But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

I Already Am - Apologetic Report

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According to the Bible, There is No Such thing as a Millennial

Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

Many of my friends, colleagues, and I are making a living right now speaking, writing, and coaching ministries, churches, and businesses on how to “reach Millennials”. It’s definitely...

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Does the statement “Believe in Yourself” cause more harm than good?

By Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

Several years ago, when I was a student pastor, I was sitting in an awards ceremony for one of our teenagers. The presenter stood up to begin calling names of the recipients, but...

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6 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore The Holy Spirit

By Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

(This article originally appeared on preachingsource.com)

There was once a lady attending one of those cold-dead churches that we all dread. While the preacher was preaching, she stood up and proclaimed,...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:11

When Someone Dies, Does God Gain Another Angel?

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When Someone Dies, Does God Gain Another Angel?

Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

I stood behind a podium in the funeral home staring at a crowd of a couple hundred people. With sweat beading on my forehead, a lump in my throat, and a knot in my stomach, I repeated the only thing I believed could...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:43

3 Ways to Respond to Criticism

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3 Ways to Respond to Criticism

By Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

In life, there are three things that we can’t avoid: death, taxes, and criticism. From the suburbs of Texas to the urban areas of New York to the jungles of the Congo to the mountains of Nepal, people are desperately trying...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:57

Appropriate Emoji Responses During Church

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An emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea and/or emotion. The name originated in Japan in the 1990s. (Yes, I actually took time to read about the history of the emoji).

I can still hear my pastor’s voice, who...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:32

Why Joy Is > Than Happiness

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Over the past 15+ years of ministry, there have been multiple times when I’ve counseled with a husband, or my wife has counseled with another wife, who wanted to leave their spouse. Now, we’re not talking about instances of abuse or...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:15

The Most Hypocritical Hour Of The Week

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The Most Hypocritical Hour Of The Week

By Shane Pruitt

The alarm goes off on Sunday morning waking you out of beauty sleep. You’ve got to get up this time because you’ve already hit the snooze button seven times. The sun beams through the windows, and it’s a great day to gather with...

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We’re living in a day that values tolerance above all. In fact, tolerance has become aggressively militant in recent years. A steady progression from tolerance to acceptance to celebration to forced...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:32

5 Incredible Truths About the Incarnation of Christ

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5 Incredible Truths About the Incarnation of Christ

By Shane Pruitt

I love everything about the Christmas season—the cheesy Hallmark movies, the family get-togethers, and all the over-the-top decorations. In fact, we decorate the outside of our house in a way that would make Clark Griswald...

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Being Pro-Life is much More than Voting Against Abortion

By Kasi Pruitt

I am a mom of 4—two biological daughters and two adopted sons, one from the U.S. and the other from Uganda. Our son adopted from Uganda has significant special needs. He is restricted to a wheelchair and depends on us for...

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Straight Outta Context: The 5 Most Misused, & Abused Bible Verses

By Shane Pruitt

In a previous article that I wrote, titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe,it opened with the following statements: “One of the greatest gifts that God gave mankind was the Holy Bible because...

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 07:21

7 Heartbreaking Ironies of the American Church

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7 Heartbreaking Ironies of the American Church

By Shane Pruitt

In 1995, Alanis Morissette released her song “Ironic”, and it was a huge hit in the United States! The song was nominated for two Grammys, and its video was nominated for six MTV video music awards. Ironically, the song...

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10 People That Are At Every Christian Youth Camp

By Shane Pruitt

One of my favorite things to do in ministry is preaching at Christian youth camps. It’s something that I’ve had the privilege to do for over a decade now, and it’s been truly humbling to see many students’ lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No

Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:15

5 Practical Ways to Seek the Will of God Featured

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5 Practical Ways to Seek the Will of God

By Jim Richards

Recently, I visited with two young men who were trying to decide on a place of ministry. They both were considering opportunities that would change the trajectory of their lives. I shared with them the five helps that I use in seeking to know God’s will. Whether you are starting in

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 06:24

5 Things That I Would Tell My High School Self

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5 Things That I Would Tell My High School Self

By Shane Pruitt

Some time ago, I was counseling a married couple and the wife made a humorous statement, “If the 40-year-old me could go back and visit the 18-year-old me; I would want to punch her in the face.” My initial thought was, “That’s funny.” My next thought was,

4 Ways For The Pastor’s Wife To Manage Bitterness Towards Ministry

By Allison Crandall

My car traveled a familiar route. I was on time, but anything but relaxed. Typical Sunday morning. My husband had left before sunrise to set up for our church plant. Dragged out of bed by my children, I balked at their constant requests. I fed them. I

 

If You’re a Christian, You’re a Missionary

By Shane Pruitt

To the surprise of most, the words “missions” and “missionary” are found nowhere in Scripture. However, the definition and concept of missions is a central theme in God’s Word.

A simple explanation of missions is that we have a glorious king who has

Monday, 18 April 2016 13:07

Blockbuster Churches in a Netflix World

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Blockbuster Churches in a Netflix World

By Nathan Lorick

Fifteen years ago, we were living in a less technological society than we are now. Blockbuster, the video rental market leader, was booming with thousands of retail stores scattered across the nation. Millions of customers poured in week after week to rent the newest action thriller or comedy.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:07

7 Myths About Forgiveness Featured

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7 Myths About Forgiveness

By Shane Pruitt

 One of the scariest verses in all of Scripture has to be Matthew 6:14 – 15, where Jesus said, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 07:43

3 Unfair Scenarios For Our Children

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3 Unfair Scenarios For Our Children

By Shane Pruitt

(This Article was picked up by RELEVANT Magazine)

Remember that old playground song: “Bob and Sally / Sitting in a tree, / K-I-S-S-I-N-G. / First comes love, / Then comes marriage, / Then comes baby / In a baby carriage.”

Even though there is a bit more involved than kissing, there are

Friday, 18 March 2016 12:23

5 Ways For Couples To Argue Well

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5 Ways For Couples To Argue Well

By Shane & Kasi Pruitt

Argue ar·gue / ˈärɡyo͞o

verb – “to give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory, typically with the aim of persuading others to share one’s view.”

Is there a way to argue well? You may be thinking, “Wait.

10 Ways To Make Your Wife Fall In-Love With You Daily

By Nathan Lorick

I love my wife! Not only has she been my wife for over a decade now, she is also my best friend who I get to do life with on a daily basis. There have been a lot of great times, and frankly, some very difficult times. There are so many things that I have learned while being on

Does “In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)” Undermine Sanctity Of Life?

Shane Pruitt

The sanctity of life is a biblical teaching that we rally around as Christians, usually believing that we have all the transgressions to this stance clearly pegged. Often, the strongest word that comes to the surface when discussing pro-life issues is abortion.

 

Church Planting is Not Only For ‘Big’ Churches

By Shane Pruitt

(This Article is also posted on the Southern Baptist TEXAN online)

When it comes to church planting and multiplication, there is a common misconception that it’s mainly a “BIG” church activity. However, making disciples and sending people out with the gospel

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