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Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes

Our perceptions of Jesus are cluttered and colored by our cultural and perceptual assumptions. In other words, how we understand Jesus and his teaching is determined by our 21st-century worldview.... read more >

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Transforming Church Offerings as Acts of Worship

Worshippers increasingly make their church offering electronically. As a consequence, fewer people participate in the traditional offertory, which is prompting some churches to rethink the role and purpose of giving... read more >

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The Problem with Lay Pastors

Thousands of U.S. mainline Protestant congregations cannot pay the minimum salaries denominations mandate for full-time professional leaders. Trained lay pastors frequently fill the gap. Lay pastors are also functioning as... read more >

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Understanding the Differences in Bible Translations

The range of English translations of the Bible has become so extensive it is increasingly difficult to know how to choose Bibles for worship, study or personal use. "Understanding Differences... read more >

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Non-Seminary-Trained Pastors Add Problems to Protestantism

Identifying the real value of seminary-educated clergy has become a focus of attention as mainline denominations increasingly use non-seminary-trained, “commissioned” clergy to fill small church pulpits and do other, typically... read more >

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Tent City, 2011

It takes wages of $21 per hour for a single person to afford a one-bedroom apartment, a used automobile and the basic necessities in Lakewood, N.J., according to Steve Brigham,... read more >

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The New Face of American Poverty, 2011

Reading, Pa., has been identified as the poorest of cities in America with populations of 65,000 or more. A 24-minute video, called “Life at the Breaking Point,” chronicles the struggle... read more >

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Video: Sacraments, Church Unity and Faith Formation

 Here is a three-part workshop from the 2012 Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Symposium exploring the role of the sacraments in Christian faith formation. In Part 1, panelists introduce themselves... read more >

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Use Technology to Support a Worship Lifestyle

New technology makes it increasingly easy to use mobile phones, laptops or iPads as devotional tools. Websites and device apps now help the technologically connected take time for faith practices... read more >

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The War on Drugs, Mass Incarceration and the Church

More than 2 million Americans are in prison today, four times as many as 30 years ago; the result of mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. Black men are six times... read more >

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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