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Ordinary Life Is Crammed with Heaven
How our senses can point the way to God’s presence.
Evangelical Thinking on the Trinity Is Often Remarkably Revisionist
Theologian Matthew Barrett diagnoses our drift away from an orthodox understanding of Father, Son, and Spirit.
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The Problem with À La Carte Politics
Christians won’t overcome partisanship just by resolving to order from each side’s policy menu.
How Christian Bookstores Survived 2020
Optimism, adaptation, and increased Bible sales carried retailers through pandemic shutdowns, industry surveys report.
You May Not Know Judaism as Well as You Think
John Phelan’s evangelical guide to Jewish thought and history contains many revelations—some of them painful.
Died: Melvin E. Banks, Publisher of Black Sunday School Curriculum
When contextualizing Scripture was controversial, he said “the bottom line is Jesus.”
Died: Hershel Shanks, Editor Who Saved Biblical Archaeology from Academics
Hershel Shanks battled top scholars to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public.
Is ‘Authenticity’ Enough for Christian Apologetics?
Appeals to nonbelievers should go beyond pure rationality, but they shouldn’t go beyond the bounds of Scripture.
Our Attraction to Idols Remains the Same, Even When the Names Change
How false worship today resembles false worship in the Old Testament.
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Change Your World with John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins
An adapted excerpt from Ed Stetzer's interview with authors John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins.
Life’s Darkest Moments Call for Prayers We’d Never Choose to Pray
When words fail, says Tish Harrison Warren, we can rely on ancient liturgy to supply them.
A Christian Approach to Social Justice Is Slow, Careful, and Self-Reflective
Thaddeus Williams asks good questions about contemporary zeal for change. But there are questions to ask of his critique as well.
Winston Churchill Fought for ‘Christian Civilization,’ but He Rarely Went to Church
A new biography sorts through the British prime minister’s enigmatic faith.
‘Paul and the Gift’ Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving
Theologian John Barclay distills and updates his game-changing study of God’s “incongruous” grace in Christ.
Herman Bavinck’s Balancing Act, and Ours
As a new biography shows, the Dutch Reformed theologian was adept at navigating perennial tensions of Christ and culture.
After Binging on the Internet in 2020, We Need a Major Knowledge-Diet Overhaul
Brett McCracken applies food-pyramid principles to our habits of media consumption.
One-on-One with Crystal L. Downing on ‘Subversive’
An interview with Downing on her new book about the life of Dorothy L. Sayers.
How Not to Read Cheesy Books with Your Quarantined Kids
Two judges for the CT Book Awards reflect on what makes books “good”—and why that matters for children during a global crisis.
10 of the Best Books on Sports and Christianity from the Past 10 Years
How scholars, fans, and on-field stars have related faith and athletics.
Bethlehem Is More Than a Sentimental Backdrop to Christmas in the West
How Christians are celebrating the holiday in the town of Jesus’ birth—and across the broader Middle East.

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