Day: October 2, 2018

Mr. Rogers Had a Dangerous Side

Underneath the gentle smile and neighborly manner, he was driven by anger at the way the world treated children. Fred Rogers—perhaps you know him by the title “Mister”—is a cultural icon, a walking meme, a man forever frozen in sweaters and white sneakers, a gentle smile on his face. You can paint him in a Read More

Why I Wrote ‘Christians in an Age of Outrage’

I want to help Christians engage an outraged world with discernment and wisdom, seeing the world as the mission field to which God has called us. Nearly a year ago this week I started writing a book. In Fall 2017, it seemed like the world was on fire. Everywhere I looked, I saw anger—anger towards Read More

The Truth of How Pastors Are Doing as We Look to Pastor Appreciation Month

We should remind ourselves to try not to place unreasonable expectations on the person leading our church. There’s a lot of data out there saying that pastors are not doing well. In fact, in the past several years, there’s been data going around insinuating that pastors are miserable, depressed, and ready to leave their positions Read More

Interview: Richard Foster: Effort Is Not the Opposite of Grace

As he retires from public ministry, the ‘Celebration of Discipline’ author reflects on the heart of spiritual formation. Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline 40 years ago as a young pastor. The book—which has sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into 25 languages—launched a ministry of speaking, writing, and teaching on spiritual Read More

Azusa Pacific Reverses Approval for Gay Student Couples

Board of Trustees never sanctioned the recent code of conduct change. Now the wording’s back to before. Days after Azusa Pacific University (APU) dropped a ban on “romanticized” same-sex relationships from its code of student conduct, its board of trustees reversed the changes. “Last week, reports circulated about a change in the undergraduate student standards Read More

Five Signs My Church May Have Become an Idol

How can we see the signs and repent? Most of us have misspent precious time on WebMD. We’ve developed a peculiar malaise and launched our own investigative examination (with unquestioned personal expertise) to secure a speedy and satisfying diagnosis. Although we were troubled by our original symptoms, we soon become suspicious that we’ve contracted a Read More