Entertaining More Than Angels

Showing hospitality to strangers is an important biblical value. What about showing hospitality to God? For as long as I can remember, my wife and I hosted dinners—birthday parties for congregants, baby showers, Thanksgiving dinners for displaced New Yorkers, dinners to honor people, and many others. In 2005, I hosted a man I barely knew. Read More

Large or Small? What Is the Ideal Church Size, Anyways?

Whether large or small, congregations of different sizes offer both challenges and blessings to all involved. The title to this article is a trick question, of course. The “ideal size” when it comes to churches is whatever God calls you to be. That said, whether large or small, congregations of different sizes offer both challenges Read More

Died: Sam Moore, Who Made Thomas Nelson a Top Christian Publisher

Former CEO spent decades building up company’s offerings of Bibles and bestsellers. Longtime Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Sam Moore, who went from selling Bibles door-to-door to running one of the biggest Bible businesses in the world, died Friday at age 88. Moore led Thomas Nelson—now a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing—for 47 years, expanding it Read More

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Is Not a Ministry Guide

The infamous pyramid was never an accurate description of how people act, let alone a guide to discipleship. You may have been told once or twice: “People can’t hear the gospel if they’re hungry.” I’ve read it dozens of times in statements from pastors in the United States. But where, exactly, does the idea come Read More

Christian Baker Wins Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Jack Phillips scores a major religious freedom victory—for himself, as ruling fails to resolve legal debate over LGBT accommodations and conscience rights of conservative Christians. In the biggest religious liberty case of the year, the US Supreme Court sided 7–2 against a state commission that unfairly singled out a Christian baker who declined to decorate Read More

Religious Liberty Takes the Cake: Supreme Court Stands for Religious Liberty, But Where Were Many Fellow Christians?

Supreme Court rules 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, doing the right thing. But there is more work to do. Today, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cake Shop. It’s not the ruling that many wanted, but it does rule that the Colorado Civil Rights Read More

Interview: The Global Scourge of Violence Against Women

From sex-selective abortion to sexual abuse, it encompasses the entire female life cycle. As a theologian and sociologist, Elaine Storkey has documented how women are abused, exploited, and killed across the globe. This work has propelled her into leadership roles with Tearfund, a UK-based Christian relief organization, and Restore, an international Christian alliance dedicated to Read More

Why the Winning Spelling Bee Word, ‘Koinonia,’ Is So Easy for Christians

The Greek word is common church lingo for fellowship and community. After the typical litany of obscure and clunky terms at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee championships—bewusstseinslagen ousted one top competitor—the final word actually rang familiar to Christian viewers. Koinonia was the winning word for the bee’s champion, 14-year-old speller Karthik Nemmani. A Greek Read More

Go Tell It on the iPhone

Christians agree: Technology has made in-person conversations harder, but sharing one’s faith easier. Sociologist Sherry Turkle blames devices for stealing away our eye contact. The moments Americans used to spend face-to-face—everywhere from riding on public transit to sitting at the dinner table—have been obstructed by smartphones, in many cases virtually eliminating the opportunity for spontaneous Read More

Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough

Americans increasingly identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Radical faith goes beyond both. We hear a good deal today about “the triumph of the human spirit.” Books and movies about disasters are frequently marketed as triumphs of the human spirit, even though they often portray examples of human depravity. This emphasis on the human spirit Read More

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