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Best of ChurchLeaders: Christine Caine on How God Is Preparing You for Something He’s Already Prepared for You

"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.”

Best of ChurchLeaders: Tim Mackie and Jon Collins on Why It’s Hard to Understand the Bible

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."

Best of ChurchLeaders: Kara Powell on the #1 Reason Youth Leave the Church—And How to Reverse the Trend

"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."

Laurence Koo: A Call for the American Church to Welcome Single (LGBTQ) Believers

“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?"

Preston Sprinkle: Jesus Left the 99 to Pursue the One—And That Means Trans 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."

Caleb Kaltenbach: Do You See the LGBTQ Community Through God’s Eyes?

“God is the most empathetic being in the entire universe," says Caleb Kaltenbach, who observes, "Nobody is empathetic from a distance."

Rachel Gilson: How Jesus Helps Me Say No to My Same-Sex Desires

"You can’t only say no," says Rachel Gilson. "You have to say yes. Yes to Christ the only strength I know.”

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.”

$121.5M Settlement in New Mexico Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced a settlement agreement Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal.

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