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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.
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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.
She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them.
Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who've influenced them. Throughout history, God has used faithful women in powerful ways for the good of the church and the world.
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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.
is the refrain of the Christian life. Han-luen Kantzer Komline is an assistant professor of church history and theology at Western Theological Seminary.
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Searching for Christian Heroines from History? Look to the Early Church
How women were instrumental to the rise of Christianity.
excerpt | Church. Searching for Christian Heroines from History? Look to the Early Church. The Greek myth of Pandora gives us some context for understanding women in world history.
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
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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
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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
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.
own military campaign. And throughout history, systematic rape has been used to wipe out an enemy's numbers and increase one's own. In “It's Cheaper
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.
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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
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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.
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.
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Weary in the Wilderness?
Pray, and don't give up on people.
When I looked at the history of the United States, my personal history, or even my leadership and ministry journey, I saw people who were sometimes hateful, selfish, greedy, or
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Bonhoeffer: Advent Is Like a Prison Cell
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
In the midst of Nazi resistance, this Christian martyr offered three models for the season of waiting.
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.
“She asks questions about how theology was lived out among women and men of the post-Constantine church and embraces the rich and messy history of the early church with charity.”.
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I Grew Up with Black Household Help
How I’m learning to name both the injustice and goodness of my childhood in the South.
If I am grateful for my town, my family, my history, then I must not critique it. And if I name the ugliness inside that history, I forfeit the right to be grateful.
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.
In this episode, “Pence, Patterson, and the SBC,” Tisby and pastor Earon James parse out the disturbing history of the Southern Baptists' now ex-president Paige Patterson and the
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‘Wild Wild Country’ Hits Close to Home
The new Netflix documentary reveals an uncomfortable truth about American religious innovation.
It might be easy to dismiss Rajneeshpuram as a marginal “cult,” but the group's combination of spirituality, capitalism, and celebrity culture has a long history in America and is
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What the Kavanaugh Saga Says About Our View of Sin
Our political loyalties often prevent us from thinking biblically about the human condition.
Crucify him!” Accordingly, I am reminded to be aware of my own checkered history, to do due diligence in weighing what I hear about others, and to be slow to shout with the crowds.
Why Public Intellectuals Need Their Ivory Towers
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s departure from 'The Atlantic' reflects a growing crisis: Our digital age inhibits reliable and enduring insight.
Alan Jacobs, distinguished professor of humanities in the honors program at Baylor University, traces the postwar history of public intellectuals in his essay “The Watchmen.” Citing the
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