May (Web-only) 2016

Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Scary Cross
Awkward Church Stock Photos: The Scary Cross
Back! Back, I say!
Transgender Confusion Goes Beyond Elementary School Bathrooms
Transgender Confusion Goes Beyond Elementary School Bathrooms
Researcher Mark Yarhouse on why mixing politics and gender identity has only left us more confused.
How Urban Christians Failed President Obama
How Urban Christians Failed President Obama
The transgender bathroom directive is the latest sign that we shouldn't have given him a pass.
Meet the New Apocalypse (Same As the Old One)
Meet the New Apocalypse (Same As the Old One)
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is probably more religious than even its director realizes.
Matthew Lee Anderson's Vision for Top-Shelf Ministry
The Calling | 53 min
Matthew Lee Anderson's Vision for Top-Shelf Ministry
Why the Mere Orthodoxy blogger wants churches to keep the bar high—and help people reach it.
Just a Vessel: Actor Malachi Kirby on ‘Roots,’ Kunta Kinte, and God
Just a Vessel: Actor Malachi Kirby on ‘Roots,’ Kunta Kinte, and God
The star of the History Channel's "Roots" talks about his faith, his strange route toward his iconic role, and what he learned from playing Kunta Kinte.
Building a Celluloid Bridge
Building a Celluloid Bridge
How a church and a film festival are spanning the sacred-secular chasm.
The 5 Stages of Realizing You're a Nursery Worker
The 5 Stages of Realizing You're a Nursery Worker
Those Dixie cups won't fill themselves with Cheerios on their own, you know.
How Is This Even True?
How Is This Even True?
Is the O.J. Simpson trial really worth another 18 hours of TV? It sure is - now more than ever.
Curtains Up: It’s Our New Entertainment Newsletter!
Curtains Up: It’s Our New Entertainment Newsletter!
Introducing your new must-read cheat sheet.
Can We Trust Facebook to Be Fair with Conservative News?
Can We Trust Facebook to Be Fair with Conservative News?
Technology critic Adam Graber on whether we should ask our social media sites to pursue neutrality.
Charles Finney Was Not a Fan of Babies (or Dogs) in Church
Charles Finney Was Not a Fan of Babies (or Dogs) in Church
The revival preacher had no patience for distractions. But was he right?
How Todd Wilson Discovered His Vocational Sweet Spot
The Calling | 45 min
How Todd Wilson Discovered His Vocational Sweet Spot
Before a midlife crisis, the founder of Exponential was designing nuclear subs. Now, he's a ministerial visionary.
The Gift of Disillusionment
The Gift of Disillusionment
Why being disappointed by your church may actually be a good thing.
InterVarsity Names a Historic New President
InterVarsity Names a Historic New President
Tom Lin’s appointment is the second significant position in mission leadership gained by Asian Americans this spring.
The Ministry of the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
The Ministry of the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Grace, like brownies, seems never-ending here.
Terence Davies Talks About Making Movies That Speak the Truth
Terence Davies Talks About Making Movies That Speak the Truth
An interview with the legendary British filmmaker, whose movies exude a deep sense of spiritual longing.
The Myth of the Secular Apocalypse
The Myth of the Secular Apocalypse
An excerpt from 'How to Survive the Apocalypse.'
Pentecost Breeze
Pentecost Breeze
'It’s the world got in'
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Pentecost
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Pentecost
"Crash," "Birdman," and "Three Colors" hint at an invisible interconnected reality made possible by the presence of the Spirit.
Lawmaker: Adoption Doesn't Have to Be This Expensive
Lawmaker: Adoption Doesn't Have to Be This Expensive
Congressman Diane Black's experience and faith motivates her to advocate for change.
What It's Like to Live On Less Than Two Dollars a Day
What It's Like to Live On Less Than Two Dollars a Day
Sociologist Kathryn Edin talks about what she learned from spending time with families that live on less than the price of a gallon of milk.
Why Voting for a Third Party Shouldn’t Ease Your Conscience
Why Voting for a Third Party Shouldn’t Ease Your Conscience
Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile on why he’s not abstaining from the polls this year and will vote for a candidate he doesn’t support.
How the American Bible Society Became Evangelical
How the American Bible Society Became Evangelical
A look back at a major turning point in the 200-year history of the storied organization.
Singing the Anthem of a Diverse Kingdom
The Calling | 52 min
Singing the Anthem of a Diverse Kingdom
For Sandra Maria Van Opstal, the church's song heralds a multicultural revolution.
Why the Local Church Is Trending Up
Why the Local Church Is Trending Up
We needn't be afraid about the future of our congregations.
Seven Freedom of Speech Films That Are Better Than 'God’s Not Dead 2'
Seven Freedom of Speech Films That Are Better Than 'God’s Not Dead 2'
Public conversations about freedom are important, nuanced, difficult things that demand art.
Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped.
Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped.
(UPDATED) After Bangladesh MKs speak out, ABWE releases final report on past problems and future protections.
Innovative Church Practices, Inspired by Stock Photos: The Abandoned Guitar
Innovative Church Practices, Inspired by Stock Photos: The Abandoned Guitar
Drop that guitbox, broheim.
5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff
5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff
Minimalism was meant to help our finances. Here’s how it helped our faith.
The Enduring Appeal of a 'Churchy' Church
The Enduring Appeal of a 'Churchy' Church
Beauty is worth my 20-minute commute.
The Kasich Conundrum
The Kasich Conundrum
How one of America's most Christian candidates became the most offensive.
5 Committees Your Church Needs, Like, Right Now
5 Committees Your Church Needs, Like, Right Now
Because nothing says "spiritual health" like a smorgasbord of service.
Obesity, Health, and the Hard Reality Behind 'The Biggest Loser'
Obesity, Health, and the Hard Reality Behind 'The Biggest Loser'
Reality TV doesn't show the full story of weight loss, says reality TV show expert Kate Shellnutt.
Showing Hospitality to Strangers and Spring Breakers
Showing Hospitality to Strangers and Spring Breakers
Housekeeper Dave Collins finds purpose in treating hotel guests like friends.
Peter Leithart's Theology of Defeat
The Calling | 48 min
Peter Leithart's Theology of Defeat
How the prolific theologian learned to face down failure.
Bey and Bey's God
Bey and Bey's God
God and women's freedom are tied up together in Beyoncé's 'Lemonade.'
Can People of Color Really Make Themselves at Home?
Can People of Color Really Make Themselves at Home?
There's a big difference between being a guest in a largely white organization and being able to "move the furniture."
Educational Inequity Demands a Christian Response
Educational Inequity Demands a Christian Response
Futures depend on it.
Leer en espaňol
What to Make of Karl Barth’s Steadfast Adultery
What to Make of Karl Barth’s Steadfast Adultery
Do the recent revelations discredit his theology?