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Listen to Carl Lentz’s Conversation About Racism and Protest With Bishop T.D. Jakes | RELEVANT Magazine

Over the weekend, Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz virtually sat down with Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas for a long, wide-reaching conversation about George Floyd’s death, the history of American racism manifesting as violent oppression and a Christian theology of protest. “Those are triggers,” Jakes says after Lentz reads... Read more

THE SHARING GRACE PANTRY

I have always been passionate about helping people and I knew that we had people in our own community that needed help. Especially during this pandemic and so many people losing their jobs. The state and local benefits offered to those in need do not cover everyday items such as toilet paper and shampoo. I... Read more

George Floyd Is Remembered By His Friends as a Man of Faith

George Floyd Is Remembered By His Friends as a Man of Faith Friends and ministry partners of George Floyd are remembering his contribution to ministry work as well as his positive impact on others.Floyd, 46, died last Monday after his neck was pressed on by a Minnesota police officer, according to a viral... Read more

Trained in Rebuilding after Disasters, NC Baptists Now Distribute Food Boxes

Trained in Rebuilding after Disasters, NC Baptists Now Distribute Food Boxes (RNS) Theyre best known for their post-hurricane disaster relief efforts  ripping up homes damaged by floodwaters and rehabilitating them from the studs.But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Baptists on Mission, an auxiliary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina,... Read more

Supreme Court Rules against Churches, Upholds Restrictions in 5-4 Vote

Supreme Court Rules against Churches, Upholds Restrictions in 5-4 Vote The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Friday to intervene in the legal battle over state restrictions of churches during the pandemic, disappointing religious leaders and activists who believed the bodys conservative bloc might side with houses of worship.The justices, in a 5-4 ruling,... Read more

Thousands Peacefully Protest the Racial Inequality across the United States

Thousands Peacefully Protest the Racial Inequality across the United States As many protests against police killings of black people across the nation erupt into riots and unrest, thousands of other protestors are making peaceful demonstrations.According to the Associated Press, thousands marched peacefully in Phoenix, Albuquerque and other cities in the U.S. Many of... Read more

Some Prisoners Released, but Iran Continues Crack-Down on Christians

Some Prisoners Released, but Iran Continues Crack-Down on Christians June 1, 2020 (Morning Star News) The COVID-19 crisis in Iran has resulted in freedom for several Christians among the roughly 85,000 people released from prison, but convictions have continued in spite of a short-lived lull in actions against converts to Christianity, sources said.The... Read more

Popular Childrens Adventure Bible Available in NRSV Translation – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway With more than 10 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible (Zonderkidz) brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches, and families alike. The bestselling Bible for children is now available in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). [Read the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible translation on Bible Gateway] Commissioned by... Read more

‘We Can’t Be Silent’: Tony Dungy Implores Christians to ‘Demonstrate the Qualities’ of Jesus in the Fight for Racial Equality

'We Can't Be Silent': Tony Dungy Implores Christians to 'Demonstrate the Qualities' of Jesus in the Fight for Racial Equality The answer to Americas current divisions lies in the nations churches, with followers of Christ modeling the qualities of the One we claim to follow, former NFL coach and current television commentator Tony... Read more

How to Be the Bridge : Practical Steps to Racial Reconciliation

Racial reconciliation has been a hot topic in recent years, not just in Christian circles. The phrase itself may evoke a range of emotions in people, but at its heart the practice of racial reconciliation is complicated, messy and uncomfortable. Latasha Morrison has jumped headfirst into the messiness of this mission, wading through the hard... Read more

Crossway+ Special: 40% Off Select Summer Reading Titles

An Exclusive Deal for Crossway+ Members Starting today and running through June 15, 2020, Crossway+ members receive 40% off the selected titles in the following categories and free shipping in the contiguous US. Not a Crossway+ Member? Create a free Crossway+ account. Then, browse the list below to see updated pricing. Resources for Children God... Read more

