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6 Ways the Reformation Changed Church (and Life) as We Know It

When Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on Oct. 31, 1517, he hoped to spark a theological conversation about repentance. Instead, the Reformation unleashed a revolution—ideas that transformed Western Europe and eventually the world.
The Grace of Waiting

The Grace of Waiting

David didn’t scheme. He didn’t devise a plan. He exercised the grace of waiting in silence on God to deliver him. By so doing, he experienced God’s deliverance, restoration and blessings.
The Hidden Reason Why Negative Emotions Are Helpful

The Hidden Reason Why Negative Emotions Are Helpful

Negative emotions help you detect basic needs and warn you of boundary violations. Thus, they aren’t to be avoided. In fact, they help lead you toward healthy self-care and wise decision making.
leadership habits

Six Personal Leadership Habits That Will Ignite Your Ministry

How are your leadership habits? All of us involved in spiritual formation want to lead people well, but sometimes we forget that leading others begins by leading ourselves.
3 Tips on How to Parent in Public

3 Tips on How to Parent in Public

I can remember that especially through those early years we had to put some boundaries and practices in place to make sure that our intentional plans were succeeding in public, rather than our children’s impromptu plans. Here are a few of the things we learned about how to parent in public.
psalm

10 Psalms: Praying Each Psalm Will Bolster Your Prayer Life

It wasn't too long ago that learning to pray meant praying through the Psalter. We believe praying each psalm is a great way to grow in prayer.
pastor appreciation

4 (Free) Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Pastor

Pastor appreciation month doesn't have to be all about tangible gifts. These four ideas will encourage your pastor and convey the work he or she does matters.
Things Christians Say

3 Things Christians Say That They Should Quit Relying On

Sometime I cringe when I listen to things Christians say (myself included). Here are a couple phrases it wouldn’t hurt to hear less.
Christian marriage

Christian Marriage: 6 Ways to Grow Back Together

If your Christian marriage has been drifting, you can’t turn the passion back on overnight. You have to start feeding it slowly and patiently wait for it to come back to you, still pressing forward even when you don’t see initial returns.
How To Develop Relational Charisma

How to Develop Relational Charisma

Relational charisma is a kind of personal magnetism that everyone can have. If you want it, and if you are willing to work on it intentionally, it’s yours to develop.
8 Healthy Leadership Characteristics I Learned from a Kid

8 Healthy Leadership Characteristics I Learned from a Kid

What better place to learn about healthy leadership than through a kid? Kids are forever teaching us and David does no less as this story unfolds in 1 Samuel 17.
church membership is down

Church Membership Is Down (You Should Bring It Up)

Church membership is down and let me put this out there: If you are a follower of Christ, you should be a member of a church. Period. Here’s why.
Kondo and the minimalists

Kondo and the Minimalists: Why Marie Kondo and Minimalism Are So Popular

Marie Kondo’s appeal goes far beyond the minimalist movement that seems more suited to spartan men than the average person. Kondo and the minimalists have a message for the church.
Remembrance of Death

The Remembrance of Death

Virtually every classic writer holds up the remembrance of death as an essential spiritual discipline. It will help us to live a life that is celebrated rather than mourned. “The man who is really concerned to live well must possess himself continually of the thought that he is not to live long.”
Dad Should Teach His Son How To Do

10 Manly Things Every Dad Should Teach His Son How To Do

I’m the proud father of 3 boys, ages 9, 11, & 17. And every day it’s increasingly clear in many ways that they are boys becoming men. I've learned some things about manly things every dad should teach his son from parenting my boys.
Books on Prayer

11 Books on Prayer Every Christian Should Read at Least Once

These 11 books on prayer will challenge your view of prayer, the church, and God. More than anything, they will bolster your prayer life in ways you cannot even imagine. 
This Reorienting Technique Can Anchor You in a Distracted Age

How the Daily Examen Can Anchor You in a Distracted Age

The Daily Examen is a daily prayer exercise that is integral to the Spiritual Exercises created by Ignatius of Loyola—the founder of the Jesuits (the current Pope Francis is a Jesuit).
15 Probing Questions to Ask Kids After School

15 Probing Questions to Ask Kids After School

For many families, school has either just started or is about to get underway soon. And every family needs good questions to ask kids after school. Here are 15 great questions.
Christians and Family Planning: What Does God Want?

Christians and Family Planning: What Does God Want?

Family planning is a tricky topic to get to grips with. But regardless of a church leader’s own beliefs, it’s crucial that couples are encouraged to carefully consider their decision, including the consequences, while making sure that they adhere to God’s wishes at all times.
Podcasts for Kids

The Top 25 Popular Podcasts for Kids

Podcasts are a great communication tool to share ideas, insights and teachings. Podcasts for kids are growing in popularity and there are now many podcasts that are geared for children.
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Tunisian Carrying Quran Fatally Stabs 3 in French Church

A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a Nice church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

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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.