Columns on Church and Theology

When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy | Colin Sedgwick, Evangelism
When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy
By: Colin Sedgwick
The young woman boarded the bus and began loudly preaching the gospel. Everyone was uncomfortable, including me. Should I have supported a fellow Christian? Was she misguided? Read More ...
Colin Sedgwick

Morality Without Faith-Based Standard is Too Fluid | Lois Mitchell, Morality
Morality Without Faith-Based Standard is Too Fluid
By: Lois Mitchell
In the same way that the "gold standard" is a relic of the past in our global economy, Judeo-Christian morality has also become a relic of the past in many societies where it once played a central role. Read More ...
Lois Mitchell

5 Practices Followed by Peacemaking Churches | Rick Love, Peacemaking
5 Practices Followed by Peacemaking Churches
By: Rick Love
Many pastors believe peacemaking is a biblical value but don't know where to start with their churches. Here are five practices that peacemaking churches follow. Don't overlook the second one. Read More ...
Rick Love

Putting an Upside-Down World Right-Side Up | Rob Hewell, Kingdom of God
Putting an Upside-Down World Right-Side Up
By: Rob Hewell
Don't be surprised when the world is critical of Jesus' followers by accusing them of doing and saying precisely what God has called them to do and say. They've got it upside down. Read More ...
Rob Hewell

Tree of Faith Needs Both Roots and Branches to Grow | Colin Harris, Emergence Christianity
Tree of Faith Needs Both Roots and Branches to Grow
By: Colin Harris
What's the church's future? Will it hold on to tradition or strike a new path? The answer may rest with those who maintain a clear connection with their roots while seeking fresh expressions of faith. Read More ...
Colin Harris

As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open | Terence Ascott, SAT-7, ISIS, Iraq
As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open
By: Terence Ascott
Many Christians have fled Iraq. Those who remain fear for their safety even as government officials vow to protect them. Despite the uncertainty, many hope their nation can return to normal. Read More ...
Terence Ascott

Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness? | Leroy Seat, Eric Liddell, Jiko Manzoku, Sabbath
Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness?
By: Leroy Seat
It's great to stand up for your convictions. But it also depends on what those convictions are and whether standing up for them enhances or detracts from your Christian witness. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Human Trafficking: BMS World Mission's Permanent Solutions | Chris Hall, Human Trafficking, BMS World Mission, NightLight, Freeset, Kahaila
Human Trafficking: BMS World Mission's Permanent Solutions
By: Chris Hall
Solely helping women escape human trafficking is only a temporary solution; it's likely they'll be pulled back into the cycle. BMS World Mission works on permanent solutions. Read More ...
Chris Hall

Human Trafficking: Global Women's Global Partnerships | Trudy Johnson, Human Trafficking, Global Women, Beginning of Life
Human Trafficking: Global Women's Global Partnerships
By: Trudy Johnson
Human trafficking is rapidly growing because of the worldwide demand for cheap labor and services, including commercial sexual activities. Global Women is working to end this atrocity. Read More ...
Trudy Johnson

Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther: The First African Bishop | Israel Olofinjana, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Africa, Missions, Church Missionary Society
Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther: The First African Bishop
By: Israel Olofinjana
Samuel Ajayi Crowther, an iconic church leader in Africa and beyond due to his role as the first African bishop, was a bridge between Africans and Europeans. He was often misunderstood by both. Read More ...
Israel Olofinjana

Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat? | David Brattston, Diet, Invitro Meat, Food
Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat?
By: David Brattston
Early Christianity recognized that any food that God declared clean – even if previously forbidden – was clean. Today, science is producing meat by in-vitro cell growth. How do we respond? Read More ...
David Brattston

Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror | Bill Wilson, Forgiveness
Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror
By: Bill Wilson
When you're dismissed from a church, the wounds are like looking into a rearview mirror. They're often larger than they appear. The way forward requires you to forgive. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size | Larry McSwain, Leadership, Church Staffing
How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
By: Larry McSwain
With the majority of churches plateaued or declining, congregations need to do some fresh thinking about how to realign their staffing levels so they remain healthy and effective. Read More ...
Larry McSwain

Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution | Zach Dawes, Righteousness, Persecution, Pope Francis, Capitalism
Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus paints a portrait of God's dream for the world and calls us to shape our lives accordingly. When we follow this not-yet-materialized dream, we are often persecuted by those who don't understand it. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches | Dennis Bickers, Small Churches, Leadership, Pastor Search Committee
The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
When smaller churches search for a new pastor, they often want to fill the void as quickly as possible. They're better off without a pastor for a longer time than to call the wrong person. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges | Bob Browning, Leadership, Change
People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
By: Bob Browning
Church members can take a frustratingly long time to make decisions that change their personal lives as well as the church. Don't expect overnight transformations. Learn to nudge people a little at a time. Read More ...
Bob Browning

Responding to People Who Are Spiritual Not Religious | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Spirituality
Responding to People Who Are Spiritual Not Religious
By: Elizabeth Hagan
It's common to hear someone say they're spiritual but not religious. Good news! It's OK to be both. And the local church, while not perfect, is a place where you can be both. Read More ...
Elizabeth Hagan

3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church | Matt Sapp, Shakespeare, Evangelism, Humor
3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
By: Matt Sapp
Some say Shakespeare is inaccessible because the language is unfamiliar to modern ears, but the Bard had a knack for portraying characters who face the same joys and temptations that we do. Read More ...
Matt Sapp

Spiritual Needs Are Important in Work Satisfaction | Joe LaGuardia, Spirituality, Labor
Spiritual Needs Are Important in Work Satisfaction
By: Joe LaGuardia
A business survey tells us something Christians have always known: Faith is important in every area of our lives, including work, because God is the only one who can fill that empty hole in our hearts. Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

Mission in a War Zone: Is it Worth the Risk? Part 2 | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission, Missions
Mission in a War Zone: Is it Worth the Risk? Part 2
By: Sarah Stone
While sudden outbreaks of fighting cannot always be predicted, mission organizations assess the foreseeable risks before sending workers into any potentially dangerous situation. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

Why Do You Believe What You Believe? | Leroy Seat, Belief, Faith
Why Do You Believe What You Believe?
By: Leroy Seat
Your community of faith and the Bible shape what you believe, but other things can reshape it. You believe what you believe because of what you think about the most or consider the most important. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization | Dennis Bickers, Leadership, Church Planting, Revitalization
Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches are either declining or plateaued and need to be revitalized. However, church revitalization requires a willingness to change, and change does not come easy for many churches. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Mission in a War Zone: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 1 | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission
Mission in a War Zone: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 1
By: Sarah Stone
Serving in some of the world's most dangerous places, mission workers must decide whether to stay and ride out the danger or leave to protect themselves and their families. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com | Zach Dawes, EthicsDaily, Website
Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com
By: Zach Dawes
As EthicsDaily.com moves into providing more faith-based content to TV outlets, we're still committed to the daily content on our website. Here are some of the recent improvements we've made. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision | Ed Noyes, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bivocational Ministry, Kikongo Pastors School
Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision
By: Ed Noyes
Rural pastors in Congo have at least one other job to make ends meet. The Kikongo Pastor's School makes sure their candidates can live off the land and pass that know-how to others. Read More ...
Ed Noyes

Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament | Claude Mariottini, ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Human Rights
Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament
By: Claude Mariotinni
Everyone has an obligation to treat other people with dignity because they bear God's image. Jihadists kill because they do not recognize God's image in those whose lives they take. Read More ...
Claude Mariottini

A Better Way: Choosing Unity Over Division | Guy Sayles, Discipleship, Reconciliation
A Better Way: Choosing Unity Over Division
By: Guy Sayles
We classify and separate ourselves and others according to characteristics. Rich vs. poor. Republican vs. Democrat. Sinner vs. saint. It doesn't have to be like this. We can choose a better way. Read More ...
Guy Sayles

