Bev Manifold (right) inspects donated food in the Food Pantry of Urban Ministries of Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina. Manifold, a Unitarian Universalist, is doing community service as part of her sentence for civil disobedience on a "Moral Monday" at the state legislature, a series of protests against measures that hurt the state's poor.

Waverly CROP Walk Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Did you know that this is year 30 for a Pike County CROP walk? CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The Church World Service (CWS) has partnered with many church groups to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote global peace and justice. Over that last 30 years volunteers from local churches and … Continue reading

Shepherding the Suffering: Discipleship in Pastoral Care by Jason Boothe

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” – Matthew 28:19 We are called to “shepherd the flock that is among us” (1 Peter 5:2). As pastors, our great responsibility is to tend to the spiritual welfare of … Continue reading

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Review: Courageous Leadership

Hybels, Bill. Courageous Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. 288 pp. $12.33. Courageous. Type A personality. Opinionated. Church culture shifter. Intimidating. Small town ministry disconnect. I read—I taught this book to a men’s Sunday school class a dozen years ago, and my memorable take-away continues to challenge my life purpose: “The local church is the hope … Continue reading


The Trouble with Typology by David Dunham

What can we learn from the apostles? I don’t mean that to be a facetious question. It arises from a sincere interest to study Scripture rightly. Can we learn only information from the apostles, or does their methodology also inform ours? This is an important question for the church to consider as we seek to … Continue reading

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Review: The Meaning of the Pentateuch

Sailhamer, John. The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition and Interpretation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 632 pp. $30.27. Evangelicals are desperately in need of a deeper, richer understanding of the Old Testament as a whole and the Pentateuch in a particular. For many, the Pentateuch is either irrelevant to the Christian, or simply … Continue reading


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