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Study Shows How ‘COVID-19 World’ Impacts Bible Engagement…and It’s Not Good

Research from Barna and the American Bible Society for the "State of the Bible 2020” has found that Americans’ engagement with Scripture has suffered significantly over the course of the pandemic.

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5 Powerful Prayers That Will Super-Charge Your Prayer Life

Prayer enables us to not simply be victims of this world, but to instead be victors. We can move heaven and earth with our prayers, because prayer moves the hand of God on our behalf.
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Thoughts on Preventing Church Crises

Church crises are happening so often they have become customary, and that reflects the state of church in the mode of leadership.
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What Do People Mean When They Say “We Want Deep Bible Study?”

I’m convinced that sometimes our “deep Bible study” is actually a smoke screen to avoid the real deep work of the Spirit.
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Carl Lentz and the ‘Hot Pastor’ Problem

"After all, the gospel is for hot people, too. If a hot pastor is what God uses to take the Good News to hot people, well, God works in mysterious ways, some requiring very toned biceps."

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Matt and Laurie Krieg: This Is How God Saved Our (Mixed-Orientation) Marriage

Both Matt and Laurie Krieg are primarily attracted to women. Yet God has used their "impossible marriage" to display the power and beauty of his love for us.
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Kathy Branzell: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray in a Polarized Time

"No matter who is in the White House," says Kathy Branzell, "no matter the health concern, no matter what’s going on in the world, we can pray, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"
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Scot McKnight: How to Be a ‘Tov’ Church, Not a Toxic One

"We need to root out toxicity by being Christ-like," says Scot McKnight, "by listening and by responding in a way that takes into consideration who that person is and what their story is."
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Ed Stetzer: How to Pastor People in an Age of Outrage

It's hard to pastor Christians in the age of outrage. In a time of bitter arguments and divisiveness, Ed Stetzer offers leaders a thoughtful way to approach the hot-button issues of the day.
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Steve Cunningham: Are You Living Out the Second Part of the Great Commission?

"Somebody who is a very good negotiator can tell you exactly what they do when they negotiate," says Steve Cunningham. "Similarly, if we are living out [Jesus’] commands, we can tell you exactly how to do it."
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Chuck DeGroat: How to Recognize Narcissism in a Church Leader

"It’s not just the megachurch pastors," says Chuck DeGroat. "There are small church pastors who lead with this grandiosity, these narcissistic characteristics."
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Lecrae: What I Learned About Jesus Through Facing Racism in the Church

“When you feel as if people in your family have turned their back on you," says Lecrae, "it’s extremely painful, and you’ve got to realize that your identity is not wrapped up in their acceptance of you."

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12 Things A Church Pastor Cannot Do

There are 12 things a church pastor cannot do. Pastors are amazing people and, in faith, they can do a lot...just not these things.