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dead leaf Faith without Works Is Dead? What does it mean that faith without works is dead? Having faith in Jesus means that we believe what he says, trust in him to save us, and follow him as king. If we don’t trust him enough to follow him, it means our faith isn’t a living faith. It’s dead.  “Faith without works is... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Who is Joining Renew.org Network and Why? The RENEW.org Network was launched five years ago as a renewal movement for those who prize following the lordship of Jesus through Scripture. With Scripture as our guiding and final authority, we articulated a faith statement to give everyone unity and clarity on the beliefs and direction we are pursuing as a network (see our... Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Jerry HarrisPhoto of Shodankeh JohnsonPhoto of David YoungPhoto of Orpheus J. HeywardPhoto of Reese Neyland
Discipling Children: Protecting the Future (Part 3) This is the final installment in a three-part series on parenting, outlining three phases of discipleship in our children. Plant the Seeds: Discipleship by Planting Seeds of Stability Provide for the Plant: Discipleship by Supportive Relationships & Training Protect the Future: Discipleship by Influence In the first article, I described the first stage of parenting,... Photo of Renée SprolesRenée Sproles
The Sin of Greed: Money & the Protestant Reformation How destructive is the sin of greed? Greed is an attitude that craves more and more and can never find enough. Colossians 3:5 equates greed with idolatry, so that should put to rest the debate whether Christians today can be tempted by idols. People are infinitely more important than things, yet, in the pursuit of... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Sermon on the Mount: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged? Judge not lest ye be judged. In the larger flow of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ command to “Judge not” (Matt. 7:1-6) seems to come out of nowhere. Here are my best guesses for why it’s included at this point in the sermon. First, in the same way that Deuteronomy seems loosely structured around... Photo of Jeremy BaconJeremy Bacon
A Psalm of Thanksgiving: Reflections on Psalm 18 / 2 Samuel 22 A psalm of thanksgiving is a worship song which expresses gratitude for what God has done. In this article, we will reflect on the psalm of thanksgiving we call “Psalm 18.” In addition to being the longest psalm of David, Psalm 18 (also found in 2 Samuel 22) is the longest psalm of thanksgiving. In... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
papered over wall Why Is the World So Messed Up? Why is the world so messed up? The world is broken because the first humans—and every human since—rebelled against their Maker. By seizing autonomy from God, we have upset the intended order of things and brought evil into the world and death upon ourselves. But in this broken world, we are given a great and... Photo of Gavin AndrewsGavin Andrews
What is RENEW.org Network? RENEW.org network is a collaborative community of church leaders, churches, and disciples of Jesus who rally together around the DNA of a clear biblical theology and the mission of being and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Mission – to renew the teachings of Jesus to fuel disciple making Vision – a collaborative network equipping millions... Photo of Renew.orgRenew.org
Making a 10,000-Year Difference As summer was wrapping up and churches were ramping up for fall, I heard a couple of sermons challenging the church to make a difference in their communities. The question that often arises is, “If our church were to close tomorrow, would our community even miss us?” I think that is a fair question for... Photo of Rowlie HuttonRowlie Hutton
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Thankful for the RENEW.org Network Thanksgiving Day is almost here. And not a moment too soon! After enduring an exhausting, confusing, and sometimes maddening election cycle, Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to pivot—to reframe our thoughts and settle our emotions. It’s a season to celebrate the blessings in our lives, especially God, family, friends, and food! I have the privilege of... Photo of Mike RosserMike Rosser
Why the Flood? Isn’t it a little funny that we often use the walls of church nurseries to paint the most extreme portrait of God’s wrath to date? The Genesis Flood. Of course, the paintings themselves are cheerful. Above the water, you’ve got smiling pairs of animal soul mates and a grandfatherly Noah smiling through his footlong beard,... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
The Devil Wears Sweatpants We love to be comfortable. It’s easy; it’s convenient; it’s killing us. Comfort can be a great thing in the moment. But it can have terrible side effects. It promises ease but prolongs misery. That’s why God calls us to be uncomfortable. Biblical Theology Many Old Testament characters are called to an uncomfortable life of... Photo of Bob TurnerBob Turner
Designing and Proposing a Women’s Ministry Figuring out how to define women’s ministry can be tricky. As a term, most people have heard “women’s ministry” used but may not have given it much thought. Is women’s ministry what women do in the church? Is it ministry to women? Or a combination of both? What is the purpose of women’s ministry? Women’s... Photo of Anessa WestbrookAnessa Westbrook
Walk by Faith, Not Sight: What It Means, What It Doesn’t What does it mean to walk by faith, not sight (2 Cor. 5:7)? It’s common to think that, as inspiring as the phrase sounds, walking by faith would make a person unintelligent, sheltered, and aloof. The truth is, walking by faith means being perceptive, resilient, and engaged. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, the apostle Paul says,... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
The Definition of Holiness & How to Live It Today What is the definition of holiness? Holiness is the divine dimension that exists in every single thing ever created. Using the language of Colossians 1:16-17, holiness describes everything’s divine origin (“through God”), everything’s divine purpose (“for God”), everything’s divine place in the universe (“before God”), and everything’s divine construction (“holds together in God”). How can... Photo of David YoungDavid Young
God Is My Strength: Reflections on God’s Faithfulness During a Dark Time “The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like deer’s feet, And has me walk on my high places.” (Hab. 3:19, NASB) How was your high school experience? I did not enjoy mine at all. I was bullied over my skin color and disparaged by my teachers for not being as smart as... Photo of Rahel bint YounasRahel bint Younas
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