Columns on Church and Theology

Holy Thursday – Our Reminder to Love One Another | Keith Herron, Maundy Thursday, Lord's Supper, Foot Washing
Holy Thursday – Our Reminder to Love One Another
By: Keith Herron
Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper. It's a day in which we recall Jesus' new command to love one another, illustrated by his washing of the disciples' feet. Read More ...
Keith Herron

Does Your Church Love Your Neighbor by Caring for Creation? | Zach Dawes, Creation Care, Environment, Earth Day
Does Your Church Love Your Neighbor by Caring for Creation?
By: Zach Dawes
Persuading a church to become more eco-friendly is one of the most difficult "sales" of all, yet it's another way to live out our call to love our neighbor. And we can start with the midweek meal. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

3 Things You May Have Forgotten about Faith | Matt Sapp, Discipleship, Faith, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Easter
3 Things You May Have Forgotten about Faith
By: Matt Sapp
Many of us live as if faith was only an intellectual exercise, but faith is more than intellectual assent to a set of propositions. Here are three things we often forget about faith. Read More ...
Matt Sapp

Anti-Semite's Rampage Devastates Jews, Christians | Molly Marshall, Anti-Semitism, Jewish Community Center
Anti-Semite's Rampage Devastates Jews, Christians
By: Molly Marshall
People were gunned down and killed at two Jewish centers on Sunday. This tragedy requires better thinking about guns, religious liberty and humanity's propensity to scapegoat "others." Read More ...
Molly Marshall

3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Vision, Discernment, Courage
3 Ways for Your Church to Navigate the Giants
By: Bill Wilson
Your church may face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, like the giants in the land that sparked fear in most of the Israelites. Here are three things you need to navigate those obstacles. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Thomas Jefferson's Bible Editing Was Obvious. Is Yours? | Mike Massar, Thomas Jefferson, Bible Editing
Thomas Jefferson's Bible Editing Was Obvious. Is Yours?
By: Mike Massar
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, must have had a lot of audacity to cut things out of the Bible. Before pointing a finger at his bravado, we might reflect on the ways we edit Scripture. Read More ...
Mike Massar

Why Your Denomination Shouldn't Ignore Rural Churches | Dennis Bickers, Rural Churches, Church Planting
Why Your Denomination Shouldn't Ignore Rural Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Many denominations are focusing on large urban areas to reach the largest number of people. While this strategy makes sense, they can't follow it at the expense of smaller, rural churches. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Time to Exercise a Theology of Physical Fitness | James Ellis, Physical Fitness, Sloth, Obesity, Exercise
Time to Exercise a Theology of Physical Fitness
By: James Ellis
Your body is a precious gift that you should honor God with by treating it with great care. That means getting adequate rest and sleep, committing to physical fitness and eating healthy. Read More ...
James Ellis

Sharing Your Faith is Challenging Even in Christian Nations | Chris Hall, BMS World Mission, Evangelism, Missions
Sharing Your Faith is Challenging Even in Christian Nations
By: Chris Hall
Evangelism in countries where Christians are a minority has its challenges, but navigating the varying images of Jesus can be equally difficult where Christians are a majority. Read More ...
Chris Hall

Marriages Work Best with Mutually Submissive Spouses | Michael Helms, Marriage, Relationships, Mutual Submission
Marriages Work Best with Mutually Submissive Spouses
By: Michael Helms
Some preachers proclaim that men and women are equal before God but created for different roles. That sounds good on the surface, but it's a model that's ripe for abuse. Read More ...
Michael Helms

Are You More Likely to Lose Your Religion if You're Online? | Chuck Warnock, Internet, Religious Affiliation, Nones
Are You More Likely to Lose Your Religion if You're Online?
By: Chuck Warnock
The more someone uses the Internet, the more likely they are to be religiously unaffiliated, a new study says. So is it time for churches to rail against the Internet? Not in the least. Read More ...
Chuck Warnock

Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities | Arthur Brown, Interfaith, Institute of Middle East Studies, MENA
Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities
By: Arthur Brown
Some evangelicals fear that interfaith activities will lead to watering down their faith, but nothing could be further from the truth. It's crucial to talk honestly about our faith to people from other faiths. Read More ...
Arthur Brown

