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The Bible Is Better Than Broccoli My kids hate eating broccoli. I know it’s not the color green, because they love avocado. No matter how much I try to reason with them, they won’t eat it. According to a 2019 Barna study, less than half of American Christians read the Bible consistently. We know that Bible reading is good for us... Photo of Joshua BranhamJoshua Branham
How Pride Month Taught Me the Power of Spirituality Since it was Pride Month, I googled the pride flag to explain to my eldest the meaning of the flags around town. I went with the traditional rainbow flag and explained the basics of the acronym LGBT. When the conversation was over, I decided to do some exploring, knowing that there was at least one... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Some Uncommon Thoughts About the Book of Ruth The scriptural narrative of the promised land that Israel would come to inhabit included two different streams of thought: one of total separation from the surrounding nations, and another that recognized a possibility for inclusion. Deuteronomy and Joshua include commands of a fierce and unyielding separation from the nations that Israel would come to inhabit.... Photo of Jonathan LichtenwalterJonathan Lichtenwalter
Sermon on the Mount: Salt and Light When Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth/light of the world (Mt. 5:13-14), remember that his direct audience is the disciples. The “you” refers to those people who actually live out the things he is saying. But he immediately puts these folks in context: they are living out his principles in the world.... Photo of Jeremy BaconJeremy Bacon
3 Steps to Passing Along the Faith: Repeat (Part 3) Here is Part 1 (“Hear”) and Part 2 (“Obey”).  The Shema, recorded in Deuteronomy, was originally spoken to the Israelites on their way into the Promised Land. This section of Scripture was so important that the first part of it became a daily prayer for Israelites. Moreover, it was from the Shema that Jesus quoted... Photo of Rachel YounisRachel Younis
Preview of Holy Spirit: Filled, Empowered, and Led This sneak peek will invite you not merely to study the Holy Spirit, but instead invite you to experience the Holy Spirit in your life. Photo of David YoungDavid Young
On Gender and the Bible: A Summary (Part 12) This post is a summary of what Scripture teaches about gender in leadership roles, specifically within the Christian home and the church. It is a recap of the multi-part series that has been written by scholars and practitioners at Renew.org (here are Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11). We have included relevant links to the more in-depth... Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Renée Sproles
Why Did Jesus Pick Fishermen? Answer: The Gospel. A good joke leads an audience down one path (the setup), but then jolts them with an unexpected turn at the end (the punchline). In the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, we may not read any jokes, but we experience an unexpected twist. Mark 1:15 gets us going down one path. Jesus begins his ministry... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
How Do Disciples Live in This World? This is Question #5 discussed in Disciple Making: The Core Mission of the Church, by Bobby Harrington & Scott Sager. Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Scott Sager
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3 Steps to Passing Along the Faith: Do (Part 2) How do we pass along the faith to the next generation? The Shema, a famous section from the book of Deuteronomy, gives us a threefold pattern of passing the faith onto the next generation, which can be put like this: Hear Do Repeat Right after reminding Israel of God’s uniqueness (“Hear O Israel…the Lord is... Photo of Rachel YounisRachel Younis
Exposing Our Self-Deceptions: Review of Daniel McCoy’s Mirage: 5 Things People Want from God That Don’t Exist What’s the best way to expose self-deception? Daniel McCoy’s Mirage: 5 Things People Want from God That Don’t Exist is a concise work which exposes some of our most potent self-deceptions through colorful story, paraphrase, and metaphor. The reader gains an enlightened concern for several deceptions currently plaguing the church in Western post-Christian society. Yet,... Photo of Brett SeyboldBrett Seybold
On Gender and the Bible: Thoughts of a Theologian and a Therapist on the Transgender Debate (Part 11) *Editor’s Note: The previous articles in our series “On Gender and the Bible” have asked what the Bible says about God’s purposes for creating men and women and how those purposes can be lived out in the church and home. This is Part 11 in our series exploring what the Bible says about gender. Here... Photo of Darren WilliamsonPhoto of Ellen Radcliff
This Pastor Doesn’t Know the Sky Is Falling. Is He Right? I recently took an afternoon to hang out with a pastor friend of mine. Nice guy. But the impression he left me with as I got on the highway to head back home was that his ministry, though effective, was missing something I had come to expect from conversations with other Christians in 2021. What... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
What Is the Result of Disciple Making? This is Question #4 discussed in Disciple Making: The Core Mission of the Church, by Bobby Harrington and Scott Sager. Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Scott Sager
Gardening and Spiritual Growth Last year I built a 4’ x 8’ raised garden bed in the backyard. Other than watching countless YouTube videos of people discussing their secret soil formulas and watering schedules, I talked to my good friend and mentor Danny for advice. Danny grew up on a farm and always had a flourishing garden. His backyard... Photo of Joshua BranhamJoshua Branham
Why Is Disciple Making the Core Mission of the Church? This is Question #3 discussed in Disciple Making: The Core Mission of the Church, by Bobby Harrington & Scott Sager. Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Scott Sager
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