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Are We Even Paying Attention

In late October, a gunman opened fire on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing eleven people, making it the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. Earlier the same week, a white supremacist killed two black customers at a grocery store in Louisville. All of this on the heels of an attempted mass bombing operation in which pipe bombs were en route to high-ranking progressive politicians, including two former presidents. Are Christians even paying attention to these levels of hate, to…
November 1, 2018
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Reimagining the Christian School Sacrifice

“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” – Psalm 78:4. “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All…
June 30, 2017
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Adolescence and the Creation of the Secular Age of Unbelief

This article is the first in a two part series focusing on the relationship between adolescence, as a cultural category, and secularity in the West. In this article Andrew Root provides a theological and cultural analysis. The second article, written by Kevin Alton asks the "So what?" question: What does this mean for youth ministry? Like an erratic rash that seems to clear up to only return, an old debate has resurfaced once again in discussions of Protestant youth ministry.  This…
January 9, 2017
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Adolescence and the Creation of the Secular Age of Unbelief (So what?)

This article is the second in a two part series focusing on the relationship between adolescence, as a cultural category, and secularity in the West. In this article youth ministry vet Kevin Alton provides practical insight into the significance of adolescence and secularity for youth ministry. Meanwhile, back in the youth room… “So what,” says the average youth worker. The difficulty of connecting the big picture of youth ministry, spirituality, and adolescence with what goes on at the local church is pretty staggering.…
January 9, 2017
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Women in Leadership: Achieving Mission

Last year, Grace Chapel, a megachurch in the Boston area, voted by a large margin to allow women to serve as elders, removing the final hurdle for women leaders at this church. As a member of the Women in Leadership National Study research team studying gender parity in evangelical organizations, I had been following the debate at Grace Chapel. What was so revolutionary about Grace Chapel’s decision? I argue that it was the dual message of believing that this decision…
Janel Curry
September 1, 2015
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Mothering in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

After two stillbirths, Tracy wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. I’m there. I am in that valley. Every day for the rest of my life I will either be in it, stumbling up the side, lying at the bottom of it sobbing or looking down into it as I walk along the edge. And yet I feel a peace and comfort that is so much bigger than me.”…
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Good Church through Good Order

IN ORDER TO SERVE: AN ECUMENICAL INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH POLITY LEO J. KOFFEMAN LIT VERLAG, 2014 264 PP. $41.46 Consider the dustup last March when World Vision decided to permit same-sex marriages among its employees. Immediately the charity was denounced by Franklin Graham and other evangelical leaders, who instructed supporters to punish World Vision by withdrawing their financial support. The dollars stopped. Two days later, the charity reversed its decision. Was this a case of Christian discipline? Well, yes, in…
Daniel Meeter
February 28, 2015
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Jesus Our Pioneer

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10 Pioneer. The word fairly leaps from the page here in Hebrews and arrests our attention. Jesus is called "the pioneer of our salvation" in chapter 2, and "the pioneer and perfecter of our faith" in chapter 12. Jesus is our "pioneer." Frankly, I'm not satisfied with that description of…
Roger Van Harn
November 3, 2014
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Two Letters on John Suk’s Essay

Dear Folks: Thank you for the thought-provoking essay on A Personal Relationship with Jesus? . Every time I confess I have a personal relationship with Jesus, I have been ignoring my conscience, which says otherwise. And I have drawn disapproving stares when I confess I do not get "goose pimples" whenever the Holy Spirit leads me. So now I am empowered to speak the truth! I am also empowered to widen my focus away from myself and toward God and…
Perspectives Journal
November 3, 2014