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Facts, Faith, Feelings, and Rhett & Link’s Deconversion (Here’s Part 1 and Part 2 in this series.)  As I listened to Rhett’s Spiritual Deconstruction, it became abundantly clear that logic played a central role. One section of Rhett’s story is particular insightful in this regard: “I had placed a lot of faith, not just in God, but in these people who helped me... Photo of Luke GrayLuke Gray
The Things You Can’t Control So I’m sitting on a plane with a group of minister friends and my wife. A few minutes before the plane takes off, my wife and I pray. We pray for the trip ahead, but we pray especially for the safety of the flight. The engines begin to roar and the plane begins its taxi... Photo of Anthony WalkerAnthony Walker
Relationship and Rhett & Link’s Deconversion (For Part 1 of this series, click here.)  Rhett starts his story by asserting the validity of his relationship with Jesus, saying, “I believed Jesus was the Son of God, that a personal relationship was the only way to be saved, the only way to go to heaven when you die. And this belief defined... Photo of Luke GrayLuke Gray
Young and Married During a recent Uber ride from my hotel to the Tampa airport while at a pharmacy conference, I got into a conversation with my driver about marriage. He asked how old I was, and when I answered “Twenty-three,” he continued on to say, “When you start dating seriously in a few years–” but I cut... Photo of Savannah CunninghamSavannah Cunningham
Pastoring through a Pandemic This feels like we’re experiencing a biblical plague. Well, maybe it’s not a plague, but it is a difficult time for church members and leaders alike. I awoke this morning to emails from a restaurant that I frequent and a mall I’ve visited. Both assured me that they are stepping up efforts to sanitize bathrooms,... Photo of Ralph MooreRalph Moore
Lamenting and Learning from Rhett & Link’s Deconversion Over the last few days, I’ve become engrossed in the YouTubers Rhett and Link’s spiritual deconstruction narratives. While I can’t claim to have been a fan of their channel, Good Mythical Morning, I’ve been well aware who they are and seen random videos shared online for many years. However, because of their ties to Campus... Photo of Luke GrayLuke Gray
An Untossable Faith I hadn’t been to the beach in years. Until, at long last, we took our first college tour. We were so close—we just had to make the detour, to bury our toes in the sand. The sight . . . the sound . . . the smell . . . the first sensations brought back... Photo of Debbra StephensDebbra Stephens
Virtual Services – 10 Tips for Highest Impact In light of Covid-19 restrictions, how do you do virtual church effectively? Christian Ray Flores, a Renew.org founding member, is both church planter and expert marketer. Here, Christian gives 10 helpful tips on how to do online church with highest… Photo of Christian Ray FloresChristian Ray Flores
The Power of Reading the Bible with Brothers Church leader and adjunct history professor Michael Patterson reflects back on his early years in college. It was there that God reached out and changed the trajectory of Michael’s life. See from these snapshots of disciple making how God can redirect lives through brothers in Christ.  Usually in life, when we reach the point of... Photo of Michael PattersonMichael Patterson
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The Stewardship of Suffering Grieving is sort of like finding yourself stranded on Mars. Imagine being spit out of a spaceship, tumbling onto the lonely surface of a hostile planet, facing a barren and treacherous landscape as far as the eye can see. As far as the heart can know. Grief is much like that, except a lot less... Photo of Bonnie BlaylockBonnie Blaylock
Peddle The wine merchant of ancient times had a reputation somewhere between that of a used-car salesman and a dope peddler. He eagerly hawked his merchandise in the marketplace, promising an ample measure of the finest quality wine. In truth, his product was usually watered down and adulterated, measured out in false measure to make a... Photo of Kenny BolesKenny Boles
Meet Your Mentors in Exile Christianity from the beginning existed on the margins. It didn’t start out the state religion of Rome or the favored spirituality of the Greco-Roman cultural elite. Since then, it’s true that there have been long stretches in which Christianity has enjoyed favored status in various civilizations. However, a good metaphor for Christianity in Western culture... Photo of Jon SherwoodJon Sherwood
When Christians Forget They’re Christians on Facebook Often when I speak publicly on the issues of homosexuality and the church, Christian family values and biblical sexual ethics, I feel like I am in a lose-lose situation. Doing so leaves me open to a host of stereotypes and positions me squarely against the cultural norms that prevail in our society today. And it... Photo of Guy HammondGuy Hammond
Don’t Even Think About Discipleship Until You’re Doing This First Discipleship. You’ve heard the word tossed around quite a bit lately and you’re probably wondering just what it takes to get involved in this kind of relationship. Should you ask your pastor for help? Is there a podcast you can listen to, a blog you can read for answers, or maybe a “Discipleship for Dummies”... Photo of Joanne KraftJoanne Kraft
Relearning How to Reach the Unreached My family and I had the honor of serving the Black Tai people, a mountain tribe in NW Vietnam. Brave Pioneers had already been working on the translation of the Bible in the Black Tai language for 40 years and they finished up the translation the year we went. As we spent time with the... Photo of James BardJames Bard
Tornados and Grace In the early morning hours of March 3, 2020, a storm swept through middle Tennessee, spawning deadly tornados which killed dozens. In 2011, another tornado mowed into Joplin, MO, where Randy Gariss ministered at College Heights Christian Church. As a… Photo of Randy GarissRandy Gariss
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