Top Theological Issues for Seminaries

December 21, 2014 ...

Biblical authority given science and the enculturated nature of revelation. The gospel’s implications for human flourishing and eschatological salvation. The biblical vision for family, marriage, gender and sexuality. The plausibility of the Christian life-view and the relevance of the church to contemporary life. David Clark Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary 1. Seminary graduates are …

Changing Denominations Common Among Evangelical Leaders

December 1, 2014 ...

“Evangelical traditions and denominations have more in common than many realize,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There is a healthy fluidity among evangelicals as they seek to find church and denominational homes where they can worship and serve.” Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, said, “As a result of …

Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Jacob Lew and Daniel Werfel

April 4, 2014 ...

The January 2013 Evangelical Leaders Survey found that 93 percent of evangelical leaders find the policy fair. The exemption is an accommodation, and the government does not establish religion by accommodating it. The joint brief argues that the government may, and sometimes must, treat ministers differently from other occupations and activities in order to serve …

Using Humor in Preaching

September 22, 2013 ...

Prophets such as Isaiah (40:18-20; 41:5-7; 44:9-20) used humor in poking fun at idols to show the folly of idolatry. The apostle Paul used satire and irony when he called usurpers “super apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5) and when he said that those who taught circumcision was necessary for salvation should go all the way and …

A Church Planting Generation

March 20, 2013 ...

There are many reasons why young pastors opt to start new churches. For one, the environment has changed. “It’s not the extreme sport of ministry that it used to be,” said Michael Binder, who planted Mill City Church in Minneapolis when he was 31. Church planting assessment and training centers have popped up, and there …

Q&A with Dan Busby

June 21, 2012 ...

Q  How can pastors be accountable in their personal finances? A  Pastors should be exemplary in living within their means and paying personal obligations. Few things will damage a church more quickly than when word spreads that the pastor’s finances are not in sterling condition. Q  What is your top tip for church leaders who …

The Night Ted Haggard Made the News

June 21, 2012 ...

I turned to my wife, Charleen, and said, “They’re going to call me.” It was about an hour later that the phone rang and a representative of the NAE Executive Committee explained that Ted was no longer the president and asked if I would immediately become the interim president of NAE. They wanted to release …

The Weight of Pastoral Ethics

June 21, 2012 ...

All believers are called to live and embody God’s designs in every sphere of life. But pastors and Christian leaders have a special responsibility, for as the Apostle Paul cautioned, “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited” (2 Corinthians 6:3). Pastoral ethics, like all of Christian …