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Encouraging Education in the Church

An essential need for us as the church is to walk alongside members while they wrestle with theological issues – doing so gently – providing a non-shaming space for them to explore their thoughts, beliefs, and doubts. In this week’s post, undergraduate student William Campbell discusses his personal experience encountering theological misunderstandings in the church and how, through education, the church wields the power to inform its community rather than discourage questioning. ... Read More...

Affirming Women in Modern Spirituality

The gospel writer Luke speaks of the Spirit coming upon all people … including women … that they may proclaim the prophetic word of God (Acts 2:17-18). Jesus authenticated women for leadership in ministry when he commended Mary of Bethany as she sat at his feet. In this post’s relevant discussion, Dr. Zach Tackett, professor at Southeastern University and ordained AG minister, unravels the significant and crucial role women play in Pentecostal circles while biblically endorsing their leadership in ministry. ... Read More...

The Lord, Alone, is on His Throne

The sudden boom of elevation in leadership materials has begun producing some ministers who know the ‘how’ of leadership, but cannot articulate the ‘why’ of Christian vocation with sufficient theological depth. In this week’s post, Peter Hartwig, theologian in residence at National Community Church and MDiv candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary, addresses the pressing issue to dethrone the study of leadership and, in the process, reconsiders its relationship to theology itself. ... Read More...

The Kingdom of God in Pentecostal Missions

The gospel that declares the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15), has been recognized as transforming the lost from darkness to Light and from those in social chaos to Christian community. In this week’s post, Dr. Robert Houlihan, professor at Southeastern University, discusses the debated missiological topic of Western influence and how his experiences shaped a lens of social action corresponding to the Kingdom of God. ... Read More...

God’s Care for Creation

Some Christians do see environmental issues as deeply imbedded in the Christian mission. Others see ecology as outside the bounds of Christian interests. We find others who take a position somewhere in the middle. In this week's discussion, Dr. Hackett, professor at Southeastern University, will be engaging with how the earliest expressions of the church might contribute to our understanding of the interaction of the mission of God and the nature of the ecology.... Read More...

Muted Skeptics Spawning Cynics

We may find that if we listen, dialogue with, and engage authentically with those who have questions or false premises about the church, not only may we hear something we have missed, but we might even grow our understanding from it. This week Aaron Ross, theology professor at Southeastern University, continues from his recent post in the discussion of skeptics within the church and addresses how we as a community might gather our response. ... Read More...

Actuating Environmental Stewardship

Theologically, stewardshipbelieves in humanity having an obligation to our earth; and, thus, expendingfirm energies in caring, protecting, and advocating for it (Gen. 2:15).Considering the dilemma of our current climate’s trajectory, should the church supportenvironmental action? In this week’s discussion, Esther Shemeth, student at SoutheasternUniversity, encourages a rationale that seeks to emphasize the biblical substantiation of sustainability.  ... Read More...

ReReading Romans 13

Many Christians in our society are drawn to “law and order,” thinking that such a decisive and forceful approach will address problems of social and political corruption and confusion. Romans 13 is often misused as justification for this perception. In this week’s article, Dr. Chris Green, theology professor at Southeastern University, discusses several findings from Romans 13 commonly misunderstood and advocates that Christians believe not in law and order, but in the Spirit.... Read More...

Critique and the Church

Why does the church fear critique? Why do we seem so afraid of questions? The answers to these questions can be as varied as those who are being asked them. Whether it is the fear of being wrong, the fear that we have established practices or habits that are not healthy, or other inner issues that have not been dealt with, criticism is often deflected in many church settings. Join in this week’s discussion as Southeastern University professor Aaron Ross discusses the crucial element of critique and why it is needed to spark genuine church growth. ... Read More...

A Vision for a Humble Christian Candidate

The revelation of Jesus Christ as a human was an ultimate act of humility as He set aside His rights and privileges to live and be like us. As Christians, we aspire to follow this standard of Christ’s humility and incorporate it into all areas of our life; however, the political world seems to always lack being one of them. In this week's discussion, Jackson Hirsch, theology student at Southeastern University, elaborates on his perspective of how a heart that is willing to truly take root in humility could change the way that Christian candidates engage with the political world.... Read More...

The Merciful Minimalist: Clement of Alexandria on Living Minimally

The contemporary minimalist movement is deeply invested in practicing a renunciation that coincides with the reorientation of one’s desires. Its aim is to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. According to two prominent leaders of this movement, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the primary goal of minimalism is to live a meaningful life. While contemporary minimalists draw from the wells of Greek stoicism, there are deep resources that the earliest Christians of North Africa provide when addressing the topic of wealth and simplicity. The Christian theologian and teacher Clement (his name meaning merciful) of Alexandria (150-215 CE) developed a rich understanding of renunciation. This week’s article explores his vision of the Christian life focused on the reorientation of a person’s desires such that simplistic living, where giving becomes normative in one’s personal and communal practice.... Read More...

Dark Night of the Soul

When left unchallenged, our dialogue with God can become the way by which we measure our relationship with him, and often leads us to believe that God’s love and presence is limited to the functions of our behavior. In this week's article, Jordan Montgomery, senior practical ministries major at Southeastern University, highlights how painful deprivations press upon a believer's spirituality and how to overcome the darkness rooted from internalized suffering. ... Read More...

The Groaning of a Prisoner

Grace can cost everything you have to offer and more, but in the end you will declare with Paul, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” (Rom. 8:18, NASB). In this week's discussion Dr. Margaret de Alminana, associate professor of theology at Southeastern University, shares her rationale of spiritually rescuing prisoners based on her many years serving as Senior Chaplain of Women at the Orange County Jail. ... Read More...

@preachersnsneakers (pt.1)

Amassing over 120 thousand followers in a three week time span, the instagram account @preachersnsneakers has hit the Christian social media world by storm. In today's feature, Aaron Ross, assistant professor of theological studies at Southeastern University, enters this relevant conversation with a valuable perception that seeks to provide context and answers behind why this new account has escalated so rapidly - even more rapidly than the insta-following of the celebrity pastors themselves.... Read More...

The Church and the Academy

While some believe differences should separate the Church from the Academy, others disagree claiming that, in the interest of faith communities, the two function best intertwined. In this week's discussion, Dr. Ben Gomez, assistant professor and director of youth ministry studies at Southeastern University, presents evidence explaining why the church should unite with the academy and disregard the common either/or stigma.... Read More...