Month: May 2018

Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough

Americans increasingly identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Radical faith goes beyond both. We hear a good deal today about “the triumph of the human spirit.” Books and movies about disasters are frequently marketed as triumphs of the human spirit, even though they often portray examples of human depravity. This emphasis on the human spirit Read More

American Bible Society Requires Employees to Follow Its Evangelical Shift

Brand-new covenant mandates biblical beliefs and behaviors. Plenty of Christian organizations require employees to sign a statement of faith. For over 200 years, the American Bible Society (ABS) wasn’t one of them. But now the Philadelphia-based ministry plans to implement an “affirmation of biblical community” next year, requiring all employees to uphold basic Christian beliefs Read More

College Board CEO: How Religious Education Helps Us Rethink the College Admissions Race

The “soulcraft” found in faith-based learning is just what higher ed needs right now. High school graduation is a season of joy as we witness a sea of smiling young graduates, ready for anything. However, those smiles far too often mask the years of anxiety over getting into the right college that led up to Read More

Despite Disappointing Some, New Mark Manuscript Is Earliest Yet

Bible scholars have been waiting for the Gospel fragment’s publication for years. The Egypt Exploration Society has recently published a Greek papyrus that is likely the earliest fragment of the Gospel of Mark, dating it from between A.D. 150–250. One might expect happiness at such a publication, but this important fragment actually disappointed many observers. Read More

Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America: Overcoming Misconceptions, and Answering the Call (Part 2)

In reality, rural America is in a perilous position — perhaps in greater danger of decay and decline than many cities. Misconception #2: Idyllic Life The second misconception is that rural America is doing fine, while the inner cities alone are in decline. Though the general population of rural communities is diverse, there are challenges Read More

A Woman’s Guide to Seminary

Ministry is serious business. These 9 steps are key to pursuing your training. Shortly after making my calling public to my local church at age 15, I told my parents I wanted to go to seminary eventually. That’s what my father, a pastor, had done after college, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Read More

Whatever Happened to Gifts of Language, Prophecy, and Healing?

Let’s ask the early church fathers. Sometimes we start our history in the wrong place. It can be tempting to trace our roots back to the origin of our denomination or even the origin of Christianity in our country. But taking a longer view by tracing our roots back to the early church fathers leads Read More

Western Europe’s Christians Are As Religious As America’s ‘Nones’

However, Pew researchers find Christianity across 15 countries is “not just a ‘nominal’ identity devoid of practical importance.” Religiously unaffiliated Americans are, unsurprisingly, less likely than their Christian countrymen to attend church regularly or say religion is important in their lives. However, on several common measures, “nones” in the United States exhibit nearly equal levels Read More

Why Japan Wants Its Past Persecution of Christians to Be World Renowned

A dozen “hidden Christian” sites on verge of gaining UNESCO World Heritage status. This month, a dozen Christian landmarks in Japan—where just 1 percent of the population claims Christ—have been officially recommended to be named World Heritage sites. Spanning across the Nagasaki and Amakusa region, these sites represent places where believers during the Tokugawa shogunate Read More

Memorial Day: For What Shall We Live?

Whether we wear a uniform or not, we all have sacrificial service to offer. Memorial Day likely conjures up memories for all of us. Mine start from when I was too young to know what the day meant. When I was a young boy, it was a family time, a holiday from school or other Read More

1 2 3 7