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The Outdoors and Your Faith, by Jennifer Francis

Posted: December 14, 2018

Nature has long been the reserve of great spirituality. The opportunity to be among the rest of God’s creations is an exciting one, and there are few better places to experience that… Read More

Training to be a better disciple maker

Posted: December 10, 2018

Do you know a church or ministry leader who would benefit from personalized disciple making training? At Renew, we want to raise up an army of disciple makers. We are… Read More

Two Common Mistakes Preachers Make (by John Piper)

Posted: December 10, 2018

Two Common Mistakes Preachers Make: Searching for Reality in Sermons John Piper takes one simple verse in Romans and shows two major and prevalent mistakes preachers make today. www.desiringgod.org

Stepping into the Jordan

Posted: December 6, 2018

The Ministry of Rob Kranz All incoming students at JUC are required to take “Physical Settings of the Bible.” This is classified as a geography course, yet the content is… Read More

Join us in the greatest mission on earth!

Posted: December 1, 2018

Dear Renew Subscriber, As the end of the year approaches, we reflect on 2018 and the amazing way God is already using Renew across the globe for the mission of… Read More

Faith & Parenting Styles, by Jennifer Francis

Posted: November 23, 2018

How can Faith Enhance Your Parenting Style? Your choice of parenting style can ‘make or break’ your child, according to recent scientific studies. In one study published in the journal Frontiers,… Read More

Does David Exist?

Posted: November 16, 2018

Is king David a real person, or a mythological figure created after the fact to support the notion of a divine origin for the nation of Israel? Continue reading: Does David… Read More

Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter Williams (book review)

Posted: November 15, 2018

Peter Williams is one impressive person. He isn’t just Principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge and Editor of theTyndale Bulletin. He is also Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project and… Read More

Tyndale House — A little Greek goes a long way

Posted: November 7, 2018

Getting familiar with Bible languages can have huge benefits — and it may be easier than you think.   . Keep reading here.

FREE National Forum Theme eBook: Featured at 2018 Event

Posted: November 7, 2018

Dear Discipleship-First Tribe, I am still basking in the afterglow of our best National Disciple Making Forum to date, which we hosted a couple of weeks ago. Affirming feedback keeps… Read More

Were you there? The Renew launch summary…

Posted: November 5, 2018

It was just over a week ago that Renew launched. According to our feedback, it was a very successful gathering. Whether you were in attendance or not please join us… Read More

How do you respond to arguments against the Bible?

Posted: October 31, 2018

“The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites” by Nicholas Poussin, via Wikimedia Commons. October 01, 2018 | By Tremper Longman (guest author) BioLogos.org The Bible holds an essential place in Christian faith. The… Read More

Three Great Opportunities for  Members of SIW

Posted: October 30, 2018

#1: SIW Support Groups One of the biggest challenges that same-gender attracted Christians face is that they often feel alone, as if they are the only one going through these… Read More

Renew Network Launch

Posted: October 22, 2018

Dear UNBOXED followers, I’m excited about a free resource and a new network for church leaders called the Renew Network (renew.org). I am joining people like Douglas Jacoby, Christian Ray,… Read More

Q&A 1538 – Proverbs 22:6 guarantees godly children?

Posted: October 22, 2018

I have frequently heard Proverbs 22:6 referenced as a promise that godly parenting always leads to godly children. One of my children has rejected God. Is this my fault? Certainly… Read More

What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Posted: October 18, 2018

It’s become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say? Read an extended explanation of this topic here.

A Bible for every tribe, every tongue

Posted: October 18, 2018

In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a Christian university student experiences the ministry of Pioneer Bible Translators. Continue reading here. Website: pioneerbible.org

It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God

Posted: October 16, 2018

Here’s an interesting piece from The New York Times. The decline in our spiritual vocabulary has many real-world consequences. More than 70 percent of Americans identify as Christian, but you… Read More

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Final Two GRIEF MYTHS

Posted: October 13, 2018

You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; my eyes are dim with grief. —Psalm 88:8-9 Last… Read More

Untangling Addiction – a free download

Posted: October 10, 2018

Dr. De Carvalho is passionate about helping people regain their lives and become “unstuck” from the addictions and mental illnesses that have kept them in the darkness. In his new… Read More

N.T. Character Podcast 67 – James (the brother of Jesus)

Posted: October 9, 2018

James: background There are many Jameses in the Bible. This translates the original name Jacob. This James is the younger brother of Jesus (the 2nd of Mary’s 5 sons). Ya’akov was… Read More

Q&A 1534 – Zeitgeist

Posted: October 9, 2018

How should we respond to the claims of the Zeitgeist internet movie? Although I have addressed this elsewhere, let me direct you to a useful refutation of the numerous bogus… Read More

Are Rich People More Immoral?

Posted: October 8, 2018

  Money is the Root of all Evil. Aphorisms have rarely been factual. The oldest ones, at least, are based on opinions, and opinions change. Not more than 500 years… Read More

Most people don’t know this about addiction…

Posted: October 8, 2018

Dear Renew Subscriber, We would like to ask you to make time for a special webinar. It will focus on two of the seven key elements of renewal – Surrendering… Read More

Public Dialogue at KSU (Atlanta)

Posted: October 6, 2018

On October 24 New Testament scholar Michael Licona is scheduled to have a public dialogue with the iconic liberal historian of Jesus, John Dominic Crossan, one of the co-founders of… Read More

How Can You Invest in a Few to Build a Disciple Making Culture in Your Church?

