Listening to the Bible

Q&A With Christopher Bryan By Walter Fenton – “The biblical documents were written to be heard, rather than to be read,” Christopher Bryan observes. “People in the ancient world simply did not have the luxury of reading these texts. Listening, as opposed to merely hearing, implies paying attention. Like all great art, the Bible repays […]

Vision for the Family

By Terry Mattingly – Pope Francis has been preaching on marriage and family for a year, describing in increasingly vivid terms a global threat to what he has called “human ecology.” “We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public […]

New Room Renewal

By Thomas Lambrecht – What a joy it was to be among 700 United Methodist clergy and other leaders committed to the renewal of Wesleyanism at the recent New Room Conference in Nashville. The fact that this year’s conference doubled the attendance at last year’s initial conference revealed the deep hunger of many leaders to […]

Scattering and the Kingdom

By Jim M. Ramsay – “And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” This simple statement shows up in Acts 8:1 (NASB), just after Stephen was killed by stoning. Up to that event, the record […]

Freedom’s Prisoner

By B.J. Funk – John Bunyon, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress was thrown into prison for twelve years for the crime of preaching the gospel without a license. John Bunyon was free in Christ, yet he was a prisoner of the authorities. He was freedom’s prisoner. John the Baptist was thrown into prison for denouncing […]

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