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The Burden (and Peace) of Jesus

“Jesus, I don’t see you like I used to. I don’t feel you as I did before. I can’t hear your voice.” Where are you!?” Often times, that is my prayer when I’m having a hard week and I have had to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. Jesus’ response to me is always a boldly stated “I’ve been here! Where have you been? I’ve been here waiting on you!” This week, Hazel Johnson, graduate student at Boston University, takes a look at how we as the church should think about the burdens we place on ourselves. How can we be both responsible, active Christians and rest in the peace of Christ at the same time?... Read More...

Two Common Myths about Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are all supernatural in the sense that the Spirit is involved. The Bible affirms, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11). Join this week's discussion as author Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D., deconstructs common myths behind spiritual gifts and how a church's capacity multiplies when it chooses to invest in members' development. ... Read More...

Profoundly Lonely

According to recent research, about half of all Americans could be considered lonely. Young people in the United States are profoundly lonely. Yet, the loneliness that is plaguing so many young people is not temporary, not born out of a particular event, not a reflective or contemplative isolation. It is a deep, abiding, and cyclical alienation from other people. In this week's article, Master of Divinity candidate at Boston University School of Theology and a United Methodist Director of Children and Youth Ministries in New England, Dominic J. Mejia explores ways the church as loving community can serve as a means of grace in the lives of folks who feel alienated and disconnected. ... 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...

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...

Stimulating the Perception of Gun Control

Gun control remains one of the most relevant topics passionately debated within churches today. What leaders claim to be the justified spiritual answer on the second amendment may in actuality be affecting society more than developing a civil dialogue about the issue. In this weeks article, Professor Yoon Shin at Southeastern University, elaborates on his perspective of gun control as well as his veteran background serving in the Navy. ... 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...

A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Eugene Peterson

Yesterday, Eugene Peterson walked across the threshold of heaven’s gates. Many hearts are sorrowful and, at the same time, in awe at a life well lived. Eighty-five years, over 30 books authored, a meaningful vocation, a wonderful family and millions of lives were impacted through Peterson's words on paper. Join in the discussion this week as we commemorate Peterson's pivotal and faithful voice to numerous pastors, theologians, and leaders on the forefront of today's Pentecostal movement. ... 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...

Fostering Authentic Spirituality in the Church

How can we construct a healthy community that embraces dialogue upon spiritual questions we may not hold the answers to? Humility shifts the paradigm from appearing to know all spiritual answers into one that acknowledges God’s transcendence. In this week’s discussion, we expound upon the sacred art of questioning and why incorporating it is vital for developing an authentic functioning faith. ... 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...

An Exploration of Biblical Commentary

For some, biblical commentaries might seem intimidating; however, they are just as essential spiritually for the individual as they are communally for the church. In this week’s feature, we explore achievable methods that will enable you to deepen your exegetical study by using commentaries. Through sharing these four simplified steps, we encourage you to stand upon your own researched findings instead of solely upon others’ thoughts.... Read More...