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
LifeWay did a study years ago showing that 70 percent of 23- to 30-year-olds drop out of church, and only about 35 percent return later to attend regularly. Sometimes we call this a problem with discipleship, evangelism, or faith formation, but we rarely call it what I think it is: the consequence of bad ideas.
I believe there are three faith-shrinking myths driving this generation out of the church, and we must prepare ourselves to recognize them and respond.
We received an email from a Christian school administrator in Pennsylvania, sharing the story of a girl who had attended the school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The girl had gone to a university, and after three months, she emailed her parents and said, “Please don’t pray for me anymore, I no longer believe in God.”
This is what the school administrator’s email said: “We had her for 12 years. They had her for three months. What happened?”
Jason Jimenez shares insights from his 15+ years of ministry experience, explaining the changes and shifts that he’s seen in youth ministry and ways that ministers, both young and old, can fight burnout and stay true.
Josh McDowell shares the vital importance of walking with the Body of Christ.
Scandal after scandal has wrecked the American church in recent days, undermining confidence in pastors and other spiritual leaders, particularly in the largest and highest profile congregations. The credibility of the Church, not to mention the integrity of marriages, is at stake. And though God forgives, it’s time we take sin as seriously as He does.
With global attention focused on the aftermath of an attack inspired by radical Islam, the contrast of another religion’s decay in Europe is striking. That religion, of course, is Christianity. Will America follow in Europe’s footsteps?
Read an excerpt from Dr. Jeff Myers’ latest book, Grow Together. The aim of this chapter is to equip mentors to help others find meaning. The hunger for meaning leads Americans to attempt to find satisfaction in the worst of places. But you could change that. Coaching, or mentoring, is one of those life-giving practices that sets Christians apart in our culture.
Although the Los Angeles Times summary of the prayer event referred simply to “the life and death” of Jesus, President Obama noted that, during these holy days, we remember not only “the scorn of the crowds and the pain of the crucifixion,” but also “the glory of the resurrection – all so that we might be forgiven of our sins and granted everlasting life.” Interestingly, in an age in which the word ‘sin’ is rarely invoked, President Obama made use of the word twice in his short speech
After being named Time Magazine’s 2013 person of the year, Pope Francis now graces the cover of Rolling Stone, a magazine that is notoriously hostile to the Christian worldview. The secular media are enthralled by Francis’ methods, but are they equally receptive to Francis’ message?