Posted: October 5, 2018

To the Discipleship-First Community,   There is a good deal of literature today on the subject of corporate culture. Culture shapes behavior Culture defines priorities Culture determines outcomes Every organization… Read More

What Prolific Author Greg Ogden Has to Say about Disciple Making

Posted: October 2, 2018

Discipleship-First Tribe, Greg Ogden has written many books on discipleship, including the best-selling books Transforming Discipleship and Discipleship Essentials. He is one of the most prolific discipleship authors of our time. So what… Read More

When Christians Forget They’re Christians on FB

Posted: September 25, 2018

By Guy Hammond Executive Director; Strength in Weakness Ministries Often when I speak publicly on the issues of homosexuality and the church, Christian family values and Biblical sexual ethics, I… Read More

How should you respond to men and women who are transgender?

Posted: September 24, 2018

Dear Renew Network Subscriber, We are sending out the Renew Newsletter earlier this week so that you can make time for a special webinar. It will focus on two of… Read More

AIM Classes through 2019

Posted: September 24, 2018

Here is the schedule of topics and dates for the next several months of the Athens Institute of Ministry. Click on this link: AIM UNITS

PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER, by Bob Koivisto

Posted: September 24, 2018

Jesus spoke out often about the very things which lead to a misguided understanding of God’s revealed truth in the Scriptures. Those influences are ignorance, apathy, religion, tradition and open… Read More

Origins (Genesis 1-11) — O.T. Scholars Weigh In

Posted: September 19, 2018

Philosopher and Christian apologist and I have written a book on early Genesis. See what Old Testament scholars are saying about Origins. . “Genesis 1–11 is the foundation of the… Read More

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel – response by Michael Burns

Posted: September 18, 2018

Note: the smaller navy blue text is Michael Burns’s response. Recently a group of American evangelical leaders signed and released a statement on social justice to voice concerns that they have over… Read More

What is Progressive Christianity and Why is it Dangerous?

Posted: September 18, 2018

Dear Renew Network Subscribers, Would you be interested in some really great Biblical teaching this week? We have two opportunities for you and one other upcoming event that is sure… Read More

An Easy Principle to Test Your Take on Scripture

Posted: September 17, 2018

by Greg Koukl | info@str.org As an ambassador for Christ, how can you be clear-thinking and confident if you’re not sure whether or not you’re misinterpreting a Bible passage? I want… Read More

The Life of Jesus (Pt. I and Pt. II)

Posted: September 14, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 9 Sept 2018 In this session (consisting of two parts) Douglas Jacoby paints an outstanding picture as to the life and context of Jesus as a… Read More

Thoughts on Holiness, by Alberto Schirmer

Posted: September 13, 2018

Hagiasmos [Greek}: Separated unto God. Hagios [Greek}: Separated from sin, and therefore consecrated to God. Qôdesh [Hebrew]: A sacred, consecrated, dedicated, hallowed thing or place. Qȃdȃsh [Hebrew]: To appoint, bid,… Read More

Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion

Posted: September 11, 2018

By Becka A. Alper, www.pewresearch.org A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more than 1,300 of these “nones” why they choose not to identify with a religion. Out… Read More

How to Ruin Your Life in Your Twenties

Posted: September 5, 2018

The choices we make in our twenties set a trajectory for our entire lives. Here are seven tested ways young adults often ruin their lives. Read article here. www.desiringgod.org

Does Your Pastor Love God or Money?, by David Mathis

Posted: September 3, 2018

Article on desiringGod.org How Christians handle money speaks volumes about our Christ. It’s one of our greatest opportunities today to show ourselves distinct from the world, or just like it…. Read More

Preferring Infertility, by Abigail Dodds

Posted: August 29, 2018

How We Worship the Queen of Heaven What must God think of a society that has made child sacrifice normal for the sake of elective infertility? Read here.

Storyline: Strength in Weakness

Posted: August 29, 2018

Christian Ray Flores tells the story of Max Agapitov – weightlifting world champion. Watch video here.

Recording of the Webinar on Marijuana and other Updates …

Posted: August 29, 2018

Good morning Renew Network subscribers, Would you join us as we seek to renew the teachings of King Jesus in our day? It is a bold aspiration. It will require… Read More

How Do I Develop a Passion for the Bible?, by Greg Koukl

Posted: August 24, 2018

Greg shares how to make Bible reading more than a chore. Click on this link to see podcast & notes.

Teen Evidences Curriculum: From Facts to Faith

Posted: August 22, 2018

The attached teen evidences curriculum was produced by Douglas Jacoby and Page Pennell. It is simple, written at a basic level, and intended to be presented in class series format…. Read More

Pray for the Peace of Chicago, by Steve Kinnard

Posted: August 9, 2018

Pray for the Peace of Chicago by stevekinnard War on the Sidewalks of Chicago. This morning I opened my paper edition of The New York Times for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 and saw a… Read More

Renew Network: 3 Ways We Can Help

Posted: August 8, 2018

Dear Renew Subscribers, Those seeking to be true disciples of Jesus face big challenges. Here are 3 ways we can help you. 1. Prayer Team – true renewal is the work… Read More

iFaith video sermon list

Posted: August 7, 2018

In this series we will proceed more or less chronologically through the New Testament and the Old Testament. There are 127 video messages, being recorded for a period of several… Read More

Unashamed of the Bible, by John Piper

Posted: August 4, 2018

No matter which way my mind turns these days, I cannot escape the absolutely unique and essential role that the Bible plays in God’s purpose for the universe, and for… Read More

Renew.org – Web Page with New Logo, Podcasts, and October 24th Leadership Launch Link is Up

