Why We Call God ‘Father’

Why We Call God ‘Father’.  The quest for gender-inclusive language has been a preoccupation of many mainline Protestants and liberal Catholics for decades. Some evangelicals also make compromises to accommodate these concerns. But before we jump onto the theological bandwagon, we need to reexamine the reasons for the use of

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The Art of Spiritual Conversation

The Art of Spiritual Conversation.  The Church is undergoing a paradigm shift from one-way presentational evangelism to evangelism that looks more like a two-way exchange, and Q Place is a leading voice in this critical rethink of evangelistic practices. So, here, the Barna team talks with Mary Schaller about the

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The Rise of the @Pastor

The rise of the @pastor.  A new Barna study shows that, in the last two years, there has been a significant leap in the number of pastors and churches engaging social media. More than one in five American pastors (21%) say their churches use Twitter, up from only 14% in

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Listening to Young Atheists

Listening to Young Atheists.  When a Christian foundation interviewed college nonbelievers about how and why they left religion, surprising themes emerged. Considering their impressions of and comments regarding Christianity may very well provide some answers to understanding how we can present the faith in a much more positive light.

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Established Churches and Inward Drift

Established Churches and Inward Drift.  The primary dangers with inward drift are twofold. First and foremost, the organization can forget the very reason it was created. Second, the drift is often imperceptible. Many organizations don’t realize there is a problem until it’s too late. Local congregations are not immune from

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