A man takes a selfie in front of the closed Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.There is nothing like being in the Holy Land during the Easter season. After leading more than thirty study tours to Israel, I can tell you that each time feels like the first...
Podcast Episode #629 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify If you are a pastor you are going to have seasons of doubt during leadership. Disruption can cause added stress and make leaders question their decisions. So how do we answer this universal question?...
Isaac Newton famously sat under an apple tree, was hit on the head by an apple when it fell, and suddenly understood the theory of gravity. Except that this story is largely apocryphal. But it has an element of truth in it. Newton’s assistant, John Conduitt, later stated: “Whilst he was...
About seventy college students from Texas boarded a chartered a plane from Austin, Texas, to Mexico for spring break two weeks ago. They went against the warnings of White House officials who asked people avoid gatherings of more than ten people and all nonessential air travel. Now forty-four of the students have tested...
Garth Brooks and Trisha YearwoodMy wife and I are longtime Garth Brooks fans. We’ve watched his mammoth television concerts in packed stadiums over the years. Last night, however, we saw him perform in a completely different way. Brooks and his very talented wife, Trisha Yearwood, sang songs by request for...
Joe Buck has one of the best-known voices in America. He has called twenty-two World Series and six Super Bowls. The son of legendary announcer Jack Buck, he is ubiquitous in the world of sports broadcasting. Now you can have his voice on your home videos.  People are sending him videos...
Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing...
Porch piracy has been an escalating problem for years. You know how it works: a delivery service leaves a package on your porch which a thief sees before you do and takes it to their house before you can take it inside yours. As you might imagine in these days...
Today is National Census Day. By today, every home in America should have received a census form. Citizens may respond by mail, by phone, or online. The census is required by the US Constitution in order to apportion the House of Representatives according to the population of the states. Census data are also used...
By now you’ve seen the prediction that the US death toll from COVID-19 could rise above 100,000 people. We could see 2,214 deaths a day at the nation’s peak in two weeks. One of the most difficult dimensions of this disease is the degree to which it can be transmitted...
April Fool’s Day has seldom seemed less appropriate than in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But in the spirit of the day, let’s begin with the story of a woman in New Jersey who violated her state’s stay-at-home order when she allegedly tossed a Molotov cocktail at a...
By Chuck Lawless Most, if not all, of us know someone who attended church but then simply gave up on God’s people. Based on my work with churches and the unchurched over the last 20 years, here are some of the reasons I’ve heard:  They see nothing different in Christians. They...
If you had only one lung as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, would you give away resources you might need to protect your health? If your income was about half the national average but you were supporting two adult children, one of them a twenty-six-year-old son with Down...
If you haven’t seen a man walk a dog using a drone, you’re in luck. As you’ll see, a man on lockdown in Cyprus found an unusual way to get his dog some exercise. Robots are being used in China to take people’s temperature, though experts believe they could also...
File photo from Nov. 27, 2017, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement.Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are officially making the transition today from senior members of Britain’s royal family. However, the Associated Press reports that their future is “unclear. International celebrities, charity patrons, global...
Vin ScullyVin Scully is a legendary baseball broadcaster, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950 to 2016. Now ninety-two years old, he joined Fox News on Monday to discuss the delayed start to this year’s Major League Baseball season. Scully, a devout Christian, said, “Now that I have...
Podcast Episode #628 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Every article dealing with the Coronavirus is a rehash of what everyone knows; we are in turbulent times. For leaders it is crucial to lead well even when so much is unknown. Thom and...
The USNS Comfort has arrived at New York Harbor. The massive hospital ship will provide medical help to a city overwhelmed with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. The USNS Comfort’s sister ship, the USNS Mercy, has already been deployed and is moored in Los Angeles. It has been serving patients since Sunday. New York...
Van Gogh self-portrait. Public domain.Vincent van Gogh painted “Lentetuin,” or “Spring Garden,” in 1884. As you can see, the great artist depicted a woman in a garden with red-flowered bushes and a church building in the background. The painting is estimated to be worth between one million and six...
The Civil War ended 155 years ago next month. World War II ended 75 years ago this fall. In the midst of both horrific conflicts, a spiritual war was being waged as well.  During the Civil War, revival services were common on both sides. Nightly prayer meetings were held in many...
By Thom S. Rainer You will never get to return to your church. Let me be clearer. When you return to gather for worship and fellowship and study, it will not be the same church before the coronavirus pandemic. The world will never be the same. And neither will your church. Many, if...
Location: Orland Park, Illinois Pastor: Tommy Thompson Weekly Worship: Sundays at 11:00 AM, Central Fast Facts: Pastor Tommy Thompson assumed the pastorate at Ashburn Baptist in 2019 following the founding pastor of 68 years, Vernon Lyons. The church was an established church in decline and in need of revitalization, but God is...
Millions of people around the world are working from home in response to COVID-19. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now among them. He announced this morning, “Over the last twenty-four hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue...
Ireland Tate recently said on social media that she’s “aware that we’re supposed to be self-quarantining and social distancing” to “keep everyone safe,” but that she wasn’t worried. “Cool. I get it. I just don’t think I’m going to get the virus,” she said in her video. A few days...
St. Corona: By Master of Palazzo Venezia Madonna, Public Domain The news we’re all waiting for, of course, is the announcement that scientists have discovered a vaccine or cure for coronavirus. We trust that day will come one day.  When it does, as with crises of the past, we will remember...
Podcast Episode #627 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify What do you think when you hear the word disrupted? When you’re thinking of that word it can be negative, but the reality is that the greatest movements in the church have occurred due...
In an article I wrote earlier today, I discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on weddings in the US and around the world. Now, let’s think about the other end of the spectrum: its impact on funerals. States and cities across the country have limited the number of participants...
Stock photoListen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. The news broke this morning that unemployment claims in the US surged by 3.28 million last week. This is the highest number ever recorded in a single week, more than quadruple the previous record of 695,000 claims in October 1982. For perspective:...
The problem of pain may be the most challenging and difficult obstacle for many people to overcome when it comes to believing in God. After all, if God exists and he’s all-loving and all-powerful, why does evil also exist? Join Dr. Jim Denison as he discusses the problem of...
My wife and I will celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary this year. (Just typing those words makes me feel older than I did before I wrote them.) But I remember our wedding as if it were last year. Events that change your life stay with you all of your life. I make this...
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