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Guest Editorial: The church and homosexuality

by Kevin DeYoung, Pastor University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Mich. Of the many complexities involving the church and homosexuality, one of the most difficult is how the former should speak of the latter. Even for those Christians who agree that homosexuality is contrary to the will of God, there is little agreement on how we ought to speak about homosexuality being contrary to the will of God. Much of this disagreement is owing...

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First Person: Save a baby; share the Gospel

Five hundred million dollars. That’s how much of our tax dollars went to funding an institution whose sole purpose is to fight against the value of life. This insight became public knowledge when in its latest annual report Planned Parenthood listed that it had received approximately $487 million of funding from the federal government. That same report showed a steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics and a...

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Guest Editorial: HHS mandate challenges religious liberty

In August 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a regulation that would require all groups require health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs (such as the so-called morning-after pill). The HHS, which wrongly considers those pills as contraception, included what they call a “conscience clause” that would exempt religious organizations. Yet they define it so narrowly that only churches...

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Guest Editorial: Unexpected blessings

by Paul Moody “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 Have you ever sat in a church pew and listened to an appeal from your pastor or some other church leader asking for help with some aspect of church life? Have you said to yourself, “I see the need, but I have no training in that ministry.” The time was 1995 or...

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Guest Editorial: Managing social media

by Micah Fries ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (BP)—It’s no secret that I’m a fan of social media. I’m convinced it’s an incredible tool to expand your reach, advance gospel causes, sharpen your communication skills and on top of all that, it’s fun. However, social media also has the potential to consume your time, kill actual relationships with real people and divert your attention from things that matter. So, from the perspective of a pastor, how...

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Guest Editorial: 10 revival meeting tips

by Jake Roudkovski NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Even though the number of revival meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention has been declining, a significant amount of churches continue to use revival meetings for evangelism and revitalization. In a 2010 survey by LifeWay Research, revival meetings were among the five most often used evangelistic events in Southern Baptist churches. Let me suggest several practical ways that may help churches...

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