Learning community | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Every Tuesday, the PhD ICS (Intercultural studies) community (seniors, juniors, professors) meet together for lunch, with occasional sharings on relevant academic or missiological topics, and personal testimonies of those in the program as well. It has truly been an enriching and inspiring time for myself, even as I begin on the journey myself. I am indeed thankful to God for this rare opportunity, and more and more each day, I see His hand in directing me and my family here.…

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Just say… – Christian Article

We were at the birthday party for my husband’s granny. All her sweet, elderly friends were there, cooing over our children who did look cute and gorgeous. All was peaceful, and they congratulated us on our happy instant family. Until Granny’s cake was brought in, and a room full of old people started up ‘Happy Birthday’ in quavering voices. My son was instantly transformed into a raving monster, his loud shrieks, howls and raging sounds easily outdoing the old folk’s…

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9 Notable Quotes from The Gospel Comes with a House Key – Christian Article

This article is part of the Notable Quotes series. Light in the Dark The Bible teaches that hospitality is not an option, but a requirement, for Christians. We have the opportunity to shine the light of Christ in dark places—even by opening our doors to those who may not know him. Be encouraged by the following quotes excerpted from The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radical Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World by Rosaria Butterfield. “We come to Christ…

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3 things from the early church that we are re-learning in Covid times – Christian Article

I was reading Luke’s wonderful account of the early church this morning and I was struck by how simple it was and how real. And, more than that, how relevant – especially today. Here are three things that particularly struck me: 1. All who believed were togetherOK, yes I know we can’t all be together in person. But we can be together online – and this is making such a difference. I now have a weekly catch up with my…

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How to Be the ONE Person that Makes an Impact – Christian Article

I have been lucky enough over my life to attend many sporting events of all levels. Football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and more. I love the aspect of live sporting events especially in a big stadium with thousands of people cheering for the same team. But, it only takes one person to make an impact. Regardless of the sport, or venue, there is always one constant. The fans. I also love people watching and meeting new people, which may be…

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ICS community | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

Every Tuesday, the PhD ICS community (seniors, juniors, professors) meet together for lunch, with occasional sharings on relevant academic or missiological topics, and personal testimonies of those in the program as well. It has truly been an enriching and inspiring time for myself, even as I begin on the journey myself. I am indeed thankful to God for this rare opportunity, and more and more each day, I see His hand in directing me and my family here. I had…

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Why getting up for Church matters – Christian Article

There’s a famous, apocryphal story in Church circles about the mother who tries to get her son out of bed one Sunday morning. It resonates well with mothers – as most churchgoing mums have been in this position.Anyway, in the story, the mother goes into her son’s bedroom and says, ‘Get out of bed and go to church.’The son puts a pillow over his head and she goes away.Then, ten minutes later, the mother returns, removes the pillow, and says,…

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Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is…

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Give Your Volunteers What They Need Most – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It starts innocently enough. She brings sandwiches for a Sunday-night event. She hangs out in the kitchen area, coyly watching all the fun and dreaming of what could be. Over the next few weeks, she strategically positions herself so she’s near the student room. And you smile and assure her it’s fine to hang out—because you’ve definitely noticed her. Conversations ensue. Coffee happens. She’s now working check-in. Smiles exchange. More conversations ensue. It’s becoming more serious. She’s exclusive now. She…

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5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As the country continues to evolve and advance, our nation seems to be “browning” more and more every day. This means that churches everywhere are beginning to evolve, too. This evolution includes programming, branding, messaging, marketing, staff culture and even target audiences. Statistics show that churches that choose not to diversify within the next 10-20 years will be struggling churches very soon. Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, the highest share of any generation. So how can your church…

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Pilgrimages – big and small – Christian Article

Pilgrimages are becoming increasingly popular. There’s something about getting away from our screen-based everyday existence and having a break from technology. Making a journey to a place of calm and spiritual refreshment. Pilgrimages can be big and lengthy projects. Or something short and spontaneous. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land This summer I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where I walked the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem and stopped and prayed at each of the…

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Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of…

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How to Develop a Heart of Thanksgiving – Christian Article

