3 Practical Ways You Can Serve Widows This Holiday Season

For Southern Baptists, the words in James 1:27 to care for the orphan and the widow are not simply a suggestion we can overlook but rather a command we are honored to follow.  In fact, November 3 was Orphans and Widows Sunday, and churches across America participated in this special emphasis by holding special offerings and sharing ways to get …

The Blessings of Being a Pastor’s Wife

This past week as I shopped a local Lifeway’s liquidation sale, a woman stopped me in the aisle where I was browsing bookshelves. She gestured to the book I was holding by Gloria Furman, The Pastor’s Wife. “You a pastor’s wife, then?”              “I am.”              She shivered slightly. “You have my deepest sympathy. I wouldn’t want to be you!”             I think that she was …

Is a Medical Sharing Plan a Smart Alternative to Medical Coverage?

Is a Medical Sharing Plan a Smart Alternative to Medical Coverage? At this time of year, we are enjoying cooler weather, fall color in the trees, football games and pumpkin spice everything. If you are the individual at your ministry who oversees employee benefits, you may be sipping that pumpkin spice latte while poring over your group medical plan options …

3 Questions for a Stronger Culture of Multigenerational Generosity

Let’s start with some great news: Generosity is thriving across all generations. Perhaps that feels like an inconsistent statement when you look at the reality that less than 10% of younger generations (Gen Z and Millennials) would say they most frequently choose to be generous through monetary giving. Beyond younger generations, the numbers are not much better. Across all generations, …

Kanye West’s Sunday Services

            Social media chatter has revealed mixed reactions to the Sunday services rap megastar Kanye West is holding. West professed saving faith in Jesus Christ, and for the past year or so, he has been hosting servicesto be “a way to point people to Jesus through the arts and through a community of people who love and care for each other.”               Kanye West …

Top 5 FAQs Regarding Minister’s Housing Allowance

Top 5 FAQs Regarding Minister’s Housing Allowance  What the Recent Court Victory Means for You by Greg Love It’s everyone’s favorite topic —taxes! That’s right! Today we’re talking about minister’s housing allowance —where it stands today, how we got here and what it means for you.  In a handful of cases heard in the early 2010s, the topic of minister’s housing allowance …

How Can a Survivor Thrive After Sexual Abuse?

How Can a Survivor Thrive After Sexual Abuse? by Jennifer Michelle Greenberg Abuse has, tragically, been a part of the story of more people than we dared imagine. And the devastating truth is that much of this abuse has happened within the church, by those who proclaim God’s name.  Jenn Greenberg is one of those stories. She was abused by …

An Interview with Rosaria Butterfield

By Jessica Burke When Rosaria Butterfield was first invited by Pastor Ken Smith to dinner at his house over twenty years ago, she was antagonistic towards the gospel. She was a tenured dean at Syracuse University immersed in a feminist, lesbian community. She hated Christians like Ken and his wife Floy and only accepted his invitation as research for a …