June (Web-only) 2015

What Hypnobirthing Taught Me About Trusting God
What Hypnobirthing Taught Me About Trusting God
My body may be broken, but it’s capable.
A Little Chaos
A Little Chaos
On papal ecology, dinosaurs, and the Edenic spectacle of Versailles.
Sodom, Leviticus, and Obergefell: The Bible After Friday's Decision
Sodom, Leviticus, and Obergefell: The Bible After Friday's Decision
Scriptures searched and tweeted in response to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage order.
Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture
Gay Marriage, Abortion, and the Bigger Picture
Living out God’s will requires us to look beyond single issues.
Gay Marriage 'Outrage and Panic' Off Limits, Evangelical Leaders Say
'Outrage and Panic' Are Off-Limits, Say Evangelical Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage
(UPDATED) Groups say the gospel requires different reactions.
Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
More than 100 leaders respond to Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.
The Most Popular Bible Verses for Debating Gay Marriage
The Most Popular Bible Verses for Debating Gay Marriage
What Scripture stats reveal about evangelicals' shifting rhetoric.
What Else to Read about the Gay Marriage Decision
What Else to Read about the Gay Marriage Decision
We address things legal, pastoral, and spiritual
Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
Now is not the time to sulk.
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Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally
Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally
Why Black Americans—and this time, white Americans too—can relate to the Emanuel Nine.
'Korean Evangelicals on Steroids'
'Korean Evangelicals on Steroids'
Meet the band of intensely devoted Asian missionaries working around the clock to re-Christianize America.
Healing Mission Field PTSD
Healing Mission Field PTSD
How trauma counseling helps missionaries and the populations they serve.
Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness
Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness
The Charleston families did not forgive to express the values of their race, but to be faithful to their God.
'A.D. The Bible Continues' Concludes (For Now)
'A.D. The Bible Continues' Concludes (For Now)
Telling the story of the early Church in a way that speaks to modern Christians while keeping curious non-believers entertained can't be easy.
Jesus Wants You to Wait
Jesus Wants You to Wait
Waiting is not something to be avoided or overcome, but to be embraced.
Let the Boston Bomber Live
Let the Boston Bomber Live
Why I oppose the death penalty, even for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
My Daughter, the Mirror, and Me
My Daughter, the Mirror, and Me
What my toddler is teaching me about body image.
Fight Back With God
Fight Back With God
After Charleston, we stand together in faith.
How Charleston’s Emanuel AME Spent Sunday after Massacre
How Charleston’s Emanuel AME Spent Sunday after Massacre
Scenes from the hot, crowded, and praise-filled worship in South Carolina.
Going Deeper after the Charleston Murders
Going Deeper after the Charleston Murders
Evil like this calls for both anguished lament and better theology.
Why the Pope Is Going Green
Why the Pope Is Going Green
The theology behind Francis’s warning on climate change.
A Father for the Romans
A Father for the Romans
To call God our “Father” is remarkable. When we consider the Romans’ understanding of fatherhood, the Christian practice is even more profound.
Transracial Is a Valid Identity
Transracial Is a Valid Identity
Just not the way it’s being applied to Rachel Dolezal.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Infinitely Polar Bear
Mark Ruffalo is superb as a man with bipolar disorder struggling to keep his family together.
Where Did Country Music’s Leading Ladies Go?
Where Did Country Music’s Leading Ladies Go?
Talking back to the trends and ‘strategies’ keeping female vocalists off the airwaves.
How Christians Can Observe Ramadan
How Christians Can Observe Ramadan
A billion Muslims are fasting and seeking God. Let’s pray he comes to them.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Not Every Story is a Conversion Story
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Not Every Story is a Conversion Story
The penultimate episode leaves us wondering why these writers imagine evil much more easily than good.
Inside Out
Inside Out
You can’t please all of the people all of the time—or can you?
What Elisabeth Elliot Taught Me about Longing
What Elisabeth Elliot Taught Me about Longing
For this 21st-century single, her ‘Passion and Purity’ has stood the test of time.
