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Category Archives: Church

The Bible and the Spread of Christianity: An Interview with Brian Stiller

Christianity started in Jerusalem and spread widely in the West, in Europe, and North America. In the past century, the church expanded rapidly across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Now Christianity’s geographic center of density is in the West African country of Mali—in Timbuktu. What led to the church’s vibrant growth throughout the Global South? […]

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Mental Health and the Church: An Interview with Stephen Grcevich, MD

What barriers do churches encounter when they try to welcome and include families of children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions or trauma? How should churches structure ministry for those diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other difficulties? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Grcevich, MD (@drgrcevich) about his […]

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The Bible Verses That Were to Be Read Before Texas Church Shooting

The memorial inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas—where 26 people were murdered by a gunman during a worship service on November 5, 2017—includes a Bible at the foot of a wooden cross, open to Psalm 149 and Psalm 150 as well as the first three chapters of Proverbs. Displayed on the front wall […]

Filed under Bible News, Church

What You Should and Should Not Do with Your Negative Emotions

By Peter Scazzero In some Christian circles, repressing or disavowing authentic emotions is considered a virtue or perhaps even a gift of Spirit. Denying anger, ignoring pain, skipping over depression, running from loneliness, and avoiding doubt are not only considered normal but actually virtuous ways of living out one’s spiritual life. But this is not […]

Filed under Books, Church, Devotionals, Discipleship, Guest Post

The Biblical Practice of Religion Might Save USA Christianity: An Interview with Zach Hoag

The trending sentiment of “spiritual but not religious” suggests the demise of religion. What if we’ve gotten religion all wrong? What if the rooted biblical practice of religion is just what we need to revive us? Does the downtrend of Christianity in America have to be the end? Or can it be the first step […]

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The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: An Interview with Kyle Strobel

The Bible teaches a seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness. Are Christian leaders increasingly succumbing to the temptations of power and forgetting Jesus’ words to first give it up? What can be learned from the insights of J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, Eugene Peterson, and other spiritual giants? Bible Gateway interviewed Kyle Strobel […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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