Samuel’s message to Israel about unchecked power stands true today. We should listen. When the prophet Samuel grew old, he made his sons the leaders of Israel in his stead. But his sons were corrupt, and the people were soon discontent with their unjust rule. “Give us a king to lead us,” the elders said. Samuel was offended, but he took the request before God. “It is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king,” God replied, giving Samuel a solemn warning to pass along to the people before the deal was done: The king…

In addition to making direct cash donations to Truth For Life, you can financially support the proclamation of the Gospel in other ways: Stock Donations You can donate long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds, directly to Truth For Life. Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction. Learn more here. Estate Planning You can designate Truth For Life by naming the ministry as a beneficiary for a designated amount in your estate planning. Business Donations If you own…

As voters head to the polls for primary elections Tuesday, rising challenges to the status quo may give a tail wind for Black progressive candidates.

By Rachel Macy Stafford Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. — Ephesians 4:14-15 Standing in the classroom one day, at the end of another career day talk, looking through the notes written on index cards, it was evident that my honest confessions and vulnerability…

“We feel a deep sense of gratitude,” California’s governor said about his decision to help undocumented immigrants – 10% of the state workforce – amid the pandemic shutdowns. Opponents say there are more urgent needs for the $75 million.

Hiding from God (and neighbor) is dehumanizing, but honest prayer and confession bring healing and freedom. In February 1995, I confessed my sins publicly in front of 500 fellow students at the University of Texas at Austin. This took place at a concert of prayer sponsored by a parachurch campus ministry. Standing on the auditorium stage of a large classroom, I confessed the sins of lust, pride, impatience, anger, and others I have now forgotten. While I had previously confessed my sins to a pastor or a group of friends, I had never confessed my sins publicly. (It is rather…

Amid the pandemic, NAE president says “the scientific community and people of faith really should serve as collaborators.” While church leaders adjust services to help contain the spread of coronavirus, the pandemic has also prompted them to tackle another task: communicate a message that elevates both faith and science. For pastors across Christian denominations, rising public anxiety over coronavirus only reinforces the importance of believing in God while heeding the advice of public health experts. “Science is a wonderful arena of truth and understanding truth. It is an amazing tool that can help human flourishing. We just believe it can’t…

Christians feel the cravings of the season even more acutely amid the outbreak. In South Korea, Lent and the coronavirus have settled in simultaneously. Although Daegu, about three hours south of Seoul, has been hit far harder, the capital city prepares for the worst. As Christians spend certain days fasting, or swear off sugar, caffeine, or social media for the season, Seoul shuts down schools and churches, canceling everything from Fashion Week to Ash Wednesday services to BTS concerts. It’s as if the whole sprawling, frantically productive city has been forced to sit and think. The greater Seoul area houses…

How one NYC couple is aiming for a maximum return on investment in their business and life. In the middle of Times Square, surrounded by Broadway theaters and Michelin-starred restaurants, sits an unassertive vegan restaurant that glows with pink neon lights above a marble bar. P.S. Kitchen is known for its splashy cocktails and upscale vegan fare, but more quietly, it is working to change lives. Every business owner wants to achieve maximum return on investment (ROI), but maybe not in quite the same way as Graham Smith and April Tam Smith pursue it. They’ve borrowed tips and tricks from…

Homelessness in Atlanta has been mostly declining for a decade. A new commitment to funding and wraparound programs speaks to a city’s persistence.

If you look in the display cabinet in my kitchen, nestled among my mismatched vintage serving ware you’ll see a framed sign that says, “Pardon the mess. My kids are making memories.” My husband laughs at that sign and says, “It’s so passive-aggressive. It says that you don’t want to be judged for a messy house, so you subtly judge someone else for judging you for making memories. Before they’ve even judged you.” He’s absolutely right. To me, the sign says, “My house is messy for a very good reason.” But the fine print says, “So if you were thinking…

Witness new parents and, despite the unnerving sleeplessness of those early days, you will likely see aweing smiles and hear expressions of joy and every good intention possible for their new addition. While little can prepare a new parent for the round-the-clock needs of a new baby, nothing can prepare a new parent for the overflowing love. Scripture does not chide parents for their brimming desire to give good gifts to their children—rather, it assumed that God’s design is for parents to have full, generous hearts. Proverbs highlights what children might anticipate from godly parents: Hear, my son, your father’s…

By Dr. John Townsend A care relationship is one in which you are providing good for those who are without. Look at care as the inverse of coaching. When you are coached, you are the one in need. When you provide care to someone, they are the one in need. Care is not about you or your needs or your struggles. However, in the way God has designed life and the brain, you do receive something back at a very deep and meaningful level. “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,…

There are many ways to volunteer with family members. Try something different, maybe abroad or maybe in your own backyard.

Around 552,000 people in the U.S. live on the street, in emergency shelters, or in transitional housing. A Denver ballot question considers whether everyone has the right to rest in public places without harassment.

The greatest gift you can give the world is your love. Love brings life everywhere it goes. I must confess, I used to be one of those people who condemned and judged people based on what their circumstances looked like. But I have learned the hard way to stop doing that. And when I feel like all the judgment and condemnation has been beaten out of me, another situation comes around the corner, and I find a new log sticking out of my own eye.

Understanding the relationship between gospel and culture is vital for evangelism Christians believe that the gospel is universal and normative for all peoples at all times and in all places. But we often forget that the gospel is not acultural, as if it hovers above culture and is devoid of any culture. Instead, the gospel is deeply enculturated. That is why we have to explain the Bible’s culture whenever we give a story or talk from the Bible. Whenever we teach the Bible to children or newcomers, we often begin with the phrase, “In their culture . . .” Even…

A congregation’s financial reality should never be ignored, but it should never be in charge. Money is in charge of too many of our churches. So many good congregations want to do great ministry, but their limited finances cause them to make too many decisions based on what they can or can’t afford, instead of what God is calling them to do. It’s a trap that may seem impossible to get out of. But there is hope. In today’s post I want to tell you about a decision our church made over two decades ago that has been a great…

Proposal to let non-Catholic spouses share the Eucharist goes before Rome’s theological watchdog on Thursday. For all the progress made toward bringing evangelicals and Catholics together, the notion of a shared Communion table between the two traditions—each with their own theological and ecclesiastical understanding of the Lord’s Supper—has pretty much always been off the table. Yet, a recent proposal by German bishops aims to allow the Catholic Church to offer the sacrament to certain Protestants—those who are married to practicing Catholics and desire to participate in Communion together. Though the Vatican initially rejected the notion last month, officials will meet…

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