May 30th, 2024

Kim Brightness

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As Publisher/EIC of Team Jesus Magazine, Kim Bright(ness) loves to provide uplifting and informative content on Kingdom living excellence. As an author, producer, and media buyer with over 25 years in marketing and advertising, you can always find Kim writing/editing, consulting, covering Christian events, or advocating for trauma-healing and inner beauty on her Live and Learn Show.

Exclusive articles:

It’s Okay to Be Hopeless, and Here’s Why

We all experience seasons of hopelessness. But here's what that hopeless feeling is trying to teach us for our own good.

As Christ Loved the Church: 7 Keys to Biblical Headship for Husbands

What does the path to headship look like for God-fearing husbands? As Christ loved the church, the guidance for husbands is clear.

5 Creative Ways to Pray Without Ceasing

How can we pray without ceasing when life is so busy? Here are 5 creative ways to come before the throne of grace and make our requests known to God.

“The Rings of Power” Fires Up Diverse Characters and Stories

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2nd to the buzz of whether it can live up to Tolkien's classic trilogy.

High-Functioning Christians: 5 Ways to Tell if You’re Free Indeed or Not

Are you free indeed in Christ or a high-functioning Christian? Here are 5 signs that you're settling for less than God's best in your life.

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Are State Laws the Solution to Kids’ Access to Porn?

As data continues to show the harms of viewing porn, particularly for children, support for stricter legal limits on pornographers has grown.

The Burial: A Glimpse Into the Life of William Gary

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Pandemic Restrictions Had No Lasting Effect on Churches, Study Finds

Even in states where regulations were severe, most congregations moved on quickly. Jeff Schoch was ready to be done with COVID-19 health safety regulations. Like most ministers in the US, the pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose, California, did his best to comply with the many pandemic rules imposed by state and local governments. But as soon as they were lifted, he wanted to put them all behind him. He quickly tore down the state-mandated signs about social distancing, hand washing, and masks. “I got rid of every visual reminder in the church,” Schoch told CT. “I was anxious, personally, to make that a memory.” Across the country, Protestant congregations are dealing with the long-term impacts of the pandemic. A new, extensive study by Arbor Research Group and ChurchSalary, a ministry of Christianity Today, found that a lot of pastors are still in crisis. Some furloughed staff members haven’t gone back to work. And even when attendance numbers have rebounded, there are still people missing from many congregations. Christian leaders will likely be grappling with the fallout from COVID-19 for years to come. But, surprisingly, state-level pandemic restrictions had no measurable, lasting impact on American churches. Even in places like San Jose—where the county government imposed some of the strictest rules in the country, the restrictions changed frequently, and authorities aggressively went after churches they said failed to comply—pastors like Schoch were able to just move on. The data doesn’t show any adverse effects from the government regulations. Eric Shieh, a research consultant for Arbor Research, said that surprised him. “You would think that the restrictions made things tougher for churches. They didn’t meet as much, and so you’d ...Continue reading...
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