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Put Not Your Trust in Credentials

A Pharisee and a tax collector enter the local temple to pray. The Pharisee begins by thanking God that he is not a murderer, thief, adulterer, or (while peeking between clasped hands at the other parishioners) like that tax collector. As a postscript, he adds that he fasts two times …

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The Critical Connection Between Context and Culture

I’ve started churches, served more established congregations, and been the vice president of a half-a-billion-dollar company. Now, I am privileged to lead the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. In my roles, I have seen leaders who overwhelmingly succeed and those who phenomenally fail. One of the key differentiators of …

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Methodists Cancel Plans for First Big Meeting Outside US

The United Methodist Church has scrapped plans for its first General Conference meeting outside the United States. The global denomination had been planning to hold the 2024 meeting of its decision-making body in Manila, capital of the Philippines. But plans for a meeting there, first announced in 2015, are now …

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Babel and More Speaking in Tongues

The Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel is one that many of us often overlook in terms of its implications on the life of the church. Honestly, for those of us reading the Bible in our modern context today, the storyline itself can sound quite confusing. A group …

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How Devotional Poetry Unlocks the Bible’s Surprises

During Sunday worship at my Anglican church, a lector reads aloud from the Old Testament, the Psalms, and the Epistles. The climactic moment occurs when a priest carries the Bible above his head from the altar to the nave, where he reads the Gospel. This liturgical gesture communicates two things: …

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