Are young people really leaving the faith? “As America becomes less Christian, church attendance is lower.” — Jason Jimenez, Founder and President, Stand Strong Ministries Jason Jimenez discusses the relationship between high school graduates, leaving the faith, and church retention in the United States. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing, and they’re all from Summit’s world-class faculty… Read More →Video: Are young people really leaving the faith?
Why do we need to know what we believe? “Studies show that one of the reasons kids disengage the church… is they are not ready with an answer.” — Sean McDowell, Associate Professor, Biola University In this video, Sean McDowell discusses the importance of knowing what we believe, why we believe it, and what we should do about it. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: Why do we need to know what we believe?
“Why are you a Christian?” A Differentiating Answer “Now is the time for all of us to take our discretionary income, to take our discretionary time, and put it where it really matters: understanding the evidence for Christianity and getting ready to make the case to others.” — J. Warner Wallace, Detective & Author, Cold Case Christianity and Forensic Faith In this video, detective J. Warner Wallace explains how Christians can differentiate themselves from followers of… Read More →Video: “Why are you a Christian?” A Differentiating Answer
This article by detective J. Warner Wallace does a great job of highlighting a shortcoming in the church today. Wallace points out that there has been an increased interest in apologetics at a university level in the last few years, even while the number of students who leave the church after high school stays quite high. This is not to suggest that students are deciding to study apologetics in college and then, after their training,… Read More →Thinking in Church Before the Academy
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film The Village]. In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, a group of people—all of whom have experienced a personal tragedy—decide to start a village in the middle of the woods to isolate themselves from the pain, sin, and wickedness in the outside world. In order to do so, they construct a village, dress likes it’s the 1880s, and create a fear that monsters surround… Read More →Don’t leave the Village
Read an excerpt from Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, a new book by Summit faculty John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell. This excerpt discusses how to answer some of the tough questions that come up about the issue of same-sex marriage.
What is one way to think differently about poverty? “It’s particularly the breakdown of marriage and fatherlessness that contributes to child poverty.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation It’s easy to first consider material needs when brainstorming ways to improve poverty in our country, but Jennifer Marshall suggests that we need to really consider ways to restore relationships in families, communities, and the church to really make an impact on poverty in our… Read More →Video: What is one way to think differently about poverty?
How can the church encourage healthy biblical engagement? “The first step is simply to start reading big: reading whole books, and then beginning to learn how the collection of books tells a story.” — Glenn Paauw, Senior Director, The Institute for Bible Reading Often times people try to live their lives on small pieces of the Bible that are taken out of context. Glenn Paauw suggests that we should engage the Bible by viewing it… Read More →Video: How can the church encourage healthy biblical engagement?
The fruit of the sexual revolution has now been harvested and is arriving by the truck load in our communities, homes, and churches. According to the traditional Christian conception, a human being is a dynamic unity of mind, body, and soul. Unfortunately, many Christians discount the importance of the body.
It’s not surprising that as we enter December, we hear more about “Christmas” than “Advent.” Christmas is the celebration, the feasting, the gratification of desire. Advent involves something with candles that the pastor may mention a few times in December, a vague idea of talking about Christmas before it’s actually here. That’s a shame, because Advent, the build-up to Christmas, is the last bastion of ritual waiting in our culture. Advent (which means “coming” in… Read More →5 Reasons to Celebrate Advent
The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter 1 in Dr. Jeff Myers’ new book, The Secret Battle of Ideas about God. Get your copy in the Summit Bookstore! We’re in a Secret Battle We live in a time of war. There are no soldiers in this battle. There are no landing craft, no bombers flying in formation, no artillery emplacements. Yet attacks occur every minute of every day. The battle we’re in is a… Read More →Invisible Warfare: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Lives
Recently Dr. Jeff Myers wrote an article for ChurchLeaders.com, one of the world’s largest online resource libraries for church leaders, volunteers, and staff members. In the article, Dr. Myers outlines the recent Barna-Summit research project that identifies how five opposing worldviews are influencing the church. Every day Christians are engaging in a battle of ideas. These ideas attack us like viruses that can sicken our hearts and minds. Read the full article to see how… Read More →5 False Worldviews That Ensnare Your Church