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Discipleship

The consumer-driven culture in the U.S. has a not-so-subtle impact upon the church. We often seek that “one thing” that, when implemented, will bring the church shoppers to us in droves. Are we creating consumers or disciples? […] Read More

What are you giving up for Lent? I’ve heard that question often, and I’ve decided I’m not giving anything up this year. Instead, here are three ways I plan to prepare for Easter. […] Read More

Whether you do or do not believe the Bible should be read literally is irrelevant. It’s whether you actually read it. Those who read it at least weekly – literally or not – tend to become more progressive in their views. […] Read More

Lent begins this year on March 6. While more Baptists are observing it, it’s still a foreign concept for many of them. These 12 ideas will show you and your church ways you can begin to observe Lent. […] Read More

What’s needed to be a true peacemaker? You must be willing to seek to find goodness and beauty even from those of another faith, who are unlike you or may disagree with you. And you must be openly and humbly self-reflective. […] Read More

The use of demeaning language is a first step to dehumanize people, which ultimately leads to suffering and possibly death. It’s been true in our history and is still true today. […] Read More

When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, he is urging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. However, when it comes to those who aren’t like us, many of us resist this innate ability. […] Read More

When discussing liturgical practices, such as communion and baptism, and how they can be used to address current themes, the church can only do so much. So how can the church help families continue that dialogue at home? […] Read More

Too many folks – families, churches, communities, even nations – believe other people’s problems are not their concern, but such tribalism leaves them in peril. One day, the snake will bite. […] Read More

Looking back on our nation’s role in slavery and racism, communities are struggling with how to memorialize and interpret the past. Sometimes, to enter well into the future, we need to own our past. […] Read More