Turkey Wants to Keep American Pastor Behind Bars for Life

American officials and supporters say Andrew Brunson has been “unjustly imprisoned” under false charges. Turkish prosecutors demanded life imprisonment for jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson in an official indictment presented to Izmir’s 2nd Criminal Court on Tuesday. Arrested without bail since October 2016, Brunson is accused of being “a member and executive” of the Islamic Read More

The Focused Leader: Keeping the Mission as the Ultimate Goal

Missional leaders must cultivate biblically-shaped leadership and the gospel-structured mission. Eighteenth-century pioneer of missional theology, Nicolaus Zinzendorf, once quipped, “Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.” Zinzendorf accurately describes the posture of the missional leader. We don’t need celebrities that dictate to us what our ministry should look like. We don’t need trends to which Read More

Interview: Billy in the Oval Office: A Story of Faith, Friendship, and Temptation

Journalist Nancy Gibbs recalls Graham’s relationship with six decades of American presidents. In 2007, Time magazine veterans Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy coauthored The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House. The best-selling book chronicled Graham’s influence on American presidents from Harry Truman to George W. Bush. On April 25, 2010, Graham Read More

US Catholics More Concerned About Climate Change Than Persecuted Christians

Most think persecution is severe, but only half are very concerned or strongly support asylum or financial aid. The Colosseum in Rome was recently lit up the color of blood. “This is a symbol of the persecution of Christians in the entire world—those who suffer because of faith,” stated Alfredo Mantovano, president of the Italian Read More

Three Elements of an Explosive Church Planting Movement

Developing better systems to reflect the best in kingdom expansion Church planting is an important and broad topic. It seems that most people have an opinion on church planting—some have several opinions! If you want to see some excitement, ask a group of church planters or church leaders in general what an explosive church planting Read More

How Christian Faith Led a Single Woman to Defy Chairman Mao

Lin Zhao’s faith led her to embrace China’s Communist movement—then pay the ultimate price for opposing it. Nelson Mandela. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Martin Luther King Jr. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. When we think of 20th-century political dissidents who were people of faith, these are the names that spring to mind. And for good reason: These men left an Read More

The Suffering Leader

I found new treasures in the field of suffering The suffering leader sounds like an un-American idea. In our paradigm, leaders flourish, whether on Wall Street or in the house church. Even in the spiritual realm, we are susceptible to expectations that flourishing leaders have flourishing lives—yet we know better. And as we read our Read More

Babies Need Their Moms. But Moms Need Paid Leave.

“Conservatives love my family-first message, but you have to pay for that message,” says researcher. Erica Komisar is a social worker and psychoanalyst who believes young children are faring worse than they were even 30 years ago. In her practice, “I was seeing an increase in children with mental disorders, being diagnosed earlier and medicated Read More

Rick Warren: What I Learned from Billy

Focus. Integrity. And a God-directed heart. Billy Graham had a life-long influence on me as a person and as a pastor. It began in my childhood with my grandmother. My grandmother told me, “I pray for two people every day. I pray for Billy Graham, and I pray for you.” She always wanted me to Read More

Christian Foster Parents Lose Kids over Easter Bunny. Court Disagrees.

Canadian couple celebrate religious freedom victory: “We knew … God would take care of us.” An Ontario judge ruled this week that a foster agency violated a Protestant couple’s religious freedom rights when it opted to remove two children from their home and ban them from fostering over their refusal to teach about the Easter Read More

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