By: Matt Sapp President Trump's executive order to instruct the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment raises the question of the church's role in shaping policy. Hint: It's not about fairness; it's about generosity.
By: Brian Warfield Jesus may have been called the great physician, but his work and life aligned fairly closely with the nursing profession. Here are 5 similarities between Jesus and the sacrificial work that nurses do around the clock.
By: Jay Lynn Bivocational ministry is often seen as an ideal solution for struggling churches, but there's another side to this coin. While it may free churches from financial burdens, it presents emotional challenges for ministers.
By: Rupen Das Understanding the faith of the poor is intriguing and challenging. What many seek is a God who cares for them in their desperation and destitution, enabling them to live their lives with a semblance of dignity.
By: Molly T. Marshall As provisions erode for our nation's most vulnerable, God hears the cries of the oppressed and empowers us to accomplish this holy intention. Now is the time to advocate for those who suffer unjustly.
By: Carra Greer Many Baptist churches fall short when it comes to addressing issues that affect women. Here are 6 ideas to help your church open its doors to women who need support, understanding and community.
By: Pam Strickland Horrible things like child labor and slavery happen around the world, but you aren't involved in that, right? Unfortunately, you are. But you can be part of the solution by seeking more ways to buy fair trade.
By: Mark Tidsworth When leaders are ready to lead their congregations to make deep changes, they often underestimate the work that's involved. Leaders often launch change too soon. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid.
By: Joe LaGuardia When churches aren't adept in conflict management or basic communication skills, they risk abusing staff or draining them to the point of burnout. Here are 4 ways healthy churches support their staff.
By: Ron Rolheiser Most Christians have an emotional uneasiness with Christians from other denominations, unable to see them as one of their own. After centuries of bitter misunderstanding, it's hard to focus on all we have in common.
By: Sam Tolbert As we participate in today's National Day of Prayer, we need to realize how prayer is essential to our future peace and survival. Let us take advantage to pray daily and to pray more often in community with others.
By: Renee Embree Thanks in part to the popularity of apps, people are more willing to trust strangers than longtime institutions. What does this mean for the church and how should your church respond? Here are five suggestions.
By: Karen Bullock As we Americans learn of the volatile events of our world, we know that if there was ever a time for us as a nation to bow the heart and knees before God in prayer, it is now. Here are four ways to do that.
By: Gary Furr When people look at today's church, they often see legalism and a bland pablum of politics and culture religion. They need to see the gracious, welcoming and boundary-breaching good news of Jesus.
By: Frank Lewis Our nation needs prayer. You don't need to attend a pricey breakfast with a best-selling author or an award-winning Christian artist to observe the day. You just need to pray. Maybe even fast and pray.
By: Jonathan Davis Opioid abuse is reaching epidemic proportions in our nation, and churches are not immune from this crisis. Here are three ways your congregation can meaningfully engage this epidemic.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray When it comes to church growth, Jesus is no magician. He builds his church through Christians who share their faith joyfully with others. But leaders have a key role to play in church growth.
By: Sara Powell A Seder dinner at a friend's home offered a reminder that the story of God's chosen people is not an easy one. As the Israelites were in bondage, so are all of us enslaved. And only God can ultimately free us.
By: Helle Liht The first step toward environmental and climate literacy among Christians is how we read Scripture. We must read Scripture so that it holds together the natural world and the world of human beings.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan It's too easy today to simply stop talking to people with whom you disagree. When Christians authentically converse with people who view the world differently, they build a bridge of relationship.
By: Molly T. Marshall The church is rather silent about the stewardship of natural resources. Yet, in large measure, God has entrusted the care of creation to humans, and we participate in its ultimate redemption through our actions.