Month: October 2018

Pakistan Frees Asia Bibi from Blasphemy Death Sentence

Jailed Christian mother acquitted by Supreme Court after eight years. Violent protests erupt in major cities. Today the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi of committing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable with death in the Muslim country, amid threats of nationwide paralyzing protests and “horrible” consequences to judges and army generals Read More

Respect and Humility: A Close Encounter with Those of Another Faith

People are drawn to Jesus with our actions—that is, when we are not condescending and arrogant. A few weeks ago, I was outside doing yard work. Seemingly out of nowhere, two ladies appeared in front of my garage. One of them quickly said, “We were going to knock at your door, but here you are. Read More

The First Female Evangelists

Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well couldn’t help but share their good news. We each have our notions about who is and who is not an evangelist. People like Billy Graham, who filled arenas, come to mind. Or perhaps we think of the person who first shared the gospel with us. Bold people. Read More

Why Science Can’t Tell Us How to Live

The quest to detach morality from divine revelation has only led to one dead end after another. Can science tell us how we ought to behave? In Science and the Good, a book that crosses the boundaries of history, philosophy, and psychology, sociologist James Davison Hunter and philosopher Paul Nedelisky examine nearly 400 years of Read More

Anti-Semitism and Unforgivable Sin

Hate is weak. Mercy is strong. We at Christianity Today were grieved to hear about the mass shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, claiming 11 lives. Sadly the local worshiping community has again become the place for the deranged to express their anger. It demonstrates how hate, which seems so strong, is often just Read More

James MacDonald Sues Critics After 2,000 Leave Harvest Bible Chapel

The authors of a longtime watchdog blog and Julie Roys, who was reporting on the church, face defamation claims. Pastor James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel filed a lawsuit this month against two ex-members and former Moody Radio host Julie Roys, accusing them of spreading false information about the Chicago-area megachurch’s financial health and leadership. Read More

Is Trump Our Cyrus? The Old Testament Case for Yes and No

Christians’ eagerness to understand God’s will in real time can cause them to overlook fundamental biblical and divine principles. Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t the first to compare Donald Trump to the ancient Persian leader, Cyrus. But he’s probably been the most prominent. Following the 45th president’s announcement earlier this year that the US embassy in Israel Read More

Ireland’s Blasphemy Ban Is Gone, But Dozens of Countries Still Enforce Them

Irish Christians hope the change will put pressure on places like Pakistan, where Asia Bibi faces the death penalty for remarks against Muhammad. An Irish law that could fine individuals up to 25,000 euros (about $28,500) for “the publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter” will be amended to remove the crime of Read More

Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife

Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways. When I was around 13 years old, I discovered the treasure of spiritual friendship through a woman named Gertrude Floyd. Gertrude and her husband were our back-door neighbors. I had recently been confirmed in the Presbyterian church and was involved Read More

For I Needed a Place to Vote, And You Invited Me In

When your church is a polling place, Election Day is an opportunity to show hospitality. For several years, I had been on the fence about my church operating as a polling place in our community. I was sick and tired of having my ministry work interrupted. Then, this last primary, we had an incident that Read More

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