By: Chuck Summers So many of the environmental problems we face today have resulted from our failure to understand or remember that the earth is not ours to do with as we please. The earth belongs to God.
By: Martin Accad In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.
By: David Hull Faithful members are attending Sunday school and worship services less frequently even as churches reach out to encourage spiritual growth in other ways. How do you count all those connections?
By: Matt Sapp Many of us have no trouble seeing our work as something that we do to honor God. But we forget that rest is something we do to honor God, too. So take a break. And don't feel guilty about it.
By: Michael Helms Lawmakers are eager to pass laws to keep our nation 'Christian.' Tennessee, for example, wants to make the Bible the state book. Instead of forcing the Bible on people, what if we lived out its commandments?
By: Colin Sedgwick Some Christians wouldn't dream of missing a service; ask them to do some work, and they won't be found. Others are eager activists, but they neglect to nurture their souls. The trick is getting the balance right.
By: Bill Wilson A calamity arises in every church. Many react by proclaiming it's the worst thing to ever happen. Instead of bemoaning the church's imminent doom, those church folks need to take the 20-Year Test.
By: Ron Rolheiser We've all had that feeling. You're facing a dire situation. You need to do something, but there's nothing you can do. No magic wand to wave to make things better. But there is something you can do.
By: Larry Eubanks In some circles, it's a common belief that U.S. Christians are under attack. Some folks may criticize us, others may disagree with our positions. But that's not persecution. Are we really that soft?
By: Guy Sayles No matter how old we are, we never really stop asking ourselves what we're going to do when we grow up. For followers of Jesus, we have a call to learn from him how to respond to our time and place.
By: Mike Kuhn We often assign people to neatly created binary categories. These simple labels allow us to divide folks into them and us. God, however, calls us to love and embrace those who are not like us.
By: Dennis Bickers Finding qualified persons for smaller churches is often a struggle. Unfortunately, many pastors refuse to serve smaller churches. For many of these churches, the answer may be sitting in their pews.
By: Stuart Blythe Think of models of leadership in the Bible and several names come to mind: Abraham, Joseph, David. Another individual in the Bible is a model leader, even though he's not foremost on many lists.
By: Katie Swafford Even though 10 million adults in the U.S. live with a serious mental illness, most of us don't notice them in our own communities. This issue won't go away, and churches need to be more engaged in it.
By: Thomas Kidd With the Internet and smartphone apps, the Bible is more widely available than ever before. So why is massive ignorance of its message still high? Getting folks to actually read it is the challenge.
By: Juan Aragon Noemi worked long hours for meager pay to support her family in a small Mexican town. After prayer and fasting, she made the treacherous journey to the U.S., where God has provided for her and her family.