James Edwards on Orthodoxy in Istanbul

James Edwards on Orthodoxy in Istanbul

Dr. James R. Edwards writes, "In 1900, one in every three persons in Istanbul was Orthodox; today, one in every 750 persons in Istanbul is Orthodox. There are now fewer than 2,000 Orthodox in a population of fifteen million in Istanbul. They may be on the verge of extinction. One should be cautious, however, before writing the obituary of a people and institution that have survived more than seventeen tumultuous centuries. The Istanbul Orthodox undoubtedly face a difficult future, but…

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Video: Dr. Peter Huff on C.S. Lewis and Vocation

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On Tuesday, September 24, Dr. Peter Huff of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana presented a talk entitled "Life to the Glory of God: C.S. Lewis and the Joy of Vocation." Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis remains one of the most respected Christian writers of all time. This lecture celebrates Lewis the reliable guide to the demands of Christian discipleship. Exploring the seven callings that shaped his unrepeatable…

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Jason Byassee on Christian Leadership

Jason Byassee on Christian Leadership

Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee is Pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, N.C., and was recently Director of the Faith and Leadership Center at Duke Divinity School where he remains a Fellow in Theology and Leadership.

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The Rev. Kerry Bender on Preaching and Personality

The Rev. Kerry Bender on Preaching and Personality

The Rev. Kerry L. Bender writes, "Your unique style, voice and personality can be used by God to communicate His truth if it is made subservient to the Word of God. Of course this is key: we must keep our personalities subservient to the Word of God. There is always the danger of allowing the power of a dynamic personality to overtake the power of the gospel. Therefore, it is…

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Josh Genig on the Sacramentality of Preaching

Josh Genig on the Sacramentality of Preaching

The Rev. Joshua Genig, Pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Atlanta, Georgia, explores the Annunciation as a model for preaching: "Preaching...cannot be relegated to a word that pushes one toward the Mass or a word that delivers an intangible Christ. Instead, preaching today needs to be conceived of in a manner analogous to the Annunciation to Mary."

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