Why Science and Faith Don't Have To Be At Odds | Colin Harris, Science, Faith, Faith Formation, Education
Why Science and Faith Don't Have To Be At Odds
By: Colin Harris
Does scientific understanding represent an assault on the truth of the Bible? Rather than pit science and faith against each other, we can be religiously faithful and scientifically honest. Read More ...
Colin Harris

It's Not Just What You Give to Church but Why | Danny Chisholm, Tithing, Financial Stewardship
It's Not Just What You Give to Church but Why
By: Danny Chisholm
Preaching on financial giving may not be every pastor's favorite sermon topic, but it's important for the family of faith. What we give financially impacts the lives of others, and no one else can give for us. Read More ...
Danny Chisholm

6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Gossip, Fellowship, Team Building
6 Signs Your Congregation Doesn't Smell Right
By: Bill Wilson
What kind of aroma does your church culture have? Here are six ways to tell if your congregational culture has the sweet smell of success or stinks to high heaven. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Is Your Church's Worship Like a Grounded Goose? | Chuck Queen, Worship
Is Your Church's Worship Like a Grounded Goose?
By: Chuck Queen
Authentic worship involves bringing a certain vitality and energy into our worship. This calls not only for a focused discipline and practice but this also involves flexibility and fluidity. Read More ...
Chuck Queen

What Does Love Do? Sometimes, It Shops for Shoes | Hugh Hollowell, Relationships, Recidivism, Substance Abuse, Rehabilitation, Prison
What Does Love Do? Sometimes, It Shops for Shoes
By: Hugh Hollowell
Mickey showed up on a Tuesday. She may look naïve, but a life of drugs and prisons made her tough. She needed a pair of steel-toed shoes for a new job. For her, this was life or death. Read More ...
Hugh Hollowell

Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision | Dennis Bickers, Smaller Churches, Leadership, Discernment
Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches feel they must compete with larger ones. Churches, however, are not called to duplicate the ministries of others, but to focus on the unique vision God has for them. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Individualism Isolates Us from Ourselves and Others | Larry Eubanks, Individualism, Community, Isolation, Common Good
Individualism Isolates Us from Ourselves and Others
By: Larry Eubanks
Individualism has a dark side. We can so value independence and self-reliance that we become blind to the reality of how interdependent we are and how much we rely on each other. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

Ask Jesus into Your Heart: A History of the Sinner's Prayer | Thomas Kidd, Salvation, Evangelism, Sinner's Prayer, Repentance
Ask Jesus into Your Heart: A History of the Sinner's Prayer
By: Thomas Kidd
Some evangelicals have criticized the "sinner's prayer" as unbiblical and superstitious. Is there more to salvation than uttering a formulaic prayer? Does it make the gospel too trite? Read More ...
Thomas Kidd

Why My Family Has Chosen to Stay in Lebanon | Martin Accad, Lebanon, Theology of Staying, Incarnational Ministry
Why My Family Has Chosen to Stay in Lebanon
By: Martin Accad
Living in Lebanon when you have the opportunity to leave is a choice that demands a "theology of staying." Here are four reasons that my family has chosen to remain where we are. Read More ...
Martin Accad

When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New | Greg Mamula, Leadership, Church Trends, Missions
When Worlds Unravel, God Knits Something New
By: Greg Mamula
Christian churches across North America have served a great purpose for the past 50 to 75 years. That world's been unraveling over the past few decades. God is knitting something new. Will we be ready? Read More ...
Greg Mamula

Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People | Joe LaGuardia, Discipleship, Leadership, Assessment, Church Growth
Why Your Church Needs to Stop Counting People
By: Joe LaGuardia
Churches often measure their growth by how many people they get in the pews on Sunday morning, but is that really the best way to measure the spiritual health of a congregation? Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

When the State Starts Crumbling: A Theology of Staying | Martin Accad, Lebanon, Theology of Staying, Incarnational Ministry
When the State Starts Crumbling: A Theology of Staying
By: Martin Accad
Two types of Lebanese live in Lebanon: those who have not yet gotten the opportunity to leave, and those who have decided to stay for a cause. It's vital for the latter to have a theology of staying. Read More ...
Martin Accad