4 Discipleship Lessons from a Global Perspective | Peter Dunn, BMS World Mission, Discipleship
4 Discipleship Lessons from a Global Perspective
By: Peter Dunn
In contrast to the Western world, most of the churches in the global south have experienced dramatic growth. All churches can gain from discipleship programs that engage church members' needs. Read More ...
Peter Dunn

Even When You Face Unbearable Suffering, God's Near | Rupen Das, Suffering, Refugees, Poverty
Even When You Face Unbearable Suffering, God's Near
By: Rupen Das
On that first Good Friday, the disciples didn't know that there was going to be an Easter Sunday. That first Saturday after Jesus' death was a time of desolation and mourning. We all must face such Saturdays. Read More ...
Rupen Das

How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership | Dennis Bickers, Leadership
How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
By: Dennis Bickers
Ministers are called to the greatest opportunity that exists, but that doesn't mean the work comes without challenges. Here's how you can transform those challenges into joyful opportunities. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond | Seth Vopat, Women in Ministry, Women's Rights, Equality, Jimmy Carter
Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond
By: Seth Vopat
It's hard enough to understand the reluctance by many to accept female pastors, but the inequality of women has consequences that reach well beyond the pulpit. Read More ...
Seth Vopat

How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below? | Bill Wilson, Burning Platform Syndrome, Leadership
How Will Your Church Respond to the Fire Below?
By: Bill Wilson
Burning platform syndrome. It's what organizations go through as they consider change. We jump off the "platform" when the pain or danger of staying exceeds the pain or danger of making a change. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

"Left Behind" Movie, Books Aren't All That Biblical | Greg Mamula, Left Behind, Rapture, Dispensationalism, Creation Care
"Left Behind" Movie, Books Aren't All That Biblical
By: Greg Mamula
The new "Left Behind" film—and the books that inspired it—is based on the belief that Christians will be raptured while others are left behind. It makes for creative fiction but it is not all that biblical. Read More ...
Greg Mamula

Why Church Youth Need to Learn Opposing Views | Michael Helms, Youth, Discipleship
Why Church Youth Need to Learn Opposing Views
By: Michael Helms
Why do so many youth leave the church after leaving home? We spend a lot of time telling them what to believe, but not enough time educating them about opposing views and helping them think. Read More ...
Michael Helms

6 Commitments if You're a Patriotic Christian | Ircel Harrison, Patriotism
6 Commitments if You're a Patriotic Christian
By: Ircel Harrison
There's a lot of posturing about who is patriotic today, but what does it mean for a Christian to be a national patriot while being a citizen of the Kingdom of God? Read More ...
Ircel Harrison

Why You Should View Church Conflicts as Blessings | Bill Wilson, Conflict, Civility
Why You Should View Church Conflicts as Blessings
By: Bill Wilson
Church leaders are wise to address conflict early and proactively before it escalates and becomes divisive. The issue is not whether you will have conflict, but what you will do with it. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Roma | Martin Marty, Sightings, Romani
Roma
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
The new Roma church differs from the old. It relates to more familiar forms of Christianity, masters organization techniques, promotes education and has begun work to emancipate women. Read More ...
Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)

When Leaders Depart, Disciples Apply Lessons Learned | Griff Martin, Legacy, Discipleship
When Leaders Depart, Disciples Apply Lessons Learned
By: Griff Martin
When Maya Angelou passed away, many remarked that she had so much more to teach us. But when leaders depart, those whom they touched can continue to apply their words and deeds. Read More ...
Griff Martin

Many Churches Have Abandoned Their Pacifist Roots | David Swartz, Pentecostals, Pacifism, Holiness Churches
Many Churches Have Abandoned Their Pacifist Roots
By: David Swartz
Hundreds of churches and denominations once embraced a commitment to pacifism, but social pressure was probably the most important factor that caused many to shift their position. Read More ...
David Swartz

Dave Ramsey and the Watering Down of Stewardship | Terry Austin, Dave Ramsey, Stewardship, Tithing
Dave Ramsey and the Watering Down of Stewardship
By: Terry Austin
Stewardship used to be about living with an open hand. Today, under the direction of Christian financial guru Dave Ramsey, it's been watered down to merely getting out of debt. Read More ...
Terry Austin

