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.
Christmas is the season when families share gifts with one another, hope with those around them, and memories that last a lifetime. The holidays also represent a responsibility to share the good news with others under the firm biblical-grounded belief that Jesus Christ is Savior. In this week’s article, a fresh perspective carries believers into new areas where our attention can be refocused during this busy winter 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.
At his inauguration in 1989, Bush implored that Americans have a responsibility “to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.” In this week’s discussion, Dr. Zack Tackett reminisces the impact of George H.W. Bush’s presidency on our nation and dispenses a powerful parallel to how the church may learn from his gentle, political posture.
Many believe that those who occupy pastoral roles should be all things to everyone; however, this type of believing is unbiblical and unhealthy. Escalated emotional exhaustion often goes unresolved, which leads to destructive outcomes for leadership. In this week’s article, Dr. Jim Vigil addresses three main characteristics of ministerial burnout and how to best defend against them.
As the Church, we understand that vocational ministry is not the only outreach method that facilitates Gospel distribution to those in need of hearing it. Another effective outreach system contextualizes the Good News for a culture through media. In this week’s student feature, Asia Lerner, senior Biblical studies major at Southeastern University, discusses her research intertwining the Divine with modern artistry and cultural engagement.
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.
As temptation subsumes consumers of all different scopes, spiritual leaders are also bombarded with inner and outer conflicts that strongly tempt them to stray from God’s direction. Dr. McNaughton, professional church leadership consultant and Southeastern University professor, guides us through four key commitments he created to help church leaders navigate and realign themselves into their Christ centered calling.
As many around the world continue mourning and remembering the life Eugene Peterson left, we also desire to reveal the generosity, compassion, and spiritual encouragement Eugene poured out to those around him that went unrecognized. Daniel Grothe, a pastor who considers Eugene a friend and mentor, describes their incomparable relationship in this week’s personal reflection.