Sometimes spiritual discipline requires a 'thumbs up'

Amy Butler

Following Jesus is hard. An encouraging word may be what keeps us at it.

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Finding a place to ask the tough questions

Amy Butler

The church must find a way to welcome and love and honor individuals honestly grappling with questions we can never fully answer anyway.

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Ghosts of Christmas past

Amy Butler

It’s a beautiful irony of human experience that we work so hard to keep things static, and all the while they are always constantly changing.

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Not afraid of miracles

Amy Butler

Miracles happen, because God is with us through everything.

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Embracing conflict

Amy Butler

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

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Don’t suck

Amy Butler

If you’re answering a call to professional ministry, please don’t suck. This work is too important for anything less than excellent.

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Unwrapping the church

Amy Butler

Questions about identity and calling in a congregation are rarely answered with the application of prepackaged strategies.

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The worst new church member speech ever

Amy Butler

“Take up your cross and follow” can be a hard sell in a consumer culture.

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Government shutdown comes to church

Amy Butler

You may have heard: we’re having a little national crisis right now.

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Church in the checkout line

Amy Butler

People are looking for connection, whether in church or in the supermarket line.

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The shocking un-truth about church budgets

Amy Butler

The church’s rapidly changing role in society requires new ways of looking at the allocation of financial resources.

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Singing for community

Amy Butler

Just as back-up singers provide the real structure and strength of a song, the church can be that source of support for individual Christians.

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On-the-job training

Amy Butler

After a decade in ministry, a pastor shares lessons that they didn’t teach in seminary.

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Why church matters

Amy Butler

To know fully why church is an important part of life takes more than the pastor saying so.

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The church and Kanye West

Amy Butler

A rapper’s outside-the-box marketing campaign holds lessons for a declining church.

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