On Gender and the Bible: Practical Advice by Complementarian Women for Local Churches (Part 7) “Change is at the heart of leadership because a leader’s job is to take people from where they are to where they need to be. You can’t do that without ushering in change.” –Carey Nieuwhof. For those who have followed this series of articles over the past weeks, you know that Renew upholds gender complementarity...
Grieving a Lost Life and a Lost Culture They say that statistically forty percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. I’ve cognitively known those numbers for a long time, but the funny thing about such statistics is that you never truly think you’ll be a part of them until you are. When my wife found out she was pregnant with our second child, she... Luke Gray
Q: What If My Kid Thinks the Bible Is Boring? What if my kid thinks the Bible is just a boring old book without any relevance to his life today? If we unpack that question a little bit, then we have to ask: Is it old-fashioned to love one another? Is it old-fashioned to treat each other the way we want to be treated? Is...
Learning a Grace-Filled Approach to Ministry: Hospitality I didn’t watch the presidential debate on September 29, 2020 between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. I don’t make it my aim to be uninformed, but truthfully I can only handle so much negativity. I don’t have Facebook on my phone. It’s not that I want to be disconnected from friends and family, but I... Corey Scott
Pursuing Revival Is Better than Impressing Crowds *Editor’s Note: Kelvin Teamer is the lead minister at Atlanta’s Bouldercrest Church of Christ. With mission work abroad and prayer and fasting at home, Bouldercrest has become an increasingly outward-focused, disciple making church. Here, he shares why being a disciple-making church is worth it, as well as some steps Bouldercrest is making toward that end. ... Kelvin Teamer
Life-Changing Paragraphs: A Paragraph That Kept Me in Ministry *Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles where I asked leaders to tell me a single paragraph they read which affected the trajectory of their lives. Q: What’s the backstory on how the paragraph impacted you? Maybe a dozen years ago, I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts having a conversation with a... Paul Huyghebaert
Sermon on the Mount: The Sermon’s Most Important Word The most important word for understanding the Sermon on the Mount is, believe it or not, “heaven.” I found this out by accident when I did a study on every time the Greek word (ouranos) is used in the New Testament. In the most basic sense, heaven is, first of all, where the birds fly... Jeremy Bacon
When the World’s All Wrong…Trust God How do we do what’s right in a world that’s all wrong? As we learn from the life of Daniel, we must set our minds, persevere in challenges, and, finally, we must trust God with the results. As a young man, Daniel the Hebrew was selected with some of his friends to be trained for... Julia Martin
When Am I Getting off Social Media? I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately from friends asking what I think about the documentary on Netflix about social media called “The Social Dilemma.” I don’t have the time right now to dedicate to a full review, so I’ll say simply that it is essential viewing. If you use social media at all, you... Chad Ragsdale
5 Questions for Bobby Harrington: A Renew.org Update *Editor’s Note: Renew.org will soon be three years old. We interviewed Bobby Harrington, one of the co-founders and the point leader of Renew.org on the progress of the network. Q: What is the most exciting thing about the Renew.org Network? The answer, hands down, is God’s provision. God has provided again, again, and again. Three years ago,... Bobby Harrington
Good News: You Will Have Trouble Good news: It appears that the church across the globe is on the rise. Depressing news: It appears that the church across the United States is on decline. It appears from the statistics that the American church is following the troubled trajectory of Europe and Canada—where fewer and fewer Christians raise their kids to love the church... Daniel McCoy
Can We Be a Unified Church in a Divided World? *Editor’s Note: I recently caught up with Renew.org Regional Director Marcos Mercado and asked him some questions about how we can help hold a church together during an incredibly polarizing 2020. How can our churches be characterized by unity in diversity, in a bitterly divided society during a deeply polarizing year? #1 – 2020 has... Marcos Mercado
America Is in a Spiritual War. Are You All-In or AWOL? Recently, Americans commemorated the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3000 in one day. When the World Trade towers were demolished, most Americans were shocked by what they interpreted as unprovoked attacks. They had no idea there were Muslim extremists who hated America so much they were plotting behind the... Bob Russell
On Gender and the Bible: What about Husbands and Wives? (Part 6) This is the sixth in a series of articles dealing with gender and the church. Previously, we engaged with John Mark Hicks’s book, Women Serving God, and Scot McKnight’s, Blue Parakeet. (See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.) This article focuses specifically on gender and marriage. While Paul honors and...
A Fatal Misstep in Addiction Recovery *Editor’s Note: Because addiction can disrupt our ability to submit to God and to love ourselves and others well, followers of Jesus do well to understand the subtle causes of addiction. The following is an excerpt from Renew.org resource Untangling Addiction, by Dr. Marcus De Carvalho, M.D. In previous articles, we’ve discussed how powerful addictive feelings can... Marcus De Carvalho, M.D.
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