Category: Christianity

Make American Politics Hopeful Again

How the call to “carry one another’s burdens” breaks down partisan stalemates. In our increasingly polarized nation, elections are not just perceived to determine the direction of our nation’s policies but as a declaration of who is included and who is excluded. We cannot have a nation where half of the country wakes up the Read More

Words of Wisdom for Those Graduating High School and Beyond

God has a plan. He will pursue you. He will use you mightily—just trust him. Recently, McLean Presbyterian church in Virginia tweeted a question out to several evangelical leaders in preparation for an upcoming weekend youth retreat. Their request: words of wisdom to share with seniors in high school as they prepare to navigate the Read More

Rural Fish Bowl

Pastor Dad needs to be just Dad. Growing up in a rural town, I came to understand the lack of privacy just by picking up the local newspaper. Our local gossip column was called “Out and About.” It kept everyone in the loop of how many ladies made it to bridge club that week and Read More

Why the US Thinks Restricting International Adoptions Will Save Them

Experts debate State Department strategy to let the little children come less. Last fall, America’s only active accreditor of international adoption agencies quit. The Council on Accreditation (COA) protested that the US State Department was requiring “significant changes” that would likely reduce the already record-low number of intercountry adoptions, put small adoption providers out of Read More

Church-Based Academic Partnerships—How the Church and the Academy Can Better Connect to Raise Up and Train

Students receive practical ministry training and a MA in Evangelism and Leadership. Ed Stetzer: Why bring the church and the academy together? Why is that important? Colin Smith: Study matters, but so does hands-on experience. So bringing what can best be learned in the classroom together with what can best be learned in the church Read More

The New View of Heaven Is Too Small

Our recent emphasis on “kingdom work” misses the real hope of the afterlife. Heaven isn’t what it used to be. A friend of mine’s favorite Sunday school song growing up was “Dwell in Me, O Blessed Spirit,” the first verse of which goes, “Dwell in me, O Blessed Spirit, Gracious Teacher, Friend Divine. For the Read More

Not an Act of God: Ministries Respond to Surge in Mass Shootings

Christian counselors once focused on natural disasters now frequently address manmade crises. Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) arrived in Parkland, Florida, within hours of Wednesday’s school shooting that killed at least 17 teens. This is the fifth deployment this year for the ministry’s rapid response team, trained to provide emotional and spiritual Read More

Shootings, Grace, and the Gospel: An Interview with Pastor Eddie Bevill of Parkridge Church on the Parkland Shooting

Parkridge Church met in the high school for 7 years—now they’re hosting a vigil for those killed in the shooting. Another tragedy has struck our nation, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. According to reports, it’s one of the nation’s deadliest attacks at a high school. My heart dropped when I heard Read More

God’s Message on ‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies

When the first day of Lent falls on a romantic holiday, love and death meet up. Today, on Valentine’s Day, while the world is bedecked with schmaltzy red and pink hearts, I will stand before kneeling members of my congregation and tell them that they are going to die. This, without a doubt, is among Read More

Love & Marriage… Go Together Like… A Few Comments on the Covenantal Practice Today

Marriage is a created good, is not a ‘must,’ isn’t easy. Less than a year ago, an article was published in Huffington Post entitled “Is Marriage an Outdated Tradition?” As it seems, the authors answer is: yes. Sadly, many Americans would agree. According to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control in March Read More

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