Interview: How BSF Saved Sandi Patty

In her new book, “The Voice,” the award-winning singer reflects on Bible Study Fellowship’s role in her faith formation. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, Sandi Patty’s music was a staple on Christian radio stations. Songs like “We Shall Behold Him,” “Love In Any Language,” and “More Than Wonderful” led to a packed touring schedule, Read More

A Summit on Sexual Violence: Calling Men to Listen Well

Unfortunately, we’ve spent way more time discussing each gender’s roles than we have each gender’s souls. An Even Quieter Exodus Much has been said over the years of the quiet exodus of African-Americans from evangelicalism. I have written about this previously here on the Exchange. But I am concerned about an even quieter exodus in Read More

Even for Christian Combat Veterans, No Easy Answers

What two recent films get right, and what they miss. The recent films Unbroken: Path to Redemption and Indivisible center on spiritual responses to the personal toll of war. Those responses are, first and foremost, personal and individual. It would be a mistake to think that the transformations we see in the films can be Read More

When Conservatism Isn’t Enough

Necessary shifts beyond conservatism to find ecclesiastical orthodoxy. Well-worn paths typically mark the desired way forward. The assumption is that others have walked that route and arrived at their desired destination. Unfamiliar travelers looking for a safe outcome would be foolish to take an alternate path. The same is not true for missional leaders in Read More

These Pastors Loved America So Much, They Wanted It to Stay British

Why the Christian case against the Revolutionary War deserves better than mockery and neglect. When a person dies, that person is usually forgotten as time advances. The Book of Exodus opens with the memorable saying: “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (1:8, ESV). Let’s face it, when Read More

Her Prayers Helped Pull Me Out of Occult-Fueled Madness

While I plunged further into darkness, a middle-school classmate kept lifting me up to God. I started walking in the valley of the shadow of death at a very young age. In first grade, I became aware of something: What you see is not all there is. The spiritual world was real to me, even Read More

Interview: Four-Star General: Military More Cautious About Faith

General Roger Brady (USAF, Ret.) thinks soldiers are becoming more religious but the armed forces are more uncertain about religious expression. The issue of religious tolerance has created challenging times for the United States military. All the service branches are trying to protect the rights of both those with religious beliefs and those with none. Read More

Making Room at Your Table for International Students

Jesus taught his followers that welcoming strangers is the equivalent to welcoming him. The U.S. Lausanne Committee, also known as the Mission America Coalition (MAC), recently concluded its annual national gathering in Dallas, Texas. During the gathering, President/CEO Nick Hall announced MAC’s new name as The Table Coalition. But why “table”? The Table Coalition leaders Read More

The Embodied Church in a Digital Age

Should we cheer or moan when online churches perform virtual baptisms? Virtual Reality Church’s first baptism took place in a 3D house with an underground pool and a massive billboard overhead proclaiming “A Special Baptism and Communion service.” Alina Delp, 46—portrayed as a purple, robot-like avatar—stood submerged in the water while Pastor D. J. Soto Read More

20 Truths from ‘Women in God’s Mission’

Excerpts from Mary Lederleitner’s new book. “…around the globe women face a wide variety of unique challenges because of their gender… despite these challenges, when women accept and live into God’s invitations, he uses their lives in amazing and remarkable ways” (page 9). “Many women’s lives are a balancing act of navigating power in different Read More

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