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The End of Sermon Time as We Know It | Holy Soup

http://holysoup.com/2016/02/02/the-end-of-sermon-time-as-we-know-it/

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What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Been Hurt By Church | RELEVANT Magazine

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-not-say-someone-who-has-been-hurt-church

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Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you can’t figure out • Ponder Anew

http://www.theologyinworship.com/2015/05/13/dear-church-an-open-letter-from-one-of-those-millennials-you-cant-figure-out/

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I Don’t Need to Change, and I Certainly Don’t Want To! – Refresh The Church

http://wwv.group.com/refresh-the-church/blog/need-to-change/#.VVo7RMko7qD

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Devotional reading for 1/16/2015

http://bible.com/r/x.1O Today I am reading day 86 of Life Application Study Bible ® Devotion:

Going to God’s house can be a chore or a delight. For the psalmist, it was a delight. As a pilgrim attending one of the three great religious festivals, he rejoiced to worship with God’s people in God’s house. We may find worship a chore if we have unconfessed sin or if our love for God has cooled. But if we are close to God and enjoy his presence, we will be eager to worship and praise him. Our attitude toward God will determine our view of worship.

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Why You Should Embrace Discomfort

Wow. I need to start embracing this discomfort. Good read.

http://michaelhyatt.com/why-discomfort-is-good-for-you.html?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Michael%20Hyatt&utm_content=Why%20Discomfort%20Is%20Good%20for%20You

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How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide | The Art of Manliness

Because this was just too funny not to re-post. Besides, I’d like to think Jesus has a sense of humor.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/10/02/how-to-gird-up-your-loins-an-illustrated-guide/

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Church, Here’s Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1 | john pavlovitz

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2014/08/15/church-heres-why-people-are-leaving-you-part-1/

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Having Integrity Doesn’t Make You a Good Person

http://storylineblog.com/2014/08/04/having-integrity-doesnt-make-you-a-good-person/

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When Christians Love Theology More than People

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Love Neighbor Recently I came across an article posted on the Internet by Stephen Mattson, on staff at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. While it may make the reader a bit uncomfortable, there’s a lot of truth in what he writes:

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When Christians Love Theology More than People

Beyond the realm of churches, religious blogs, and bible colleges, nobody really cares about theology. What does matter is the way you treat other people.

Within Christendom, we’re often taught the exact opposite: that doctrines, traditions, theologies, and distinct beliefs are the only things that do matter. It’s what separates churches, denominations, theologians, and those who are “saved” and “unsaved.”

Historically, Christians have been tempted to categorize the Bible into numerous sets of beliefs that are either inspired or heretical, good or bad, right or wrong — with no room for doubt or questioning or uncertainty.

It’s easy to get…

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