Columns on Church and Theology

Is the New Testament More Important Than the Old? | Larry Eubanks, Scripture, New Testament, Old Testament
Is the New Testament More Important Than the Old?
By: Larry Eubanks
When we regard the New Testament as more important or relevant than the Old, we are acting as if we can jump into the middle of a movie and understand what is going on. It doesn't work. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

How Common Core Can Teach Collaboration to Your Church | Brock Ratcliff, Collaboration, Community, Common Core
How Common Core Can Teach Collaboration to Your Church
By: Brock Ratcliff
Our churches would do well to see the team emphasis demonstrated in the spirit of Common Core as a reminder of our own cooperative call in the Kingdom of God. Read More ...
Brock Ratcliff

Why We Need to See Through Others' Eyes | Colin Harris, Empathy, Community, Image of God, Genesis
Why We Need to See Through Others' Eyes
By: Colin Harris
At the heart of the cruelty of today's religious extremism is its followers' belief that they see as God sees and that their will is God's will. Our world would be much better if we would see through others' eyes. Read More ...
Colin Harris

4 Reasons Your Church Can Stagnate and Die | Elijah Brown, Turkey, Church Health
4 Reasons Your Church Can Stagnate and Die
By: Elijah Brown
One of the most celebrated churches in the New Testament is no longer around today. How did it and other vibrant churches of that time die? The reasons can apply to today's churches as well. Read More ...
Elijah Brown

Religious Freedom: Making the World Safe for Diversity | Rick Love, Religious Freedom, Diversity, Interfaith Engagement
Religious Freedom: Making the World Safe for Diversity
By: Rick Love
Everyone struggles with diversity at some level. Diversity, however, is a fact of life in the 21st century, and America is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse nations on earth. Read More ...
Rick Love

A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees | Elijah Brown, Refugees, Humanitarian Aid, Immigration, Ruth
A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees
By: Elijah Brown
As the Old Testament's Ruth shows us, people of faith should be among the first who follow the biblical narrative's call to welcome the refugees and displaced within our communities. Read More ...
Elijah Brown

Tree Trimming Offers Guidance for Christian Discipleship | Sara Powell, Discipleship
Tree Trimming Offers Guidance for Christian Discipleship
By: Sara Powell
When the electric company trims your trees, you may not like the end result but their work keeps electricity flowing when you need it. What trimming needs to take place in your life to let God work? Read More ...
Sara Powell

Connecting God's Kingdom to Your Daily Labors | Zach Dawes, Labor Day, Kingdom of God, Puritans, Walter Rauschenbusch
Connecting God's Kingdom to Your Daily Labors
By: Zach Dawes
How do you embody God's Kingdom in your day-to-day life? Labor Day offers you a time to reflect on this connection so the good news does not become disconnected from your life. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Many Church Discipleship Programs Overlook This | Larry Eubanks, Creation Care, Discipleship
Many Church Discipleship Programs Overlook This
By: Larry Eubanks
Some church discipleship programs overlook an important task given to humans: to take care of God's creation. We are called to care for each other as well as the plants and animals in need of protection. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

Value Your Church, Whatever Its Faults May Be | Colin Sedgwick, Community
Value Your Church, Whatever Its Faults May Be
By: Colin Sedgwick
Churches may have their faults, but one of the greatest joys and privileges of being a Christian is that you are a member of the family of God, gathered together with others in a local congregation. Read More ...
Colin Sedgwick

The Importance of Jesus' Faith in God | Drew Smith, Faith, Discipleship, Gospel of Mark
The Importance of Jesus' Faith in God
By: Drew Smith
Jesus' power to do miracles may be credited to his faith in God to work miracles through him. The Gospel of Mark shows Jesus as the example of faithful discipleship. Read More ...
Drew Smith

How Your Church Should Respond to Depression | Dennis Bickers, Depression
How Your Church Should Respond to Depression
By: Dennis Bickers
You might be surprised to find how many people in your church are struggling with depression and are afraid to say anything for fear of being judged. Churches need to be part of the solution. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion? | Sam Chaise, Religious Freedom, Protestant Reformation, Baptists
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion. Read More ...
Sam Chaise

