For some, biblical commentaries might seem intimidating; however, they are just as essential spiritually for the individual as they are communally for the church. In this week’s feature, we explore achievable methods that will enable you to deepen your exegetical study by using commentaries. Through sharing these four simplified steps, we encourage you to stand upon your own researched findings instead of solely upon others’ thoughts.
This year ECCLESIAM launches anew seeking to explore larger issues. Quite a few noteworthy things happened within the church and around the world this summer. What methods can the church employ to cultivate an accountability culture and a confessional environment that invites healing? From mental health to creativity to personal temptation from the pedestal of leadership, we seek to cover and provide pensive, theological, and biblical answers forward through the many struggles that currently confront the church.
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.
Generation Z has grown up with technology as an integral part of their personal growth. Recent conversations on privacy in the digital age have caused many to question the nature of their relationship to technology. Join us as we hear from one Gen Z-er about their perspective on the types of private information we share online and how we should reframe our understanding if we want to develop real intimacy in our relationships as Christians.
As the implementation of technology within churches grows exponentially, Croston explains why ecclesiastical communities must tread analytically under its influence. Our nation idolizes a relentlessly “plugged-in” gravitation, which emphasizes the constant pressure to engage with our technological distractions. Through embedding media heavily in church services around the globe, it remains the clerical responsibility to probe the question: is it molding us into a people of God, or is it diverting us from fulfilling our ontological and eschatological intent?
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.
The spiritual roller coaster that is the Christian walk is comprised of incredible highs and desperate lows. While we often think of God as working most clearly in the midst of those spiritual highs, such an understanding leaves us hopeless when experiencing tremendous loss or silence from God. Perhaps we need to rethink our understanding of how God affects spiritual growth in our lives.
Within the past two months, two preeminent figures of the 20th century passed away: Billy Graham and Stephen Hawking. The two may have represented very different camps, but within their respective worlds they occupied remarkably similar positions. As such, perhaps they leave us with a similar legacy which calls us to something greater than perpetuating the Christian/Atheist divide.
The creation narrative in Genesis has long been used to justify patriarchy as God’s intended plan for humanity. However, a closer reading of the text belies such a reading, leaving us with very different conclusions with powerful implications for today. While there are sure to be many more, here are three facts about patriarchy in biblical perspective that point us closer to the reality of God’s mission for the world.
In light of our responsibility to listen to those most affected by the Parkland shooting, how else should we respond to this type of injustice? It is necessary for us as Christians to allow the Holy Spirit to speak in the midst of these tragedies. Being proper vessels for the Spirit, however, depends on us understanding what exactly we are called to as bearers of the Spirit. Our vision for justice must be submitted to God’s vision if we are to demonstrate a proper Christian response.