April (Web-only) 2020

Why Art and Beauty Matter During a Pandemic
Why Art and Beauty Matter During a Pandemic
These theologians and artists found beauty in suffering.
A Reformed Black Pastor’s Observations on a Pandemic and Racism
A Reformed Black Pastor’s Observations on a Pandemic and Racism
The Spanish influenza was afflicting everyone—regardless of skin color.
Lay Down Your Ventilator for a Friend
Lay Down Your Ventilator for a Friend
What is a Christian to do when there's not enough to go around?
Coronavirus Calls for Revival of Real Pentecostalism
Coronavirus Calls for Revival of Real Pentecostalism
Despite failures, Spirit-filled theology can show us how to respond to the pandemic.
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A 19th-Century Celebrity Pastor Frequently Found Himself an Invalid
A 19th-Century Celebrity Pastor Frequently Found Himself an Invalid
How London’s most popular preacher dealt with routine bouts of physical and mental illness.
Should Christians ‘Believe in Science’ amid a Pandemic?
Should Christians ‘Believe in Science’ amid a Pandemic?
What the field can and can’t answer as it relates to navigating COVID-19.
Remembering Bruce Fields
Remembering Bruce Fields
The theologian, who died last week, was a reflective and humble man.
How Doctors and Scientists Apply Faith on the Front Lines
How Doctors and Scientists Apply Faith on the Front Lines
Six medical professionals share their spiritual practices in the midst of a pandemic.
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The Last Enemy
The Last Enemy
How confident are we that we will find one another on the far side of the veil?
Churches: Put Down That Spiritual Gifts Quiz
Churches: Put Down That Spiritual Gifts Quiz
What the local body misses when it focuses on personality analyses and congregational surveys.
Partner Content PostWhy COVID-19 Is the Time for Spiritual First Aid
Why COVID-19 Is the Time for Spiritual First Aid
Join NT Wright, Danielle Strickland, Efrem Smith, and others at the Spiritual First Aid Summit.
‘We Don’t Know What to Do, But Our Eyes Are on You.’
‘We Don’t Know What to Do, But Our Eyes Are on You.’
Twelve transformational words for leading in unprecedented times.
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This Is Your Soul on Zoom
This Is Your Soul on Zoom
Many technologies we cursed months ago for driving us apart we now bless for holding us together.
No Job, No Friends, No Faith
No Job, No Friends, No Faith
The coming wave of "deaths of despair."
To Those Who’ve Lost Loved Ones
To Those Who’ve Lost Loved Ones
Faith is the gravity of grief, the ground of ultimate reality.
‘All Shall Be Well,’ She Wrote. But There’s More to the Story.
‘All Shall Be Well,’ She Wrote. But There’s More to the Story.
What to know about the visions that this 14th century English saint received while she was ill.
When I Was Forbidden to Attend Church, I Learned to Cultivate a ‘Remote’ Faith
When I Was Forbidden to Attend Church, I Learned to Cultivate a ‘Remote’ Faith
5 lessons for doing church together while we live apart.
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The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes
The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes
We strain against the limits of human reason when we look for a source of suffering.
Churches Should Not Be the First to Reopen
Churches Should Not Be the First to Reopen
The demographics of many US congregations make sanctuaries a risky place for gatherings to resume.
When Should Doctrine Divide, and When Should Unity Prevail?
When Should Doctrine Divide, and When Should Unity Prevail?
How “theological triage” helps us pick our battles on matters of faith.
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Should Al Mohler’s Vote for Trump Surprise Us?
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Should Al Mohler’s Vote for Trump Surprise Us?
What David French makes of the Southern Baptist leader’s change and why he thinks white evangelical support for the president has grown.
Can Staying Home Help Us Regain a Sense of Place?
Can Staying Home Help Us Regain a Sense of Place?
How rediscovering creation around us can deepen our connection with God.
The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
No concern is too little for his loving care.
Why Married Women Need More Male Friends
Why Married Women Need More Male Friends
Christlikeness, not social distancing, is key to male-female contact in the church.