God Calls Us to Share, Learn and Work Together | Ircel Harrison, Community, Trinity
God Calls Us to Share, Learn and Work Together
By: Ircel Harrison
The Christian life is not meant to be a solitary pursuit. Our vertical relationship with God finds its expression in a horizontal relationship with other believers. Read More ...
Ircel Harrison

Why Real Worship Should Move You to Tears | Bill Wilson, Worship, Humility
Why Real Worship Should Move You to Tears
By: Bill Wilson
Genuine worship should evoke a humility that's missing in many Christians. What will it take for us to be swept into a spirit of unity that moves us to shed tears of joy at the altar? Read More ...
Bill Wilson

6 Ways Your Faith Affects How You Live | Jon Kuhrt, Apartheid, Faith, Behavior
6 Ways Your Faith Affects How You Live
By: Jon Kuhrt
Faith must make a difference in how we live. Even small acts can make big differences to others. Here are six ways your faith should influence your life. Read More ...
Jon Kuhrt

Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope | Juan Aragon, Immigration
Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope
By: Juan Aragon
Immigrants live in the shadows of reality. They come to live in a land where their labor is desired and needed, yet they are unwanted and unwelcome. Will the church provide a community for migrant people? Read More ...
Juan Aragon

Is Peace on Earth Even Possible? | Chuck Summers, Creation Care, Prayer
Is Peace on Earth Even Possible?
By: Chuck Summers
God's will is not being done in the world. Not even close. In God's kingdom, there is no place for the hatred, violence and killing that seems so prevalent everywhere we look. Read More ...
Chuck Summers

Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches | James Gordon, Vision
Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches
By: James Gordon
Vision. It's a word that's been devalued. We use it in our churches for the latest good ideas, the currently fashionable ways of doing things, or to claim the high ground for our own agendas. Read More ...
James Gordon

The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice | Drew Smith, Compassion, Justice, Kingdom of God
The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice
By: Drew Smith
Jesus was a political figure, but not in the sense that he was involved in any political power system of his day. His message and his mission confronted the social structures of his day with the politics of God. Read More ...
Drew Smith

Preachers, Thou Shall Not Steal | Joe LaGuardia, Plagiarism
Preachers, Thou Shall Not Steal
By: Joe LaGuardia
Preparing and delivering quality sermons every week is hard work, which makes plagiarism a tempting choice. Pastors aren't immune to breaking the eighth commandment, but their churches deserve better.
 Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs | Bill Wilson, Martyrdom, Leadership
Let's Reserve Martyrdom for Real Martyrs
By: Bill Wilson
We're tempted to see our own issues as supremely important, but we would be wise to remember that many other folks are facing far more challenging difficulties in their own lives. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

In Politics and Religion, the Devil's in the Details | Reggie Warren, Partisanship
In Politics and Religion, the Devil's in the Details
By: Reggie Warren
The spirit that unifies citizens and church members around visions must translate into some measure of camaraderie and compromise in the halls of political power and church business meetings. Read More ...
Reggie Warren

2 Essentials to Good Theological Education | David Fitch, Theological Education, Communication
2 Essentials to Good Theological Education
By: David Fitch
Theological education is not a matter of spouting off "theo-jargon." Good theological education requires us to challenge our thinking and to learn how to clearly communicate to others. Read More ...
David Fitch

Why No Such Thing as a Righteous War Exists | Joe LaGuardia, World War I
Why No Such Thing as a Righteous War Exists
By: Joe LaGuardia
Progressive stalwarts of yesteryear preached war in advancing God's kingdom. In the aftermath, many repented for mixing religious conviction too closely with political conflict. Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

Why Christians Must Be Peacemakers | Drew Smith, Peacemaking
Why Christians Must Be Peacemakers
By: Drew Smith
Peacemaking not only reflects Jesus' teachings, it mirrors the life of Jesus, who came as the Prince of Peace. But what's required to be peacemakers and why must we be peacemakers? Read More ...
Drew Smith

