Month: April 2018

80% of Americans Believe in God. Pew Found Out What They Mean.

Does God talk to you? Has God punished you? Here’s how denomination, gender, and political party relate to how we see the divine. “We believe in God,” Amy Grant famously sang in the ’90s. Today, 4 out of 5 Americans still say the same. But according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, Read More

Community Home Offers ‘Boot Camp’ for Pregnant Moms

How a residential program in Virginia goes beyond crisis pregnancy aid. In the living room at Carried to Full Term (CTFT), a residential home for mothers in Haymarket, Virginia, seven-month-old Fabia crawls toward her mother, stretches out her arms, and whimpers. Her mother, Samrawit (Sam) Biru, obliges and picks her up. The two touch heads Read More

Interview: Rosaria Butterfield: Christian Hospitality Is Radically Different from ‘Southern Hospitality’

It has nothing to do with entertainment—and everything to do with addressing the crisis of unbelief. Before Rosaria Butterfield became a popular Christian author, she was a tenured professor at Syracuse University, a lesbian feminist fighting to advance the cause of LGBTQ equality, and an unlikely convert. In 1999, her life intersected with the gospel Read More

One-on-One with Sam Chan on Evangelism in a Skeptical World

The essence of evangelism is the gospel message—true for all peoples, all places, and all times. Sam Chan, a practicing medical doctor and a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, recently wrote Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable. Below, I talk with him Read More

Bethel Music and Bieber Sang It. But Do We Really Believe in ‘Reckless Love’?

Worship experts weigh in on the theology beneath Cory Asbury’s chart-topping hit. Bethel Music’s Cory Asbury hit it big with his song about the “the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” “Reckless Love” reached No. 1 for Christian airplay last week, with more than 10 million listeners, according to Nielsen Music. It’s also back at Read More

Willow Creek Promises Investigation Amid New Allegations Against Bill Hybels

“We are sorry,” elder board says as more women claim misconduct. Last night, Willow Creek Community Church made a promise to its members following the early departure of its founder and senior pastor, Bill Hybels. “Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to resolve any shadow of doubt in the trustworthiness Read More

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed. Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu? Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over Read More

Jesus, Take the Control Wheel: Southwest Pilot Saw Flying as Ministry

Fellow Texas Baptists cheer on Tammie Jo Shults, who heroically landed Flight 1390 after engine failure. BOERNE, Texas (BP)— When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of Read More

Why God Still Works Through Fools Like Samson

The deeply flawed Old Testament “hero” was set apart for a very specific purpose. Growing up in church as a scrawny kid, I was captured by stories of David slaying Goliath, Gideon defeating the Midianites, and especially Samson taking out 1,000 Philistines practically barehanded. While I loved the daring of those figures, I was also Read More

My Son’s Down Syndrome Showed Me the Real Imago Dei

It didn’t look at all like I thought it did. For the majority of my theologically trained life, my ideas of what it meant to bear the image of God were quite conventional—easy inheritances from systematic theologies or books. We can love because God is love. We have the capability to reason; God is the Read More

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