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5 Pastors' Responses to the NFL Protests

Many NFL players have been "taking a knee" during the National Anthem before football games. Most players say they are kneeling in solidarity with those who face injustice, racism, and discrimination, or are kneeling in acknowledgment of the divisions that exists within the country and in hopes that they can be breached. While many players are on board with these protests, several have come out against them. And the controversy has extended well beyond players, coaches, and fans. Even President Trump recently weighed in. Trump, like many Americans, called the protests unpatriotic and disrespectful to America. In the wake of this controversy, Christian pastors have also responded. Some have encouraged the act of kneeling during the National Anthem, while others have harshly criticized it. Here are five of their comments to hopefully give you a well-rounded understanding of the different perspectives on this issue so you can prayerfully make up your own mind.<p><p>Photo: Members of the Dallas Cowboys link arms and kneel before the National Anthem at the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. <p><p>Photo courtesy: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Why is a Thriving Church So Important? 10 Christian Leaders Explain

The church has been a central part of the Christian faith since New Testament times. We are even said to be living in the "Church Age." Today, there is such a wide spectrum of church types, denominations, and ways of conducting a worship service and leading a congregation. The health of the global Church is more important now than ever, and while innovative approaches to church outreach may be helpful, it's of utmost importance to have God's Word, prayer, and clear preaching of the Gospel as central to a church's mission. These 10 Christian leaders, from past and present, offer insight into marks of a healthy church and warning signs that a church is going down the wrong path. Is your church being faithful to the Great Commission and offering Gospel-centered worship each week?<p><p>Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos.com

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