Anxiety, Despair and Hope in the Light of Advent Season

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.

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Stimulating the Perception of Gun Control

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.

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An Advocate for Pastoral Accountability

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.

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Peacemaking in a Politically Divided System

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.

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A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Eugene Peterson

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.

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The Collision of Racism and Power in Society

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.

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Should the Church Merge with Culture?

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.

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God is Up to Something

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.

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When Christianity Encounters Mental Illness

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.

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