Category: Christianity

Richard Stearns: ‘Every Day Is a Celebration’

After 20 years of tackling the “hole in our gospel,” World Vision’s most recent president is fine retiring from World Vision with some tasks unfinished. You’ve grown World Vision US from $350 million to $1 billion over your two decades as president and CEO. Today 40,000 international staff serve children in 100 countries, and you Read More

Aretha Franklin’s One Faith

As her father once said, Aretha was still a gospel singer. Today’s homecoming of Aretha Franklin prompted me to pull out her legendary double-CD live set, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism from 1987. While the live Amazing Grace set (1972) is the justly more famous, more satisfying collection, One Lord has moments of transcendent Read More

Christians to Science: Leave Animals the Way God Designed Them—Except Mosquitoes

Pew finds 7 in 10 Americans, as well as highly committed evangelicals, say the pesky insects should be genetically engineered to reduce disease. When asked about five ways that science can use genetic engineering on animals, many Americans express a reticence to mess with nature or “God’s plan.” Except when it comes to mosquitoes. A Read More

How Fiction Fueled Madeleine L’Engle’s Faith

How does a lonely kid understand that she’s loved by God? An author’s childhood holds the answer. Story, at its heart, is one of the primary modes in which God speaks to us, which means it’s one of the main vehicles for God’s truth. It’s also formative truth: The best, most ennobling stories have the Read More

Why You Got Blocked: What’s Okay, and Not Okay, on Social Media

Social media is a place where we should first seek to be light and salt to a world that needs Jesus. I don’t block a lot of people on Twitter. But sometimes I do, and people ask me why. First, I found Jonathan Merritt’s article on how he mutes some and not others to be Read More

Why Zika, and Other Viruses, Don’t Disprove God’s Goodness

A microbiologist reflects on the problem of evil in human diseases. It’s been two years since Christian missionaries and aid workers in Zika-infested areas wrestled with whether to stay or go after the virus triggered an international public health emergency. Last week, the CDC released a new report indicating for the first time what happens Read More

Evangelical Ethiopian Helps End Orthodox Schism

Africa’s youngest head of state heals the wounds of one of its oldest churches. Ending 27 years of schism, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in their homeland and in America reunited the two feuding branches of one of the world’s oldest churches. Ironically, the push came from the Horn of Africa nation’s new evangelical prime minister. “It Read More

One-on-One with Joseph D’Souza on GAFCON

Despite the many severe challenges Christians face, the church is growing in India. Ed: What are some of the challenges Christians are currently facing in India? Archbishop D’Souza: Since the time of the apostles, Christians have faced persecution and social and political oppression because of their faith. In India, things are not unlike the early Read More

A Degree of Contention at Christian Schools

Rise of honorary degrees raises concern about misuse of “Dr.” in ministry. What do figures as wide-ranging as Billy Graham, Rick and Kay Warren, Fred Rogers, and Donald Trump have in common? All have been awarded honorary doctorates by Christian colleges. Each spring, another batch of distinguished guests receives these symbolic degrees. Among others this Read More

Five Key Things About Church Revitalization That Most Leaders Miss, Part 1

If you went into ministry for everyone to like you, this was a poor decision. Many churches are stuck and stagnant. That doesn’t mean God isn’t working in and through them, but it can be frustrating for a church to be stuck in the same place for a long time. Sometimes it can feel like Read More

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