August (Web-only) 2023

How the Grand Canyon of China Became a Christian Land
How the Grand Canyon of China Became a Christian Land
British missionary James O. Fraser overcame depression to help give the Lisu a written language, translate the Bible, and make them renowned hymn singers.
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Pastors, There’s a Ministry in Staying Put
Pastors, There’s a Ministry in Staying Put
One of the best gifts you can give your church is not leaving too soon.
Men Are from Right-Leaning Mars. Women Are from Lefty Venus.
Men Are from Right-Leaning Mars. Women Are from Lefty Venus.
The sexes are trending in different political directions. Here’s what the church can do about it.
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When American Evangelicals Needed a Reputational Boost, They Turned to South Korean Evangelicals
When American Evangelicals Needed a Reputational Boost, They Turned to South Korean Evangelicals
In the second half of the 20th century, each group used the other as a ticket to legitimacy at home and abroad.
I Used ChatGPT for Six Months to Help My Pastoral Ministry. Here’s What Worked.
I Used ChatGPT for Six Months to Help My Pastoral Ministry. Here’s What Worked.
A young Taiwanese pastor shares about the opportunities and challenges AI offers to those in the ministry.
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Gen X Dropouts Widen the Generational Divide among Singapore Christians
Gen X Dropouts Widen the Generational Divide among Singapore Christians
Interviews with 63 churches reveal an urgent need for greater mutuality in relationships.
As Mongolia Catholics Welcome Francis, Evangelicals Wrestle with Growing Pains
As Mongolia Catholics Welcome Francis, Evangelicals Wrestle with Growing Pains
Recent revival has brought Protestant churches more members. But what Mongolian Christian leaders want most is more disciples.
Pastors with ADHD Can Burn Out or Shine
Pastors with ADHD Can Burn Out or Shine
A swath of energetic, charismatic ministry leaders fight for focus.
How Then Should Men Live?
How Then Should Men Live?
Our culture won’t say what a man should be. The church can.
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Why the World Seems So Resentful
Why the World Seems So Resentful
The German philosopher Hartmut Rosa’s concept of ‘resonance’ offers a way through the current malaise.
In This House We Believe Creeds Are for Church, Not Politics
In This House We Believe Creeds Are for Church, Not Politics
Vivek Ramaswamy’s right-wing satire of the popular progressive yard sign has the same flaws as its target.
I Skipped Church for Three Years
I Skipped Church for Three Years
My spiritual loneliness brought me back.
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My Pastor Friend Likes Trump’s Border Policy. He Also Shelters Migrants.
My Pastor Friend Likes Trump’s Border Policy. He Also Shelters Migrants.
It’s politically convenient to treat migrants as “invaders.” But here in West Texas, reality is more complicated.
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Young Men Need a Model Not an ‘Übermensch’
Young Men Need a Model Not an ‘Übermensch’
The church can’t compete with “manosphere” influencers. But it doesn’t have to.
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Put Off Your Old Self-Making
Put Off Your Old Self-Making
An interview with author Tara Isabella Burton on the history of self-creation—and how the habit usurps our need for God.
Beyond the ‘Gender Roles’ Debate
Beyond the ‘Gender Roles’ Debate
As churches and denominations battle over the issue, these women are modeling a different way. Join them for conversations across the divide.
Politicians, You Keep Saying ‘City on A Hill’
Politicians, You Keep Saying ‘City on A Hill’
But it doesn’t mean what you think it means.
Is HGTV Harming Our Hospitality?
Is HGTV Harming Our Hospitality?
A trendy, perfectly furnished home is not required to be useful for the kingdom.
A Christian Vocabulary for an Exhausted Age
A Christian Vocabulary for an Exhausted Age
Reclaiming the culture wars requires reclaiming wonder.
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In Federal Court, a Baptist Judge Weighs the Future of US Immigration
In Federal Court, a Baptist Judge Weighs the Future of US Immigration
The Texas suit reflects a broader evangelical debate over how many strangers are too many to welcome.
Evangelicals’ Theology of the Church Must Be Born Again
Evangelicals’ Theology of the Church Must Be Born Again
The ‘Great Dechurching’ is an opportunity for our tradition to rediscover a more enduring ecclesiology.
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A Taiwanese Chip Maker Came to Phoenix. A Chinese Church Saw an Opportunity.
A Taiwanese Chip Maker Came to Phoenix. A Chinese Church Saw an Opportunity.
Local Christians are working together to bring the gospel to workers at the semiconductor plant.
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America’s Church Authority Crisis Didn’t Start with Trump
America’s Church Authority Crisis Didn’t Start with Trump
A recent poll suggests evangelical voters trust the former president more than religious leaders. But this problem isn’t new.
