When left unchallenged, our dialogue with God can become the way by which we measure our relationship with him, and often leads us to believe that God’s love and presence is limited to the functions of our behavior. In this week’s article, Jordan Montgomery, senior practical ministries major at Southeastern University, highlights how painful deprivations press upon a believer’s spirituality and how to overcome the darkness rooted from internalized suffering.
We often conceal our vulnerabilities beneath the surface of a smiling countenance, curated social media or distinguished job title. Should we demand justice as Christians when we see hate crimes materialize without attending to the deeper issue? In this week’s article, Dr. Richard Harris, communication’s professor at Southeastern University and former (renounced) Grand Dragon of the Indiana KKK, discusses a seven step process in addressing the infirmities within us.
Spiritual gifts are all supernatural in the sense that the Spirit is involved. The Bible affirms, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11). Join this week’s discussion as author Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D., deconstructs common myths behind spiritual gifts and how a church’s capacity multiplies when it chooses to invest in members’ development.
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.
Language identifies common ground by allowing us to communicate with one another succinctly and with a standard. Many times we discover portions of reality that have yet to be created in modern language. This week, Luke Marchesani, a graduate student at Southeastern University, engages with creativity, as defined biblically, while providing a methodology for Christ-followers to embody as they interpret Scripture.
How are we to deal with certain brutalities found in the Old Testament? How do we know what is and isn’t worthy of God? The good news is that God means to put us in that difficult place. He means to save us not from interpretation but through it. Dr. Chris Green, professor at Southeastern University, provides four approaches on how Christians today should perceive and interpret God’s seemingly violent Old Testament acts in a rather confounding context.
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.
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.
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.