How Pride Undermines the Joy of Confession – Christian Article

Saying Sorry Leads to Joy We can all relate to the truth that it’s hard to apologize. It’s hard to confess. I know it’s hard for me to go to my spouse or to my friends or to my church or to my children and say, You know what? I messed up and I’m sorry. But we also all know how good it feels after that happens. Confession leads to joy. Confession is like the gateway to freedom. As we…

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Programming: Simple, Fun Service Opener Video – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This last week we had our Youth Winter Conference. I will have to post about it later because I am still trying to process how awesome it was because it surpassed all expectations. It was the first time we ran something like this but in a nutshell: 3 nights in a row we put on a service and then an event. We had all our campuses together, bussed them every night in and basically put on an in-house winter camp…

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Why We Sometimes Prefer to Keep God at a Distance – Christian Article

Dueling Desires We are indeed complicated people. We know that to be close, even in human relationships, is the desire of our hearts. But we also know that once we move close, we tend to move over another person rather than next to another person. We ultimately find that complexity residing even in our relationship with the Lord. We were created to be close to our Creator, yet at the same time, we seem to prefer the deistic kind of…

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Resisting Nationalism with MLK – Christian Article

January 19, 2020 by Tripp Fuller On the eve of MLK-day I have already noticed too many tweets of MLK quotes who fail to put them in any context. Dr. King is NOT compatible with so much of our politics and way too many don’t know it. So I decided to share this. The most zesty Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and I put on an online class titled “Theologies of Resistance.” During one week we read a number of articles from Martin…

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Introducing Emblems of the Infinite King – Christian Article

A Journey through Systematic Theology In an imaginative journey through the grand story of the universe, Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God by J. Ryan Lister introduces kids ages 10+ to God’s radiant beauty using the main categories of systematic theology: God, humanity, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things. Full of captivating illustrated “emblems” meant to symbolize key facets of Christian doctrine, this unique book seeks to bring theological…

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Enjoy Fall With Your Family – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Daniel 2:21And He changes the times and the seasons; Celebrate each season, emphasizing God’s hand in it all.  Autumn is such a fun time to enjoy God’s beautiful world with your children. Go to a pumpkin farm. Go for a hike in the woods. Decorate the house with pumpkins, colorful leaves, etc. Enjoy sitting around a fire outside on these cooler nights and just relaxing as a family. Go outside and play in the leaves (then work together as a…

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The Pros and Cons of a Global Economy – Christian Article

Globalization and the Global Economy The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people. I have found that some people talk about the global economy and what they mean is the opening of markets and trade among nations—so that today you can buy products in a store that have been made everywhere around the world, and people everywhere around the world are buying products that we…

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NRSV: Scripture Reading Advice for New Followers of Jesus – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability and vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy. Read the NRSV on Bible Gateway We’re grateful to Rev. Susanne Priddy, lead pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Durham, NC, for partnering with the Zondervan NRSV Comfort… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian…

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God Is at Work Worldwide—Even Here – Christian Article

God Is Not Geographically Limited I love to remind people that God is not just working on the other side of the world. We can get the mentality that, “Oh, God’s working over there but he’s no longer working over here.” And God is working in powerful ways across North Africa, or in China, or Central Asia, or other parts of the world, but he is also working right here in this country, in our context. God is powerfully at…

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Why Typeface Matters – The Creation of the NRSV Typeface – Christian Article

By Melinda Bouma A few years ago, while researching how to continue to improve the readability and beauty of the Bibles we publish, I came across this presentation that Mark Ward made to his church about Why Typography Matters. This interesting video is inspiring and affirming for many of us who love to wrestle with such matters in our daily work. My research at the time was in preparation for the creation of a new proprietary collection of fonts, but…

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NRSV: How the Gospel Informs Social Action – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability and vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy. Read the NRSV on Bible Gateway We’re grateful to Dr. R. Patrick Smith, associate research professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics, Duke Divinity School, for partnering with… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian…

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Video: How to Color a Bible Verse – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Watch this fun time-lapse video coloring in Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Beautiful Word Coloring Bible. It’s more than just trendy. It’s a wonderful way to slow down—and soak up Scripture! [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Zondervan Releases NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible] With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the Beautiful Word Coloring Bible (KJV, NKJV, and NIV) employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of… This is Only a Snippet of…

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The Messy-yet-Instructive Culture Surrounding the Canons of Dort – Christian Article

Serious Theological Debate It’s easy for us to look back at previous centuries and see their own blindspots. So for example when we talk about the Synod of Dort, 1618 to 1619, we can look back and see that they shouldn’t have been threatening to kill each other over these doctrines and they shouldn’t have been threatening to imprison each other—the country was on the brink of civil war over these issues. As is often the case, it was theological…