Posted: August 1, 2018

Introducing Renew Network By Bobby Harrington and Jason Henderson Renew Network is being launched to help church leaders and everyday disciples to renew Biblical Christianity and Jesus-style disciple-making. The hope… Read More

Are We at War with Muslims?, by Alan Schlemon

Posted: July 31, 2018

When the topic of violent jihad comes up, the first thing I hear most Muslims say is that they don’t practice violence, nor do most Muslims they know. Islam is… Read More

40 Years of Broken Chains

Posted: July 31, 2018

By Jim McCartney – Boston, MA, USA /  16 Jul, 2018 40 years ago today, I made a decision that dramatically changed the trajectory of my life. An only child of… Read More

Précis of Instone-Brewer’s books on divorce and remarriage

Posted: July 31, 2018

David Instone-Brewer, a British scholar who specializes in Rabbinic Judaism, writes the most biblically on-track books on the subject of marriage-divorce-remarriage. Instone-Brewer (updated) on Divorce & Remarriage 29178 Note: you… Read More

How to Sabotage a Bible Study, by Greg Morse

Posted: July 30, 2018

The tragic irony in many group Bible studies is that God’s word sits open on our laps while we discuss our own thoughts and… Continue reading this article here.

How Does a Network Differ from a Denomination? (Pt 1 of 2)

Posted: July 25, 2018

Hello Renew Newsletter Subscribers,   We hope and pray that Renew.org will become the hub for a network of millions of disciples of Jesus. When we say network, we do not mean… Read More

Grief Myths – Part Two

Posted: July 24, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Three GRIEF MYTHS – Part Two Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:3… Read More

Summer Newsletter, Tyndale House

Posted: July 21, 2018

Dear Friend, Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for us at Tyndale House. This year’s busy season began in May with the arrival of scientists… Read More

Want to Share the Gospel Effectively? Always Ask About the Tattoo, by John Teter

Posted: July 20, 2018

The simplest questions can open the door to amazing conversations. I asked Mike about his tattoo partly out of curiosity but primarily from an instinct of self-preservation. He was helping his… Read More

Busting Grief Myths, by Dr. Timothy Sumerlin

Posted: July 16, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Four GRIEF MYTHS Then Job replied: “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?—Job 19:1-2 Say nothing. Our friends may feel like… Read More

Welcome to Renew!

Posted: July 16, 2018

Jesus will soon return and renew all things (Matt. 19:28; Acts 3:21). We want to help everyone prepare for that day. We are a Restoration and Renewal Movement. We believe… Read More

Top 10 Free Disciple Making Resources in 2018

Posted: July 15, 2018

Dear Renew Leaders, I want to give you a sneak peak at a resource that will soon come out by Discipleship.org. Because I have the privilege of leading both organizations,… Read More

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Posted: July 8, 2018

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Continue reading here.

Should Patriotism Have a Place in Church?, by John Piper

Posted: July 4, 2018

[Today] we celebrate July 4th, Independence Day as it’s known for us in the States. And the day itself raises questions about national loyalty for those of us who are… Read More

Park Farthest Away: 5 Simple Pastoral Habits To Defy Our “Me First” Culture

Posted: July 1, 2018

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. Anyone who doesn’t see it that way is not a leader, just a boss. Karl Vaters Read more

Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church

Posted: July 1, 2018

“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.” Interview by Kyle Rohane In 2001 Eugene Cho and his wife, Minhee, founded Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational… Read More

A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible’s oldest mysteries

Posted: June 26, 2018

By Avi Selk June 9, 2018   Buried under a pair of hills at Israel’s northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large biblical sites yet… Read More

Free eBook: Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together?

Posted: June 25, 2018

Which is more important, people often ask, evangelism or discipleship? It is often stated as though discipleship is just about growth after conversion. Sometimes people describe it as an apparent… Read More

Francis Collins Speaks on Genetic Engineering and Christian Faith

Posted: June 22, 2018

On June 18, 2018, leading geneticist and BioLogos founder Francis Collins gave a landmark lecture at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by The Trinity Forum,… Read More

A Tool to Help Your Church Build a Disciple-Making Culture

Posted: June 12, 2018

We champion leaders, networks, and organizations that help disciples of Jesus make more disciples. Two of the most important aspects of effective disciple making are an intentional strategy and an… Read More

Scientists and God: Frank Tipler

Posted: June 12, 2018

Used with permission from John Clayton of Does God Exist? (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018) Editor’s Note: Atheists attempt to suggest that scientists are intelligent people who have rejected faith… Read More

The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti – Atlas Obscura

Posted: June 10, 2018

Researchers in the field have uncovered related messages ranging from “Lasius is a pervert” to “Good luck in your resurrection.” Read more here.

Update: Renew Network instead of The Renewal Network

Posted: June 4, 2018

Hi Friends, I am excited to tell you that we landed on a name for the network and a website that is a little different than when we last communicated… Read More

Where Does God Want Me to Work?, by David Mathis

Posted: May 23, 2018

David Mathis leads us in finding God’s will through three major factors. Read here.

Free Webinar This Thursday: “Boost Discipleship Through Group Bible Reading”

Posted: May 23, 2018

I Was Surprised at How Many Un-Churched People Committed to Read the New Testament in 8 Weeks! As a lead pastor, I have led my team to try many different… Read More

“I am a Christian … even to death.”

