Month: January 2018

Why I’ve Spent Half My Life Helping North Korea

Despite political and military tensions in the region, the director of Christian Friends of Korea is committed to medical ministry. North Korea’s recent decision to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics comes at a time when the country has arguably never been more isolated from the West. Recent actions and counteractions between the United States Read More

What Persecution Is, and Isn’t, and How to Respond to Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List

Our misuse of ‘persecution’ disrespects believers for whom any public reference of their faith could mean death. Having just come out of the holiday season, many of you will likely remember recent rhetoric surrounding a certain conflict—one that some have called the “war on Christmas.” For those of you who aren’t aware or haven’t heard Read More

Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks

Christians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Yesterday in a meeting about immigration reform, President Donald Trump questioned why he should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa, instead of places like Norway. Even in the constant onslaught of news and Read More

The Theology for Life Podcast

A weekly podcast co-hosted by Drs. Ed Stetzer and Lynn Cohick Sin, Patience, and Our Theology In this episode of Theology for Life Ed and Lynn talk to Dr. David Lauber about his works on both the doctrine of sin and the role of patience in the Christian life. David Lauber (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) Read More

Does the Church’s First Spiritual Abuse Verdict Give Critics a New Weapon?

We emulate Jesus when we expose abuse. But dividing it into special categories may do more harm than good. For the first time, the Church of England has formally found one of its leaders guilty of “spiritual abuse.” The bishop’s disciplinary tribunal decided this past week that Timothy Davis, vicar of a large evangelical parish Read More

It Doesn’t Get Any More Personal

Why evangelicals give pride of place to penal substitutionary understandings of the Cross. I was sitting outside the library at the University of California at Santa Cruz when two other students walked by complaining about Christian faith in the crucifixion of Jesus. As a young Christian with an interest in working with my cohorts to Read More

Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong.

It’s not an incident. It’s abuse. If you are getting weary of more sexual assault allegations coming out every day, you are not alone. The #MeToo campaign is shining a spotlight on widespread misogynistic behavior, ranging from unprofessional to full-scale assault. As overwhelming as this feels, it pales in comparison to the lives of victims. Read More

What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors

For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange. According to an African proverb, “He who never travels thinks mom is the only cook.” That’s not a putdown of mom’s cooking, just an acknowledgement that there are lots of things you’ll never know if you don’t venture away from home. Likewise, Read More

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? We were driving home from preschool when my daughter Marilee—four years old at the time—asked, “Momma, are all Indians mean?” I paused the audiobook version of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and reminded myself Read More

Video-Driven, Multisite Church Planting in Rural North America

Bringing big church opportunities to small communities “Honestly, I think you’re crazy.” That was the conversation stopper offered by a friend and colleague. We had gone to seminary together in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area, served on staff at the same church, and now lived halfway across the country from each other in Read More

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