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Books to Help You Pursue Racial Reconciliation

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Culture, Church Life

In my sermon this past weekend, I talked about three ways we can respond to the call for racial reconciliation: pray, pursue and persevere. One particular way that we can pursue reconciliation is by increasing what I called our “ethnic IQ.” In that, I mentioned several books that I’ve found helpful in seeking to develop my own ethnic IQ.

Three Helps for Moms With Teenagers

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Family

My daughter just turned 13. I’m presently stuck between feeling very proud and very old. She’s an incredible young woman—responsible, smart, caring and conscientious. I don’t pretend I’m the one who made her that way, but I’m definitely reaping the benefits.

The Last Words You'll Ever Say

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Community , Family

I looked up to see the flight attendant wearing a determined look on her face and heading down the aisle in my direction. She was going to ask me to turn off my phone and she meant business. As we prepared to take off for our 13-hour flight to Japan, it dawned on me that I’d neglected to text my family. What if something happened to us on our journey and I didn’t text my wife and sons some ...

Read the Entire Bible in 2015

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Bible Study

As we welcome a new year, it is natural to reflect on years past and plan for the one ahead. Often our plans take the shape of resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, to find a better job, to go back to school, to manage our time better, to volunteer more and so on. While these kinds of resolutions are good, I wonder if this year we might commit ourselves to something deeper, something more ...

Exodus: Delusional Gods and Kings

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Culture

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, the most recent in the trend of big-screen Bible epics, is a gritty Moses movie, far more so than Cecil B. DeMille’s iconic The Ten Commandments or Dreamworks’ animated Prince of Egypt. The film opens with a fully immersive battle scene in which we meet Scott’s version of Moses, portrayed by Christian Bale, and Ramses, quite effectively portrayed by ...

Serial and the Question of Liturgy

Author: David RoarkCategory: Worship & Music, Culture

By now, you’ve probably heard of the latest NPR podcast, Serial. It’s being called the most popular podcast in iTunes’ history based on the amount of streams and downloads. From the creators of This American Life, the show follows one story over 12 weekly episodes. The inaugural season centers on a Baltimore murder in 1999, specifically the alleged guilt of the teenage perpetrator. The ...

Savor the Wait

Author: Hunter HallCategory: Church Life

I am not good at waiting. In fact, I can’t stand surprises. If I know something is coming, I want it right then. Obviously this trait is exposed every year at Christmas. Growing up, I remember looking for—and sometimes finding—my Christmas presents each year. I was a joy thief. I was so discontent in the waiting that I missed the beauty in the anticipation of what was to come.

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