This week we are searching for Silver Linings, and Monday we begin this journey by looking at one of the characters of the Christmas story, Joseph. Author Dan Darling will have us walking in the shoes of Jesus' earthly father. What would you think if you were to find out your fiance was "with child" and you knew it wasn't your child? How would you respond if you knew you were given the responsibility of caring for God's one and only Son? It's a conversation that will get us all thinking about our current circumstances and the mystery of how God works in us and through our story.
What are some of the biggest threats to the church and religious freedom and how can we best prepare for these challenges? Monday Mark Hancock will tell us about a webinar that is taking place this week for church and ministry leaders to address these issues. Trail Life USA is hosting the event along with experts from Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family, and the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention, which will help ministry leaders look at best practices for child protection and religious freedom protections for your church and ministry.
Grab a cup of coffee and start your week off with a Mid-Morning Show Coffee Break!
Daniel Darling is Senior VP of Communications for NRB, and Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship at Green Hill Church, Mt Juliet, Tennessee. He writes regularly in a range of publications, including The Washington Post and Huffington Post, and hosts the weekly podcast The Way Home. Daniel lives with his wife and four children in the Nashville area.
Mark Hancock began his career founding a national advertising agency and running it for fifteen years. His conversion to Christ led him into ministry as a Youth and College Pastor, Associate Pastor, Homeless Ministry Director and Global Event Director for an international ministry, organizing events on five continents. He holds two Masters Degrees in the Mental Health Counseling field, having spent a number of years in private practice, and has taught at secular and Christian colleges. An award-winning writer and conference speaker, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Trail Life USA and lives near Greenville, SC with his wife of 27 years and two sons.