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Author Tony Cartledge

Tony W. Cartledge is professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and contributing editor at Nurturing Faith Publishing.

Readers who aren’t on George Barna’s e-mail list might be interested to know of a recent series of surveys his organization has done on the views and feelings of Christian women. For the purposes of the telephone survey, which included 603 randomly chosen women from the lower 48 states, participants self-identified themselves as Christian, and […] Read More

People who love the church — in some semblance of the way we have come to know it in the past 100 years — have cause for concern about how long that model will be sustainable. Attendance is generally down, for one thing, as postmoderns and younger generations show less allegiance to the institutional church, […] Read More

While attending a breakout session during the Oasis music and worship conference sponsored by the CampbellUniversityDivinitySchool, I learned that my all-time favorite hymn was not originally titled “Amazing Grace.” It was “Faith’s Review and Expectation.” What? The hymn was written by John Newton, a former sea captain, active in the slave trade, who once bargained […] Read More

The blog world is atwitter with newsfromarecentsurvey (the NationalSurveyofStudentEngagement) showing that today’s college students are studying considerably fewer hours than their predecessors did a generation or two ago. College was supposed to be hard work, and it was. After breezing through high school, I remember learning – after a B average freshman year – that […] Read More

The struggles at ShorterUniversity in Rome, Ga., were highlighted in the WashingtonPost this weekend, as the number of professors and administrators leaving the school continues to climb. Known as Shorter College for most of its life, the school was a stalwart Baptist institution and an integral part of cultural and community life in Rome. Alas, […] Read More

In 1960, Elvis Presley recorded a song that had been written in 1926, and it became an immediate hit. “AreYouLonesomeTonight?” set records for the speediest rise on the Billboard Top 40 chart and remained at No. 1 for six weeks. The song is thoroughly cheesy and way over-the-top melodramatic, but it rang a bell with […] Read More

Seminaries and divinity schools offer frequent doses of advice on how to preach more effectively. When LillianDaniel showed up for the first of three CammackPreachingLectures at CampbellUniversityDivinitySchool March 26-27, she brought advice on how not to preach. Daniel, who is senior minister of FirstCongregationalChurchinGlenEllyn, Illinois, and an accomplished writer, devoted her first lecture to 15 […] Read More

I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer. More than once, as both child and adult, I’ve been gently (or not so gently) encouraged to “get my head out of the clouds” and focus on whatever practical task was at hand. An article in the March 12 issue of Time magazine suggests that many of […] Read More

The Smithsonian’s NationalMuseumofAmericanHistory is currently featuring a display of a project Thomas Jefferson undertook during the latter years of his life: it’s called “Jefferson’s Bible.” Being in Falls Church, Va., for a BaptistWorldAlliance meeting gave me an opportunity to visit the exhibit. I’ve had a copy of the famed “Jefferson Bible” for years, but looked […] Read More

A recent article points to a historiclowintithing among Americans, which should come as no surprise to anyone who plays a role in trying to balance church budgets these days. Programs are being cut, mission offerings sliced, and staff positions pared away because the money that used to fund them just isn’t there anymore. The recession […] Read More