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March-April 2020 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 and helpful resources for Christian living. With abundant original content found nowhere else, this high-quality, 64-page magazine focuses […]
“That was the command from the ordination, to be ordained as an evangelist and continue his work in television and the media with families and children.” Joanne Rogers, 91, on her late husband Fred seeing the space between the TV and viewer as “holy ground” (RNS) “Decreasing stigma happens all the way from the sermon […]
There is a familiar biblical affirmation from Christmastide that travels well into and through the Lenten season as well. It is the revelation that the one who became the incarnation of the invisible God was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This does not appear to be a passing thought for the fourth gospel […]
Trailblazing editor Walker Knight left his mark on Christian journalism Storytelling is ineffective, even misleading, if detached from its social context. So believed Walker Leigh Knight. Therefore, the veteran journalist told stories of Southern Baptist missions in America within the changing cultural shifts of the 1960s and ’70s. Many Baptists of the South, however, were […]
Road cycling is my hobby and my preferred method for maintaining physical fitness. One of the cycling blogs I read regularly contains an entry titled, “Predictions for the 2020s.” It inspired me to reflect on my predictions for Christianity in America in the new decade. Here are my ideas for 10 developments the next decade […]
Three-time author Jon R. Roebuck’s latest book, Creating Space, marked a milestone for Nurturing Faith. It was the publishing ministry’s 100th title. It all began as a casual conversation with veteran publisher David Cassady, founder of the creative services firm Faithlab, about the changing technology of publishing and the continuing demand for both print and […]
We witnessed with horror as fire took hold of Australia. Quickly, deadly flames swept over 14 million acres across the country’s six states. Just one week into a new year, approximately 480 million animals had already perished thus far, with the country’s koala population reduced by one-third. More tragically, 24 persons died in the same […]
KELLER, Texas— When longtime reconciliation advocate John Perkins took the stage at a conference of multiethnic church leaders last year, they gave him a standing ovation and kept standing as he counseled them. “You will find me in the so-called white church; you will find me in the so-called black church. But I’m there to […]
This column is provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Two of the more important words for a congregation to ponder in the 2020s are RESISTANT and RESILIENT. The word that better describes your congregation (and you) may determine whether your congregation is viable in the next 10 years. Observers of the […]
In my last column I suggested that the ultimate unity of the church is not to be found in agreement on matters related primarily to its teaching and practices, particularly since these are disputed, but rather in the living presence of Christ in its midst. The reality of this presence is one of the promises […]
As a campus minister (my earlier vocation), I would often warn students that if they consider themselves “too busy” to do good at that stage in life it will be an even easier excuse when they have full-time jobs and families. I was using that line once again during a Bible study luncheon in the […]
I had been at our church for two Sundays when I said, “The podium is tall and I’m not. Do we have other pulpits?” The response was sarcastic: “It was good enough for Martin Luther King Jr. when he preached here. But if you want something better, we’ll start looking immediately.” I later learned that […]
Long ago I wrote columns titled “After the Sermon” for this publication, describing my early struggles as a stroke survivor at age 34. Now, at age 67, I look back in celebration of a miraculous recovery and unimagined blessings. I now add an update on these past 33 years of following Jesus down some very […]
It was a dark and stormy night in American politics. During a time of upheaval, “millions of Americans believed their time-honored values were being swept away by an insurgent left,” wrote historian David Greenberg. To conservatives, liberal opposition to a beloved Republican president represented an “attack on their mores and way of life.” While evidence […]
For years I have contemplated the shrinking churches of which I have been a participating member. What are we missing? Why don’t people come to these places I love and enjoy? What can we do? Quite frankly, such questions have consumed a lot of my thinking and prayers. Recently, however, I have felt an answer […]
For years, most Bible readers have assumed that Abraham’s hometown should be identified with the great city of Ur, located in southern Mesopotamia, an area known in ancient times as Sumer. The area is now in southern Iraq; the site of Ur is near the modern city of Basra. From the time of Leonard Wooley’s […]
PRIVILEGE & POWER: Historical survey shows Christianity’s current conflicts go beyond familiar labels
“White evangelicals are terrified that liberals want to extinguish their rights,” reads a modern headline. “‘Christian’ is no longer a religious faith — it’s white identity politics,” blares another. There is much substance — and history — behind both. CONSERVATIVE CRITICISM As a recent Christianity Today editorial observed, many fearful evangelicals have placed their hope […]
M.D., M.DIV.: Physician-turned-chaplain offers insights from his unique professional, personal perspective
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It is an unusual vocational path that “evolved over time” — going from being a medical doctor to a hospital chaplain. When asked to explain it, Bill Holmes simply responds that ministry is “doing the other thing I was called to do.” In his book, Thoughts from the Bedside: From Medicine to […]
There seems to be some tension between Christianity and science. Are there other religions more in line with the modern-day science community? Perform an Internet search for books about faith and science and you will see that the majority of them have been written about Christianity and science, not other faith traditions and science. However, […]