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Marriage Stability and Instability over Time

Between 1980 and 1997 five waves of data were collected on the topic of causes of marital instability throughout the life course. Issues of wives’ work, presence of children, overall... read more >

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Formation of the Young: What the Experts are Saying

Researcher Karen Marie Yust spent hours reading some of the best and most detailed studies about children, youth and Christian formation that have emerged in the last decade or more.... read more >

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Fostering Ecclesial Reading and Writing

Good Christian writing requires good writers — practicing pastors, in particular — who take up Christian themes. In this interview published by Resources for American Christianity, Donald Ottenhoff, executive director... read more >

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Effective Assessment Improves Teaching and Learning in Classrooms

 A critical evaluation of how teaching tasks are defined, engaged and measured can work for faculty, rather than against. Understanding the options in how to determine appropriate methods for an... read more >

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Is dance an appropriate form of worship?

Church fathers have approved of dance as a form of praising God. This article introduces the biblical and historical debate between those in favor of praising God with dance, and... read more >

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Our First Experience with Liturgical Dance

How does your congregation celebrate the Lord’s Supper? Is it a celebration, or is it a more somber, reflective experience? Do you take communion as a community, or is it... read more >

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When it comes to polls, read the fine print

Even lay people can, and should, ask tough questions about polls to see if their claims match their findings. And when it comes to poll data we should all be informed consumers.

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Finding renewal through fellowship

Stress and loneliness can take a toll on pastoral leaders. For many, peer groups combat the isolation and provide important revitalization, new research shows.

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Resources: Funerals as Christian Worship

Christianity is rich with resources for facing death, because at the center of Christian worship and faith life is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with reflection on... read more >

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Voicing the Psalms: How to Hear God Talking, Live

The Psalms have the power to inspire and strengthen people in hardship and oppression, to celebrate joy, and to tune the human heart to God’s ways. In a conversation with... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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