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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...

How Do You Decide?

Gaining tools for deeper scriptural and theological study while also drawing from scientific research led Dr. Alan Ehler, professor at Southeastern University, to develop a model for decision-making and many other practical applications of biblical, spiritual theology he calls “Story Shaping.” In association with Zondervan, Dr. Ehler expounds on the idea of today's post within his new book, which seeks to help Christians approach decisions wisely and intentionally.  ... Read More...

Coffee With Bonhoeffer

With culture shifts and upcoming generations sometimes focusing more attention on the present and future, earlier teachings from wise men and women worth learning from can be overlooked. Perhaps one of these teachers being German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, widely known for his writings amidst his actively anti-Nazi stance in the World War II era. In this week's piece, Jared Myer, a student at Southeastern University, invites us on a personal journey into Bonhoeffer's letters, and shares his takeaways from engaging with teachers from the past.... Read More...

The Dangers of Personality Testing

Personality tests, such as the Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, offer opportunity for deeper understanding and growth in ourselves, and healthier relationships with others. But if we are not careful, these helpful tools can become hurtful, minimizing people to mere stereotypes, and excusing behavior that needs to change. In this week's post, Austin Spiller, a graduate student at Southeastern University's Divinity School, takes a look at how we as Christians can use these tools in a positive way. ... Read More...

Disagreeing Without Damaging

The question in our relationships is not whether or not we will disagree, but when it will happen, and what it will be about. Despite the inevitability of differing opinions these arguments are often mishandled. This week, missionary Tori Rasmussen shares a few principles of how to engage with others concerning topics we can't agree on, for civility's sake.... Read More...

Is Cancel Culture Canceled?

"She's canceled." "I don't support him anymore, did you hear what he did?" These are phrases that pop culture has normalized in an attempt to hold those in positions of power to a certain moral standard. While taking the actions of those in such positions seriously shows the potential of a public commitment to justice, it so often lacks an offer of redemption. This week, PhD student Justin Rose examines how Christians can earnestly and positively engage with these public calls to accountability.... Read More...

How Then Shall We Address Impeachment?

We should expect our politicians to extend a loving heart and concern for those who need a lifting hand. In our call for caring politicians, we as a community participate through our political commitments in lifting-up the whole of society. In this week’s post, Dr. Zachary Tackett, church history and theology professor at Southeastern University, discusses the modern impeachment relevance in today’s political climate and how we as believers might react in response. ... Read More...

Lord, This is Your Year

It is a well-intentionedphrase, but one that some fear may cause more harm than good: “This is youryear!” In this week’s post, Rebecca Clark, graduate student at SoutheasternUniversity, discusses this common phrase often encountered in the church and,what instead, believers may celebrate as they ring in 2020. ... Read More...