Gratitude as It Relates to Hospitality “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Col. 3:15). Focusing on what I don’t have or what I can’t do is a common detriment to practicing biblical hospitality. If I choose to focus on the negative I will never extend an invitation to others—and home life will probably be pretty bleak for me too! Pat Ennis, Lisa Tatlock This practical…

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Make “Less” Your “More” – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

From the last porch light of Halloween through the last light of the Christmas tree, our holiday schedules are packed! Cramming their way into our margins are school Christmas parties, staff get-togethers, and family dinners—and we haven’t even touched decorating, cooking, shopping, and wrapping. The holidays can be exhausting. So how do we “gift” families, volunteer leaders, and even our own households with margin during the holiday season? The temptation is to take a red pen or a pair of sharp…

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Why do we need to keep on confessing our sins? – Christian Article

Churches struggle with what to call the thing that we do every Sunday morning.  The thing that is officially called Holy Communion.  Most churches call it ‘worship’ or a ‘service’ or simply something like ‘the 11 o’clock.’ So what is Communion? Well, I would say that Communion is essentially a gathering together – to celebrate the good news that we are loved and forgiven and we are all brothers and sisters in God’s family. The words ‘Communion’ or ‘service’ or…

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Does Church need to be fun? – Christian Article

Would you go and watch the same movie over and over again every week – no matter how much you loved it? Probably not. So why then should we go to church every week and essentially do the same thing that we do every time we go? We live in a culture that demands ‘experience.’ We live in a culture that demands ‘experience.’ Shopping is no longer going out to get things we need but it’s an entertainment. We shop…

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Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway – Christian Article

The moment that word of comedian Tim Conway’s death at age 85 got out, social media filled up with fond reminiscences of his best sketches from The Carol Burnett Show: The dentist. The elephant story. The Oldest Man. Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins. Such remembrances are standard fare when a beloved celebrity dies. But Tim Conway inspired a unique variation on them. People didn’t just remember Conway on his own; they remembered him in tandem with other people. That time he…

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Belonging to Christ's community.. – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Mystery is at the heart of faith Great is the mystery of faith. This is something Christians say in every communion service. And I find it a great comfort and inspiration to say these words. And to recognise that our faith is so big and so amazing that it cannot be fully explained and comprehended. It is a mystery. Why does mood of the crowd change in Holy Week? And one part of that…

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What Hurts Most in Ministry – Christian Article

Personal Disloyalty The most difficult experiences in ministry come on a personal level. It’s not so much because somebody takes issue with something you believe, somebody doesn’t agree with your doctrine, somebody doesn’t like the way you explained a Bible verse, somebody didn’t like your sermon, or somebody thought you were offensive in the way you said something—you get over that. There’s a certain amount of persecution that comes when you preach dogmatically, preach the truth, have strong convictions—and there…

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Nipsey Hussle: The Selfless Servant – Christian Article

Days prior to the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, thousands gathered and collectively mourned another prominent figure in the African American community. Hip hop artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was shot and killed, just as his influence was beginning to alter the landscape of the hip hop industry for the better. Like MLK, when Nipsey was murdered, it was not just the rapper who died, but also the opportunities that died with…

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Four Indie Games – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Toxic is the word Oxford Dictionaries used to sum up the mood of 2018. It’s a…

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Finding Community in Season 2 of Atypical – Christian Article

When the Netflix original series Atypical premiered in the summer of 2017, I was skeptical. Too often shows that feature autistic characters perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes or otherwise exploit autism tropes for cheap emotional appeal. However, I was quickly and happily surprised when the mini-series used Sam—the show’s main character—and his autism not to paint him as atypical, but rather to draw out the atypicality of the human condition—particularly the manner in which human beings love (and sometimes fail to love)…

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Why giving is the same as getting – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); It’s that time of year again when we start getting ready at Church to welcome fifteen homeless men to our hall for bed & breakfast and a hot supper on Saturday nights. It’s a project we do every winter, together with other local churches, so that these men have shelter and good hot food during the coldest months of the year. We call it part of our ‘Community Engagement’ work and it definitely is…

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