January (Web-only) 2021

How American Evangelicals Lost Credibility with the Global Church
How American Evangelicals Lost Credibility with the Global Church
What the last four years has meant for the relationship between US Christians and their brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
When Care Becomes Codependence
Podcast | 31 min
When Care Becomes Codependence
Ronnie Martin and Jared Wilson discuss the difference between sacrificing for your church and becoming its functional savior.
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.
Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?
Quick to Listen | 1 hr 4 min
Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?
What social media companies’ actions toward Trump mean about the state of the First Amendment.
Winston Churchill Fought for ‘Christian Civilization,’ but He Rarely Went to Church
Winston Churchill Fought for ‘Christian Civilization,’ but He Rarely Went to Church
A new biography sorts through the British prime minister’s enigmatic faith.
Russell Moore: From Hesitancy to Wholeheartedness
Adopting Hope | 47 min
Russell Moore: From Hesitancy to Wholeheartedness
How surrendering our identities to God helps our children do the same.
What the Black Robe Regiment Misses About Revolutionary Pastors
What the Black Robe Regiment Misses About Revolutionary Pastors
Christians calling for clergy to rise up against the government should take a closer look at the complex approaches by America’s early preachers.
Failed Trump Prophecies Offer a Lesson in Humility
Failed Trump Prophecies Offer a Lesson in Humility
Instead of persecuting prophets who have apologized, we might do better to join them.
10 Best Practices for Improving Religious Freedom in Complicated Places
10 Best Practices for Improving Religious Freedom in Complicated Countries
Lessons we learned from helping Vietnam become the first country to be peaceably removed from the United States’ blacklist of the worst persecutors of Christians and other believers.
Stay True (And Maybe Stop Yelling)
Stay True (And Maybe Stop Yelling)
Ronnie Martin and Jared Wilson encourage pastors to remain faithful to Scripture while still revealing their personalities through their preaching.
Makoto Fujimura: What Is Broken Becomes Beautiful
Cultivated | 38 min
Makoto Fujimura: What Is Broken Becomes Beautiful
Suffering led him to an ancient Japanese art form and a profound vision of healing.
‘Paul and the Gift’ Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving
‘Paul and the Gift’ Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving
Theologian John Barclay distills and updates his game-changing study of God’s “incongruous” grace in Christ.
It’s Not Enough to Preach Racial Justice. We Need to Champion Policy Change.
It’s Not Enough to Preach Racial Justice. We Need to Champion Policy Change.
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us to push past tweetable quotes and ‘big talk’ to practice true Christlike love.
Only Biblical Peacemaking Resolves Racial and Political Injustice
Only Biblical Peacemaking Resolves Racial and Political Injustice
No other group is better situated to bring healing to this land than the church.
‘Soul’ and the Purpose-Driven Generation
‘Soul’ and the Purpose-Driven Generation
Disney Pixar’s latest film reminds us that life is meaningful beyond achieving our goals or saving the world.
Herman Bavinck’s Balancing Act, and Ours
Herman Bavinck’s Balancing Act, and Ours
As a new biography shows, the Dutch Reformed theologian was adept at navigating perennial tensions of Christ and culture.
God Called Me to Encourage Fellow Black Students in White Coats
God Called Me to Encourage Fellow Black Students in White Coats
CCCU Young Alumni Award winner discusses how diversity in medicine improves care for the most vulnerable.
Fran Atchison: Adoption in an Unjust World
Adopting Hope | 49 min
Fran Atchison: Adoption in an Unjust World
Working in social services revealed the urgency of adoption and foster care.
3 Bioethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
3 Bioethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines
After considering new mRNA technology, Christian experts are in favor.
Christian Nationalism Is Worse Than You Think
Christian Nationalism Is Worse Than You Think
Millions of Americans believe in this political ideology. What church leaders need to know—and how they can help those under its influence.
2020 Rattled Our Call to Ministry
2020 Rattled Our Call to Ministry
Ronnie Martin and Jared Wilson discuss the questions that come after a year that left pastors exhausted.
Humoring the President Was Not Harmless
Humoring the President Was Not Harmless
As a little leaven works through a loaf, indulging deceit led to disaster at the Capitol last Wednesday.
Timothy Dalrymple: My Vision for Christianity Today
Cultivated | 46 min
Timothy Dalrymple: My Vision for Christianity Today
The chief content officer of CT talks about advancing the global church through the work of storytellers and sages.
We Worship with the Magi, Not MAGA
We Worship with the Magi, Not MAGA
Epiphany reminds us that faith is not a prop for political power.
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We Serve the Purposes of God, Not the Politics of Men
We Serve the Purposes of God, Not the Politics of Men
The lust for power and the lure of lies collapse under the weight of truth.
How Not to Read Cheesy Books with Your Quarantined Kids
How Not to Read Cheesy Books with Your Quarantined Kids
Two judges for the CT Book Awards reflect on what makes books “good”—and why that matters for children during a global crisis.
We Need to Be Better Losers
We Need to Be Better Losers
The legitimacy of US elections requires someone to lose. For Christians, that should be okay.
Sara Jones: God’s Plans for Your Children May Surprise You
Adopting Hope | 41 min
Sara Jones: God’s Plans for Your Children May Surprise You
One family’s unexpected journey from international adoption to caring for a child with special needs.
6 Christian Sites Armenia Fears It Has Lost to Azerbaijan
6 Christian Sites Armenia Fears It Has Lost to Azerbaijan
Photo gallery captures cultural heritage that concerns Armenians most after ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
A Pastor’s Key to 2021: Grounded Hopefulness
A Pastor’s Key to 2021: Grounded Hopefulness
During this new year renewal, we need to grieve what we've lost or endured and also embrace what God has promised to do.
How Argentina Is Becoming More Evangelical—But Less Religious
How Argentina Is Becoming More Evangelical—But Less Religious
The nation just became the largest country in Latin America to legalize abortion.
Aundi Kolber: Why ‘Trying Softer’ Helps Us Move Through Trauma
Cultivated | 34 min
Aundi Kolber: Why ‘Trying Softer’ Helps Us Move Through Trauma
Compassionate attention to our souls and stories can lead us back home.

Top Story January 26, 2021

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.