A Generation Lost?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Multigenerational ministry seems to be more relevant of an issue in our modern times than in the past, I have no hard evidence for this, but, my general knowledge of Church History suggests it is true. Why is this such an issue? There are many theories: the advent of postmodernity, the battle between traditional and contemporary services, out of touch old people, syncretistic young people and so on. I would contend that one of the major issues—at least for the American Church—is the institutionalization of Church within the mainstream society and culture. Continue reading “A Generation Lost?”

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Celebrate Christmas If You A Real G

Written by Adam Coleman

I spend a lot of my social media time debating with folks from various worldviews (i.e. Hebrew Israelites, Kemetics) and have picked up a number of Facebook friends that way. So around this time of year I find my timeline littered with Youtube videos, memes, and articles about whether or not Christmas is of pagan origins. Is jolly old Saint Nick just a mythical fat guy with nothing but love for everybody or is he some sort pagan-inspired distraction to an otherwise sacred holiday? Welp, I’ll let that battle rage on amongst the keyboard warriors and talk about something else entirely. After reading up on the original Saint Nicholas I’ve got new inspiration for celebrating Christmas this year so I’d rather speak on that. Continue reading “Celebrate Christmas If You A Real G”

Faith & The Law

Written by Victor Stanley Jr. 

In Luke chapters 18 and 19 Jesus encounters two wealthy men; the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus. What is interesting about these two encounters is their relationship to the Old Testament law and the response each man has to Jesus. So let us look at the Law and how it comes to bear on the encounter each of these men had with Jesus as well has the life changing effect it had upon each of them. Continue reading “Faith & The Law”

Consciousness Community Part II

Written by Adam Coleman

In my last article, I laid out a context for what appears to be a growing problem in the black community. I discussed the lingering identity issue that seems to grip so many people of African descent and then illustrated how it poses a barrier to the spreading of the gospel as well as a stumbling block for many believers. With this article I provide a more detailed characterization of the sub-culture I have been referring to as the Consciousness Community/Movement (CC). Continue reading “Consciousness Community Part II”

Consciousness Community Part I

Written by Adam Coleman

The emergence of the New Atheists was not the beginning of sorrows. Dawkins and friends are but a newer addition to a narrative that had its inception long before now. In many ways this narrative was shaped during Europe’s Enlightenment period. It was during this era that thinkers were emboldened to use their pens and printing presses to drive a wedge between Faith and Reason. Continue reading “Consciousness Community Part I”

The Full Gospel

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10 asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus first response was that the man must keep the law. The young ruler said that he had done this, so Jesus then tells him to sell all that he has and give it to the poor and to come follow him. The young ruler walked away distraught because he had many possessions. Again in Matthew 16 Jesus says to his disciples that whoever loses their life for Christ’s sake will find it. Both of these exchanges reveal something about what it means to follow Christ. One must deny him or herself and be willing to commit their entire life to Christ in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, more commonly referred to as Heaven. Continue reading “The Full Gospel”

Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?

Written by Jeff Benson

The other day I was having dinner with an old friend of mine, when we began to discuss modern-day high-school students and how they react to certain questions. Since I regularly meet with a group of students at youth group, I was able to add into the conversation some of my own observations regarding the types of questions students have begun to ask, and how this differs from what we previously understood to be the “postmodern generation”. It was through our conversation we both came to a similar conclusion, that we might be beginning to see shift from postmodernism to what some are calling post postmodernism at a rapid pace. Continue reading “Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?”

Kaepernick’s Controversy: A Violation of Symbolism

Written by Adam Coleman

Protest or Pity Party

In the first Psalm we are cautioned against sitting in the seat of the scornful. In the name of patriotism and political correctness, it is alleged that NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has done just that. For those who don’t know, Colin Kaepernick recently elected to sit down during the National Anthem before a game in protest of what he believes to be oppression and injustice in America today. When asked about his act of protest, Kaepernick cited police brutality as a chief matter of concern that prompted him to speak out. Continue reading “Kaepernick’s Controversy: A Violation of Symbolism”

Is a Church That Believes Baptism Is Not Commanded a True Church?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

In Romans 6 Paul hinges his entire argument on the correlation between physical baptism and spiritual rebirth. From this one can conclude that baptism should not merely be regarded as a surface level tradition done simply because it is what Christians do. Rather baptism carries with it much significance as it connects the believer, even if only symbolically, with Christ in his death and resurrection. Continue reading “Is a Church That Believes Baptism Is Not Commanded a True Church?”