Category: Christianity

Understanding God’s Control When You’re a Climate Scientist

A geophysicist on balancing God’s sovereignty over nature with human understanding of weather. Thomas P. Ackerman navigates a world of difficult questions and tense conversations. A geophysicist at the University of Washington and director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, he is at the forefront of research on geoengineering, Read More

Max Lucado, Beth Moore, and Hundreds of Evangelicals Call for Immigration Reform … Again

A year after their letter opposing the refugee ban, the biggest names in the church are defending Dreamers, persecuted Christians, and more. This time last year, just weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, evangelical leaders spoke out in an unprecedented way against his temporary refugee ban with hundreds signing on to an open letter published in Read More

One on One with Dino Senesi on Sending Well: A Field Guide to Great Church Planter Coaching

Every planter needs a coach because every planter needs a lot of help. Ed Stetzer: Share a little about your experience with church planting and church planter coaching. Dino Senesi: My journey with church planting began in New Orleans in the late 1980s. The church I pastored at the time was in a more urban Read More

God Came to Me in My Cancer

At a time when I should have felt abandoned by God, I experienced what Augustine called “the sweetness.” I am at the office, pacing at my treadmill desk and flipping through my latest research, when my phone rings. “Hello, this is Kate.” It’s Jan from the doctor’s office. She has a little speech prepared, but Read More

Judges: ICE Can’t Deport 100 Christians to Indonesia (Yet)

Immigrants in New Hampshire and New Jersey ‘fear persecution and torture’ back home. On February 1, a federal judge put a halt to the deportation of about 50 Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire. The next day, a different judge took the same measure to protect another 50 Indonesian Christians in New Jersey. Despite an Read More

Plenty of the ‘Nones’ Actually Head Back to Church

Americans who identify as agnostic or “nothing in particular” are four times more likely to change their religious affiliation than Protestants or Catholics. In his book Changing Faith, sociologist Darren E. Sherkhat contends that Americans shift their religious identifications more often than any others in the Western world. As a researcher focused on religion and Read More

To Defend Mideast Christians, Can Advocates Critique Islam?

Diaspora leaders in America disagree on how to improve religious freedom back home. What’s the best way for Middle Eastern Christians in America to help fellow believers back home? A single misspelled email address inadvertently revealed the breadth of this dilemma for activists in the diaspora. The mishap sparked a spat this summer between two Read More

What Evangelicals Can Learn from George Lindbeck

Here’s why one of the leaders of postliberalism believed conservative Protestants would carry the torch. George Lindbeck, longtime professor of historical theology at Yale Divinity School, passed away on January 8. In evangelical circles he is best known as the author of The Nature of Doctrine: Religion and Theology in a Postliberal Age (Westminster Press, Read More

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 1)

Small church pastors should view their congregations as an elite force. As the people of a missionary God, we are entrusted to participate in the world the same way he does—by committing to be his ambassadors (see John 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:20). “Missional” describes the perspective to see people as God does and to engage Read More

Should Churches Handle Sexual Abuse Allegations Internally?

The Andy Savage case should lead us to question the way many churches are handling the issue. Many observers were troubled when Andy Savage, a pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis, received a standing ovation from his congregation for his admission of a “sexual incident” with a 17-year-old high-school student when he was a youth Read More

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