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Pastors: The End of the World is Complicated

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse. A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the… [Read More]
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Survey: Christians Say Predatory Loans Are Sinful

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Self-identified Christians in 30 states—from Alabama to Wyoming—say it’s a sin to lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back. Most want the government to protect consumers from loans with excessive interest. Still, 1 in 6 Christians has taken out a high-interest payday loan, while few of their… [Read More]
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Survey: Americans Say Christians Face Intolerance, but Complain Too Much

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that the nation’s Christians face growing intolerance. They also say American Christians complain too much. Those are among the findings of a new study of views about religious liberty from LifeWay Research. Researchers surveyed 1,000 Americans… [Read More]

The Exchange Show

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Rediscovering Discipleship with Robby Gallaty–The Exchange Podcast #125

On this podcast episode of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer: Robby Gallaty, senior pastor of Long Hollow Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and founder of Replicate Ministries, shares his passion for making disciples and his book Rediscovering Discipleship. Also, Pastor Derwin Gray talks about building vision in the local church, and Jill Fox, co-author of The… [Read More]
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Rediscovering Discipleship with Robby Gallaty

On this episode of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, Robby Gallaty, senior pastor of Long Hollow Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and founder of Replicate Ministries, shares his passion for making disciples and his book Rediscovering Discipleship. Also, Pastor Derwin Gray talks about building vision in the local church, and Jill Fox, co-author of The Volunteer… [Read More]
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Intentional Living with John Maxwell–The Exchange Podcast #124

On this podcast episode of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, John Maxwell, bestselling author, speaker and leadership coach, talks about his journey and his latest book, Intentional Living. Also, John Piper on the Gospel and Glory of God, a Leadership Highlight with Jenni Catron, and bad church signs. …read more From:: The Exchange [Read More]

Facts & Trends

Can Small Be Healthy?

By Ed Stetzer Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones. While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for success, size is…

The Immigration Crisis and the Great Commission

By Ed Stetzer Nothing describes the current global immigration situation better than the word “crisis.” More people are migrating today than at any other time in history. In many cases, this is not migration for new opportunities but is driven by warfare or deep poverty. It would be difficult to exaggerate the severity of this…

5 Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

by Ed Stetzer Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Fewer than half of…