The Gospel in Major City Centers
What does it look like for church leaders in Chicagoland and other large cities to actually seek the peace and prosperity of the city?
envisioned when he said, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it In this report, Chicago is rated number 19 (of the top 100) as one of the most post-Christian
Richard Stearns: ‘Every Day Is a Celebration’
After 20 years of tackling the “hole in our gospel,” World Vision's most recent president is fine retiring from World Vision with some tasks unfinished.
crisis in the early 2000s, my marketing VP said, “We're a G-rated ministry, and this is an R-rated issue. They are not popular for American Christians to support or churches to embrace.
We Need to Read Stories of People Who Were Enslaved
Six reasons why listening to these voices is worth your time.
G-rated version; it only hinted at the deeper, more difficult truths. For example, I knew that people who were enslaved were considered property with no rights, but I did not understand
The ‘Religious Affections’ of Billy Graham’s Evangelism
On the evangelist’s 99th birthday, we look at the role desire played in so many decisions for Christ.
Not even the biographer William Martin was able to figure it out. “The reasons,” he concluded, “defy facile explanation.” No one, including Graham's wife, ever rated him a great preacher
‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Gets Cosmic Conflict Disturbingly Right
David Lynch’s cult-classic revival is exactly as imaginative—and as uncomfortable—as it always needed to be.
Even The Straight Story—his wonderful, G-rated Disney film—has moments that resonate with He endorses not a religion, but a “practice”—Transcendental Meditation—as the path to
‘It’ Is Big-Budget Horror with a Surprising Amount of Heart
The latest Stephen King adaptation’s success has more to do with the friendship it celebrates than the scares it delivers.
An R-rated film about a demonic shape-shifter that satisfies its appetite for children by taking on For better or for worse, fear is clearly not horror's only calling card, and while it's true that
‘The Leftovers’ Explores the Fallout of a Godless Rapture
As it enters its third season, the acclaimed drama continues to take a long, hard look at our responses to loss.
Note: The Leftovers, were it a movie, would be rated R for nudity, language, and adult situations. We see a fair bit of nudity (both male and female), some of it sexual, most of it not.
Do We Need Another Denzel Washington Christ Figure?
CT asks the actor about his latest movie and Hollywood’s ongoing quest to score the faith audience.
harder category to discuss, define, and market to, since these movies may not specifically depict It releases nationwide November 22 and is rated PG-13 for language and some violence
Bleep Off: The Fight to Save Family-Friendly Movie Filtering
Hollywood studios sue VidAngel’s attempt to let viewers be ‘in the world but not of it.’
audience, the expansive subgroup that popularized recent blockbusters like the God's Not Dead movies Christian-centered storylines on one end and more explicit R-rated features on
Henri Nouwen’s Weakness Was His Strength
How a gifted, high-achieving spiritual guide learned to share his wounds with others.
on the Spiritual Life Our Rating not rated. Book Title Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life. Author Henri JM Nouwen. Publisher Convergent Books. Release
The 8 People Americans Trust More Than Their Local Pastor
Despite hitting another record low in Gallup assessment, clergy are still seen as more honest and ethical than 13 other professions.
65% of Christians), judges (49% vs. 42%), and newspaper reporters (32% vs. 23%). “Three of the professions rated highest for honesty and “While the clergy are not at the bottom of the
Does Protestantism Need to Die?
Or to recover its riches? Two Protestant luminaries look at the legacy of the Reformation, 500 years later.
Unity in a Fragmented Church Our Rating not rated. Book Title The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church. Author Peter J. Leithart.
Farewell, Jesus Junk? Christian Retail Finds a Deeper Purpose
With the closing of Family Christian, stores focus on curation and community involvement.
“As for a theological standard, there didn't seem to be one, aside from possibly no Mormon materials and nothing with any language that might not be PG-rated,” he said.
I Saw Myself in ‘This Is Us’
The popular new dramedy puts viewers in the messy middle.
When I tune in on Tuesday nights—when the show beats out baseball and The Voice to become the highest-rated program on the network—I can count on stories that allow That's not us
Hell or High Water
Looking for peace in all the wrong places.
he is falling but has not yet hit the ground, who has seen the match struck but not yet been The film is rated R for pervasive profane langauge and some intense and gory gun violence.
Americans Warm Up to Every Religious Group Except Evangelicals
Pew finds fewer people personally know an evangelical anymore.
Evangelicals are the only religious group in the United States that has not developed a Hindus, and Mormons all improved their standings, with the two lowest-rated affiliations—atheists