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Where Shall We Stand?

In this week's post, graduate student Warren Scherb reflects on the Church's position within a transitioning global climate. As a community of believers face a new era in history, Scherb urges readers to seek philosophical insight and spiritual wisdom in order to actively uphold justice.... Read More...

Saving the Soul of Our Democracy

Was John Lewis heretically pegged as a modern-day Jesus or honored for his great efforts toward racial justice? Through observation of Lewis' life and legacy, author Jordan Reed poses an even deeper question: Can politicians and public servants truly embody Christ's life and teachings? Do we, with the combined voices of church and state, sing of peace? ... Read More...

Masks, Racism and the Gospel of QAnon

In light of recent outcries and crises, how should the church uphold its purpose? We confront seemingly new challenges that scream for answers, and a sense of emergency may prompt ill-informed responses. However, through a broadening of perspective, believers may look back in time, drawing upon church history and past obstacles, to advance the kingdom of God through and beyond 2020.... Read More...

Moving Past the Church’s Racial Apathy

With the mounting racial tensions in today's social, political, and religious climates, the Church needs to function as a facilitator for reconciliation. Unfortunately, Christians have tended to approach the issue of reconciliation with apathy in recent years. How can we as Christians overcome these sentiments and ignite change both within and without the Church? Furthermore, why are churches especially equipped to serve as agents of reconciliation within our society?... Read More...

The Beginning of Something New

ECCLESIAM was birthed out of the idea to connect the church and the everyday Christian with the academy, with thinking deeply about issues that matter in helping the church and Christians navigate well into the 21st century. ECCLESIAM and its team ha... Read More...

The First Social Distancers

"Just as the ten lepers daringly approached Jesus, we are all vulnerable and in need of mercy and kindness." In this week's post, Jim Vigil, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Southeastern University, relates biblical instances of social distancing to our present times. ... Read More...

A Theological Agenda for the COVID-19 Pandemic

"We have seen the sudden disappearance of what we have known, for at least a century, as church life. This is a mournful time. But that loss — as with any loss — need not be singularly tragic, especially for those of us who serve and follow a crucified Messiah." In this week's post, Peter Hartwig, theologian in residence at National Community Church, reflects on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Church.... Read More...

In Whatever Situation I Am

How should the Church regard singleness, and how is this position reconciled with one's faith? Offering wisdom and encouragement, Dr. Gordon Miller, Dean of the School of Honors at Southeastern University, draws from personal experience and explores questions surrounding marital status.... Read More...

Who Is the Church? Wisdom from Tradition and Scripture

Christians today find themselves navigating the Church’s identity in the midst of prolonged quarantines. In this week's post, Hanna Larracas, Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology and Southeastern University graduate, explores tradition and Scripture to inform the discourse being held by the Christian community through unprecedented times.... Read More...

Diversity Is on the Clock

The word "diversity" presents a set of challenges and the term is in a race to be defined. In this week's post, Ray Allen, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Southeastern University, explores implications and connotations of diversity, and calls its future into question. ... Read More...

Is Religious Freedom a Privilege or Christian Value?

Jesus and his disciples were not granted religious freedom, nor was that their priority. Regardless of a nation's favor, the primary mission of Jesus was to share the good news of salvation. Join us this week as Daniel Montañez, professor for the Hispanic Ministries Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, discusses religious freedom in the context of the early church. ... Read More...