Category: Christianity

Why We Need to Talk about Trump’s Haiti Remarks

Christians can expand their compassion by looking at the deeper story of development and immigration. Yesterday in a meeting about immigration reform, President Donald Trump questioned why he should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and nations in Africa, instead of places like Norway. Even in the constant onslaught of news and Read More

The Theology for Life Podcast

A weekly podcast co-hosted by Drs. Ed Stetzer and Lynn Cohick Sin, Patience, and Our Theology In this episode of Theology for Life Ed and Lynn talk to Dr. David Lauber about his works on both the doctrine of sin and the role of patience in the Christian life. David Lauber (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) Read More

Does the Church’s First Spiritual Abuse Verdict Give Critics a New Weapon?

We emulate Jesus when we expose abuse. But dividing it into special categories may do more harm than good. For the first time, the Church of England has formally found one of its leaders guilty of “spiritual abuse.” The bishop’s disciplinary tribunal decided this past week that Timothy Davis, vicar of a large evangelical parish Read More

It Doesn’t Get Any More Personal

Why evangelicals give pride of place to penal substitutionary understandings of the Cross. I was sitting outside the library at the University of California at Santa Cruz when two other students walked by complaining about Christian faith in the crucifixion of Jesus. As a young Christian with an interest in working with my cohorts to Read More

Andy Savage’s Standing Ovation Was Heard Round the World. Because It Was Wrong.

It’s not an incident. It’s abuse. If you are getting weary of more sexual assault allegations coming out every day, you are not alone. The #MeToo campaign is shining a spotlight on widespread misogynistic behavior, ranging from unprofessional to full-scale assault. As overwhelming as this feels, it pales in comparison to the lives of victims. Read More

What Christians in the US Can Learn from Immigrant Pastors

For those who met Christ elsewhere, Americanized Christianity can look a bit strange. According to an African proverb, “He who never travels thinks mom is the only cook.” That’s not a putdown of mom’s cooking, just an acknowledgement that there are lots of things you’ll never know if you don’t venture away from home. Likewise, Read More

Hiding the Full Truth from Kids Is Often Healthy

As our children come of age, how do we talk about the brutal realities of a broken world? We were driving home from preschool when my daughter Marilee—four years old at the time—asked, “Momma, are all Indians mean?” I paused the audiobook version of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and reminded myself Read More

Video-Driven, Multisite Church Planting in Rural North America

Bringing big church opportunities to small communities “Honestly, I think you’re crazy.” That was the conversation stopper offered by a friend and colleague. We had gone to seminary together in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area, served on staff at the same church, and now lived halfway across the country from each other in Read More

Moody Bible President and COO Both Resign, Provost Retires

Board unanimously decides “it is time for a new season of leadership.” Amid “widespread concerns over the direction” of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), the historic Chicago school announced today that President J. Paul Nyquist and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck have resigned, while Provost Junias Venugopal has retired. “Let there be no mistake that the Read More

Does 1 Huge New Church in Egypt Make Up for Troubles with 24 Small Ones?

Government says worship in hundreds of unregistered churches is allowed. Will neighbors agree? Celebrating Christmas with Egyptian Christians for the fourth consecutive year, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presented the largest gift under the tree: A new cathedral. Sisi was the first president in Egypt’s history to even attend a Christmas mass. During last year’s celebration, Read More

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