Featured Articles on Trans·formed This Week
A Good Day to Proclaim Bad News. In this short video, Strange explains that Paul doesn’t actually present the gospel in this sermon. Instead, he focuses on the bad news, God’s judgment, as the necessary context for understanding the good news of the gospel. And he thinks we can learn from Paul’s attitude, his approach, and the appeal he makes to the Athenians, as an example of how to share the bad news with people who need to hear it.
Our World Is Shaking. But sometimes I want to be protected from reality—especially when it hurts. There is more than enough pain to go around in our world. Nation after nation is in peril. Ours is no exception. And sometimes I think my compassionate heart cannot take one more story of children being randomly killed, women gang raped or men caught up in a deadly war. That’s why the words of Selwyn Hughes meant so much to me today.
Avoiding Mistakes in Ministry. Any of us who have pastored very long do not need much time to process this one. Pastoral ministry is fraught with landmines. I have made mistakes in both hiring and firing. I have put up with sin in some members far too long, and been too short with others. I have made the mistake of emphasizing information over transformation in my preaching.
Other Posts of Interest from around the Web
- The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin. Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at least resignation: fornication (i.e. extramarital sex or unchaste living).
- God is Alive and Well in America, Says Gallup Chief. Grounded in more than a million Gallup interviews, Newport’s new book, “God is Alive and Well,” argues that the aging of the baby boomers, the influx of Hispanic immigrants and the links between religion and health could portend a bright future for faith in America.
- Why We Need More Churches in Small Towns. Few people question the legitimacy of church planting in major cities. Yet more than 62 million people live in rural America. Pockets of the unchurched and dechurched are scattered throughout rural communities and small towns. And the most effective means of reaching them is church planting. We must plant churches, then, both in metropolitan America and in small-town America.
- Our Take: Biggest Moves in Religion and Politics in 2012. Considering that 2012 saw the first presidential contest in which there was no white mainline Protestant anywhere on the presidential ticket, religion played a surprisingly subtle role in the election cycle. But even if religion played more of a supporting than a leading role in the election, the religion factor was nonetheless alive and well this year.
- How Religion is Making a Comeback on College Campuses. One in three Americans under the age of 30 reports being religiously unaffiliated, so it may be a surprise to learn that religion is making a comeback on American campuses. It’s not that campuses have become holy places, and religious zealots are not calling the shots. But religion is no longer marginalized from campus life as it was in the late 20th century.
About Marc Cortez
Theology Prof at Wheaton College, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.