Christianity's Image Problem

By Matt Appling
Christianity has an image problem. However you define the image problem, it's huge. If Jesus' public relations committee were working for anyone else, they'd have been fired long… read more

Accessibility, Not Control

By Bob Whitesel
In April 1963 a Pentagon scientist named J.C.R. Licklider argued the time had come for a universal computer network to speed scientific collaboration. Not surprisingly, over the… read more

The Vampire Gospel

By Clifton Stringer
Zacchaeus is a vampire. He is a tax collector, an extortionist, a traitor against the good life of his Jewish people. Zacchaeus is a creature of darkness, drinking the blood of… read more

Young Christians and the Church

By Erik Alsgaard
Generational Differences "Susan" is a young Christian who now attends church irregularly. She used to come every Sunday with her parents, but when she reached her freshman year in … read more

The Idea of Jesus

By Adam Thomas
There are "normal" nets that ensnare us when we attempt to follow Jesus. Then there's another, more insidious net. This insidious net keeps us from practicing discipleship. The… read more

Preaching about Sexual and Domestic Violence (FREE E-BOOK!)

By Ministry Matters
What would you do if a congregant came to you reporting that her husband was abusing her? That he'd recently bought a gun and she feared for her life? What would you do once word… read more

Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons

By Russell Pregeant
"We don't interpret the Bible; we just read it." The young woman—a student in my undergraduate course in New Testament—was adamant. She insisted that her particular… read more

Bible Study Podcast 10/20/11

By Jacqui King
As the journey of faith-building grows, studying God's Word is crucial. Study @ is a creative way of studying scripture in a relevant manner that offers options for all to grow… read more

How Ron Edmondson Plans for Christmas

By Ron Edmondson
We've learned some hard lessons when planning for Christmas. As a church nearly six years old, honestly we haven't planned many Christmases. Having planned the ones we have, we've … read more

Baby-Proofing Marriages with Pre-Parental Ministries

By Leslie Stanley-Stevens
Marriage is good. Married people consistently report being healthier and happier than single people. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If… read more

Zombie Church: Restoring Life to the Undead

By Tyler Edwards
There are zombie churches among us. The undead church. Where undead persons feast. Where genuine life has been lost, and in its place is something . . . scary. Lifeless. In some… read more

Ways We Don't Want to Be Remembered

By Missy Buchanan
I often have the opportunity to lead older adult retreats around the country. During the events of the day, I like to mix in activities that cause older adults to honestly reflect … read more
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