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Inspect with Prayer

Turn on the TV, listen to the news, hear the radio, and look around: the truth is inescapable. People are getting meaner, crueler, and more apt to show it.

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Whole-sum Living

As one gets older there is a tendency to evaluate one’s life, beliefs, values, and indeed, the merit of all these things. Some of us spend a lot of time evaluating these things, and a few of us have the audacity to share some of our insights and ideas with others who might be wondering about the same things we are. This column is an expression of one such thought.  

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via Source of Light Center: The Crisis in Haiti

The last year has been filled with high tension in Haiti. What began as hope in a new presidency in 2016 has turned into a despondency of the people in the last seven months. We have seen large scale protests that have shut down the movement of people, commerce and transportation throughout the country and particularly in Port au Prince.

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Addressing Difficult Issues: Sex Abuse in Church

I believe God is currently driving us out into a wilderness of church life that we have wanted to avoid, but we can’t. In recent weeks different newspapers across the country have forced the church—particularly the Baptist church—to face the truth that many people have been sexually abused and assaulted within our churches by clergy, deacons, Sunday School teachers, youth ministers, and others.

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KLI: Retreat Kicks Off Seventh Year of Developing Young Leaders

Before the buzz of the spring semester began, nine young adults gathered in the mountains for a time of personal reflection and community building. The 2019 class of the Kairos Leadership Initiative (KLI) kicked off the program year with their first retreat over the third weekend of January. This was the first in-person gathering for the student and staff team since the interview and selection process in October.

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Ed Jordan: A Tale of Two Lives

A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens in 1859, is a historical novel depicting the era of the French Revolution. In its opening lines we find one of the greatest quotes in English literature.

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via Missio Alliance: Sexual Abuse: 12 Resources for Church Leaders Committed to Preventing It

No matter how many times sexual abuse is uncovered, whether it’s one person’s story or a report detailing hundreds of cases like the recent report on the SBC, we are stunned. Grieved. Discouraged. Angry. How are the very people entrusted with shepherding God’s flock wreaking havoc on the lives of so many through abuse, lies, and cover up? I have no simple answers. The future must hold a reimagining of leadership, power, and accountability in our churches.

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Open Table, Open Hearts

On January 30, 2019, our congregation celebrated the two-year anniversary of Open Table—a breakfast ministry on Wednesday mornings from 6:00-8:00 am. Two churches in our community preceded us serving breakfasts on Mondays and Thursdays, respectively.

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Tony Brooks: Avoiding Cliques in Sunday School and Small Groups

First, we need to be honest…people gravitate to certain people to build community and to encourage one another in growth in their relationship with Christ. My friend and author, Jim Ailor, would tell you that fact in his book: Life Boats: Friends with Purpose. My lifeboat is a group of guys who text each other often, are there for each other when there is a need, and get together a couple of times a year for an extended peer learning group that includes golf. We all need this deeper focus in our lives. We also need to reach new people—valuing them above ourselves.

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Ed Jordan: What Makes a Great Team?

Very soon March Madness will be upon us as the Championship NCAA Tournament begins. I love to watch the excellent teams play and compete. Every year it is a reminder of some of the fundamentals regarding team sports. One player, no matter how fabulous he or she is, does not a great team make.

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