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EFCA Now Considers Premillennialism a Non-Essential
The denomination drops end times doctrine from its statement of faith in a move to “major on the majors” and “minor on the minors.” The Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) changed its position on end times theology, voting this summer to drop the word “premillennial”...
Beyond the Outrage: Helping Christians Be Their Best
I have a new six-week study guide to help you navigate our increasingly polarized culture. We live in a culture saturated in anger, polarization, and tribalism. Every day, there is a new event that ignites a firestorm on social media, in our community, and even across the dinner table. These...
Your Home Is a Legacy in the Making
Christie Purifoy invites us to join God in cultivating places of beauty and peace. For years, my friend Kristin privately prayed for a garden with “one towering oak tree,” where she and her husband might create a place for others to rest and retreat. When they recently purchased a...
The Righteous Gemstones Shines Its Satire on a Televangelist Empire
For Christians, is the irreverent, unrighteous HBO comedy a laughing matter? For most of my life, pop culture and Christianity have resolved to exist separately together. Though Christ figures and spiritual journeys were common enough pop culture tropes, the entertainment I was drawn to...
America Needed Spies During World War II. Many Missionaries Were Ready and Willing.
They regretted some of what they were asked to do, but they thought defending democracy was worth it. William Eddy was one of the most effective intelligence officers in American history. During World War II, he was among the first to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the...
My High School Classmates’ Obituaries Taught Me to Love Them
Honoring the deceased can shape even those who didn't know them. This year was a big anniversary for my high school class, as it’s been 40 years since we graduated from Traverse City Senior High School in northern Michigan. For our July reunion, I agreed to create a memorial honoring our...
Ministering to International Students
God has chosen this moment to bring hundreds of thousands of international students to our shores. We have a great opportunity here in North America for ministry—one that, I suspect, few followers of Christ have ever considered: ministry to and among international students. Right now, in...
Southwestern Distances Itself from Paige Patterson in Sex Abuse Lawsuit
He was the face of Southern Baptist seminary. Now the school keeps taking steps to separate from his legacy. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s response to a lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect a female student against sexual assault has spotlighted ongoing tension...
Put Not Your Trust in Credentials
Chris Arnade’s moving account of “back-row America” made me reconsider my own definition of success. A Pharisee and a tax collector enter the local temple to pray. The Pharisee begins by thanking God that he is not a murderer, thief, adulterer, or (while peeking between clasped hands at...
Church Planting R&D: Part 3 - Small Groups, Missional Communities & Micro-Churches
Some churches are small as a deliberate decision toward the commission of disciple-making. Small churches seem to come in two basic forms: deliberate and symptomatic. Some church’s diminutive size is actually a symptom of internal and/or external factors hampering its obedience to...
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