July (Web-only) 2012

Max Lucado Goes Overboard on Grace
Max Lucado Goes Overboard on Grace
It's one of those things you don't want to moderate despite the risks, he says.
Nigerian States Propose Religion Limits as Gunmen Kill 19 at Bible Study
Nigerian States Propose Religion Limits as Gunmen Kill 19 at Bible Study
Continued surge in sectarian violence has local governments debating how to stop it.
Making Movies Moral
Making Movies Moral
William Romanowski's 'Reforming Hollywood' sets the record straight on Protestant efforts to shape Hollywood's cultural influence.
Young Oceans
O' Be Joyful
What Happened to My CCM?
What Happened to My CCM?
Much has changed in a generation—the bands, the industry. Oh, and me.
Move Over, Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin Is Our New Sweetheart
How the 17-year-old gold medalist demonstrates a beautiful humility we all could harness.
A Better Conversation about Homosexuality
A Better Conversation about Homosexuality
Three recent books expose the cultural captivity of the church to Western ideas about sexuality.
Bowing Down to Your Birthing Ball?: Dismantling the Idol of the Perfect Birth
Why God is to be more desired than an ideal birth experience.
Can Cities Really Block Chick-fil-A?
Can Cities Really Block Chick-fil-A?
Some attorneys say no as Billy Graham, Mike Huckabee, and others voiced support for the fast-food chain.
Watch, The
The Watch
Despite having the cast and the ingredients of a great comedy, it ultimately falls flat.
Listen Up, People: Remember Chick-fil-A Next Time You See Any Bullying
We must speak up. For everyone.
Poll of Americans: Better a Mormon than a Muslim in White House
Poll of Americans: Better a Mormon than a Muslim in White House
Voters are more comfortable with President Obama's religion—as long as he is not a Muslim.
Packing Heat and Trusting Providence: Why I Own a Handgun
Being a pro-life woman means protecting my life, too.
Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks
A dramatic comedy that asks some good questions about free will and our ability to change others.
When Breast Cancer Leaves You Grasping for Words
As a religion professor, I can talk about the big questions of life. Until now.
Grace & Lies
Life After LaRue
Life After LaRue
A decade, a marriage, three kids, and a near-death experience later, Natalie LaRue is singing again.
The Gender Pay Gap: Not as Bad as You Think
The major factor that recent reports fail to account for.
The Religion of The Bachelorette and Reality TV: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
Emily Maynard, who demonstrated a few evangelical signs, had a faith choice to make.
Making Non-Sense of the Colorado Shootings
Making Non-Sense of the Colorado Shootings
Spiritual thoughts on another random act of violence.
Sex! Outrage! The Internet! Doug Wilson, Rachel Held Evans, and The Gospel Coalition
Why I'm not sure we should be calling for a petition for removal of a blog post.
Dark Knight Rises, The
The Dark Knight Rises
A rousing and satisfying—if conventional—conclusion that fails to rise to the level of excellence of its predecessors.
Views of the WEIRD (Western Educated Industrial Rich and Democratic)
Views of the WEIRD (Western Educated Industrial Rich and Democratic)
Jonathan Haidt argues that modern liberals lack the full range of moral instincts possessed by conservatives and traditional religious believers.
Marital Submission and Syria's First Lady: A Lesson for Christian Women
Asma al-Assad's inaction over her husband's unjust rule holds an important lesson for married Christians.
Q & A: Philip Ryken on Wheaton’s Contraception Mandate Lawsuit: 'A Last Resort'
Q & A: Philip Ryken on Wheaton’s Contraception Mandate Lawsuit: 'A Last Resort'
The college president explains why it's is suing, and why now.
Deception's Darkness
Deception's Darkness
Seeking the light in the films of Christopher Nolan.
Get Moving, People. What Are You Reading This Summer?
Books for your nightstand, your Kindle, or the side of the pool.
'Sometimes Life Sucks'
'Sometimes Life Sucks'
As a teen, Rhett Walker did drugs and got his girlfriend pregnant. But now he really 'gets' grace.
Rebirth
Spark Seeker
Come to the River
Weight & Glory
Oh My Soul
How to Help Someone after a House Fire, Really
Whether they lost their home to a wildfire or arson (like we did), people need more than an encouraging word.
Thoughts from a Simple-Minded Jesus Lover
Thoughts from a Simple-Minded Jesus Lover
The great gay Christian debate is never-ending, one-dimensional, and somewhat pointless.
The Sacraments of Place
The Sacraments of Place
To break the cycle of ideology in the church, try "going local."
Green with Housing Envy: Bursting the Bubble of Coveting My Neighbor's Home
