Churches That Play Together Stay Together
Pastors report the congregational gains of letting loose as a body.
“Our congregation is experiencing some growing edges as younger families begin to assume leadership roles,” said Katie Nix, lead pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Moberly
Opinion | Church
Why Augustine’s ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment Tells an Incomplete Story
The same church father who experienced a radical turn to faith also preached a gospel of continual conversion.
Opinion | Church. Why Augustine's Incomplete Story. The same church father who experienced a radical turn to faith also preached a gospel of continual conversion.
Opinion | Sexuality
The Church Made Vagina Sculptures Long Before Nadia Bolz-Weber
But early Christian yonic art symbolized baptism, not free sex.
Opinion | Sexuality. The Church Made Vagina Sculptures Long Before Nadia Bolz-Weber. But early Christian yonic art symbolized baptism, not free sex. The church has you covered.
Opinion | Discipleship
I Inherited a Failed Sunday School. Here’s How It Flourished
Four counterintuitive keys to successful discipleship.
There's no way, we thought. How can you get children to come back to a church that has nothing for them? Suddenly, the church began to fill up with children.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Bible’s Best Description of Salvation Is a Phrase We Rarely Use
How Paul points the way to a fresh way of seeing faith.
I had learned about Scripture, but it made so much more sense of commands that I obeyed but didn't really understand—like getting baptized, going to church, taking communion.
Opinion | Discipleship
Your Plan B Is Still God’s Plan A
What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision.
Your Plan B Is Still God's Plan A. What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision. Our vision for the church was to welcome people with disabilities.
CT Women’s Top 10 Articles of 2018
Why being ‘spiritual’ is never enough, how Kate Bowler experienced Christ in her cancer, and 10 lessons from same-sex abuse inside the church.
Why being 'spiritual' is never enough, how Kate Bowler experienced Christ in her cancer, and 10 lessons from same-sex abuse inside the church. Her church supports her story.
Prison Was My First Pulpit
Linda Barkman was incarcerated after the man she lived with murdered her toddler. But she turned hardship into ministry.
Who first gave you your first leadership experience? He helped grow me up in the Lord and made me an elder in that church. I had credibility with all of the chaplains after that.
For Christian Women, Persecution Looks Like Rape
Around the globe, female followers of the faith suffer sexual violence, forced marriage, forced abortions, travel bans, and trafficking.
“This counter-cultural response is so crucial to both the resiliency and the witness of the church in the midst of persecution that Open Doors is developing a program to systematically
Opinion | Discipleship
Why ‘Passing on the Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home.
Young adults often leave the church after high school. Most commonly, church leaders and parents use the language of “passing on the faith.” I hear it everywhere.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
For someone who sold millions of books, translated into multiple languages, his funeral was a wonderfully ordinary affair: a small, local church with fraying red carpet, a local slightly-wet
Opinion | Pop Culture
Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle, and Plagiarism Problems
“Girl, Stop Apologizing” strikes a chord with women. But its message of success hits the wrong note and borrows heavily from others.
As Hollis writes in Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (HarperCollins Leadership), “you can be whoever you want to be and achieve
Opinion | Sexuality
What I Learned from Same-Sex Abuse Inside the Church
My church mishandled my case. Yours doesn’t have to.
With my counselor's guidance and clear direction from the Lord, I told Liz that I had to let church leadership know what had happened. In the subsequent
excerpt | Discipleship
Praising God Saves Me In My Pain
In the face of illness, death, and disability, Lamentations gives me a script for how to suffer.
Aubrey Sampson is the director of discipleship and equipping at Renewal Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author She is currently earning her masters in evangelism and leadership.
A New Guild Aims to Equip Women and Amplify Orthodoxy
An interview with Pelican Project members Karen Swallow Prior, Kristie Anyabwile, and Tish Harrison Warren.
A few months later, about 20 women from across the country met together to talk and pray about how to practice orthodoxy in the public square and how to equip the church to better
Opinion | Pop Culture
Go Ahead. Love That Rom Com.
Rebel Wilson’s latest film reflects the common urge to trash romance. But love stories point us toward a deeper affection for God.
I still struggle with this after every bad date (when I question why I keep trying) and even when I discuss with friends the trials and inconveniences of going to church.
Opinion | Church
The Case for an Early Christmas
Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate.
Opinion | Church. The Case for an Early Christmas. Even today, if we take our cues from the global church, the liturgical Christmas season is far from straightforward.
Opinion | Church
Give Thanks for What Others Have That You Don’t
This Thanksgiving, praise God for other people’s blessings—even the ones you wish for.
Opinion | Church. Give Lightstock. One Wednesday night some years ago, I sat in a church prayer meeting next to Mandy, a single mom and dear friend.
Opinion | Church
Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife
Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways.
Opinion | Church. I had recently been confirmed in the Presbyterian church and was involved in youth fellowship, where a lot of kind folks helped me center my life in the Lord.
How BSF Saved Sandi Patty
In her new book, “The Voice,” the award-winning singer reflects on Bible Study Fellowship’s role in her faith formation.
In the midst of this upheaval, Patty joined a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) group at her home church in Indiana. It's a way a church tells everyone, “We understand that grief happens.
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