June (Web-only) 2021

The Holy Spirit Sets Us Free For Responsibility, Not From It
The Holy Spirit Sets Us Free For Responsibility, Not From It
Pentecostal spirituality calls Christians to the public sphere—to pour our lives out for others.
Meet the Conservative Evangelicals Practicing ‘Strategic Hibernation’ in the American Northwest
Meet the Conservative Evangelicals Practicing ‘Strategic Hibernation’ in the American Northwest
They might embrace their marginal status, but they don’t plan on staying marginal forever.
The American Church Is a Mess. But I’m Still Hopeful.
The American Church Is a Mess. But I’m Still Hopeful.
Attrition rates and leadership failures are only one part of the story.
SBC Polity Gives People in the Pews the Power to Stop Corrupt Leaders
SBC Polity Gives People in the Pews the Power to Stop Corrupt Leaders
This week at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, attendees will ask for change from the top. But regular members also bear responsibility.
It’s the Summer of Weddings. Here Are Other Milestones We Can Celebrate.
It’s the Summer of Weddings. Here Are Other Milestones We Can Celebrate.
The church has a unique opportunity to recognize markers of spiritual growth in our communities.
Will Christians Teaching Abroad Be Able to Go Back to School?
Will Christians Teaching Abroad Be Able to Go Back to School?
For international schools, the pandemic offered new opportunities for public witness around the world. It also resulted in staff shortages and unpredictable enrollment.
For Popular Twitter Seminarian, Sassiness Is a Spiritual Gift
For Popular Twitter Seminarian, Sassiness Is a Spiritual Gift
Leah Boyd represents a new generation of women in ministry, bringing a sense of humor and hope to theological debates.
Why I Stopped Calling Parts of the Bible ‘Boring’
Why I Stopped Calling Parts of the Bible ‘Boring’
Scripture is a door and a feast if you ask the right questions.
Jemar Tisby: Three Words Should Guide Our Pursuit of Racial Justice
Jemar Tisby: Three Words Should Guide Our Pursuit of Racial Justice
In his latest book, the “Color of Compromise” author turns from the lessons of history to the proper Christian response.
Imagine More: Recovering a Faithful Vision for Art, Creativity, and Justice
Imagine More: Recovering a Faithful Vision for Art, Creativity, and Justice
Free webinar on the redemptive power of the Christian imagination.
Youth Pastors and Parents Cross Wires on the Core Purpose of Church
Youth Pastors and Parents Cross Wires on the Core Purpose of Church
Sociologist Christian Smith says most American moms and dads see the Body as nothing more than a resource center for their kids.
If Your Kid Leaves the Church, Don’t Despair. But Act Quickly.
If Your Kid Leaves the Church, Don’t Despair. But Act Quickly.
There’s a window of opportunity to bring young adults back after they leave organized religion, says sociologist Melinda Lundquist Denton.
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Paul Teamed with Women to Start Churches. So Will We.
Paul Teamed with Women to Start Churches. So Will We.
Why women of color are essential to today’s church-planting movements.
All Church Buildings Have a Story to Tell—Not Just the Tourist Magnets
All Church Buildings Have a Story to Tell—Not Just the Tourist Magnets
An attempt to examine the church’s history through its architecture suffers from narrow understandings of “church” and “history” alike.
God Was Faithful to These Chinese Families in the American South
God Was Faithful to These Chinese Families in the American South
A new documentary goes deep on a surprising history. Which happens to be mine too.
After the Pandemic, Are Worship Leaders Gearing Up for Battle or Healing?
After the Pandemic, Are Worship Leaders Gearing Up for Battle or Healing?
At this year’s summer conferences, worship pastors and musicians prepare for a range of emotions as churches sing together again.
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Southern Baptists Approve Major Investigation Into Abuse Response
Southern Baptists Approve Major Investigation Into Abuse Response
Pastors speaking on behalf of victims pushed for a task force to direct inquiry into the Executive Committee.

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