December (Web-only) 2018

A Voice in the Crowd
A Voice in the Crowd
What’s good and what’s bad about unpopular opinions.
CT’s Top 15 Articles for Pastors in 2018
CT’s Top 15 Articles for Pastors in 2018
Eugene Cho explains why he stepped down from Quest Church, ministers reflect on Eugene Peterson’s influence, and Noe Garcia reveals the challenges of hosting John McCain’s memorial service.
It’s Not Just a Blue Christmas. We’re Lonely.
It’s Not Just a Blue Christmas. We’re Lonely.
Research shows our society's widespread isolation. What's the church's role in alleviating it?
How the Brain Keeps Faith in a Good God Amid a Weary World
How the Brain Keeps Faith in a Good God Amid a Weary World
Both C. S. Lewis and Job held onto their faith when their worlds imploded. Now psychologists suggest clues to understanding how the mind endures in suffering.
Melancholy Angels
Melancholy Angels
God’s messengers can be both bombastic and surprisingly subdued.
Not Just Asia Bibi: Pakistan’s Very Vulnerable Christians
Not Just Asia Bibi: Pakistan’s Very Vulnerable Christians
Poverty, cultural stigmas, and blasphemy laws make life taxing for religious minorities.
Mankind Was Scrooge’s Business (and George Bailey’s, Too)
Mankind Was Scrooge’s Business (and George Bailey’s, Too)
Two of our favorite Christmas stories teach us that no one can be redeemed in isolation.
The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
Yes, Mary Knew
Yes, Mary Knew
How the question behind the recently controversial Christmas song stirs us to worship.
Mary, Mary, Not Quite So Contrary
Mary, Mary, Not Quite So Contrary
Finding common ground so that the Virgin Mary becomes less of a battleground.
Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it.
The Best Books Are Companions, Teachers, and Hope-Givers
The Best Books Are Companions, Teachers, and Hope-Givers
A conversation on reading with an avid reader, “Book Girl” Sarah Clarkson.
4 Reasons to Believe in the Christmas Miracle
4 Reasons to Believe in the Christmas Miracle
Why the supernatural events of this season are both credible and incredible.
Christmas Is Really Act 2
Christmas Is Really Act 2
Can’t get enough of Christmas? You’ll love the prequels and sequels.
We Were Women Comforted by Shared Pain
We Were Women Comforted by Shared Pain
I never imagined my fibromyalgia would help me serve refugees. But chronic pain is something we both understand.
Will John Chau Help or Harm Missions in India?
Will John Chau Help or Harm Missions in India?
Two Indian missions experts weigh in on how the young American’s failed attempt will impact local efforts to reach Andaman tribes.
The History of the Fundamentalists Facing a Massive Abuse Scandal
The History of the Fundamentalists Facing a Massive Abuse Scandal
Meet the conservative Baptists who don’t like Billy Graham.
Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell
Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
There’s Nothing Sketchy About Cross-Gender Friendships in the Church
There’s Nothing Sketchy About Cross-Gender Friendships in the Church
Why we shouldn’t let the Billy Graham Rule—or the “Billy Crystal Rule”—define how men and women relate.
The Most Wonderfully Painful Time of the Year
The Most Wonderfully Painful Time of the Year
Christmas reminds us that faith in the future does not erase our pain in the present.
When Gospel Music Sparked a ‘Worship War’
When Gospel Music Sparked a ‘Worship War’
How the Great Migration changed music in the black church forever.
How to Do Kids’ Discipleship in the Woods
How to Do Kids’ Discipleship in the Woods
Creation care does more than conservation. It cultivates faith formation, says A Rocha.
The Strange Journey of Christian Rock and Roll
The Strange Journey of Christian Rock and Roll
Randall Stephens’s history pays attention to political and cultural flash points—without losing focus on the music itself.
The Hard Truth About Pastors’ Pay
The Hard Truth About Pastors’ Pay
Why figuring out fair compensation for ministry leaders is difficult.
A Bible in One Hand, a Passport in the Other
A Bible in One Hand, a Passport in the Other
What Christians gain from traveling the world.
What Advent Waiting Means for Singles
What Advent Waiting Means for Singles
In the midst of relational uncertainty, this season invites me to savor God’s goodness.

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Turks and Armenians Reconcile in Christ. Are Azeris Next?
Turks and Armenians Reconcile in Christ. Can Azeris Join Them?
Confessing the genocide, Turkish evangelicals seek forgiveness on behalf of their nation. With ongoing war in Nagorno-Karabakh, is there a path forward also with Azerbaijan’s believers?