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Dealing With Congregational Phobia

That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.

Does It Matter Which Bible We Use?

The Old Testament was written in the language of its writers, which was Hebrew, and the New Testament was written in the language of its writers -- or at least the dominant language of commerce and culture -- which was Greek. The Bibles we read are translations of those languages into the English language. So does it matter which Bible we use?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 24, 2013 |
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Why You Need Your Church Every Day

Church attendance is about more than personal self-improvement. It's about body life.

'Being' Discipled

It’s a common phrase in Christian circles. We talk of "discipling" someone, "being" discipled, or going where there is a strong emphasis on discipleship. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 22, 2013 |
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Writing, like anything worth doing takes work . . . and love

You must love to write if you are to endure

If Days Could Speak (January 22, 1973)

What if every day of the year could speak? What would the message of each day bring? I wonder.

Suffer the Little Children

Jesus is on the side of those who love little children.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • January 17, 2013 |
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What Chris Rock Can Teach Us About Marriage

Most Christians don’t look to Chris Rock for advice. But on one point, he has something we should hear.

How Andy Stanley and Tim Keller Preach with Non-Believers in Mind

There’s no denying the significant differences between Andy Stanley and Tim Keller when it comes to theology and ministry. But we can learn from them both in how to respectfully engage the unsaved people in our midst at church.

Mind the Gap

If you have ever been to London, you are familiar with the "tube," London’s expansive underground transport system. Once there, a constant refrain -- over loudspeakers and on signs -- is "Mind the Gap." There are, of course, many "gaps" to be mindful of.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 17, 2013 |
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What We Don't Want to Hear: Leadership is Hard

Its far easier to lob criticism from the sidelines. Maybe it's time we give our leaders a break

5 Reflections on the Pro-Life Movement

The shape of prolife activism in the 21st Century

Don't Be a Sermon Stealer!

Milk many cows but make your own butter.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • January 14, 2013 |
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A Culture That Cheats

As people are exposed to more dishonesty around them, and if it seems "everyone" is doing it, then cheating becomes even more pervasive and socially acceptable.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 14, 2013 |
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Daniel Speaks Today

If you know who you are, you can live for Christ anywhere.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • January 11, 2013 |
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Premarital Sex?

Christians talk a lot about premarital sex. And I think that’s a mistake, for one, because the grammar is skewed. (Read more)

When People Leave Your Church... and It's Okay

When is it okay for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let’s state the obvious. It’s never just "okay."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 10, 2013 |
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Why I Am Writing a Fiction Book

In certain Christian circles, we can write 50-page criticisms of The Shack, but we can’t come up with a better story. We grasp the issues, but others grasp the medium. The same is true of movies, music, spoken word videos, and other forms of art.

The Kingdom of Disney and the Kingdom of God

When it comes to Disney, let's dismiss the faulty theology, but celebrate it's creativity and beauty.

Culture Keepers

The idea of culture "keepers" is significant. There are aspects of culture – a nation’s culture, a church’s culture, a family’s culture – that must be "kept."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 07, 2013 |
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