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Survey Shows U.S. Religious Tolerance
from the New York Times
Although a majority of Americans say religion is very important to them, nearly three-quarters of them say they believe that many faiths besides their own can lead to salvation, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The report, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, reveals a broad trend toward tolerance and an ability among many Americans to hold beliefs that might contradict the doctrines of their professed faiths. More
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IRS Raises Mileage Deductible Rate 8 Cents
from the Baltimore Sun
Many motorists believe that every little bit counts when it comes to gasoline prices. Recognizing the skyrocketing gas prices consumers are facing at the pumps, the Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday that it is raising the standard mileage deductible rate by 8 cents to 58.5 cents a mile, a rare midyear adjustment by the federal agency. The new optional rate goes into effect July 1. More

MySpace as Ministry
from Ministry Today
Social networking is huge. And if you can pry away someone in the 12 to 20 age group from MySpace, Facebook or Windows Live Spaces long enough they'll likely have an explanation for why. Several high-profile ministries currently use social-networking sites, usually as an ancillary tool in their ministry toolbox. Here's how they've adapted this latest tech vehicle into their overall mission. More

The Five Stages of Renewal in the Local Church
from Pastors.com
I believe God is preparing the church for another reformation. The first reformation focused on what the church believed; this one will focus on what it does. Every time a new reformation has come, five renewals have preceded it. The awakening and reformation of the global church will begin with churches like yours. The same five renewals will precede this movement in your church. More

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How to Find a Great Ministry Assistant
from LifeWay
When looking for a great assistant for the pastor or other staff person be sure to lay important groundwork to prevent problems in the future. More

Ministry of Magic
from The Augusta Chronicle
In the hands of Sam Harden, a rope isn't just a rope. It's the beginning of a gospel message, a story of man's sin and of God's redemption. He holds up the rope's broken segments: "Our sin separates us from God." The Augusta, Ga., native is the minister of media outreach at Christ Baptist Church in North Augusta. More

The Spotlight Syndrome
from the Leadership Journal
Those raised in a ministry home and who are now in ministry themselves have a unique perspective on the relationship of church life and family life. Kyle Idleman is a teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, DesiRae, have three daughters, Mackenzie, Morgan, and Macy, and a son, Kael. Kyle's father, Ken Idleman, has been a both a college president and a minister. Ken now ministers at Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, Ind. More


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The Role of Religion in This Year's Election
from U.S. News & World Report
Anybody who thought faith and the values voters wouldn't play a big role in the next presidential election might be having second thoughts by now. Yet while it's clearly a force, religion appears to be a more complicated variable than it was when evangelicals and other conservative Christians lined up behind George W. Bush in 2000 and even more solidly in 2004. More

Survey Details Current Vision of the American Dream
from the Barna Group
When Americans dream of their ideal life, they have a lot on their mind. In a recent study among a representative national sample of adults, The Barna Group explored what people’s ideal future would look like. That portrait was then compared to data from similar studies conducted by the company over the past 18 years, providing a long-term understanding of how people’s views have changed regarding their personal American Dream. More

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