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7 Lessons from Acts for the Church Today In the face of unique challenges, it’s encouraging to return to timeless lessons from Acts which teach us our DNA as Christians. In this article, Tina Wilson, pastor’s wife and church planter, walks through the early chapters of Acts and guides us on a tour of what we can learn from these early Christians. Come... Photo of Tina WilsonTina Wilson
Three Things We Learn About Making Disciples from Shodankeh Johnson *Editor’s Note: Shodankeh Johnson is an international disciple making movement leader in West Africa. Come hear him speak at the Renew.org Gathering in Nashville on October 4. His talk will be on “Hard Conversations with God.”  A number of disciple makers have profoundly impacted my ministry over the last three years. Shodankeh Johnson in West... Photo of Matt DabbsMatt Dabbs
Bible Verses About Race: An Exploration of What the Bible Really Teaches If you’re looking for Bible verses about race, you’re in for a surprise: race isn’t a category we find in the Bible. Even though there are genealogies which explain where various ethnicities come from, all people trace back to the same pair of humans, created by God in his image to display his glory. The... Photo of Ronnie RoseRonnie Rose
Stuck in the Urgent, Sacrificing the Future As an avid sports fan, I always enjoy it when each sport approaches draft season. Draft season is a time when professional teams assess which young players they can add to their roster to improve their team. Athleticism, talent, attitude, work ethic, and sports IQ are measured and evaluated. Throughout the process, there is one... Photo of Matt StiegerMatt Stieger
Why Do We Study History? A Christian’s Perspective Why do we study history? When we are ignorant of the past, we tend to treat past beliefs as outdated and irrelevant, no matter how wise, and to uncritically accept present trends as good and true, no matter how foolish. Ozark Christian College Professor of History Rick Cherok, PhD, shares his thoughts on why we... Photo of Rick CherokRick Cherok
Philosophy Questions: Where Does Morality Come From? Where does morality come from? Some will answer that morality comes from humans as we learn what works and doesn’t work for society. Others answer that morality is grounded in the nature of a moral God who has planted his moral law in our hearts. The Christian perspective is that morality derives from God’s nature... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Politics Is the New Religion *Editor’s Note: It can be difficult knowing how to navigate both being a disciple of Jesus and having strong political convictions which put you at odds with political convictions of other Christians. How do you have political preferences without them crowding out, or coopting, your main allegiance to Jesus? In this article, two senior church... Photo of Bobby HarringtonPhoto of Paul Huyghebaert
Sex at the End of the World In Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World, sex has been completely removed from any traditional constraints. Sex literally has nothing to do with procreation or love. In fact, these things are seen as dangerous, backward, and uncivilized. Sex must be love-less, child-less, and meaning-less. Children are taught to experiment from a very young age in order... Photo of Chad RagsdaleChad Ragsdale
Bible Verses About Money & 10 Questions That Follow There are surprisingly numerous Bible verses about money. What does the Bible teach about money? Biblical teachings on money emphasize our need to steward it wisely and never let it become more important than it is. We are encouraged to love God and people, never money. Money should be used as a tool to help... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
God’s Love Is…Better Than What We Typically Want Some people think that God’s love is a green light to do and be whatever they deeply feel they should do and be. Yet is that what God’s love is according to the Bible? Although people often want God to love them by affirming and even ignoring their decisions, the love of God in the... Photo of Jim FrechJim Frech
Good Pastor, Bad Parent Katy Perry. Alice Cooper. Jessica Simpson. The Jonas Brothers. What do all these have in common? They are all pastor’s kids. Why do so many pastor’s kids turn out weird or wild? You’ve probably met someone who fits one of the two opposite stereotypes. The first caricature is the sheltered Christian. This child can quote... Photo of Joshua BranhamJoshua Branham
Summary of Colossians: Understanding the Basics of Colossians in the Bible Here’s a short summary of Colossians: Colossians was written by the apostle Paul to teach the Colossian church that Jesus is all they need to experience the fullness of God. Someone had infiltrated the church and was deceiving them into thinking that they needed to add Jewish rituals, harsh treatment of their body, and mystical... Photo of John WhittakerJohn Whittaker
Sermon on the Mount: Treasure in Heaven In English, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21), almost sounds redundant. We use the word “treasure” to mean something we care about (e.g., “Those kids are my treasure”). But talking about our “heart” also points to things we care about. So Jesus would be saying, “The things you care... Photo of Jeremy BaconJeremy Bacon
What Does the Bible Say About Cremation? A Thoughtful Exploration of a Hot Topic What does the Bible say about cremation? The Bible includes three references to cremation, compared to hundreds of references to burial, the dominant form of post-mortem care in the Old and New Testaments. The Bible depicts the physical body as part of God’s good creation as well as something God will restore in the final... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Grandma’s Last Amazing Grace: Reflections on How a Christian Dies We knew the call would come but even so, it was a hard call to take. “Grandma is not doing good at all. She is struggling to breath. You should come as soon as you can.” I’m sure it was a hard call, as well, for my sister Becca to make. I told her that... Photo of Ken ShackelfordKen Shackelford
Story of the Bible: Scripture’s Storyline in 7 Steps What is the story of the Bible, and why is it important? The story of the Bible starts with God creating the world and ends with God recreating it after the destruction caused when humans choose self-rule over God-rule. The central character in this story is Jesus Christ.  To understand the Bible, it is helpful... Photo of Bobby HarringtonBobby Harrington
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