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Author Jan Turrentine

Experiencing Burnout

Even leaders who have experienced God’s providence and power in amazing and unmistakable ways can give in to periods of fear, despair and darkness. Mike Yaconelli was involved in Christian ministry for over 40 years. Editor of the satirical The Wittenburg Door (now The Door) and co-founder and owner of Youth Specialties, he challenged the […] Read More

Teaching as Calling

“It’s the most important job in the world, bar none, save that of parent,” says Ruth O’Quinn of Alexandria, La., who spent her entire career in public education. “Teaching is a calling, and most successful teachers are usually those who feel genuinely called to the profession,” the long-time member of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns […] Read More

What is marriage, and who has the right to define it? When is it right to go to war? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Questions like these form typical Sunday morning discussion fare for adults in the Faith and Issues class at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns […] Read More

Following is an interview Acacia Resources conducted with Israel Galindo, professor of Christian education at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and executive director of Educational Consultants, Inc. Galindo talks about the role of Christian education in congregations, challenges Christian educators face and ways churches can improve and enhance their Christian education ministries. Acacia Resources: You’ve […] Read More

Because I’m not a parent, I’m in no position to tell people how to raise their children. And unlike the Southern Seminary professor who wants to “raise up violent sons,” I do not hold a doctorate in theology degree. My theological education is complete enough, however, that I know pursuing violence is completely contrary to […] Read More

Creative Chaos

Think of chaos, and images of bedlam, disorder, confusion and disarray probably come to mind—all things that make me want to run in the opposite direction. But there’s another way to look at chaos. We find it when we take the time to dig deeper into the word’s origins, where we discover that chaos can […] Read More

In the days leading up to the death of Pope John Paul II and the subsequent election of Pope Benedict XVI, Tom Reese appeared regularly in television interviews. As the highly respected editor of the Jesuit magazine America, he provided the United States audience in particular with insightful commentary and assessment on these historic developments […] Read More

Welcome Home, Jane

Though she respects it, she says she was not attracted to Buddhism. Same for Islam and Judaism. “I’m attracted to Jesus,” she says. She’d never before lived in an environment where people attended church or “had a living faith.” Then she found herself regularly in the company of people like Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, and […] Read More

Some time ago, a survey by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed that each day, more than 3 million people get religious or spiritual material from the Internet. Today’s numbers are no doubt much higher. Other statistics around that same time indicated that more people had gotten religious or spiritual information online […] Read More

If lights and decorations are any indication, just about everyone celebrates Christmas. If lights and decorations are any indication, just about everyone celebrates Christmas.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   A nighttime drive through my neighborhood is almost blinding: lighted Santas, reindeer, elves, trains, soldiers, gingerbread figures, snowmen. Even the occasional nativity scene […] Read More