What if the Church Helped Provide Work Instead of Handouts?

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This guest post by David Spickard originally appeared on Jobs for Life.  David grew up in Nashville, TN, and has always had a heart for people in need. Since 1999, he has applied his MBA and love for God at Jobs for Life, first as its Director of Operations and then as its CEO, beginning in 2006.  During this time, he has helped JfL grow from a local work in Raleigh, NC, to a global network of churches, ministries, and businesses helping men and women learn God’s design for work and find mea … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby Chooses to See: Faces Supreme Court

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The US Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments today as the Green family continues its courageous stand against abortion-funding mandates in Obamacare. For those unfamiliar with the case, the (allegedly) Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to provide health insurance that includes funding for "morning after" pills. The Green family, and countless others, consider such pills to be abortion-inducing drugs. In effect then, they believe the law requires  them to pay for employees … [Read more...]

The Great Atlanta Snow Storm: Who Is to Blame?

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Sometimes stuff happens. Circumstances collide unexpectedly. Snow falls further north than the computer models predicted. Events reminds us that we are not in control. And we don't like it. Not one bit.The great Atlanta snow storm of 2014 reminds us that some things are outside of our control.As a recent transplant to Atlanta area from the snow belt of Cleveland, Ohio, I'm used to getting around in snow, unlike most of the people in Atlanta. Snow only arrives like this every few … [Read more...]

Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

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The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it's entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the letter can be returned … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

Christmas. Is. Over.I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday.I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus.Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a deep breath and r … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

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Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

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I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right?OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost friends, and raise my hands higher (Higher!), I might b … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

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People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]


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