The spiritual key to stop coveting a bigger and better home.
Marriage for the 99%: Seeing Family as a Social Justice Issue
Marriage for the 99%: Seeing Family as a Social Justice Issue
How research demonstrates that marital status can predict a person's socioeconomic status.
Should We Stop Asking Jesus Into Our Hearts?
Should We Stop Asking Jesus Into Our Hearts?
Doubting our salvation and false assurance are both exacerbated by the clichéd ways in which we speak about the gospel.
The Unnoticed Merits of Having a Midwife During Pregnancy
More than a "status symbol," midwives are an answer to the increased medicalization of birth.
Jeremy Lin vs. the Cynics
Jeremy Lin vs. the Cynics
When an athlete's life matches his professions of faith, even skeptical sportswriters and embittered young evangelicals take notice.
How Faith Works
How Faith Works
The volcanic issue of "Lordship Salvation" is still emitting the smoke and fumes of controversy.
'Behavior Doesn't Interrupt Your Relationship with Christ': A Recipe for Disaster
'Behavior Doesn't Interrupt Your Relationship with Christ': A Recipe for Disaster
A Wesleyan Arminian perspective on God's grace and the gravity of sin.
Let's Not Cut Christ to Pieces
Let's Not Cut Christ to Pieces
Struggling with homosexuality is a paradox, but embracing homosexuality is a contradiction.
Exodus's Alan Chambers Accused of Antinomianism
Exodus International's Alan Chambers Accused of Antinomian Theology
While media outlets made much of Exodus shift on reparative therapy for gay Christians, theologians parsed president's understanding of salvation.
A Parenting Manual for Men Freaked Out by Pregnancy
Christian Piatt's PregMANcy is an irreverent but helpful take for men welcoming little ones.
Bible Museum Planned for Washington, D.C.
Bible Museum Planned for Washington, D.C.
The museum, which will charge admission, is expected to open within the next four years.
Battling with Bitterness over My Sister's Abuser
Battling with Bitterness over My Sister's Abuser
Let go of your rage and resentment, before they poison your soul.
Craig Groeschel: Why You Need a Cleanse—of Your Soul
Craig Groeschel: Why You Need a Cleanse—of Your Soul
The pastor of LifeChurch.tv explains a turning point for his ministry.
P.O.D. Rocking Again
P.O.D. Rocking Again
Frontman Sonny Sandoval on the band's hiatus, the new album, and a certain strategically placed f-bomb.
Murdered Love
Sunday Mornin' Singin' LIVE
HMMM
Advocating for a Daughter Stuck in the 'Shadow of Autism'
Virginia Breen's daughter, Elizabeth, can't talk. How she reveals the love of God through poetry.
The Soul of Your Soles: Why Women Love Shoes
Celebrating those 'bursts of beauty that defy the mundane.'
Questioning Scientology amid Katie Holmes's Divorce from Tom Cruise
Why empathizing with Cruise isn't sympathy for the Devil.
Magic of Belle Isle, The
The Magic of Belle Isle
Morgan Freeman as a crotchety writer who inspires a family and is inspired in return.
What You Need to Know About the Hidden Benefits (and Costs) of New Prenatal Tests
Significant scientific leaps offer more information—and decisions—to expecting mothers.
Do the Church Fathers, the Founding Fathers, and Catholic Saints Really Go Together?
Do the Church Fathers, the Founding Fathers, and Catholic Saints Really Go Together?
Thoughts on the roots of religious liberty as the Catholic Church's "Fortnight for Freedom" comes to a close.
Katy Perry's Part of Me 3-D: Does Everyone Really Like a Good Girl Gone Bad?
The pop artist's feature-length documentary shows her at her most vulnerable.
Andy Griffith: 'It Was All About Love'
Andy Griffith: 'It Was All About Love'
Mourning the loss of an American icon, and remembering why we all want to live in Mayberry.
The Top 10 Her.meneutics Posts of 2012 (So Far)
The posts that got our readers talking.
Q & A: Os Guinness on What Freedom in the Balance Looks Like
Q & A: Os Guinness on What Freedom in the Balance Looks Like
Why American Christians should work to sustain the American experiment.
Goodnight, Cornerstone
Goodnight, Cornerstone
As the grand festival is held for the last time, a long-time participant remembers its power and glory.
Mindy Smith
Cornerstone
Heartbeat
Can Christian Women Have It All? Debunking the Work-Life Balance Myth
Why Christian women are needed at home and in the highest echelons of society.
The Consequences of Contraception
The Consequences of Contraception
Evangelicals need to reckon with the empirical evidence of what the sexual revolution has wrought.

Top Story October 24, 2020

Fighting the Pandemic with Our Hearts and Our Smarts
Fighting the Pandemic with Our Hearts and Our Smarts
A development economist and a disaster-relief expert show how to approach COVID-19 as “Shrewd Samaritans.”