July 23rd, 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.

Exclusive articles:

Don’t Eclipse Jesus: Are Lesser Lights Obstructing the Light of Christ?

Is there anything in your life blocking the Light of Christ? Here's how to tell and why it's so important to keep Jesus and His gospel out front.

Be Like the Bereans: 3 Ways to Avoid False Doctrine

In the last days, there will be many false prophets with false doctrines. Follow these characteristics of the Bereans to avoid the traps of deception.

Mary Jane, Weed, Pot: Is Marijuana a Sin or Accepted by God?

Is marijuana a sin? Many believers debate how God feels about weed, but are we missing the bigger picture? Here's what we all must keep in mind.

Laborers! 3 Good Reasons to Get Your Good Rest

Resting is not only good - good rest is necessary. As we labor in the Kingdom, here are 3 reasons why good rest is so important.

Christian Voters and the Lesser of Two Evils

As Christian voters in America begin to prepare for the 2020 presidential election, many will vote based on the lesser of two evils. Biblical strategy or not?

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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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