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NRSV: Cultivating Bible Reading Habits – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability and vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy. Read the NRSV on Bible Gateway We’re grateful to Dr. Will Willimon (@WillimonTweets), professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, for partnering with the… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian…

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Why Churches Languish under Cowardly Pastors – Christian Article

Pastors on the Offensive If there is anyone in the world who ought to have courage, it must be pastors. You have to have courage to fulfill your responsibility. Why? Because you have to confront the world with its fallenness and with its sin—not just in general but in specific. You have to confront people. You have to say to people, “The soul that sins will die. There is death and there is everlasting punishment and there is hell.” You…

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2 Heated Cultural Debates the Bible Addresses – Christian Article

A Multicultural Church If we read the Bible carefully, we find that all of our modern cultural debates are addressed there. We can derive very meaningful and important responses to all the things that are going on around us today if we are willing to do that work. I’ll pull out just a couple of examples. First is the questions that we grapple with today around racial equality. Christians over the last 2000 years have failed many, many times to…

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Beware of This Blindspot in the Christian Life – Christian Article

Missing Out on the Good Life Why do some Christians—many Christians—fail to experience a good life in the present? Frankly, I think this is Christianity’s blind spot. If we have one, this is it. We don’t have a good understanding of life—biblically speaking. If you were to ask most Christians “what is life as a Christian?” they would probably come up with a list of dos and don’ts. When we plug into Christ, we don’t give him anything, but all…

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What Hurts Most in Ministry – Christian Article

Personal Disloyalty The most difficult experiences in ministry come on a personal level. It’s not so much because somebody takes issue with something you believe, somebody doesn’t agree with your doctrine, somebody doesn’t like the way you explained a Bible verse, somebody didn’t like your sermon, or somebody thought you were offensive in the way you said something—you get over that. There’s a certain amount of persecution that comes when you preach dogmatically, preach the truth, have strong convictions—and there…

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Video: Telling the Palm Sunday Story in Rocks – Christian Article

Enter the Zonderkidz and Bible Gateway Easter Sweepstakes (ending April 12, 8 am EDT) Watch this endearing stop-action video of “rocks crying out” presenting the life-changing story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey in the days prior to his crucifixion and resurrection. It’s produced by Patti Rokus, author of the book, He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter (Zonderkidz, 2019). Luke 19:35-36 (NIrV) They threw their coats on the young donkey and put Jesus on it.…

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The Recipe for Good Pastoral Theology – Christian Article

An Underrated Theologian Spurgeon isn’t always thought of as a theologian. He’s thought of as a popular preacher. In reality, he was a theologian. He read books of theology avidly. He was reading six books of theology a week. He was studying the Scriptures in the original languages. You can see that in his sermons. He doesn’t show it off, but it comes out. You can see that he has been reading. He was an avid student of Scripture and…

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3 Crucial Qualities of All Good Sermons – Christian Article

Anatomy of the Soul John Calvin once said that the Psalms are an anatomy of all parts of the soul. What the Psalms do is present the idealistic, the realistic, and the optimistic view of the Christian life. In a sense, the whole Bible does that and it’s important that a preacher do that as well. If you only preach the idealistic part of the Christian life—the Romans 8 part where everything is well and you’re growing in the spirit,…

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How to Stop Thinking about What People Think of You – Christian Article

Ruled By a Question Self-consciousness is really bondage to the question, What do people think of me? I think that question can govern our lives without our even being aware of it—kind of like white noise in the background of our lives. We can live with a constant undercurrent of wondering What do people think of me? What do they think of what I’m wearing today? What do they think of what I just said? What do they think of…

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How Biblical Doctrine Makes Us Beautiful – Christian Article

God’s Glory Shining The Reformation was intimately tied to beauty, goodness, and human flourishing because the Reformers were seeing—through Scripture—God’s glory shine. And as God’s glory is made known, it’s in that light that we are saved. It’s in that light of God’s glory that human lives flourish. It’s in seeing the beauty, goodness, and the truth of God that we come more fully alive. When God is glorified, humans will be fulfilled, satisfied, and find joy and what they…

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Why Pastors (and All of Us) Should Read the Puritans – Christian Article

Acknowledging Sin The Puritans have influenced me in huge ways throughout my life. I was nine years old when I first came under conviction of sin. I felt my sinfulness, went to my dad’s bookcase, and I scanned all of his Puritan books. I saw The Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan. I thought, Well, I’m a bad boy, so I better read that book. So, I made my way through it. I find that the Puritans…

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