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Many Languages, One Vote

February 6, 2014 | Many of our Partner Congregations are blessed to have a multiplicity of language groups within their ranks. We were impressed by this article from one of those churches, Lake Avenue Baptist Church in Rochester, NY, about the thoughtfulness and planning that must go into something as seemingly simple as a congregational vote. Read more »

Goodness To Go

February 6, 2014 | Every church leader knows that church members are “busy.” We hear it all the time, and it is often mentioned as the reason why people cannot get involved in the ministries of the congregation. Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC decided to use that very busy-ness to support a worthy cause. Read more »

Pledges for the Earth

December 16, 2013 | As individuals, we may feel our contributions are sometimes insignificant. This is why we at Binkley worked to get a one-year pledge from every congregant of our church that would foster the sense that individual efforts do matter and are being magnified exponentially through the efforts of our fellow congregants. Read more »

Clothing Swap Ministry

December 16, 2013 | We live in one of the poorest areas in the state. In our little town we have more than our share of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. The shelters are always filled, and the need is great. Read more »

Cutting Through the Clutter

August 29, 2013 | We know that most churches have a different pace over the summer – you can see it as “down-time” – or you can use it as an opportunity to try something new. Here’s an inspiring story of how one church used summer to do some deep exploration of personal lifestyles and decision-making. Read more »

Chestnut Hill Church Lawn Dressed in Heartbreak

Chestnut Hill Church Lawn Dressed in Heartbreak

May 9, 2013 | MOVITA Johnson-Harrell tried to get away. "The summer of 2007 . . . I turned to my husband and said: 'My sons will not become statistics on the streets of Philadelphia. It's time to go,' " Johnson-Harrell said Monday. She moved her family to Lansdowne to keep her children from the city's violent gun culture. Despite the move, in June 2011, Johnson-Harrell buried her 18-year-old son, Charles Johnson. He was shot in East Germantown in his car, a victim of mistaken identity, waiting for his sister. Read more »

David and Bathsheba - Or Not

David and Bathsheba - Or Not

May 9, 2013 | We then went over to another table on which stood a birdcage, out of which we took a tea-light, which we lit from the Christ-candle lit at the beginning of the service, to represent the liberation of refugees from the “cage” of regulations and restrictions which confines them. Beside the cage stood a lino-cut (Joy is an outstanding artist) of a woman and child in a small boat, the woman with her head covered. Is she a Muslim? Or perhaps we are seeing here Mary and Jesus, who at one point were also refugees. Read more »

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