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Does disciple-making have a future?
“Spiritual disciplines are activities in our power that we engage in to enable us to do what we cannot do by direct effort.” – Dallas Willard in The Great Omission. There is something so true about this statement.  Spiritual disciplines are the way we train to become what we cannot become in any other way: Christlike. Yet they have a bad name.  Because no one likes discipline and no one actually likes hard work.  If you plan to run the London Marathon, you don’t go on training runs in the wet grey of the London streets with the traffic thundering because...
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Strange Places
“Follower of Jesus” is the new cooler way to say “Christian”, a word loaded with centuries of baggage that no longer seems very Christian. Yet, “follower of Jesus” sounds a little smug to me. It reminds of those church-goers in ancient Corinth who weren’t in the camp of Paul or Apollos; they followed Jesus. Smug. However, trying to figure out just what it really means to follow Jesus is something that merits careful consideration, especially, because it so misunderstood. Following Jesus in his day meant just that. That’s how the cream of the crop, the young people with the most...
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Faith Interview Series: An Interfaith Dialog
Deanna Ogle conducts a series of interviews with different religious groups around metro Detroit to give you insight into the faiths of your neighbors, and so you can hear their stories for yourself. This world is full of religious diversity. How do we learn to live peaceably with the people around us when our faith might differ from theirs? Deanna Ogle says that one way, is through learning about the faith communities of the world.  If you learn about them, you will have more context for your neighbor’s beliefs. Then we can stop fearing each other, clear up misconceptions, and bring...
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Undocumented Christmas
David Henson’s four-part short story. Christmas, Undocumented: Annunciation, Part I Christmas, Undocumented: Anunciation, Part II Christmas, Undocumented: Nochebuena, Part I Christmas, Undocumented: Nochebuena, Part II...
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Author Jim Palmer Uncensored Series
In this three-part interview, Jim shares the overwhelming experience of being a successful writer, and the toll it took on his life.  He’ll also offer an honest look at what happens when the very thing you are writing about ends up changing what you are writing.  And finally Jim offers a first look into his latest project and what it means to publish outside the system. Part 1 – The Highs And Lows Of Stardom Part 2 – The Deal With Zondervan Part 3 – Being Jesus In Nashville...
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Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage
A six-part series exploring sex before marriage by Ally Spotts, author of Asking All The Wrong Questions. Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 1 – Questions Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 2 – Trust Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 3 – Friends Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 4 – Happiness Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 5 – Value Why Are Christians Saving Sex For Marriage: Part 6 – Lust...
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Where The Church Lost Me
A five-part series exploring the tensions of church life, by Deanna Ogle. Where the Church Lost Me: Part 1: Shallow and Antagonistic Where the Church Lost Me: Part 2: Exclusivity Where the Church Lost Me: Part 3: Simplistic Sexuality Where the Church Lost Me: Part 4: Unfriendly to Doubt Where the Church Lost Me: Part 5: Over-protective...
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