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January February 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 […]
“Jesus did not come to change God’s mind about humanity because it did not need changing. Rather, Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.” Katy Calloway, co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Savannah, Ga., in a sermon from Exodus 32:7-14 “As I reflect upon the church of Smyrna, I am embarrassed […]
Does the Bible shape our cultural values, or do our cultural values shape what we claim as biblical truth? This question is not as familiar as whether the chicken or the egg came first, but it is more deserving of our thoughtful consideration. To reframe the question: Do we impose the Bible on our culture […]
Church attendance plummets year after year. Empty pews are the norm — with Sundays a time for “amusement” outside of church walls. A generation of unchurched young people — “profoundly ignorant” of the things of God — lives out “intemperance, impurity and debauchery.” Prominent ministers lament the lack of influence “the institutions of Christianity” have […]
“The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people,” said Eleanor Roosevelt. “It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voice of the […]
Indeed, truth can be unsettling. That’s why so many ignore it in favor of false but more comfortable narratives. For those who dare to face uncomfortable truth — since Jesus said such is the key to personal and spiritual freedom — there is a new resource worth reading: Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of […]
As a child, I was fortunate to have 20/20 vision. However, as our family optometrist pointed out, 20/20 vision did not mean my vision was perfect. It merely confirmed that I could see with sharpness and clarity at 20 feet, while other factors could impair my sight such as peripheral awareness, eye coordination, depth perception, […]
Most mission projects begin with a need, followed by a search for resources to meet that need. “Rest In The Lord,” the mattress ministry of Dortches Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, N.C., happened in the opposite way. Following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the Dortches congregation received a check in the mail from […]
Lately, I’ve started using a tried-and-true method for pulling together groups I am leading. As we commence, I ask those present to be completely silent, and listen to the noise in the room. After a few moments of silence, I ask: “Tell us what you hear.” Most report the hum of electronics, the mechanical sounds […]
The Christian faith is remarkably diverse, so much so that theologian Justo González remarked: “The opposite of a pluralistic church and a pluralistic theology is not simply an exclusivistic church and a rigid theology, but a heretical church and a heretical theology!” Indeed, the embrace of plurality and its corresponding openness to others — especially […]