6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Vision
6 Things Your Church Has in Common with Universities
By: Bill Wilson
Any church leader paying attention to the stresses and strains upon their local church should model themselves after universities. Their similarities can help your church chart its future. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Jesus' Economics: "The First Will Be Last and the Last First" | Zach Dawes, Capitalism, Cooperation, Common Good
Jesus' Economics: "The First Will Be Last and the Last First"
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus' socioeconomic vision puts the common good ahead of self-interested action. For those of us who live in capitalist economies, embracing that view can be difficult. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Why Seminaries Must Do More Than Teach Preaching | Rupen Das, Theological Education, Seminaries, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Institute of Middle East Studies
Why Seminaries Must Do More Than Teach Preaching
By: Rupen Das
Many seminaries train pastors to preach, teach and counsel church members and manage church affairs, but is that enough? Is their spirituality relevant in an increasingly complex world? Read More ...
Rupen Das

What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities? | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Common Good
What Can Your Church Learn from America's Cities?
By: Bill Wilson
If your church faces an uncertain future like so many others, look for examples of others who have met challenges and turned them into opportunities for success. And remember these 6 lessons. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

What Would It Look Like if The Church Repented? | Preston Clegg, Lent, Repentance, Sin
What Would It Look Like if The Church Repented?
By: Preston Clegg
As we journey through the season of Lent, we have the opportunity to confess our individual and collective sins. What would it look like if the corporate church repented? Here's a start. Read More ...
Preston Clegg

7 Lessons to Observe As You Prepare to Preach | Joel Gregory, Preaching
7 Lessons to Observe As You Prepare to Preach
By: Joel Gregory
A pastor and professor shares some of the most important lessons he learned after a half-century of preaching. Before you step behind the pulpit, check out these seven lessons. Read More ...
Joel Gregory

Church Trends: Trends after the Trends in Faith Formation | Karen Massey, Church Trends, Faith Formation
Church Trends: Trends after the Trends in Faith Formation
By: Karen Massey
Churches like to ride the latest trend, thinking it will make them bigger, better and more relevant. But it's the trend emerging after the trend that should be on your radar. Here are five examples. Read More ...
Karen Massey

The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin | Dennis Bickers, Racism, Baptists, Racial Slurs, Sports, Civil Rights, Beneath the Skin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Church Trends: Technology and Christian Education | Steve Sumerel, Church Trends, Technology, Faith Formation, Christian Education
Church Trends: Technology and Christian Education
By: Steve Sumerel
Technology's rapid changes affect every area of our lives, including how churches achieve their educational goals, from finding material through internet searches to using YouTube videos. Read More ...
Steve Sumerel

Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint | Larry Greenfield, Lent, Common Good, Fasting, Food
Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint
By: Larry Greenfield
The Lenten practice of not eating meat has year-round benefits for the common good. That’s because the amount of water needed to feed the animals we consume far exceeds what's needed to grow veggies. Read More ...
Larry Greenfield

Church Trends: Missional Engagement | Matt Snowden, Church Trends, Missions
Church Trends: Missional Engagement
By: Matt Snowden
Local congregations are taking a more direct role in missionary sending. Large cooperative groups must learn to reprioritize global missions to recapture the hearts of emerging generations. Read More ...
Matt Snowden

Why Lent Should Bring You Joy | Melissa Hatfield, Lent, Joy
Why Lent Should Bring You Joy
By: Melissa Hatfield
Lent may seem like a season that's too somber and penitential to be regarded as a favorite. But it's not a time for self-inflicted agony or self-improving therapy. Here's why it should bring you joy. Read More ...
Melissa Hatfield

What Does It Mean to Be Salt and Light? | Jesse Wheeler, Christian Witness, IMES, Sermon on the Mount
What Does It Mean to Be Salt and Light?
By: Jesse Wheeler
Jesus said his followers are to be like salt and light, but what does that mean? Most simply, we are to hear Jesus' words and put them into practice. And our good deeds will cause people to glorify God. Read More ...
Jesse Wheeler

Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State | Lee Spitzer, Missions, Local Church, Baptists, Church Trends
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities. Read More ...
Lee B. Spitzer

4 Ways for African-Americans to Reclaim Mission Role | Eleazar Ziherambere, American Baptists International Ministries, George Liele, Global Missions
4 Ways for African-Americans to Reclaim Mission Role
By: Eleazar Ziherambere
In spite of centuries of oppression and being held back from all sorts of mission work, the black church has been a tremendous tool in the hands of God to change U.S. society for the better. Read More ...
Eleazar Ziherambere

Don't Despair When Others Throw You Into the Well | Bill Wilson, Providence, Hope
Don't Despair When Others Throw You Into the Well
By: Bill Wilson
It happens too often. Innocent clergy and laypeople are treated cruelly by church bullies. Here are 10 lessons you can learn when you've been thrown into the well of despair. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode | Randy Hyde, Leadership, Vision
4 Signs Your Church Has Slipped into Survival Mode
By: Randy Hyde
When a church exists in survival mode, it won't have the energy and ability to engage in visionary thinking. And that's the place where a church is able to change lives. So where are you? Read More ...
Randy Hyde

Fans or Disciples – Which Kind of Follower Are You? | Colin Harris, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Christian Education, Maturity
Fans or Disciples – Which Kind of Follower Are You?
By: Colin Harris
What's our best protection against the distraction of sideshows that use the language of faith to disguise all manner of injustice and discrimination? Growing mature disciples. Read More ...
Colin Harris

3 Ways for Clergy to Manage Their Communications | Edward Bolen, Technology, Sabbath, Time Management
3 Ways for Clergy to Manage Their Communications
By: Edward Bolen
In our 24/7 world's unlimited opportunities to stay connected and share information, clergy must learn how to manage the growing challenge to network with their congregations and beyond. Read More ...
Edward Bolen

Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility | Dennis Bickers, Bivocational Ministry, Ministry Teams
Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility
By: Dennis Bickers
Too many bivocational pastors burn out because they try to do it all. Pastors must learn to take care of themselves by allowing the rest of the church to share in ministry tasks. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?" | Richard Wilson, Liberia, Ricks Institute, Interfaith Engagement, Baptists, Muslims, Born Again
"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity. Read More ...
Richard Wilson

Phases of Jesus' Ministry Reflect Our Own Lives | Sam Chaise, Lent, Liturgy
Phases of Jesus' Ministry Reflect Our Own Lives
By: Sam Chaise
Reflecting on the seasons of the liturgical worship calendar brings to mind the different phases of ministry that Jesus had, from popularity to struggle. It's a lot like our own lives. Read More ...
Sam Chaise

Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission | Rob Hewell, Religious Liberty, Worship, Nationalism
Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission
By: Rob Hewell
More than half of all Americans and 70 percent of Protestant senior pastors believe religious liberty is waning. However, the church doesn't need government protection to be faithful to God. Read More ...
Rob Hewell

After Hardship, Algeria's Christian Churches Bloom | Terry Smith, North Africa, Algeria, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary
After Hardship, Algeria's Christian Churches Bloom
By: Terry Smith
Following a horrific civil war in the 1990s, Algeria has seen Christian churches grow and blossom under a government that has become increasingly tolerant of non-Islamic religious movements. Read More ...
Terry Smith

God as Sister, God and Sister | Martin Marty, The Martin Marty Center, Sightings, Compassion, Sister Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia
God as Sister, God and Sister
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
In a world where indifference usually keeps believers from making a difference, Sister Rosemary Connelly doesn't mind a little theological overreach if it helps the less fortunate. Read More ...
Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)

The Church Addiction: Satisfying Our Own Egos | Bill Wilson, Self-Addiction, Discipleship
The Church Addiction: Satisfying Our Own Egos
By: Bill Wilson
For many, the U.S. church experience is akin to an addiction to a poor substitute for the gospel of Jesus. All of us crave a church that will cater to us. It's time to break the addictive cycle. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

What Awaits Us After Death? Words Can't Describe | Keith Herron, Death, Dying, Grief, Terminal Illness
What Awaits Us After Death? Words Can't Describe
By: Keith Herron
What awaits us after this life? Mostly we don't know. Not even the Bible gives us much to work on. What is ahead is too great to imagine, certainly too much for words. Read More ...
Keith Herron

