Category: Christianity

An Iranian Refugee’s Terrible Journey to God

I survived snowy mountains, a filthy prison, and an abusive husband. Then I discovered who had protected me all along. When Arif marched up to me in church, it was obvious that he was angry. With his eyes narrowed in hate and his long beard trembling with rage, he was incensed that I, a Christian Read More

Farm Boy: How Billy Graham Became a Preacher

A boyhood in rural North Carolina shaped the evangelist his entire life. If you go to Charlotte, North Carolina, you will find that the farmland where Billy Graham grew up has been transformed. The rolling fields of the early-20th-century agricultural South have morphed into the strip malls, office buildings, and subdivisions of the New South. Read More

Bill Hybels Resigns from Willow Creek

Megachurch pastor “accelerates” October retirement weeks after former colleagues went public with misconduct allegations. Bill Hybels has stepped down as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, the Chicago-area megachurch he founded over 40 years ago, citing the controversy over recent allegations against him. Many in the wider Christian community have been confused by those Read More

Is the Body That ‘Betrayed’ Me Still ‘Very Good’?

What the incarnation affirms about the reality of God’s creation. I tend to sympathize with the Gnostics most in the morning. It’s currently common to deride these early heretics for despising our physicality and rejecting the goodness of creation. But when I wake up and tenderly place my feet on the ground, breathing slowly as Read More

One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

A timely book as leaders are stepping away from their roles due to moral failure or accusations of moral failure. Ed: You recently wrote a book about people ruining their lives, and you called it an implosion. Why did you use that term? Eric: Demolition experts can take a building down two ways: they can Read More

Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually Today

How to speak truth and trust God to change hearts and minds. In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther Read More

What I Would Have Done Differently

Billy Graham’s regrets, in his own words. For all of Billy Graham’s remarkable accomplishments, he made his share of mistakes. These mistakes might have harmed his ministry if not for Graham’s willingness to confess them and learn from them. “I’ve had to admit errors in judgment, and I’ve found Christian people more than generous in Read More

C.S. Lewis, Evangelism, and Cultural Engagement

Although Lewis was not always comfortable in the role of an evangelist, he was true to this task and regarded it as a necessary one. C. S. Lewis denied he was a theologian but he did declare “I am a rhetor.”[1] Since all rhetoric is persuasive—whether it be a request for someone to pass the Read More

God’s Joy, Our Joy: How Sharing Our Faith Changes Everything

Here is Jesus’ promise: Come harvest time, the vine and the branches will both share in fullness of joy. I have never interviewed a cow. In fact, thank God, I did not grow up anywhere near a farm. But if I was to guess as to the most joyful moment for any milking cow… I Read More

Level Ground at the Cross

Billy Graham drew people together his whole life. In a segregated South, he wrestled with what that should mean. Among Billy Graham’s greatest contributions to evangelicalism was the way he defused prejudice to bring people together. Perhaps more than any other high-profile American figure in the 20th century, Graham challenged Christians to look beyond worldly Read More

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