience. How can we help people develop those virtues when culture touts expediency and pragmatism?

Down Home: The things we remember from family vacations

Down Home: The things we remember from family vacations

Summer feels different than the other seasons. Both meteorologically and emotionally.

2nd Opinion: Broad smiles, missing teeth, ‘noble calling to serve’

2nd Opinion: Broad smiles, missing teeth, ‘noble calling to serve’

How rich are we who have sensitive friends to keep us on our mission.

 
 
 
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