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“Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they’re doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, […]

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“There seems to be conflict with how some churches approach ministry. You have the ‘felt-needs’ crowd, who are all about appealing to where the surface level needs are. And then you have those who are totally against that, who say ‘We only preach the Bible over here.’ I believe there’s a third way…where the proper […]

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“Success seems to be the ‘golden calf’ of the American church. These days, we measure the success of a church by the 3 B’s…buildings, bodies, and budget. When those 3 things reach a certain number, we equate that with a successful ministry. But if we measured Jesus’ earthly ministry by that standard, He would be […]

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“I think we have the wrong idea about God’s grace. God’s grace isn’t you seeing what you can get away with and still go to heaven. There are plenty of things you can do that you won’t go to hell for, but that your life will still suffer from.” ~ Tye Tribbett

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“No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves… …instead of […]

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“I think we have really hyper-individualized Christianity. We are comfortable with pastors laying out the implications of being a Christian in our personal lives, maybe even our family lives…but not our social lives. When you group people together into communities, such as a neighborhood or national government, for some reason, we tend to keep God […]

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“In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus. Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution. Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture. […]

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“Believe it or not, the breakdown of character in our society has actually caused us to be more legalistic. The decline of character is being compensated for with more laws. So now you can’t say something is wrong anymore if it’s legal, no matter how morally wrong it may be. The focus then has shifted […]

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“Much of Christianity now in America is really moralistic, therapeutic deism. We appeal to people with the idea of making your life better…that the goal of the gospel is to make you better, to make your marriage better, your finances better, your circle of friends better, and to make you more happy and fulfilled. But […]

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“We live in a time where a lot of people in our society want everything to be ‘gray’…where there is no inherent right or wrong, no clear ‘black or white’, but rather simply a difference in perspective. And yet, we also live in a world where groups such as ISIS exist. And when talking about […]

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“I believe one of the reasons why so many today are rejecting what Christians have to say is because they sense that a lot of Christian talk nowadays isn’t authentic. We as believers today don’t do a good enough job of thinking and listening before we speak. We are quick to tell people that ‘Jesus […]

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“Sometimes, we’re quick to dismiss constructive criticism because of who it’s coming from. Whether we like it or not, there are times where our ‘enemies’ are actually RIGHT about us… …and we need to be humble enough to admit that God can use someone who’s against us for our good.” ~ Skye Jethani