Linking arms and walking forward

Churches | An interview with Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 7/12/18, 09:49 am

J.D. Greear, 45, is the pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.—one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country. He’s also an author and the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Below are edited excerpts of Warren Cole Smith’s recent interview with Greear on Listening In.

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Beloved dust

Religion | Man has a long history of hating the human body, but God called it ‘good’
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/12/18, 02:03 am

Once upon a sunlit spot of ground, God bent down and shaped a mound of dust. The elemental particles that made up the ground were already in place, and so were the elements of a home: blue sky holding in a band of oxygen, springs of water welling up below, a sun making its stately march across the sphere. “Dust” seems an odd medium for shaping, as it doesn’t stick together. But by divine will it did; its Maker considered it beautiful, like everything else. It was a new shape, never seen before—like everything else.

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The modern Chinese house church

Evangelicalism | In China, “house churches” can be more sophisticated than many outsiders realize
by June Cheng
Posted 5/31/18, 10:31 am

What comes to mind when you hear the term “house church”? Perhaps you visualize a dozen believers secretly gathered in an apartment, singing hymns a cappella, listening to a short sermon, sharing a meal, and then going off their separate ways.

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