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August 08, 2016

3 Myths That Shrink Faith and Drive Students From the Church

3 Myths That Shrink Faith and Drive Students From the Church

LifeWay did a study years ago showing that 70 percent of 23- to 30-year-olds drop out of church, and only about 35 percent return later to attend regularly. Sometimes we call this a problem with discipleship, evangelism, or faith formation, but we rarely call it what I think it is: the consequence of bad ideas. I believe there are three…

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February 18, 2016

Tipping Points

Tipping Points

Brought into the popular imagination by Malcolm Gladwell, the idea of a tipping point is that when enough pressure is exerted on a thing, its momentum shifts to a new state. No one knows exactly how many people it takes to "tip" a culture in a new direction, but it is clear that a small number of influential people can…

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December 22, 2015

Far As the Curse Is Found

Far As the Curse Is Found

I've noticed something odd about the way most people record or perform the hymn "Joy to the World" today. Four verses were written, but verse three is omitted almost every time. I wonder if verse three is so theologically explosive that people just don't want to deal with its implications.

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November 05, 2015

We Know How the Story Ends

We Know How the Story Ends

So very much has changed this summer. With all that’s happening, it’s easy to feel that we will be overwhelmed and crushed beneath the weight of evil. No matter how dark our days may be, we must not despair. We know how this story ends: Jesus wins.

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August 26, 2015

Five Reasons I Know Evil Will Not Prevail

Five Reasons I Know Evil Will Not Prevail

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage did not come as a surprise to those who understand the times. Perhaps you have also seen the videos of Planned Parenthood’s leaders negotiating the sale of aborted baby’s organs. I’m appalled at the brazen callousness of these “leaders.” I’m guessing you are too. From my desk at Summit, I sense both…

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