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Why Abstinence Isn’t Working in America

80% of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. 66% of them have been sexually active in the past year. And yet three-quarters of evangelical Christians believe this is wrong. Clearly Abstinence isn’t working for Christians in America. So what’s the root of the problem and how does the Church deal with it?

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How Artists Do Theology

Preparing for a class on Christian doctrine, I’ve been perusing the great artists, to see what they have to say about the Christian faith. Painters, for better or worse, do theology and even biblical interpretation when they set brush to canvas. One painting in the “better” category I keep coming back to is “The Garden of Eden” (1828), by Thomas Cole.

The painting’s a helpful theological corrective for many of us, focusing our eyes not on the first sin, but on the gift of creation itself. Cole lets us breathe some of Eden’s air without rushing to the temptation and fall. As befits a painter, Cole accomplishes this visually. Typical of a Hudson River School artist, his landscape is enormous, and may not even feature the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at all. When visually represented, the garden story often hinges around the prohibition, and paintings of Adam […]

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The Saturday Post on the Gospel

 

Jesus first sermon, his inaugural address clocked in at appx. 8 seconds. It was every bit of 17 words.

The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel.

So what is the Gospel? I think I’ve finally seen the obvious, which is to say I’ve had an epiphany. The Gospel is simply this, “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The call to action is “repent.” So if the in-breaking Kingdom of God is the Gospel, what does repent mean? 

I have many thoughts about this. I wonder what yours are. 

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Four Ways Gungor's "Ghosts Upon the Earth" is a Game-Changer

There are few worship songwriters that bring more artistry and creativity to their craft than the musical collective Gungor. Since their multiple Grammy-nominated album “Beautiful Things”, I have been more and more taken aback by the complexity and nuance of Gungor’s music, and their latest album, “Ghosts Upon the Earth,” still knocks me back when I listen to it. I believe this album is a game-changer in the worship scene, and for the sake of brevity, I will only give you four reasons why:

Your average worship team can’t replicate it, though they will want to try. In my first listening to this album, I was first struck by how profoundly musical this album is, especially in comparison to many of the songs that the church sings today. The chordal structures are complex and colorful. The metric feels change, and have a lot of odd breaks, intersections, and juxtapositions. The musicians […]

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3 Keys to Sowing with Seedbed

 

1. Put a notice like the one listed beneath in your weekly bulletin or newsletter or send out an email to your community. Share it with your small group. Let people know about this.

Sarah,

I want to let you know about a new website that I think you would really appreciate. It’s called Seedbed and it is full of material that will encourage and inspire you in your walk with Christ. Honestly, I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. Take a look and see what you think.  www.asburyseedbed.com.

(your name here)

2. Explore Seedbed always with an eye toward sharing content and resources with your friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter. 

3. Subscribe to the daily update or weekly briefing and pass it on via an email forward to friends and colleagues you think would be interested in the particular content featured. 

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Top 5 Places to Find Free Images

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousands words.” We use images to communicate through ministry websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Incorporating high quality images in your ministry can really impact your target audience.  And the best part, it doesn’t have to cost you anything! There are many places to find free images on the Internet, but often finding one that you are allowed to use in your church service is another matter. Even if you can freely access it on a web page, it does not mean that you are able to freely use it in your own presentation or publication. 

 

Here’s a great video explaining copyright 

 

Now that you know the copyright rules, here are five great sources that provide images for your use. (Please bear in mind that even though many of these images are free and encourage use, they may be licensed […]

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