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Jon Sherwood Jon Sherwood strives to treat people with respect and dignity while expressing his heartfelt beliefs about Jesus and the Christian faith. He is the lead minister of Asheville Church in North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Florida and Athens Institute of Ministry, Jon founded the Columbia School of Ministry in 2016. He is married to Brittany and has two children. He loves the outdoors and good coffee.
Pain and the Necessity of Pruning Have you ever felt like your life was being chopped away at the roots by a dull axe? Yeah, me too. If we are honest, I think for many of us we have felt like that more this past year than ever before. Social unrest and social distancing, presidential and political upheaval, viruses and vaccines,... Jon Sherwood
What Are Christians Doing on Social Media? How are you representing Jesus on social media? Now, there is a lot of good that can be done through social media. There’s a lot of damage that can be done, too. Especially when it comes to politics, social media is fraught with temptations and dangers for the disciple of Jesus. There have been times... Jon Sherwood
4 Creative Ways Churches are Serving Their Communities How does a church step up and serve its hurting community when restricted by social distancing? Here are four creative snapshots of church leaders getting creative for the sake of their communities. The “Dollar Club” Sy Huffer, College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO Each week, we are asking everyone to give $1 per family...
A Call to Pastors: Don’t Run In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its continued spread in the United States, the debate is raging about which is going to end up being worse: the death toll from the virus or the economic repercussions from rising unemployment and social distancing practices. It is in this context that I want to call... Jon Sherwood
Coronavirus: What Christians Need to Know In my context, the eminent threat of the coronavirus (what the World Health Organization has deemed a world wide pandemic, and now President Trump has declared a national emergency for the United States) has caused a wide spectrum of reactions. Everything from the visceral hoarding and stockpiling of toilet paper and other goods (so the... Jon Sherwood
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... Jon Sherwood
The Seasonal Nature of Discipling Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun.” The longer I live life, the more I find this to be true. This made me think about the concept of “discipling” and how often in my spiritual context and culture, discipling is looked at as a... Jon Sherwood
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood I remember watching Mr. Rogers when I was a kid in the 80’s. I wasn’t an ardent fan, and there was something about the show that as I grew older seemed really hokey and fake to me. That was long before I became a Christian. Now my children and I throughly enjoy Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.... Jon Sherwood
Review of Rob Bell’s What Is the Bible “Just let the Bible be whatever it is.” But just what is the Bible? What is the Bible? This is a vitally important question. Rob Bell is a famous American author, pastor, and “a singular rock star in the church world” (according to Time Magazine, who also named him among the most influential 100 people... Jon Sherwood
My Decade as a Born-Again Virgin & Why the World Doesn’t Understand Sex As I approach 40, I have watched far too many of my peers go through tragic affairs, divorce, and the separation and destruction of families that change the landscape of children’s lives forever. Being a child of divorce myself, I am now reflecting on what I learned during my decade as a “born-again virgin.” A... Jon Sherwood
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
Book Review: Braving The Future, Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech by Douglas Estes Is VR church a bad thing? What about having a microchip brain implant as a Christian? As Christians, should we endorse gene editing in order to help eradicate disease? What about to give our children the eye color we prefer? “When you start editing the code of life, where do you stop? Are we soon... Jon Sherwood
Loneliness in Ministry The apostle Paul was a great missionary, sometimes traveling with companions and being imprisoned for their faith (Acts 16:25), and sometimes isolated and alone. Listen as Paul describes his loneliness to Timothy: Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has... Jon Sherwood