Preaching through Conflict

By Eric Van Meter
Conflict and church go together like squash bugs and pumpkin vines. The former may not be welcome in the latter, but its presence is nonetheless inevitable. The question is what… read more

Manipulating Jesus

By Allan R. Bevere
It's been a problem almost since the inception of Christianity—the rejection of Jesus' agenda for us and the twisting of Jesus' message and ministry so that he might conform … read more

Improve Your Communication: Q&A with Kem Meyer

By Kem Meyer
Your church has a valuable message to share. But before people in the congregation or community encounter that message, they encounter you. What are you saying? How are you… read more

Baptism Dilemma

By Len Wilson
At this point, a lot of my childhood memory is indistinguishable from my childhood artifacts. What I think I remember in many cases is nothing more than knowledge of a Polaroid or … read more

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

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
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