The Bible

Examples Of Grace

BY KYLE G JONES

I was once asked why I thought young people were leaving the church in droves after they graduated high school. As a director of youth and family ministry, I’m well positioned to answer. My response: Sunday school. We’re losing young people as children in Sunday school because we’re teaching Bible stories to modify behavior…

Examples Of Grace

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

BY BRAD GRAY

At times, evangelical Christianity can be a paradox. For as much as Protestants have spurned Roman Catholicism, they’re much more Catholic than they’d ever like to admit. By which, I mean, we operate with a stricter conditionality that we’d probably ever feel comfortable confessing.

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

God's Love Song Of Salvation

BY DONAVON RILEY

If we get past Sunday School moralizing what do we discover in the Old Testament? We read about remarkably immoral people loved by God. The Old Testament is one long history of God's reckless love for unlovable sinners. Godless Abraham. Murderous Moses. Arrogant, womanizing Samson. Tyrannical Solomon.

God's Love Song Of Salvation

He Knew He Was Going To Die: When Bible Reading Becomes Boring.

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

This is the third time Jesus has told his disciples he is going to be killed.  As I read these passages I am disturbed by how casually and pedestrian they ring in my ear. “Yes, yes, we know this, it’s the gospel, very good, next!”

He Knew He Was Going To Die: When Bible Reading Becomes Boring.

Do Pets Go To Heaven? Why I Think So…

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

As a pastor I am often asked if pets go to heaven? The question may sound childish, or even sentimental, but it is extremely important for those who ask it. As the owner of a beloved German Shepherd myself, Winston, I know the deep love we can have for our animal companions.

Do Pets Go To Heaven? Why I Think So…