Posted: May 23, 2018

Boko Haram terrorists ordered Habila and his family out of their home in northern Nigeria at gunpoint. Then they told Habila to recite the Islamic creed, leave Christianity behind and… Read More

Refresh: Ready for College (from RZIM)

Posted: May 21, 2018

Are you a high school upperclassman or a college freshman? Then don’t miss out on ReFresh. As students, you know what it’s like to be surrounded by questions. It can be… Read More

BBC News: ‘One family’ behind Indonesia blasts

Posted: May 13, 2018

Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, police say. At least 11 people were killed and dozens of… Read More

Is It OK for Christians to Have Doubt? by Tim Barnett

Posted: May 8, 2018

Every Christian has had doubts at some point in their Christian life. We’re all finite creatures. We don’t know everything. Sometimes we get things wrong. And this possibility can cause… Read More

New eBook “Fill Your Seats” by Regi Campbell

Posted: May 8, 2018

What would you say about a man who has Andy Stanley in his discipleship group? Well, that is precisely what is happening in Regi Campbell’s Radical Mentoring Group this year…. Read More

Sheep Not Goats Newsletter for April 2018

Posted: April 30, 2018

Attached is the latest newsletter about what’s happening in Nicaragua, including all the Sheep Dreamzzz blankets being made and the breakfasts for the elderly that are held in Malpaisillo every Thursday morning…. Read More

Does God Guide Evolution?

Posted: April 30, 2018

We’ve been asked by many people over the last few months for a response to the book Theistic Evolution, published late last year by Crossway. President Haarsma offered one in her post;… Read More

Renewal Network Launches in Nashville/Franklin, TN – Oct 24

Posted: April 27, 2018

You’re Invited! Please join us at Harpeth Christian Church in Franklin, TN on Wednesday, October 24th – 9:00am – 5:00pm for the public launching of TheRenewalNetwork.com! We will have some of the best… Read More

Special, New-Release Interview w/Robert Coleman

Posted: April 24, 2018

A Note on Robert “Robert Coleman is the spiritual father of the modern disciple-making movement, and we have some special resources for you to get an up-close and personal view… Read More

No Sign Will Be Given! Jesus: Playing Down the Miraculous

Posted: April 18, 2018

(Adapted from chapter 21 of The Spirit.) Jesus deliberately played down the miraculous. Then why did he do so many miracles — if they weren’t really necessary? Now, we never… Read More

Marshall Keeble fought racism by melting hearts

Posted: April 17, 2018

By Hamil R. Harris, Christian Chronicle ‘He had intellect, insight and a humble spirit that he used to stand at the front door of the angry lion of racism.’ While Marshall… Read More

I Could Be Wrong… (Greg Koukl)

Posted: April 16, 2018

Is it a good idea for Christians to use the phrase “I could be wrong…” when discussing their convictions? Click here to watch & find out. The speaker is Greg… Read More

Scripture Memorization | Jon Sherwood | Fueling Faith In The 21st Century

Posted: April 16, 2018

Many of us as Christians have heard of the concept, and even some of the benefits of memorizing Scripture, and yet very few of us actually do it.  Why is that?  Many… Read More

Prosperity Gospel, by Patrick Blair

Posted: April 16, 2018

A Section from Chapter 8 – Riches and Righteousness IS THE GOSPEL ALSO A GOSPEL OF PROSPERITY? The prosperity gospel (a.k.a. the health and wealth gospel) “is a religious belief… Read More

The Gospel of Prosperity, by Patrick Blair

Posted: April 16, 2018

The file is a chapter from an upcoming book by Patrick Blair. Prosperity-Gospel-Blair

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Posted: April 4, 2018

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death By Dr. G. Steve Kinnard Let Justice Roll, A Social Justice Blog. Volume Three. “But let justice roll down… Read More

“The Kingdom Unleashed” eBook on Prayer and Disciple-Making Movement

Posted: April 4, 2018

There are no true disciple-making movements in North America right now. That statement may come as a surprise, but it is the conclusion of most (if not all) missions experts…. Read More

Two legacies, 50 years later

Posted: April 3, 2018

Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for ‘different things in different ages.’   By Hamil R. Harris and Bobby Ross Jr. Marshall Keeble was calling sinners home at a… Read More

The Staurogram

Posted: March 27, 2018

The earliest images of Jesus on the cross How and when did Christians start to depict images of Jesus on the cross? Some believe the early church avoided images of… Read More

Jesus and the Cross

Posted: March 27, 2018

How the cross became Christianity’s most popular symbol Throughout the world, images of the cross adorn the walls and steeples of churches. For some Christians, the cross is part of their daily… Read More

Did Seinfeld and Letterman ruin us?

Posted: March 24, 2018

Article by Tony Reinke, Senior writer, desiringGod.org My generation was raised on The Simpsons. The popular cartoon is postmodern TV at its finest: liberated from prolonged storylines, a series of jests… Read More

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

Posted: March 16, 2018

Hezekiah in the Bible and on the ground   For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible was found in an archaeological excavation. The stamped clay seal,… Read More

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches

Posted: March 10, 2018

By Campbell Robertson March 9, 2018 FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them… Read More

The Ten Commandments of Teaching, by Brian Fontaine

Posted: March 3, 2018

The 10 Commandments of Effective Teaching 1st Commandment: Know thy content, backward and forward, for your students’ respect and attention begins here. 2nd Commandment: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevent Poor… Read More

Strength in Weakness is going Español!

Posted: March 1, 2018

Strength in Weakness Ministries is going Español! Lo que Todos los Cristianos Necesitan Saber Acerca de la Homosexualidad La Homosexualidad: ¿hay un tema más controvertido en nuestro mundo de hoy? ¿Alguna vez te… Read More

Mennonite woman jailed for refusing to testify in death-penalty case

Posted: March 1, 2018

“I feel like I’m having to choose between you and God.” Read this article in the Washington Post here.