COVID-19 Is Not God’s Judgment
COVID-19 Is Not God’s Judgment
How we can know God isn’t acting now as he acted against Pharaoh.
Prayer and Science Have Sparred Before, But It’s a False Dichotomy
Prayer and Science Have Sparred Before, But It’s a False Dichotomy
How Mike Pence and Queen Victoria both started intellectual debates over these avenues of healing.
Now Is the Time to Think About Nuclear Weapons
Now Is the Time to Think About Nuclear Weapons
Pope Francis condemns deterrence and the New START Treaty is set to expire. Where should Protestants stand?
Surviving COVID-19 in Spain Changed My Faith
Surviving COVID-19 in Spain Changed My Faith
Six lessons for churches from the president of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance.
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Churches: Don’t Get Too Comfortable Online
Churches: Don’t Get Too Comfortable Online
Digital worship is a necessary stopgap under pandemic conditions. But in the long run, in-person fellowship is indispensable.
We May Be ‘Safer at Home.’ But Many At-Risk Kids Aren’t.
We May Be ‘Safer at Home.’ But Many At-Risk Kids Aren’t.
The rising demand for foster families presents an opportunity for the church.
Partner Content PostSpiritual First Aid: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges
Spiritual First Aid: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges
Introducing the first-ever biblically-based and research-based disaster spiritual and emotional care intervention, manual, and summit.
A Time to Refrain from Embracing
A Time to Refrain from Embracing
We cannot be ourselves apart from those we love.
Religious Liberty as Bondage
Religious Liberty as Bondage
Freedom can be another word for everything to lose.
For Church Unity, These Evangelicals ‘Gave Up’ Their Easter
For Church Unity, These Evangelicals ‘Gave Up’ Their Easter
For decades, Christians in Jordan have celebrated what Pope Francis pines for.
Epidemic Tore Through John Calvin’s Geneva Five Times
Epidemic Tore Through John Calvin’s Geneva Five Times
The Reformer's theology informed his compassion for the afflicted.
A Christian Case for Reading Godless Books
A Christian Case for Reading Godless Books
Novels like "Girl, Woman, Other" offer something precious: passports to the worlds of unbelievers.
To Debunk Viral Conspiracies, First Build Trust
To Debunk Viral Conspiracies, First Build Trust
In video, Francis Collins addresses skepticism of the coronavirus’s natural origins, which is higher among Christians.
The First Gift Ever Given
The First Gift Ever Given
What do we learn when we are forced to confront our own mortality?
The Pandemic Lockdown Is a Godsend for the Indian Church
The Pandemic Lockdown Is a Godsend for the Indian Church
COVID-19 took away our usual Easter. But I believe it could also spark the first revival in India in a century.
The Best Thing I Can Do as a Pastor’s Spouse Right Now? Take Care of the Basics
The Best Thing I Can Do as a Pastor’s Spouse Right Now? Take Care of the Basics
When we can’t reach out, we have to reach in.
Laying the Dead to Rest During the Pandemic’s Peak
Laying the Dead to Rest During the Pandemic’s Peak
As morgue capacity is stretched, we face our physical fragility yet reach toward hope of true life.
See, I Zoom You With My Own Hand
See, I Zoom You With My Own Hand
I don’t like it when technology gets between me and the church. Neither did the apostle Paul.
Lift Your Eyes Up
Lift Your Eyes Up
In a time of pandemic and panic, it's more important than ever to govern our powers of attention.
N. T. Wright: We Mourned Our Alleluias on Easter
N. T. Wright: We Mourned Our Alleluias on Easter
The prominent theologian responds to his Time article on lament.
A Major Seminary Just Shut Down Its Biblical Archaeology Program
A Major Seminary Just Shut Down Its Biblical Archaeology Program
What’s next for Christian Near-East excavators after Southwestern’s announcement and the onset of COVID-19?
20 More Prayers to Pray as We Approach the Pandemic’s Peak
20 More Prayers to Pray as We Approach the Pandemic’s Peak
Petitioning God is still the most powerful way to respond in crisis.
