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Category Archives: Church

The Unexpected Christian Century: An Interview with Scott Sunquist

In 1900 Western “Christian empires” were ruling most of the world, leading many to assume Western Christianity would dominate the 20th century. What happened instead is that Christianity in the West declined dramatically, the empires collapsed, and Christianity’s center moved to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. How did epochal changes in global Christianity […]

Filed under Books, Church, Church History, History, Interviews

Youth Ministry Web Resources

Youth ministry workers are challenged daily to encourage and educate their students in their Christian faith. Consider Bible Gateway a helpful and ever-present online resource for you and your students to engage with God’s Word. Text, email, Tweet, and post Bible verses with links to their locations on the site Practice the elements of Scripture […]

Filed under Church, Leadership

One Thousand Churches BELIEVE

Popular church-wide campaign helps people of all ages understand the big ideas of the Bible In less than a year, more than 1,000 churches in the US have decided to BELIEVE. This book-turned-church-wide experience has engaged congregations in every state and in every denomination to better understand the Bible’s key beliefs, practices, and virtues. BELIEVE: […]

Filed under Bible, Bible Reference, Church, Discipleship, Literacy, New Testament, Old Testament

International Day(s) of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

…all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) [See the Bible Gateway Blog post, International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church: Nov. 6 & 13, 2016] According to Open Doors USA, Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of […]

Filed under Church, Culture, Discipleship, Evangelism, Events, Prayer

“Talking to Women Who No Longer Exist”: Christine Caine on Women and the Church

Relevant magazine has published an interesting profile of Christian speaker and activist Christine Caine (it can be found in the September/October issue). Caine (@ChristineCaine) is perhaps best known for her work with the The A21 Campaign (@A21) to fight human trafficking around the world. But her ministry work encompasses many other fields as well, notably […]

Filed under Church, Devotionals, Discipleship

Celebrate Your Pastor During Clergy Appreciation Month

Does your pastor or minister know you appreciate them? Now’s your chance to let them know: October is Clergy Appreciation Month, when churchgoers are encouraged to give thanks for their pastors, ministers, and leaders. (And yes, Hallmark has cards for it…) It’s easy to take your pastor for granted, not noticing (or bothering to find […]

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The Tweetable Pope: Catholic Resources in the Bible Gateway Store

In The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters (HarperOne, 2015), Boston Globe journalist and Catholic commentator Michael O’Loughlin (@MikeOLoughlin) opens a window into the heart and revolutionary mission of Pope Francis (@Pontifex) by examining his extensive and revelatory use of social media. If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be […]

Filed under Bibles, Church

Bible Apps in Church: Good or Bad Idea?

[Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Poncho Lowder (@PonchoLowder), CEO of Custom Church Apps (@BibleJournalApp).] Do you use a digital Bible during worship services? Or do you find that using an app to read Scripture during church is distracting? My company produces a custom church app platform that’s centered around digital interaction with […]

Filed under App, Church, Guest Post, Mobile

The Ministry of Leading Biblical Worship: An Interview with Jeremy Armstrong

Worship is both a noun (the formal expression of reverence and adoration for God) and a verb (to feel an adoring reverence for God). The Bible tells us to worship God (Psalm 100:2) and to hold his name in highest regard (Exodus 20:7 and Matthew 6:9). It also quotes God saying he wants our worship […]

Filed under Church, Interviews, Worship

‘The Story’ is Improving Bible Literacy in Churches: An Interview with Shelley Leith

The Story is a dynamic, powerful, and rewarding experience produced by Zondervan for churches, families, small groups, and individuals. The Story is helping people everywhere experience Scripture like never before. Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically. From Genesis to Revelation, participants come to understand God’s story and how their stories intersect with […]

Filed under Church, Interviews, The Bible