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  • “All labels have their problems, and, to be sure, ‘evangelical’ is fraught with them. But I am not giving it up.” ~ Roger Olson As I pointed out in the first post of this series, the center of evangelicalism is collapsing. Countless evangelical Christians are moving to the left or to...

    Beyond Evangelicals by Frank Viola

    “All labels have their problems, and, to be sure, ‘evangelical’ is fraught with them. But I am not giving it up.” ~ Roger Olson As I pointed out in the first post of this series, the center of evangelicalism is collapsing. Countless evangelical Christians are moving to the left or to...

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  • Welcome to a review of David Kinnaman’s most recent book (BakerBooks October 2011) entitled: You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith: For any artist who produces an initial smash hit, the next work they produce is typically a yawner (few exceptions so noted). After releasing...

    Review: You Lost Me by David Kinnaman, a review by Bill Dahl

    Welcome to a review of David Kinnaman’s most recent book (BakerBooks October 2011) entitled: You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith: For any artist who produces an initial smash hit, the next work they produce is typically a yawner (few exceptions so noted). After releasing...

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  • I have been reading a book called Christmas is Not Your Birthday recently. One of the points that author Mike Slaughter makes is that we try so hard to sanitize Christmas. Every year, we engage in a futile quest to clean up and create the perfect Christmas. As I was...

    The ‘Real’ Christmas Story—Stained…but Good by Alan B. Ward

    I have been reading a book called Christmas is Not Your Birthday recently. One of the points that author Mike Slaughter makes is that we try so hard to sanitize Christmas. Every year, we engage in a futile quest to clean up and create the perfect Christmas. As I was...

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  • [This article first appeared in the December 2006 issue of Next-Wave. You can browse the other articles from that issue here: http://www.the-next-wave.info/archives/issue96/index.cfm.html ] The standard celebration of Advent revolves around four themes: hope, love, joy and peace. These are addressed in different ways, as there is ample room in the...

    The Advent by Dan Schmidt

    [This article first appeared in the December 2006 issue of Next-Wave. You can browse the other articles from that issue here: http://www.the-next-wave.info/archives/issue96/index.cfm.html ] The standard celebration of Advent revolves around four themes: hope, love, joy and peace. These are addressed in different ways, as there is ample room in the...

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  • An Interview with George Barna by Bill Dahl George Barna is a native New Yorker. He has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm...

    An Interview with George Barna by Bill Dahl

    An Interview with George Barna by Bill Dahl George Barna is a native New Yorker. He has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm...

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  • The reported spike in anti-Islamic attacks in the United States, including the burning of a mosque in my home state of Tennessee, leads me to believe that the Evangelical Christian machinery wrapped around Jesus today views him in a way that makes other religions a threat. That threat was tragically...

    Being Jesus in Oslo, Being Jesus in Nashville (but then again, why should you listen to me?) By Jim Palmer

    The reported spike in anti-Islamic attacks in the United States, including the burning of a mosque in my home state of Tennessee, leads me to believe that the Evangelical Christian machinery wrapped around Jesus today views him in a way that makes other religions a threat. That threat was tragically...

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  • The title of this article and question that I ask is not one I am totally serious about – and not really suggesting we actually do call the accountant the worship pastor. But I do have the question of how we have overwhelmingly defined “worship” to primarily be music and...

    Should the Church Accountant be the One Called the Worship Pastor? By Dan Kimball

    The title of this article and question that I ask is not one I am totally serious about – and not really suggesting we actually do call the accountant the worship pastor. But I do have the question of how we have overwhelmingly defined “worship” to primarily be music and...

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  • “Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.” This little dictum is attributed to Francis Bernadone, later known as St. Francis. And if you are like most, your first response is a rational one. “All very nice, Francis – but who will hear the message if there are...

    Preaching Without Words By Len Hjalmarson

    “Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.” This little dictum is attributed to Francis Bernadone, later known as St. Francis. And if you are like most, your first response is a rational one. “All very nice, Francis – but who will hear the message if there are...

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  • People by default are resistant to almost all change. I have friends who left their job because computers replaced manual systems. I know some who hate electronic readers and digital books. They would rather have a paperback in their hand. “It just feels better.” Borders understands all about electronic readers...

    Lessons from Missional Church to Tea Party By Fred Peatross

    People by default are resistant to almost all change. I have friends who left their job because computers replaced manual systems. I know some who hate electronic readers and digital books. They would rather have a paperback in their hand. “It just feels better.” Borders understands all about electronic readers...

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  • Yesterday I got to hang out with Francis Chan as we are 1-hour-and-15-minute away neighbors now. He moved up to the San Francisco area and I am down in the small but wonderful village of Santa Cruz on the beach. It was good to catch up and we had a...

    Review: Erasing Hell By Francis Chan – An Important Book and Topic By Dan Kimball

    Yesterday I got to hang out with Francis Chan as we are 1-hour-and-15-minute away neighbors now. He moved up to the San Francisco area and I am down in the small but wonderful village of Santa Cruz on the beach. It was good to catch up and we had a...

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