Stay the Course: How to Keep Your Faith in College
Stay the Course: How to Keep Your Faith in College
A Bible professor’s advice for staying close to Christ on campus.
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What a Twitter Spat Reveals about Public Religion in America
What a Twitter Spat Reveals about Public Religion in America
A Republican lawmaker called a Christian tweet “bigoted.” Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar came to religious liberty’s defense.
Christian Colleges Level Up Video Game Degrees
Christian Colleges Level Up Video Game Degrees
Popular new programs focus on the power of storytelling and the potential for evangelism.
Capture This: How Christians Used Cameras to Expose Injustice
Capture This: How Christians Used Cameras to Expose Injustice
Photography played a key role in 19th- and 20th-century Christian outreach and missions.
Oliver Anthony’s Viral Hit Doesn’t Love Its Neighbors
Oliver Anthony’s Viral Hit Doesn’t Love Its Neighbors
“Rich Men North of Richmond” is disdainful towards people on welfare. Christians shouldn’t be.
Barbie and Taylor Swift Are Bringing Us Together
Barbie and Taylor Swift Are Bringing Us Together
Beyond hot pink and bejeweled outfits, they showcase a deeper desire for community and collective joy.
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Trump’s Georgia Election Meddling Didn’t Just Look Wrong. It Was Wrong.
Trump’s Georgia Election Meddling Didn’t Just Look Wrong. It Was Wrong.
The ex-president’s new indictment isn’t about appearances. Some things are just as evil as they seem.
Worship Music Nostalgia Brings New Profit to Old Songs
Worship Music Nostalgia Brings New Profit to Old Songs
Gen X and millennials’ favorite Christian throwbacks are also easy moneymakers.
He Brought God and a Guitar to 245 Nations. Now He Serves Tea to the Suicidal.
He Brought God and a Guitar to 245 Nations. Now He Serves Tea to the Suicidal.
Benny Prasad was once a sickly, depressed teenager. How the Indian artist has since used travel, music, and hot beverages to share the gospel.
Manipur Mobs Destroyed Hundreds of Our Churches. Yet God Calls Us Christians to Repent.
Manipur Mobs Destroyed Hundreds of Our Churches. Yet God Calls Us Christians to Repent.
Are we using this calamity to hide from our sins?
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The Church Medium Is the Message
The Church Medium Is the Message
What the recent J. D. Greear video clip says about all of us.
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RFK Jr.’s Weird Evangelical Appeal Is on Shaky Ground
RFK Jr.’s Weird Evangelical Appeal Is on Shaky Ground
His hostility to established authority attracts some Christian voters. But on policy and personal history alike, it’s an uncomfortable fit.
Putting Their Prayers on the Line, Evangelical Chaplains Minister on Multiple Fronts in Ukraine
Putting Their Prayers on the Line, Evangelical Chaplains Minister on Multiple Fronts in Ukraine
New rules integrate pastors into the military to help with physical and spiritual needs as fighting continues.
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Don’t Let the ‘Back-to-School Rush’ Diminish Your Humanity
Don’t Let the ‘Back-to-School Rush’ Diminish Your Humanity
Whenever we enter a new season of life, we must care for our souls in the process.
Comedian Leanne Morgan Says God Wants Us to Laugh
Comedian Leanne Morgan Says God Wants Us to Laugh
With her Southern accent, self-deprecation, and funny family stories, the 57-year-old mom and grandmother wants to use standup to bless audiences.
A ‘Stubborn’ Child, She Became a Missionary to Those Stereotyped as Such.
A ‘Stubborn’ Child, She Became a Missionary to Those Stereotyped as Such.
How Florida's Brenda Carter decided to spend 30 years of her life serving the Hakka people in Taiwan.
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What If Churches Ask for More and No One Says Yes?
What If Churches Ask for More and No One Says Yes?
Jake Meador has a provocative proposal for reversing dechurching. But it may not be that simple.
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True Change Is a Matter of the Heart
True Change Is a Matter of the Heart
The Christian gospel is meant to transform our whole person—our emotions as much as our thoughts.
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Religious Liberty Doesn’t Have to Make Polarization Worse
Religious Liberty Doesn’t Have to Make Polarization Worse
If it’s done right, it can actually make it easier for us to live together.
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How Horror Uncovers Our ‘Holy’ Hypocrisy
How Horror Uncovers Our ‘Holy’ Hypocrisy
Sometimes the blatant evils portrayed in scary movies and shows can reveal the more subtle sins within us.
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Top Story September 27, 2023

Pastors Wonder About Church Members Who Never Came Back Post-Pandemic
Pastors Wonder About Church Members Who Never Came Back Post-Pandemic
New research shows disagreement over COVID-19 policies drove changes in attendance, but “a lot of it is a mystery.”

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