Pastor Justin Bleuer (Berean Bible Church in Greene, New York) joined us on Wake Up Right this morning to share his experience of visiting Asbury University this week and talked to us about the meaning of revival and the history of revival in the United States.
As more confusion abounds on sexuality and gender, Dr. Christopher Yuan powerfully articulates that God's truth is crystal clear not gray. Through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor and through his graduate level education in biblical languages, theology, and even health sciences, Dr. Yuan casts a compelling vision of not embracing our sexuality, but embracing Christ, thus shattering the paradigms of gay and straight and pointing us toward the biblical standard of holy sexuality.
Have you ever been disappointed or frustrated with your inability for consistent Bible study? Reading through the Bible in a year can feel daunting. It can be hard to know how—or where—to start. Perhaps you just need a friend who follows Jesus to help.
We often feel overworked and overrun, defeated, and discouraged. The world says be productive so that you can get all you can out of this life. The Bible says be productive so you can gain more of the next life. In his new book Redeeming Productivity: Getting More Done for the Glory of God, author Reagan Rose explores how God's glory is the purpose for which He planted us, and he shows how productivity must be firmly rooted in the gospel. Only through our connection to Christ—the True Vine—are we empowered to produce good fruit.
Ryan Newswanger recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about the amazing impact of Jubilee Ministries in the Lackawanna and Luzerne County prisons and transformative ministry in correctional facilities! Ryan is the CEO of Jubilee Ministries, a prison ministry having impact for over 45 years.
As we enter the holiday season, we may feel the challenge of connecting in an age of isolation and incivility, the tension of awkward relationships, and the dread small talk around the table. It seems conversation is getting harder. Heather invites us to reimagine better conversations and demonstrates how we can develop authentic community by changing our relational mindsets to become more curious, to believe the best about others, to express concern about their lives, and to share our own.
Peter has written Fight for Your Pastor as an exhortation for church members to stand behind their pastors through the difficulties of ministry. Peter specifies ways in which congregations can be intentional in caring for church leaders, including prayer, encouragement, generosity, and forgiveness.