December (Web-only) 2019

Will Chinese House Churches Survive the Latest Government Crackdown?
Will Chinese House Churches Survive the Latest Government Crackdown?
Despite years of persecution, the jiating movement persists.
The 20 Most Popular CT News Headlines of the Decade
The 20 Most Popular CT News Headlines of the Decade
Eugene Peterson and R. C. Sproul pass on, LifeWay closes all 170 stores, and Acts 29 removes Mars Hill, asks Mark Driscoll to step down.
Christianity Today’s Top 10 Articles for Pastors in 2019
Christianity Today’s Top 10 Articles for Pastors in 2019
Screens are changing the way we read Scripture, preaching against racism is not a distraction from the gospel, and the disturbing temptations of pastoring in obscurity.
Christianity Today’s Most Popular Articles of the Decade
Christianity Today’s Most Popular Articles of the Decade
Whether Christians should vote for the lesser of two evils, inside the controversial Bethel Church, and understanding the transgender phenomenon.
The Most Life-Changing New Year’s Resolution Won’t Come Easy
The Most Life-Changing New Year’s Resolution Won’t Come Easy
Jesus warned his disciples that following him would cost them.
Christianity Today’s Top News Headlines of 2019
Christianity Today’s Top News Headlines of 2019
World Vision flips the script on child sponsorship, James MacDonald fired from Harvest Bible Chapel, and comedian John Crist cancels tour over sexual harassment allegations.
Christianity Today’s Top 20 Articles of 2019
Christianity Today’s Top 20 Articles of 2019
How a gay atheist teenager found Jesus, how a Southern Baptist Bible teacher is shaking up her denomination, and why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump.
There’s No Shame When a Miracle Doesn’t Come
There’s No Shame When a Miracle Doesn’t Come
God didn’t #WakeUpOlive, but the gospel teaches Christ’s solidarity with suffering.
Paid ContentBehind the Frontlines: Geneva College
Behind the Frontlines: Geneva College
How a Christian college found itself fighting against legislation that forced the college to provide abortifacient drugs as part of its healthcare plan.
C. S. Lewis Was a Grinch
C. S. Lewis Was a Grinch
The writer loved the Incarnation. Not so much the Christmas holiday.
How a Hard-Won Pregnancy Prepared Me for Advent
How a Hard-Won Pregnancy Prepared Me for Advent
Elizabeth, Mary’s mentor, helps me see the Incarnation in a new way.
Christmas Immigrants: A Story by Max Lucado
Christmas Immigrants: A Story by Max Lucado
At the heart of the holiday, new parents fleeing danger.
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The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President
The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President
Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.
What Lee Strobel Wants Christians to Know About Praying for Resurrections
What Lee Strobel Wants Christians to Know About Praying for Resurrections
The prominent apologist investigated miracles in the 21st century. Here’s what he found.
Iceland Needs a Brighter Christmas Story
Iceland Needs a Brighter Christmas Story
The bizarre myths of “Jól” fail to offer the hope and joy of the true Christmas story.
‘Little Women’ and the Feminist Search for Righteousness
‘Little Women’ and the Feminist Search for Righteousness
The real story is not whether the four young women will marry, but whether they will become better people.
Trump Should Be Removed from Office
Trump Should Be Removed from Office
It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.
An Advent Image Is Worth a Thousand Words
An Advent Image Is Worth a Thousand Words
This season, we’re invited to see symbols of the Nativity not as quaint supplements to doctrinal truth but as robust invitations to faith.
Magi’s Gift Under Threat: The Steep Decline of the Frankincense Tree
Magi’s Gift Under Threat: The Steep Decline of the Frankincense Tree
Used in worship for millennia, the tree’s resin is in dangerous demand due to popularity of essential oils.
Every Grieving Parent Can Hope for Resurrection
Every Grieving Parent Can Hope for Resurrection
But the miraculous healings in the Gospel of Mark give us a glimpse at the kingdom, not a guarantee.
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.
Five Books for Frederick Buechner Beginners
Five Books for Frederick Buechner Beginners
Chosen by Jeffrey Munroe, author of “Reading Buechner: Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher” (InterVarsity Press).
Christian Sex Ed in an Age of Ubiquitous Porn
Christian Sex Ed in an Age of Ubiquitous Porn
How anxious parents should speak with their kids about a complicated topic.
Your God Will Come!
Your God Will Come!
Isaiah 35 is a wilderness promise for exiles—and for us.
Fleming Rutledge: Advent Begins Where Human Potential Ends
Fleming Rutledge: Advent Begins Where Human Potential Ends
This season invites us to turn our face toward the future of God, not man.
Knocking on My Jewish Neighbor's Door
Knocking on My Jewish Neighbor's Door
How to move forward in the complicated relationship of African Americans and Jews.
Let the Psalms Be Your Guide This Advent
Let the Psalms Be Your Guide This Advent
In Old Testament poetry, we find echoes of our deepest longings.
Our Favorite New Christian Christmas Albums of the Year
Our Favorite New Christian Christmas Albums of the Year
Mix up your holiday listening with releases from Phil Wickham, Audrey Assad, and others.
Observing Advent Makes Me Feel Less Alone
Observing Advent Makes Me Feel Less Alone
Following the rituals of the church calendar remind me that my life is part of the larger story of God’s creation, redemption, and restoration.
Is the Wisdom of Mary Unique for a Teenager?
Is the Wisdom of Mary Unique for a Teenager?
Psychology suggests why we shouldn't look down on the faith of the young.
The Business of Evangelical Book Publishing Is Business
The Business of Evangelical Book Publishing Is Business
Or is it faith? Or some complex combination of both?
Don’t Remember Reinhard Bonnke for His Crowd Sizes
Don’t Remember Reinhard Bonnke for His Crowd Sizes
Focusing on the numbers obscures the German evangelist's real legacy in Africa.
The How and the Why of Writing as a Christian
The How and the Why of Writing as a Christian
An experienced editor shows how well-crafted words can help us serve God and neighbor.
Cambodian Christians’ Government Endorsement Represents a ‘Modern-Day Miracle’
Cambodian Christians’ Government Endorsement Represents a ‘Modern-Day Miracle’
With major gatherings and promises of continued religious freedom protections, evangelists are eager to see the gospel keep spreading in the Buddhist nation.
Paid ContentTrinity Lutheran Child Learning Center
Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center
What it's like to fight for a safe playground—and religious liberty.
Nobodies Were the First to Know
Nobodies Were the First to Know
When God announced the birth of Christ to sweaty, uncouth shepherds, he signaled something important about the kind of Messiah he was sending.
Alister McGrath: Both Science and Stories Declare God’s Glory
Alister McGrath: Both Science and Stories Declare God’s Glory
The Oxford scholar reflects on the interface between faith and science and how narratives draw us toward belief.
Wayne Grudem Tells Us Why He Changed His Divorce Position
Wayne Grudem Tells Us Why He Changed His Divorce Position
What the complementarian theologian learned after an in-depth study of this New Testament verse.
Remember the Future
Remember the Future
Advent reminds us we've already seen it.