The Marriage Pledge: Why You Should Not Sign It

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I am pleased to feature a guest post today from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.First Things (FT) has launched a crusade to get pastors out of the marriage-ceremony-performing business, or, as they would no doubt prefer, out of the business of government-sanctioned marriage-ceremony performance. The problem for The Marriage Pledge they are pushing is that these two practices are identical.A Dispute among Allies First Things (FT) is one of ou … [Read more...]

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...]

Why We Need Rest: More Than the Work We Do

We need a Sabbath rest

This is a guest post by Dr. Dan Boone, the president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming release, The Way We Work: How Faith Makes a Difference on the Job (BEACON HILL Press). Read more at his blog, www.danboone.me. Everybody I know is tired. You are tired. I am tired. Your work wears on you.In addition to the work, you battle the monotony of doing the same things repeatedly. Laundry breeds in the closet. Sc … [Read more...]

Inconvenient Faith: A FaithWalker’s Story

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Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts and story of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. I am a FaithWalker. A few months ago, I too … [Read more...]

40 Churches in 40 Weeks: New Film Project Seeks Answers

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Today I am privileged to feature a guest post from my friend Sharon Bollum, who is heading up an innovative project called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM. Like me, she has concerns about the state of the body of Christ in America and is committed to asking the questions many seem afraid to ask. Check out 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM and follow their quest on Facebook or Twitter. When I tell people that we are traveling across the U.S. filming a documentary called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM I get one o … [Read more...]

Why God Is Not A Nice God

God is not a nice God

Privileged to feature a guest post from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, founder and President of the Center for Cultural Leadership with whom I serve as Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development. God is not a nice God.There are many lessons we can learn from Samuel's farewell address in I Samuel 12, but the most weighty lesson is  God's faithfulness, not ours.  Our faithfulness is possible only because of God's: "I ... plead with you before the LORD concerning all the 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...]

How to Be Truly Thankful this Thanksgiving

How to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

We all know that Thanksgiving is about much more than turkey and football. We know that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is just what the name suggests: giving thanks to God for His goodness to us.But I think sometimes we like to think we're more grateful than we really are.I mean, how many times have I thanked God for the food before the meal out of shear habit without an ounce of real gratitude? Please tell me I'm not the only one.Sometimes we aren't truly grateful because we … [Read more...]


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