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Why Is a New Birth Necessary? This is question #1 in Anessa Westbrook and Michael Strickland’s New Birth: Conversion and Baptism. Photo of Anessa WestbrookAnessa Westbrook
What Is Repentance and What Does It Look Like? *Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from New Birth: Conversion and Baptism.  In the first-century Jewish world, large numbers of people were drawn to the simple message of repentance. Both John the Baptist and Jesus preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). Mark 1:4 tells us that John... Photo of Anessa WestbrookPhoto of Michael Strickland
Which Is a Better Way to Grow Disciples: Vine-Ripened or Mass-Produced? When I was a boy, my dad and I grew a vegetable garden together every summer. Our tomatoes were amazing. Grown in nutrient-rich soil, staked, and ripened to deep-red, sunshine-infused perfection, it was love at first bite! Our tomatoes were never perfectly round or uniform in shape. Sometimes they were so ripe they would spontaneously... Photo of Jim TuneJim Tune
Introduction to New Birth: Conversion and Baptism Co-author Michael Strickland introduces New Birth: Conversion and Baptism and gives an overview of the book. Photo of Michael StricklandMichael Strickland
New Birth Author Q&A – Anessa Westbrook and Michael Strickland with Daniel McCoy Join Anessa Westbrook and Michael Strickland, authors of New Birth: Conversion and Baptism, and Daniel McCoy as they talk about the why, how, and when of baptism. Photo of Michael StricklandPhoto of Anessa Westbrook
Learning to Pray: Pause (Part 1 of P.R.A.Y.) Prayer is more challenging than we’d like to admit. At its most basic elements, prayer is having a conversation with God. Sounds easy enough. But what if you don’t know what to say? What if you never hear anything from God? What if you get distracted? It’s easy to see where things fall apart. We... Photo of Joshua BranhamJoshua Branham
Theological Differences, Respectful Debate: A Concluding Conversation with John Mark Hicks on Gender and the Bible *Editor’s Note: In our 12-article series on Gender and the Bible (summarized here), we interacted with biblical scholars with whom we found both agreement and disagreement. One of our primary interactions was with John Mark Hicks’s book Women Serving God: My Journey in Understanding Their Story in the Bible. Although there are significant disagreements we... Photo of Renew.orgRenew.org
How Should We Treat Those Who Disagree with Us? This is Question #5 in Chad Ragsdale’s Christian Convictions: Discerning the Essential, Important, and Personal Elements. Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
How Should We Treat Elements of Our Faith That Are Not Essential? This is Question #4 in Chad Ragsdale’s Christian Convictions: Discerning the Essential, Important, and Personal Elements. Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
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Permission to Say No to a Fight I’ve been a Phoenix Suns fan ever since the early 90s. And, yes, I’ve always been bitter that Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls beat them in the ’93 NBA Finals. This year, for the first time since ’93, the Suns returned to the Finals, this time to face the Milwaukee Bucks. In the middle of the... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
When You Face Criticism in Ministry We live in an era where basically everyone feels free and justified in sharing their opinions even when they are negative. For example, if they don’t like a product they purchased, they can leave a negative Amazon review. If they think a particular politician or company needs to be exposed for wrongdoing, they can share... Photo of Michael PattersonMichael Patterson
What Are the Essentials of Biblical Christianity? This is Question #3 in Chad Ragsdale’s Christian Convictions: Discerning the Essential, Important, and Personal Elements. Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
Does Hebrews Teach We Can Lose Our Salvation? (Part 3) *Editor’s Note: Can Christians lose their salvation–or were they never true Christians to begin with? This is Part 3 of a series dealing with these questions and exploring our eternal security as Christians. For Part 1 (“Are We Eternally Secure or Must We Have Faithful Faith?”), click here. For Part 2 (“Can a Christian Lose... Photo of Bobby HarringtonBobby Harrington
Christian Convictions: Discerning the Essential, Important, and Personal Elements A CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO THE MOST CENTRAL ELEMENTS OF OUR FAITH If the Bible’s teachings were a target, which teachings would be at its bullseye? And what elements of faith are non-essential matters of personal preference? Christians unable to tell… Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
Holy Spirit: Filled, Empowered, and Led AN INVITATION TO LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD YOUR LIFE Imagine you were given the choice between two doors: one marked “The Study of the Holy Spirit” and the other “The Holy Spirit Is Here.” Which door would you choose?… Photo of David YoungDavid Young
Is Baptism a “Bullseye Belief”? *Editor’s Note: Chad Ragsdale wrote the following blog after the release of his Renew.org’s book, Christian Convictions: Discerning the Essential, Important, and Personal Elements. For a full discussion on baptism—and the Renew.org perspective—see the book Baptism: What the Bible Teaches by Tony Twist, David Young, and Bobby Harrington. See also the forthcoming New Birth: Conversion and Baptism... Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
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