British Churches, Government Can Unite to Serve Community | Roger Sutton, Social Capital, Community
British Churches, Government Can Unite to Serve Community
By: Roger Sutton
With austerity cuts hitting the United Kingdom in greater force, churches have a unique opportunity to partner with local governments to serve the needs of their communities. Read More ...
Roger Sutton

Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement | Joe LaGuardia, Food, Justice, Fair Trade, Direct Trade
Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement
By: Joe LaGuardia
The fair trade movement, focused on obtaining needed food while sufficiently and fairly supporting the farmers and manufacturers who make it, is breaking through in the Christian world. Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

Honor Killings Still Occur Where Patriarchy Prevails | Claude Mariottini, Honor Killings, Patriarchy
Honor Killings Still Occur Where Patriarchy Prevails
By: Claude Mariottini
Honor killings still occur in places where patriarchy lives. The church, responding to the gospel's message of freedom and equality, must challenge patriarchy and female subordination. Read More ...
Claude Mariottini

Working Together to Fight Poverty in Liberia | Faliku Dukuly, Richard Wilson, Liberia, Prayer, Hoping Communities
Working Together to Fight Poverty in Liberia
By: Faliku Dukuly with Richard Wilson
Many Liberians live in absolute poverty. Rather than wait for others to lift Liberia out of poverty, one man and his friends are becoming the change that they had been seeking. Read More ...
Faliku Dukuly with Richard Wilson

Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Maturity, Spiritual Growth
Why Your Minister Should Be Like Your Physical Therapist
By: Bill Wilson
A good pastor is like a physical therapist. Both push you to do things you often don't want to do, but they know that what you need is more important than what you want. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

When You're Suffering, Why Does God Feel Absent? | Blake McKinney, Suffering, Providence
When You're Suffering, Why Does God Feel Absent?
By: Blake McKinney
Where is God when we hurt? God is frustratingly silent about the question of why suffering happens, but he has a great deal to say about what he is doing about suffering. Read More ...
Blake McKinney

Following the Prince of Peace in a Conflicted World | Rick Love, Peacemaking
Following the Prince of Peace in a Conflicted World
By: Rick Love
Biblical peacemaking is neither sentimental nor naïve, pushing us beyond our comfort zones and outside the walls of our churches and challenging us to live in peace with our neighbors and our enemies. Read More ...
Rick Love

Why Today's Ministers Must Have a "Plan B" | Ircel Harrison, Bivocational Ministry
Why Today's Ministers Must Have a "Plan B"
By: Ircel Harrison
As more churches find it increasingly difficult to fund a full-time minister, those who follow the call to ministry must plan for an alternative means of supporting themselves and their families. Read More ...
Ircel Harrison

Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day | Zach Dawes, Memorial Day, Worship
Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day
By: Zach Dawes
Memorial Day offers churches an opportune time to practice Jesus' call to love our enemies, to be peacemakers and to reach beyond the boundaries by which we are too often constrained. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Social Capital: Partnering with a Local School District | Keith Herron, Social Capital, Partnership
Social Capital: Partnering with a Local School District
By: Keith Herron
Holmeswood Baptist in Kansas City, Missouri, has nurtured a partnership with a local school district. Genuine ministry must be offered with no expectation of something in return. Read More ...
Keith Herron

Social Capital: Doing Earthly Good with Education, Food Help | Taylor Sandlin, Social Capital, English as a Second Language, Food Security
Social Capital: Doing Earthly Good with Education, Food Help
By: Taylor Sandlin
Members of Southland Baptist in San Angelo, Texas, do more than simply attend worship on Sundays. Many are engaged in teaching English and helping feed the city's impoverished children. Read More ...
Taylor Sandlin

Social Capital: Service that Forms Synergistic Relationships | Bill Ross, Social Capital, Relationships
Social Capital: Service that Forms Synergistic Relationships
By: Bill Ross
As churches serve the needs of their communities, they need to build relationships with other partners as they're listening to the needs around them and responding to the voice of God. Read More ...
Bill Ross

