By: Sara Powell In order for organizations such as the Baptist Center for Ethics to survive and thrive, those of us who believe in what they are doing need to support them financially and with our prayers.
By: Bill Wilson Pounded by the waves and roiled in the sand and stones, ordinary glass bottles and containers wash up on beaches, transformed into pieces of art. And they offer six illustrations for what it means to be the church.
By: Mark Tidsworth Whether we recognize it or not, Christians are declaring with every word and action 24/7 what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We can no longer neglect our calling and expect to be relevant.
By: Dennis Bickers Many pastors must report on the number of visits they make and committee meetings they attend. But to stay grounded, pastors must focus on the invisibles: prayer, Scripture reading and spiritual direction.
By: Colin Sedgwick Many of our church services include practices that may seem foreign to first-time visitors. Ask yourself these questions. How would the average person see your church? Are you erecting unnecessary barriers?
By: Brent McDougal This Thanksgiving, you can share the love of God in natural ways, ones that fit your plans and hopes for the holiday. So try one of these seven ways to be on mission for God this season. Check out No. 4.
By: Barry Howard Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.
By: Suzie Lahoud While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.
By: Matt Sapp Like leaves on a tree, our lives are covered with people used by God to influence and encourage us. If we take that a step further, is each of us ready to be the kind of person who influences and encourages others?
By: Zach Dawes A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.
By: Dennis Bickers If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.
By: Mike Kuhn Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.
By: Jim Kelsey Overcome by other tasks, some pastors lose that gripping purpose that once consumed their imagination and called forth the best they had to give. They need someone who can help them claim their original calling.
By: Shannon Youell Most churches believe church planting is a great idea but don't have an intentional plan for it. Here are three ways that churches can take an active approach to starting new churches.
By: Matt Sapp The poll is in, and it's not good. Only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are confident their religious leaders act in the best interest of the public. Only two alternatives explain this poll.
By: Ron Rolheiser Thanks to innate narcissism, false patriotism and a propensity for tribalism, many of us believe that God has specially blessed us, but God doesn't value some races and some countries more than others.
By: Terrell Carter Many churches want to increase minority participation, but achieving diversity must be a conscious choice to invite and welcome people who are not like the vast majority in the congregation.
By: David Hull Philanthropy is motivated by a mutual love of humanity. Stewardship is based on an allegiance to God who has entrusted us to manage all that belongs to God. Too often, we confuse the two.
By: Martin Accad Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.
By: Christina Embree Intergenerational ministry is not a new craze. It's a practice that dates back to Christianity's origins. While age-appropriate ministry still has value, we can find ways to both in our churches.