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The Church and the World

The relationship between the church and the world can be complex, especially for the church. I’ve always thought and taught that there are essentially three postures that the church—which is to say, both congregations and individuals—can take toward the world around them. They can insulate. Churches or individual believers who insulate themselves see all of the problems …

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Why Your Church’s Mission Matters

I’ve always appreciated a well-written mission statement. Recently, as I was sitting in the whirlpool at the YMCA loosening up after a swim, I glanced up at the prominently posted rules of conduct and noticed the Y’s mission statement: “The mission of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that …

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