One-on-One with Brian Rosner on Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity

Being known by God brings significance, humility, comfort, and direction. Ed: How did you get interested in the topic of personal identity? Brian: It was for very personal reasons. Back in the 1990s I had my own crisis of identity of sorts. Some big changes happened in my life and I found myself asking some Read More

The Evangel-ist

Billy Graham restored a sense of goodness about the Good News. The fundamentalist church of my youth viewed the upstart evangelist Billy Graham with deep suspicion. He invited members of the National Council of Churches—and Roman Catholics!—to sit on his crusade platforms. He seemed soft on communism, especially in his comments about the church behind Read More

We Need an Independent Investigation of Sovereign Grace Ministries

Allegations of child sexual abuse and staff cover-up continue to swirl. Let’s set an example for all churches to follow, bringing healing to victims and churches alike. For nearly six years now, an open wound has been festering in the evangelical community. It’s time for healing to begin. But that healing cannot begin until we Read More

Empathy & Evangelism

Empathizing with others leads to greater effectiveness in evangelism. In his bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains that empathy is a key to effectiveness. He exhorts us to “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It’s so easy to jump right into the point that we want to Read More

How Larry Norman Became the Elvis Presley of Christian Rock

His music inspired a generation of Jesus freaks, but he never shook the suspicion of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In 2014, John Darnielle, of the band the Mountain Goats, gave his first novel an obscure title—Wolf in White Van. In the book, the protagonist described watching the Trinity Broadcasting Network many years before. Read More

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood [Theology for Life Podcast]

Dr. David Setran is Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Formation & Ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn discuss with Dr. David Setran about this generation of emerging adults and how they view life and spirituality, and what this means for Read More

The Values-Driven Leader: A Mosaic of 3 Tiles

What can you do to keep your organization on mission? Coca-Cola’s disastrous attempt to sell “New Coke” Sony’s decision to diversify itself into relative obscurity The West Wing, Seasons 5-7 What do these things have in common? Each is an example of an organization that lost its way. Somewhere along the line— whether on account Read More

Commentary: The Lord’s Prayer’s Hard Plea

Does God lead us into temptation? Do we have to ask him not to? As most Christians know from painful experience, temptation is as easy to find as it is hard to resist. Every day, in a hundred ways, we face pressure to cut corners, mistreat others, and gratify our wayward desires. Sometimes we grasp Read More

Free Speech and Abortion Collide: Supreme Court Hears One of Its Biggest Cases of 2018

Pregnancy clinics are a crucial force in the pro-life movement, and the center of the argument before the justices today. Americans on both sides often view abortion as the defining issue for the Supreme Court. But the case coming before its panel of justices today represent a legal fight that extends beyond the typical pro-life Read More

One-on-One with Tom Holladay on “Putting It All Together Again When It’s All Fallen Apart”

Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed; that’s where you start. Ed: Tell us what led you to write your new book. Tom: This book grows out of one of my life messages. For me, a life message is something I’ve been learning for decades, and is usually something learned out of pain. Thirty years ago, my Read More

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