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Though small evangelical congregations have long relied on unpaid pastors, mainline churches haven't. They've generally paid full-time or nearly full-time salaries. That's changing, however, as churches face declining numbers and look to new ministry models to make ends meet.
If preaching is central to Christian worship, what kind of preaching are we talking about? The sheer weightlessness of much contemporary preaching is a severe indictment of our superficial Christianity.
The pursuit of racial reconciliation is difficult at best, but we have a hope that is greater. A hope that reconciliation and the pursuit of the good of our neighbors will win out over hatred and the pursuit of evil. As Christians, our pursuit of diversity and unity isn't for the sake of reconciliation alone, but for the good of our neighbors and for the glory of God.
Oklahoma's devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a series of deleted tweets referencing the Book of Job. Popular evangelical author and speaker John Piper regularly tweets Bible verses, but two verses tweeted after the tornado struck some as at best insensitive and at worst bad theology.