Big Families May Get Bigger Tax Bills Under New Plan

But evangelicals cheer higher child tax credit and preserved adoption credit. Projections indicate that the majority of married couples with zero, one, or two kids using the standard deduction under the new GOP tax plan will end up owing less each April. But what if you have three, five, or seven kids? Big families, including Read More

Not-So-White Evangelicalism: How Conservative Denominations Actually Fare Better on Diversity

Study examines multiethnic friendships and worship among American churchgoers. Hip-hop artist Lecrae’s decision this fall to leave “white evangelicalism” stirred up introspection among American Christians about race—and whether evangelicalism is reserved only for whites. While many evangelicals of color may feel tired of “begging to be noticed, considered, and invited,” they are having an impact, Read More

Advent Is a Season of Longing

What does the time spent anticipating Christmas have to do with the wilderness? People are rarely neutral about the approach of Christmastime. Some of us reside at a North Pole of intense anticipation and excitement, while others of us hole up at a South Pole of irritation and dread. Usually, I am at the north Read More

Multicultural Leadership: Friend or Foe?

If you’ve got the right people on your team, anything is possible. It was just one year ago when I came on as executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. In that time, we’ve hired six new staff here. Three are from different racial and ethnic backgrounds than I am and an Read More

The Tears of Jesus When Pain Comes: A Reflection on Christmas, Cancer, and the Hope of Christ

Tomorrow may not be known to us, but it is known to the only one who matters, and that makes all the difference. As I get older, I see more people around me go through trials that bring them to their knees. Perhaps it’s always been the case and I wasn’t as aware of it. Read More

Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music

Be of good cheer: We are in a moment of theologically rich, artistically wonderful recordings. The Advent and Christmas seasons are filled with more than their share of paradoxes. We raid our basements and attics for the nostalgia of Christmases past as we scour websites to buy the latest gadgets as gifts. As the daylight Read More

There’s Proof that Scientists Don’t Hate Christians

Faith leaders have a better shot than celebrities at changing the narrative about religion and science. If you assume America’s laboratories and research facilities are filled with people who believe in the laws of science but not in God, you’re not alone. You’re also not correct. About 36 percent of evangelicals think scientists are hostile Read More

This Christmas, I’m Defining Family by My Single Friends

Blood relatives are key to the holiday. But I share a deeper DNA with the body of Christ. Every Saturday, after evening church services, my husband and I open our home to friends—mostly unmarried ones. Sometimes it’s four or five friends, sometimes one, sometimes it’s just my husband and me and our housemate, a 24-year-old Read More

Christmas and Cricket: Rediscovering Two Lost C. S. Lewis Articles After 70 Years

“A Christmas Sermon for Pagans” is quintessential Lewis at the height of his renown. “Cricketer’s Progress” is more of a mystery. Would you imagine that, with all of the cataloging technologies we have working around the clock, one could still discover unknown articles by a very well-known author? While doing research for my PhD, I Read More

Friends of Zion’s Christians?

Overtures by US evangelicals to Arab churches tested by Trump’s Jerusalem decision. American evangelicals rediscovered their brethren in the Middle East in recent years. The promise of the Arab Spring, followed by the threat of ISIS. Beheadings and other martyrdoms, followed by forgiveness. Many decided we must become better friends, and work harder for the Read More

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