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September-October 2019 Issue
Digital subscribers may scroll to the bottom of this post to access the current Teaching Resources password. Published bimonthly (in print or digital access), Nurturing Faith Journal is an autonomous, national journal offering thoughtful analysis, inspiring features...
Digital subscribers may scroll to the bottom of this post to access the current Teaching Resources password. Published bimonthly (in print or digital access), Nurturing Faith Journal is an autonomous, national journal offering thoughtful analysis, inspiring features and helpful resources for Christian living. With abundant original content found nowhere else, this high-quality, 64-page magazine focuses […]
Pondering a central Christian question: Why did Jesus die? Today many Christians are asking not only what the apostles preached but also what Jesus himself thought about his death. Many Christians never ask questions about the fact that Jesus died to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). In some churches it would […]
“God hears any voice that preaches Jesus. It’s not about testosterone; it’s about grace.” Church historian Bill Leonard of Wake Forest University (BNG) “Linus, a member of the Peanuts gang, once said, ‘Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.’ Too many of us limit the scope of our […]
Evangelism has long been the defining mark of evangelicalism. The gospel is not just something one hears and experiences but is to be shared with all others. Tracts, training and testimonies abound as tools for becoming more successful witnesses. Scores are sometimes kept and guilt widely assigned to those who aren’t aggressive enough in this […]
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — At the evening prayer service at a new residential complex here, a dozen young people took turns reading a passage from the Gospel of Luke, reciting a psalm and singing some prayers. They paid no mind as one woman tripped over the words “rebuke,” “unrighteous” and “snare” that appeared in the liturgy. […]
The church is at its best when working together for common causes. Whether it’s evangelism, discipleship or social justice, the church makes a more significant impact when we discover commonalities and foster collaboration. Editor’s note: This new series is part of an ongoing collaboration between EthicsDaily and Nurturing Faith in order to advance the clear […]
Bible scholars have long speculated about the origins of the Philistines, who showed up in southern Palestine during the transition from the Late Bronze Age to Iron Age I, somewhere around 1200 BCE and the years that followed. After failing to conquer Egypt in a sea battle that cost the Egyptians sorely, the Philistines moved […]
Joining the Re-missioning Movement This column is provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) It is tempting to focus on all of the problems established churches must tackle (e.g., organizational ruts, historical barriers, institutional mistrust, mission drift) and then start throwing quick fixes in hopes of simply surviving. In reality, the Spirit […]
At its core the gospel is good news about a man named Jesus. The early followers of Jesus were so convinced of his significance, they radically altered the course of their lives to travel far and wide telling the story of Jesus and his teaching about the Kingdom of God. Throughout their travels they surely […]
There have been times in my life when I found Sunday school or other church experiences to be intimidating. Perhaps it is my introverted ways. But I can remember feeling nervous about walking into a new church or a new Sunday school classroom filled with people who already knew one another — who probably had […]
Someone suggested there are two kinds of people: those who love Field of Dreams and those who have no souls. This is the 30th anniversary of Field of Dreams. Theaters are offering screenings so that old men can reach for their hankies while pretending it is a baseball movie. Field of Dreams is a little […]
Associate Pastor and Minister to Students: First Baptist Church of Greenwood, S.C. (fbcgwd.com), is seeking an associate pastor to minister to students in middle school, high school, and college and to assist in pastoral care and worship leadership, to include occasional preaching. This full-time job offers a salary with benefits (health insurance, retirement, paid vacation). […]
Rob Schenck, evangelical minister and former anti-abortion activist and movement leader, recently reflected upon his past life in a piece in the New York Times titled “I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade” (May 30, 2019). “I have witnessed firsthand,” Schenck wrote, “and now appreciate the full significance of the terrible […]
Wytsma offers important, convicting insights for those willing to consider them This is an important and insightful book for those who dare to read it, and seriously — rather than defensively — consider its implications for one’s ways of thinking. Particularly if one is like the author Ken Wytsma and me: a white male Christian. […]
Fear, patriotism, national prosperity and civil rights converged in 1950s America. Spurred by opposition to ascendant communism in the Soviet Union and Asia, government contracts with corporations produced the world’s greatest military arsenal, amassing weapons capable of devastating the planet. This is the 34rd article in a series by historian Bruce Gourley, online editor and […]
Syndicated columnist Terry Mattingly explores news coverage, shares personal journey KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Terry Mattingly's syndicated column, "On Religion," appears in more than 200 newspapers. He is the author of Pop Goes Religion: Faith in Popular Culture (2012,...
How has learning science affected your religious life? I spent my first two undergraduate years at Young Harris College, a tiny institution in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Those years affected me profoundly on a personal and emotional level, but also on...