August (Web-only) 2022

Embracing the Liturgy of Labor Day
Embracing the Liturgy of Labor Day
In today’s hybrid work culture, Christians should recommit to the biblical rhythms of work and rest.
Born-Again Hope in a Time of Lizard-Brain Fear
Born-Again Hope in a Time of Lizard-Brain Fear
Only walking in the Spirit can renew our fleshly thinking into a kingdom mindset.
A Moral Primer on Amazon’s ‘Rings of Power’
A Moral Primer on Amazon’s ‘Rings of Power’
Tolkien’s kingdom of Númenor is a cautionary tale for us today.
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Meet the Scholar-Activist Who Changed Baptist Minds on Race
Meet the Scholar-Activist Who Changed Baptist Minds on Race
T. B. Maston’s views on integration were controversial at his seminary. Today, they deserve a fresh hearing.
Instead of Becoming a Pastor, I Minister as a Plumber
Instead of Becoming a Pastor, I Minister as a Plumber
While praying and turning wrenches, I discovered a rich Christian life.
Pro-Life Ministry in Post-Roe America
Pro-Life Ministry in Post-Roe America
CT and the National Association of Evangelicals present a candid discussion on the ethical, theological, and pastoral challenges of life after Roe v. Wade.
Forge the Ring, Pass the Soup
Forge the Ring, Pass the Soup
Amazon’s “Rings of Power” series adds to what Tolkien termed the “Cauldron of Story,” where sub-creators mix up the stew of God’s creation.
Stop Applauding Pastors Who Publicly Confess Their Sins
Stop Applauding Pastors Who Publicly Confess Their Sins
When leaders admit wrongdoing, we should respond with quiet sobriety, not clapping.
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Helper: You Keep Using That Word for Women
Helper: You Keep Using That Word for Women
But it doesn’t mean what you think it means.
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Is Student Loan Forgiveness Biblical?
Is Student Loan Forgiveness Biblical?
Christians are divided over whether Biden’s promise to cancel student debt is ethical and just from a scriptural standpoint.
Hymns and Neurons: How Worship Rewires Our Brains and Bonds Us Together
Hymns and Neurons: How Worship Rewires Our Brains and Bonds Us Together
Scientific data suggests that singing in community reshapes our physical selves and our corporate connections.
Our Quest for Control Has Gotten Out of Control
Our Quest for Control Has Gotten Out of Control
More and more, it’s causing broken relationships, burnout, and anxiety. But that doesn’t mean we’re called to “let go and let God.”
Christians Shouldn’t Kill Christians—Even on Death Row
Christians Shouldn’t Kill Christians—Even on Death Row
There are lots of reasons to oppose capital punishment. Among them: When a prisoner is a fellow believer.
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Filled with the Spirit amid the Hungry Ghosts
Filled with the Spirit amid the Hungry Ghosts
As the Chinese festival ends, theologians explain why pneumatology matters more in Asia.
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AI Can Preach and Sing. So Why Can’t It Worship God?
AI Can Preach and Sing. So Why Can’t It Worship God?
Why praising the Most High requires a physical body.
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Kallistos Ware: Theologian Who Explained the Orthodox Way to Other Christians
Kallistos Ware: Theologian Who Explained the Orthodox Way to Other Christians
English bishop and Oxford scholar cultivated unity, dialogue, and respect between the ancient faith and evangelicals.
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Shame Off You: How God’s Love Lifts the Guilt of Trauma
Shame Off You: How God’s Love Lifts the Guilt of Trauma
The gospel message redeemed my childhood pain.
Salman Rushdie Is the Canary in a Free Speech Coal Mine
Salman Rushdie Is the Canary in a Free Speech Coal Mine
But the liberty at stake is moral and spiritual, not just intellectual.
Father Stan Swamy: Courageous Indian Priest Accused of Terrorism
Father Stan Swamy: Courageous Indian Priest Accused of Terrorism
He fought the government over how it treated its most vulnerable. They hit back.
Don’t Run for the School Board
Don’t Run for the School Board
Education is important. But the answer lies in family discipleship, not culture wars.
Chine McDonald on the UK’s ‘Beautifully Messy’ Diverse Churches
Chine McDonald on the UK’s ‘Beautifully Messy’ Diverse Churches
The author and new director of Theos offers a look at the race and faith conversation from the other side of the pond.
A Nonconservative’s Plea to Those Leaving Conservative Churches
A Nonconservative’s Plea to Those Leaving Conservative Churches
Roger Olson sympathizes with liberal leavers, but he draws the line at liberal theology.
Meet the Christian Rap Duo from ‘Reservation Dogs’
Meet the Christian Rap Duo from ‘Reservation Dogs’
Hip hop artists Lil Mike and Funny Bone got their start performing at churches. Now they’re acting on FX’s critically acclaimed television series.
Chinese Christian Pop Star G.E.M.’s New Song Is Courageous
Chinese Christian Pop Star G.E.M.’s New Song Is Courageous
Deng Ziqi’s “Gloria” music video embeds gospel messages and shares a journey from wasteland to gospel hope.
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Does Jesus Wear Undies?
Does Jesus Wear Undies?
My kids ask the darndest theological questions—putting my seminary degree to the test.
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Focus on the Quality of Chinese Christians, Not Their Quantity
