March-April 2016 Issue

 All March-April articles are provided below. Just scroll to see the list, and click to read any article. 

Lesson for April 3, 2016

John 20:19-31 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’” — John 20:29 A Disciple We Can Like In the village...

Lesson for April 10, 2016

John 21:1-19 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to...

Lesson for April 17, 2016

John 10:22-30 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” — John 10:27-28 Ask the Sheep On...

Lesson for April 24, 2016

John 13:31-35 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” — John 13:34 A Serious Summary Have you ever noticed that the...

Welcome to NURTURING FAITH Journal & Bible Studies

IS THIS BAPTISTS TODAY? YES! Welcome to Nurturing Faith Journal & Bible Studies from the publishing ministry of Baptists Today, Inc. Why the change? The short answer is because times change. Last fall, an envisioning committee took a close look at all we were...

Start something

College students’ 1960s sit-ins helped bring down racial barriers ATLANTA — Non-violent protests, in which African-American students would “sit in” at lunch counters in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, led the Woolworth Co. to remove its policy of racial discrimination in...

Worth Repeating

“When someone gives careful reasoning behind changing their position, it’s not weakness; it’s strength. It’s called thinking.” —Psychologist Craig Malkin, author of Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad — And Surprising Good — About Feeling Special (Psychology Today) “There...

Affinity — and beyond

Affinity is the “natural liking” for someone, or a connection based on “similarity of characteristics.” Therefore, affinity shapes many of our relationships, individually and corporately. Often, this is true of faith relationships. We are drawn to those who share our...

DAY1

Broadcast ministry offers thoughtful sermons, well-produced programming ATLANTA — It’s not hard to find preachers on the airwaves. Just turn the dial. And, often, that’s what listeners do when they come across showy, fortune-promising, alarmist preachers who rule the...

Interfaith coalition launches ‘Know your neighbor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of 15 nonprofit organizations gathered at the White House last December to launch a new effort to “celebrate and protect America’s tradition of religious pluralism.” Called “Know Your Neighbor (KYN),” the project encourages Americans...

Hillary, Donald, Francis join Obama as ‘most admired’

Americans’ most admired man and woman in the world are — once again — President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But the shocker in the Gallup Poll’s Most Admired List released at the end of 2015 may be the No. 2 spot in the survey, where...

Anti-Muslim rhetoric puts Sikhs on edge

It’s a weekday afternoon, and Jaspreet Singh is usually at work, but power drill in hand, he’s attaching new “security cameras in use” signs to the outside of the Sikh temple in Buena Park, Calif. Singh took the time off from his job as an information technology...

Liberty for some

Americans prize religious freedom for Christians, less for others Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely. However, support for religious freedom plummeted when people were...

‘Another calling’

Conflict and burnout among top reasons pastors quit Sometimes a call from God is not enough to keep pastors in their posts. Many evangelical pastors who quit before retirement age found “another calling” either off the pulpit or out of ministry altogether. But many...

Media & More

Do we need books, papers and a library? Editor’s Note: This perspective by historian Keith Parker adds to the ongoing conversation within and beyond our publishing ministry about the balanced use of print and web technology. Do we really need books, news-papers, a...

Theology in the Pews

More than feelings: God is love That God is love is one of the most common assumptions of Christians concerning the character of God. This assertion is found repeatedly in the Bible and has been regularly affirmed throughout the history of the church. But what does it...

Reimagining mission

A few years ago I found myself standing in virtual lines with dozens of organizations seeking to sign up summer volunteer groups with local ministries. We all had motivated students prepared to rake, organize, paint or to read with children. However, the soup...

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Today many people are asking whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I think they do, and I will try to explain why by inventing a dialogue between a Christian and a Muslim. Christian: There is only one true, living God. Muslim: I agree. There is only one...

To the cross, to the tomb: then Resurrection

Ash Wednesday came early this year. We were reminded again of God’s ancient words to Adam, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Indeed, illness and death do not wait: I made three funeral home visits during the first six days of the new year....

Lesson for March 6, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “So if anyone is in Christ, … everything has become new!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 When Old Becomes New I became a Royal Ambassador in a narrow, stuffy, upstairs room in the gable...

Lesson for March 13, 2016

 xIsaiah 43:16-21 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. with Tony W. Cartledge “I am about to do a new thing; … I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19 God’s New Thing Have you ever felt so tired or stressed or...

Lesson for March 20, 2016

Luke 23:1-49 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” — Luke 23:28 The Dark Night Before the Dawn Easter is coming, but we can’t get to Sunday...

Lesson for March 27, 2016

Luke 24:1-12 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” — Luke 24:5 Ladies First Is there any happier story than the one Christians celebrate on Easter Sunday? It...

REBLOG: Ceremonial faith is not enough

The U.S. is beset with what I’ll call “ceremonial Christianity.” Before identifying and addressing that concern, a little background as to how I reached that term and concept might be helpful. Separation of church and state has gotten a bad rap in recent years. It is...

REBLOG: Beware the tube of demons

Recently the Internet was abuzz with the mind-boggling footage of two prosperity preachers defending their need to have private jets. In a Dec. 29, 2015 episode of Kenneth Copeland’s Believers’s Voice of Victory talk show, he and guest Jesse Duplantis began with the...

Turning to Textweek

Preachers find, share resources for lectionary-based preaching Many ministers have textweek.com bookmarked on their computers — at least those ministers (including a growing number of Baptists) whose preaching or teaching follows the three-year cycle of scripture...

Religion and the American Presidents

William Henry Harrison (1841) From George Washington to Martin Van Buren and with the lone exception of John Quincy Adams (a devout, albeit doubting, Universalist), the American presidency remained religiously aloof. Socioeconomically, none of the eight pretended, for...

Religion and the American Presidents

John Tyler (1841-45) Upon the death of President William Henry Harrison in April 1841, the United States of America entered uncharted political territory. For the first time, a man not elected to the presidency ascended to the nation’s highest office. Yet in seeming...

Classifieds

Minister to Children First Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C., is seeking an individual to provide leadership for ministry to/with children. Applicants should have experience leading children’s ministry in a congregational setting and a joy in working relationally with...

3 reasons Christians should back religious freedom for all

Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about religious liberty — that’s good. What’s troubling, but perhaps not surprising, is that they are less enthusiastic about those liberties for some religions. According to a recent poll by The Associated Press and the...

Being church in changing times

*A column provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org*). I once was lost, but now am found After 40 years, my mother-in-law does not know me. She is pleasant, and always asks how my family and I are doing. Yet she cannot remember who...

Identity and opportunity

Editor’s note: Mercer University provides office space on its downtown Macon, Ga., law school campus to Nurturing Faith Publishing, for which we are grateful. MACON, Ga. — Mercer University President Bill Underwood took his post 10 years ago, coming from Baylor...

Recognition & Remembrance

Editor’s note: For a more timely delivery of information about people and places, “In the Know” listings will be found soon on the expanding website nurturingfaith.net. Donna Forrester, who led Fellowship in early 2000s, faced long illness Donna Forrester, who died...

How is Beloved Community cultivated in polarizing times?

There’s nothing like a good crisis to call a community together, right? I say this slightly in jest, as no community would ever wish a crisis upon itself. However, it’s in those times that a community is forced to respond. We wonder: Will we be brave or scared? Will...

Shakespeare, the King, & the KJV

Great English playwright influenced popular Bible translation Four hundred years ago, the most influential English writer in history died on April 23, 1616. William Shakespeare changed our language and shaped our scriptures. Messengers scurried around Europe in 1487,...