Video of International Students Sharing their Impressions of Americans

What do people from around the world think about who we are as a people? How aware are you of American cultural stereotypes? These international students were all asked to describe their impressions of Americans. Some of their answers will confirm what you already know but others will shock you about how Americans are perceived […]

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Cultural Differences Between the West and the East (Russia in the Middle)

Original Article posted in Russian: http://ofigenno.cc/raznica-mezhdu-zapadom-i-vostokom “West is West, East is East, and never the twain shall meet,” – written almost a half a century ago by the Englishman Rudyard Kipling. It is often interpreted as a fundamental incompatibility of the Eastern and Western mentality. The artist Yang Liu drew this series of illustrations after […]

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The Great Commission of Doubters

For all the bravado in our Christian churches to be missional, to make disciples of all nations, I feel like the pep rally is growing louder and louder to be missional discipling churches but I find myself more and more doubtful of our noise. It was Jesus who gave us the Great Commission when he said […]

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SmallGroup.com Customizable Small Group Studies – Yes!

Some friends of mine at Lifeway publishing have created a new tool for all Small Group Directors/Pastors/Point Leaders. Now, pre-prepared content is available to browse in a long list of categories for your small group ministry. Lifeway has been producing Biblical content for many years and are making their library available in an online platform for churches and […]

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What Bamboo Teaches Us About Small Group Multiplication

Bamboo is a fascinating grass. It resembles many of the aspects of a healthy church community that is multiplying spiritually. Characteristics of Bamboo Growth Bamboo produces new canes (culms) in the spring. These shoots emerge out of the ground and grow in height and diameter for around 60 days. During this 60-day period, it will […]

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Sexuality and the Church

Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas, including our sexual appetite. Not only is Austin the Live Music Capital of the World — it’s also the “Capital of Copulation,” at least according to Men’s Health magazine’s October 2010 issue.  The magazine cites Austin’s #1 ranking based on categories like condom sales, birth rates, sex toy sales, […]

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Church Growth. Or Missional Church Growth?

How does rapid population growth in a city affect local church growth? Austin, TX is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in the last decade. The 2000 US Gov’t Census of Austin, TX had 1,249,763 people living in the greater Austin area.  The 2010 US Gov’t Census data shows 1,716,289 people now living in […]

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Does you ministry exist in an Acts 2 or Acts 17 environment? It matters.

What’s the cultural context the early church started in? The Acts 2 environment is very different from the Acts 17 environment. I believe America has become an Acts 17 environment in many places around our country but unfortunately the church is still operating like it’s an Acts 2 world out there. In Acts 2 we […]

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