October (Web-only) 2020

From Fan to Critic
From Fan to Critic
An expected, but not devastating, part of ministry.
I Lost My Dad to COVID-19. The Theology of All Saints’ Day Sustains Me.
I Lost My Dad to COVID-19. The Theology of All Saints’ Day Sustains Me.
As members of the body of Christ, we belong to each other in our grief.
The Civil War in Our Hearts
The Civil War in Our Hearts
Political division finds fuel in sin that separates us from each other. Only peacemakers win the title “children of God.”
Were You There?
Were You There?
Can a follower of Christ claim salvation through his crucifixion, but then consent to the suffering racial injustice imposes on others?
God’s Call on the Politically Ambivalent Christian
God’s Call on the Politically Ambivalent Christian
Don’t let partisan extremes and animosities prevent you from entering the arena for the sake of the common good.
Recognizing the ‘Sins of Our Fathers’ Means Admitting We’re Their Children
Recognizing the ‘Sins of Our Fathers’ Means Admitting We’re Their Children
The Bible tells us we only escape original sin through our perfect savior.
Partner ContentJohn Kingston on Awakening America
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John Kingston on Awakening America
Seeking renewal in culture, politics, and faith in modern America
Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers
Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers
Together, we discover Deuteronomy's Good News.
The Bible Passes the Bechdel Test. It Also Goes Beyond It.
The Bible Passes the Bechdel Test. It Also Goes Beyond It.
After a data-driven study of women’s conversations in Scripture, here’s what I found.
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Confronting the Darkness in a Year Full of Death
Confronting the Darkness in a Year Full of Death
Making sense of a year where millions have lost loved ones to a virus.
From Persecuted to Polarized: What US Evangelicals Can Learn from Colombia
From Persecuted to Polarized: What US Evangelicals Can Learn from Colombia
In the Western Hemisphere’s longest armed conflict, suffering has often inspired evangelical solidarity. Now the body of Christ is succumbing to self-harm.
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The Alpha-Male Style in American Evangelicalism
The Alpha-Male Style in American Evangelicalism
A historian asks whether a warped view of masculine authority has corrupted our faith and political witness.
Authors and Parents Are Rethinking Ways to Foster Kids’ Love for Scripture
Authors and Parents Are Rethinking Ways to Foster Kids’ Love for Scripture
What comes after storybook Bibles?
Fighting the Pandemic with Our Hearts and Our Smarts
Fighting the Pandemic with Our Hearts and Our Smarts
A development economist and a disaster-relief expert show how to approach COVID-19 as “Shrewd Samaritans.”
Did Bobby Get Suspended Because He Was Black?
Did Bobby Get Suspended Because He Was Black?
Concerns for racial justice must address disparities in education and school discipline.
As a Mixed-Race Christian, I Used to Think Diversity Was Enough
As a Mixed-Race Christian, I Used to Think Diversity Was Enough
How I came to see the value and beauty of gatherings exclusively for people of color.
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The Early Church Saw Itself as a Political Body. We Can Too.
The Early Church Saw Itself as a Political Body. We Can Too.
A Christian vision of the public square starts with being a different kind of people.
In the Bible, ‘Individualism’ and ‘Collectivism’ Aren’t Tidy Categories
In the Bible, ‘Individualism’ and ‘Collectivism’ Aren’t Neat and Tidy Categories
Characters in Scripture don’t “follow their dreams.” But some do stand out from the crowd.
Teaching Politics at Belmont Has Me Worried About the State of Debate
Teaching Politics at Belmont Has Me Worried About the State of Debate
Long before coming to campus, President Trump has shaped our class discussions, for better and worse.
Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried About War
Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried About War
The current conflict with Azerbaijan is rekindling fears, a century after genocide.
Beth Moore on Standing Up to Your Own Tribe
Cultivated | 36 min
Beth Moore on Standing Up to Your Own Tribe
From teaching Sunday school to a national platform, Beth Moore has always followed her passion . . . and her conscience.
The Art of Pastoring While Discouraged
The Art of Pastoring While Discouraged
Pastoring can take a toll on the souls of leaders. How can we deal with discouragement without losing our sense of calling and purpose?
Say a Prayer for the President
Say a Prayer for the President
Politics don’t matter when it comes to lifting up our leaders.
Amy Coney Barrett’s Message: The Maternal Hero Is a Myth
Amy Coney Barrett’s Message: The Maternal Hero Is a Myth
The trope of mother as superparent is a resounding rejection of grace.
Might From the Margins
Might From the Margins
People of color don't need white permission to use their power in Christ.
