Category: Christianity

#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses

Let’s get a laugh or two, or even a raised eyebrow, from our fellow well-intentioned congregants. EAP @eadampeek: “You told too many circumcision jokes, so we are leaving the church. If we wanted to hear a comedy routine, we would have just watched a Will Ferrell movie.” Jeremiah Clements @JremiahClements: “Early in my first pastorate Read More

What Jordan’s Evangelicals Think of Templeton Winner King Abdullah’s Interfaith Acclaim

The ruler was awarded the prestigious $1.4 million prize for modeling Islamic tolerance internationally. Here’s how Protestants in his home country gauge his leadership. For his lifelong commitment to religious peace, King Abdullah II of Jordan recently became the second Muslim ever to win the prestigious, $1.4 million Templeton Prize. And Jordan’s Christian minority is Read More

Make Worship Patriotic Again? The Top 10 Songs for Fourth of July Services

A look at America’s favorite God-and-country tunes, from Revolutionary War anthems to a Trump-inspired musical number. At Sunday services this weekend, churches across the country will direct congregants to flip to the section of classic patriotic songs in their hymnals or display lyrics to more recent nation-centric tunes like Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Read More

Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church

“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.” In 2001 Eugene Cho and his wife, Minhee, founded Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational community in Seattle. He began his first year as a pastor without a salary, working as a janitor at Barnes & Noble. It was a hard beginning, but Read More

Renewing Your Church: Removing Barriers for New Life

We need to remove the personal and corporate barriers that keep God from moving freely in and through us. We live in an ever-changing world in which the church seems to be struggling to keep up. Our churches are aging and losing their relevance in our post-Christian, postmodern, and pluralistic world. Our children grow up Read More

Interview: Q&A: Marriage App Founder Says Couples Benefit from Digital Therapy

The founder of the Lasting app aims to offer portable counseling support to married millennials—especially those with kids. In the lives of married millennials, having kids changes everything, according to Lasting, a marriage health app that so far has over 125,000 respondents to its marital health survey. Couples without children tend to report being more Read More

Good News, Satan Wants to Destroy You!

It may sound weird, but knowing we have an enemy is encouraging. The gospel is full of odd comforts. Discovering I’m afflicted with depravity brings the relief of the doctor’s diagnosis: “There is something wrong with me. It’s not all in my head.” More importantly, it provides the good news that in Christ there’s a Read More

Ebola Deaths Rise As Patients Turn to Miracles Over Medicine

African officials pled with faith healers to let doctors treat the latest fatal outbreak. The tight restrictions put in place to stop the latest flare-up of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) go against the typical rhythms of church life, where Christians regularly gather together, partake in sacraments, and lay hands on Read More

One-on-One with Nick Hall on Faith in the Next Generation, Part 2

The more we can mobilize our young people, the better. Ed:Tell us more about Together 2018. What is it, and how can people get involved? Nick: We believe there’s a generation, with 18-20-year-olds at its center, that is experiencing a new movement of Jesus. So, we started to call Together the “Together Generation.” Together ’16 Read More

Re-thinking My Savior Complex

My hardest lesson as a social worker? God wants me to be close to the brokenhearted as much as he wants me to save them. Twenty-four years old, conscious of my lack of preparedness and certain I would choke on my words, I stood on a dusty country road with a heroin addict whom I Read More

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