Mary, Mercy, and the Magnificat

By Shane Raynor
If you've never read the Magnificat closely, you should. (It's the text of Luke 1:46-55, where Mary prophesies during her visit to her relative Elizabeth.) I've read it several… read more

Catching the Fire of Hope

By Josh Tinley
Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games franchise, opened last month to critical acclaim and impressive box-office returns. The movie continues the story of Katniss… read more

Advent: A Season of Redemption

By Alex Joyner
An Unusual Advent Tale The feature film 12 Years a Slave, released in the fall of 2013, tells an Advent story of sorts. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black… read more

The Legalization of Marijuana

By Mike Poteet
"Just Say No" No More? In August, at Seattle's Hempfest—an annual weekend of concerts and speakers designed to "educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits… read more

Dealing with Disappointment

By Tricia Brown
"I'm so disappointed in you." I imagine that most parents have at least thought those words in regards to their children, even if they haven't said them. Maybe it was when: Your… read more

Should Year-End Giving Feel Weird?

By Jeff Anderson
Last week, a development leader of a $100 million-a-year ministry shared with me that 60% of their annual budget would be received in the last three months of the year, and much… read more

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

By Ronald J. Allen
The word Advent transliterates the Latin adventus, which means "coming." The season of Advent makes a double-edged theological point. Advent ties together the first and second… read more

Romans 5 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Robert Jewett
Introduction to These Chapters The relation of Romans 5:1-21 to the rest of the argument of the letter has been clarified in recent decades. Earlier scholars, under the influence… read more

The Wesleyan Way

By Scott J. Jones
[I]n the spring of 1978, I had finally resolved my spiritual search and had become a Christian. I had even started seminary, because I sensed that the church was a good thing and… read more

Recognize and Help Victims of Domestic Violence

By Zachary Summerlin, Lindsay Leverett
In April 2009, Charles "Chuck" Colson, addressed the issue of domestic violence in the church with a frightening account of what happens when ministers minimize the danger and… read more

Valuing Your Calling

By Kimberly Dunnam Reisman
Recognizing and responding to the call of Jesus is what we call discipleship. It involves listening to God's voice and following where that voice leads us. Let's explore the call… read more

Are You Living the "Just Get By" Plan?

By Betsy Hall
In his new book Dare to Dream, Mike Slaughter wants you (and me) to discern what our God-Sized Mission Statements are and he won't be content until our children and youth have one … read more
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