Diving Deep

By David Teel
In the late 1960s, my family lived in a suburb north of Dallas. We had a swimming pool in the backyard that became an oasis each summer from the Texas heat. As an anxious… read more

Survey: More People Say the Good Book Isn’t a God Book

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Society's latest State of the Bible… read more

The Empty Tomb

By Alex Joyner
Easter: An End or a Beginning? On Easter morning, some will come to worship because they want to experience an ending and others because they want to experience a beginning. Some… read more

Potholes of Stewardship

By Timothy Siburg
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a "Jump Start Your Stewardship" event hosted by the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America… read more

Church Growth, Yahoo Style

By Shane Raynor
Do you remember the last time you used Yahoo's search engine? For me it was probably right after the turn of the century. (I was still in my twenties and George W. Bush had just… read more

Resurrection Reality

By J. Michael Lowry
John 20:19-31 Do you remember how Walter Cronkite used to close his broadcast by saying, "And that's the way it is"? Such is a world vision that reflects the painfulness of… read more

Having Impact Through Others

By Steve Cordle
There has been no other life that has had more of an impact on the world than that of Jesus Christ. Virtually everyone readily acknowledges that Jesus Christ changed the course of … read more

No, They Were Right When They Told You Not to Proof-text

By Robert A. Ratcliff
In a recent blog post at Ministry Matters, Clifton Stringer contends that proof-texting is not the dangerous practice your seminary professors told you it was, and that Christians … read more

Clergy Housing Faces New Scrutiny

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Bye-bye, "Bishop Bling." So long, "Pastor Perks." The so-called "Francis effect" may be real, at least when it comes to clerical housing, and could be coming to a church… read more

When Did Christians Become So Mean?

By Ron Edmondson
Okay, this one will get me into trouble. Especially if the shoe fits. Wait for the comments on this one. But I have to ask… When did Christians become so mean? Not all… read more

Living for Resurrection

By Melissa Slocum
Last month ABC TV premiered the new drama Resurrection. The pilot episode introduced an eight-year-old boy who wakes up in a rice patty in China and is eventually reunited with… read more

They Were Wrong When They Told You Not to Proof-text

By Clifton Stringer
In seminary we were told not to proof-text. They meant: Don't just quote isolated verses of the Bible to support your views or doctrines. They were wrong to tell us not to… read more
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