Which World Have You Chosen to Inhabit? | Guy Sayles, Grace, Mercy, Different Worlds
Which World Have You Chosen to Inhabit?
By: Guy Sayles
Two groups, mere yards apart, might have been in different worlds. One fueled by anger, the other by happiness. Similarly, Jesus is an entry to a truer world within ours. One inhabited by grace, mercy, love and joy. Read More ...
Guy Sayles

Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry | Mark Reece, Social Capital, Gospel Without Borders, Immigration
Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry
By: Mark Reece
Piney Grove Baptist Church is rediscovering who their neighbors are in their multiracial community, starting ministries to tutor children with immigrant parents and to feed their community. Read More ...
Mark Reece

Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders | Dennis Bickers, Leadership
Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
By: Dennis Bickers
Nothing good can happen in organizations without effective leaders. For churches to enjoy an effective ministry over years, future leaders must be filling its pipeline in various stages of development. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children | Barry Howard, Social Capital, Children
Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children
By: Barry Howard
Whether it's in their own neighborhood or halfway around the world, First Baptist Church of Pensacola has focused its ministries on investing in the lives of children. Read More ...
Barry Howard

Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change | Ircel Harrison, Leadership, Innovation, Adaptation
Effective Church Leaders Must Anticipate Change
By: Ircel Harrison
Church leaders must be able to look to the future and assess what changes are waiting on the horizon. That means instead of sitting back and being reactive, a leader needs to be "preactive." Read More ...
Ircel Harrison

Social Capital: Medical Apartment Ministry | Doug Dortch, Social Capital, Missions, Medical Apartments
Social Capital: Medical Apartment Ministry
By: Doug Dortch
How do churches grow? Instead of focusing inward, they need to focus on selfless service, demonstrating their value to the larger community by offering something and not expecting anything in return. Read More ...
Doug Dortch

Our Need to be Right Undercuts Theological Process | Colin Harris, Theology, Theism
Our Need to be Right Undercuts Theological Process
By: Colin Harris
Rather than a fixed and final doctrine, theology is an ongoing and evolving process of refinement, but the need to be right is often more important than the desire to seek a clearer understanding of the truth. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Social Capital: Congregations Investing in Their Communities | Zach Dawes, Social Capital
Social Capital: Congregations Investing in Their Communities
By: Zach Dawes
Amid the often-justified criticisms and necessary exposés, people frequently overlook the consistent positive impact of local churches—the social capital they bring to their communities. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Old Testament's Deuteronomy Puts Women on Equal Footing | Claude Mariottini, Deuteronomy, Dignity, Women, Social Justice
Old Testament's Deuteronomy Puts Women on Equal Footing
By: Claude Mariottini
Israelite laws provided relief to the plight of women and developed a special sense of social responsibility for the poor and underprivileged. The book of Deuteronomy reflects the rise of humanism in Israel. Read More ...
Claude Mariottini

A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life | James Gordon, William Temple, Worship, Discipleship
A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life
By: James Gordon
The submission of all our nature and the integration of all our life into adoration and self-giving love describes a deep rootedness of mind and soul in the love of God. That's the core of worship. Read More ...
James Gordon

How Your Church Can Effectively Use Social Media | Jess Ward, First Baptist Richmond, Social Media
How Your Church Can Effectively Use Social Media
By: Jess Ward
What role can social media play in the life of a church? While social media is not a silver bullet, it's a free and easy way to turn people's attention toward what you want them to see. Read More ...
Jess Ward

 Photography Was Fundraising Boon for Early Missionaries | David Swartz, Missions, Photography, Fundraising, Evangelism
Photography Was Fundraising Boon for Early Missionaries
By: David Swartz
For evangelical missionaries in the late 19th century, the use of photography became a strategic fundraising tool. Evangelicals were pioneers in their strategy of "picturing pain." Read More ...
David Swartz

4 Types of Pastors Needed for Churches in Future | Ircel Harrison, Pastors, Ministry Changes
4 Types of Pastors Needed for Churches in Future
By:  Ircel Harrison
Seminaries are going to need to train men and women for a variety of ministry settings. There are at least four types of pastors who will be needed now and in the future. Read More ...
Ircel Harrison