We Need to Reset the Rules of Cultural Engagement
We Need to Reset the Rules of Cultural Engagement
The old, tried-and-true strategies don’t reflect the new world we live in. It’s time for an update.
The Antidote to Spiritual Shallowness Isn’t ‘Believing Harder’
The Antidote to Spiritual Shallowness Isn’t ‘Believing Harder’ but Going Deeper
Rich Villodas’s book takes us further into our faith traditions, our relationships, and our very selves.
The Courts Alone Can’t Protect Christian Colleges
The Courts Alone Can’t Protect Christian Colleges
Fuller Seminary’s recent win is worth celebrating. But the legal rights of faith-based schools are still at risk.
The Art of Pastoring with Anxiety
The Art of Pastoring with Anxiety
The loneliness and pressures of pastoring can lead to tremendous anxiety. Jared Wilson and Ronnie Martin discuss how they’ve navigated theirs.
Amy Coney Barrett and the Christian Legal Community
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Amy Coney Barrett and the Christian Legal Community
How the Supreme Court nominee reflects the movement’s shifting values and priorities.
The Supreme Court Isn’t All Powerful
The Supreme Court Isn’t All Powerful
When it comes to religious liberty, culture matters more than judicial rulings.
That the World May Know: How I Pray for Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Other Wars
That the World May Know: How I Pray for Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Other Wars
As my Armenian family grieves for Artsakh, John 17 offers a guide for all Christians to intercede for all conflicts.
Partner ContentBeth Moore Sounds the Alarm
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Beth Moore Sounds the Alarm
Justo González: Seminaries Need More Latinos
Justo González: Seminaries Need More Latinos
The theological education crisis is not financial. It's demographic.
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The Shocking Necessity of Racist Violence
The Shocking Necessity of Racist Violence
It takes cruelty and brute force for human subjugation to work.
The DC Mayor Doesn’t Get to Define Church
The DC Mayor Doesn’t Get to Define Church
Why Capitol Hill Baptist is standing by the physical gathering as a biblical requirement.
Chinese Christians Deserve a Better Label Than ‘Persecuted’
Chinese Christians Deserve a Better Label Than ‘Persecuted’
Xi's government isn't friendly to religion. But its actions shouldn't color how we think of believers there.
Politics and Public Witness with David French
Cultivated | 48 min
Politics and Public Witness with David French
From the written page, to the courtroom, to the streets of Iraq, David French has followed his passion for liberty.
Political Riptides Rip Us Apart
Political Riptides Rip Us Apart
A religious undercurrent mandates we stay calm and not panic as cultural oceans roil.
Old Books Are Strange and Threatening. That’s Why We Read Them.
Old Books Are Strange and Threatening. That’s Why We Should Read Them.
Alan Jacobs shows how to resist the pull of the present by engaging ideas from the past.
When Those in Power Get Sick
When Those in Power Get Sick
Do Old Testament stories about kings’ illnesses help us understand COVID-19 in the White House?
Coronavirus Church Closures Are Not Persecution
Coronavirus Church Closures Are Not Persecution
Restrictions on worship are unsettling and, in some cases, illegal. But American Christians must protect the intensity and veracity of the term.
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The Pandemic Sent Thousands of Orphans Back to Their Families. Let’s Keep Them There.
The Pandemic Sent Thousands of Orphans Back to Their Families. Let’s Keep Them There.
The coronavirus outbreak will be either the worst or the best thing to happen to the world’s institutionalized children. It’s our choice.
Partner ContentJustin Giboney Saw a Problem. Then He Built Something
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Justin Giboney Saw a Problem. Then He Built Something
Evangelical Witness Is Compromised. We Need Repentance and Renewal.
Evangelical Witness Is Compromised. We Need Repentance and Renewal.
The National Association of Evangelicals calls Christians to affirm their moral leadership.
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I Can Pray Heartily for the President and Still Hold Him Accountable
I Can Pray Heartily for the President and Still Hold Him Accountable
How Trump’s illness has (and hasn’t) changed the way I intercede for leaders.
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When a Christian Admits to Opioid Addiction
When a Christian Admits to Opioid Addiction
I was willing to serve a brother or sister in need. It was much harder to be a friend.
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Be Still and Know
Be Still and Know
To participate in God’s love and healing amid racism, you must slow down and prayerfully ask yourself questions.

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Prayers and Praises from the World’s Hardest Places to Be a Christian
Prayers and Praises from the World’s Hardest Places to Be a Christian
The struggles and joys experienced by believers in 11 nations on Open Doors’ Christian persecution watchlist.