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The Emergent Role of Faith in African Development

Although Africa has a long history of troubles, former Vatican diplomat J. Peter Pham, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, says there is a new Africa emerging, thanks... read more >

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Caring for Orphans in China

How much of a difference can one person make? In the late 1990s, Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen learned of the plight of Chinese girls abandoned by their parents in a... read more >

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What Does Money Have to Do With God?

Carol Johnston invites participants in this study guide to consider the theological meaning of wealth by examining an interesting set of literature on Christian practices of giving and stewardship as... read more >

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Reshaping Ministry in the Light of a Pastors Working Group

From his experience over thirteen months with an ecumenical group of pastors, William F. Buchanan, of the Fifteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, finds hope for the church’s future... read more >

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The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.

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Financing American Religion

Mark Chaves surveys findings from recent studies on church finances.

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Thinking Theologically About Wealth, Including Money

Carol Johnston notes in this essay that money and wealth are notoriously difficult topics for most North American Christians to think about theologically.

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A Pastor's Perspective on the Financing of American Religion

Richard R. Crocker pinpoints key lessons that religious leaders can learn from the literature on the financing of American religion.

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New Tasks for the New Congregation: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for regional ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, discusses changes in congregations' cultural environment before considering the new tasks that today's congregations must address,... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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