Christ

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...

@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...

Biblical Hospitality over Busy Cordiality

The power that hospitality holds is often forgotten. A meaningful cup of coffee brewed with care and intentionality paired with the authentic company of listening ears opens hearts more effectively than trying to convert one's guests. This week, Juliet Groton, intercultural studies major at Southeastern University, reveals her personal experiences and findings which seek to reinvent the current exemplification of Christian hospitality. ... Read More...

Art or Entertainment?

Popularity remains a valuable way to make a decision quickly, but it has the tendency to overlook the merits of the losers - the minority who are ruled. Compared to entertainment where output amount states worth, in art, the hero is defined not by popularity but by the artist. In this weeks article, Levi Larson creates a valuable picture for what it means to be a Christ-follower in a world inundated by siding with the popular vote. ... 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...

Jesus, the Manger, and a Call to Action

In the season of Advent, it is fitting to think on and celebrate the birth of Christ. God's message is woven through the story of Christmas, even down to the details of Christ's birth in a stable. The story of Christ's humble and unassuming birth paints a masterful painting of God's love for the outcast and underprivileged. The story of the manger is much more than a yearly Bible reading or focus of a play, it is a call to action for all of those who claim to be followers of Christ. ... Read More...

A Baptist Among Pentecostals

There can be a lot of disagreement between church denominations and groups about doctrine. Often, though, we never truly engage with people who hold differing views, we only look at how their views are different. Here is one Baptist student's story about studying at a Pentecostal university.... Read More...

Christ’s Peace Amidst Politics

A heightened sense of anxiety over the outcome of the election appears a reasonable response given the high stakes involved. As American believers, we have long enjoyed the privilege of power and influence, a rare opportunity afforded to Christians throughout history. How should followers of Christ continue to deal with the anxiety of losing the illusion of political control? ... Read More...

Less Tolerance | More Love

There is a vast dialogue in the public square between different people groups and the church about so many vast and complex issues. However, there is one concept that is heard over and over: we must learn to tolerate one another. But is tolerance the paradigm that we as Christians and members of a society and a culture can rely on?... Read More...

Daily Grace in Christian Life

We've all known a friend that uses the phrase, “Well, God will forgive me” right after they do something they know they shouldn’t have done. While the phrase is correct, this attitude can begin to create a “cheap grace” that doesn’t value the gift that was given to each of us. Grace is a serious subject matter in the life of a Christ follower. It should not be taken lightly but should be something that we value and embrace.... Read More...

Jesus, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles

Jesus experienced a vision of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit amidst a significant feast in Jerusalem; he saw a day coming when the Spirit of God would flow through human lives. Resisting the promptings of his family and others to merely “make an appearance” in Judea as a good publicity effort, he instead delayed his visit. When he finally appeared in the city, he lifted his voice with a shout at a most unexpected moment.... Read More...

Humble Church: Understanding the Church in Light of the Ascension

As the present church, this question is of upmost importance for us; how do we live out Christ’s ascension? The humility we see centering Christ’s ascension reveals that His crucifixion was an act of love, because even though Jesus knew that He was fully God, He intentionally rejected His own glory to serve humankind by becoming human. It is through this narrative of the ascension that we can get a clearer picture of what it means to be the church.... Read More...

Bonhoeffer, Paul, and the Christian Struggle

To claim that Christian living is simple is to misunderstand the life of one who claims to follow after Christ. However, there is beauty in the struggle and peace in having to rely on someone other than yourself. The struggle in doing what is right keeps us in prayer; the realization that we cannot make this way for ourselves keeps us focused on God. ... Read More...

To Have Christ Within

I grew up believing that Jesus came into my heart when I accepted Him as my Savior. To have Christ within is to be in authentic fellowship with Him; He is now Lord and Master and we are servants. To have Christ within you means hope for today and tomorrow, power for daily life, and an intimate relationship with the Most High God.... Read More...

Being Doubly Reconciled

Are we close enough with others to hear their cries for reconciliation with God and other people? Do we do the work of listening and allowing them to share about themselves more than we make assumptions about who they are for our convenient categories of description? Do we know what kind of reconciliation the Lord desires in our relationships? Double reconciliation – to God and others – begets our response as we act as ambassadors for Christ, compelling the world to be reconciled to God.... Read More...