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Avoid just making church palatable Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Thursday, October 09, 2014
To merely communicate a gospel or a congregation that focuses on being palatable is likely to set the standard too low. Outsiders can easily spot a congregation that is either church-light or Christian-light. Entertainment alone has a way of being spiritually unsatisfying. The exercise of faith is meaningful, and it should never be cast otherwise, even to attract outsiders.
 
Ministry to neighbors in need Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word & Way Editor   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Benevolence ministries have been an expression of churches since the first century when congregations assisted other churches, some of them far away on the early mission field. Early Christians looked out for each other with care. Jesus advocated for the needy indiscriminatingly.

For churches interested in meeting human needs around them and beyond, here are three guidelines.

 
Plan retirement fully, carefully Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Think about all aspects of retirement as you plan. Include giving time and talents, as well as money, to ensure maximum productivity and maximum joy.
 
An opportunity for Ferguson Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word & Way Editor   
Friday, August 29, 2014
It has become increasingly clear that the unrest in Ferguson is more than a protest over the killing of a young black man. The community is displaying pent-up anger in a situation where a majority of residents claim to have little to say in the governing of their community or in policing it. They believe mistrust - racial mistrust - runs deep, and the current unrest seems to confirm it.
 
Care for the church staff Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word & Way Editor   
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Urging churches to provide adequate financial care for their pastors, other ministers and staff members during less-than-stellar financial times might seem a stretch. After all, gifts to many churches are down even as members struggle with unemployment and, in other cases, less disposable income.

Under such circumstances, what is a church to do?

 
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