January (Web-only) 2018

The Place the Freed Slaves Made
The Place the Freed Slaves Made
A think-tank leader and former presidential aide shares his debt of gratitude to the people of Madison Park, Alabama.
Evangelism, Meet Soul Care
Evangelism, Meet Soul Care
Why we need to love ourselves to effectively love our neighbor and share the gospel.
How Young African Americans are Fusing Faith and Activism
How Young African Americans are Fusing Faith and Activism
And how the church can help nurture their desire to integrate spirituality and social justice in fresh ways.
God’s Letter to Us
God’s Letter to Us
How evangelicals read Scripture.
Dhati Lewis Is a Discipleship Nerd
The Calling | 51 min
Dhati Lewis Is a Discipleship Nerd
The Atlanta pastor won't rest until all 281 members of his church are being discipled.
My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.
My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.
Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church.
Behavioral Science Catches Up to the Bible
Behavioral Science Catches Up to the Bible
Research is confirming ancient wisdom about human nature. But can it really make us better people?
Demonic Cheese-Donkeys and Immortal Peacocks: Augustine Does Science
Demonic Cheese-Donkeys and Immortal Peacocks: Augustine Does Science
How a church father loved God with his rational mind.
Political Exegesis: On Mulligans and Turning Cheeks
Political Exegesis: On Mulligans and Turning Cheeks
What Tony Perkins gets almost right and Jerry Falwell Jr. gets wrong.
Proximity to Poverty’s ‘Destructive Culture’
Proximity to Poverty’s ‘Destructive Culture’
Jesus said the poor will always be with you. But did he mean in your neighborhood?
Translating the N. T. Wright and David Bentley Hart Tussle
Translating the N. T. Wright and David Bentley Hart Tussle
The recent New Testament dust-up between big-name scholars reminds us how hard—and important—Bible translation can be.
Why I Almost Left Evangelicalism
Why I Almost Left Evangelicalism
I almost distanced myself from the label years ago, but I’m glad I stayed.
Trump Talk Is Relentless. It’s Not Always Newsworthy.
Trump Talk Is Relentless. It’s Not Always Newsworthy.
How to stay informed about what’s important without wearing yourself down.
Looking for Ancient African Religion? Try Christianity.
Looking for Ancient African Religion? Try Christianity.
The African religious imagination already anticipates Christ.
Jenny Yang Is Bringing Humanity to the Political Discussion
The Calling | 27 min
Jenny Yang Is Bringing Humanity to the Political Discussion
World Relief's vice president of advocacy and policy wants political issues to hit closer to home.
How ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gave Gospel a New Beat
How ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gave Gospel a New Beat
A tribute to the legendary composer, singer, and pianist Edwin Hawkins.
Does the Church’s First Spiritual Abuse Verdict Give Critics a New Weapon?
Does the Church’s First Spiritual Abuse Verdict Give Critics a New Weapon?
We emulate Jesus when we expose abuse. But dividing it into special categories may do more harm than good.
Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks
Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks
Christians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration.
The Religious Conflict at the Heart of Our Culture Wars
The Religious Conflict at the Heart of Our Culture Wars
How theological differences over sex have fueled some of the bitterest political fights of the past century and more.
My Undocumented Boyfriend’s Parents Taught Me True Hospitality
My Undocumented Boyfriend’s Parents Taught Me True Hospitality
I was welcomed by my future in-laws who were unwelcome in my own country.
It Doesn’t Get Any More Personal
It Doesn’t Get Any More Personal
Why evangelicals give pride of place to penal substitutionary understandings of the Cross.
How Gang Brutality and US Immigration Policies Threaten El Salvador’s Christians
How Gang Brutality and US Immigration Policies Threaten El Salvador’s Christians
Will the end of temporary protected status cut off funding for churches in one of the world’s most violent countries?
Who Are You Without Your Props?
Who Are You Without Your Props?
Why your identity isn’t rooted in possessions and appearances.
2017 Science Writing Contest Winners
2017 Science Writing Contest Winners
Announcing our best essays: thoughtful writing on the Enlightenment, the Galapagos and more
What Tim Keller and Michael Gerson Want You to Know About How America Spends Its Money
What Tim Keller and Michael Gerson Want You to Know About How America Spends Its Money
“It’s possible for a church with deep resources for doing good to get co-opted by nationalism. I don’t want that to happen now.”
Learning to Say Hello Again
Learning to Say Hello Again
A New Year's resolution that could make a big difference.
How Podcasting Hurts Preaching
How Podcasting Hurts Preaching
Sermons belong in church, not our earbuds.
What Iranian Christians Want
What Iranian Christians Want
What’s the state of the church in one of the hardest places in the world to be a Christian?
The Unlikely Crackup of Evangelicalism
The Unlikely Crackup of Evangelicalism
The problems are real—but exaggerated.
Francis Chan: Stop Treating the Book of Acts Like Hyperbole
Francis Chan: Stop Treating the Book of Acts Like Hyperbole
The former megachurch pastor asks today’s churches to measure their practices against the New Testament standard.