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FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. The original story can be found at http://www.bpnews.net/48572/firstperson–calling-out-the-called by Scott Hildreth, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (yesterday) WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) — About 30 years ago, a wise pastor and a group of church leaders made a decision that quite literally changed …

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Why I Wish Christians Would Argue MORE (No, Seriously)

I wish Christians would argue more. No, I’m not being sarcastic or saying this with an eye roll. I mean it. I want Christians to argue more and fight less. To take it a step further, I’d even say that fighting less depends on our willingness to argue more and better. Arguing in the Classic Sense To be clear, I’m …

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11 Biblical Principles to Help You Become a Better Friend

I’ve had lots of practice making friends. Over the last 33 years, our family has moved seven times for my husband’s job. Each time I left friends behind. Each time we settled into a new neighborhood with new neighbors. Each time we joined a new church with a new church family. It didn’t take long to learn that if I …

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DARPA brain altering device may be tested on humans in 2017

A DARPA funded deep-brain stimulator with the ability to alter a patients reality may be tested on humans as early as 2017 (VERO BEACH, FLA) In April 2013 President Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuroscience initiative (BRAIN), which made available large amounts of funds to invest in learning the intricacies of cranial neural function. The Department of …

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Learning Churches Are Growing Churches

I work with and talk with leaders at a ton of churches. The ones that struggle the most are the ones most isolated and living on an island, not paying attention to what’s going on around them. They have very few relationships with pastors and churches within or outside of their community. Leaders from churches that are growing, on the …

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ABC’s ’20/20′ Contacted Me for ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Story, But Ignored What I Told Them

In the first minute, the commentator mentioned that five states have banned licensed counselors from engaging in “gay conversion therapy” with another 20 considering legislation this year. The show then quickly jumps to several sensational stories where desperate parents send their children, some of whom are gay and lesbian identified, to reform schools that work with a variety of youth …

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The Case for Hope from a Former Obama Staffer

If you asked me what the American republic needs most right now, at least at the human level, I would say: “more Democrats like Michael Wear.” And if you asked me what the American church needs most right now, on the human level, I would say: “more Democrats like Michael Wear.” Wear’s Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About …

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What Is Really Best for Me? Applying the Bible to the Same-Sex-Attracted

Which produces better fruit for same-sex-attracted men and women: the traditional or the progressive interpretation of the Bible’s sexual ethic? The exegetical debate between these two stances has been well-documented. Ultimately, the truth of either position hinges on the interpretation of biblical passages concerning sexuality. Although it’s important to make strong, exegetical arguments that the historic Christian interpretation of these …

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