January (Web-only) 2016

Refugees Are People—Not Numbers
Refugees Are People—Not Numbers
Bianca Juarez Olthoff on how we can respond to the global crisis
Christians and Muslims: How We Distort Each Other
Two Ways Christians Distort Islam (and Two Ways Muslims Distort Christianity)
An excerpt from "Christian. Muslim. Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship."
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To the Confused, Apathetic, and Undecided Christian Voters
To the Confused, Apathetic, and Undecided Christian Voters
Our political engagement matters to our country, our neighbors, and God.
Dispatch from Sundance – 'Love & Friendship'
Dispatch from Sundance – 'Love & Friendship'
Whit Stillman adapts Jane Austen, and the results are sublime.
Racial Reconciliation Knows No Borders
Racial Reconciliation Knows No Borders
How I came to see the church’s prophetic work on race as a global issue.
What We're Really Debating This Campaign Season
What We're Really Debating This Campaign Season
It's time to acknowledge America's ideals and failures.
Sundance Diary – Day 6: ‘Morris From America,’ ‘The Blackout Experiments,’ and ‘Tickled’
Sundance Diary – Day 6: ‘Morris From America,’ ‘The Blackout Experiments,’ and ‘Tickled’
The last day of viewing included a coming-of-age story set in an unusual place, and two films about desire gone mad.
Sundance Diary – Day 5: 'Captain Fantastic,' 'Complete Unknown,' 'Kate Plays Christine,' and 'First Girl I Loved'
Sundance Diary – Day 5: 'Captain Fantastic,' 'Complete Unknown,' 'Kate Plays Christine,' and 'First Girl I Loved'
Parenting, living other lives, and painful first love marked another day of viewing.
Why Donald Trump Threatens to Trump the Gospel
Why Donald Trump Threatens to Trump the Gospel
There is something more important than our views of the controversial candidate.
Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex
Why Christian Women Need to Talk about Sex
A counselor explores why we don’t and why we should.
Sundance Diary – Day 4: 'Sing Street,' 'Christine,' 'The Birth of a Nation,' and 'Holy Hell'
Sundance Diary – Day 4: 'Sing Street,' 'Christine,' 'The Birth of a Nation,' and 'Holy Hell'
Uplifting, unsettling, devastating - all in a day's work at Sundance.
Dispatch from Sundance – ‘The Birth of a Nation’
Dispatch from Sundance – ‘The Birth of a Nation’
One of the Festival's most-anticipated films is Scripture-soaked and raises some unsettling questions.
Playing Through the Shadow of Death
Playing Through the Shadow of Death
A recent video game invites us into a family tragedy—and offers a glimmer of hope.
Messages from the Edge: Suicide Notes on Social Media
Messages from the Edge: Suicide Notes on Social Media
How Facebook turns the left-behind into horrified witnesses.
Sundance Diary – Day 3: ‘Love & Friendship,’ ‘Certain Women,’ and ‘Mammal’
Sundance Diary – Day 3: ‘Love & Friendship,’ ‘Certain Women,’ and ‘Mammal’
The third day included films led by women as they deal with grief, desire, and the absurdity of life.
Sundance Diary – Day 2: 'Operation Avalanche,' 'River of Grass,' and 'Jim'
Sundance Diary – Day 2: 'Operation Avalanche,' 'River of Grass,' and 'Jim'
What makes a hero? What makes for notoriety? Today's films weigh in.
Dispatch from Sundance: 'Agnus Dei'
Dispatch from Sundance: 'Agnus Dei'
A must-see film that quietly suggests a surprising answer to the problem of evil.
Sundance Diary – Day 1: ‘Agnus Dei,’ ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun,’ and ‘Maggie’s Plan’
Sundance Diary – Day 1: ‘Agnus Dei,’ ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun,’ and ‘Maggie’s Plan’
On screeners, interracial romance in the 1940s, and ficto-critical anthropologists run amok.
How 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Spotlight' Help Me Serve a Broken Church
How 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Spotlight' Help Me Serve a Broken Church
Do I really want to count myself among Christians if they let injustice continue?
How Pro-Life Activism Became Personal Again
How Pro-Life Activism Became Personal Again
After years of being ‘too busy’ to help, I found myself getting involved once more.
These 6 Books Give Me Hope for a Pro-Life Future
These 6 Books Give Me Hope for a Pro-Life Future
Leading pro-life advocate Charmaine Yoest chooses readings that affirm the value of life.
A Sane Approach to the Refugee Crisis
A Sane Approach to the Refugee Crisis
Islamophobia is not the answer--and neither is mass immigration.
7 Signs You’ve Become Too Busy for Your Own Good
