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Down Home: Super heroes & made-up rules

Down Home: Super heroes & made-up rules

The mind of a 4 ½-year-old boy is a fun and fascinating place. Kind of like a theme park that changes every day.

Right or Wrong? Subway etiquette ads

Right or Wrong? Subway etiquette ads

Ads in New York City subways promote etiquette. For example, they tell riders not to take up excess space or eat smelly food on the trains. Is this ad campaign “social engineering” or a good idea for improving social values?

2nd Opinion: VBS ‘still a marvelous way of reaching children’

2nd Opinion: VBS ‘still a marvelous way of reaching children’

This summer, children will walk into beautifully decorated rooms, and their lives will be changed. I am thankful for each VBS.

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2nd Opinion: Learning to pray, again—6 ‘prayer-full’ lessons

I’m still learning to pray. What follows are random reflections born of “prayer-full” lessons along the way.

Guest Editorial: Farewell & look outward

Guest Editorial: Farewell & look outward

I am optimistic many congregations will turn outward and forward and work resolutely for a fresh day.

Tribute: Remembering Phil Lineberger

Tribute: Remembering Phil Lineberger

Phil Lineberger loved to laugh. He had an infectious laugh, and you couldn’t help but join him in laughter.

2nd Opinion: Welcome to the church of the casserole

2nd Opinion: Welcome to the church of the casserole

Many non-megacongregations mistakenly believe they do not have any competitive advantages over a nearby megachurch or one of its satellite campuses. They are forgetting the “casserole advantage.”

Right or Wrong? Positive thinking

Right or Wrong? Positive thinking

In Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, Gabriele Oettigen claims that while optimism is important for imagining goals, it can be crippling when people try to reach them. How does Oettigen’s position stack up against the positive-thinking preachers of recent decades?

Down Home: Best. Father’s Day. Present. Ever.

Down Home: Best. Father’s Day. Present. Ever.

My 2015 Father’s Day present was so epic, my wife couldn’t wait to give it to me.

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

2nd Opinion: Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no

Are churches failing the poor? Against the backdrop of persistent poverty and dramatically increasing income inequality, that question has gained renewed currency.

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Book Reviews: Pray for the World

Books reviewed in this issue are Pray for the World by Jason Mandryk and Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief by Anita Katherine Dennis.

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

2nd Opinion: 5 ways churches inflicted pain on themselves

Christianity isn’t in trouble at all. Churches are in trouble. And we did it to ourselves.

Down Home: My 'last best day'

If we live with the last best day in mind, maybe we’ll appreciate each day a little more. We’ll be quicker to count our blessings, more prone to pray, “Thank you, God.”

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Right or Wrong? Climate change

Some people claim, “Environmentalism is just another religion” to rebut people who link climate change to human activity. Are they right?

2nd Opinion: Sawdust and musings from the wood shop

2nd Opinion: Sawdust and musings from the wood shop

It is a long distance between good enough and excellent. It is in little things—little things that take time and effort and skill to accomplish.

 
 
 
 
 
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