Matters of Trust: A Crisis of Crumbling Authority “Trust me.” Once upon a time, that phrase inspired confidence. Perhaps it seems hard to imagine, but less than 50 years ago, people turned to doctors, teachers, ministers, the police, and broadcasters on early networks for reliable information and reassurance. Walter Cronkite, the renowned CBS news anchor during the ’60s and ’70s, used to sign... Bonnie Blaylock
3 Keys for Training Your Kids for Lifelong Faithfulness I recently read a blog post that made these statements: “We are experiencing a rise in the unpopularity of our Christian beliefs,” and “Parents with Bible-grounded beliefs will have trouble passing along the faith to kids who are being discipled by a secular culture.” I believe the author’s conclusions are correct on several levels, especially... Gordon Thompson
A Framework for Having a Daily, Consistent Quiet Time When it comes to making disciples, or being discipled yourself, one of the first questions that usually comes up is the question of a daily quiet time with God. What does it look like to pray every day? How can I begin to get into Scripture every day? This is a new discipline for many,... Stan Rodda
A Leadership Training Manual on Avoiding the Ditches *Editor’s Note: We will be giving away a copy of An Authentic Experience to each registrant at the Renew.org Gathering on October 15, in Franklin, TN. Here is why it is an important resource for us to feature. [Click HERE to learn more about the Gathering.] We at Renew.org are convinced that disciple making is...
Jesus, Suicide, and Our Lowest Points September is national suicide and prevention awareness month. This article will kick off a series of articles at Renew.org that will examine mental health issues from a Biblical point of view. Discipleship will also be a major focus of this series as I look to shine a light on a subset of our society that... William Butt
Don’t Let Your Faith Be Contradicted by Your Posts The power and navigation of social media in the 21st century is incredible. At the disposal of our devices, we have numerous ways to stay in touch with hundreds of millions of people, regardless of where they may live, who they are or which race, religion, sexual orientation, or characteristic and opinion they might otherwise... Daniel C. Berk
Good Leaders Don’t Rush God King David was no stranger to seasons of waiting. From his marathon-long coronation which included years of fleeing from King Saul to the years it took to finally establish a unified kingdom in Israel, much of David’s early life was lived waiting for the uncertainty of the world around him to settle. One could describe... Daniel Koch
On Gender and the Bible: Can Women Be Elders? (Part 5) “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.” —Helen Keller. “It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through, no right, no wrong, no rules...
When the World’s All Wrong…Persevere It is easy to make a decision, to commit oneself to a course of action. It is much harder to stick to that decision when challenges arise or roadblocks obstruct our path. I can think of numerous examples of this in my own life. I remember when I was in the third grade, I wanted... Julia Martin
Letter to a Parent of a College Student Dear parents of college students: This fall is significant to me in two ways in that it is the first fall in twenty-two years that I will not be welcoming college students to campus as a campus minister and because, after all those years of walking among other people’s kids, my own daughter is now... Chris Buxton
The Inspiration of the Old Testament Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian during the first century AD discussed the Hebrew Scriptures in the time of Jesus in an apologetic work written against a non-Jew named Apion. Josephus writes about the superiority of the Hebrew Scriptures over pagan writings in his work, Against Apion (1.8). For example, Josephus argues in this defense of...
A Simple Way to Share the Gospel Mortality is on the news and in our minds in a way we haven’t experienced for a while. While it has always been true that everybody dies, there is nothing like a viral disease to expose our fragility. There are going to be quiet times—away from the stocking up and checking up on 401Ks—when people... Daniel McCoy
Reasons for Church Decline in the West *Editor’s Note: Recently, Dr. Carol Swain interviewed Dr. Bobby Harrington on her podcast Be the People. They talked about the post-Christian trajectory we are experiencing in the US, as well as the need for Renew.org in these confusing times. This is the second of two articles excerpted from their conversation. For Part 1, click here. ...
Is a Late Canon Bad News for Bible-Believers? Canon comes from a Greek word meaning “rule” or “standard.” Christians use the word canon to describe the authoritative books which make up our Bible. These books are our rule and standard. To review from the previous article, we don’t find all 27 books being labeled by the church as the definitive New Testament until... Brett Seybold
On Gender and the Bible: Does God Allow Women Preachers in 1 Timothy 2? (Part 4) This is another in-depth post where we examine what the Word of God teaches about men and women in the church. This the fourth installment and it is focused on the vitally important teaching of 1 Timothy 2. We will continue to engage with John Mark Hicks’s book, Women Serving God: My Journey in Understanding...
Promise Keepers: Stand in the Gap *Editor’s Note: David Roadcup was one of the founding architects of Promise Keepers. In this series, David shares some of the amazing things God did through the movement. In mid-1995, Promise Keepers president Randy Phillips began discussing the idea of a great gathering of men in Washington, D.C. This day would be a special day... David Roadcup