President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have signed a bill into law that makes Juneteenth a national holiday.
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One of the effects of the past year is an unprecedented number of ministers saying they are considering quitting vocational ministry.
These tidbits ministers teach may have a sliver of truth in them, but a sliver of truth in a full slice of falsehood is really teaching something that is not reliable.
Nothing changes a human heart like the preaching of the Word of God. Also, nothing grows a church faster than better preaching. Here are 13 characteristics of great sermons, inspired by Charles Haddon Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students.
This past year, it feels as though there has been a spell put on the world that has frozen hearts, frozen dreams, and is desiring to freeze our joy. There's a war we're facing in our world today, a war on Joy.
BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."
"Our vision," says Dr. Kara Powell, "is that churches and youth ministries would be the first place where young people feel like they can go with their tough questions."
“Especially in America, there’s such a loneliness," says Laurence Koo. "How do I even fit into a community that’s so based on only families and married people?"
“I would recommend that a pastor with a group of leaders work hard at educating yourself" about trans identities, says Preston Sprinkle. "We can’t pretend that this is such a fringe issue that it's not worth our interest to engage in."
“God is the most empathetic being in the entire universe," says Caleb Kaltenbach, who observes, "Nobody is empathetic from a distance."
"You can’t only say no," says Rachel Gilson. "You have to say yes. Yes to Christ the only strength I know.”
When it comes to sexuality and gender identity, “We're committed to Scripture," says Sean McDowell, "but we are [also] committed to loving people sacrificially.”