With the end of the Civil War in 1865, the black church and its worship gained a more public face, even in the South. Black groups within white churches could separate and begin self-determining congregations. (more…)
When a Christian businessman tried to share Scripture with a non-Christian, he was met with laughter.
Not because of the Word, but because of the words—the “strange” English of the KJV. [Read more…]
This month we’re celebrating Black History Month on the blog, and we’ll be featuring writings and teachings from African-American Christians past and present.
In this lecture from History and Theology of the African American Church, Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. describes theological development among African-American slaves. [Read more…]
New Year’s resolutions usually involve aspirations of self-improvement, like exercising, losing weight, or saving money.
But what if your resolution looked completely different this year? What if instead of focusing on an outward goal, you focused on changing the way you think? [Read more…]
In Jesus Wins, releasing this month, Dayton Hartman argues that a biblical view of eschatology produces a different response. It places Jesus’ return and victory at the center and inspires hope and greater faithfulness in the present age.
This excerpt reminds readers that the entire story of redemption is about getting us back to paradise and the intended relationship with our Creator that began in the garden of Eden. [Read more…]
Yesterday we posted about ways to kickstart your yearly Bible study goals.
Today, we’re back with another of a different kind: free Bible study starter packs.
We all come into the new year with different goals. Some of us just want to finally nail down a habit of Bible reading, while others have loftier goals, like learning (or relearning) Greek and Hebrew. [Read more…]
Everybody has heard of the 12 Days of Christmas. In fact, we’ve all probably sung about them.
But what are the 12 Days of Christmas, and who actually celebrates them?
It’s easy to imagine what Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, or the Magi were thinking and feeling when they encountered the baby Jesus for the first time. I can imagine the mix of excitement, nerves, and expectation as they wondered when God would reveal the details of his plan and what kind of man this child would grow to be.
No one enjoys conflict, but no one is immune to it, even Bible study small groups.
And if you’re the small group leader, people will look to you to address it—whether it’s something small like people not showing up on time or more serious matters like fighting, gossiping, or slandering. [Read more…]