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Will We Give Thanks on Thanksgiving?

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Unlike other holidays, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hassle and activity involved. It is a down time after a busy fall when school and work accelerate the pace of life. Now most schools are dismissed for the week, but for others it […]

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Post-Election Reflections

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Though personally disappointed in the outcome, I join others in being glad it is over. The campaign was definitely over the top this year, dominating our attention for far too long. Better results could have been achieved if the $6 billion spent on negative and distorted advertising had been devoted to helping storm victims or […]

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Elections and Government

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It is inconceivable to me that so many would be indifferent and negligent about voting. I can understand the perception that one vote will not make a difference or choosing not to participate because of the lack of desirable options. But to fail to exercise responsible citizenship in voting is to ignore the incredible empowerment […]

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Adding Church Members

Posted on October 24, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Most churches are committed to growth and adding members. There are some who are satisfied with their legacy of close-knit relationships and continue a cliquish fellowship in which outsiders never feel welcome. Others have given up on outreach, finding methods of attracting new members elusive. But most realize their purpose is to impact lostness and […]

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Cultural Ecclesiology

Posted on October 4, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I have been amazed to observe year after year the greatest rates of church growth are taking place among previously unreached people groups. Most church planting movements are being recorded in places where the gospel is being planted and there is no historic precedent of the church. Even in places of unusual evangelistic harvest CPMs […]

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Zeal for Church Planting

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The passion for church planting in America continues to gain momentum, apparently driven by a zeal to re-create the church to be culturally relevant. I have participated in two local training events focused on church planting, attended by a cadre of young church planters as well as representatives of established churches who are giving renewed […]

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Intolerance of Tolerance

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

One of the most unique aspects of our American way of life is the freedom to be different. A person is not constrained to conform to a particular political ideology as in many totalitarian countries around the world. One does not have to adhere to proscribed religious doctrine as it is imposed in most Muslim […]

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Aversion to Piety

Posted on August 8, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

One of the unfortunate characteristics of church life seems to be an aversion to piety. We value conformity in the practices of worship and the Christian life, and, in fact, this may be a more prominent factor in the choice of which church we attend than doctrinal distinctives. Piety, understood as holiness, is a deep […]

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Ramadan–So What?

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Most Americans would be unaware that Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, has begun. Many would only be casually aware that this is one of the five pillars of Islam; the date changes each year due to the lunar calendar but faithful adherents fast from dawn to dusk until the month concludes with the Feast […]

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Truth or Perception?

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The previous blog on the illusion of unity in the SBC stimulated a significant level of interest and response. I feel one of the reasons for lack of unity may be the tendency to judge one another on the basis of our perceptions rather than reality. Forgive the indulgence in personal reflection, but as one […]

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