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New Testament Creeds: A Strong Case for the Gospels The New Testament does not quote only from the Old Testament. It also quotes pre-New Testament creeds which describe early Christian doctrine. Scholars recognize several of these creedal passages.[1] All creedal material embedded in the New Testament predates the texts within which it finds itself. The author uses these creeds for a couple reasons: first,... Photo of Brett SeyboldBrett Seybold
You Can’t Make Disciples until You Make This Shift It’s fascinating to me that two people can experience the same thing in opposite ways. For instance, one person might hear a sermon and say, “That was the best message I’ve ever heard,” while someone else will say, “I didn’t get anything out of it.” We hear this in churches all the time. Things like…... Photo of Neil ReynoldsNeil Reynolds
Could the Disciples Have Been Hallucinating When They Saw the Risen Jesus? Renew partner Zach Breitenbach recently published an article in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society called “A New Argument that Collective Hallucinations Do Not Adequately Account for the Group Appearances of Jesus in the Gospels.” Recently, I was able to interview Zach about his new argument against the theory that the post-resurrection appearances were... Photo of Zach BreitenbachPhoto of Daniel McCoy
Behind the Curtain: How God Built a Missionary Family into a Family of Missionaries “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5). I remember, as a teen, meandering behind my parents as they journeyed from the church pew, up the... Photo of Luke GrayLuke Gray
How Do You Remain Faithful to God When Life Has Been Terrible to You? (Part 1) When I worked in adult education, I traveled to a state director’s meeting. On the morning of the meeting, I sat there listening to our speaker in a room that had amphitheater seating with desks in each row. Suddenly, I got this very warm sensation trickling down my back. I heard the man behind me... Photo of Julia MartinJulia Martin
Mark Moore on Life, Legacy, and Core 52 “Until a man or woman gets more joy out of another’s success, then the whole talk of legacy is empty words.” Listen in on Daniel’s conversation with pastor-scholar Mark Moore. Photo of Mark MoorePhoto of Daniel McCoy
Untangling Addictions with Marcus De Carvalho   This will conclude the second season of the Renew Church Leader’s Podcast. Join Dave and Jason as they listen to Dr. De Carvalho’s talk from last year’s Renew Gathering. You may be surprised at the new learnings regarding how… Photo of Marcus De Carvalho, M.D.Marcus De Carvalho, M.D.
Trans (Part 2 of 5) Brandon has struggled with transgender issues since early childhood and, prior to becoming a disciple, he lived as a woman for six years. Since becoming a disciple of Jesus, he has lived as a man, and his experiences have enabled him to encourage many of his brothers and sisters in Christ and help those who... Photo of Brandon RedlerBrandon Redler
What if Your City Had a Lower Percentage of Christians Than North Korea? *Editor’s Note: The following is a previously written article which Matthew has updated for Renew readers. We hope you find it helpful. Lower % of Christians than North Korea? As some of you know, Utah County, Utah, is less than 1% Christian (0.49%). That’s a lower percentage of Christians than Iraq (3.0%) or North Korea... Photo of Matthew AndersonMatthew Anderson
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Is Anxiety Interfering in Your Relationship with God? “Am I doing enough to please God?” “Am I a good enough person to get into heaven?” These are some common worries that many Christians face and admit experiencing on a regular basis. We are told as a body of believers we should fear the Lord our God. And, yes, we should fear the Lord... Photo of Andrew HaworthAndrew Haworth
Advice for Scholars Who Are Trying to Remain Faithful to Christ Retired New Testament professor Kenny Boles reflects on how he entered the world of scholarship, and gives advice on how to remain a scholar who is faithful to Jesus.   Photo of Kenny BolesPhoto of Daniel McCoy
3 Lessons I Learned from Norman Geisler One of the greatest Christian apologists of our lifetime has finished his task. To me, Norman Geisler (1932-2019) was a mentor, a co-author, and a friend. He passed into heaven on Monday morning, July 1. Can I tell you 3 lessons I learned from Norm? #1 – Aim Higher. Although Norm was not a Renew... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
What Happens When We Die Recently, I prayed with two men who were dying. Both were under Hosparus Care and were barely conscious. I reminded them of 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8 where believers are encouraged not to lose heart when facing death. The Apostle Paul wrote that though outwardly we waste away, inwardly we can be rejuvenated daily. Paul advised, “So... Photo of Bob RussellBob Russell
Eat Fresh Crow “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” – Proverbs 28:13 I was wrapping up class with the youth group one Wednesday evening, when I noticed one of the church’s elders heading directly for me. I could tell by the look on his face that we were about... Photo of Paul HuyghebaertPaul Huyghebaert
Your Shepherd’s Plan How does the Lord’s shepherding effect you? Today, where you are? Enjoy another Renew.org Features from Ozark Christian College. Photo of Jon KehrerJon Kehrer
Tired of Living as Predictably as a Facebook Advertisement? Headlines were buzzing with the announcement. Facebook had introduced a new metric that would significantly revamp their algorithms. I imagined shifty eyes of a techie scouring screens, pounding out a complicated formula on lettered keys. Crouched in shadows, beyond a labyrinth of cubicles, programming bits to track our every cyber-click. Or is my overactive imagination... Photo of Debbra StephensDebbra Stephens
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