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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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Egypt’s Revolution: First Anniversary

One year after the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the nation’s lower house was sworn in. Some three-quarters of the representatives are members of just two Islamist organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood and... read more >

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God and Games: A Guide to Sports and Religion for writers

From ancient times, religion and sports have been linked in a variety of ways. Since the mid-19th century, organized sports have developed alongside the growth of evangelical Protestantism. However, the... read more >

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A Journalist's Guide to Religion and Politics

The link between religion and politics reflects the tension between church and state and frequently occasions intense public debate, especially during elections. Keen observers can see in those debates indications... read more >

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What to Do about Seminary Student Debt

The student debt accumulated by seminarians is often too large for them to pay off, especially during their early pastorates. The resulting money struggle can create a cascade of spiritual,... read more >

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Seminaries Refocus on Congregational Vitality

In the 1960s, many seminary faculty and staff believed that churches existed to promote social change and that congregations were part of the problem. However, Protestant seminaries have undergone a... read more >

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Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the...

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

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