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What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Christ

Written by Armond Boudreaux Undoubtedly Judas would have preferred Barabbas—the other “son of the father,” whom John calls a “revolutionary”—to the carpenter’s son from Nazareth. After a century of Roman rule, one could hardly blame a Jew who would want a hero to rise up and lead a military campaign to drive out the pagan oppressors. […]

My Story for God’s Glory

Written by Adrian Henderson I was pulled over yesterday and had a gun pulled on me because, as a black man I posed a threat to a white officer that was approaching my car. I giggled because I was listening to “On My Own” by Lecrae on the newly released soundtrack from “The Birth Of […]

The Importance of Courage

Written by Dr. Corey Latta I failed freshman high school English. I graduated 10th from the bottom of my high school class. On my first try, I failed out of college after a semester and a half. For the next year out of high school, I didn’t keep a job for more than 3 months. […]

What I learned From Song of Songs

Written by Danyelle Catoe I grew up most of my life thinking that I was weak.  I spent a good amount of time fearing that I was weak.  I was so fearful that I was the girl who would spend my life cowering in the corner, crippled with the anxiety and crushing weight of life, […]

“Wow. You’re definitely done now, right?” Thoughts On Christian Parenthood.

Written by: Armond Boudreaux “Be fruitful and multiply.” That’s the very first command that God gave to humans. It’s also the first command that God gives to Noah and his family after the flood. And yet many of the Christians that I know look at me either with pity or like I’ve grown a third eye […]

A Theology of Ideas

Written by: Jim Schultz, Chief of Missions at Christ Community Health Services What is this pictured here? Without hesitation, you would say grass. If not, you’re stupid (just kidding). If you did say grass, I’d say you are correct. No tricks here. But, let’s think about this a bit more. You’ve never had experience of […]

A Theology of Faithfulness

Written by: Shad Berry God has not called me to be successful, but faithful. -Mother Teresa According to Hebrews 11, “it is impossible to please God without faith”. If “success” is the measure of our work, what room does it leave for faith? Meaning, if success is what we are after, how does that influence […]

A Theology of Enclosure

Written by: Corey Latta As a way to understand who God is and how He has worked throughout history, theology looks for themes in scripture. Themes, or controlling ideas, form discernible patterns. These patterns—constellations of God’s very mind and heart—reveal God’s character, offering us vivid, detectable truths by which we’re meant to live our lives. […]

A Theology of the Kingdom

Written by: Corey Latta Where we begin theology says a lot about what we value theologically.  If I begin with God’s sovereignty, then I’ll likely interpret other divine characteristics against that privileged trait.  If I prioritize Pneumatology—the study of the Holy Spirit—then I might be apt to gauge theology’s other disciplines—say, soteriology—by their pneumatological intersections.  Inevitably, and […]

A Theology of Being Known

Written by: Robbyn Abedi, Pastor of Community and Elder of Christ City Church in Memphis. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God…. -Apostle Paul (Galatians 4:9) When I was 12 years old, my mom gave me my first study Bible. I remember ploughing through it – trying […]