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What Is a Creed?

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Theology

This past weekend, our church body began a 12-week sermon series and study of The Apostles’ Creed. But what, exactly, is a “creed”? You may be thinking, “Isn’t Creed an alt-rock band from the 90s?” Certainly, Creed did a good job of asking the question, “Can You Take Me Higher?” But when Christians talk about creeds, the question we’re asking ...

You’re Not That Busy

Author: Jenna LuskCategory: Culture, Worship

The conversation goes something like this: “How was your weekend?”“Oh, it was good! I had to work a couple of hours on Saturday, but it wasn’t that bad.”“Bummer! I took the kids to a birthday party, and then I had to run a lot of errands. But I also got to start this new book I’ve been wanting to for awhile.”“You’re so lucky. I wish I ...

How Culture Disciples Us

Author: David RoarkCategory: Culture

We hold a misconception about discipleship: that it’s a merely Christian idea, only taking place at weekend worship services, on weeknights in groups and in the mornings or evenings when we “spend time with the Lord.” On the contrary, discipleship is taking place all around us and in us every day. Whether we realize it or not, we are being shaped and formed by the movies and TV ...

The Secret to Making Kingdom Citizens

Author: Zach LeeCategory: Theology

What is the gospel? Some may wonder why I’ve started with such a simple question. Isn’t the gospel that we are justified by faith alone? Isn’t the gospel about personal salvation and faith in Jesus? Isn’t the gospel about how we can go to heaven when we die? These are common answers to the question, but what if none of these are fully correct definitions of the gospel? ...

Empathy in the Midst of Enmity

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Culture

The more we disagree with someone, the less likely we are to empathize with them. Empathy is a critical component of compassion and care. Having a heart for someone who does not share your opinion is an attempt to step into their shoes in order to understand their feelings.

Is Christianity Dying?

Author: Russell MooreCategory: Culture, Theology

Christianity is dying. At least, that’s what major newspapers are telling us today, culling research from a new Pew Center study on what almost all sociologists are observing these days—the number of Americans who identify as Christians has reached an all-time low and is falling. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.

Our Heroes, Ourselves

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General, Culture

Who are your heroes? Who are the people you want most to emulate? Who do you want to be most like? Why them? This series of questions reveals much about a person. Those who most influence us give perhaps the greatest insight into our character.

Which Promises are for Me?

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Theology

Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps His promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can lead us to treasure hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways.

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