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Power up principle: The power of planning

The first thing I do at my office each morning is “power up” my computer. This tool has enormous capabilities that add instant benefits and make my life more productive. Unless I use it, however, it’s just a dormant piece ...

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Murder, forgiveness recounted in new book

Set Free

Stephen Owens was 12 years old when he discovered his father’s body in their Memphis home after his mother, Gaile Owens, hired a stranger to murder him. Owens’ new book, “Set Free,” shares how he overcame the traumatic events of ...

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What’s right about megachurches

As the saying goes, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket.” There’s never been a greater challenge for world evangelism, there are plenty of social problems like hunger and homelessness we face here in the United States, ...

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Theology with a purpose: Knowing God

There’s a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Years ago I was browsing through the shelves of a small Christian bookstore in the middle of nowhere Tennessee, a few miles from where I was going to college ...

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Not sermons but stories: Engaging the culture

If you’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia, you know they are loaded with Christian themes and symbols. That’s why many assume that C. S. Lewis wrote them in order to send some kind of Christian message. But Lewis himself insisted ...

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  • LifeWay workers ‘fine’ after bullet destroys window
    “Employees are fine” a day after a bullet destroyed a fifth-floor window at LifeWay Christian Resources’ downtown Nashville complex, company spokesperson Carol Pipes said. “We’re just really thankful no one was hurt,” said Pipes, LifeWay director of corporate communications, who noted police are investigating the incident. The window, destroyed by the shot, is nearly level […]
  • Can a biblical Zionist love the Palestinians?
    Whenever one puts biblical, Zionist and Palestinian in the same sentence, definitions are in order. Unity might never be fully achieved, but it should never be because of lack of clarity. First what I mean by biblical is “in accordance with the biblical record” that as far as I understand includes the sixty-six books of […]
  • Willow Creek names NAE head, 3 others to oversee Hybels investigation
    Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will lead a new investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Hybels, the retired founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Lyon and Anderson will co-chair the four-person Willow Creek Independent Advisory Group, according […]
  • Former Willow Creek pastor Steve Carter breaks silence on Hybels allegations
    Steve Carter, the lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, was supposed to be in front of his congregation but instead he was throwing up backstage. Carter, 38, had become physically ill that Sunday, Aug. 5, after reading an article published that morning in The New York Times about the church’s founding pastor, Bill […]
  • A pastor’s suicide | An all-too familiar story
    This is getting to be an all-too-familiar story. On August 26, Andrew Stoecklein, the lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California, took his own life. He was only thirty years old. Stoecklein was married and had three children. The grim task of informing church members and friends about Stoecklein’s suicide fell to his […]
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