Reverse Mission: A Sign of Arrogance or Gratitude? | Israel Olofinjana, Reverse Mission, Evangelism, Missions
Reverse Mission: A Sign of Arrogance or Gratitude?
By: Israel Olofinjana
Reverse mission, the practice of sending missionaries to Europe and North America by churches from the non-Western world, is seen by some as arrogant, but it's actually a compliment. Read More ...
Israel Olofinjana

Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Healthy Church
Like Gardens, Healthy Churches Have Loving Caretakers
By: Bill Wilson
If churches are like gardens, then those who serve in them – laity and clergy alike – are the gardeners. Are we willing to work together to ensure the growth of a healthy church? Read More ...
Bill Wilson

True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD | Bob Newell, Asset Based Community Development, Greece
True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD
By: Bob Newell
While helping our Albanian friends in Greece, we want to affirm their worth by channeling their existing resources. In that way, they make a significant contribution toward meeting their own pressing needs. Read More ...
Bob Newell

Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy? | Zach Dawes, Leadership
Who Leads Your Church: Wizard of Oz or Dorothy?
By: Zach Dawes
Too many churches follow the Wizard of Oz leadership model of a larger-than-life character hiding behind a curtain. Instead, author Brian McLaren says, your church needs a Dorothy. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

3 Reasons Why So Many Ministers are Fat | Paul Beasley Murray, Obesity, Clergy Health, Exercise, Gluttony
3 Reasons Why So Many Ministers are Fat
By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Obesity is a problem both within and without the church, but ministers seem to have a particular problem with being overweight. Here are three reasons why that's the case. Read More ...
Paul Beasley-Murray

Despite Man's Handiwork, There's Hope for Creation | Chuck Summers, Earth Stewardship Sunday, Creation Care, Environment
Despite Man's Handiwork, There's Hope for Creation
By: Chuck Summers
Through caring for creation, we can provide those who follow us with a healthier planet, which will result in healthier lives for us as well as more opportunities for God to reveal himself through creation. Read More ...
Chuck Summers

Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills | Jesse Wheeler, Paternalism, Henotheism, Manifest Destiny, Zionism, Imperialism, Middle East
Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills
By: Jesse Wheeler
Theology encompasses our very core beliefs as to how the universe functions and how we function within it. While good theology brings life, bad theology kills. Here's how to tell the difference. Read More ...
Jesse Wheeler

How Our Personal 'Lenses' Can Distort a Culture's Context | Shane McNary, Contextualization, Missions, Evangelism
How Our Personal 'Lenses' Can Distort a Culture's Context
By: Shane McNary
Using the mental and religious lenses they bring with them, Western missionaries can misinterpret what is happening in their places of service. That's why it's important to learn the context of the culture. Read More ...
Shane McNary

Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To | Dennis Bickers, Leadership, Vision, Reinvention
Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
By: Dennis Bickers
If they want to successfully impact a changing world for Jesus Christ, pastors and churches must continually reinvent themselves. Churches will either continue to reinvent themselves or they will die. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

3 Ways Your Church Should 'Cater' to Millennials | Thomas Kidd, Millennials, Evangelism, Missions, Technology
3 Ways Your Church Should 'Cater' to Millennials
By: Thomas Kidd
Reaching and retaining the rising generations has been a perennial challenge to churches. Many churches have died because they failed to meet the test. Here are three ways yours can pass. Read More ...
Thomas Kidd

3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Healthy Churches
3 Ways Your Church Can Flourish Like a Garden
By: Bill Wilson
The garden is a powerful biblical theme. Jesus taught many lessons involving plants, growth, agriculture and gardening. Here are three ways your church can be like an abundant garden. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Eastertide Signals Return from Exile, Call to Action | Brock Ratcliff, Eastertide, Church Year, Liturgy
Eastertide Signals Return from Exile, Call to Action
By: Brock Ratcliff
Eastertide – the seven Sundays after resurrection day that form a happy antithesis to the Lenten season – represents joy, astonishment and the heavy exhale of a people who no longer fear death. Read More ...
Brock Ratcliff