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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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Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time

Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time

Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator In his seminal work Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg describes his personal journey from understanding the Jesus he was taught about in Sunday school during childhood, his...

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Don’t Waste a Crisis  by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

Don’t Waste a Crisis by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

As I write this article, our world continues in lockdown mode in its effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The crisis seems far from over; the toll in terms of lives lost, jobs furloughed or cut, retirement funds pummeled, etc., is staggering. This pandemic is...

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Faithful and True by Dayne Schoonmaker

Faithful and True by Dayne Schoonmaker

Dayna Schoonmaker is a Wake Forest University Divinity School grad, and she is the wife of Noel Schoonmaker, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Richmond. She wrote a series of devotions for her church during this season of quarantine. Now, she Dayna has written...

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Before and After Devotional by Dayna Schoonmaker

Before and After Devotional by Dayna Schoonmaker

Dayna Schoonmaker is a Wake Forest University Divinity School grad, and she is the wife of Noel Schoonmaker, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Richmond. She wrote a series of devotions for her church during this season of quarantine. Now, she Dayna has written...

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Easter is Coming . . . Isn’t It? by Art Wright

Easter is Coming . . . Isn’t It? by Art Wright

April 8, 2020   This week it has been hard for me to remember that we are in the midst of the most sacred time of the church calendar. Without our usual routine of gathering together physically for worship for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, Holy...

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