7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry | Mark Tidsworth, Self-Discipline, Leadership
7 Steps to Increase Your Self-Discipline in Ministry
By: Mark Tidsworth
One of the nice benefits of serving as a pastor or church staff member is the control you have over your schedule, but it's also a contributing factor to the need for high levels of self-discipline. Read More ...
Mark Tidsworth

Servant Leadership – Is It Inherently Biblical? | Andrey Shirin, Servant Leadership
Servant Leadership – Is It Inherently Biblical?
By: Andrey Shirin
Christians have embraced wholeheartedly servant leadership. The concept, however, didn't originate from the Bible but rather from the writings of an AT&T executive. Surprised? Read More ...
Andrey Shirin

Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus | Nick Lear, Permission, Forgiveness, Responsibility, Leadership, Congregational Governance
Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
By: Nick Lear
While it may be easier to ask for forgiveness than seek permission, it's not a good leadership model for churches. It's worth the time to explain decisions and let people suggest alternatives. Read More ...
Nick Lear

Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Church Attendance
Attendance Alone Doesn't Reflect Your Church's Vitality
By: Bill Wilson
When a church's weekly average attendance drops, leaders look for someone to blame. Rather than scapegoating, churches must rethink how they connect with people. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor? | Larry Eubanks, Tithing, Stewardship, Poverty, Social Justice, Malachi
What Happens When Our Tithe Neglects the Poor?
By: Larry Eubanks
While the Lord is happy when we give generously to support the church, the message of Malachi reminds us that we cannot forget the poor when we give our tithe to the Lord. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor | Dennis Bickers, Small Church Ministry, Leadership, Search Committees
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
By: Dennis Bickers
When searching for a new pastor, many churches automatically exclude older candidates. It's a huge mistake to believe that all older pastors cannot effectively lead a church in today's society. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Building Interfaith Relationships – A Theology of Life | Martin Accad, Interfaith, Baptists, Muslims
Building Interfaith Relationships – A Theology of Life
By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around. Read More ...
Martin Accad

3 Advantages to Going Online for Your Daily Devotional | Barry Howard, Devotionals, Creation Care
3 Advantages to Going Online for Your Daily Devotional
By: Barry Howard
Many people have relied upon Bible reading plans or devotional books for their daily devotionals. However, online resources can be a practical source of material, too. Read More ...
Barry Howard

Why I'm Opposed to Fundamentalist Calvinism – Part 2 | Roger Olson, Calvinism, Arminianism, Open Theism, Fundamentalism
Why I'm Opposed to Fundamentalist Calvinism – Part 2
By: Roger Olson
Today's new Calvinism is infected with fundamentalist elitism, exclusivism and even, at times, separatism. It's often intolerant of differences about secondary doctrinal matters. Read More ...
Roger Olson

Why I'm Opposed to Fundamentalist Calvinism – Part 1 | Roger Olson, Calvinism, Arminianism, Fundamentalism
Why I'm Opposed to Fundamentalist Calvinism – Part 1
By: Roger Olson
The author of "Against Calvinism" explains that not all of Calvinism is objectionable. It's the rise and influence of aggressive, fundamentalist Calvinism in contemporary evangelicalism that concerns him. Read More ...
Roger Olson

Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Drifting
Wake Up! How to Know When Your Church Veers Off Course
By: Bill Wilson
Has your church drifted off the path that God intended for you to travel? Maybe what your congregation needs is a rumble strip to get you back on course. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Most Churches Welcome Anyone – Except This Group | Chris Smith, Prison Ministry
Most Churches Welcome Anyone – Except This Group
By: Chris Smith
Many churches say they welcome anyone, but it's a different story when it comes to released prisoners. They fear that if they open themselves to these citizens, they could do them harm. Read More ...
Chris Smith

Does Your Church's Music Reflect the Lenten Spirit? | Preston Clegg, Lent, Music, Easter
Does Your Church's Music Reflect the Lenten Spirit?
By: Preston Clegg
Does your church observe Lent in the songs you sing during worship? In a season that calls us into a deeper reality, we should be intentional about the music we employ in worship. Read More ...
Preston Clegg