Churches, Nonprofits Face Financially Troubled Future | Reggie Warren, Charitable Giving, Philanthropy
Churches, Nonprofits Face Financially Troubled Future
By: Reggie Warren
Many churches and other charities face a bleak future as charitable giving by the average American continues to weaken. The economy is part of the issue; our spending priorities are the other. Read More ...
Reggie Warren

Learning to Give with the Heart of a Child | Heather Skull, Kingdom of God, Philanthropy
Learning to Give with the Heart of a Child
By: Heather Skull
Many of us respond with generous giving during an emergency but sometimes aren't as moved to give during quieter times. At those times, more of us should be like this young girl. Read More ...
Heather Skull

5 Ways to Slow Down Ministry's Revolving Door | Trey Lyon, Youth Ministry, Turnover
5 Ways to Slow Down Ministry's Revolving Door
By: Trey Lyon
The average tenure for a senior pastor is about four years, for a youth minister about 18 months. Here are ways your church can keep your ministerial positions from being revolving doors. Read More ...
Trey Lyon

More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers | Dennis Bickers, Bivocational Ministry, Theological Education
More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers
By: Dennis Bickers
The number of fully funded ministry positions is declining. More churches are seeking bivocational leadership. It's time to make the adjustments needed to reflect this reality. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

What Fuels Your Motivation to Live Out the Gospel? | Ron Rolheiser, Prodigal Son, Bitterness, Envy, Resentment
What Fuels Your Motivation to Live Out the Gospel?
By: Ron Rolheiser
Many Christians live self-sacrificial lives, but their joy and gratitude have been replaced by bitterness and envy of those who live amoral lives. How do we find the right fuel to live out the Gospel? Read More ...
Ron Rolheiser

Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice | Zach Dawes, Social Justice, Social Gospel, Christian Realism, Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr
Passion, Realism Necessary in Working for Social Justice
By: Zach Dawes
Many Christians have a fervent desire for social justice but may be unrealistic about how fast change can happen. Two social ethicists from the last century can help you find the right balance. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

3 Reasons Church "Cannibalism" Erodes God's Kingdom | David Fitch, Evangelism, Church Planting
3 Reasons Church "Cannibalism" Erodes God's Kingdom
By: David Fitch
When large churches launch new satellite sites, they often draw members from the area's smaller churches, which are now struggling to survive. Are they building God's Kingdom or their own empires? Read More ...
David Fitch

How to Hijack a Religious Tradition | Colin Harris, Evangelicals, Religious Right, Baptists, Moral Majority
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture? | Bill Wilson, Leadership, Trust, Ministerial Staff
Does Your Church Have a Trusting Leadership Culture?
By: Bill Wilson
The hardest part of ministry for many leaders is staff trust. While no magic pill will solve the issue, there are best practices and habits that can create a healthier church culture. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry | Dennis Bickers, Bivocational Ministry, Leadership
Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Many people have misconceptions about bivocational ministry, even seminary students. Here are some of the wrong questions that church members and leaders often ask. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Atheists Often Reject a Caricature of God | Larry Eubanks, Atheism, Imperial Cult
Atheists Often Reject a Caricature of God
By: Larry Eubanks
The god that many atheists reject is not the one most Christians in the world follow. They reject a caricature of God that's followed by Christians who let their fears, prejudices and politics distort their view of God. Read More ...
Larry Eubanks

A Plea to Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends | Martin Accad, Religious Extremism
A Plea to Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends
By: Martin Accad
Recent history is filled with violence committed in the name of religion. It's time for all religions to be honest and acknowledge the evil that exists within each of our own groups. Read More ...
Martin Accad

"Because Here It's Not Far From Hell" | Azar Ajaj, Israel, Palestine, Gaza
"Because Here It's Not Far From Hell"
By: Azar Ajaj
This carnage in the Middle East, is it anything but madness and evil? We must dare to pray courageously for a just settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, resulting in a durable peace. Read More ...
Azar Ajaj

