How to Fire a Pastor

December 15, 2015 ...

In Today’s Conversation, Leith Anderson and Marshall Shelley talk about hiring and firing pastors, and the relationships between pastors and their congregations and church board. In this podcast, you’ll hear thoughts and advice on: How to handle pastoral transitions well; What the Bible says about letting pastors go; The legitimate reasons for pastoral terminations; and How …

Letter to French Evangelical Alliance on Paris Attacks

November 23, 2015 ...

Dear Clement, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4). On behalf of the National Association of Evangelicals in the United States, we express our solidarity with you and mourn the senseless loss of lives in your country. We are shocked and saddened. …

What Churches Can Do About Educational Inequality

November 15, 2015 ...

In Today’s Conversation with Leith Anderson, Nicole Baker Fulgham talks about her work helping faith communities close the academic achievement gap in public schools. In this podcast, you’ll hear from an education policy expert on: What the term “education inequality” means and looks like; The achievement trend lines in American classrooms; Her personal background growing up in Detroit; and …

Being a Christian and a Scientist

October 15, 2015 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear Leith and Ian discuss: Ian’s personal faith journey; The relationship between science and faith; How pastors can support scientists in their midst; and The important distinction between science and scientism. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: Let me start out and go right to a question that I’m sure you have …

Tolerant Christians

September 22, 2015 ...

In today’s America tolerance is reckoned by many to be a high virtue; perhaps the highest virtue. And, some would label Christians as modern examples of intolerance. Although it seems that our critics’ claims of tolerance often don’t extend to those who take the Bible seriously and commit to following Jesus Christ. They forget that …

Time to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

September 18, 2015 ...

The plight of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, with the contrasting responses of rejection and welcome, has captured the world’s attention in recent days. We identify with the hopes and aspirations of parents seeking a safe place to raise their kids. Catholics and evangelicals who follow Jesus, who fled the persecution of Herod and …

The Growing Class Gap Among American Young People

September 15, 2015 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear from a renowned social science researcher on: The experiences of young people growing up in different economic classes; Statistics and trends explaining a growing economic gap among Americans; and How churches can be involved in caring for all of our kids. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: Professor, America …

The Volunteer Church

August 3, 2015 ...

However, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating. They know that volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ. They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for …

Letter to Senators on Torture

June 8, 2015 ...

Dear Senator, As you authorize FY16 appropriations for the Department of Defense, please approve language in an amendment to be offered by Senators McCain and Feinstein that would strengthen the prohibition of torture in U.S. law and apply the Army Field Manual interrogation policies and standards to all personnel and facilities operated or controlled by …

The Truth Competition

March 20, 2015 ...

It’s often not so simple in everyday American life. There is a sense that scientists begin with science as truth and then evaluate the Bible based upon scientific presuppositions. And, there is a sense that evangelical Christians begin with the Bible as truth and then evaluate science based upon theological presuppositions. At least this is …