Religious Life on the High Seas
An interview with Stephen Berry about faith and seafaring when the world traveled mostly by ship.
One of our strangest holidays is today, international “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” While the history of this strange excuse to bandy about terms like “yardarm,” “mainsail,” and “shiver me
Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated.
Christian tradition finds meaning in each of these mysterious monikers.
Early Church; Middle Ages; Reformation; Early Modern; Modern. Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It's Complicated. Christian tradition finds meaning in each of these mysterious monikers.
Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You
Pastors and churches mix patriotism and worship around July 4th.
the intent. However, as a pastor at churches I serve, we have not made a major practice of emphasizing patriotic holidays during worship services. We
What role might holidays (holy days) and habits play in shaping the person we are becoming? This week, reflect on these and other critical themes using these five devotional readings.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Friendsmas
The holidays can be hard. Don’t spend them alone.
Opinion | Pop Culture. Have Yourself a Merry Little Friendsmas. The holidays can be hard. Don't spend them alone. But life is not a Hallmark movie, and sometimes the holidays hurt.
In God We Trust
Do we really think about what "God" Americans trust?
From the Pledge of Allegiance claim that we are one nation under God, to Christian-related federal holidays, to the swearing in of Presidents with a hand upon the Bible, to the packed
A Christmas Guide To Family Worship
This Christmas season, how might we lead our families to remember Jesus?
Many Christmas carols contain rich expressions of the biblical themes you'll be highlighting throughout the holidays, and they have the added benefit of being familiar and easy to sing.
How Discipleship Is Transforming Nairobi, One Woman at a Time
Women in urban East Africa face challenges that are both unique and universal.
As I listened to her story, I felt prompted to ask her to join our family for the holidays. She jumped up with an enthusiastic Yes! and with joy, I opened my heart and home to her.
New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas
What do Americans think about the Christian part of the Christmas season?
With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays" the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, and other such traditions, many have felt as though we've been committing
Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?
How historic congregations grapple with Confederate legacy.
the racial reconciliation and social justice movements within the church, the potential exists to tell another story, just as universities like Georgetown are adding holidays and memorials
Morning Roundup 7/20/15
Early Church Government; God and America; Fuller and Me
After all, a great number of evangelical churches hold patriotic-themed services on or around holidays such as the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.
This Odd American Holiday
What the strange beauty of Thanksgiving has taught us about dependence
Our other national holidays either come laden with controversy (consider the secular/sacred divide of Christmas and Easter, or the liberal/conservative skirmishes over Columbus Day
Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.
Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the next generation… at least this year. We work hard to create and maintain family traditions, especially around the holidays.
Here’s What Happens When Christmas Falls on a Sunday
Just 1 in 10 churches will cancel worship services this December 25.
Christmas. Many of those who don't go usually to church are open to an invitation during the holidays, according to previous LifeWay Research studies.