Inside the Resilient Faith of the #BringBackOurGirls Hostages

I remember #BringBackOurGirls, but as with school shootings, the next story makes us shake our heads and cry for the victims. Years ago, a woman in Bible study was talking about being persecuted. Turns out, a neighbor didn’t like her blow-up Christmas decorations. Around the same time, these beautiful girls found a way to survive real persecution, malnutrition, and deprivation with faith in Christ Jesus and friendship. I’ve been a Christian for 43 years, and your story reached in to the teenage girl who asked Jesus into her heart and found home.

Excellent work on the July/August issue! Had everything I appreciate about CT. Glad to see articles on the international church (Nigeria, Germany), racial justice (Promise Keepers, Jemar Tisby), and church history (Reviews). Even the branded content was very interesting.

‘Pray Away the Gay’ Has Gone Away. Why Are Governments Trying to Stop It?

Normally I enjoy reading @CTmagazine; however, they have come out with a problematic article claiming pray-the-gay-away has essentially disappeared. This claim is anything but true. First off, there are still a slew of ex-gay ministries in operation both within the United States and abroad. Restored Hope Network is a great example of an active one. The push for ex-gay ministries that came out of such groups as Focus on the Family and the 700 Club still impacts our churches today. Often pastors and other leaders within churches do not know how to minister to a queer individual. They may have ideology still in their head that change is possible. Their denomination or they individually may have belief that the desire itself is sinful. It is not uncommon for pray-the-gay-away ...

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