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PODCAST: Nurturing Faith in Community (with Terry Maples)

PODCAST: Nurturing Faith in Community (with Terry Maples)

Art Wright talks with Terry Maples about Nurturing Faith in Community, a new CBFVA resource for congregations. Nurturing Faith is a curriculum written by Terry, in which he proposes a paradigm shift for the way in which Christians and congregations approach spiritual...

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BLOG:  Presence  by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

BLOG:  Presence by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

I could not believe my eyes or my ears! As I drove down the highway and switched to radio station 100.9 Jack FM (variety hits), I realized the format had changed. The name of the new format….wait for it….is Short Attention Span Radio. Nope, I’m not joking. A format...

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Pastors’ School 2021 with Dr. Anna Robbins

January 28, 10 am CBF’s annual Pastors’ School is set for Thursday, January 28, 2021, starting at 10:00 am. Because of the continual spread of the coronavirus, we are converting Pastors’ School to a virtual experience via Zoom.   The theme for Pastors’ School...

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CBFVA YouTube Channel!

CBFVA YouTube Channel!

CBFVA Resources on YouTube Channel CBFVA is pleased to announce we have launched our YouTube Channel to make resources available to clergy and congregations! Click the button for the link!Here are excellent resources ready for your use:   Shop Talk Sessions with...

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Advocacy is the natural “next step” in Mission. 

Advocacy is the natural “next step” in Mission. 

Let’s say that you and your church go on a mission trip. On that trip, you learn about the inequality of hunger around the world. During your 10-day adventure, you get your hands dirty, you cry tears of sorrow for those living in these conditions and something inside...

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Anxiety and Scripture by Dave Guion

Anxiety and Scripture by Dave Guion

This effort to look at anxiety through the lens of Scripture and psychology was born of conversations in Sunday School, correspondence with a seminary professor, Dr. Steve Stratton, and the lives of some of my counseling clients who identify as Christians and have...

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BLOG:  Inside Job by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

BLOG: Inside Job by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

Have you noticed how many crime novel and movie plot characters there are on the inside of an organization helping criminals gain access to the valuables? Every time a bank is robbed, investigators automatically ask employees questions like, “Do you have huge debt?”...

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Shop Talk for Senior Pastors with Mike Smith

Shop Talk for Senior Pastors with Mike Smith

CBFVA recognizes healthy leadership is key to thriving faith communities. By investing in the ongoing education and formation of pastors, CBFVA seeks to support efforts of congregations to build beloved community, engage in God’s redemptive justice in the world, and...

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Nurturing Faith in the Community

Nurturing Faith in the Community

Terry Maples has written and designed a six-session series exploring the nature of faith and faithfulness. Each lesson addresses current critical congregational needs. Click the button below to explore what Christ-followers must unlearn or re-frame before embracing...

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Thomas Merton, Walmart, and the Pandemic by Art Wright

Thomas Merton, Walmart, and the Pandemic by Art Wright

CBFVA Theologian in Residence  August 2020   I have a favorite Thomas Merton quote. (Doesn’t everyone?) Merton was an American monk, beloved spiritual writer, and theologian in the mid-20th century, who left a remarkable legacy and lasting imprint on Christian...

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PODCAST: Racial Reconciliation and the Church

PODCAST: Racial Reconciliation and the Church

Rev. Dr. Michael Cheuk joins Art Wright for a conversation that centers on racial reconciliation and the church. This topic is especially timely for congregations right now, as many (especially white congregations) are wondering how to engage in working toward racial...

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“It is Solved by Walking”

“It is Solved by Walking”

“It is Solved by Walking” Art Wright CBFVA June 8, 2020 Solvitur ambulando. “It is solved by walking.” It is a Latin phrase that traces its roots to the Greek philosopher Diogenes in the 4th century BCE. When he was challenged with an impossible, metaphysical...

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And the Monuments Came Tumbling Down

And the Monuments Came Tumbling Down

And the Monuments Came Tumbling Down A Reflection On the Story of Jericho and the White Church By Aaron and Rev. Lauryn Everic I marched today in Richmond, Virginia, the city that was the capital of the confederate south. Monument Avenue runs through downtown and is...

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A Biblical view of Justice

A Biblical view of Justice

A Biblical view of Justice Art Wright Background for leaders: The word “justice” can mean a lot of different things to different people. For some, the word evokes ideas of  lawyers, the court system and the criminal justice system. For others, the word calls to mind...

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Connected Mission in a Disconnected World

Connected Mission in a Disconnected World

by Mark Snipes, CBFVA Associate Coordinator   In a world that looks and acts drastically different than it did three months ago, the way that the church goes about living out its mission in the world also looks drastically different.  Most churches thrive by...

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