Kay Warren Remembers the ‘Radical Obedience’ of Elisabeth Elliot
Kay Warren Remembers the ‘Radical Obedience’ of Elisabeth Elliot
Elliot was a spiritual mentor for a generation of Jesus Freaks.
Teaching Teenagers to Manage Invisible Money
Teaching Teenagers to Manage Invisible Money
With spending a click away, our financial lessons are even more urgent.
Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits
Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits
The Internet can be a rough place for writers.
A Historian’s Reckoning with the Past
A Historian’s Reckoning with the Past
Grant Wacker reflects on how and why we look back.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Who Exactly is James?
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Who Exactly is James?
There are some surprises in the tenth episode of the NBC miniseries, when the show also says goodbye to Saul.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
What do you do when a movie says something itself better than you could ever hope to say it?
Jurassic World
Jurassic World
After going extinct in 2001, the franchise returns with a familiar warning: Don’t play God. (But it sure makes for a fun ride.)
The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack
A documentary about a troubling family situation that turns into something much bigger than its subjects.
Sex, Drugs, and Getting Old
Sex, Drugs, and Getting Old
The cost of turning to prescriptions promising to keep us young.
No, Prayer Isn’t Really a Conversation
No, Prayer Isn’t Really a Conversation
Even in the New Testament, talking with God is mostly unilateral. But he does answer.
‘Oceans’ Keeps Rising
‘Oceans’ Keeps Rising
Why the Hillsong hit still tops the charts.
Why Are Women Leaving the Church?
Why Are Women Leaving the Church?
The reasons behind the exodus
When It's Hard to Call God "Father"
When It's Hard to Call God "Father"
For Jo Saxton, growing to know God as Father meant a long journey of forgiveness.
People Over Profit: Easier Said Than Done
People Over Profit: Easier Said Than Done
Even good-hearted entrepreneurs run into practical complications.
The Last Gasp of the Cradle Christians?
The Last Gasp of the Cradle Christians?
The American church has a key role in rescuing, restoring, and returning Christians and other religious minorities who have fled ISIS.
Life Without a Best Friend
Life Without a Best Friend
Trusting God’s providence over my relationships.
Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy
Brian Wilson biopic explores the soundscape of artistic genius and tragedy.
Getting a Handle on Boko Haram
Getting a Handle on Boko Haram
What we know, and what we don’t, about Nigeria’s brutal band of Islamists.
Spy
Spy
The latest Melissa McCarthy vehicle is a fun twist on the spy genre, despite some dips into bad taste.
Leaning In to Our Grief
Leaning In to Our Grief
What Sheryl Sandberg teaches us about tragedy.
Entourage
Entourage
The ride may not be over, but this is where I disembark.
How Evangelicalism Built Its Brand Loyalty
How Evangelicalism Built Its Brand Loyalty
It all goes back to the smiling gentleman on the Quaker Oats label.
‘As Long as the Baby’s Healthy’… But What if He’s Not?
‘As Long as the Baby’s Healthy’… But What if He’s Not?
One mom’s reflections on pregnancy and all that really matters.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Saul, Peter, and the Skeptics
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Saul, Peter, and the Skeptics
As the NBC miniseries continues, it makes use of some texts outside Acts—but only some.
The Problem with 'Mad Max' Feminism
The Problem with 'Mad Max' Feminism
Is men’s propensity for violence really something to be imitated?
Mindfulness Doesn’t Have to Be All About Us
Mindfulness Doesn’t Have to Be All About Us
Becca Stevens slows down for the sake of service.
Still Restless, Though I Rest in Thee
Still Restless, Though I Rest in Thee
'Mad Men' reminds of a universal truth and an abiding hope.

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The Black Church Is Atlanta’s Original Community Organizer
The Black Church Is Atlanta’s Original Community Organizer
Long before Raphael Warnock’s Senate run, the biblical call for freedom for the oppressed stirred Atlanta Christians to social action.