Opinion | Church
God’s Message to #MeToo Victims and Perpetrators
Scripture offers a radical framework for understanding anger and forgiveness.
When Abimelek confronts Abraham with his “great sin,” he accuses, “You have done to me things that ought not to be done” (Gen. 20:9). God speaks his own anger through Abimelek.
Opinion | Church
How the Transgender Narrative Perpetuates Stereotypes
The church can offer hope to those who find it hard to love the body they’re in.
of the fall. As Sam Allberry writes, “Sin causes profound alienation—first and foremost from God. … And we're alienated from ourselves. What was meant
Opinion | Church
God’s Message on ‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies
When the first day of Lent falls on a romantic holiday, love and death meet up.
him for dear life. This Ash Wednesday, we remember again that we are sinners and that our sin brought suffering and death into the world. In the words
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 | 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.
Without the church's example, we'd quickly become an illustration of Augustine's definition of sin: We'd curve ourselves around this narrative of our family, our kids, our choices.
Opinion | Discipleship
How Poetry Might Change the Pro-Life Debate
The moral imagination of literature speaks volumes.
act of “mercy.” (The agent of death has simply changed from man to woman.) Yet, to read this speech—to hear the pain and injustice behind the words, to recognize the sin that wrought
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 | 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
Opinion | Discipleship
5 Ways to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions
The holy work of change requires a power much greater than personal discipline.
new” (Rev. 21:5). In this redemptive narrative, we're located in the messy middle—still living in a fallen world that's plagued by sin. Changing well comes
Reporting | Church
Women Speak Up in #SilenceIsNotSpiritual Campaign
Leaders from Lynne Hybels to Jen Hatmaker want evangelical churches to take a more proactive position on behalf of victims.
Leaders from Lynne Hybels to Jen Hatmaker want evangelical churches to take a more proactive position on behalf of victims.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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
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 | Sexuality
My Dad, the Sinner and Saint
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.
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 | 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 | 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