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Sean McDowell: Scripture Is Very Clear About God’s Design for Sexuality

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.”

Ed Shaw: How God Has Used Same-Sex Attraction to Equip Me As a Pastor

“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.”

Mark Yarhouse: How to Pastor Someone Who Has Gender Dysphoria

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.”

LGBTQ and the Church Podcast Series: A Conversation We Need to Have

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.

Juli Slattery: This Is How the Church Can Begin the LGBTQ Conversation

“When you realize this biblical narrative of sexuality," says Dr. Juli Slattery, "you realize we all fall short.”

Gregory Coles: It’s Possible to Be Same-Sex Attracted and Fully Surrendered to Jesus

“To have your soul constantly be in self-defense mode, to constantly be trying to convince other people that you do in fact love Jesus," says Dr. Gregory Coles, "takes away energy that would be better invested in actually loving Jesus.”

Timothy Keller: How to Know If You Are a Christian Nationalist

“Evangelical theology is not so much really affecting Christian nationalism," says Dr. Timothy Keller. "Christian nationalism is recruiting in a major way from evangelicals and using us.”

Christian Nationalism Podcast Series: Should Your Church Be Alarmed?

In our series on Christian Nationalism, host Jason Daye talks with Dr. Timothy Keller, Franklin Graham, Dr. Samuel Perry, and Dr. Glenn Packiam. You won't want to miss a single episode.

Franklin Graham: We Have Never Been a Christian Nation

“There’s a lot of evil in our country today," says Rev. Franklin Graham, "and that’s why it’s so important for us as Christians to stand for the Word of God and not compromise on God’s Word."

Glenn Packiam: The Bible Leaves No Room for Christian Nationalism

“The view that you can be a Christian and a nationalist or hardcore into these beliefs about God favoring one country over another," says Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam, "is not sustainable by a close reading of the New Testament.” 

Samuel Perry: Are All White Evangelicals Christian Nationalists?

“When we talk about Christian nationalism," says Dr. Samuel Perry, "we’re talking about an ideology that idealizes and advocates a fusion of American civic life with a very particular kind of Christianity.”

Jason Sobel: How to Read the Bible in High Definition

"I feel like a lot of people are reading the Bible in standard definition," says Rabbi Jason Sobel, "because they don’t know how the Old and the New Testaments connect. And when you connect the dots, the Bible comes alive."

CeCe Winans: This Is How God Led Me and My Husband to Plant a Church

“We got a word from the Lord that he wanted us to pastor," says CeCe Winans, "and we were like, ‘That could not be the Lord'...And then we just started getting prophecies everywhere we went.”

Karl Vaters: Your Small Church Has What People Need the Most Right Now

“What people need," says Karl Vaters, "is familiarity and relationships. They need to be in places that they know with people that they know and love.”

Ryan Wakefield: How to Plan for Easter 2021

"When there’s so much uncertainty," says Ryan Wakefield, "go back to the things we can be certain about. We can be certain about the kingdom of God and the local church and the good news. And we can be certain that that type of ministry flows out of relationships.”

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Jimmy Dodd Says Surviving or Thriving in Ministry Boils Down to 6 Crucial Relationships

"More and more pastors shared with us," says Jimmy Dodd, "that there was really no place to go just to be honest about their lives."

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Steven Furtick on How to Handle Growth and Criticism

"I've always felt unqualified," says Steven Furtick, "and I discovered it puts me in pretty good company."

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Francis Chan on the Question Your Church Needs to Ask

“God wants believers to cause other believers to love him more," says Francis Chan. “Are we producing lovers of Jesus and each other so much that the world notices?”

The Best of ChurchLeaders: Eugene Peterson on What Most Pastors Don’t Know about Pastoring

"Being a pastor," says Eugene H. Peterson, "for so many people, is competitive. And when you're competitive, you're a lot more interested in winning than helping." 

The Best of 2020: Aimee Byrd Asks What It Really Means to Be a ‘Biblical’ Man or Woman

"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.

Gwen Shamblin Lara Accused of Being a Cult Leader in New...

A new docuseries on HBO Max about controversial “Weigh Down Diet” author and Remnant Fellowship church founder Gwen Shamblin Lara aims to expose Lara as a cult leader and her church as abusive.

Beth Moore, Part 1: How Galatians Is ‘Astonishingly Relevant’ to American...

“You name any issue on the table today in the church at large," says Beth Moore, "it's somewhere most likely reflected in [Galatians].”

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