Opinion | Discipleship
Racial Difference Without Division
The power of an ethnicity-honoring witness.
It was instead being aware of my ethnicity: its beauty that God wants to affirm and amplify, and its brokenness of sin, idolatry, racism, and pain that he wants to heal.
Opinion | Discipleship
Call Out Locker Room Talk for the Sin That It Is
We can’t excuse inconsistent principles in our politicians or in each other.
Opinion | Discipleship. Call Out Locker Room Talk for the Sin That It Is. We The very phrase “locker room talk” operates much the way sin operates. Give
Opinion | Pop Culture
Charles Dickens Still Haunts Christmas
How a 19th-century story informs the modern holiday spirit.
Rather than reveal a single grave sin or Gothic secret to explain the hardness of Ebenezer Scrooge's heart, Dickens's novella imagines a kind of cardiac sclerosis setting in over the
Opinion | Family
Your Spouse Doesn’t Need Your Unconditional Support
Sometimes the deepest expression of love comes in the form of difficult-to-hear truths.
The deepest expression of unconditional love can come in the form of difficult-to-hear truths, of illuminating areas of weakness, blindness, and potential sin.
Opinion | Church
The Dead White Man Who Could Fix Our Race Problem: Oswald Chambers
As a black woman wrestling with racism in America, I lean on a Scottish theologian’s four key insights.
If a nation and its churches can have an original sin, the scandal of racism—with its plundering of black lives (and also red, yellow, and brown)—qualifies among the world's absolute
Opinion | Family
How to Talk About Race with Your Kids
Children naturally notice differences—and that is a good thing.
I believe that all parents should have this sort of “talk” with their children, and for Christians, we should start with the basic truth about sin. We are all sinners
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.
Throughout your journey with quadriplegia, you've interacted with people who link suffering to sin or who've taught that having “enough faith” leads to miraculous healing.
Opinion | Family
Never on Pause
In seasons of unpaid work or at-home care, your calling is still significant.
I gave this fellow mom the respect of my ear, while I looked for opportunities to turn the conversation toward the problem of sin, God's righteous judgement, and our need of a sinless
Opinion | Church
With Rising Teen Suicides, the Church Cannot Afford Mixed Messages on Mental Health
How ministries can play a role in getting youth the support they need.
The seemingly rigid legalism of some Christians conveys a sense that we need to be perfect—almost without sin—to be part of a Christian community; it's not surprising that a simple
Opinion | Sexuality
Finding My 'True Self' As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
In my young-adult struggle with sexual identity, both legalistic condemnation and progressive license left me floundering.
My need to talk through those feelings was preemptively crushed by my belief that homosexuality was close to being an unpardonable sin—worse than any other form of sexual
The Demanding Faith of Flannery O’Connor
In her writing, O’Connor made belief believable.
There, my new friends and I were all literate in the same Protestant way, versed in the biblical trajectory of creation, sin, guilt, grace, redemption, forgiveness.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Sin Gone ViralSubscriber access only
How Internet outrage hits deep.
Opinion | Pop Culture. Sin Gone Viral. How Internet outrage hits deep. Less has been written about a different aspect of Internet rage: what it teaches us about the nature of sin.
Opinion | Church
Lamenting Las Vegas: How Country Music Marks an American Tragedy
After a mass shooting, we can find solace in an art form steeped in Scripture.
But as an avid country music fan, I'm inclined to think about the genre itself and how country music gives us a script for understanding grief, healing, and human sin.
Opinion | Sexuality
My Dad, the Sinner and SaintSubscriber access only
How I learned to see my father as more than his unfaithful past.
Meanwhile, those of us hurt by his sin were left to make sense of it all. What was happening? But he began to talk openly about his sin in a way he never had—even if only in spurts.
Opinion | Discipleship
Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery?
For women like me, children’s ministry can seem like low-level work for the least experienced.
who teach them. As we challenge the sin of misogyny, how do we also encourage women like these to feel valued in the work of caretaking? It starts
Opinion | Family
When I Didn’t Love My Adopted Child
After welcoming our new daughter, I saw my sin more clearly than ever before.
After welcoming our new daughter, I saw my sin more clearly than ever before. I wish my sin was easier to eradicate, but God continues to root it out of me.
Opinion | Family
When ‘You’re Pregnant’ Feels Like Bad News
How can the church help those who are grieving motherhood?
21). In terms of these desires, encouraging honesty doesn't mean overlooking sin, but rather humbly and gently calling each other to repentance. But
Opinion | Family
Confessions of a (Sinful) Overachiever
Praise or mockery: The problem with our reactions to “super-moms.”
It's admirable—if not for the pesky tendency to pride myself by the praise of these efforts. No doubt, sin easily besets even our most righteous inclinations.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Taylor Swift Breaks the Silence
Her recent legal case underscores the value of speaking out about sexual assault.
“If we follow the trail of abused women in Scripture, we see both sin against women as well as the ways God speaks to condemn and restrain it,” writes Wendy Alsup.
Opinion | Sexuality
Your Husband’s Infidelity Is Not Your FaultSubscriber access only
Adultery comes from a greedy heart, not an insufficient wife.
His Sin, His Responsibility. Blaming a woman for a man's sin is as old as the Garden of Eden. And, like all sin, the more lust is indulged, the less it satisfies.