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Itching Ears. Clement of Alexandria was fed up with the Sophists—the self-proclaimed wise teachers of the second century. He said they were enslaved to pleasures and chose to disbelieve; they laughed at the truth which is worthy of all reverence. They were “babbling away in their own jargon…greater chatterers than turtle-doves; scratching and tickling…the ears of those... Kenny Boles
Getting Found in the Shuffle I remember hearing stories of missionaries who would pack a coffin as they got on a boat and went across the sea, not knowing if they were going to come back. They’d send letters that would take months to arrive and hear back on. But the world has changed. Now we can travel anywhere on... Antonio Cruz
What a Lousy Dad Still Got Right (And We Can Too!) Editor’s Note: Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we would like to encourage the dads that, even in the midst of our imperfections, the Bible teaches us how to grow in our intentionality. By God’s grace, we can get this crucial step right . . . David was a good shepherd. He was a good... Daniel McCoy
Having Anxiety? Remember the Sabbath. And after the fire came a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12). It’s strange that I find myself drawn to water, considering that I almost drowned when I was five. I was exploring a field with my brother, took a false step, and found myself in another dimension: air was replaced by water, warmth with cold,... Luke Gray
Free Love (Reflections on Lukianoff & Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind – Part 3 of 3) “We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters I saw the above quote recently on Twitter along with the hashtag #academia. To... Chad Ragsdale
Book Review: Can Science Explain Everything by John Lennox John C. Lennox’s new book (released 2019) Can Science Explain Every Thing offers the Christian a power-packed apologetic punch in a short 125 pages. Highly accessible and easy to understand, this brief introductory apologetic work is an incredible asset for those just starting to venture into the world of apologetics, and a must read for... Jon Sherwood
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Starting a Discipleship Group The Quick Start Guide provides the key elements that you need to start a group. 7 steps to start a group. How to begin with depth and transparency. Study material for the group that is easily available from Amazon.com. A… Bobby Harrington
Would Jesus and the Apostles Use Online Marketing? As both a church leader (atxtribe.org) and a marketer (thirddrive.co/me), I have some perspective on both the importance of the impactful biblical teaching and the power of that teaching being amplified through well-implemented media strategy. Every week I speak to people who show up because they found us online. We baptize people whose first impression... Christian Ray Flores
4 Righteous Responses to Evil (and Which Ones Are in Our Job Description) “If I try and bend that far . . .” Tevye is a Hebrew milkman in czarist Russia with a snappy wife, five daughters, and very little money. We meet him in the delightful musical Fiddler on the Roof, where he explains that being a Jew in Russia is as precarious as trying to fiddle... Daniel McCoy
3 Healthy Ways to Handle Ministry Pressure Serving in ministry full-time, part-time, or even as a volunteer can be a daunting task. Constantly developing sermon series, teaching materials, leading or participating in staff meetings, board meetings, small group meetings (well, you get the idea). Not to mention dealing with numerous issues within the church. The litany of problems laid at your feet...
3 Truths about Fishing for People When Jesus spoke about His mission to His earliest followers, He said it this way to them in Matthew 4:19: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (ESV). For nearly 2000 years, that text has been read or quoted at one time or another in churches all across the globe. Millions of... Stan Rodda
The Lord is My Shepherd Why is the Lord called a shepherd? Why would an almighty, all powerful God choose to be a called a shepherd? With this post we begin a new series called Renew.org Features. This video is one in a series by… Jon Kehrer
6 Keys to a Culture of Evangelism Since its launch in 1982, Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), in Phoenix, Arizona, has had one consistent mission: win people to Christ, train believers to become disciples, and send disciples to impact the world. In 2018, CCV baptized 3,729 people. CCV’s culture of evangelism and disciple-making exists in large part because of the staff... Reggie Rice