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Beware the Complacency of ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’

"Once saved, always saved" is the layperson's rendering of the doctrine of eternal security. And it stands in the way of Christian commitment sometimes. Here's how.
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5 Films (and a Netflix Series) Christians Will Want to See in 2020

The new year has come and with it some exciting new Christian films and a Netflix series to watch. Spanning from love stories to documentaries to inspirational portrayals, these films will take you on a faith journey.
Immigrant Church

The State of the Immigrant Church

The immigrant church is often the social centerpiece of the immigrant Christian. Where do you go to find jobs? The immigrant church. Where do you find places to live? The immigrant church. Where do you make your friends? The immigrant church.
Jason Thomas Named IMB's African American Church Mobilization Strategist

Jason Thomas Named IMB’s African American Church Mobilization Strategist

Jason Thomas recently joined IMB’s partner relations team as African American church mobilization strategist. In this capacity, Thomas will work with nearly 4,000 African American churches across the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to mobilize pastors and church members to pray, give, go and send.
Christians, Please Be Meek During This Year's Elections

Christians, Please Be Meek During This Year’s Elections

Being meek on social media may help preserve the priority of our own interpersonal witness in an increasingly sensitive (and watching) world.
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Kingdom Politics … Moral Majority or Love-Driven Minority?

Some say that Christians should support one political party and should never support the other. Interestingly, there are people from the left as well as from the right who talk this way. I don’t think kingdom politics are that simple. Let’s talk about a few reasons why, shall we?
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Don’t Wait for Church Revival!

Church declines have been reported year over year. People pray for church revival but dependence on church revival can lead to a passive approach to cultural engagement.
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Madagascar Prepares to Send Missionaries

IMB missionary Barbara Singerman joined Malagasy Baptist leaders in Madagascar. Madagascar missionaries desire the Malagasy of Madagascar to know Jesus Christ.
Ministering to the Magi—and All the Searchers—Among Us

Ministering to the Magi—and All the Searchers—Among Us

Wars and rumors of war are nothing new.  On a dangerous journey at great cost to themselves, the Magi (Wise Men or Kings) were...
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Online Communion? Theology and the Digital Church

There may be a knee-jerk reaction against a digital church, but there can be little doubt that a new way of doing – and being – church is being forged through technological innovation and an increasingly digital world.
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3 Reasons You Should Learn From People Different Than You

The breadth of your learning will influence the depth of your learning. Here are 3 reasons why learning from people who are different than you is best.
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The Rise of the Dones: The ‘Done With Church’ Population

John is one of the Dones even though he's every pastor’s dream member. What does it mean to be "done" with the church?
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Christians Are Called to Counter Anti-Semitism— and All Hatred —With Hospitality

Hatred of those who are different can never be the answer for Christians. And we cannot remain silent when we see others marginalized or attacked. Each of our neighbors is a human being made in God’s image and worthy of being treated with respect.
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Shadow Racism

When it comes to a theology of race, there are four headlines: 1) We were all made by God; 2) We were all made in the...
Assyrian Christians

Why Christian Communities in Northeastern Syria May Soon Be Gone

Assyrian Christians have endured sustained periods of persecution and attempts of genocide, most recently in the last century from the Turks. As a result, they have much fewer members than in centuries past, even with the exponential growth in the world’s population.
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Don’t Fall in Love With a Fantasy

Sometimes our fantasies become more real than the people and situations in front of us. Choose to connect with people who bring life, and protect yourself from others. And watch as your reality becomes even richer than your fantasy.
Jesus rules

Live As If Jesus Rules and Eternity Is Real

When Paul told the Colossian church to set their minds on things above and not on the things of this present world, he was basically saying this: Live as if Jesus rules and eternity is real. Here's what that looks like.
Missionaries Need to Know What a Church Is: A Lesson From Adoniram Judson

Missionaries Need to Know What a Church Is: A Lesson From Adoniram Judson

Here’s something that often gets overlooked in mission work: Ecclesiology! Before being sent out, missionaries should come to a biblical, convictional understanding of what a church is. This was a lesson Adoniram Judson learned the hard way.
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The Day God Led Me to Have a “Date” With a Prostitute

I never knew God would lead me to have a date with a prostitute. It turned out to be for eternity.
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What the Church Is … When Talking About the Church

Talking about the Church is actually quite a difficult task, since Scripture speaks of the Church in a variety of ways. What is the Church? In order to give the most biblically robust answer possible, we must consider the origin of the word “church" and more.
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