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: February 26, 2018

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

“Why Are There Verses Missing from my Bible?”, by Nick Zola

Posted: February 26, 2018

Ever wonder, “Why Are There Verses Missing from my Bible?” Nick Zola, of Baylor University, tackles the subject in a compact and interesting presentation. Click here to watch video on… Read More

Why God? – Part 1

Posted: February 13, 2018

Writer:  Greg Koukl, of Stands to Reason Read this article here.

A Spiritual Look at Student Debt & Giving

Posted: February 10, 2018

“Let me start off by saying that I’ve gotten incredibly lucky and have no student debt at all.” -Said No One Ever Just kidding. Many have been blessed tremendously to have… Read More

“It’s All Relative” and Other Such Absolute Statements: Assessing Relativism, by Paul Copan

Posted: February 9, 2018

You have probably heard all kinds of relativistic statements: “That’s just true for you but not for me,” or “That’s just your reality,” or “Who are you to say that… Read More

Made to look beautiful. Sent out to die.

Posted: February 9, 2018

Falmata was just 13 when she was snatched from the side of the road. Months later, she was sent on a mission. Her captors told her that if she killed… Read More

How I pray…even when it’s hard

Posted: February 6, 2018

Author: Greg Koukl (Stands to Reason) Prayer is hard. For me, consistent prayer has always been a battle, a fight. One of the most difficult things for fallen people to do… Read More

After two years in captivity, minister released – The Christian Chronicle

Posted: February 6, 2018

Igor Kozlovsky endured 700 days of anguish, torture, sickness and inhumane living conditions at the hands of his captors, the pro-Russian separatists who seized control of his homeland in eastern… Read More

What is Success? by John Porter

Posted: February 3, 2018

The crowd cheered as water gushed from the rock Moses had just struck.  Up until this moment, they had been complaining and were even regretting their decision to leave Egypt.  From… Read More

How long are the days of Genesis 1

Posted: February 3, 2018

By BioLogos Did the author of Genesis 1 intend to communicate that God created everything in six 24-hour days, or are the days meant to be understood in some other… Read More

You Can’t Stand Pat by Dave Travis

Posted: January 31, 2018

Well you can, but the results are less than best. A few years ago I was talking to one of our pastors who had been engaged with us for a… Read More

Who Watches Porn? 3 Key Predictors of Porn Use

Posted: January 31, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Written by Jay Stringer What if I told you that your use of pornography could reveal your way to healing? As a licensed mental health counselor and… Read More

Nothing Derails A Small Group Discussion Quicker Than This..

Posted: January 31, 2018

Have you ever had that moment in a small group? You know, the moment where you can tell breakthrough is coming soon, everyone is focused and engaged and……..READ MORE

Hard Teachings and Disciple Making

Posted: January 31, 2018

We live in a time of great change in some core moral beliefs in North America. For example, Barna research has documented that over 40 percent of self-described practicing Christians… Read More

Dangers of a Leader’s Echo Chamber by Art Rainer

Posted: January 29, 2018

Echo chambers occur when a leader’s ideas are consistently applauded without question. Rarely are the leader’s ideas, decision-making, and actions challenged. And rarely are ideas brought to the table that… Read More

4 Major Reasons Churches Fail to Reach People

Posted: January 27, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about churches reaching their communities. After all, evangelism and outreach is at the heart of the gospel. So when I hear from pastors who… Read More

Bolivia Makes Evangelism a Crime – Christianity Today

Posted: January 25, 2018

Evangelicals ‘deeply worried’ about socialist government’s changes to penal code. Read article here.

Ten Bible Verses Prosperity Gospel Preachers Need to Stop Misusing

Posted: January 24, 2018

Can you believe your way to health and wealth? Prosperity teachers say yes — and they misuse these Bible verses to convince millions of people that they’re right. Read article… Read More

A Conversation with Lee & Leslie Strobel

Posted: January 23, 2018

The Case for Christ author Lee Strobel and wife Leslie share how investigative reporting led to faith — and an intense desire to share it. Read the Christian Chronicle piece… Read More

Is the end nigh for Palestinian Christians?

Posted: January 22, 2018

Bethlehem (CNN) A church service begins in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Worshipers descend the stone stairs, worn smooth by millions of pilgrims over the centuries, down into the Grotto –… Read More

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Posted: January 22, 2018

One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Read all about it here.

Become a Level 5 Disciple Maker

Posted: January 17, 2018

Discipleship.org and Exponential pulled together top national disciple making leaders to map out five levels of disciple making.Our model shows people moving from conversion where a person starts as a… Read More

The Top Book Recommendations of 12 Disciple Making Leaders

Posted: January 13, 2018

Discipleship.org asked the leaders of 12 Disciple Making ministries that partner with us to share their top 2 book recommendations. We told everyone to assume the recommendations of two classics: The… Read More

Was Jesus Just a Great Teacher?

Posted: January 11, 2018

Greg Koukl unpacks why Jesus was more than just a morally good teacher. Watch the video (less than 4 minutes) here.

Is Religious Belief Just a Brain Function?

Posted: January 8, 2018

Religion, we are told, has a scientific explanation; so we have no need of the God hypothesis. But is that so? This article reviews the alleged evidence and then responds… Read More

Atheism & the Burden of Proof, by Paul Copan

Posted: January 6, 2018

In conversations with atheists, they may challenge us: “You’re claiming that God exists. Therefore, the burden of proof rests on you, not me. So … where’s your evidence?” Continue here.    

