Month: January 2018

Moody Bible President and COO Both Resign, Provost Retires

Board unanimously decides “it is time for a new season of leadership.” Amid “widespread concerns over the direction” of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), the historic Chicago school announced today that President J. Paul Nyquist and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck have resigned, while Provost Junias Venugopal has retired. “Let there be no mistake that the Read More

Does 1 Huge New Church in Egypt Make Up for Troubles with 24 Small Ones?

Government says worship in hundreds of unregistered churches is allowed. Will neighbors agree? Celebrating Christmas with Egyptian Christians for the fourth consecutive year, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presented the largest gift under the tree: A new cathedral. Sisi was the first president in Egypt’s history to even attend a Christmas mass. During last year’s celebration, Read More

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus

If trends continue, North Korea will no longer be the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. For decades, North Korea has clearly been the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. But now, another nation nearly matches it. Open Doors released today its 2018 World Watch List (WWL), an annual ranking of the 50 countries where it is Read More

Visionary Leadership

President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference contributes to a new series Leadership is perhaps the most commonly written about subject on planet earth, and yet it is likely the least understood and most difficult skill to master. What’s more, the vast majority of leadership literature is framed in purely secular terms, which not Read More

Who Are You Without Your Props?

Why your identity isn’t rooted in possessions and appearances. There is only one question: Who are you? Everything else in life flows from that one question. That is true whether you are a person of faith or not; the identity question is the question. In fact, every religion, every denial of religion, and every philosophy Read More

Swipe Right for Jesus

How Tinder helped me come to terms with my evangelical identity. In 2016 and 2017, when the term “evangelical” was flung from putrid trenches on television news networks and Twitter, I ducked. By “ducked,” I mean that dropped the word “evangelical” from my vocabulary in every social setting. Although my theological convictions were still solidly Read More

Latino Churches Fear Impact of Homeland Security Decisions

US removes deportation protections from largely evangelical group of 200,000 Salvadorans. The Trump administration’s latest change in immigration policy has shaken the believers and converts from El Salvador who fill Spanish-speaking evangelical churches in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it would end temporary protected status (TPS) for the roughly Read More

We Are the Light of the (Cyber) World: Let’s Act Like It

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly…online Dr. Ed Stetzer wrote a post not too long ago declaring that we are a sent people. He reminds us that Jesus “is calling for those who will go into their neighborhoods and communities to bring the liberating and reconciling message of Jesus.” To this, I say, “Amen!” I Read More

Cover Story: Lord of the Night

In God there is no darkness, but in the darkness of the South Pole I found God everywhere. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station sits upon two miles of glacial ice at the bottom of the world. It is one of the remotest places on the planet, more than 800 miles from the nearest human beings. Read More

US Adds Pakistan to List of Religious Freedom Violators in Belated Report

This year’s State Department rankings come six weeks after the new congressional deadline. Two weeks ago, the US State Department released its list of countries of particular concern (CPC)—a compilation of nations that have “engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” The list contains the same names as last year: Burma, China, Read More

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