Opinion | Discipleship
Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids
How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take.
catechism practice. For resources on conversational apologetics, consider Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith and
The Demanding Faith of Flannery O’Connor
In her writing, O’Connor made belief believable.
excerpt. The Demanding Faith of Flannery O'Connor. Her Christian faith is a demanding one. And then there's that word mystery again, one of her favorites.
Opinion | Church
I Sent My Kids to a ‘Better School.’ But Was It the Right Choice?
As a parent, I feel caught between the needs of my children and the needs of my neighbors.
of Christians (Shane Claiborne, DL Mayfield, and others) who live in community to practice discipleship and share life with the poor. Meanwhile, our faith community, Sycamore Creek
Opinion | Discipleship
How to Love Your Ideological Enemy
If hospitality is a model for discipleship, then we need both open doors and clear boundaries.
house of God, bear some responsibility for protecting the doctrinal boundaries of faith and also inviting others into that well-defined place. 1. People who practice hospitable orthodoxy
Opinion | Discipleship
How to Celebrate Christmas as a Cultural Minority
Christians abroad and Muslims at home helped me find the holy day in the holiday.
adult years have given me perspective on what it means to practice the holiday Furthermore, I believe that religious pluralism can actually strengthen how faith communities celebrate
Opinion | Church
Swipe Right for Jesus
How Tinder helped me come to terms with my evangelical identity.
white evangelicalism doesn't accurately explain anything about me or my faith to my furious, bedroom-pacing prayer, its core convictions—in mind, heart, and practice—are mine.
Opinion | Family
Family and Politics: Why I'm Against 'Keeping the Peace'
There are times when we need to speak up.
Although I've long been passionate about theology and ministry, I've only recently begun the practice of finding my voice—of discerning when and how to put my faith into action in
Opinion | Family
Jesus Wants an Awkward Thanksgiving Dinner
Why extending the table involves an uncomfortable hospitality.
being in real relationship with people in order to both experience and practice hospitality. Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith was recently
interview | Church
How Churches Can Give Sanctuary and Still Support the Law
800 congregations are working to protect undocumented immigrants. A leader with the New Sanctuary Movement says yours should be one of them.
All these presuppositions come out of letting our faith guide and shape our work. everywhere else in the world and throughout the ages know a lot more about that practice than we as
Opinion | Discipleship
To More Than a Few Good Men: Don’t Give Up on Working with Women
Four research-based solutions beyond Mike Pence’s ‘Billy Graham Rule.’
With these cases and others in mind, there's a temptation to ridicule men who practice the Billy not only destroy my family but would destroy this whole ministry and people's faith in it.”.
Opinion | Discipleship
Waiting Outside an Abortion Clinic Years Ago Was Worth It
The mother of an almost-aborted baby reached out with this letter about her son.
in granting me—and all of us—glimpses now and then of the fruit of efforts performed in faith. Waiting is the fertile soil of our sanctification and one of the hallmarks of Christian practice.
Opinion | Family
Dishes, Diapers, and a Deeper Faith
Discover the hidden spiritual opportunities in motherhood.
with friends. Instead of surrendering to loneliness, deepen your faith by revamping isolation into an opportunity to practice solitude. Intentionally focus
Opinion | Family
Fighting with My Husband and the Work of Shalom
Do I proclaim radical love for the world even as I neglect to care for those closest to me?
In the end, this practice each Sunday—the passing of peace—is a prayer. Believing this is an act of a faith. It takes faith to believe that our little, frail faithfulness can produce fruit.
interview | Discipleship
After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk with Jesus
On the anniversary of her accident, Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s faithfulness.
I remember going to [faith healer] Kathryn Kuhlman's services. since then, but we still have a long way to go in terms of putting that kind of heart-change into practice, especially in
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Female Theologians Take Flak in the Public Square
The potential rewards of celebrity culture are many, but so are the risks.
Top celebrity theologians—or even those who identify as “faith bloggers”—are able to translate their work into book sales Theology is an embodied practice, not just a mental exercise.
Opinion | Discipleship
5 Things You Should Know Before You Send Your Kid to College
A college administrator offers counsel on coming of age and higher ed.
Although we didn't know each other very well, we committed in faith that together we I began this practice after I learned of a beloved politics professor, David Lumsdaine, who passed
Opinion | Church
How Trump’s Inauguration Will Catalyze Christian Witness
Now is the time for the church to embrace the radical, ordinary influence of faith.
of all political stripes, the day is simply a new day to practice the radical legitimately, that a presidency under Trump's opponent would hamper the liberties of faith-based institutions and
Opinion | Discipleship
I Was an Ash Wednesday Rookie
How the liturgical service enriched my non-liturgical faith.
My husband, Mark, and I both came to faith in the sort of evangelical environment where often save and then burn the branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday—a practice I find
interview | Discipleship
Jesus, the Frybread of Life
How Native InterVarsity is helping college students follow Christ and honor tradition.
prestige, to overvaluing cleanliness and timeliness. No faith practice escapes the influence of the culture around it. When it comes to which traditional
Opinion | Church
My Weird Childhood Faith Isn’t So Weird AnymoreSubscriber access only
Witnessing Christianity’s shift over the charismatic church.
knowledge, and faith—were utterly unremarkable. As I look back on my childhood, although the gifts of the Holy Spirit were dear to us and we deeply believed in their practice, the real