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Spring Cleaning: Skeletons in the Closet

We often conceal our vulnerabilities beneath the surface of a smiling countenance, curated social media or distinguished job title. Should we demand justice as Christians when we see hate crimes materialize without attending to the deeper issue? In this week's article, Dr. Richard Harris, communication's professor at Southeastern University and former (renounced) Grand Dragon of the Indiana KKK, discusses a seven step process in addressing the infirmities within us. ... Read More...

Is Auto-Pilot Dominating Our Liturgy?

It seems like every week a worship band outputs a new album. We frequently are flooded with new Christian music; yet, when you enter a typical church on Sunday, the worship team often still sings "Oceans." Michael Steiner, MBA, compares and applies one of the basic theories of behavioral economics, the dual-system theory, to the repetitive nature found in contemporary worship services and suggests how this negative posture can impose on congregants' spiritual experience. ... Read More...

Christ, the Savior is Born!

Christmas is the season when families share gifts with one another, hope with those around them, and memories that last a lifetime. The holidays also represent a responsibility to share the good news with others under the firm biblical-grounded belief that Jesus Christ is Savior. In this week's article, a fresh perspective carries believers into new areas where our attention can be refocused during this busy winter season.... Read More...

A Kinder and Gentler Nation: A Tribute to George H. W. Bush

At his inauguration in 1989, Bush implored that Americans have a responsibility “to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.” In this week's discussion, Dr. Zack Tackett reminisces the impact of George H.W. Bush's presidency on our nation and dispenses a powerful parallel to how the church may learn from his gentle, political posture.... Read More...

When Not All is Well With Our Souls

Many believe that those who occupy pastoral roles should be all things to everyone; however, this type of believing is unbiblical and unhealthy. Escalated emotional exhaustion often goes unresolved, which leads to destructive outcomes for leadership. In this week’s article, Dr. Jim Vigil addresses three main characteristics of ministerial burnout and how to best defend against them.... Read More...

Cultivating Divine Interaction in Christian Craft

As the Church, we understand that vocational ministry is not the only outreach method that facilitates Gospel distribution to those in need of hearing it. Another effective outreach system contextualizes the Good News for a culture through media. In this week’s student feature, Asia Lerner, senior Biblical studies major at Southeastern University, discusses her research intertwining the Divine with modern artistry and cultural engagement. ... Read More...

An Advocate for Pastoral Accountability

While the church preaches grace and forgiveness, the right systems are often not instated to ensure that leaders are held accountable for personal and communal actions. Stemming from our last post, in which Dr. McNaughton provided solutions to help leaders confront inward struggle, this week's article exhibits a personal story from a pastor's daughter who dealt with contributing to false perfection. ... Read More...

What Can We Learn When Leaders Fail

As temptation subsumes consumers of all different scopes, spiritual leaders are also bombarded with inner and outer conflicts that strongly tempt them to stray from God's direction. Dr. McNaughton, professional church leadership consultant and Southeastern University professor, guides us through four key commitments he created to help church leaders navigate and realign themselves into their Christ centered calling. ... Read More...
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Remembering Eugene Peterson

As many around the world continue mourning and remembering the life Eugene Peterson left, we also desire to reveal the generosity, compassion, and spiritual encouragement Eugene poured out to those around him that went unrecognized. Daniel Grothe, a pastor who considers Eugene a friend and mentor, describes their incomparable relationship in this week's personal reflection. ... Read More...

Peacemaking in a Politically Divided System

Justice and peacemaking, historically to modern day, tread on thin balances within America's politically bisected government. Associating as Republican or Democrat has become a label now pinned to one's identity. Throughout this week's discussion, Dr. Tackett, Theology Professor at Southeastern University provides three practical solutions that inform Christ-followers on implementing Truth between current national divisions. ... Read More...

The Collision of Racism and Power in Society

While abuses of power are not equivalent to racism, institutionalized racism appears to stem from an abuse of power. The issue of racial oppression connects the misuse of leadership to marginalized, impoverished, and powerless groups in society. Join in the discussion this week as we reveal how the Bible calls people and societies to utilize their influence.... Read More...

A Journey through Global Context

In our most recent post, we explored cultural context within America's church conditions. But how does the global church pertain to context? As we dive deeper through analyzing the church cross-culturally, we hope it enables you to reflect upon the importance of Christ's global redemptive mission. ... Read More...

Should the Church Merge with Culture?

When we think of the church balancing with culture, our mental image might imitate what some deem "celebrity pastors" who promote wearing trendy name brands, flashing colorful lights, and focusing more time on their personal online presence. How can the church engage with modern America without converting entirely to its consumeristic tendencies? This week's discussion examines this pressing issue in relation to Jesus' core proclamations as well as suggests how the Body of Christ can respond. ... Read More...