Category: Christianity

Counseling Across America: Regional Snapshots of What Problems Rank Highest

The stigma that was often attached to pursuing mental wellness is slowly going away—and Americans are increasingly taking charge of their mental health because of it. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of American households have someone who has sought out mental health care. The stigma that was often attached Read More

Southern Christianity Is Bigger Than the Bible Belt

A scholar’s journey through the region reveals much more than Baptists and church barbecues. In the spring of 2008, my wife and I loaded up a truck and moved to Tennessee, where I’d taken a job as the religion writer at a newspaper in Nashville. I’ve spent the decade since then covering religion in the Read More

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You

God needs willing workers, not necessarily young ones. I am not 25 anymore, or 45, or even 65. But God doesn’t care. It’s Monday and my phone is ringing. My email inbox is full. My workload is steady. The harvest is ripe, as the Good Book says, and God has work for me to do. Read More

Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?

Making sure your church is a loving, welcoming environment that genuinely seeks to share the gospel is a great way to address stagnation and to actively pursue growth. When we hear the term “stagnating,” it likely elicits a response from us of something unhealthy and functioning poorly. Although it is sometimes the case that something Read More

God’s Peace Is Not Always God’s

How to know when our feelings are truly from the Spirit. Our deeply reported March cover story examined multiple perspectives on the role of evangelicals in America’s growing commercial surrogacy industry. One supporter of the practice was quoted as saying, “God called me to seek out what seemed like unconventional ways to serve others.” Another Read More

One-On-One with Matt Mikalatos on Good News for a Change

If gospel really means “good news,” we shouldn’t be surprised that most people will be delighted to talk about it. One-On-One with Matt Mikalatos on Good News for a Change Ed: You start your new evangelism book, Good News for a Change, by suggesting we’ve forgotten that gospel means “good news.” Why is that? Matt: Read More

Church Succession: How to Lead Our Churches into a Healthy Future

As pastors age, they can prepare so that the transition of leadership in their churches passes smoothly and their churches are set to stay on a healthy trajectory. Church succession can be a sticky subject and sometimes involves a lot of awkward conversations. But it doesn’t have to. As pastors age, they can prepare so Read More

Stop Apologizing for Apologetics

But it might be time for it to grow up. In an episode of the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, the four junior-high heroes of the hit series dress up as characters from Ghostbusters for Halloween. In their ghost-fighting jumpsuits with blasting packs on their back, they quickly realize they have, quite Read More

Families Who Cross the Border Together Won’t Stay Together

Christian immigration advocates critique a new policy that separates children from asylum-seeking parents from Central America. Family unity is among the biggest factors for American evangelicals advocating for immigration reform; it comes up in almost every statement, prayer, and open letter rallying believers around the cause. And it continues to prove a major concern, as Read More

One-on-One with Lon Allison on Billy Graham and Cancer

Together we can reach the world. One-on-One with Lon Allison on Billy Graham and Cancer Ed: Not too long ago you were diagnosed with an aggressive liver cancer and have been receiving treatment. How has this impacted your faith and the way you view God? Lon: I really didn’t know how my faith would be Read More

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