An Inside Job

An Inside Job

What really brings contentment? A successful, affluent, attractive woman with a picture-perfect family came to my office for a pastoral visit. Her name was Sarah. A few minutes into the visit, Sarah began to cry her heart out. She told me that she had serious marital...
Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

“As despairing or as cynical as some might be (sometimes understandably) over the church’s future, we have to remind ourselves that the church was Jesus’ idea, not ours.” —Columnist Carey Nieuwhof of ChristianWeek “Politics isn’t worth the risk of ruining Jesus’...
Different kinds of differences

Different kinds of differences

There is wide agreement that Christians are to be different. But how that difference gets defined and demonstrated varies greatly. The concept is rooted in being “in this world but not of this world” and other biblical references to separation. Yet that call takes on...
After the fire

After the fire

Rural Southern Baptist church welcomes Catholic congregation GUTHRIE, Ky. — God’s providence can often be found where it seems least likely. Such is the case for the Catholic community in this small town in western Kentucky. In February a fire engulfed Sts. Mary &...
RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE

RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE

Editor’s note: For a more timely delivery of information about people and places, along with breaking news, visit the expanded nurturingfaith.net. Legendary Texas pastor Buckner Fanning left mark Buckner Fanning, who died Feb. 14 at age 89, served as pastor of Trinity...
Being church in changing times

Being church in changing times

Patience and persistence: Life in ‘between’ A column provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Between. Have you ever thought about what that word means? In the space separating, such as between Chicago and New York; or possibly...