It seems like every week a worship band outputs a new album. We frequently are flooded with new Christian music; yet, when you enter a typical church on Sunday, the worship team often still sings “Oceans.” Michael Steiner, MBA, compares and applies one of the basic theories of behavioral economics, the dual-system theory, to the repetitive nature found in contemporary worship services and suggests how this negative posture can impose on congregants’ spiritual experience.
According to recent research, about half of all Americans could be considered lonely. Young people in the United States are profoundly lonely. Yet, the loneliness that is plaguing so many young people is not temporary, not born out of a particular event, not a reflective or contemplative isolation. It is a deep, abiding, and cyclical alienation from other people. In this week’s article, Master of Divinity candidate at Boston University School of Theology and a United Methodist Director of Children and Youth Ministries in New England, Dominic J. Mejia explores ways the church as loving community can serve as a means of grace in the lives of folks who feel alienated and disconnected.
The biblical example of Habakkuk’s wrestle with God over restoring his modern culture back to Him serves as an aid in addressing today’s conflict against God. What should be done to revive humanity’s spiritual suppression? In this week’s article, Southeastern University President, Kent Ingle, leads us through a sentimentality of asking God for a significant breakthrough amidst our culture’s confusion.
Behind the power of Advent lives incomparable joy and encouragement for the believer to partake in. This week, PhD student Justin Rose, provides valuable insight in which he proposes all humanity is in need of the hope, promise, and joy Advent openly extends, gifts so often obscured by obsession with want and wealth.
Gun control remains one of the most relevant topics passionately debated within churches today. What leaders claim to be the justified spiritual answer on the second amendment may in actuality be affecting society more than developing a civil dialogue about the issue. In this weeks article, Professor Yoon Shin at Southeastern University, elaborates on his perspective of gun control as well as his veteran background serving in the Navy.
While the church preaches grace and forgiveness, the right systems are often not instated to ensure that leaders are held accountable for personal and communal actions. Stemming from our last post, in which Dr. McNaughton provided solutions to help leaders confront inward struggle, this week’s article exhibits a personal story from a pastor’s daughter who dealt with contributing to false perfection.
Justice and peacemaking, historically to modern day, tread on thin balances within America’s politically bisected government. Associating as Republican or Democrat has become a label now pinned to one’s identity. Throughout this week’s discussion, Dr. Tackett, Theology Professor at Southeastern University provides three practical solutions that inform Christ-followers on implementing Truth between current national divisions.
Yesterday, Eugene Peterson walked across the threshold of heaven’s gates. Many hearts are sorrowful and, at the same time, in awe at a life well lived. Eighty-five years, over 30 books authored, a meaningful vocation, a wonderful family and millions of lives were impacted through Peterson’s words on paper. Join in the discussion this week as we commemorate Peterson’s pivotal and faithful voice to numerous pastors, theologians, and leaders on the forefront of today’s Pentecostal movement.
While abuses of power are not equivalent to racism, institutionalized racism appears to stem from an abuse of power. The issue of racial oppression connects the misuse of leadership to marginalized, impoverished, and powerless groups in society. Join in the discussion this week as we reveal how the Bible calls people and societies to utilize their influence.