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22-0810-Inside Out_Pro-Life Post Roe



The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade promises to save lives. But women continue to face the circumstances that motivated them to choose abortion in the past.   “In every state we will have women who–married and unmarried–face an unwanted pregnancy, face fear, anxiety, and real challenges for bringing that baby into the … Continue reading 22-0810-Inside Out_Pro-Life Post Roe


22-0727-Inside Out_ Answer to the Pastoral Crisis?



What are churches to do about the alarming percentage of pastors thinking of leaving ministry? One option is to grant weary pastors a sabbatical–or preempt the weariness with intentional time away. Relieving pastors of church responsibilities for a short time can give them time to refocus, recharge, and tap into their relationship with Jesus.   … Continue reading 22-0727-Inside Out_ Answer to the Pastoral Crisis?


22-0629-Inside Out_Pray for Ukraine



The war in Ukraine continues to rage.  “I know that the war has gone down the list of headlines in North America,” Don Parsons told me right before leaving the US to head back to Poland. “But the war is just as intense as it was. There is heavy fighting. There are people who are … Continue reading 22-0629-Inside Out_Pray for Ukraine


22-0615_Inside Out_The Pandemic’s Lessons for Marriage



Looking for silver linings in the pandemic? Photographer and author Dorothy Littell Greco believes we can mine helpful marriage lessons from the disruptions of the past two years.   “COVID made it impossible to ignore or dismiss the fact that we are all limited people and that we don’t have much control over the world, … Continue reading 22-0615_Inside Out_The Pandemic’s Lessons for Marriage


22-0601_Inside Out_Churches Moving Forward



The pandemic has taken a toll on the Church.  “Churches initially lost 50 percent of their congregations,” says pastor, author, and podcaster Dr. Desmond Barrett. “Since that time, 75 percent of it has come back, but there is a quarter of the population that has not come back to the church.”  Barrett serves as the … Continue reading 22-0601_Inside Out_Churches Moving Forward


Inside Out Ep.55: Pastors in Crisis



New research finds that 42 percent are thinking about leaving full-time ministry, according to Joe Jensen, Vice President of Church Engagement for The Barna Group. The percentage of pastors thinking of stepping down from the pulpit had already risen from 29 to 38 percent in the course of 2021. Jensen says doesn’t believe that in … Continue reading Inside Out Ep.55: Pastors in Crisis


Inside Out Ep.54: Family Research Can Draw Us Closer to God



More people have begun researching their family history during the pandemic–and family research was already the second-most popular hobby in the US.   “I think the people who are starting to search, who are doing Ancestry DNA tests, are looking for connection,” says speaker and author Michelle Van Loon, whose newest book is Translating Your … Continue reading Inside Out Ep.54: Family Research Can Draw Us Closer to God


Inside Out Ep.53: Breaking Social Media’s Grip on Teens  



We spend our teen years figuring out where we belong. Pandemic isolation and an uptick in social media use has made this more difficult for today’s teenagers, according to Anna Meade Harris. Harris is the editor-in-chief of the Rooted Ministry blog, and author of a February 2022 Gospel Coalition article “Breaking Social Media’s Grip on … Continue reading Inside Out Ep.53: Breaking Social Media’s Grip on Teens  


Inside Out Ep.52: Preparing for Easter



We spend weeks getting ready for Christmas, but have we built a tradition around getting our families ready to celebrate the Resurrection?  “Christmas kind of steals the spotlight,” says Birmingham, Alabama pastor, father of four, and pediatric physician Scott James. “But Christmas points to Easter. Without Easter, Christmas loses its glimmer.”  James has written the … Continue reading Inside Out Ep.52: Preparing for Easter


Inside Out Ep.51: Reason to Hope



Christians have the best reasons to hope, but we don’t always feel hopeful.   “People find the pandemic a mystery,” says author Jack Countryman. “It’s a scary time. We see that thousands of people are dying and you wonder whether or not you’re going to be next.”   Countryman is the author of 35 books, … Continue reading Inside Out Ep.51: Reason to Hope