Podcast: Learning to Love the Local Church (Megan Hill)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Why We Need the Local Church In this episode, Megan Hill, author of A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church, discusses the importance of the local church for our lives as God's people. She reflects on the challenging season we've all been... Read more

The journey back to normal after lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Erik Mclean)On 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved into Alert Level 4 full lockdown. My generation had not known anything like it, being confined to our homes barring a walk around our own neighbourhood, which fortunately meant the golden sands of the East Coast Bays beaches here on the North Shore of Auckland. On... Read more

A La Carte (June 1) – Tim Challies

There’s a  handful of quality Kindle deals for you today. (Yesterday on the blog: Better Faithful Than Free) Your Weird, Messy Church is God’s “Plan A” Jared Wilson: “You don’t have to be cool, big, strong, technologically savvy, politically fashionable, or culturally relevant. You just have to repent of your sin and commit your weird,... Read more

Public back re-opening of churches – poll

St Aidan's Bamburgh(Photo: National Churches Trust)A new poll has revealed public support for churches opening sooner than the Government's timeline of July 4. Half of UK adults (49%) agreed that churches and chapels should be allowed to open their doors to the public sooner than July if they can ensure adequate social distancing, compared to only... Read more

COVID-19 and the Future of the Christian Conference – Tim Challies

Christians have long valued conferences. In the past few decades, as travel has become easier and less expensive, Christians have valued large national conferences where thousands or tens of thousands gather to worship, learn, and fellowship together. The story of the New Calvinism could not possibly be told apart from the rise and impact of... Read more

Dominic Cummings: why it matters and what it means for all of us

Dominic Cummings is facing calls to resign over his lockdown travel(Photo: Reuters)I've enjoyed the whole Dominic Cummings media circus over the last few days. There I've said it.I need to be honest, I don't appreciate his brand of populist politics and seeing him in the spotlight has been quite something to behold.Now I've got to... Read more

What is the Secret to Sabbath Rest? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

01 Jun What is the Secret to Sabbath Rest? Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Hebrews 4:13 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.For good news came to us just as to them, but... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols says it’s time for churches to re-open

Vincent Nichols said it was time for the phased re-opening of church buildingsReutersThe head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has questioned why car showrooms and outdoor markets are allowed to re-open to the public but not church buildings.With many restrictions easing and non-essential shops opening again in a couple of weeks, Cardinal Vincent... Read more

The USCIRF releases a country update for Bangladesh – Mission Network News

Bangladesh (MNN) The USCIRF updates Americans on the ways Bangladesh mistreats Christians and other religious minorities. Last month, we reported on the United States Commission On International Religious Freedoms (USCIRF) annual report. Now the USCIRF has released acountry update on Bangladesh. Vincent Michael of FMI says, The report is kind of briefing us as Americans... Read more

Pandemic ‘transforms the Church into Netflix’

(Photo: Unsplash/John Schnobrich)The Covid-19 pandemic has "propelled the Church into the contemporary world," says a new report from CPAS, an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with UK and Irish churches.'Everyone Welcome Online' looks at the lockdown's impact on churches and concludes, "Last month we were the Odeon, today we are Netflix."In the 1950s, the Odeon was... Read more

Haitis COVID-19 solution? Voodoo – Mission Network News

Haiti (MNN) — According to Reuters, Haitian witch doctors say theyre concocting secret remedies and preparing rooms in 1,000 voodoo temples to treat COVID-19 patients. Haitis failed infrastructure and inadequate medical care leave viable options few and far between. Plus, Voodoo is a very strong influence in Haiti. When people are sick, they often will... Read more

Singing hymns in church could cause ‘problems’ post-lockdown, Government minister fears

(Photo: Unsplash/Lea Fabienne)Government minister Robert Jenrick has revealed his concerns over re-opening churches post-lockdown. With restrictions easing for shops, schools, car showrooms, markets and many other places, the Government has come under pressure to allow churches to open again to the public. At the Government's daily briefing, Mr Jenrick said he was working closely with faith leaders... Read more

