December (Web-only) 2016

Our Top 10 Articles of 2016
Our Top 10 Articles of 2016
Readers and editors rank the best posts of the year.
Jesus’ Family Tree Shows Us He Is Worth the Wait
Jesus’ Family Tree Shows Us He Is Worth the Wait
It's okay that most of us want to skip through the genealogy of Jesus—but we should still read it.
In the Valley of Postpartum Depression
In the Valley of Postpartum Depression
Why is it so hard for Christian women to seek help?
Before I Could Forgive, I Had to Lament
Before I Could Forgive, I Had to Lament
I needed to do more than hide my bruises and cover my pain.
Threatened by Terrorists, Nine Monks Made an Amazing Decision
Threatened by Terrorists, Nine Monks Made an Amazing Decision
What type of reaction will their thought-provoking response stir in you?
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Advent
The Year in Liturgical Cinema: Advent
Movie aliens aren't real. That doesn't keep them from raising thought-provoking provoking questions for us today.
What Evangelicals Can Love about Mary
What Evangelicals Can Love about Mary
What Protestants can affirm in the ‘Hail Mary,’ what Luther thought about the Mother of God, and why Christmas shouldn't be the only time Protestants give her some love.
This Christmas, Remember the Refugees
This Christmas, Remember the Refugees
The Nativity scene would be empty without Jews, Arabs, Africans, and displaced people. Here's what that means for your holiday.
Is It Too Late for Russell Moore to Say Sorry?
Is It Too Late for Russell Moore to Say Sorry?
Southern Baptist leader's critiques of Trump and his supporters are having an impact beyond the election.
Léonce Crump Traded His NFL Future for a Pastor's Burden
The Calling | 42 min
Léonce Crump Traded His NFL Future for a Pastor's Burden
For the former pro football player, "getting justice right" starts with loving where you live.
10 Books You Should Read to Your Kids This Christmas
10 Books You Should Read to Your Kids This Christmas
I celebrate the season by reading stories to my kids. Here are our favorites.
What Happens when Churches Read Together
What Happens when Churches Read Together
We need to read the Bible, certainly—but also history, literature, current events, and everything else under the sun.
I'm On the Lookout for the Next Great Christian Novel
I'm On the Lookout for the Next Great Christian Novel
A CT fiction judge's challenge to evangelical writers and publishers.
Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video
Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video
The underage narrators get the story right. Almost.
Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Asks What It Really Costs to Follow Jesus
Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Asks What It Really Costs to Follow Jesus
Martin Scorsese adapts Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel about faith, mission, and suffering.
Will the Force Be Strong with Rogue One?
Will the Force Be Strong with Rogue One?
It will depend on if the film taps in to the secret of any good Star Wars movie.
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
As a Messianic Jew, I see the rich origins of this liturgical season.
How the Coptic Christian Church Endures
How the Coptic Christian Church Endures
After an ISIS suicide bomber kills at least 25 in a church attack, believers feel resigned and vulnerable.
‘La La Land’ Dances Between Love and Calling
‘La La Land’ Dances Between Love and Calling
What Christians might take away from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s latest hit.
How Lee Kricher Made His Aging Church Young Again
The Calling | 47 min
How Lee Kricher Made His Aging Church Young Again
What does it take to transform a dwindling congregation into a spiritual home for future generations?
Reversed Thunder: A Tribute to Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016)
Reversed Thunder: A Tribute to Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016)
Finding faith was about returning to Christianity's roots for America's most influential Methodist theologian.
Partner Content PostHow to Be at Peace and Get What You Want
How to Be at Peace and Get What You Want
Fortune 500 CEO Brad Hewitt’s wisdom for moving past our insatiable cravings.
Practicing Advent in a Time of Turbulence
Practicing Advent in a Time of Turbulence
As our nation deals with division and distrust, how do we approach this liturgical season?
Why ‘The Secret of Kells’ is a Perfect Christmastime Movie
Why ‘The Secret of Kells’ is a Perfect Christmastime Movie
The film is a gorgeous reminder of the beauty of God that waits beyond our walls of fear.
21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts
21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts
Holiday book list: CT Women writers recommend their favorites.
Are Trump’s White Evangelical Supporters Racist?
Are Trump’s White Evangelical Supporters Racist?
Theon Hill joins CT editors to discuss the evolution of the word “racist,” where gentleness belongs in this discussion, and how the issue of race affects evangelicals’ legitimacy in the public square.
Fairness for All: Evangelicals Explore Truce on LGBT and Religious Rights
Fairness for All: Evangelicals Explore Truce on LGBT and Religious Rights
It worked in Utah. But national effort by the CCCU and NAE will be more complicated.
John Onwuchekwa's Atlanta Community Eclipses His Personal Vision
The Calling | 55 min
John Onwuchekwa's Atlanta Community Eclipses His Personal Vision
The church-planter and pastor on how his city's burdens determined his calling.
Jo Saxton Q+A: What's Holding Women Back?
Jo Saxton Q+A: What's Holding Women Back?
Why she’s passionate about empowering female leaders.
Arrival’s Terrifying Vision of a Global ‘Unfriending’
Arrival’s Terrifying Vision of a Global ‘Unfriending’
Although caused by aliens, the breakdown in communication in Arrival feels all too familiar.
Why One Standing Rock Pastor Won't Preach About the Pipeline
Why One Standing Rock Pastor Won't Preach About the Pipeline
Tonya White Mountain lives out the Christian call to be a peacemaker.
A Journey as Old as Humanity Itself
A Journey as Old as Humanity Itself
What’s behind our timeless fascination with religious pilgrimage?
Why Being a Woman in Seminary Is Worth the Work
Why Being a Woman in Seminary Is Worth the Work
It's not always easy to get there, but the blogosphere needs more of us.
The Crown: Balancing Family and Calling Is a Royal Pain
The Crown: Balancing Family and Calling Is a Royal Pain
The Netflix series focuses on the pressure around the monarch's marriage.
How Complementarian Churches Can Support Female Leadership
How Complementarian Churches Can Support Female Leadership
What pastors and elders must do to value women's discipleship.
Prayer Primer for Parents
Prayer Primer for Parents
Learn the richness of this daily discipline with your child

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