May-June 2016 Issue

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

 

 

 

Lesson For June 5, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Galatians 1:11-24 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin …” – Galatians 1:11 Saul’s Call Makes Paul Have you ever known anyone...

Lesson For June 12, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Galatians 2:15-21 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “… and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”–...

Lesson For June 19, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Galatians 3:19-29 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 No More Lines –...

Lesson For June 26, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Galatians 5:1-25 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.”– Galatians...

Filmmaking with Faith

LAUGH AND LEARN Comedy leads to faith beyond cultural blind spots Not all movies made by Christians are typical “Christian movies.” One is a 94-minute documentary that includes raw footage from the battlefield. It’s about life and death and ministry among brave, young...

RELATIONSHIPS OVER RECOGNITION

Film urges engagement with returning veterans Capt. Justin Roberts went into combat without a gun — so the U.S. Army chaplain took a camera. The resulting footage led to an award-winning documentary based on a Bible verse from the Gospel of John. While No Greater Love...

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

“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

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

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

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

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...

DIGGIN’ IT: Wrecking forests, facing gods

EDITOR’S NOTE: Contributing writer Tony Cartledge begins a new series on recent archaeological discoveries and their significance. His blogs addressing archaeology and a wide range of topics may be found at nurturingfaith.net. Climatologists tell us that last year was...

POLITICIZED PRAYER

National Day of Prayer has roots in false history, anti-communist fears A fear surpassing all otherworldly horrors gripped the American nation in September 1949. The Soviet Union had just detonated its first atomic bomb, and suddenly planet Earth was imperiled with...

THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Pentecost and plurality

Fifty days after Easter Sunday the Christian church celebrates Pentecost (May 15 this year). In the book of Acts, Pentecost is the occasion of the powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles as promised by Jesus. Because of the importance of...

REIMAGINING MISSION: The Kiiti Effect

Ndunge Kiiti and I have been friends since the seventh grade. We lived in the same dorm at The Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary children and others from the region. A brilliant student and a gifted Kenyan athlete, she was consistently kind to me....

THE LIGHTER SIDE: Praying the blues

While there are many songs on joy, there are only a few listed under sorrow. If there is a heading for tribulation, there are only a few songs there. Our hymnals need a blues section. Do you remember Ray Charles’ “Hard Times”? My mother told me, ‘fore she passed away...

Lesson For May 1, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge John 14:18-29 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials.   “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” – John 14:27 At Home...

Lesson For May 8, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge John 17:20-26 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” – John 17:21 Make Them One Farewells can be sacred: there is...

Lesson For May 15, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge John 14:8-17 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12...

Lesson For May 22, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge John 16:12-15 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth …”– John 16:12a Trinitarian Roots Few things are harder to comprehend than the concept of the Trinity, but it...

Lesson For May 29, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Galatians 1:1-12 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel …” – Galatians 1:6 You Did What? Have you ever...

FELLOWSHIP TIME

Evolving generational engagement marks Baptist group’s brief history What is not a denomination but kind of acts like one? What has Baptist as its middle name but plays well with others? What began 25 years ago not from a strategic plan but out of a protest meeting?...

The Fellowship at 25

Reflecting on a Movement In his classic work, The Lively Experience: The Shaping of Christianity in America, the renowned historian Sidney Mead defined a denomination as “a voluntary association of like-hearted and like-minded individuals, who are united on the basis...

REBLOG: Milepost 60

For many of my friends and me, this is the year we turn 60. It’s amazing how quickly one can go from Chocks (or Flintstones) to silver vitamins. Once upon a time we thought of 60 as old age. Those were the retired guys with eight and a half fingers who helped us kids...

Q & A: CNN’s John Blake explores race, religion and politics

ATLANTA — John Blake grew up in Baltimore, where he attended a Baptist church, and then studied journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He honed his craft in Los Angeles before moving to Atlanta in 1990. He covered religion and other subjects for the...

Faith & Science: Far from decent society

EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Wallace holds a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University with post-doctoral work in gamma-ray astronomy. Also, he received a Master of Divinity in historical theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. *...

RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: James K. Polk (1845-1849)

Born in 1795 in Mecklenburg County, N.C., at the age of 10 James Knox Polk traveled westward with his family. Crossing the Appalachian Mountains, the Polks settled on the Tennessee frontier. There young James learned of hard work, rural resourcefulness and local...

RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: Zachary Taylor (1849-50)

Born in Orange County, Va., on Nov. 24, 1784, Zachary Taylor, the future 12th president of the United States and the seventh from Old Dominion, claimed as an ancestor Mayflower immigrant and theocratic Puritan leader William Brewster. Religion, however, mattered...

THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Is there another way?

Commercials about the candidates running for president and other public offices being so deplorable strike me as ridiculous, but I watch them. I want to understand the larger culture into which they fit. Individually, they may be absurd and unconvincing. Taken as a...

Netflix next frontier

Sermons hit online video streaming service LOS ANGELES — Alongside programs like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, Netflix now offers another type of content: sermons. “I believe if Jesus were on planet Earth today in the flesh he’d be on Netflix,” said Ed...