"One of the biggest questions people ask is, ‘Is digital church really biblical?’" says Angela Craig. "And I think it can not be biblical and it can be.”
“It’s undeniable," says Jay Kim, "that this time has rehabituated and reformed us as people in a variety of ways."
"It’s not a little side thing that we’re doing," says DJ Soto. "This is the body of Christ in the metaverse.”
“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation," says Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., "because that's what we've been given.”
“You can't just move to the intimate act of reconciliation in the midst of a severe fight," says Dennae Pierre. "We have to have ways to help remind each other to be still. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’"
“I grieve whenever I hear that Christians are persecuted around the world," says Raymond Chang. "The same thing happens along racial lines. That same sort of collective pain transfers over to the people within your pews and in your congregations.”
In our podcast series, "Race and the Church," we take on a difficult, complex topic and explore how the church can lead the way in pursuing true racial reconciliation and solidarity.
“I think in the racial conversation, we do need to shift the conversation just from reconciliation to solidarity," says John Onwuchekwa, "and I think that’s what you see in Acts 6. You don't get unity by talking about unity.”
"We are nowhere near as ready for the things that we think we're ready for," says Christine Caine. "So God has to prepare us for the thing he has already prepared for us.”
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.”
“The thing that God has most used to make me grasp the gospel of grace," says Ed Shaw, "and the thing that God has used most to equip me to be a pastor is my experience with same-sex attraction.”
For most people who experience gender dysphoria, it is "an enduring reality," says Dr. Mark Yarhouse. "Ministering to this group of people is a sustained presence, sustained over time.”
Our latest podcast series, "LGBTQ and the Church," takes on what has already been an important conversation—and it is only growing more urgent that church leaders engage in this discussion with love and wisdom.
“When you realize this biblical narrative of sexuality," says Dr. Juli Slattery, "you realize we all fall short.”