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November-December 2019 Issue
Digital subscribers may scroll to the bottom of this post to access the current Teaching Resources password. Published bimonthly (in print or digital access), Nurturing Faith Journal is an autonomous, national journal offering thoughtful analysis, inspiring features and helpful resources for Christian living. With abundant original content found nowhere else, this high-quality, 64-page magazine focuses […]
“How do we help form ministers in both the black and white church traditions in ways that serve the purpose of God and bring healing and community?” President David Cassady of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky that collaborates with historically black Simmons College in Louisville, Ky. (EthicsDaily.com) “With the exception of current law enforcement officers, the […]
A series of Washington Post articles this year addressed how the brutal realities of African slavery in America — that began four centuries ago — are largely unknown by white Americans today. Scant attention is given to that horrific, yet significant, part of our history in much of the curriculum taught in American schools. Such […]
Many Christians give great attention to salvation through believing in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus. Some Christians share these beliefs but also think we should not neglect the life and teachings of Jesus. What might Jesus expect of us in how we are supposed to live? Would he, for example, expect us to […]
“Fear not!” may be the most ignored commandment in scripture. Often, we connect those words to angels at Christmas. But throughout the entire narrative of Scripture — from the time Abram set out from his father’s land through the establishment of the church — God has asked God’s people to not be afraid. It is […]
During a nine-day stay in a local hospital, I met some very fascinating people. I am known for initiating conversations, and asking a multitude of questions of strangers. Two of my hospitalist doctors who had, I guessed, Middle Eastern-sounding names on their white jackets, lingered as I conversed with them about their training and families […]
The day was growing late as our Jesus Worldview Retreat participants finished a wonderful meal in Yellowstone National Park. Before heading back toward the ranch we called home, we drove through the park’s Hayden Valley just as a storm rolled over the sunlit mountains. As we turned the bend, raindrops started to hit the van’s […]
According to Pew Research Center, the share of adults in the U.S. who identify as Christians fell from 78 percent to 71 percent between 2007 and 2014. The corresponding increase in those who identify as “religiously unaffiliated” jumped by almost seven points, from just over 16 percent to 23 percent. No major Christian traditions are […]
This column is provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Twenty years ago, an unprecedented collection of some of the brightest minds in the world turned their attention to poverty. A combination of a strong, global economy and the optimism that came from the beginning of a new millennium led government leaders, […]
One of the central claims of the New Testament is that Jesus is Lord. This has often been taken to be primarily a statement of belief. However, the lordship of Jesus in our lives is not simply a matter of right belief but rather of participating in the creation of a new world. This is […]
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.” The starlit skies devoid of city lights sparkle down at me. The eagle soars high above my head, the vast Wyoming skies its home. The rugged edges of the Grand Tetons, the rushing rivers and spewing geysers of Yellowstone, speak […]
Do you know what is irritating? When cashiers give us our change on top of the receipt. The words “gif” and “meme.” Is it “jiff” and “me-me”? Going through security at the airport. How can we not be TSA pre-check? Trying to find the end of the Scotch tape. Junk mail. Car alarms. When we […]
Senior Minister: First Baptist Church, Athens, Ga., a thriving downtown church adjacent to the University of Georgia, is seeking a full-time senior minister. We are a moderate CBF congregation celebrating diversity in belief and theology, participating together in worship and believing in being transformed by mission. The person God is preparing for us will have […]
In 2005, I first read James Fowler’s Stages of Faith and was captivated by his work. It describes so well the patterns of faith I had experienced in the church. After years of research, Fowler — a minister and developmental psychologist — claimed to have discovered six stages of faith. These stages were universal and […]
This is the 35th article in a series by historian Bruce Gourley, online editor and contributing writer for Nurturing Faith Journal, on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. Following a decade of overarching peace and prosperity for many Americans, two new presidential candidates emerged in the election year of 1960. Republican candidate Richard Nixon, sitting […]
Advocate still calls church leaders to protect sexual abuse victims, not predators Earlier this year news media gave wider exposure to the longtime, multiple mishandlings of sexual abuse cases among Baptist churches and denominational agencies. The scale was surprising to many. But not to Dee Miller. A former Southern Baptist missionary and mental health nurse, […]
Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently announced they and Israeli colleagues in the “Mount Zion Archaeological Project” have uncovered poignant remains from the brutal day Babylonian soldiers pillaged the city of Jerusalem around 587/586 BCE. Nebuchadnezzar’s forces had previously defeated Jerusalem in 597, but chose to take its leading citizens into […]
A big question is how did so much of American Christianity today get so far from Jesus? The answer can be traced to what pastor/author Ken Wytsma calls the “Salvation Industrial Complex.” And his personal experience mirrors mine. “I grew up with the notion that to be saved we simply asked Jesus into our heart,” […]
After 52 years of music ministry, 32 of those at First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Fla., Bob Morrison retired in July 2019. In my four decades of pastoral ministry, Bob is the minister of music I served with the longest (12 years) and, likewise, I was the pastor Bob served with the longest during his […]
Church leaders consider impact of tax law, other factors on charitable giving In a Christianity Today interview two years ago, CPA Mike Batts of Batts Morrison Wales Lee advised congregations “to keep a close eye on the trending in charitable giving, and to be prepared to adapt accordingly.” His words came on the heels of […]
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS — Women should be affirmed for their “God-given calling for service in the church” and Baptists should work to promote love rather than religious intolerance, according to two resolutions approved this summer by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Council meeting in Nassau. The “Resolution on Recognizing and Affirming the Calling of […]
Sara Ann Hobbs was a force of nature with a heart for others. When she died Aug. 28 in Silver City, N.M., in the home she shared with long-time friend Nancy Curtis, Hobbs reached the end of a pioneering journey. It began in Anniston, Ala., in 1929, just as the Great Depression was getting underway. […]
What was the Star of Bethlehem? There is only one passage in which the so-called Star of Bethlehem appears in the Bible: Matthew 2:8-10. We are told that “in the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child […]