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Down Home: The passing of old friends

Down Home: The passing of old friends

I lost two old friends this winter. Not long ago, I took them to church on Sunday morning. And then I never saw them again.

Right or Wrong? Younger leaders

Right or Wrong? Younger leaders

Our pastor says he wants to find and educate “spiritual leaders” in our church, and he’s focusing on members who are middle aged and older. Shouldn’t we consider younger members?

2nd Opinion: Executions are down; abolition may not be far behind

2nd Opinion: Executions are down; abolition may not be far behind

More Christians are troubled that 85 percent of executions take place in the Bible Belt. A 2014 poll showed millennial Christians are overwhelmingly against the death penalty, and only 5 percent of Americans think Jesus would favor it.

2nd Opinion: What pastors value in lay leaders

2nd Opinion: What pastors value in lay leaders

Here’s one pastor who is full of gratitude for the many lay leaders who make the church run. Thank you for the gifts and graces you bring to Christ’s church.

Down Home: Listen to the pope, dads; play with your kids

Down Home: Listen to the pope, dads; play with your kids

Maybe a single, childless fellow like Pope Francis can teach us something about the dangers of being over-busy, distracted fathers.

Right or Wrong? Morning prayer

Right or Wrong? Morning prayer

A workshop speaker suggested Christians practice “morning prayer that seeks to connect our day with the will of God.” What constitutes “morning prayer,” and how can it connect us to “the will of God”?

Down Home: The merits of grandparenting vs. parenting

Down Home: The merits of grandparenting vs. parenting

True confession: I’m jealous of my children. My daughters are raising children. I envy them.

Right or Wrong? Burning-platform syndrome

Right or Wrong? Burning platform syndrome

I’ve heard the term “Burning Platform Syndrome” used in business. What are the implications for this concept in churches?

2nd Opinion: Mars and beyond—expanding our theology of God’s universe

2nd Opinion: Mars and beyond—expanding our theology of God’s universe

We now have definitive evidence for organic molecules, both in the atmosphere and in the rocks of Mars. How should Christians respond to the possibility of life on other planets?

2nd Opinion: Mental health inside Southern Baptist churches

2nd Opinion: Mental health inside Southern Baptist churches

Southern Baptists are trying to determine what is being done in churches to address the stigma of mental health.

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Down Home: The ghosts of Christmas (just) past

If I told you I’m still haunted by Christmas shopping, that would be an overstatement. But I definitely sense somebody looking over my shoulder.

How and why is community action integrally woven into the tapestry of African-American churches?

Right or Wrong? African-American churches and community

How and why is community action integrally woven into the tapestry of African-American churches?

2nd Opinion: Pastors, stop signing those marriage licenses

2nd Opinion: Pastors, stop signing those marriage licenses

It was convenient for many years for pastors to officiate weddings and then for the state to recognize those marriages. It was easy, but it was a bad idea.

Opinion: A Top 10 list of religion stories for 2014

Opinion: A Top 10 list of religion stories for 2014

It was a “topsy-turvy” year in religion: Rabbi A. James Rudin shares his personal picks for the top religion news stories of 2014.

Right or Wrong? Renewed interest in the Holy Spirit

Right or Wrong? Renewed interest in the Holy Spirit

Is the renewed emphasis on the Holy Spirit a quest to build Christ-like character or another tactic to boost church attendance?

 
 
 
 
 
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