January (Web-only) 2024

Big Trouble in Small Groups
Big Trouble in Small Groups
A pastor offers practical advice for the top three hurdles of church small groups: childcare, commitment, and over-talkers.
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From Descendants of the Dragon to Heirs of God
From Descendants of the Dragon to Heirs of God
Their culture tells them the dragon is transcendent. Their Bibles tell them it’s evil. How should Chinese Christians approach this year’s zodiac animal?
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Taking Care of a Grateful Faith
Taking Care of a Grateful Faith
An excerpt on sanctification and conceit from theologian Cornelius Plantinga’s new book, Gratitude: Why Giving Thanks Is the Key to Our Well-Being.
Can the Gospel Come in a Red Envelope?
Can the Gospel Come in a Red Envelope?
Chinese church leaders consider how to use the Lunar New Year tradition as an opportunity for evangelism.
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‘The Chosen’ Sets Its Face Toward Jerusalem
‘The Chosen’ Sets Its Face Toward Jerusalem
Season 4 of the popular Jesus show, now in theaters, takes a turn for the serious. CT reports from its premiere and press junket in LA.
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Indian and Chinese Cultures Favor Baby Boys. Here’s How Immigrant Churches Counsel Expectant Couples
Indian and Chinese Cultures Favor Baby Boys. Here’s How Immigrant Churches Counsel Expectant Couples
Honor-shame dynamics color how Christians have these sensitive conversations.
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Protecting the Image of God—Especially on Death Row
Protecting the Image of God—Especially on Death Row
A testimony from Julius Jones and the minister who led the campaign to stop his execution.
David Brooks: We Change People for the Better by Knowing Them More Fully
David Brooks: We Change People for the Better by Knowing Them More Fully
The New York Times columnist says extraordinary things happen—both personally and socially—when we pay attention to others.
Are Pro-Life Laws Working?
Are Pro-Life Laws Working?
The national abortion rate rose slightly after Dobbs but plummeted in states with abortion restrictions.
Sabbath Is Not a Luxury Good
Sabbath Is Not a Luxury Good
God designed weekly rest to be holy for all people, not just the economically stable.
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Truth from Power
Truth from Power
David E. Fitch’s Reckoning with Power offers Christians a purer model of power but misreads how power operates in the ministry of the church.
‘Lord, When Did We See You in Foster Care?’
‘Lord, When Did We See You in Foster Care?’
Caring for foster children can be difficult—even devastating. It is also a revelation of the love God gives and expects of his people.
‘How Great Thou Art’ Gets a New Verse in Matt Redman Collaboration
‘How Great Thou Art’ Gets a New Verse in Matt Redman Collaboration
Songwriters and hit worship singers including Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, and Mitch Wong come together to celebrate the hymn’s 75th anniversary.
Why Young Men Are Failing to Launch
Why Young Men Are Failing to Launch
For Gen Z men who feel purposeless and lost, the way off the couch is the way of the Cross.
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Brazil’s Churches Must Now Pay a Social Security Tax. Should This Count as Persecution?
Brazil’s Churches Must Now Pay a Social Security Tax. Should This Count as Persecution?
Six Christian leaders and professionals respond to the government’s new directive.
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The First Native Hawaiian Pastor Became a Missionary to the Marquesas
The First Native Hawaiian Pastor Became a Missionary to the Marquesas
James Kekela and his team stuck it out on the remote Pacific island chain—and earned recognition from Abraham Lincoln along the way.
Tahitians First Came to Hawaiʻi in Power. They Later Returned with the Gospel.
Tahitians First Came to Hawaiʻi in Power. They Later Returned with the Gospel.
A husband-and-wife team introduced a royal to Christianity and her conversion changed the islands forever.
Euthanasia: Why Some Despair Unto Death
Euthanasia: Why Some Despair Unto Death
As a Christian physician, opposing medically assisted suicide wasn’t enough. I needed to understand why people decide to die.
Pro-Life Policy in a Post-Roe World
Pro-Life Policy in a Post-Roe World
The landmark abortion ruling is dead. We have much to do to make sure babies live.
Five Indian Christians Who Fought for India’s Freedom
Five Indian Christians Who Fought for India’s Freedom
Following Jesus’ example, many lived simply, humbly, and selflessly to uplift the poor and marginalized, and their faith in God nurtured their hopes for liberation.
