Finding Comfort in the Midst of Loss: A Biblical Perspective on Suffering
by Jody Burkeen on July 9th, 2024
The loss of a loved one is one of the most profound and painful experiences a person can endure. The grief can be overwhelming, and the void left by the departed can seem impossible to fill. However, believers have a unique source of comfort and hope amid our suffering: the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Bible offers profound insights and assurances to help us navigate our grief and find pea...  Read More
How I Stay Above Reproach
by Jody Burkeen on June 18th, 2024
A pastor’s position as a congregation leader calls for an impeccable lifestyle. A pastor’s role is not only about leading a group of believers but also about, for example, living a life that portrays Jesus’ words and cautions. Being above reproach takes a lot of work. Staying above reproach requires a pastor to have a life grounded in some basic ethics and disciplines that will help them as they l...  Read More
5 Ways Christians Can Build Their Faith
by Jody Burkeen on May 27th, 2024
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy for Christians to find their faith taking a backseat. Yet, building and maintaining a strong faith is essential for living a fulfilling and purposeful Christian life. This past week on my podcast, I discussed these areas and thought it would benefit you all. Here are five practical ways Christians can build their faith and deepen their relationship...  Read More
Confronting Bad Theology in the Church
by Jody Burkeen on May 21st, 2024
In the heart of every church lies its theology—the study and understanding of God. Good theology nurtures faith, guides practice, and fosters a healthy spiritual community. However, when theology goes astray, the consequences can be detrimental, leading to confusion, division, and spiritual harm. Confronting bad theology is crucial for the health and growth of the church. This blog explores why it...  Read More
Understanding Bible Translations: Which Ones Should We Trust?
by Jody Burkeen on May 18th, 2024
When it comes to reading and understanding the Bible, choosing the right translation can significantly impact your study and comprehension. There are thousands of Bible translations, each with a different approach to the language of the Bible and the interpretation of its message. With so many options, it’s difficult to know which to trust. This blog will outline the characteristics of Bible trans...  Read More
Good Shepherds
by Jody Burkeen on May 15th, 2024
The voices we listen to matter immensely in the quest for spiritual growth and deeper biblical understanding. After I wrote the blog series on false teachers, I was asked, “Who would you suggest we listen to?” It was a great question and made me think for a minute. I told you my dislikes, so I have listed some of my favorites in no particular order. This is not an exhaustive list either.This blog ...  Read More
Recognizing False Teachers: A Guide for Church Members
by Jody Burkeen on May 6th, 2024
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A Critical Review of Andy Stanley’s Teachings: Lukewarm Understanding of Scripture
by Jody Burkeen on May 4th, 2024
Andy Stanley, the founder of North Point Ministries, one of the largest Christian organizations in the USA, is renowned for his pragmatic approach to Christianity and church leadership. While his modern methods and communicative style have garnered a vast following and admiration, they have also sparked significant debate within traditional evangelical circles. He is also the son of Charles Stanle...  Read More
Examining The Teachings of Bill Johnson- Bethel Church
by Jody Burkeen on May 3rd, 2024
Bill Johnson, the charismatic leader of Bethel Church, is a figure of substantial influence in the charismatic movement, known for his teachings on miracles, healing, and the supernatural. While many find his ideas revolutionary and affirming, others express deep concerns about the theological implications and practices associated with his ministry. This blog post explores these concerns:1. Theolo...  Read More
Revisiting Leadership and Accountability: A Critical Look at Mark Driscoll’s Character
by Jody Burkeen on May 2nd, 2024
 Mark Driscoll, former pastor of Mars Hill Church and now a leader at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been a polarizing figure in modern evangelical Christianity. His dynamic preaching style and straightforward approach to biblical interpretation have attracted many followers. However, Driscoll's ministry has also been marred by controversy, leading to serious discussions about past...  Read More
A Critical Examination of Michael Todd's Teachings
by Jody Burkeen on May 1st, 2024
Michael Todd, known for his dynamic preaching and the rapid growth of Transformation Church, has become a prominent figure in contemporary Christianity. While his approach has attracted a vast audience and revitalized the faith of many, it has also sparked debates concerning his theological interpretations and practices. His clips on social media seem to be on point, but after further investigatio...  Read More
Rethinking Spiritual Leadership: A Closer Look at Steven Furtick's Teachings
by Jody Burkeen on April 30th, 2024
What is a false teacher?False teachers are people who try to interpret the Bible in new ways, claiming that they have a "new Revelation" or a "new way to interpret scripture".  They are often arrogant, ignorant of spiritual truth, and spend their time speculating in foolish ways. False teachers are usually popular and have followers, which can lead to the blaspheming of truth. They may come across...  Read More