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The Christian Roots of the Fair Trade MovementSubscriber Access Only
Beneath the buzzwords around sustainability, transparency, and ethical sourcing we find something far more important than consumerism: Christ-centered love for our neighbors.
Pro-Lifers: Remember This Phrase from Pope Francis
Whatever our differences with Catholic social teaching, we should echo his opposition to “throwaway culture.”
Why Putting Christ Back in Christmas Is Not Enough
The history of American holiday cheer obscures the difficult details of the nativity narrative.
What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant PastorsSubscriber Access Only
For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange.
Millennials Can Leave Evangelicalism. But Not Its Pop Culture.
Does the cottage industry around Christian subculture nostalgia reveal the church’s failures—or its successes?
Minimalism Isn’t the Key to Christmas
We need more than anti-consumerism for a healthy Christian holiday.
Is Filling That ‘God-Shaped Hole’ God’s Plan for Our Lives?Subscriber Access Only
Maybe we’re not supposed to be satisfied.
Which Came First, Christmas or Consumerism?
Judith Flanders teases out the surprising mix of religious and secular elements in many beloved holiday customs.
3 Big Problems With Running A Church Like A Business
We’re always decrying the rise of the consumer culture within the church. But how should we expect people to act when pastors act like CEOs marketing Jesus as a product?
4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing 'Come and Watch' Events (And 5 Alternatives)
When a first-time guest comes to a church, they should see our faith at its deepest and best.
What the Hygge Trend Tells Me About True ComfortSubscriber Access Only
I like warm socks, coffee, and a cozy fire. But real, sustainable self-care involves something unexpected.
How to Be at Peace and Get What You Want
Fortune 500 CEO Brad Hewitt’s wisdom for moving past our insatiable cravings.
Freed from the Life I've Always WantedSubscriber Access Only
How Jesus confronted my "good Christian life"
Our Priorities Are Off When Family Is More Important Than Church
Jesus' focus was on the family of God, not the biological family.
5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less StuffSubscriber Access Only
Minimalism was meant to help our finances. Here’s how it helped our faith.
Is 'Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Service' Killing the Church?
We’ll never become biblically active communities of life-transformation until church leaders let go of our please-the-consumer mindset.
Buy the Product, Not the Sob Story Subscriber Access Only
Why sustainable social enterprise has to be more than a pity-inducing sales pitch.
Pastoral Landmines to Avoid During Football Season
Whether or not you're a fan, your pews are full of them.
From 'Sit Back and Watch' to 'Get Up and Go'Subscriber Access Only
Want to reach the next generation? Empower them to participate by using their gifts.
Go Big or Go Home: How "Big" Has Invaded the Church
Is our obsession with big churches rooted in mission our just our desire for “big”?

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The Long Obedience of Racial Justice
The Long Obedience of Racial Justice
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