7 Signs You’ve Become Too Busy for Your Own Good
An excerpt from the new book Breaking Busy.
When God Puts Your Dreams on Hold
When God Puts Your Dreams on Hold
Living with an unfulfilled calling
How to Talk to Your Kids About Suicide
How to Talk to Your Kids About Suicide
A plan for discussing the third leading cause of adolescent death
Loving the Stranger in My Bed
Loving the Stranger in My Bed
I'm not the same woman my husband married 12 years ago.
If We Can’t ‘Fear Not,’ Let’s Fear Better
If We Can’t ‘Fear Not,’ Let’s Fear Better
How to show love in a time of terror.
What Can the #BlackLivesMatter and Pro-Life Movements Learn from Each Other?
What Can the #BlackLivesMatter and Pro-Life Movements Learn from Each Other?
Michelle Higgins, Al Mohler, John Perkins, and other evangelical leaders weigh in.
The Angry Martin Luther King
The Angry Martin Luther King
Why we must resist the 'Santaclausification' of the great leader.
My Real Life Hosea Story
My Real Life Hosea Story
Even when my wife was unfaithful, I continued to experience the faithful love of God.
Stop Asking ‘What Would MLK Do?’
Stop Asking ‘What Would MLK Do?’
Our speculation ignores the tragic reality of his death.
How 'Hamilton' Made American History Cool Again
How 'Hamilton' Made American History Cool Again
The smash Broadway hit is helping millennials reconcile themselves to their own history.
David Bowie: The Pulse Returns to the Prodigal
David Bowie: The Pulse Returns to the Prodigal
What do we learn from the complicated legacy of a beloved icon?
I Don’t Want to Win the Lottery
I Don’t Want to Win the Lottery
Whether the prize is a few bucks or a billion, Scripture warns against becoming ‘greedy for gain.’
Why My Grief Belongs on the Internet
Why My Grief Belongs on the Internet
Public lament is more than just another hot take or social media rant.
Twenty Movies That Stuck With Me in 2015
Twenty Movies That Stuck With Me in 2015
Among the year's movies, twenty of them resonated deeply with our chief film critic.
Get Yourself a Girl Squad
Get Yourself a Girl Squad
The powerful witness of befriending the competition.
Wheaton, Hawkins: Let Us Reason Together, Please
Wheaton, Hawkins: Let Us Reason Together, Please
How might a Christian college handle a controversy that threatens to undo it?
Passion, Revisited: Remembering When I Was Radical for Christ
Passion, Revisited: Remembering When I Was Radical for Christ
How can we stay ‘sold out’ for our faith?
The Violent Side of Jesus' Baptism
The Violent Side of Jesus' Baptism
And how it helped me discover my Father's love.
The Force Is With Her
The Force Is With Her
Star Wars' leading lady sends a message to the boys, too.
What to Watch When There’s Nothing New to Watch
What to Watch When There’s Nothing New to Watch
You’ve resolved to expand your film horizons. But where do you start?
When Planned Parenthood Praised Ed Dobson
When Planned Parenthood Praised Ed Dobson
The unlikely friendships the former Religious Right leader built while serving AIDS victims.
How Patriotic Church Services Misunderstand the Military
How Patriotic Church Services Misunderstand the Military
They sing anthems that reverence God and country, but speak little of the lived experiences of veterans.
C. S. Lewis Was No Sexist
C. S. Lewis Was No Sexist
Two recent titles explore the great apologist’s relationships with women.
Changing Minds on Abortion
Changing Minds on Abortion
5 former abortion advocates speak out
What Not to Pray for Your Children
What Not to Pray for Your Children
Trusting God when your kids struggle
How ‘The Ninth Configuration’ Argues For God’s Goodness
How ‘The Ninth Configuration’ Argues For God’s Goodness
The unofficial 1980 sequel to ‘The Exorcist’ offers an answer to its predecessor’s view of evil.
‘Racial Indifference Is Not Hate… but It Is Not Love, Either’
‘Racial Indifference Is Not Hate… but It Is Not Love, Either’
Why it matters that our organizations proclaim Black Lives Matter
All the Justice Money Can Buy
All the Justice Money Can Buy
From the ‘affluenza’ teen to Steven Avery, there’s a reason we care so much about a fair trial.
Streams of Joy: Into the Heart of Gilmore Girls Devotion
Streams of Joy: Into the Heart of Gilmore Girls Devotion
The creator and co-host of the Gilmore Guys podcast reflects on a year of unexpected success.
A Year Without Resolutions
A Year Without Resolutions
The shift from “achieving” to simply “being.”

Top Story October 25, 2020

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
How African American churches are ministering to the mental health of their communities.