"Politics is not just about policies and leaders," says Kaitlyn Schiess. "It's about the direction of our spiritual formation."
When we think of signs of spiritual abuse, says Wade Mullen, “I think many of us have this perception of abuse that is related to some kind of violent event...what I’ve come to realize over time is that abuse is much broader than that.”
"I think a lot of time political idolatry really raises its ugly head when people are afraid," says Mary Lederleitner, "because most people fall into idolatry to look for a sense of security."
“If we speak the truth in love and apply that to the public square," says Justin Giboney, "I think we end up with a lot more faithful witness."
"Most churches don’t staff for hospitality," says Greg Atkinson. However, "the churches that do staff for it and that do take it seriously, the common denominator is they are fast-growing churches."
"A critical part of leadership is loving the people around you," says Adam Weber. And love is "really, really messy.”
"The progress we’re seeing with the Great Commission globally," says Joel McGill, "has just been...awe-inspiring."
When we fail to care for the environment, says Dr. Sandra Richter, "The widow, the orphan, and the farmer are the people who get hit first and whose economic stability is wiped out."
There are three factors, says Awana's Matt Markins, that "when they’re present together, are far more likely to produce long-term spiritual fruit" in the kids we’re discipling.
“I don’t think we can ever love or lead well," says Pastor Chip Ingram, "until we see ourselves more and more the way God sees us."
You might think of digital church as being impersonal. But Jeff Reed says, "The strength of online church is relationships."
“I just feel like so many Christians have given up," says Carlos Whittaker, "and I don’t think that Jesus Christ died on the cross so we can cope.”
“I believe," says Eugene Cho, "that you can be fierce and contend for convictions and still hold to the values of the fruits of the Spirit.”
As you consider your kids' need for spiritual direction, says Lacy Finn Borgo, recognize that “children have all of what they need to have an encounter with God."
When it comes to racial reconciliation, says Brenda Salter McNeil, “I think Esther is our prototype for what to do next.”
"We are part of this gigantic, global body of Christ," says Jordan Gustafson, "and so we can’t separate ourselves from everything else that’s happening. We must engage.”
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!