Youth of the Bible Who Took a Chance and Changed Things

As I proudly watch young people across the country stand up against violence in their schools, I am saddened by the many adults who discount their efforts, their feelings and their voices. Just a quick reminder that many of the heroes of our Bible were young, too. Gideon He was sure that someone has young as he from a family of no influence or power could possibly lead the Israelites to victory ...

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The Bible–Read it for Yourself

While studying the Book of Amos this week, it occurred to me that it is the anti-prosperity gospel. It doesn't tell rich people they've received their riches as a reward from God, but that their riches have caused them to turn away from God and from the least of these.   So just for fun, I searched "Joel Osteen Amos" to see how (or if!) the king of the prosperity gospel ...

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Six Signs Your Church is Proudly Progressive

Recently, I've seen several articles that speak of progressive Christianity and use the word "progressive" as a derogatory term, suggesting that we progressive Christians have tossed out the Bible, given up any moral compass we may have possessed and just do whatever feels good. Yeah, I call horse hockey on that. Here is my list of six signs that you may be going to a progressive church. Nobody is arguing about who does and doesn't ...

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A Peek at our First Week’s Locations

There's still time to sign up and join us in our four-week Bible Boot Camp where we'll be looking at scripture every day in different spaces and places. Here's a look at where we'll be the week of June 4. Sunday: Comfy bed or couch Monday: Bakery Tuesday: Laundromat or laundry room Wednesday: Construction site Thursday: Wearing or holding your favorite article of clothing Friday:  Ice cream shop Saturday: A place where you feel safe and secure Sign up ...

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A Sneak Peak at June Bible Boot Camp

Here is what a typical day's study for our June Bible Boot Camp will look like. (Reminder: you will get the locations/areas for the week at the beginning of the week, so you can plan). Place to Encounter the Word  A local Heart Association office/cardiologist office/heart hospital --ideally go inside to a waiting area, or you can just go to the parking lot of such a place. The Word  John 14:1-3 Do not let your ...

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Is My Theology Biblical?

Inspired by a poster my teacher friend, Whitney, created to help her students make sure they included all the important information when turning in a graph assignment: I decided that it would be handy to have a checklist to help people make sure what they are saying/sharing/tweeting/texting regarding Christianity is theologically sound. Please feel free to use this guide whenever the urge to make broad, sweeping statements about Christians, Christianity or the Bible strikes.

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Why We Study the Bible in a Wine Bar (hint: it’s not just about the Bible)

We've been holding Bible study at the local wine bar about a block from our church for over four years now. It's the kind of study that changes from week to week. One that you don't have to prepare for. You can just show up and be a part. Some Wednesday nights, we have the entire place to ourselves. Last night, the owner had a last-minute opportunity to host a ...

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