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Praying for the President

In his instructions to Timothy, Paul commands Christians to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) But how?… [Read More] https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/9061/praying-for-the-president

Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church

What’s the point of designing your church to seem attractive to those to whom the gospel is unattractive? Is it just to get… [Read More] www.patheos.com/blogs/faithwalkers/2013/08/bill-blankschaen-why-i-left-your-seeker-friendly-church

The Conversation Every Millennial Needs to Have With Their Parents

According to the 2013 Conversation Project National Survey, 90 percent of people said that talking with their families or loved ones about end-of-life care is important, yet only 27 percent have had the conversation. Talking about end-of-life care with a family member is not just for the unforeseen accident.[…] http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/conversation-every-millennial-needs-have-their-parents

Why I Go to Church Even When I Don’t Feel Like It

So I’ve slowly learned that going to church can be about something other than moral requirement, fear of punishment, social connection, getting spiritually fed, or even looking for likeminded people with whom to pursue justice in the world. Going to church can be about holding this space in which to experience the grace of God together, learn together, fail and forgive and stumble forward together… http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/why-i-go-church-even-when-i-dont-feel-it

What Jesus Meant When He Said, “I Didn’t Come To Bring Peace, But A Sword”

I believe in this passage Jesus is pointing to a reality that many of us are becoming familiar with: his teachings aren’t exactly popular. Following his teachings? Doing the things that Jesus did? Loving the way Jesus loved? Well, at a minimum that’s going to invite conflict into your closest relationships… http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/what-jesus-meant-when-he-said-i-didnt-come-to-bring-peace-but-a-sword/

Help with the European Refugee Crisis

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) will support our European partners and members of ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) as they minister to the large influx of forced migrants from the Middle East (including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq) and also from Northern and Middle Africa… http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/european-refugee-crisis/

What Does it Mean to Be the Church?

  In this little church building, the German Christians could hear the sound of Jewish people on those trains. They could hear the train whistle as it would begin to approach, immediately followed by men and women screaming for help as they went barreling toward a Nazi death camp… http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-does-it-mean-be-church