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.
When we think of the church balancing with culture, our mental image might imitate what some deem “celebrity pastors” who promote wearing trendy name brands, flashing colorful lights, and focusing more time on their personal online presence. How can the church engage with modern America without converting entirely to its consumeristic tendencies? This week’s discussion examines this pressing issue in relation to Jesus’ core proclamations as well as suggests how the Body of Christ can respond.
If the past few months have demonstrated anything, it is that our society is in need of authentic renewal. The seeds of this renewal are being planted around the globe and especially in our churches here in America. But what is the church’s responsibility in light of this fact? How do we fan into flame the work of the Spirit that is sweeping across our church’s? Alan Ehler, Dean of the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology at Southeastern University, identifies several characteristics of revivals that we must take to heart if we are to respond properly to the Spirit’s work.
According to the National Institute of Mental Illness, one in six people (17% of the US population) suffers from a mental illness. In other words, 17 of every 100 people in our churches has a mental illness diagnosis. What would it look like for followers of Jesus to reimagine walking alongside those suffering with mental illness? Professional licensed counselor and PhD Candidate, Sara Spong exposes convicting truths behind the Church’s current involvement with psychological disorders and examines the essentiality for religious institutions to initiate ministries that focus on recognizing and addressing the affected group’s disability.
We know that the Kingdom of God remains a fundamental theme throughout Jesus’s entire ministry. An establishment of this Kingdom in the form of peace and justice is long awaited among the Old Testament prophets. But when power, prominence, and possessions threaten to characterize the kingdoms of the world today, how should the church react and renew Jesus’ missional intent?
Disciple-making is a priority of the Christian faith originating in Jesus’ ministry, continuing on in the early church and into the present day. Over time, however, it seems that the art of disciple-making has been lost. The gap between our current understanding of disciple-making and that which is present in the Bible is growing, and today’s church leaders are recognizing this in their own ministries. How can we as church leaders move past this dilemma?
The current generation of young adults occupies a peculiar position in our current social landscape. This group of “emerging adults,” as they are referred to, have developed a particular worldview which makes it difficult for them to find purpose and identity within the traditional church environment. How, then, can we better understand these emerging adults so that we, as a church, can help them navigate their way through this world?
If the Church can learn anything from the recent shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, it is that persecution is a scary and painful thing to endure. When we witness persecution, especially within the Church , we often resort to political responses rather than Christian responses. Perhaps this is because we don’t know how to respond as Christians. Join with us as we discover ways in which we, as a Church, can respond to persecution in a way that allows Christ to work through us.