April (Web-only) 2016

The Babylon Bee's Adam Ford Says the Church Needs Laughter
The Babylon Bee's Adam Ford Says the Church Needs Laughter
The humorist and comics artist on leading through levity.
6 Qualifications for Elders that Paul Forgot to Mention
6 Qualifications for Elders that Paul Forgot to Mention
Church leadership brings a heap of hilarious frustrations.
Beyoncé's Redemptive Lemonade
Beyoncé's Redemptive Lemonade
Cultural critic Zakiya N. Jackson on the distinct message and the unapologetic boldness of Queen Bey.
What Jen Hatmaker Gets Right about Christian Love
What Jen Hatmaker Gets Right about Christian Love
Reactions to her message to LGBT people highlight how confused we are about love and repentance.
Going Overboard: How Our Panic Betrays God's Peace
Going Overboard: How Our Panic Betrays God's Peace
When the storms hit and life gets real, he still proves faithful.
How a Trusted Pastor Can Transform a Community
The Calling | 49 min
How a Trusted Pastor Can Transform a Community
Pastor, teacher, and community activist Jonathan Brooks chats with us about changing culture from the inside out.
The Ministry of Coffee, in Three Parts
The Ministry of Coffee, in Three Parts
Caffeine is for sharing.
Christians Can Hold Their Bladders and Still Shop at Target
Christians Can Hold Their Bladders and Still Shop at Target
Consider the missional implications before you boycott.
Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Round-Up
Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Round-Up
Movies about humor and disappointment, inequality and autism, celebrity and Scientology.
Remembering Prince: A Pop Music Priest in a Secular World
Remembering Prince: A Pop Music Priest in a Secular World
He seemed to defy mortal boundaries, but in fact, he showed us the glory of simply being made in God's image.
Take Time To Linger Outside the Church Door
| 8 min
Take Time To Linger Outside the Church Door
In churches as in neighborhoods, sometimes the front lawn is the best place to build community.
In 'A Hologram For The King,' Tom Hanks Goes to Saudi Arabia
In 'A Hologram For The King,' Tom Hanks Goes to Saudi Arabia
The adaptation of Dave Eggers's novel is diverting, but never comes together.
Reach Out—God Is Closer Than You Know
Reach Out—God Is Closer Than You Know
We tend to emphasize his beyond-ness over his nearness. Why that’s a mistake.
After Darrin Patrick: How Pride Became an Occupational Hazard for Pastors
After Darrin Patrick: How Pride Became an Occupational Hazard for Pastors
Barnabas Piper on Acts 29, restoration, and the increasing temptation of pride and platform.
Russell Moore's Model Is a Decaffeinated Jesus
The Calling | 53 min
Russell Moore's Model Is a Decaffeinated Jesus
A conversation with the president of the ERLC about life, ministry, and the challenge that comes from inside the church.
Cancer, Where Is Your Sting?
Cancer, Where Is Your Sting?
A neurosurgeon discovers hope and healing in the face of a terminal diagnosis.
Presenting an Awkward Chat Between Sammy Rhodes and Jon Acuff
Presenting an Awkward Chat Between Sammy Rhodes and Jon Acuff
That moment when two Christian authors talk Twitter, comedy, writing, and guilty-pleasure foods.
The Local Church Isn't Going Anywhere
The Local Church Isn't Going Anywhere
Here's to stale coffee, hymn sings, and the next two thousand years.
How Spanish Church Music Inspired the Film Score for 'Risen'
How Spanish Church Music Inspired the Film Score for 'Risen'
A conversation with the biblical thriller's composer.
'Sing Street' Takes Teenagers (and Music) Seriously
'Sing Street' Takes Teenagers (and Music) Seriously
The latest from "Once" director John Carney is an autobiographical, infectious 1980s musical.
'The Jungle Book' Honors Tradition and Does Something New
'The Jungle Book' Honors Tradition and Does Something New
The differences are telling, and so are the similarities.
What One Religious Liberty Scholar Thinks Conservative Christians Have in Common with LGBT Activists
What One Religious Liberty Scholar Thinks Conservative Christians Have in Common with LGBT Activists
Thomas Berg on what both sides must to do move the polarized situation forward.
James Dobson: Why Children Are a National Blessing
James Dobson: Why Children Are a National Blessing
Under-population is the deeper global problem.
Loving My Labyrinthine Church
Loving My Labyrinthine Church
Our tangled building tells an evolving story.
Innovative Church Practices, Inspired by Stock Photos: The Bible Sniffer
Innovative Church Practices, Inspired by Stock Photos: The Bible Sniffer
Your pew Bibles should always smell, like, super good.
The Church’s Long Law-Grace Throwdown
The Church’s Law-Grace Throwdown: 300 Years and Going Strong
A group of 18th-century Scottish churchmen fought bitterly over the right teaching. How we can we avoid veering toward their extremes?
Reading Esther in the Shadow of ISIS
Reading Esther in the Shadow of ISIS
A Jewish philosopher’s perspective on how God delivers his people from radical evil.
'God’s Not Dead' Scratches an Evangelical Itch
'God’s Not Dead' Scratches an Evangelical Itch
Alissa Wilkinson on why the film’s persecution narrative resonates with so many American Christians.
Here Is the Church, but Where Is the Steeple?
Here Is the Church, but Where Is the Steeple?
How those transcendent spires fell out of cultural favor, and why it's time to bring them back.
Cultsploitation and True Believers
Cultsploitation and True Believers
Being duped and blinded to the truth is no laughing matter. So why are we so obsessed with cults?
Stop Calling Ted Cruz a Dominionist
Stop Calling Ted Cruz a Dominionist
The Christian candidate's faith influences his platform, but not in the ways most critics assume.
The Theology of Ted Cruz
The Theology of Ted Cruz
Questions raised by the candidate’s God-and-country vision.
What Is "The Calling"?
The Calling | 2 min
What Is "The Calling"?
Conversations with church leaders that will give you hope, new ideas, and a new perspective.
The Generous Soul
The Generous Soul
Why overcoming the Scrooge in all of us begins with gratitude.