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Tell It

A simple post that issues a challenge to share your faith in Jesus Christ with your social media audience today.

Nuff said: A week later with the same-sex ruling

This “Nuff said” entry is a collection of well-written, compassionate posts about the same-sex marriage ruling from a Christian perspective.

Review: Growing Up by Robby Gallaty

This is a review of Robby Gallaty’s book “Growing Up” which was released November 2013. GU seeks to be a helpful model for discipleship and structured material for leading people to grow in the Christian faith.

Friday randomness: Facebook, Do you blog?, Missional clothing, Christianity’s juvenilization

Facebook fare I had another “I hate Facebook” conversation this week. It was with a friend who had seen a post that he couldn’t resist reacting to. That seems to be Facebook’s fare: reactionary posting. Before he cooled down, he… Continue Reading →

Are the religiously unaffiliated rising in proportion to the rest of the population?

Put another way, we could ask, “Are the number of Americans who do not attend church declining?” This interview with sociologist Rodney Stark about his recent book America’s Blessings has prompted me to add it to my “to-read” list on… Continue Reading →

Are “cultured” Christians just reverse legalists?

There’s an insightful give and take in Trevin Wax’s blog interview with Bret McCracken over his new book Grey Matters. But what really caught my eye was a comment McCracken made about his last book Hipster Christianity. Trevin: I have… Continue Reading →

An intro to Jesus Manifesto

I’m pretty pumped about starting Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. After all, when you’re posting about the introduction… If the church does not reorient and become Christological at its core, any steps taken will be backwards… the… Continue Reading →

A response to Jen Hatmaker

Having not been invited to speak in large churches in the first place, I figure that I’ve had similar experiences so I could readily identify with her indignation. Her blog entry is a beautifully-written description of the importance of Christians having a loving heart towards all people. She expresses deep concern for how some in the American church have turned off genuine seekers by their arrogance and judgmental attitude.

Review: Crazy Love

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan My short synopsis is: “One of those simple but powerful books that challenges comfortable “Christianity.” Can being a Christian really be “comfortable?” Peaceful perhaps. But anything but comfortable.” This is… Continue Reading →

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