Opinion | Discipleship
I Inherited a Failed Sunday School. Here’s How It Flourished
Four counterintuitive keys to successful discipleship.
“No children's ministry,” I repeated. And he, confident of our future vocational paths, agreed. But then God moved, and we moved—to a small parish in rural Indiana.
Opinion | Discipleship
Your Plan B Is Still God’s Plan A
What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision.
In 2015, my husband and I moved from rural Pennsylvania and left a church we loved Before Lee and I even started our ministry, we partnered with a nearby congregation, got involved
Opinion | Church
Breaking Bread with Broken People Brings Wisdom
Scripture calls us to seek God’s goodness in community, not in private.
Although my husband and I both grew up in rural communities, neither of us grew up in the one where we now live, having moved here when Small Brick Church called him as pastor.
Opinion | Church
Junk for Jesus
Scripture invites us to give our firstfruits, not our fourthfruits.
I am one of the pastors of a small rural congregation in Michigan. And what was left over—the fourths—was given to a ministry called “Jehovah Jireh, God the Provider.”.
Opinion | Church
Get Thee to a Swanky Tourist Trap
What missions-oriented evangelicals gain from seeing the richer side of a poorer country.
a poor developing country that you visit expecting to go without toilet paper, running water, and internet for a few weeks while you dig a well or work at a vision clinic in a rural community
Opinion | Sexuality
When Rural Traditions Get Hipster CredSubscriber access only
Food trends overlook the economic pressures of their origins.
My aunt looked me in the eye and said, “If you don't want to snap beans when you grow up, you'll have to marry a doctor.” I ended up marrying a pastor who is called to rural ministry.
Opinion | Pop Culture
‘Wild Wild Country’ Hits Close to Home
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation.
and unmade in the US.) Free love seemed pretty new to many rural Oregonians (especially She is author of Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early
I Saw Jesus in Detention
We’re all so busy debating immigration policy that we’ve forgotten something essential.
In Georgia, my church partnered with El Refugio (“The Refuge”), a hospitality ministry for immigrant detainees and their families and friends. In the rural town of Lumpkin, there are no
How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation
Female missionaries have propelled the movement to bring Scripture to every tribe and tongue.
for their families. In rural areas, women are less likely than men to know the country's more popular trade or market language. Mother tongue translation
Tampons Are a Justice Issue
While reporting in sub-Saharan Africa, I discovered the 'period problem' and why solutions are tough to come by.
the social discomfort of a period gets a whole lot more dramatic when there's no place to dispose of your pads (public restrooms aren't a thing in many less-developed rural areas), no
Opinion | Sexuality
“It’s Cheaper to Rape a Woman than Waste a Bullet”Subscriber access only
Violence against women anywhere is a threat to women everywhere.
The Amenas of the World. I'd heard that same refrain years earlier in a small clapboard church in Rutshuru, a rural village in the eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Opinion | Church
Bright Lights, Big CitiesSubscriber access only
Shifting demographics broaden opportunities for urban and suburban Christians.
Tim Keller and his ministry may be today's most well-known example of what it might mean to and deep growth that some of us find in smaller cities, maligned suburbs, or rural retreats.
Opinion | Pop Culture
All God’s Children: The Spiritual Cost of Opportunity InequalitySubscriber access only
Christians help bridge the gap by making the local church really local.
Furthermore, if the church focuses on its local context, it will ensure that evangelism and discipleship paradigms arise out of local needs, not social media trends or ministry fads.
Opinion | Discipleship
Don’t Just Pray AloneSubscriber access only
The world is desperate for people to pray with.
Christian life to pray together.”. In college, I attended a weekly prayer meeting at a rural church 20 minutes from campus. That first Wednesday night, I
Opinion | Church
Overcoming the Old DivideSubscriber access only
When loving your neighbor means loving the church.
When loving your neighbor means loving the church.
Opinion | Church
The Latino Protestants In Our BackyardsSubscriber access only
The church has the chance to learn from our immigrant neighbors.
No longer confined to certain areas of the country, US-born Hispanics and Latino immigrants live everywhere from Oregon to rural Wisconsin, from South Bend to Birmingham.
Opinion | Pop Culture
From Her.meneutics, with LoveSubscriber access only
Valentine’s Day dedications to some of our favorites.
it as work. The most productive writing retreat I ever took was on a farm in rural Illinois where I wore yoga pants for three days straight. The least productive
Opinion | Pop Culture
Code-Switching for the KingdomSubscriber access only
Sometimes the gospel sounds like, “Nobody can do me like Jesus.”
nephew, Christian, came back from vacation in California, sounding as if he'd grown up on the mean streets East Palo Alto, despite having been born and raised in rural upstate New
Opinion | Family
How Farm Life Taught Our Kids About DeathSubscriber access only
And what their understanding taught us in return.
As lifelong city folk, rural life was new to my husband and me when we moved from Washington DC to an intentional Christian community on a farm in Illinois five years ago.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Our Top Posts of 2014: Mark Driscoll, Conscious Uncoupling, and MoreSubscriber access only
Readers and writers pick the best of Her.meneutics.
m excited about this news because I believe Propel will poise Christian women and the church for better ministry and cultural When Rural Traditions Get Hipster Cred (Hannah Anderson
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