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Resurrection Hope Extends Beyond Easter Sunday
Resurrection Hope Extends Beyond Easter Sunday
Even when death looms, the Good News remains.
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What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
The historical evidence is clear: Those who claimed to see him risen must have seen something.
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Easter Fear Is Natural
Easter Fear Is Natural
Jesus’ unnatural resurrection helps us fear not.
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This Easter, The Weary World Rejoices. But First It Grieves.
This Easter, The Weary World Rejoices. But First It Grieves.
As a widow, I have newfound appreciation for why the mourning of Holy Saturday is indispensable to the journey toward joy.
Seeing My Child Face Death Made Me Rethink the Passion
Seeing My Child Face Death Made Me Rethink the Passion
The Cross secured our salvation. But Jesus’ fate still breaks the Father’s heart.
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The Holy Fire Must Go On
The Holy Fire Must Go On
As one of Jerusalem’s most ancient Christian celebrations is threatened by COVID-19, a brother-sister filmmaking team helps viewers experience the “Narnia” of their missionary-kid youth.
Undeterred by an Outbreak
Undeterred by an Outbreak
How missionaries and local medical professionals fought a pandemic in this Western African nation.
On the Cross and the Kingdom
On the Cross and the Kingdom
The cross is an object for contemplation, but also an invitation: Go and do likewise.
If Easter Is Only a Symbol, Then to Hell with It
If Easter Is Only a Symbol, Then to Hell with It
The empty tomb is evidence that God’s love triumphs over death. That truth endures with or without us.
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Partner Content PostA Plea to Pastors Before the Largest Easter Service Ever
A Plea to Pastors Before the Largest Easter Service Ever
As you prepare for record-breaking numbers, bring us your heart and hope.
Christ Suffered for Our Sins, but He Didn’t Go to Hell for Them
Christ Suffered for Our Sins, but He Didn’t Go to Hell for Them
A theologian explores what did (and didn’t) happen on Holy Saturday.
What Matters Is That We Remember
What Matters Is That We Remember
Jesus’ last Passover was our first Communion.
Rwanda Ministry Brings Genocide Survivors Hope
Rwanda Ministry Brings Genocide Survivors Hope
With their own traumas to bear, Christian survivors find holistic ways to minister to Tutsis.
The Resurrection Has Not Been Canceled
The Resurrection Has Not Been Canceled
God is always in the business of bringing life out of death.
What Did the Pope Really Say About Confession During COVID-19?
What Did the Pope Really Say About Confession During COVID-19?
Unpacking Pope Francis's remarks about 'taking your sorrows directly to God.'
Why Urban Churches Aren’t Staying Home
Why Urban Churches Aren’t Staying Home
Many congregants have to work through the coronavirus. But their pastors can't afford a canceled service.
The Price of Faith in a Pandemic
The Price of Faith in a Pandemic
In this Holy Week, in this season of the pandemic, there’s no following Christ without the cross.
Many of the Christians We Remember Faced Pain and Sickness
Many of the Christians We Remember Faced Pain and Sickness
For Charles Spurgeon, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa, and more, disease defined how they knew God.
What Passion Week Means
What Passion Week Means
Because of Christ's darkest week, he can be with us in ours.
Not Even the Gates of a Hellish Pandemic Will Prevail Over God’s Church
Not Even the Gates of a Hellish Pandemic Will Prevail Over God’s Church
Scripture doesn’t promise wealth or health or even life. What, then, does it promise?
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Christian Zionism Isn’t the Caricature of Popular Imagination
Christian Zionism Isn’t the Caricature of Popular Imagination
It isn’t end-times fascination that explains the enduring bond between evangelicals and Israel.
This Holy Week, Linger at the Cross
This Holy Week, Linger at the Cross
Explore CT's special issue for the Easter season.
Joy Comes in the Morning
Joy Comes in the Morning
Joy invades the most sorrowful spaces. It reminds us that beauty and goodness and life can grow even in the most unpromising soil.

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N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble—and Practical
N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble—and Relentlessly Practical
We can’t know for sure why it’s happening or how to stop it. But Scripture calls us to grieve with God’s Spirit and get to work serving others.