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.
By: Mark Tidsworth Every church is engaging in the adaptive process, given the large-scale changes happening all around us. Some are intentional, some haphazard. Here are 7 types of churches positioned for adaptive change.
By: Mark Tidsworth While some churches want to cling onto their cherished practices or the way they've always done things, healthy churches learn to adapt. Here are 9 indicators your church faces roadblocks to change.
By: William Hooper The U.S., on the whole, doesn't provide universal access to low-cost, tax-funded medical care that can preserve life. Where is the church's prophetic voice defending those who need care?
By: Bill Wilson Most churches are unable to offer a clear purpose that's shared and embraced with passion by many of their people. That's why pushing people to purpose is a necessary and invaluable process for leaders.
By: Leroy Seat Ten years ago, a man entered an Amish school and shot 10 girls, killing five and leaving one with a severe brain injury. The Amish community's response of grace and forgiveness is a lesson for all.
By: Colin Harris While the presumption of divine prerogative may be the more obvious expression of idolatry, the failure to see the divine presence in the life of the "other" seems to be a subtle partner that is just as damaging.
By: Bob Ferguson Many moderate Baptist churches are more like Christian clubs - in which everyone resembles everyone else - than churches. If your church looks a lot like you, chances are you're in a club and not a church.
By: Nick Lear Most adults in churches have grown so used to what we do that we don't realize how weird church is for the vast majority of people, even more so for children and young people. And many of them leave when they're adults.
By: Bob Ferguson Evangelism has become a missing element in moderate Baptist life. If sharing the good news doesn't become the central focus of our mission, U.S. Protestant Christianity will lose its slow battle with attrition.
By: Mitch Randall The techniques of a capitalistic marketplace have penetrated the church and are instilled in many Christians' everyday lives. In our efforts to keep up appearances, we're lying to ourselves and to God.
By: John Weaver The question echoes around the world: What is happening to our weather? As Christians, we have a calling to protect the earth and the poor, even as world leaders fail to hear their cries.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Lamentations 1 offers no remedy for the world's pain. It is a chapter of unalleviated woe, full of loss and suffering. And yet, this side of the cross, we inevitably link this chapter with the passion of Jesus.
By: Bill Wilson Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?
By: Danny Chisholm As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.
By: Chuck Summers No matter how big the crowds, how glorious the music or inspirational the preaching, our worship services are found unsatisfactory to God if we are not at the same time committed to maintaining justice.
By: Neil Brighton Many churches have a steady stream of people serving on short-term foreign mission trips. These trips can have good or bad consequences. How is your church preparing your members to serve?
By: Colin Sedgwick Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.
By: Lynne Hybels Three-fourths of the civilian casualties of war are women and children. When you open your mind and heart to God and the world, you realize that you are your sister's keeper. And they are all your sisters.