Sheldon Bleiweiss: Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass

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Sheldon Bleiweiss, a Holocaust educator, gives an interactive talk about Kristallnacht to commemorate its 80th Anniversary at the L. Russ Bush Center of Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”) was the event that paved the way for the Holocaust, as Sheldon Bleiwess explains in an article here at Intersect. …Read More.

#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Public Trust of Pastors at an All-Time Low: Aaron Earls

Americans trust those delivering shots more than those delivering sermons, according to new research from Gallup.

Nurses and medical doctors top the list of the most trusted occupations, while clergy continue to fall.

Eighty-four percent of Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high,” earning the highest marks for the 17th consecutive year.

Around two-thirds say the same about medical doctors (67 percent) and pharmacists (66 percent). More than half of Americans rate highly the ethical standards of high school teachers (60 percent) and police officers (54 percent).

More than a third of Americans (37 percent) say clergy have high or very high honesty and ethical standards. Forty-three percent say they have average honesty, while 15 percent give clergy “low” or “very low” marks. …Read More.

10 Reasons All of Us Need a 2019 Resolution to Take Care of Ourselves Physically: Chuck Lawless

I confess that I don’t always take care of myself as I should. I have to work hard to maintain a healthy weight, keep my blood pressure down, etc. In fact, I’m re-posting this blog from 2015 as a way to hold myself accountable to you, my readers. I don’t want to give guidance that I myself don’t follow in 2019.

As a Christian, I see this issue of exercise and bodily well-being as more a spiritual one than a physical one. Here are some reasons believers need to take care of ourselves. …Read More.

Leading Your Church to Support Missions and Send Missionaries: Marshall Blalock

First Baptist Church of Charleston is the SBC’s oldest church. Yet in 1997, their involvement in missions—the foundation of the Southern Baptist Convention—was, well, lacking. At that time, they had no members serving on the mission field and gave only a token amount to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Twenty-one years later, however, First Baptist has nine people serving with the International Mission Board on three continents, and the church generously gives through the Lottie Moon offering to reach the unreached. First Baptist of Charleston is not a huge church with a full-time missions pastor, so what factors made it possible to transform them into a missions-sending, missions-supporting church?

The primary factor was simply a vision for getting the gospel to unreached peoples. The old adage is that the speed of the leader determines the speed of the team, and this is especially true of developing a vision for missions within a church. A pastor’s passion for missions will naturally flow out of him to the congregation, guiding their direction. …Read More.

Reconnect Faith with the Rest of Your Life in 2019

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Have you set some life goals for 2019 yet? Maybe your goals involve eating less or exercising more. Maybe you want to read more books. Perhaps you aim to floss your teeth more often than the day before a dentist appointment. (I kid.)

But as you’ve planned for 2019 and made your annual resolutions, you may have overlooked one critical problem — a problem that, if remedied, could drastically impact your life.

It’s the sacred-secular divide. …Read More.

Lessons I’ve Learned from 5 Years of Marriage

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I said “I do” five years ago to my husband Will on a chilly, cloudy day in December. I still feel like a newlywed some days because time has passed so quickly, but I thought our anniversary was the perfect day to share some important lessons I have learned. 

Communication is perhaps the most important part of a marriage. When we think we have communicated enough, we communicate some more for good measure. 

At the end of our second date (Valentine’s Day 2012), I told Will—a guy I hardly knew—we needed to have a serious talk upfront. I was halfway through college, and Will had graduated several months beforehand. Neither of us wanted to play dating games, and we agreed to be completely honest as we got to know one another about how this whole thing was going, which meant no avoiding calls and text messages if one of us was done, no dating other people and no leading on one another. 

It was the beginning of a very honest dating relationship, and we haven’t played games since our first Valentine’s Day. We knew communication could make or break a relationship and (later) a marriage. We still make communication a top priority. …Read More.