Watch These 10 Disciple Making Trends in 2018

Posted: January 3, 2018

A national disciple making movement in North America is starting to take off. Groups and networks are forming everywhere. Over 1400 pastors and leaders from around the country joined 17… Read More

Commencement Address to John Robert’s son’s ninth grade class

Posted: January 3, 2018

‘I wish you bad luck,” said the chief justice of the United States. He meant for those words, delivered last spring, to express encouragement and optimism. The year now ending… Read More

New Year’s Resolutions for Disciple Makers in 2018

Posted: January 1, 2018

Like most people, I make New Year’s resolutions, but I have a unique focus with some of my goals. I want to want what God wants, and God wants more… Read More

A Closer Look at Christmas – Glenn Sunshine

Posted: December 25, 2017

The Story behind the Manger, Shepherds, and Swaddling Clothes At this time of year, every year, we hear the Christmas story again. The familiar elements—the full inn, the stable, the… Read More

The Bible Project: An Interview with Jim Mackie

Posted: December 21, 2017

In this interview with Tim Mackie, co-founder of The Bible Project, we discuss the origins of The Bible Project and how two friends threw some videos up on Youtube that have now become a… Read More

“The Master Plan” – Robert Coleman

Posted: December 21, 2017

Robert Coleman wrote The Master Plan of Evangelism decades ago, and it has sold millions of copies. Now, you can experience his core teaching through never-before-seen video teaching sessions of Robert Coleman…. Read More

Learn How (Not) to Doubt – The Gospel Coalition (TGC)

Posted: December 21, 2017

When we experience doubts, we’re in holy company. A lot of people today—including Christians—don’t know how to doubt properly. Continue reading here.

Story of the (New) Tyndale House Greek NT

Posted: December 19, 2017

Hear the story of the Tyndale House Greek New Testament from the academics who produced it.

Sinless Mary: Dialogue w Old Testament Professor

Posted: December 15, 2017

Jonathan Huddleston (see Facebook / resume) is an ordained Church of Christ minister, and has been assistant professor of Old Testament at Abilene Christian University. He obtained his doctorate in Hebrew Bible / Old… Read More

We Can’t Be Like Jesus If We’re Not Making Disciples

Posted: December 15, 2017

I’m writing to share a recent blog post—an excerpt fromBecoming a Disciple Maker, a free eBook Greg Wiens and I wrote. The article’s called “We Can’t Be Like Jesus If… Read More

Why It is Unreasonable to Claim that the Resurrection of Jesus is Based on Pagan Myths

Posted: December 12, 2017

In this 5-part series, New Testament scholar and apologist Michael Licona provide reasons why modern scholars are virtually unanimous in their rejection of the view that the early Christians borrowed… Read More

Developing An Effective Leadership Culture That Your People Will Aspire To

Posted: December 11, 2017

Most people who study the church in America believe that the church has a crisis in leadership. It appears that many of today’s churches are looking for leaders, but few are being… Read More

Paul Copan on winning hearts, not arguments

Posted: December 10, 2017

A Christian philosophy professor talks about the real purpose of apologetics. Read article here.

A Guide for 33 Different Bible Versions

Posted: December 8, 2017

 December 8, 2017 The Holy Bible: A Buyer’s Guide This free eBook guides you through 33 different Bible versions Walk through the religion section of any major bookstore, and you’ll… Read More

Work Hard, Pray Hard

Posted: November 30, 2017

Students should take Bible study as seriously as school and sports practice. Article from Christianity Today: Work Hard Pray Hard

Tomb of Christ

Posted: November 29, 2017

The archaeological exhibit on the tomb of Christ is on display at the National Geographic Museum through August, 2018. Click here. Articles: click here.

Museum of the Bible – now open in Washington, DC

Posted: November 24, 2017

Museum of the Bible | MOTB Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, narrative and… Read More

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage, by Jerry Jones (review by Bob Young)

Posted: November 24, 2017

Jones discusses divorce and remarriage with objectivity By Bob Young In Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: Seen Through the Character of God and the Mind of Jesus, Jerry Jones — a longtime… Read More

White Privilege: The Ability To Walk Away, by Jon Sherwood

Posted: November 23, 2017

November 22, 2017 In Daniel Hill’s new book released this year, White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white , he explores and shares about his own “awakening” and… Read More

Useful Apologetics Website (freethinkingministries.com)

Posted: November 21, 2017

Check out Tim Stratton’s website, Free Thinking Ministries. Lots of great stuff there!

My 5 Personal Reflections on the Forum (Bobby Harrington)

Posted: November 17, 2017

Here are my top five personal reflections from the Forum. 1. Pastors and Leaders are Hungry to Learn about Making Disciples Last year we were told that if we had… Read More

Why Have Americans Stopped Reading the Bible?

Posted: November 12, 2017

No verse is in a vacuum, and it is important to always read a passage as part of the larger story. Why Have Americans Stopped Reading the Bible? By KATHLEEN COOKE | October… Read More

Fishers of men, farmers of nuts

Posted: November 11, 2017

At 50, African Christian College strives for self-sustainability — in its students and its campus. Continue reading here. Note: Douglas has taught at the African Christian College (first-, second-, and… Read More

Paul and the Gift: Six Perfections of Grace

Posted: November 10, 2017

Grace is both an incredibly important and an incredibly difficult concept, explains John Barclay in Paul and the Gift. When boiled down to its purest form, or “perfected,” as Kenneth Burke… Read More

Children of Priests

Posted: November 4, 2017

The Boston Globe Spotlight team did a series on it that is getting a lot of attention.  Seems it may be a scandal even bigger that the clergy abuse issue…. Read More

TEAMwork, by Steve Kinnard

Posted: November 2, 2017

OCTOBER 30, 2017 / STEVEKINNARD TEAMwork A Bible Talk for Athletes (and everyone else) Opening question: Name someone who has been a great teammate to you. Explain why. I think of a… Read More

