By: Gershon Nimbalker Some Christians believe their faith and politics don't mix. In a secular democracy, however, Christians should speak out to protect individuals' rights, promote the common good and pursue justice.
By: Ircel Harrison It's not enough to identify and disciple leaders for the church. Leaders need to invest their time to mentor young leaders who will in turn invest their time training the following generation.
By: Bill Owen You may feel cramped in the window seat of a flight, but you have a great view of the world. The aisle seat offers far more comfort. Metaphorically speaking, many churches prefer the aisle seat.
By: Bill Wilson Weekly church attendance is in serious decline as loyal members attend less frequently than before. Here are 10 of the most frequent places they go on Sundays when they're not in church.
By: Guy Sayles God has given mankind dominion over the earth, but we've distorted that meaning to justify exploitation of the earth's nonhuman creatures and profligate waste of its resources. We are not owners, but stewards.
By: David Hull Churches are either guardians or gardeners. Is yours protecting the ministries that were planted yesterday or digging new soil, planting new seeds and pruning back the old so that new growth can occur?
By: Zach Dawes April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in several states. For churches that want to educate their members and to increase their vigilance about genocide, abundant resources exist.
By: Mark Tidsworth Many Christians see the process of growing as disciples as personal, private and individualistic, believing they don't need a community of faith. Here's why playing the John Wayne type won't work.
By: Zach Dawes Taxes are essential to a functioning society, yet you'll rarely hear a sermon or attend a church study on the topic. Christians need to engage in more frequent moral and ethical reflection on taxation.
By: Bob Browning Jesus couldn't ignore the plight of those who were being exploited, especially by the religious leaders. He accepted his mission to be an advocate for the poor and powerless. We also have no higher calling.
By: Azar Ajaj While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.
By: Dennis Bickers Church leaders sometimes keep secrets from congregations, often thinking they are protecting the church. When those secrets are exposed, trust is broken. Here's how to rebuild that trust.
By: Azar Ajaj The events of the Israeli election are a wake-up call to the church in Israel, a challenge to become more effective in its mission. How can churches better serve Arab Israelis as well as the Israeli community?
By: Greg DeLoach We filter our email to weed out unwanted solicitations, but the church should be a place where all are welcome and no one is filtered out. Yet churches have many filters that need to be jettisoned.
By: Ircel Harrison If your congregation wants to enlist and nurture a new generation of church leaders, it won't happen by putting them on committees, especially if most of those assignments don't provide any sense of fulfillment.
By: Agnes Howard The New Year's barrage of juice-cleanse ads promises atonement for holiday indulgence. Similarly, a Lenten fast helps you reflect on spiritual poisons you need to cleanse from your system.
By: Hugh Hollowell Homeless people first and foremost have lost their right to choose. Instead of denying them the ability to make choices, even bad ones, we should love them enough to restore their right to choose.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.
By: Larry Eubanks Care for the earth is a part of biblical theology, but somehow it doesn't find its way into a lot of Christians' theology. If we are going to get our lives in line with the plans of God, we must recover this emphasis.
By: Chris Duffett When you share the gospel with others, do you do most of the talking and assume they know nothing? Or do you seek out the light that's already within them and listen to their stories?