Backgrounder | Child and Earned Income Tax Credits

March 5, 2021 ...

The NAE affirms that “the family is central to God’s vision for human beings and for human society” and that “the family is central to life together as diverse people in society.”[ii] While families themselves, along with their churches, bear the primary responsibility for nurturing family life, the NAE recognizes that “other social institutions, including …

Fight Conspiracy Theories and Welcome the Vaccines

February 24, 2021 ...

Both of us in recent weeks have hosted webinars with our friend and fellow Christian Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, answering every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We did so because we know that, according to surveys, roughly a quarter of the public …

Complicated for Us, Not for God

February 9, 2021 ...

But God specializes in the complicated. The gospel thrives in the complicated. A common hubris of modernity is assuming that we live in unprecedented times. We must remember that the Church was birthed amidst multiple complexities. Through conquests and consolidation, the Roman empire precipitated the greatest mass migration of people that the world had known. …

On Christian College Survival

February 9, 2021 ...

How do churches and the broader culture benefit from having leaders and members who have received a Christ-centered college education? Christian higher education produces committed, compassionate, convicted citizens who want to engage deeply in this world, not in spite of their faith but because of their faith. Christian colleges and universities focus on developing resilient …

Cultivating a Politically Diverse Church

February 8, 2021 ...

Less than a month before the national election in 2016 our church held a congregational forum. Two members — a Republican and a Democrat — shared how they were going to vote and why. They then answered questions from me, each other, and the congregation about their political thinking and what shaped it. Following my …

Where Do We Go From Here?

February 3, 2021 ...

On the first Easter day, Mary Magdalene was weeping in the garden outside Jesus’ empty tomb (John 20:1–18). To her astonishment, Jesus met her, spoke to her and gave her a commission. She was to go and tell the disciples, who were in hiding, that he was alive and that he was now to be …

Leaving the Building to Reap a Harvest

January 29, 2021 ...

As much as any time in history, I believe the Church today must be marked by unity and — as was said about the tribe of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 — an understanding of the times and the knowledge of what to do next. So, what are we to do? 1. Start a New …

A Pandemic Impact on the Church

January 27, 2021 ...

Guides for the Course Over the last few months, all of us sought understanding and answers on how to navigate the new normal. I gained significant help from three sources. First, Scripture. I have most often reflected on Philippians 1:12–14. Paul, writing from jail, addressed the church’s concerns about the effects of his “stay at …

Timely and Effective Resources Help Leaders Navigate the COVID Crisis

January 25, 2021 ...

First Responders From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the NAE has developed resources and facilitated access for Christian communities across the country to be equipped for this unprecedented crisis. Two initiatives that we deployed for this purpose were Care Package for the Church and Reopening the Church. In addition, the NAE participated with Wheaton College’s …