Tomography opens old biblical documents

Posted: October 28, 2017

Tomography is a way of imaging something in sections or “slices” without actually cutting it. It is often used in hospitals today in computed tomography (CT), also called “CAT scans.”… Read More

Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and Evangelism

Posted: October 27, 2017

Last week, Nepal enacted a law to curb evangelism by criminalizing religious conversion, joining neighboring countries like India and Pakistan, where the region’s small-but-growing Christian minority faces government threats to… Read More

Some Early Christian Symbols (from Orthodox website)

Posted: October 24, 2017

In the ancient world, written symbols were viewed with a sense of mystical fascination. Pagans and Christians alike had a coded language of symbolism to express the mystical and mysterious… Read More

Q&A 1506 – Is the earth young, only 1000s of years old?

Posted: October 20, 2017

Scientists say the world is really old, but my Bible teacher says it only appears old — but it actually young, only 1000s of years old. What is the truth?… Read More

Right or Righteous, by Fred Faller

Posted: October 13, 2017

What do you think of when you hear the word “righteousness”? About a year ago I was challenged about my understanding of the nature of righteousness in the Bible and… Read More

Excellent Science & Religion course, by Denis Lamoureux

Posted: October 4, 2017

This course examines the nature of both science and religion and attempts to explore the possible relationships between them. The primary purpose is to dispel the popular myth that science… Read More

Daylight from a Deerstand, by Jerry Jones

Posted: September 27, 2017

http://marriagematters.ws/daylight-from-a-deerstand/

An online trove of Biblical manuscripts

Posted: September 26, 2017

An extraordinary collection of 68 New Testament and other Biblical manuscripts dating from the fourth to the twentieth centuries has been digitized and made available for study online. Continue reading… Read More

Do We Actually Know What The Gospel Is? (Altar & Throne)

Posted: September 23, 2017

If you asked 20 separate Christians “What is the gospel,” you’d likely get 25 different answers. If you asked the same question in a group of 20 Christians, they might… Read More

Beyond Accountability, by Nate Larkin

Posted: September 18, 2017

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new FREE eBook from the Discipleship.org eBook series:Beyond Accountability by Nate Larkin. DOWNLOAD FREE NOW Beyond Accountability tells an important story about pornography and… Read More

No One Follows Their Heart, by Jon Bloom

Posted: September 13, 2017

Jon Bloom, in this fascinating article (posted at Desiring God), gives reasons that we don’t “follow” our hearts — which is backwards. We are supposed to lead our hearts. Intrigued? Click here for the article.

Forgiving the Wounds of a Friend, by Kristie Anyabwile

Posted: September 11, 2017

Forgiving the Wounds of a Friend I thought we were friends. The pain behind those words can overshadow years of life, love, and memories. All the good times fade to black when… Read More

Q&A 1502 – How long are the “days” of Genesis 1?

Posted: August 31, 2017

How long are the days in Genesis 1? Some of my friends insist they can only be regular 24-hour days. Others think they may be long periods of time. I’m… Read More

A Psychiatrist Who Defied the Transgender Movement, by Chuck Colson

Posted: August 28, 2017

Chuck Colson on Dr. Paul McHugh Back in June I [Colson] told you about renowned psychiatrist Paul McHugh. He’s won numerous international awards for his work, but he’s recently been… Read More

Q&A 1500 – Are eclipses signs from God that we should pay attention to?

Posted: August 26, 2017

[On the total solar eclipse of 21 Aug 2017.] I remember well my tremendous enthusiasm for the last total solar eclipse in the U.S. (1970). It’s been a long wait…. Read More

On the Literal Meaning of Genesis (Augustine)

Posted: August 21, 2017

Augustine (354-430 AD), writing some 1600 years ago, cautions Christians not to make proclamations about science and faith unless we are truly educated in science. His admonition is as true… Read More

Men vs Women: Google Guy Right about Sex Differences

Posted: August 13, 2017

The Science Says The Google Guy Was Right About Sex Differences A myriad of distinguished professors and social scientists have already confirmed what James Damore wrote in his Google memo:… Read More

Early Mormonism

Posted: August 6, 2017

Laying the Foundation Mormonism stands or falls on the word of just one man—its prophet— Joseph Smith Jr. If Joseph Smith lied, if there was no “revelation”, if he is proven… Read More

Augustine on Genesis

Posted: August 6, 2017

The churchman and theologian Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) wrote, in his work The Literal Meaning of Genesis: Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the… Read More

Francis Chan – Why I Left My Megachurch

Posted: July 27, 2017

Bestselling author Francis Chan recently exposed his heart to Facebook employees, detailing why he left the helm of his thriving megachurch in California seven years ago. Continue reading.

“Brides flee caliphate as noose tightens on ISIS”

Posted: July 17, 2017

Fighting in all female dorms, sex obsessed ISIS fighters, women divorced and remarried as many as six times — this is the world of ISIS. ISIS wife: It was like… Read More

Sister of the Earliest Compete Old Testament Found

Posted: July 6, 2017

Press Release: SISTER OF THE EARLIEST COMPLETE OLD TESTAMENT FOUND Tyndale House, Cambridge, announces a new discovery made by young researcher Dr. Kim Phillips published in its latest Tyndale Bulletin… Read More

Q&A 1494 – Appointing deacons

Posted: July 5, 2017

In the controversy of Acts 6, is the apostolic requirement that these leaders (the Seven) be full of the spirit, respected, and faithful still the rule for us today? And is this… Read More

Q&A 1491 – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse indicated by Islamic flags?