Lent –  A Journey From Pew to Pulpit to the Cross | Greg DeLoach, Lent, Preaching, Ash Wednesday
Lent – A Journey From Pew to Pulpit to the Cross
By: Greg DeLoach
If your church isn't well grounded in an understanding of Lent, you can begin to teach and offer creative ways to worship, observe and serve. Here's how to begin the journey together. Read More ...
Greg DeLoach

Power Can Be Poison in Big and Little Doses | Colin Harris, Power, Corruption
Power Can Be Poison in Big and Little Doses
By: Colin Harris
Local churches aren't immune from the corrupting influence of power. When focused on narrow goals to the benefit of self or at the expense of others, power can be most destructive. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Ash Wednesday Serves to Remind Us of Our Mortality | Stephen Cook, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Repentance
Ash Wednesday Serves to Remind Us of Our Mortality
By:  Stephen Cook
Standing as a stark reminder of our mortality, Ash Wednesday affords us the opportunity to remember. The dust of the ashes serves to remind us both of where and from whom we have come. Read More ...
Stephen Cook

The Needs Are Overwhelming, But You Can't Do It All | Zach Dawes, Hubris, Engagement
The Needs Are Overwhelming, But You Can't Do It All
By:  Zach Dawes
Our world is filled with needs. We can't respond to all of them. But some of us fall into the trap of believing that we're not doing anything worthwhile because we're not doing everything. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

What's the Connection Between Morality and Intellect? | Vinoth Ramachandra, Morality, Intellect
What's the Connection Between Morality and Intellect?
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
Ethics doesn't live in a different realm than knowledge. A preacher's political stance and what he does with his fees says more about his Christianity than any of his theological arguments.  Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra

Three Years after the Arab Spring | Terence Ascott, SAT 7, Arab Spring, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Muslim Brotherhood, Middle East, Political Islam
Three Years after the Arab Spring
By: Terence Ascott
When the Arab Spring began three years ago, many in the Arab world had high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity. Fast forward to today, the disappointment and frustration are palpable.  Read More ...
Terence Ascott

If We Believe Jesus is the Way, Why Don't We Show It? | Jim Hill, What Would Jesus Do?, In His Steps, The Jesus Way
If We Believe Jesus is the Way, Why Don't We Show It?
By: Jim Hill
Baptists are often fond of saying "Jesus is the way." If we truly believe this, perhaps it's time to incorporate his teachings into our daily lives, rather than simply saying we believe it.  Read More ...
Jim Hill

The Greatest Church That Never Was | Doug Jackson, Perfection, Quick Fixes
The Greatest Church That Never Was
By: Doug Jackson
Plenty of consultants are quick to sell you the perfect scheme to fix your church. Before you take that deal to turn your congregation into a perfect New Testament church, just remember: There isn't one.  Read More ...
Doug Jackson

Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly | Bill Wilson, Adversity, Leadership
Churches Struggling with Headwinds are Ready to Fly
By: Bill Wilson
Resistance from headwinds helps airplanes generate the lift needed to take off. When your church encounters struggles, it's ready to take off and fly as it works through the difficulties.  Read More ...
Bill Wilson

3 Confessions from a Former Charismatic | Darian Duckworth, Religious Tradition
3 Confessions from a Former Charismatic
By: Darian Duckworth
Some folks associate charismatic churches with TV preacher scandals, but these three traditions from the charismatic church have shaped this former charismatic into the person she is today.  Read More ...
Darian Duckworth

King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't | Preston Clegg, Martin Luther King Jr, Robert E. Lee, Civil War, Civil Rights, Preaching, Prophetic Witness
King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
By: Preston Clegg
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee cared passionately for their causes. However, one sought to bring about change through proclamation and the other sought to prevent change through force.  Read More ...
Preston Clegg

Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves | Dennis Bickers, Bivocational Ministry, Vocational Ministry, Leadership
Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
More churches in all denominations are turning to bivocational pastors. While pastors could once assume that they could secure a fully funded ministry position, that's no longer a safe assumption. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers