October (Web-only) 2016

The Challenge of Defending the Faith in the Inner City
The Challenge of Defending the Faith in the Inner City
Traditional apologetics has struggled to address the theological issues of my urban community.
The Ambassador's Long Road to Rebuilding
The Calling | 38 min
The Ambassador's Long Road to Rebuilding
When a crossed boundary put his ministry in jeopardy, the holy hip-hopper knew bouncing back wouldn't be easy.
In Albania, the Church Is Overturning Down Syndrome's Stigma
In Albania, the Church Is Overturning Down Syndrome's Stigma
How the country's Christians are bringing long-needed support to disabled children.
Why Wendy Alsup Wants Laywomen to Be Theologians
The Calling | 48 min
Why Wendy Alsup Wants Laywomen to Be Theologians
The blogger and teacher reflects on our common thirst for the knowledge of God.
How a Farm-to-Table Restaurant Evolved into a Homegrown Church
How a Farm-to-Table Restaurant Evolved into a Homegrown Church
Bi-vocational ministers are common—but what's it like to have a bi-vocational congregation?
Ministry in a Multi-faith Society Means Confrontation
Ministry in a Multi-faith Society Means Confrontation
Learning from Paul at the Areopagus, the epicenter of evangelism
'A Man for All Seasons' is a Movie for Our Time
'A Man for All Seasons' is a Movie for Our Time
The stirring portrait of Sir Thomas More shows the costly importance of faithfulness.
The Illegal Cookout That Sparked the Swiss Reformation
The Illegal Cookout That Sparked the Swiss Reformation
Who would have thought that an unassuming plate of sausages could ignite a revolution?
Does America’s History Justify Rigged Election Fears?
Does America’s History Justify Rigged Election Fears?
What the United States’ past suggests about cynicism towards voting, the economy, and the criminal justice system—and what seeking the common good looks like in this context.
‘The Good Place’ Imagines an Eternity of Ethics Lessons
‘The Good Place’ Imagines an Eternity of Ethics Lessons
The NBC comedy serves up an unusual take on the afterlife with a side of fro-yo, hold the religion.
Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters
Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters
Most Christians agree theology is important, but can't articulate why. These reasons can help.
The Christian Case for Talking Politics
The Calling | 23 min
The Christian Case for Talking Politics
Why Bruce Ashford insists that God's people belong in the public square.
The Best Ways to Help the Poor
The Best Ways to Help the Poor
A new book, building on three classics, fills out the picture.
Welcome (Back) to the Welcome Wagon
Welcome (Back) to the Welcome Wagon
With a new album on the way, this pastor-and-wife hymn-singing duo continues to sing of the simple joys—and struggles—of church ministry.
Before You Vote, Watch ‘Vertigo’
Before You Vote, Watch ‘Vertigo’
What Hitchcock's thriller can teach us about sexism, nostalgia, and the gospel's call to justice.
Should Evangelical Intellectuals Despair 'Books and Culture's' Demise?
Should Evangelical Intellectuals Despair 'Books and Culture's' Demise?
Editor John Wilson and historian Mark Noll on the publication's two-decade contribution to the world of Christian thought.
A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life
A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life
Mica May hopes her products make us more joyful, more inspired, and more grateful.
What Does the 'Enneagram' Have to Offer Christians?
The Calling | 44 min
What Does the 'Enneagram' Have to Offer Christians?
For Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, the personality model is more than a pop psychology fad—it's a window into how human beings are wired.
Most College Students Are Leaving the Church. Here's How This Congregation Is Bucking the Trend
Most College Students Are Leaving the Church. Here's How This Congregation Is Bucking the Trend
What helped a tiny campus church plant become the fastest-growing flock in Tallahassee?
How the Ten Commandments Stop Us from Cheating
How the Ten Commandments Stop Us from Cheating
Dishonesty is nearly universal—unless you use this one weird trick.
The Bogus Scandal That Nearly Ruined the Father of Trinitarian Orthodoxy
The Bogus Scandal That Nearly Ruined the Father of Trinitarian Orthodoxy
At least no one brings severed hands to church anymore—right?
Losing Your Religion While 'Black-ish'
Losing Your Religion While 'Black-ish'
Declining faith can feel like a threat to cultural identity for African Americans.
N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started
N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started
In his new book, Wright explains that Jesus' death does more than just get us into heaven.
‘13th’ Introduces America to the Dark History of Our Criminal Justice System
‘13th’ Introduces America to the Dark History of Our Criminal Justice System
The new Netflix documentary makes the case that to save the future, we need to stop defending the past.
Trump Tape Forces Deeper Conversations on Evangelical Ethics
Trump Tape Forces Deeper Conversations on Evangelical Ethics
Purity teachings, abortion, Hillary Clinton, and what really matters to American Christians in 2016.
Max Lucado's Hope for This Election Season
The Calling | 47 min
Max Lucado's Hope for This Election Season
Why the beloved pastor and best-selling author isn't despairing for the church's future.
Anti-Semitic Sculpture Outside Luther's Church Creates Controversy
Anti-Semitic Sculpture Outside Luther's Church Creates Controversy
Protestant group seeking removal of Judensau carving before Reformation 500 encounters firm opposition.
Our Need for Friendly Giants
Our Need for Friendly Giants
How 'The BFG' rekindles our dream of the divine.
Speak Truth to Trump
Speak Truth to Trump
Evangelicals, of all people, should not be silent about Donald Trump's blatant immorality.
InterVarsity Asks Staff to Choose a Stance on Sexuality
InterVarsity Asks Staff to Choose a Stance on Sexuality
Campus ministry's push for theological consistency prompts painful backlash.
Are Our Churches Full of Heretics?
Are Our Churches Full of Heretics?
Pollster Scott McConnell on the origins of evangelical unorthodoxy, how our busyness affects our beliefs, and why loving God translates into better theology.
A Privilege to Vote: A Hispanic Perspective
A Privilege to Vote: A Hispanic Perspective
As Hispanic believers we want to be good citizens of this country, whether it is our country of birth or adoption.
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Caring for Global Child Health
Interview
Caring for Global Child Health
The first thousand days of a child’s life may be the most important in terms of impacting their health for their entire life.
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Latinas and Educational Opportunity
Interview
Latinas and Educational Opportunity
You've got to raise the standard, even for your community. You change yourself, you change your family, and you change your community.
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Preparing Students for Testing
Interview
Preparing Students for Testing
How parents and teachers can help students prepare for academic tests.
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Germans Are Welcoming Refugees as a Way to Honor Luther’s Legacy
Germans Are Welcoming Refugees as a Way to Honor Luther’s Legacy
Asylum seekers and immigrants are big part of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary in Germany.