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Churches Gather, That's Part of What They Do: Thoughts on Ecclesiology in a Pandemic
It's essential to understand the biblical call to gather if we are to rightly think through the challenges of church in the COVID-19 crisis. Around the world, churches have begun to “reopen” for in-person gatherings (though some have already shut down again due to an uptick in...
‘The Blessing’ Sung Around the World: 100 Virtual Choirs Spread Worship Anthem
How a familiar Old Testament benediction became a viral hit during the pandemic. Just a couple of weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the US, Kari Jobe held a songwriting session with her husband, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship’s Steven Furtick and Chris Brown. Together,...
John Ortberg Resigns from Menlo Church
Elders cite "pain and broken trust" as the church launches a new investigation of son's volunteer work with children. John Ortberg, popular Christian author and speaker, has resigned as pastor of Menlo Church, a megachurch congregation outside of San Francisco. His resignation is effective...
3 Keys to Raising Women Leaders
We need to proactively plan to raise up women leaders, to call out their gifts, and to give them an opportunity. Raising up women leaders should matter to all of us, but it requires an oft-lacking intentionality. Women make up more than half the church, and God has gifted both men and women for...
Mars Mission: Filling the Earth and Beyond
Our cosmic calling and the creatures we take with us. We live in an age of wonder when the boundaries of the earth seem to be more porous than ever before. Our reach extends beyond the atmosphere. We speak of earth as the ground we trod but also as a planet, a specific place in the heavens. What...
Alabama Pastor Resigns After Praying at KKK Leader’s Birthday
Baptist leaders said the controversy was not good for his church. A 30-year-old Baptist pastor in Alabama stepped down from leadership at his country church due to the controversy surrounding his participation in an event honoring Confederate and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Will...
Keep Your Distance: Words of Advice for Churches from the Surgeon General
Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, offered important medical guidance for faith communities today. Ed Stetzer: There is a growing pressure from congregations of all faiths to begin to meet… What medical advice would you like us to communicate to churches from you?Surgeon...
Scripture Calls Churches to Build a Just Society. Here’s How.
Systemic justice is unabashed obedience to what the Bible has always taught. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and as protests raged across our country, I found myself in recurring conversations with pastors and Christian leaders, who, instead of leaning in, chose to disengage with...
Bible Reading Drops During Social Distancing
Daily engagement had already been declining, but worsened during the pandemic, according to the annual State of the Bible report. The COVID-19 pandemic is shifting Americans’ Bible engagement, with many who are socially distanced from their spiritual communities turning to Scripture less...
Sex Offenders Can Find Hope in Christ But Not Necessarily a Place at Church
Most Christians believe offenders belong at worship. Most congregations aren’t prepared to welcome them. Churches that suspended in-person gatherings during the pandemic have pledged not to welcome their congregations back until they’re sure they can be safe. While the risk of...
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