Dipping into the Community Pool: January 13

This week has produced lots of interesting reading from around the web.  So grab a cup of coffee and get those fingers clicking (or tapping).


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How to Discourage Your Minister in the New Year

Six ways that you can discourage your pastor that take little effort and no spiritual maturity.

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Learning to Say Hello Again

“It seems like a small thing, but it really isn’t. How we greet—or fail to greet—others says much about our character. But in the power of the Holy Spirit, we may practice the presence of people by acknowledging and recognizing them for who they are: creatures made in God’s image.”

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The FAQs: What You Should Know About the Iranian Protests

Protests against the Islamic Republic broke out in several cities across Iran. The protests are the largest and most widespread since 2009, when many Iranians voiced opposition to the results of that year’s presidential election.

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The New Creation in the New Year

“It’s customary as we embark on a new year to look back at the previous year. This healthy process helps us evaluate who we have been and what we want to do in light of our goals. Sometimes there are encouraging points that need to be continued, other times, unflattering reminders that our habits are not helping us hit our mark.”

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Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches

“Pastor salaries are drawn from church budgets, which are drawn from the household budgets of congregants. So in a low-income area, even when a church grows, its budget does not expand so much as stretch.”

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Announcing Ask Ligonier: A Place for Answers

“For more than forty-five years, Christians have been looking to Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul, for clear and helpful answers to biblical and theological questions. Now you can ask your questions online as they arise, confident that our team will work quickly to provide clear, concise, and trustworthy answers.”

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How Does Your Immune System Work?

It’s cold, flu, and virus season, a great time to review how our immune system actually works.

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