Month: January 2018

How Poetry Might Change the Pro-Life Debate

The moral imagination of literature speaks volumes. January 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion. What has changed in those 45 years? Well, not a lot. After peaking in 1980, the abortion rate has been on a slow, steady decline (although it’s heartbreaking that in 2014, Read More

Bolivia’s President Revokes Evangelism Restrictions

Evo Morales announces on national TV that controversial criminal code will be scrapped. Yesterday, Bolivia’s evangelical leaders urged a national day of prayer and fasting in response to their socialist government making evangelism a crime. That same Sunday, their president went on TV to answer their prayers. President Evo Morales Ayma announced that he will Read More

Don’t Just Stand There, Say Something: Intention vs. Action in Evangelism

Simply praying for the lost is not enough. The church in the West lives in exciting and challenging times. People are truly considering what it looks like to be a missionary in their cultural context now more than in the past 100 years. This has been a great thing for the church, and a large Read More

In Defense of Pro-Life ‘Hypocrisy’

Analogies between abortion and other “life issues” are shakier than we sometimes suppose. Spend enough time arguing against abortion, and you’re certain to deal with accusations of hypocrisy and inconsistency. If you were really pro-life, critics say, there are other, outside-the-womb causes you would champion just as ardently. In a 2004 interview with PBS host Read More

Are Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Women Any Closer to Finding Common Ground?

A year after the first Women’s March, politics continue to splinter the women’s movement. Last year’s record-setting Women’s March—filling Washington D.C. and hundreds of other cities with streams of pink hats and feminist placards—launched an important discussion about the place of pro-life and conservative women in the movement, after multiple women’s groups opposing abortion were Read More

The Humble Leader

Lifeway Senior Vice President contributes to a new series Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound. The messiness of life gets in the Read More

Looking for Ancient African Religion? Try Christianity.

The African religious imagination already anticipates Christ. It’s ironic that as I crossed the Walt Whitman Bridge to attend an urban apologetics conference in Philadelphia I encountered the very religious pluralism that makes conferences such as these a necessity. As my weathered SUV pulled up to the stoplight, I could see the Marcus Garvey–inspired Pan-African Read More

God’s Message to #MeToo Victims and Perpetrators

Scripture offers a radical framework for understanding anger and forgiveness. Young 20-somethings stood in line to speak with me after my workshop, “Is Christianity Good for Women?” They thanked me for tackling difficult passages in Scripture involving violence against women and asked me the expected questions about gender roles in marriage and the family. When Read More

The Church’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: Practical Tool Kit for Faith-Based Leaders

A new resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services This past fall, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. This came in response to a commission report that stated the country was “enduring a death toll equal to September 11th, every three weeks.” Overdosing on drugs, especially opioids and Read More

The Rise of Reformed Charismatics

A 21st-century global movement sets the Word on fire with gospel preaching and powerful spiritual gifts. The rollicking worship pulsed for nearly an hour in the humid Sanctuary: energetic singing, hundreds of hands raised, prophetic words referencing the Spirit’s flames, and sparks of spontaneous prayer among strangers from different states and nations. When the worship Read More

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