Purity Culture: It’s A Different Gospel
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by Karissa Valadez
2d ago
As an avid viewer of documentaries, and in particular those uncovering the inner workings of religious cults, I recently watched the Amazon Studios series Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, a docuseries about the Duggar family and the Christian fundamentalist teachings of Bill Gothard. Personally, I found it to be very disconcerting. You see, unlike the many other documentaries and series I’ve watched, Shiny Happy People hit a little too close to home for me. I’d never heard of Bill Gothard before watching the show, yet I’m deeply familiar with his ideology. Throughout my teenage year ..read more
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Parenting, Perseverance, and God’s Love
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by James Travis
1w ago
Amongst the many well-wishes when our first son was born in 2015 was a consistent message that slowly but surely, “You will now come to see and appreciate a whole new side to our Father in heaven.” At the time, the little cooing and gurgling bundle of joy did nothing but help me to understand how to love someone else in ways that I never thought possible (Psalm 103.13, for example), but, over time, I am becoming more and more awestruck at the patience and perseverance of God’s love. Let me explain… “When he looks you in the eye and lies to you, it will break your heart.” This next nugget ..read more
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Discipleship In Every Season
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by Shannon Quintana
2w ago
“Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in Heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20 The final words Jesus said to His followers (and to us believers today) was to go, continue following Him, and to tell others about Jesus, show them how to walk with Him. We call this the Great Commission, and our call ..read more
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The Power and Role of Just One Color
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by Wendy Zahorjanski
3w ago
Walking through the front door didn’t change my mood or affect my spiritual sensibilities. The mother was lying on the couch, sick. Three of her four kids were sitting on the couch next to her. I greeted each of them and sat in the chair on the other side of the room before noticing that my three-year-old still stood in the doorway staring at me. I studied him with slightly furrowed brows. It was true that he was in a new place, but unfamiliar surroundings had yet to stop him from bounding into a room chattering away to whoever would listen—friends or strangers. I invited him to come in and s ..read more
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Eternity is Closer Than We Might Think
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by Mike Dente
1M ago
As I’ve been teaching through Revelation this year at church, a thought has echoed in my heart: eternity is closer than we might think. By closer, I don’t mean sooner, as often we take it in our Calvary circles. I believe the Lord’s coming is imminent. I believe we need to live in expectancy, but that’s not the closeness I’ve been meditating on. I’ve been thinking more about nearness, less about time, and more about God’s presence. It’s similar to what Jesus said in Luke 17:20-21, “Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not co ..read more
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Memento Mori: Death Inspiring Life
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by James Travis
1M ago
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “remember that you will die.” It is, I think, the perfect way to end one year and start a new one. It might sound morbid, but, really, it’s magnificent. Let me tell you why. Many people will have made many resolutions this past couple of weeks: how they will live this coming twelve months things they will start perhaps even things they will stop Personally, I can think of no greater resolution for this next three hundred and sixty-six days than this: remember, daily, that you will die. The earliest known use of the term in popular culture was in the ..read more
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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Serving Christ
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by Aaron Campbell
1M ago
This Article Was Originally Published On Jan 18, 2021 The year was 1989, and I was a freshman in high school. I was sitting at a lone desk in an empty hallway because, once again, my behavior had gotten me kicked out of class—but on purpose, actually. Because though I was attending one of the best prep schools in New Jersey and in all honors classes, occasionally, when the learning material couldn’t quite hold my attention, I’d goof around until I was asked to take my desk into the hallway. And what would I do once in the hallway? I’d eagerly pull out Strength To Love, by Dr. Martin Luther Ki ..read more
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Resources To Help Pastors and Leaders Shepherd People Through Doubt and Deconstruction
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by Aaron Salvato
1M ago
Last year, at the CGN International Conference, my friend and colleague Nick Cady and I had the privilege of collaborating to create something we believe to be extremely needed in this cultural moment: a workshop for pastors and leaders, aimed at understanding doubt and deconstruction and ministering to those who struggle. Our workshop delved into understanding the issue from its core and exploring potential solutions. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and it inspired us to go a step further. We’re now transforming this content into practical resources for pastors, leaders, and anyone ..read more
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New Book: Nehemiah: How God Renews His People.
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by Nate Holdridge
1M ago
Dear Friends, I am thrilled to share the release of my latest book, “Nehemiah: How God Renews His People.” In this exploration of the Nehemiah narrative, we delve into a story that transcends the life of its central human character to reveal a more profound truth about our ever-faithful God. This book is not just about Nehemiah; it’s about God’s unceasing work in renewing His people. Throughout history, we have seen periods where apathy, disobedience, and defeat have distanced God’s people from their divine purpose. Once intended to be a beacon of God’s light, Israel found itself in such a s ..read more
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Jesus Offers A Greater Rest
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by Bruce Zachary
2M ago
I came to faith at the College and Career study at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. The pastor was sharing an overview of the Book of Hebrews and highlighting how Jesus is greater than every aspect of ritual Judaism. I was raised in an observant Jewish home, and this theme struck a chord as God’s Spirit plucked my heartstrings. That was the night I recognized Jesus as my people’s Messiah and received Him as my Lord and Savior. I recognize that each person’s subjective experience when they are saved is varied. Yet, I also vividly recall how I felt. The feeling is remarkably simple to define, but ..read more
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