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The Bittersweet Blessing of a Missionary’s Parents

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The more that the vision of church planting catches on at a church, the more young people find themselves in an all-too-common dilemma—feeling God’s call to missions while facing parents who are opposed to the idea. I still remember the difficult conversation I had with my parents soon after I … Read More »

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Five Steps to Writing a “Family Mission Statement”

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Guest post by the illustrious Will Toburen, the Summit’s Executive Pastor of Discipleship Ministries: “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Psalm 127:3-5 As J.D. wrote in this recent post, “When Solomon says that our … Read More »

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Your Children Were Made for the Mountains

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As a parent of four children, I am grateful for every bit of parenting advice that the Bible gives. One of my favorites is Psalm 127, tucked in with the other Psalms of Ascent. Solomon writes: “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. … Read More »

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On Trying to be a Missional Family

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The Finns want to be a missional family. Leah and I desire for our family ethos to reflect a key truth that is helpfully summarized in the “Missional Manifesto“: “God is a sending God, a missionary God, who has called His people, the church, to be missionary agents of His love … Read More »

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An Open Letter from the Widow of Ronnie Smith to the Libyan People

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From CBS News, this is a tremendously moving response to the murder of her husband: My husband and best friend Ronnie Smith loved the Libyan people. For more than a year, Ronnie served as a chemistry teacher in a school in Benghazi, and he would gladly have given more years to Libya … Read More »

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On Celebrating Thanksgiving Christianly

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Thanksgiving has always been a secular American holiday. Nevertheless, it is one that, when celebrated in a particular way, resonates with the Christian worldview perhaps as much as any holiday besides Christmas and Easter. When celebrated in an intentionally Christian manner, Thanksgiving can be a spiritual discipline. The holiday reminds … Read More »

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Single Christians and the “Sacred Search”

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I just finished reading through Gary Thomas’ Sacred Search, a valuable book for single Christians that challenges a lot of our society’s conventional wisdom about dating. Here are just a few (pretty random) highlights: “In 1967, a study of college-age women found that 76 percent of women said they would marry … Read More »

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10 Ways to Fight Like a Christian

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“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) In Ephesians 4:29, Paul mentions two kinds of speech: that which builds up and that which pulls down. … Read More »

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Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting: Introducing a New Series

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One of the great blessings of life for most of us is that of being a parent– a dad or a mom. Some of us even have the joyful experience of being grandparents! We all know that being good, godly parents is a challenge. It is hard work. But, it … Read More »

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One Transforming Question

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In Ephesians 5:21, the Apostle Paul gives a principle for how all Christians should relate to one another: submission to one another out of reverence for Christ. If we were to understand submission in the right light, it would literally alter every relationship we have. To make this tangible, think of what … Read More »

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