One Underrated Way to Enrich Your Christian Political Witness: Be a Better Christian
One Underrated Way to Enrich Your Christian Political Witness: Be a Better Christian
Personal discipleship and spiritual formation are hardly irrelevant to the rough-and-tumble of public debate.
‘Past Lives’ Is the Anti-‘Notebook’
‘Past Lives’ Is the Anti-‘Notebook’
We’ve romanticized stories of destiny-driven love—even at the expense of fidelity. This Oscar-nominated drama shows the beauty of limits.
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Evil Is as Evil Does
Evil Is as Evil Does
The Zone of Interest, nominated for Oscars including best picture, is a Holocaust horror movie about the corruption of the human heart.
Wrestling with Awkward Stories in the Old Testament
Wrestling with Awkward Stories in the Old Testament
Cringeworthy passages can derail our yearly Bible reading plans. How do we interpret them?
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Nicaragua’s Relentless Crackdown on the Church Continues
Nicaragua’s Relentless Crackdown on the Church Continues
Even with the recent release of imprisoned priests, Ortega’s regime continues to target Christian organizations with an “absolute intolerance for dissent.”
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Grace in the Age of Guilt
Grace in the Age of Guilt
Rules and moral codes won’t save us in an era of judgment, hate, and superego. What will save us is mercy.
He Fact-Checks Christians Who Have Experienced the Worst
He Fact-Checks Christians Who Have Experienced the Worst
He’s an East African researcher for Open Doors. The work has counterintuitively affected his faith.
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Tim Alberta Is More Sad Than Angry at His American Evangelical Family
Tim Alberta Is More Sad Than Angry at His American Evangelical Family
The Atlantic journalist’s portrait of a fractured movement chooses lament over axe-grinding.
Why Singaporean Churches Don’t Talk About Abortion
Why Singaporean Churches Don’t Talk About Abortion
As young people become more accepting of abortion, pro-life ministries encourage pastors to talk about sex and unplanned pregnancies.
Adoption Was Beautiful, Precious, and God-Ordained. Then I Adopted.
Adoption Was Beautiful, Precious, and God-Ordained. Then I Adopted.
Facile expectations hurt everyone in the process, including my new son.
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Not as Those Who Have No Hope
Not as Those Who Have No Hope
End-of-life decisions are wrenching and ever more medically complex, but we can honor both God and our loved ones as death nears.
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Xi Jinping Is Not Trying to Make Christianity More Chinese
Xi Jinping Is Not Trying to Make Christianity More Chinese
The primary goal of Zhongguo hua is not cultural assimilation but political domestication. Yet I’m more confident than ever that house churches will survive.
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Spiritual Formation Is Becoming Like Jesus
Spiritual Formation Is Becoming Like Jesus
Our new year’s resolutions won’t get very far if we neglect the object of our transfiguration.
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The Philippines’ Top 10 Bible Verses
The Philippines’ Top 10 Bible Verses
Leaders reflect on what YouVersion’s list of the most-shared Scriptures in their nation includes—and misses.
Soong Mei-Ling: A Christian First Lady
Soong Mei-Ling: A Christian First Lady
Throughout political turmoil, Soong Mei-ling remained steadfast in her Christian nationalist beliefs and supported spreading the gospel in China and Taiwan.
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Easter 2024: Easter in the Everyday
Easter in the Everyday: Easter Devotional 2024
Distribute digital copies to your congregation!
तिल के दानों को आग में फेंकना और पापों को जलाना
तिल के दानों को आग में फेंकना और पापों को जलाना
क्या मसीही ईश-विज्ञान सर्दियों में आने वाले सिक्ख त्यौहार लोहड़ी में की जाने वाली प्रार्थना द्वारा सुझाई गई मान्यताओं के साथ पूर्ण सहमति में है?
ਤਿਲ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਦਾਣਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਅੱਗ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੁੱਟਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਾਪਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜਨਾ
ਤਿਲ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਦਾਣਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਅੱਗ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੁੱਟਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਾਪਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਾੜਨਾ
ਕੀ ਮਸੀਹੀ ਧਰਮ-ਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਸਰਦੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਧਰਮ ਦੇ ਤਿਉਹਾਰ ਲੋਹੜੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਸੁਝਾਏ ਗਏ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੈ?