Add Love for the Saints to your Godliness – TGC Africa

In the New Testament the phrase ‘brotherly kindness’ or ‘brotherly affection’ does not refer to the love of brothers and sisters in a natural family, but rather the love which occurs between fellow Christians in the church. A love for the saints, or people, of God. Conrad Mbewe continues his series in 2 Peter 1Christian,... Read more

God is Able | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Her faith felt weak as she faced this new challenge. Her husband just lost his job. Inwardly shaky yet outwardly strong she said all the right and reassuring things. She only wished she could believe them. Faith is easy when the way is well lit. Yet when you walk in the dim light of struggles,... Read more

Do All Roads Lead to Jesus? – Beloved Women – June 1, 2020

Do All Roads Lead to Jesus? Beloved Women June 1, 2020READ: Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV) TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: I noticed bumper stickers announcing that all religions of the world should coexist. The words encourage all religions... Read more

Finding a Way Forward – Girlfriends in God – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020Finding a Way ForwardGwen SmithTodays TruthSo then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  (Colossians 2:6-7)Friend to FriendSir Isaac Newton wrote a book that was published in... Read more

Transformation Garden – June 1, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Todays Text and Thought of Encouragement:So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.  And the Lord discomforted Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host.Judges 4: 14, 15King James VersionEXPLORATIONHeavenly Commotion(She) who does not believe that God is above all is either a fool... Read more

Pearls of Grace – June 1

June 1 The Beautiful Woman A Virtuous Woman, who can find For her worth is far above jewels. Proverbs 31:10 Twenty-four years ago today, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Stephanie Michelle.Your first born is always a special event because its a learning process.I was a baby myself and I was scared... Read more

How Church Leaders Can Help Domestic Violence Victims

Two decades ago, my husband (now ex-husband) called me on the way home. His angry words drove ice-cold fear into my heart. Despite my prayers for change, the cycle of abuse was starting again. Based on past experience, his verbal tirades would soon spiral into threats of bodily harm. I immediately gathered my children and... Read more

Untamed: The Gospel of Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyles Untamed has captured the hearts and minds of American women, hovering around the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list since its release. From her roots as a Christian mommy blogger to her rise to fame as a successful author, speaker, and activist, Doyle made headlines in 2016 when she announced... Read more

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Jonathan Parnell

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Jonathan Parnelllead pastor of Cities Church in MinneapolisSt. Paul and author of Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51 and Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happinessabout what’s... Read more

Anne Bradstreet Is a Good Tonic for a Virus-Haunted Age

For many Reformed evangelicals, the Puritans are like old friends. Pastor-writers like John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, and John Owen stare down from our bookshelves. Jeremiah Burroughs and John Flavel are quoted in sermons and on social media. Yet we hear far less about one important Puritan writer: Anne Bradstreet. We need Bradstreet because her works... Read more

Help! My Spouse Just Told Me They Watch Porn.

You can see in your spouse’s eyes that something is wrong. His eyes shift nervously to different things in the room but never meet yours. She opens her mouth to speak, but no words come out. Whether you are the wife or the husband waiting for your spouse to tell you what’s worrying them, you... Read more

10 Key Bible Verses on Salvation

This article is part of the Key Bible Verses series. New Life in Christ Because of Christ, believers are granted salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life. What hope we have in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus! Be encouraged by reading the following Scriptures with commentary from the ESV Study Bible.... Read more

#SundaySermon: This Is the Way the World Ends

This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper. The ending words of this poem, “The Hollow Men,” from T.S. Eliot, drifted into my consciousness early Sunday morning as I prepared to go to church and livestream a service... Read more

Better Faithful Than Free – Tim Challies

Human beings have the ability to speak because we have been made in the image of the speaking God. The great majority of us live in societies in which we enjoy the privilege of free speech, but this privilege is not universal, and neither is it guaranteed by God. This quote from Luke Davis’s True... Read more