Global Family Tree, Community Connections, & Pastors’ Needs
One question puzzled Answers in Genesis researcher and biologist Nathaniel T. Jeanson for decades: What was going on in pre-Columbus America before Europeans arrived? A couple of years after Kason Branch planted Creekstone Church in Keller, Texas, he had an idea that he believed would improve his community. And in the current fast-paced, high-pressure American culture, pastors are stressed, and they know that needs to change.
One question puzzled Answers in Genesis researcher and biologist Nathaniel T. Jeanson for decades: What was going on in pre-Columbus America before Europeans arrived?
In finding answers, he traced his ancestry to Joktan, a great-grandson of Noah’s son Shem, introduced in Genesis 10:25. Jeanson points to a global generational family tree anchored in analyses of the Y chromosome.
“We can find a very clear, generation-by-generation echo of Genesis 10 and of Noah at the base of this tree,” Jeanson said. “What we discovered was a generation-by-generation family tree for global humanity, and this is based on DNA.
In “Traced: Human DNA’s Big Surprise,” his book released in March, Jeanson uses research papers he co-authored, along with previously published data and historical accounts in reaching his conclusions.
A couple of years after Kason Branch planted Creekstone Church in Keller, Texas, he had an idea that he believed would improve his community.
The pastor spoke to then-Mayor Pat Magrail, who scheduled a meeting with a small group of city leaders met and lined out the purpose and structure of an advisory council.
Council members participated in special trainings: active shooter drills, patrol ride-alongs, and school lockdown drills in order to better understand the daily work of a Keller police officer.
They said the council gives them a better understanding of the police and creates better dialogue between the community and the police force.
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In the current fast-paced, high-pressure American culture, pastors are stressed, and they know that needs to change.
According to the latest release in Lifeway Research’s 2022 Greatest Needs of Pastors study, of all the mental challenges U.S. Protestant pastors face, stress stands out above the rest. Distractions and discouragement are also significant factors for pastors when it comes to mental challenges in ministry.
“Americans have become much more aware of mental wellbeing, and young pastors have grown up in a culture with much greater transparency around these challenges than previous generations,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “The high number of young pastors wanting to address these mental challenges means although awareness is higher among them, many have not yet successfully embraced the boundaries, habits and preventative measures they need.”
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