Day: July 3, 2018

Mideast Christians See Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith

Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares. War was swirling in Syria. Rebels were pressing. And Maan Bitar was the only hope for American help. “Because I am evangelical, everyone thinks I have channels of communication,” said the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Mhardeh. “Syrians Read More

12 Podcasts for Your Summer Listening List

A dozen women weigh in with their favorite podcasts on practicing the Sabbath, the science of pianos, and other topics worth talking about this summer. Maybe you’ve missed it, but Christianity Today produces a podcast. I’m the co-host of Quick to Listen, a weekly current-events program that pushes back against the breathless and instant opinions Read More

Renewing Your Church: Church Revitalization as a Humbling Experience

God works through people and churches who depend on him. I accepted my first pastorate in 2004 at First Baptist Church in Castroville, TX as a 25-year-old recent seminary graduate. I had not given much thought to leading revitalization throughout my studies, but I found myself leading a church that was still in the process Read More