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by Brian Brodersen - 1 week ago

What Does CGN Believe about Charismatic Gifts and Their Use in the Church Today?

What do CGN leaders believe about the charismatic gifts mentioned in the Bible — specifically, the spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues? Are these gifts still in operation? Are they available to Christians today? — And if so, how should they be used practically, in our churches? In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, I sit down with Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswe...

by Brian Brodersen - 3 weeks ago

Answering Tough Questions about CRT, LGBTQ Issues, and Spiritual Formation.

What do CGN leaders believe about things like Critical Race Theory, or how we should relate to those who identify as LGBTQ? Is talking about “spiritual formation” biblical, or does it open people up to unbiblical influences? In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, we answer some questions that you, our listeners, have sent in. I ask Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell questions related to som...

by Brian Brodersen - 1 month ago

Thoughts on the Atoning Sacrifice of Christ

As we come to Good Friday, I thought it might be good to refresh our minds on what happened on the cross of Calvary 2,000 years ago. Although many died by crucifixion under Roman rule, there was one whose death was unique. The death of Jesus of Nazareth was unlike any other death. The Bible tells us that Jesus died in our place, not merely in a physical sense, but He died in our place in the grea...

by Brian Brodersen - 1 month ago

What does the future hold for CGN?

In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, we discuss the future of CGN as a network: What initiatives are currently in the works? How does CGN relate to and work with other groups and churches, while still holding fast to our core convictions, values, and beliefs? What will happen to CGN once Brian Brodersen is no longer leading it? Those questions and more are answered in our discussion this w...

by Brian Brodersen - 4 months ago

A Tribute to Ray Bentley

As most have already heard, on January 4, 2022, Ray Bentley, founder and senior pastor of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, passed away from complications due to COVID. This sad event has taken us all by surprise. Just last week I had heard that Ray wasn’t feeling well, so I contacted Vicki (Ray’s wife), and she told me they had COVID but were putting up a good fight. I was stunned today when I got the wo...

by Brian Brodersen - 2 years ago

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

This article originally appeared on on April 20, 2019. "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25) Jesus' claim to be the resurrection and the life is so radical that it does not allow the hearer to hold a neutral position concerning Him. As C.S. Lewis said, "There are only three possibilities with Jesus: He is a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord." Any...

by Brian Brodersen - 2 years ago

CGN COVID-19 Update: Faithfulness Through the Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our social landscape on a global scale, Pastor Brian Brodersen shares an encouraging message about ways God is still at work, the global increase in prayer, and God's promised faithfulness to His people.

by Brian Brodersen - 2 years ago

Our Father Knows What We Need

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?...

by Brian Brodersen - 2 years ago

Hope in Troubling Times: Peace within the Global Pandemic

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear" (Psalm 46:1–2a). As most of us would agree, we are living in troubling times. With the arrival of the Coronavirus and its potential for widespread societal chaos and high death toll among certain members of the population, the times have suddenly become exponentially more troubling. It is also clear that fear has o...