Month: April 2018

Sectarian Cinema: Oscars Highlight Muslim Defense of Persecuted Christians

“Watu Wote” shows the power and limits of African and Arab films to probe interfaith relations. Two years ago, the heroic actions of some Kenyan Muslims brought their majority-Christian nation together. The Oscar-nominated film depiction of that heroism may do so again—if many people watch. Watu Wote is a fictional retelling of real-life horror. In Read More

Study: Clinton Voters Twice as Likely to Leave Evangelicalism as Trump Voters

How political divides impact religious affiliation and attendance. The 2016 presidential election heightened an ongoing discussion over the allegiance of American evangelicals to the Republican Party. As countless articles and social media posts have observed, Donald Trump’s presidency has led many church leaders to warn against a too-warm embrace of politics and politicians, as well Read More

Divorce After Abuse: How Paige Patterson’s Counsel Compares to Other Pastors

After audio of old comments circulates on social media, Southern Baptist leader clarifies his pastoral approach to domestic violence. On Sunday, Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson spoke out to address his position on domestic violence after old comments he made regarding counseling women in abusive marriages circulated on social media over the weekend. Patterson, the Read More

Interview: Inside the Nixon Years

Chuck Colson tells the inside story of the most controversial relationship in Graham’s life. Billy Graham’s relationship to President Richard Nixon was a tricky one, Charles Colson said in this exclusive interview before his death in 2012. As special counsel for Nixon before his own conversion to Christ, Colson often assisted in arranging meetings between Read More

The Myth of the Holy Hierarchy

Remembering UK scientist R. J. “Sam” Berry (1934–2018), a real scientist with real faith. “As a Christian at university, I was faced with a hierarchy of possibilities. The really holy people became missionaries, the rather holy people were ordained, and the fairly holy people became teachers; the ‘also rans’ did all the other jobs in Read More

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not.

For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. Evangelism has the ability to make some of us very uncomfortable. We worry about offending people. We agonize over saying something wrong, unorthodox, or unhelpful that might end up leading someone further from Christ in lieu of closer to him. While we certainly Read More

When the Rohingya Came, This Christian Hospital Was Ready

After decades shut out of refugee camps, medical missionaries in Bangladesh offer expert care to those who fled Myanmar. It wasn’t that Memorial Christian Hospital in southeastern Bangladesh had no warning. Steve Kelley, a surgeon at the Baptist facility, got a call from Doctors Without Borders on a Friday afternoon last August. “He was stammering,” Read More

One-on-One with Scot McKnight on “Open to the Spirit”

The Holy Spirit’s involvement in our lives through the cultivation of holiness, spiritual gifts, and worship. Ed: You say that the secret to experiencing the Christian life is allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to live as God wants us to live. Why do you think so many Christians today are nervous and hesitant Read More

Lord, Save Me from My Side Hustle

Hard work is a virtue. But Scripture warns of its vice. If our era had a buzzword, hustle would be a fierce contender. In 2018, if you don’t have a side hustle, a fever, a pet project that you’re fanatically growing, optimizing, organizing, or creatively monetizing, we want to know: Are you even trying? Are Read More

Rwanda Weeds the Church Plants

Thousands of churches closed in attempt to curb bad buildings—and bad preaching. Authorities have closed more than 7,000 churches across Rwanda, including 714 in the capital city of Kigali, in the span of two months for failing to comply with health, safety, and noise regulations. Underscoring the seriousness of the campaign, a lightning strike killed Read More

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