Lee Strobel says, "We have to create safe places in our churches and let people know it’s ok to have questions." But pastors can't—and shouldn't have to—do this important work alone.
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."
Thinking about not doing VBS this year because of the pandemic? According to Thom Schultz, "This is the most important year ever for vacation Bible school in our lifetimes.”
"Your experience right now is meaningful in some way in your life," says Jeannie Gaffigan. Faith can help you see that—but humor can as well!
"Evangelism is a process," says Dave Gibson, and it's a process that starts with prayer. So whose salvation are you praying for?
We need the heroes of history to teach us how to live today. In fact, says Eric Metaxas, “some of these stories are too important not to know.”
"For those outside [the church], our unity is a very important witness," says Dr. Timothy Keller. Without true tolerance, however, we will remain polarized.
“This is an anxious season," says Dr. Kara Powell, and there is a good chance social isolation will foster depression and suicidal ideation in our youth. Here is what you need to know to help the young people in your life.
"Suffering is not an elective," says Ken Boa. But even though we are guaranteed to experience pain in life, by God's grace we can still move toward joy.
"There is a constellation of sages," says Daniel Grothe, "that the Lord will situate around all of our lives.” But like wisdom in the Bible, these wise men and women have to be pursued.
Jeremy Camp says that 'I Still Believe,' the new movie based on his life, shows that even when we go through deep suffering, God "gives us the tools and the ability to walk through it with strength and with grace.”
"The Digital Age is driven by three crucial values," says Jay Kim. And those values are directly opposed to what it means to follow Jesus.
"People," says Margaret Feinberg, "are hungry for so much more than an app, an entree, and a dessert.” And yet God uses hospitality to knock down barriers that would be insurmountable otherwise.
"It’s time for [church leaders] to go on a journey of renewal," say Alan Hirsch and Mark Nelson. This journey requires us to refuse to simplify our faith...and to be comfortable having more questions than answers.
"Jesus is the great equalizer," says Danielle Strickland. "He’s the great liberator for all peoples"—and that includes women in the church.
When it comes to planting a church, says Josh Gagnon, "Models will come and go, but the gospel remains the same.” The question is, how can your church most effectively reach your particular community?
"Women are becoming frustrated as disciples," says Aimee Byrd. Part of the problem, she believes, is the church's misunderstanding of the idea of "biblical" manhood and womanhood.
“I learned great things [at Harvest]," says Josh Weidmann, "and I learned some really hard things there.” Josh shares with us what experience has taught him about how church leaders can balance confidence with humility, process criticism well, and pursue true repentance.
Never think, says Dr. Meg Meeker, that you have no power to help your teens navigate challenges like social media, depression, and premarital sex. The dangers are real, she says, but "there’s a lot parents (and youth leaders) can do.”
“We know that prayer is one of our primary priorities in ministry," says Daniel Henderson, "but it’s hard to lead where you’ve not gone yourself.”