Category: Christianity

One-on-One with Michael Moynagh on “Church in Life”

Finding simple ways to follow Jesus alongside other Christians. Ed: Why a book on Church in Life? Michael: We hear much today about disciples making disciples and about Christians living out their faith in everyday life. But gather-and-scatter church makes this difficult. We gather for worship and scatter as individuals for the rest of the Read More

Marilynne Robinson’s Celebration of Humanity Is Brilliant but Incomplete

Insights from some of her heroes, like John Calvin and the Puritans, would help round out the picture. Marilynne Robinson is in awe of humanity. “Properly speaking, we are the stuff of myth,” she enthuses in her fourth essay collection, What Are We Doing Here? Open the book to almost any page, and your eye Read More

John Perkins Has Hope for Racial Reconciliation. Do We?

The civil rights hero delivers his “final manifesto” on race and the church’s call to unity. In this 50th year since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., some argue that our nation is more racially divided than it has been in decades. Others are quick to suggest the divisions are merely being exposed: They Read More

Created for Asylum Seekers, Israel Intends to Deport Thousands

40,000 African migrants—many of whom are Christians fleeing Eritrea or Sudan—considered “infiltrators” in need of urgent deportation. The fate of thousands of African Christians living in Israel is uncertain. The government intends to expel them, but questions remain over where the migrants will go and how the Jewish state will make it happen. Amid the Read More

The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and Discipleship

Jesus constantly and seamlessly integrated evangelism and discipleship into his everyday actions and into the way he spiritually formed and shaped the 12 disciples. I have often seen a false dichotomy emerge between evangelism and discipleship in many churches and with many Christians. Some individuals who emphasize evangelism seem to say things like, “If you Read More

The Origin Story of Martin Luther King Jr.

How the civil-rights hero honed his preaching skills and prophetic vision at a Northern liberal seminary. In this age of the blockbuster superhero movie, audiences have come to expect the hero’s origin story. Why does he wear that cape? Where did she learn to fight like that? Why do they hide behind those secret identities? Read More

You Have Searched Me, Oh Apple Face ID, and You Know Me

AI may be familiar with all our ways, but God created our face for much more. I love my wife’s elbows. And my kids’ little toes. But when I have been away on travel for a week and return home, it is not their elbows and toes that makes me feel at home. It is Read More

50 Years After MLK, Sunday Segregation Isn’t Theological

According to sociology’s top survey, black and white evangelicals have more in common than politics conveys. One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most enduring statements regarding the church was his observation that “the most segregated hour of the week” was 11 a.m. on Sunday. King’s commentary on how the modern church had failed to racially Read More

Interview: Visit Those in Prison. Just Remember Jesus May Have Gotten There First.

Very often, people behind bars already have a relationship with God. Two centuries ago, philanthropist Elizabeth Fry visited an English prison and left horrified by the filthy conditions. Driven by her Christian faith, Fry spent her life building relationships with the incarcerated and advocating improvements to their physical environment. Dominique Gilliard, the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Read More

God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings

God hasn’t left our students or abandoned our nation’s education system The March for Our Lives—a student led effort to speak out against school shootings—took place in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 24th. Hundreds of thousands of passionate protesters gathered in our nation’s Capitol to advocate for policy changes in support of an end to Read More

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