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One Reason People Won’t Join Your Church

August 18, 2014 8:00 AM

The book of Hebrews urges us not to forsake assembling together with fellow Christians, but it does not say I have to be a member of your church (Hebrews 10:25). We have all heard the phrase “Church hurt is...

How to Really Address Declining Attendance

August 14, 2014 8:00 AM

When I was growing up in the Bible Belt, Sundays consisted of church, fried chicken, an afternoon nap, and then another dose of church in the evening. My childhood memories are full of handbells, youth choir, discipleship training, visitation,...

We versus You

August 11, 2014 8:00 AM

I came to Christ through a parachurch organization as a teenager. Before that time, I had absolutely no church experience. I had attended Sunday school with a friend for a year when I was 9, but other than that,...

The Promise of Church

August 7, 2014 8:00 AM

In Confessions, Augustine tells the conversion story of Marius Victorinus, an honored philosopher in ancient Rome whose statue stood in the Roman forum. Before his baptism as a Christian, he had vigorously defended the idolatrous Roman cults. After his...

The Church Should Be a Hospital

June 5, 2014 8:00 AM

I remember hearing when I was a little girl that church was a "hospital." It was a place for people who were sick and for those who needed healing. I believe this concept was adapted from Jesus' words recorded...

Your Next Women's Ministry Event: Leading Women to Jesus

May 8, 2014 8:00 AM

Leaving church one afternoon, I was talking to "Nancy," a leader I served with. A new leader, "Sally," stopped to ask Nancy a question. Sally had just completed her training session and noticed one of the requirements of all...

Leading in the Midst of Woundedness

May 4, 2011 3:09 PM

I am not sure the North American church in general does the right thing on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Then again, I don’t always attend church on these feel-good holidays because frankly, they don’t make me feel so good....

"What You Are Doing Is Not Good"

April 13, 2011 12:00 PM

“What you are doing is not good.” Has anyone ever said that to you? For a performance-based, people-pleaser like me, those words were painful to hear—even though they were told in love—because they were true. Now I know how Moses...

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