Some Quick Thoughts on House Churches: The Good, the Bad, and Why You Should Be Open to Them Ed Stetzer
Thu May 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
They appeal to certain church planters and in certain contexts. Discerning House Churches The house church discussion is always an interesting one. People can be very passionate about house, simple, and organic churches, and that can limit some important discussions. Some say, “Of course, that’s the best way—that’s what is in the New Testament!” And, actually, they are right...
Jail ministry shares a message of healing Thu May 25th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
United States (MNN) -- For about a year now, Forgotten Man Ministries and Set Free Ministries have joined together to meet with women in a county jail in West Michigan. When the women sign up for the class, they’re usually just looking for something to break up their time behind bars. They come in with hard demeanors and blank faces. But over time, their facial expressions a...
BiblePlus+ provides unique Gospel experience in Ghana Thu May 25th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Ghana (MNN) -- When God stirs His people to action, there’s no telling what they can accomplish. (Photo courtesy of OneWay Ministries) After recently asking people to donate to its BiblePlus+ audio Scripture project, OneWay Ministries realized just how true that statement is. “We called out to God’s people, we said, 'Fifty dollars [per unit] -- we’ll distribute as many as...
Filipino city attacked by extremists, martial law imposed Thu May 25th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Philippines (MNN) -- Acts of terrorism are on the rise in the Philippines. On Tuesday, militants loyal to ISIS attacked the southern city of Marawi, kidnapped a Catholic priest and over a dozen congregants, torched several buildings, and killed a police officer. The gunmen flooded into the city after the Filipino army raided the hideout of a most-wanted terrorist. (Photo co...
How Government Support Saved Me D.L. Mayfield
Wed May 24th, 2017 at 9:04 AM EDT
Signing up for food stamps changed my view of poverty in America. Just a few months ago, my family stopped qualifying for government cheese. It came as a little bit of a surprise to me—I had, after all, been a part of the WIC (women, infants, and children) program for almost seven years, starting with my first child. My daughter was born two months early due to life-threaten...
The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs Donnie Griggs
Wed May 24th, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Lessons from a Small Town Pastor A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for? Leaders Who Are Reliable Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 to, “Entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” You can't "entrust" things to peop...
Britain mourns Manchester bombing, nation’s worst terror attack in over a decade Wed May 24th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
UK (MNN) -- This week, the world mourns with Britain after a bombing attack on Monday targeted young concert-goers in Manchester, England. At least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured. A dozen victims were under 16-years-old, some even elementary aged. Several of those hospitalized are still in critical condition. The explosion rocked the foyer at one of the concert...
County jail ministry teams up with Set Free Wed May 24th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
United States (MNN) – Prayer is a key component of ministry. That is evident when you look at groups like Set Free Ministries. This story isn’t just about prayer, however. It’s also about partnership and compassion, and it takes place in a county jail. Sarah Heaton is a female chaplain at Forgotten Man Ministries—an organization that is working with men and women in thirty-...
Ways for Christians to pray during Ramadan Wed May 24th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
International (MNN) -- As Ramadan begins this weekend, Michael Thompson of OneWay Ministries says Muslims aren’t the only ones who can join in unison. Christians have a chance to join together from around the world to pray for the Muslim community in this coming month. “We absolutely need mass global prayer for a mass global issue, and it all has to be rooted in love.” (Ph...
20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky' Ed Stetzer
Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT
Saving Our Faith from a Culture of Fear What if our growing unease about truth and the symptoms we feel, whether mere anxiety or full on fear, is actually an invitation take a hard look at our faith? What if our fear, whether corporate or personal, is really an opportunity to reason together, to consider the state of our faith, to reflect on its nature, to sift through its p...
‘The Most Hated Woman in America’ Remembers a Culture War Without Heroes Kaitlyn Schiess
Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT
Netflix’s Madalyn Murray O’Hair biopic explores the divisive legacy of one of the country's most influential atheists. There’s something exhilarating about “playing devil’s advocate”—you get to poke holes, and you don’t have to mend any. Perhaps that’s why most of the combatants in the “culture war” spend more time railing against alleged evils (whether it’s gay marriage or ...
Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most Bob Smietana - Facts & Trends
Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 12:42 PM EDT
Churches may be emphasizing the wrong selling point of the gospel, suggests LifeWay. Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet age, sa...
We Actually Don’t Need a Trinitarian Revival Fred Sanders
Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT
Attempts to teach a ‘better’ understanding of the Trinity may do more harm than good. Rumors of the death of Trinitarianism, even rumors of its dearth, have been grossly exaggerated. This is not to ignore the problems, failures, errors, and weaknesses that sometimes attend it. We don’t need to suppress any evidence in order to reject the drastic diagnosis. When I look around...
Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering Ed Stetzer
Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting. For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship, and it’s a partnership betwee...
Kenya food shortage puts millions at risk Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Kenya (MNN) -- The food crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa is difficult to grasp. The underlying issues are many, complicated, and require more than a quick fix. But as we consider both short and long-term solutions to the problem, there is no doubt the situation demands a response of compassion. (Photo courtesy of Compassion International) Earlier this year, the UN brought atte...
New book helps teachers in PTSD-stricken classrooms Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
International (MNN) -- Any teacher can tell you that every classroom has its own unique challenges, but can you imagine trying to come alongside students who have spent the last few years running for their lives? That’s exactly what instructors for Tent Schools International have to deal with, said Dale Dieleman. Many students suffer from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress D...
A ripe mission field: the Church in Japan then and now Tue May 23rd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Japan (MNN) -- When you think of countries that have a significant population of unreached people for the Great Commission, you may not think of Japan first. But Kevin Zirkle with World Gospel Mission says people can’t forget that Japan is a critical mission field. “A lot of people sometimes don’t think of Japan when they’re thinking of missions because it’s a very highly i...
Pew: Black Protestants Show Strongest Support for Paid Maternity Leave Kate Shellnutt
Mon May 22nd, 2017 at 9:14 AM EDT
A look into Christian views on paid leave and how the church can help new parents. Alongside arguments for maternity leave centered on health, wellbeing, and economics, a pro-life case for paid leave has slowly developed within the church. Now, research shows that Christians are actually more likely than the average American to support paid parental leave—as long as they are...
Pastor responds to human trafficking in Southeast Asia Mon May 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Southeast Asia (MNN) – As Christians, we are called not just to spread the Gospel, but to care for the vulnerable as well. And sometimes, that requires us to confront uncomfortable situations. Rev. Adrian De Visser (Photo courtesy of Asian Access) That’s something Adrian De Visser, a pastor from Sri Lanka and partner with Asian Access, says Christians often have a hard tim...
Two years post-earthquake, Nepal seeing a Gospel revival Mon May 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Nepal (MNN) -- It’s been just over two years since a major 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. The quake killed 9,000 people impacted eight million lives. Over 600,000 buildings and structures were damaged. The rebuilding process is still ongoing. Deepak*, a program director in Nepal with Global Disciples, says that in the wake of the horrifying natural disaster, God...
Weddings, bookstores, and conversation Mon May 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
China (MNN) -- This April, a Bibles for China team distributed Bibles, attended weddings, and talked to university students. Wendell Rovenstine of Bibles for China said the trip was just another example of how family-centered the ministry really is. Take one couple who decided to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by distributing Bibles. The team informed the church t...
Aging with dignity: resources for church-driven care Fri May 19th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
United States (MNN) -- The needs within the Church can vary from congregation to congregation. But Tom Lothamer of Life Matters Worldwide suggests there is one need that will continue to exist for all churches -- the need to take good care of the aging. And it’s a growing issue in a culture where life is increasingly devalued. He says, “One of the greatest struggles that th...
Vote tallying underway for Nepal’s first local elections in two decades Fri May 19th, 2017 at 5:00 AM EDT
Nepal (MNN) -- Nepal had their first local elections in 20 years this past Sunday, May 14th, marking renewed efforts to establish themselves in the modern world. The vote tallying for phase one in the elections is currently ongoing. The second phase of voting will occur on June 14th. (Photo courtesy of Vision Beyond Borders) Getting to this point hasn’t been easy for Nepal...