February 26th, 2024

Kristina Bolton

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Kristina Bolton, aka The Preachy Writer, is a wife, mother of 5, revelatory writer, author, and preacher. Her first love is God, and her passion is to edify people so they can make it into His Kingdom. She is the author of Charity: The Church’s False Love, available on Amazon.

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Saying Grace: Do You Still Bless Your Food?

Is a small thing like saying grace over our food still important today? Maybe even more so in the times we live in. What was Jesus' example?

How Does God Define Success?

Everyone wants to find success, but how often do we do success God's way? Here's what the Bible tells us about good success.

Where is Your Trust? 3 Confirmations of Your Trust in God

Do we really trust God like we say we do? Here are three confirmations of our trust and reliance on God, especially in difficult times.

Marriage: The Two Become One, But One What?

When the Bible says in marriage that the two become one - what does that mean? How can we understand this mystery? Start here.

3 Things Followers of Christ Can Learn From the Life of Chadwick Boseman

What can the life of Chadwick Boseman teach Team Jesus? Here are 3 lessons that will inspire and re-ignite your faith as a believer.

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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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