5 Ways Teens Can Put Christ in Christmas

December 7, 2016 | Posted by Emily Briggs

Here we are again, about to begin what might be the busiest season all year: Christmas. Too many traditions and parties to count and what seems like an endless amount of gifts packed tightly into one month. Tinsel, stockings, Santa, peppermints, parties, snow, music–all wonderful things–yet they seem to get in the way of the […]

 

What Happened to Kindness?

November 10, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It seems to me that our culture isn’t as kind as it once was. Road rage plagues our travel. Cable news shows pit political foes against each other, who shout at one another. Radio talk show hosts use abrasive terms to identify the people who don’t agree with them. Internet bloggers make a living by […]

 

Getting There Together

November 3, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

Years ago I was offered a job teaching in rural Thailand. As usual, teaching afforded me the opportunity to learn more than I ever gave back to my students. Much of what I learned was related to the culture differences between this developing world culture and my native Western society back home in the United […]

 

Three Ways to Keep Your Congregation Focused ...

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

As a motorcycle rider, I love leaning my bike into a nice tight, banked curve. Those who don’t ride, and inexperienced riders, may not realize that riding the curves is more of a mental exercise than a technical skill. Yes, you have to know how to control the machine. However, the brain, more precisely, the […]

 

Invitation Made Simple

August 25, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What do the following have in common? …discovering a fresh insight…working to build a community garden in a food desert…running…partnering with community service groups that are making a difference…worshiping at church…caring for the homeless…holding babies in the hospital nursery…subscribing to a new reading plan on the You Version Bible app… dedicating a new business…singing in […]

 

What Will Your Next Church Building Look Like...

August 18, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

What will your next church building look like? That’s one of the questions that come to mind as the turn of the year gives cause to reflect on the past and the future of the church. Of course, the answer to that question begins not with architecture, but with the church’s self-understanding of who it […]