Month: January 2018

Demonic Cheese-Donkeys and Immortal Peacocks: Augustine Does Science

How a church father loved God with his rational mind. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) loved God with all his mind—his rational mind, his scientific mind. Yes, that’s right: History remembers him as the revered church father, brilliant theologian, and ground-breaking philosopher, but what is perhaps not so well known is that he was, at Read More

Interview: A Member of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ Counts Her Blessings, One by One

Melba Beals describes how faith helped her flourish amid many trials. Melba Pattillo Beals received a Congressional Gold Medal for her part in the Little Rock Nine, the group of African American students who brought about the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas—an experience recounted in her first memoir, Warriors Don’t Read More

The Multiplying Leader

Founder of The Unstuck Group is the third entry in a new series. I’ve always believed healthy leadership in the church is less about the leader and more about those being led. The real leadership development ‘win’ happens when all of God’s people are fully equipped to do his work. That means we should be Read More

Sam Brownback Finally Confirmed as America’s Religious Freedom Ambassador

After a tight Senate vote, evangelicals are celebrating the Kansas governor’s new role. The US Senate finally confirmed Sam Brownback as America’s next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Wednesday evening, six months after President Donald Trump tapped the Kansas Republican for the job. The chamber voted 50–49—calling on Vice President Mike Pence to break a Read More

Translating the N. T. Wright and David Bentley Hart Tussle

The recent New Testament dust-up between big-name scholars reminds us how hard—and important—Bible translation can be. Individual translations of the Bible have a long history in Western Christianity, stretching back to Jerome’s Latin translation, the Vulgate. Notable members of this auspicious tradition include William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, and Martin Luther. Much more recently, figures such Read More

How Protestant Churches Are Involved with Adoption and Foster Care

Survey finds nondenominational ones are most active. But half of churchgoers say their church doesn’t mention either issue. The Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Protestant churches in the United States appear to be listening. About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster Read More

Unapologetically Pro-Life—From the Moment of Conception Until the Last Breath on Earth

Being pro-life goes from the womb to the tomb, and Christians need to be unapologetic about those values. Two Sundays ago I spoke at the Chicago March for Life, where several thousand people gathered to celebrate life and speak out on behalf of the thousands of unborn lives lost in America each year. If you Read More

When the Gift of Intelligence Becomes the Burden of Alzheimer’s

The strength of human intellect also makes it fragile. This essay was the second place winner of the 2017 CT Science Writing Contest. The two most hair-raising moments I have ever had with my dad happened within 10 minutes of each other. A few years ago we were snorkeling with my two brothers off Santa Read More

Get Ready, Youth Group Leaders: Teens Now Twice as Likely to Identify as Atheist or LGBT

Barna findings on Generation Z pose new challenges for the church. Imagine Generation Z—the 70 million kids born between 1999 and 2015—and you probably picture them staring at their devices. A bunch of app-savvy, tech-addicted teens who never knew a time before smartphones. Half of Protestant youth pastors consider technology and social media the defining Read More

Died: Chuck Murphy, Visionary Who Gave Conservative Anglicans a New Home

Founder of Anglican Mission in the Americas partnered with Rwanda to create US alternative to The Episcopal Church. Charles H. Murphy III, retired bishop and founder of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA), died Jan. 9 of brain cancer at his home in Litchfield Plantation, South Carolina. He was 70. Through his organization, created Read More

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