Category: Christianity

One-on-One with João Mordomo on Brazil, the Gospel, and Business as Mission

“It is not uncommon to find Brazilian missionaries in far-flung places, including among unreached people groups.” Ed: How long have you been involved in Lausanne International and what is your current role? João: In 2003, Mats Tunehag invited me to participate in the brand new “Business as Mission” issue group leading up to the 2004 Read More

Let’s Talk About the Decline of Conversation in the Church

The modern world has crippled our capacity for speaking with one another. How can we restore this dying art? Our bodies are extraordinary creations, reflecting God’s intricate handiwork. We consist of diverse parts with different, yet collaborative, functions. For instance, a nose does not look or function like a bicep, and neither of these parts Read More

Do All Plants Go to Heaven?

Where there may be room for GMOs and other modern agriculture in the New Jerusalem. Ross Smith grew up knowing he would farm. Born to a fifth-generation farmer in northern Indiana, Smith in his younger years worked alongside his dad and grandfather. He studied agricultural economics at Purdue University and learned about the technological advancements Read More

Many Churchgoers Want Sunday Morning Segregated … by Politics

Survey finds half of Protestants prefer to worship with people who share their views, and half believe they already do. America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches. More than half (57%) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share Read More

Black Pastors Debate Partnering with Trump on Prison Reform

Why the African American Christian community is divided over working with the White House. At the beginning of August, Donald Trump convened a gathering of pastors at the White House. While many of the president’s loudest supporters have been Christian leaders, these were not the predominantly white male group that make up his informal faith Read More

Europe’s Big Mission Field: Nominals

How do you persuade someone who already thinks they’re a Christian to become one? The largest mission field in Western Europe isn’t self-identifying atheists or Muslim immigrants; it’s people who call themselves Christians but exhibit few, if any, signs of faith. Non-practicing Christians, which a Pew Research Center report defines as those who identify with Read More

How to Convince People to Get Involved in Small Groups

Three tips on how to build a culture of small-group involvement. People today are often extremely busy, including me. We have countless things going on at work, at home, even at church. With so many demands on our lives and limited time available to satisfy them all, small groups can easily get lost in the Read More

Much Ado About Gender Roles

Feeling lost in the discussions about biblical gender roles? Start here. Recently, the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment in all areas of our society has become evident through movements like #MeToo, #ChurchToo, #TimesUp, and #SilenceIsNotSpiritual, which have brought awareness to a previously hidden sad reality in our midst. In what ways have complementarian or Read More

God’s Mayor in Guatemala

Fighting cartels, disease, and poverty, Mayor Jeaneth Ordoñez presides over a safe haven in an otherwise violent region. In the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, the countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala form a violent triad. The murder rate is higher in this region than in most active war zones. Gangs, cartels, and Read More

The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

There’s something missing from Oxford’s splendid new Tolkien exhibit. Who was J. R. R. Tolkien? Nearly everyone knows him as the author of two of the most beloved books of the 20th century: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Many also know him as a member of the Inklings and a close friend Read More

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