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Salty Talk- Women in Ministry

Earlier this week John MacArthur, profound Christian theologian and pastor had some words to speak on women in ministry. When asked about the role of women, specifically Beth Moore, he was very blunt with his comments. (You can find an article about the exchange here.)
Let me be clear, I believe any person, and any church has the right to be faithful to their belief systems. I know that there are many Christians who do not affirm the gifts and ministry abilities of women- MacArthur among them. There are many churches that would never consider calling a woman minister- and I believe that is their right and they should have the ability to stay faithful to that interpretation of the Bible because there is Scriptural rationale to stand in that belief- even if it is not one that I support. However, I also believe that MacArthur took things too far, and allowed his personal belief systems to harm women- especially those in ministry.
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On Grief and Loss- Regina Cyzick Harlow

“I’d like to pick your brain on how to minister to others in grief,” he said between bites of Indonesian Rendang. The young minister had known his own grief, but as with many of us with shepherd’s hearts, he felt compelled to do something to help those in his flock who were struggling. He’s not alone.      Because of my work with bereaved families, I’m often asked questions like this. Extended family and co-workers contact me asking why their loved one or co-worker can’t just let it go and move on. Some express concern for their loved one’s well-being because they continue to experience grief long after their loss. William Shakespeare said, “Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” John Irving wrote, “When someone you love dies… you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are go…

How to make spiritual practices connect to youth- By Gabe Dodd

It is no secret that spiritual practices help people connect to God.  It is also not a secret that young people crave spirituality.  Just take a look at the Netflix new hit show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  In the show, Marie, a non-anxious presence enters cluttered American homes and brings a calming spirit to help them experience, “joy” by helping them simplify.  Melinneals and Generation X are drawn to stillness and connection because it is a break from the constant bombarding marketing strategies and busy schedules that the world imposes.  In the book, The Spiritual Child,  Miller incorporates clinical experience with research to show how healthy spirituality is a core component of sound mental health and human flourishing.  She says that a spiritual yearning is a natural instinct, and the earlier they learn spiritual practices, the more likely they are to “practice spirituality” as an adult.  So the question for churches must be to connect our young people to God in avenues tha…

Stewardship as Worship- Jon Prater

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”  Colossians 1:16
     Yesterday was Earth day. As a country, we stop and pause to consider how human beings leave an imprint on this world. We think about how our actions cause harm or bring healing to this Earth that we are so blessed to be a part of. As Christians, we have a special way of looking at the Earth. While creation care is not a “salvation issue” it should still be something that followers of Jesus should be concerned about and think critically about. After all, as Colossians reminds us, everything about this Earth is made for and by Jesus.      This means that we can uplift the name of Jesus in the way we treat this Earth. Stewardship is concerned with how we care for things God has given us. However, this moves outside of just money and possessions and calls us to also consider our stewa…

Welcome to the Blog!

WELCOME TO OUR BLOG

Welcome to Reverberations, a new venture from the 2 Preachers Talking Podcast.
Our hope is that this will be a place where several topics around the Christian faith
can be explored. And where you can find some guidance in areas of interest such as
church planting, gardening, spiritual disciplines, youth ministry, and Biblical insight.
You know the 2 Preachers as Marty and Jon, the guys on the podcast, but this blog will
utilize the creative writing of others, as well as ourselves, whose passion and
resourcefulness is around other areas of ministry and giftedness. Our hope is that you
will find these informative as well as inspiring and something that can be helpful in
your own spiritual journey with God. Our vision is that this will help bring the church
together by highlighting areas of ministries that can connect us in common areas of
interest that may create more growth and agreement that divisiveness and bitterness.

The title, Reverberations, is purposeful in its …

Risk- A Planter's World by Ryan Braught

In 2008 God showed up in my life in the form of one word. One word that would follow me everywhere I went. It showed up when I visited a church in London on a study tour. It showed up in many of the books I was reading. It showed up in sermons. And it showed up again and again in a Scripture that just seemed to pop up over and over and over again. It was almost like God was trying to get my attention. Actually, it was God trying to get my attention.
What was the word you ask? The word that hounded me for a year was the word risk. It showed up in quotes like, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” And in a Scripture that showed up again and again, Matthew 25:31-46, or best known as the Parable of the Talents. In the Message, verses 28-29 are translated this way, “Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb.”
You see in 2007 my wife had just given birth to our daughter Trinity, my…

Portrait of a Prophet- By Ryan Cooper

Today there appears to be a revitalization of the office of prophet. In Evangelical circles, today’s prophet sees apocalyptic images and dialogues with God or an interpreting angel, and are prominently associated with divine healings and casting out of demons. In Mainline Protestant traditions, an emerging group claims to have the new prophetic authority. These prophets speak into contemporary issues of our day, often with a different rendering than a traditional interpretation of the Scriptures, and yet often has a message that is contrary to the prophets of Evangelical circles! Both groups claim prophetic authority; yet the competing messages create confusion. How can we know the true prophetic voice? Discernment rests within the Scriptures and the portrait of the Old Testament prophet.
Every prophet called from Moses through John as revealed through the Scriptures share several characteristics:
1)They were God’s appointed messenger, delivering God’s message, not their personal agenda…