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Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial
Jan25

Shine: The disappearing nominal Christian and the emerging Millennial

There is much talk today about the decline of Christianity and the lack of Millennials in our churches. It is true that there are fewer people who are self-identify as Christians, and many churches are not populated with Millennials. However, the reality may be more encouraging than these facts indicate. Ed Stetzer said on a Carey Nieuwhof podcast that what we are actually seeing is the disappearance of “Nominal Christians” and the...

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SEC is for Y-O-U: State Evangelism Conference offers something for all church leaders
Jan10

SEC is for Y-O-U: State Evangelism Conference offers something for all church leaders

DEL CITY—Pastors and churches all across the country are looking for fresh ideas that will bring enthusiasm and vision to their mission of advancing the Gospel. Every year many pay large amounts to attend seminars in hopes of finding the thing that will propel their ministry forward. However, many of the ministers and churches that would enjoy and benefit from these seminars are not able to afford them. Because of faithful giving...

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Shine: Destination wedding
Nov18

Shine: Destination wedding

Lately I have notice a growing trend toward destination weddings. According to a May 2018 survey from CompareCards.com by LendingTree, a destination wedding guest spends $1,421 on average, including travel, gifts and spending on personal items. That number jumps to $2,514 for destination weddings outside of the U.S., with the actual travel costs estimated at $1,595 for an average of about five days. This seems rather expensive,...

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Shine: Diminishing the significance of baptism
Oct07

Shine: Diminishing the significance of baptism

Recently I had two experiences that caused me to wonder if we have lost the significance of baptism in some of our churches. The first experience was a baptismal service in which anyone and everyone who wanted to be baptized was invited to come and be baptized. People came forward for the celebration of baptism and made statements like: “The rest of my family was being baptized, so I decided to get baptized again;” “I have never been...

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Shine: High calling of servanthood
Jul15

Shine: High calling of servanthood

Recently, we went through another round of graduation ceremonies. Some graduating from high school may have felt the weight of their future, and those graduating from college surely did. Questions must have swarmed through their heads like, “What am I supposed to do now?” “What am I supposed to be, and/or what is my life’s purpose?” Basically they all had to determine, “What does having a ‘successful’ life will look like for me?” In...

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