Why Theologians Aren’t as Excited About Chinese Christianity’s Growth as Sociologists
Success for the church looks different depending on your discipline.
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Doubt Be Not Proud
Doubt Be Not Proud
Frederick Buechner diffused the power of disbelief and brought hope to wandering hearts.
A Seminary Room of Her Own
A Seminary Room of Her Own
Historically, evangelicals have been ahead of the curve in women’s education and also way behind it. My pursuit of an MDiv is now part of that mixed legacy.
4 Sri Lankan Christians Seeking Their Nation’s Rebirth
4 Sri Lankan Christians Seeking Their Nation’s Rebirth
How believers are living out their faith amid unprecedented political upheaval.
A Shelf Called Remember: How Frederick Buechner Built Up My Faith
A Shelf Called Remember: How Frederick Buechner Built Up My Faith
The late writer’s books upended the way I think about almost everything.
Frederick Buechner, the Reverend of Oz
Frederick Buechner, the Reverend of Oz
At 70, Frederick Buechner looks back on his ministry in letters. (From 1997)
Treasures in Heaven, Portfolios on Earth
Treasures in Heaven, Portfolios on Earth
When Christian investors focus solely on avoiding unethical causes, they miss a chance to build up good corporations and ministries.
The Gospel According to Dungeons & Dragons
The Gospel According to Dungeons & Dragons
The fantasy role-playing game’s theological dimensions can be spiritually formative.
From the Archives: A Christian Education
From the Archives: A Christian Education
To ring in the new school year, check out a selection of CT articles about pursuing life-long learning and religious education.
When the South Loosens its Bible Belt
When the South Loosens its Bible Belt
A growing breed of unchurched evangelicals is poised to heighten the culture wars.
Stand By Me. But Don’t Be a Bystander.
Stand By Me. But Don’t Be a Bystander.
Pay attention to the sin of passivity, especially in church leaders dealing with abused women.
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The Past and Present of Chinese Churches in Indonesia
Chinese Christians Survived Discrimination in Indonesia. Now the Church Is Growing Spiritually.
Q&A with pastor Samuel Fu on the evangelical challenges in the nation of a thousand islands.
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Elisabeth Elliot’s Lost Manuscript
Elisabeth Elliot’s Lost Manuscript
While searching through old files, radio producers at Back to the Bible discovered an unpublished work written by the late missionary pioneer.
Baby Blues: How to Face the Church’s Growing Fertility Crisis
Baby Blues: How to Face the Church’s Growing Fertility Crisis
If current rates continue, most religious communities in America will shrink by more than half within three generations. But nondenominational Christianity might buck the trend.
Moral Failings in the Pulpit Lead to Moral Injury in the Pews
Moral Failings in the Pulpit Lead to Moral Injury in the Pews
Church and pastoral abuse can trigger a unique form of PTSD.
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CT Names Russell Moore Editor in Chief
Christianity Today Names Russell Moore Editor in Chief
Longtime publishing executive Joy Allmond also comes on board to advance the vision of the ministry.
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The Body of Christ Keeps Score
The Body of Christ Keeps Score
Only revival with reformation can heal the American church from its spiritual trauma.
Loving our Kentucky Neighbors as Ourselves
Loving our Kentucky Neighbors as Ourselves
The recent flooding crisis in my home state is an opportunity to serve our sisters and brothers like never before.
Announcing Christianity Today’s 2022 International Essay Contest
Announcing Christianity Today’s 2022 International Essay Contest
We’re looking for wisdom, perspective, and theological understanding from those writing in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indonesian, and French.
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Dalit Christians Fill the Indian Church’s Pews. Not Its Pulpits.
Dalit Christians Fill the Indian Church’s Pews. Not Its Pulpits.
Persistent caste discrimination holds believers from India’s most vulnerable community back.
Just Laws Alone Won’t Save Us
Just Laws Alone Won’t Save Us
In this polarized moment, strong legislation isn’t a substitute for wise and discerning leaders.
White Southern Evangelicals Are Leaving the Church
White Southern Evangelicals Are Leaving the Church
Data suggests that, when their attendance drops, these nominal Christians become hyper-individualistic, devoted to law and order, cynical about systems, and distrustful of others.
This Side of Eden, the Ideal Bookstore Doesn’t Exist
This Side of Eden, the Ideal Bookstore Doesn’t Exist
As a longtime Christian bookseller, I figured I’d enjoy a fellow bookseller’s ode to browsing, buying, and reading. Here’s why it left me feeling conflicted.
Ron Sider Was the Real Deal
Ron Sider Was the Real Deal
As a friend of the late seminary professor, I saw up close his deep character and life-long care for the disenfranchised.
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Top Story February 8, 2023

Why Chinese Immigrant Pastors Avoid Preaching on the News
Why Chinese Immigrant Pastors Avoid Preaching on the News
On Sunday mornings, congregations tend to focus on Scripture over current events, even after last month’s Lunar New Year shooting.

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