Reformation's Religious Image-Breaking Spurred Literacy | Philip Jenkins, Protestant Reformation, Iconoclasm
Reformation's Religious Image-Breaking Spurred Literacy
By: Philip Jenkins
Often dismissed as marginal excesses, the destruction of religious symbols and art during the Reformation were the necessary other side of the coin to the growth of literacy. Read More ...
Philip Jenkins

When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy | Colin Sedgwick, Evangelism
When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy
By: Colin Sedgwick
The young woman boarded the bus and began loudly preaching the gospel. Everyone was uncomfortable, including me. Should I have supported a fellow Christian? Was she misguided? Read More ...
Colin Sedgwick

Morality Without Faith-Based Standard is Too Fluid | Lois Mitchell, Morality
Morality Without Faith-Based Standard is Too Fluid
By: Lois Mitchell
In the same way that the "gold standard" is a relic of the past in our global economy, Judeo-Christian morality has also become a relic of the past in many societies where it once played a central role. Read More ...
Lois Mitchell

5 Practices Followed by Peacemaking Churches | Rick Love, Peacemaking
5 Practices Followed by Peacemaking Churches
By: Rick Love
Many pastors believe peacemaking is a biblical value but don't know where to start with their churches. Here are five practices that peacemaking churches follow. Don't overlook the second one. Read More ...
Rick Love

Putting an Upside-Down World Right-Side Up | Rob Hewell, Kingdom of God
Putting an Upside-Down World Right-Side Up
By: Rob Hewell
Don't be surprised when the world is critical of Jesus' followers by accusing them of doing and saying precisely what God has called them to do and say. They've got it upside down. Read More ...
Rob Hewell

Tree of Faith Needs Both Roots and Branches to Grow | Colin Harris, Emergence Christianity
Tree of Faith Needs Both Roots and Branches to Grow
By: Colin Harris
What's the church's future? Will it hold on to tradition or strike a new path? The answer may rest with those who maintain a clear connection with their roots while seeking fresh expressions of faith. Read More ...
Colin Harris

As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open | Terence Ascott, SAT-7, ISIS, Iraq
As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open
By: Terence Ascott
Many Christians have fled Iraq. Those who remain fear for their safety even as government officials vow to protect them. Despite the uncertainty, many hope their nation can return to normal. Read More ...
Terence Ascott

Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness? | Leroy Seat, Eric Liddell, Jiko Manzoku, Sabbath
Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness?
By: Leroy Seat
It's great to stand up for your convictions. But it also depends on what those convictions are and whether standing up for them enhances or detracts from your Christian witness. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Human Trafficking: BMS World Mission's Permanent Solutions | Chris Hall, Human Trafficking, BMS World Mission, NightLight, Freeset, Kahaila
Human Trafficking: BMS World Mission's Permanent Solutions
By: Chris Hall
Solely helping women escape human trafficking is only a temporary solution; it's likely they'll be pulled back into the cycle. BMS World Mission works on permanent solutions. Read More ...
Chris Hall

Human Trafficking: Global Women's Global Partnerships | Trudy Johnson, Human Trafficking, Global Women, Beginning of Life
Human Trafficking: Global Women's Global Partnerships
By: Trudy Johnson
Human trafficking is rapidly growing because of the worldwide demand for cheap labor and services, including commercial sexual activities. Global Women is working to end this atrocity. Read More ...
Trudy Johnson

Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther: The First African Bishop | Israel Olofinjana, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Africa, Missions, Church Missionary Society
Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther: The First African Bishop
By: Israel Olofinjana
Samuel Ajayi Crowther, an iconic church leader in Africa and beyond due to his role as the first African bishop, was a bridge between Africans and Europeans. He was often misunderstood by both. Read More ...
Israel Olofinjana

Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat? | David Brattston, Diet, Invitro Meat, Food
Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat?
By: David Brattston
Early Christianity recognized that any food that God declared clean – even if previously forbidden – was clean. Today, science is producing meat by in-vitro cell growth. How do we respond? Read More ...
David Brattston

Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror | Bill Wilson, Forgiveness
Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror
By: Bill Wilson
When you're dismissed from a church, the wounds are like looking into a rearview mirror. They're often larger than they appear. The way forward requires you to forgive. Read More ...
Bill Wilson

How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size | Larry McSwain, Leadership, Church Staffing
How to Ensure Your Church Staff is the Right Size
By: Larry McSwain
With the majority of churches plateaued or declining, congregations need to do some fresh thinking about how to realign their staffing levels so they remain healthy and effective. Read More ...
Larry McSwain

Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution | Zach Dawes, Righteousness, Persecution, Pope Francis, Capitalism
Following God's Dream Often Leads to Persecution
By: Zach Dawes
Jesus paints a portrait of God's dream for the world and calls us to shape our lives accordingly. When we follow this not-yet-materialized dream, we are often persecuted by those who don't understand it. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches | Dennis Bickers, Small Churches, Leadership, Pastor Search Committee
The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
When smaller churches search for a new pastor, they often want to fill the void as quickly as possible. They're better off without a pastor for a longer time than to call the wrong person. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges | Bob Browning, Leadership, Change
People Rarely Radically Change; They Need Nudges
By: Bob Browning
Church members can take a frustratingly long time to make decisions that change their personal lives as well as the church. Don't expect overnight transformations. Learn to nudge people a little at a time. Read More ...
Bob Browning

Responding to People Who Are Spiritual Not Religious | Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Spirituality
Responding to People Who Are Spiritual Not Religious
By: Elizabeth Hagan
It's common to hear someone say they're spiritual but not religious. Good news! It's OK to be both. And the local church, while not perfect, is a place where you can be both. Read More ...
Elizabeth Evans Hagan

3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church | Matt Sapp, Shakespeare, Evangelism, Humor
3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
By: Matt Sapp
Some say Shakespeare is inaccessible because the language is unfamiliar to modern ears, but the Bard had a knack for portraying characters who face the same joys and temptations that we do. Read More ...
Matt Sapp

Spiritual Needs Are Important in Work Satisfaction | Joe LaGuardia, Spirituality, Labor
Spiritual Needs Are Important in Work Satisfaction
By: Joe LaGuardia
A business survey tells us something Christians have always known: Faith is important in every area of our lives, including work, because God is the only one who can fill that empty hole in our hearts. Read More ...
Joe LaGuardia

Mission in a War Zone: Is it Worth the Risk? Part 2 | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission, Missions
Mission in a War Zone: Is it Worth the Risk? Part 2
By: Sarah Stone
While sudden outbreaks of fighting cannot always be predicted, mission organizations assess the foreseeable risks before sending workers into any potentially dangerous situation. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

Why Do You Believe What You Believe? | Leroy Seat, Belief, Faith
Why Do You Believe What You Believe?
By: Leroy Seat
Your community of faith and the Bible shape what you believe, but other things can reshape it. You believe what you believe because of what you think about the most or consider the most important. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization | Dennis Bickers, Leadership, Church Planting, Revitalization
Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches are either declining or plateaued and need to be revitalized. However, church revitalization requires a willingness to change, and change does not come easy for many churches. Read More ...
Dennis Bickers

Mission in a War Zone: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 1 | Sarah Stone, BMS World Mission
Mission in a War Zone: Is It Worth the Risk? Part 1
By: Sarah Stone
Serving in some of the world's most dangerous places, mission workers must decide whether to stay and ride out the danger or leave to protect themselves and their families. Read More ...
Sarah Stone

Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com | Zach Dawes, EthicsDaily, Website
Check Out These Recent Updates to EthicsDaily.com
By: Zach Dawes
As EthicsDaily.com moves into providing more faith-based content to TV outlets, we're still committed to the daily content on our website. Here are some of the recent improvements we've made. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision | Ed Noyes, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bivocational Ministry, Kikongo Pastors School
Pastoral Students in Congo Glimpse God's Provision
By: Ed Noyes
Rural pastors in Congo have at least one other job to make ends meet. The Kikongo Pastor's School makes sure their candidates can live off the land and pass that know-how to others. Read More ...
Ed Noyes