The Half-Truths We’ve Told About MLK
The Half-Truths We’ve Told About MLK
In the ’60s, white evangelicals condemned Martin Luther King Jr. In the ’80s, we lauded a convenient, hagiographic version of his life. How should we remember him now?
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The Trump Debate Is Dead
The Trump Debate Is Dead
Evangelical elites of all political stripes still dispute Trump, but the question is largely settled at the grassroots.
How Brazilian Megachurches Became Global Church Planters
How Brazilian Megachurches Became Global Church Planters
Satellite congregations are popping up wherever a critical mass can be found, from Florida to Portugal to Kazakhstan.
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It’s Okay to Have an Unhappy New Year
It’s Okay to Have an Unhappy New Year
We know holiness doesn’t always lead to happiness. But what if our unhappiness can itself be holy?
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be an Evangelical Christian
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be an Evangelical Christian
Evangelicalism’s historical emphases on personal renewal and church revival shine precisely in dark days like these.
Africa’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Africa’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Leaders reflect on what YouVersion’s list of the most-shared Scriptures in their corner of the continent includes—and misses.
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How Old Is Too Old to Lead a Church?
How Old Is Too Old to Lead a Church?
Six Asian church leaders discuss whether it’s wise for congregations to set age limits for senior pastors.
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The Funny, Confusing Sincerity of ‘The Book of Clarence’
The Funny, Confusing Sincerity of ‘The Book of Clarence’
Jeymes Samuel’s anachronistic biblical epic nods to classics like “Ben-Hur” and “Life of Brian”—and ends with a surprisingly earnest view of Christ.
Singapore’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Singapore’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Leaders reflect on what YouVersion’s list of the most-shared Scriptures in their nation includes—and misses.
How Churches Can Build Trust Among Gen Z Filipinos in an Age of Scandal
How Churches Can Build Trust Among Gen Z Filipinos in an Age of Scandal
As police arrest a pastor for an alleged murder in a lurid crime of passion, young people question how they can trust the church.
The Iowa Evangelical Betting Against Trump
The Iowa Evangelical Betting Against Trump
Bob Vander Plaats wants Christian voters to move on from Trump. Are they still listening?
‘Cultural Christians’ Have Existed for as Long as Christians Have Existed
‘Cultural Christians’ Have Existed for as Long as Christians Have Existed
We often credit the early church with heroic faithfulness. But it was hardly innocent of accommodation and compromise.
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Don’t Let Yourself Be ‘Cured of Churchgoing’
Don’t Let Yourself Be ‘Cured of Churchgoing’
Church homelessness is lonely and exhausting. And the only antidote is Christian community.
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How IVF Made Its Way into Evangelical Pro-Life Debates
How IVF Made Its Way into Evangelical Pro-Life Debates
And what I wish I had considered before reproductive assistance.
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Brazil’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Brazil’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Leaders reflect on what YouVersion list of the most-shared Scriptures in their nation includes—and misses.
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The Bible Dictates What the Church Teaches. Should Church Teaching Dictate How We Read the Bible?
The Bible Dictates What the Church Teaches. Should Church Teaching Dictate How We Read the Bible?
A Protestant considers a Catholic theologian’s call for an “ecclesial” reading of Scripture.
The Harvard Obsession
The Harvard Obsession
Harvard president Claudine Gay has resigned. Perhaps it’s not time to think less of Harvard, but to think of Harvard less.
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Evangelicals Shouldn’t Criticize Evangelicalism (Unless the Evangel Really Matters)
Evangelicals Shouldn’t Criticize Evangelicalism (Unless the Evangel Really Matters)
The gospel doesn’t come with a gag order. It calls us to name and repent of idolatries and hypocrisies—especially our own.
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Close Encounters of the Elite Institutional Kind
Close Encounters of the Elite Institutional Kind
How a contested alien abduction claim from the 1960s helps explain modern cynicism toward credentialed experts and organizations.
Neural Implants: Should We Become One with AI?
Neural Implants: Should We Become One with AI?
As Christians, we must prioritize thinking theologically about emerging technologies.

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‘First of Its Kind’: A Jesus Film for the Deaf Community
‘First of Its Kind’: A Jesus Film for the Deaf Community
A new movie from Deaf Missions tells the gospel story in American Sign Language.

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