Month: December 2017

Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music

Be of good cheer: We are in a moment of theologically rich, artistically wonderful recordings. The Advent and Christmas seasons are filled with more than their share of paradoxes. We raid our basements and attics for the nostalgia of Christmases past as we scour websites to buy the latest gadgets as gifts. As the daylight Read More

There’s Proof that Scientists Don’t Hate Christians

Faith leaders have a better shot than celebrities at changing the narrative about religion and science. If you assume America’s laboratories and research facilities are filled with people who believe in the laws of science but not in God, you’re not alone. You’re also not correct. About 36 percent of evangelicals think scientists are hostile Read More

This Christmas, I’m Defining Family by My Single Friends

Blood relatives are key to the holiday. But I share a deeper DNA with the body of Christ. Every Saturday, after evening church services, my husband and I open our home to friends—mostly unmarried ones. Sometimes it’s four or five friends, sometimes one, sometimes it’s just my husband and me and our housemate, a 24-year-old Read More

Christmas and Cricket: Rediscovering Two Lost C. S. Lewis Articles After 70 Years

“A Christmas Sermon for Pagans” is quintessential Lewis at the height of his renown. “Cricketer’s Progress” is more of a mystery. Would you imagine that, with all of the cataloging technologies we have working around the clock, one could still discover unknown articles by a very well-known author? While doing research for my PhD, I Read More

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

Overtures by US evangelicals to Arab churches tested by Trump’s Jerusalem decision. American evangelicals rediscovered their brethren in the Middle East in recent years. The promise of the Arab Spring, followed by the threat of ISIS. Beheadings and other martyrdoms, followed by forgiveness. Many decided we must become better friends, and work harder for the Read More

Johnson Amendment Repeal Removed from Final GOP Tax Bill

Trump promise to let churches make political endorsements blocked by Senate rule. President Donald Trump’s biggest religious freedom policy promise to evangelicals—repealing the Johnson Amendment—will no longer take place via Republican tax reform. A Democratic senator announced Thursday night that the repeal included in the House version of the tax bill, which would allow churches Read More

Two Marvelous Truths Help Me Say No to Sexual Sin

As a same-sex-attracted woman married to a man, I was struggling to ward off temptation on my own power. Then God showed me I didn’t have to. Author’s Note: In October of this year I had the privilege of publicly sharing my story of coming to Christ from a background of same-sex attraction and atheism. Read More

The Sanctification Gap

The call to die is really a call to experience life the way we were meant to. There is a gap of action and desire in Christian holiness today. The Christian is called to follow Jesus, become more like Him, and die to self. Most Christians know that God is calling them to live a Read More

Yes, 100 Christian Kids Are Being Raised by Muslim Families. Here’s the Actual Problem.

The real threat to foster children in the UK (and the US) lies within our own hearts. For the past few weeks, headlines in the United Kingdom have been full of outrage over Christian foster children being placed with Muslim families, and vice versa. It began in August, when The Times of London—one of the Read More

Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards

Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture. Could any Bible verse double as a mission statement for CT’s books section? Perhaps Philippians 4:8, which calls us to dwell on whatever is “true,” “noble,” “right,” “pure,” “lovely,” and “admirable.” Or Romans 12:2, with its admonition to “be transformed by Read More

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