America’s Farming Crisis, Laid Bare by Midwest Floods
A deeper problem lies beneath recent stories of swelling rivers, soggy small towns, and feel-good relief efforts.
They will never stand on a country road early in the morning and watch the sun come up Because of this indifference, we have been blind to how big ag executives and politicians have
An Admonition from Chuck Colson: You Are A Symbol of Hope
The Charles W. Colson Scholarship was designed to equip former inmates for ministry. Here is Colson's message to the 2006 recipients.
And nobody is free from them. I don't think we're every fully sanctified in this life. I know there are Christian traditions that do believe that. And above all, to stand out as a witness.
Has Academic Theology Lost Its Way?
Two theologians ask how their discipline can start mattering to ordinary believers again.
the kind of life we should live in response to his revelation. The authors argue that theology, rather than playing by a set of imposed rules from the outside, should instead stand on its
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What we learn about her life and work from two releases of previously unpublished writings.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.
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
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
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
China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese
Is this a case of government oppression or the Chinese church coming into its own? How to understand “sinicization.”
Is this a case of government oppression or the Chinese church coming into its own? How to understand “sinicization.”.
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
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.
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
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
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