Posted: June 28, 2017

I found a website proving that radical Islam is prophesized in the book of Revelations 6:1-8. Surely it cannot be a coincidence that the colors of the four horsemen of the apocalypse –… Read More

“Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Book Review

Posted: June 27, 2017

Bart D. Ehrman, Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2011), 307 pages. The review is by… Read More

Gender & Sexuality – 3 Articles

Posted: June 24, 2017

Children being Experimented on and Scientist speak out against this … http://www.christianpost.com/news/gender-confused-kids-are-being-experimented-on-with-hormone-therapy-experts-188757/?utm_source=newsletter Johns Hopkins Researcher finds no conclusive evidence people are born gay or transgender … http://www.christianpost.com/news/no-scientific-evidence-that-people-are-born-gay-or-transgender-johns-hopkins-researchers-say-168263/page1.html Here’s the full… Read More

Q&A 1488 – Answering the JW claim about John 1:1 + NT Greek

Posted: June 21, 2017

I have a concern about the translation of John 1:1. Should the Greek text be translated “the word was God,” “the word was a god,” or “the word was divine”?… Read More

What Do You Pray for ISIS?

Posted: June 17, 2017

If you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, the world will not be able to explain you. Continue reading here.

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: June 12, 2017

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

Are Introverts Better Evangelists?, by Mike Shumann

Posted: May 28, 2017

“We introverts are prone to feel like evangelism is really just for extroverts. When Jesus commissions us to preach his good news, who’s naturally more excited to do it: those… Read More

The Real Root of Sexual Sin, by Jon Bloom

Posted: May 26, 2017

Our most powerful weapon in the fight against sexual temptation is not better accountability, but profound humility. To continue reading, click here.

The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry, by Abigail Dodds

Posted: May 15, 2017

A company in Australia is turning frozen embryo children into jewelry for their parents to wear. Click here for full article.

The Evidence – Reasons for Faith, Parts 1 and 3

Posted: May 9, 2017

Watch the first and third classes Douglas offered at the North River Church of Christ in his new series The Evidence on March 2 and May 4. (Sorry, the second… Read More

Crossing Denominational Lines, by Guy Hammond

Posted: May 4, 2017

In April, at the Unboxed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Guy Hammond, Executive Director of Strength in Weakness (SIW), spoke on the topic of “Crossing Denominational Lines” and our SIW volunteer,… Read More

All is Dust and DNA by Jim Stump

Posted: April 14, 2017

  Note: This article was originally published on February 18, 2015, at OnFaith. It is reprinted with permission. I grew up in what is sometimes called a “low church” tradition that didn’t… Read More

What If My Husband Looks at Porn? by Kara Garis

Posted: April 8, 2017

It was such a kick to the stomach. A nauseating, heart-pounding kick. I remember staring, confused, at the computer screen. What exactly was he looking at, anyway? Is that what… Read More

NEVER Work like Elon Musk – Michael Hyatt

Posted: April 5, 2017

Elon Musk is widely regarded as one of the most influential entrepreneurs working today. He’s one of the founders of PayPal and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He wants… Read More

“What am I supposed to do?”, by Geoff Surratt

Posted: March 14, 2017

I recently had a fascinating conversation with a sharp young leader, who had just returned from an amazing vacation in the Caribbean. The food, the scenery, the weather, the company;… Read More

Churches Can Handle Change, But They Don’t Like Surprise, by Karl Vaters

Posted: March 13, 2017

Introducing big changes is much easier if we give church leaders and members the time to process them. To continue reading this article, click on this link: Churches Can Handle Change

What is Sinful Judgment? Matthew 7:1 Revisited, by Mads Fredskilde

Posted: March 8, 2017

Mads Fredkilde is a brilliant Danish brother who for some years has been living in Quito, Ecuador. We first met in London. Or was it Stockholm or Copenhagen? Mads’s paper… Read More

Another Old Torah Found

Posted: March 8, 2017

Used by permission of John Clayton, Q1, 2017 Does God Exist In 1970 an ancient copy of the Torah was found in the Jewish village known as En-Gedi. It has recently… Read More

How the Entitlement Mentality Crept into our Churches, Thom Rainer

Posted: March 6, 2017

In 1974 Burger King made a bold move to take market share from McDonald’s. At the time, McDonald’s made burgers en masse. If you wanted a special order, you had… Read More

“Misquoting” Jesus? Answering Bart Ehrman – CBN.com

Posted: March 6, 2017

In Misquoting Jesus, the New York Times bestseller subtitled The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, author Bart Ehrman fires a shot meant to sink the ship of… Read More

Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Posted: March 4, 2017

With the recent launch of The Shack movie, we are reminded of a whole mix of theological questions raised by the novel, and the problems of projecting the divine onto… Read More

Disney shows gay kiss in a children’s cartoon for first time

Posted: March 3, 2017

March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Walt Disney Company pushed the LGBT envelope a little further this week by airing its first on-screen gay kiss on an animated children’s program…. Read More

The “T” In LGBT: an interview with Brandon Redler

Posted: February 24, 2017

Meet Brandon Redler from SIW ministries, a man who lived as a woman named Desiree — before he found Jesus Christ. A powerful testimony, and much needed insight and education about the… Read More

12 Reasons Millennials Are Over Church, by Sam Eaton

Posted: February 21, 2017

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that… Read More

A 12th “Dead Sea scrolls cave” found. Or was it?

Posted: February 13, 2017

On Feb 8, 2017, Israeli and U.S. archaeologists announced they’d found compelling evidence for a 12th Dead Sea Scroll cave. This is the first such discovery in 60 years. Click here to… Read More