A New Set of Spotlights on Elisabeth Elliot
What we learn about her life and work from two releases of previously unpublished writings.
We stand up as a body in church—the church that I go to, for example—and we say a creed out loud together. We are not explaining anything. We are simply affirming.
Churches That Play Together Stay Together
Pastors report the congregational gains of letting loose as a body.
Barna researchers claim that one of the many reasons “vibrant households” stand out from I believe we avoided several potential turf wars because the two groups experienced an
Are We the Ultraviolet Light of the World? Or the X-Rays?
An astronomer ponders one of Jesus' most memorable sayings.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matt. 5:14–15). The disciples of Jesus are very different from each other. We have different physical
How Universalism, ‘the Opiate of the Theologians,’ Went Mainstream
Michael McClymond decries the rising popularity of an idea Christians have rejected for most of church history.
When we turn to universalist “hope” or “hopefulness,” my question is this: Does this “hope While I believe that The Devil's Redemption can stand as a work of historical scholarship, there
How Secularity Will Advance the Gospel of the Kingdom
Religious pluralism has provided space for the Gospel to be heard.
Atheism now has to stand on its own as a competing belief – and it has become an uninteresting So, what about “the rise of the nones?” Why are we seeing a greater percentage of the
One-on-One with Russell Jeung on Emerging Adults in the Church
“This generation is less likely to affiliate with established religious groupings than previous ones, even if they do have a sense of spirituality.”
sexuality, or nationality status. Instead of merely talking about justice, we seek to build solidarity with others as we stand with people in their struggles.
Methodism’s Global Reach Has Changed the Denomination
The tradition is largest in the US but today has a strong international presence. How did that happen?
Dr. O'Malley: I would say that we stand as part of a Christian community that has its origins in Apostolic Christianity and it's been the witness of the church fathers, the apostles, the
Can Anti-Aging Treatments Offer Abundant Life?
Science seeks to fix aging and death. But a Christian vision of the good life might actually embrace them.
to put off death longer?” On the other hand, Carle noted, the expectation that we should all ability, and productivity—for which the desires for health and longevity often stand as proxy
The Anvil of the Evangelical Mind
Schools and scholars can help the Christ-centered movement become all the more Jesusy.
in the power of Christ I'll stand.”. As evangelical composers Bill and Gloria Gaither put it in one of their songs, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's something about that name.” We might say
Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Gospel of Shame-Free Sexuality
We can't defeat shame by whittling down God's law to fit our behavior. We need the good news of God's forgiveness instead.
Weber, the now-famous foul-mouthed, tattoo-festooned recovering alcoholic and former stand-up comic But to hear someone say to a largely secular audience that we need to confess
One-on-One with Kadi Cole on ‘Developing Female Leaders’
“This book will educate and inspire you to better maximize the leadership potential of the women in your church.”
Can she direct the men on the team on where to stand? In the book, I'm not looking to change anyone's theology, but we are missing out on some excellent leaders because of
The Peace Cross May Get to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’
After the Supreme Court’s oral arguments, Christian legal experts weigh in on the symbol.
No, we do not want to see the Supreme Court rule that the cross is a secular symbol. First, this position seems somewhat disingenuous to many Americans. Yes, the cross can stand as
Growing old is not what it used to be. For millions of retirees, that may actually be good news.
“People listen to us because we are wise and because we bless, not because of our office or any formal structure of power.”. “Stand up in the presence of the aged,” says Leviticus 19:32.
Your Plan B Is Still God’s Plan A
What a failed church plant taught me about divine purpose and provision.
We see this in the lives of Job, Ruth, Jonah, and Peter. Job held on to the peace that surpasses all understanding: “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the
20 Truths from ‘The Louder Song’ by Aubrey Sampson
A sneak-peek of Sampson's new book on lament and hope.
here in this pain, then my entire life of faith–the solid rock upon which I stand–will have 7 – “What's remarkable about Christianity is that we have a King who is also a steadfast, loving
Unwrapping the Gift of Reconciliation this Christmas
Like Christmas itself, we can become nostalgic about reconciliation rather than embrace the messy grace and humility that it requires.
In the same way that God stands at the ready to welcome more sons and daughters home by receiving Jesus as their King, we are to stand at the ready for reconciliation between our
All Faith Groups, Evangelicals Included, Need to Reflect on #MeToo
We are going to hear the voice of survivors, trauma counselors, and Christian leaders who will call evangelicals to a better way.
We are called to suffer with, fight for, and stand among those who have experienced sexual abuse and violence of any kind— childen and adults. May we do no other.
A Voice in the Crowd
What’s good and what’s bad about unpopular opinions.
values,” even if they're only beliefs about which artworks are great enough to stand the test visceral disgust (ie, “Dr. Pimple Popper”) can work to lower those high standards we still have