Opinion | Church
Why Augustine’s ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment Tells an Incomplete Story
The same church father who experienced a radical turn to faith also preached a gospel of continual conversion.
our delight, till by turning, turning we come 'round right.” Conversion is the refrain of the Christian life. Han-luen Kantzer Komline is an assistant professor of church history and theology
Opinion | Church
The Case for an Early Christmas
Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate.
The Case for an Early Christmas. Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate. Courtney Ellis. Image: RyanJLane / E / Getty.
For Christian Women, Persecution Looks Like Rape
Around the globe, female followers of the faith suffer sexual violence, forced marriage, forced abortions, travel bans, and trafficking.
That means changing the minds of Christian men, says Lynn Cohick, the provost at Denver And throughout history, systematic rape has been used to wipe out an enemy's numbers and
Excerpt | Discipleship
Delivering a Stillborn Baby Taught Me the Transience of Death
When I found out about my daughter's condition, I felt the destruction of my plans and hopes. But this place of limitation also revealed God’s profound love.
In sum, I was struck with a Christian truth so fundamental that I had almost forgotten it Sarah C. Williams taught history at the University of Oxford for seven years before moving with her
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it.
First, the two World Wars introduced into human history a phenomenon that required a new word, one that describes the deliberate destruction of whole people-groups.
She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them.
Here, ten contemporary women reflect on the examples of ten women from Christian history who have significantly influenced their own faith in Jesus.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Incarnation Is the Rule, Not the Exception
How a theology of the ordinary informs Advent.
despite, their ordinariness. More than figures of Christian history, however, we find our ordinary posterchild in Jesus himself. Theologians have always
Opinion | Discipleship
Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
Opinion | Discipleship. Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell. In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
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Searching for Christian Heroines from History? Look to the Early Church
How women were instrumental to the rise of Christianity.
in the patristic period—and taking seriously their Christian beliefs (doctrine, worship, Scripture, and community)—we can remember a fuller and richer Christian history and engage in
Opinion | Discipleship
The Female Martyrs’ #MeToo Message
What happened when early Christian women took a stand.
can we learn from the selflessness, modesty, and conviction of these early Christian women Blandina's story is recorded by Eusebius in book 5 of Historia Ecclesiastica (Church History).
10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing
More and more evangelical women are pursuing higher education in theology. Here are a few you haven’t heard of yet.
“Kristen Deede Johnson is, simply put, a gift to the church and to Christian thought,” says Tish Harrison Warren Her voice as a female theologian is needed in our moment of history.”.
Opinion | Discipleship
How Fiction Fueled Madeleine L’Engle’s Faith
How does a lonely kid understand that she’s loved by God? An author’s childhood holds the answer.
In other words, our faith is formed not just by propositional truths but also by the narratives of Scripture, the tales of Christian history, the great works of fiction, and other art forms.
Opinion | Discipleship
Why ‘Passing on the Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home.
In our most recent history, the dominant youth ministry philosophies and practices answer the pressing question “What is a Christian's relationship to the church?” with language that
Opinion | Discipleship
Pilgrim’s Progress: How Restlessness Leads Us to Jesus
Exile is part of the Christian experience. But our wandering is not without a destination.
in spiritual pilgrimage today, we look to these models in Scripture, examples from the early church (including the desert fathers and mothers), and other believers from Christian history.
Opinion | Discipleship
5 Women Every Christian Should Know
From Katharina Luther, who escaped a convent and became a radical reformer, to Amanda Berry Smith, an itinerant minister who was born a slave, these women changed history.
A few years ago, a book debuted featuring short biographies of people who had made an impact on Christian history. The book spanned four centuries.
Opinion | Discipleship
The Bible’s Best Description of Salvation Is a Phrase We Rarely Use
How Paul points the way to a fresh way of seeing faith.
a prayer. Rather, it has already happened—it just is. The second part of the mystery is even greater: Jesus has thrown open his history to us. This is the
Margaret Feinberg: Scripture Is My Food for Thought
A conversation with the author of ‘Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers.’
Each of these adventures was both a spiritual and a culinary adventure. I got to know the foods—more about their history, more about how they are planted and nurtured and cared for.
Opinion | Discipleship
Dispatches from Baylor: Let Women Lead
We see female professors excel when the people around them support their callings.
Even at a Christian university, academia is a woman's job too. Beth Allison Barr, PhD, is associate professor and graduate program director of history at Baylor University.
Opinion | Pop Culture
12 Podcasts for Your Summer Listening List
A dozen women weigh in with their favorite podcasts on practicing the Sabbath, the science of pianos, and other topics worth talking about this summer.
I'm smitten by good stories, and Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History sets out to tell As a Christian, I came away mesmerized by the idea that although people are prone to
Opinion | Family
Hiding the Full Truth from Kids Is Often Healthy
As our children come of age, how do we talk about the brutal realities of a broken world?
My seven-year-old son, William, chimed in with a short synopsis of American history and western expansion, then wrinkled his forehead, and said, “Mom, it's not fair if the government