Puerto Rico: 3,000 Churches Damaged, Fewer Christians Left to Rebuild

Attendance drops as 400,000 island residents move to the mainland. The evangelical church in Puerto Rico won’t be the same after Hurricane Maria. Even congregations that have resumed their regular gatherings after repairing buildings and regaining power are still missing a major part of church life: some of their members. An estimated 400,000 of the Read More

Reflections on the Megachurch

Making and growing disciples is more important than butts in seats. This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine. As former head of LifeWay Research, I did the statistical research for the Outreach 100 Fastest-Growing and Largest Churches lists for a number of years and always noticed two things: First, God was doing amazing things through Read More

God’s Letter to Us

How evangelicals read Scripture. It nearly goes without saying that evangelicals have a special relationship with the Bible. It’s not the same as their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but it can sometimes come close. For one thing, when we talk about “the Word,” it is sometimes hard to tell if we’re talking about the Read More

Evangelism, Meet Soul Care

Why we need to love ourselves to effectively love our neighbor and share the gospel. Sitting in a bookstore, engrossed in a book on Christian leadership, I barely noticed the man sitting across from me reading. I thought very little of him until I was repeatedly interrupted by a sense of the Holy Spirit stirring Read More

Six Ways to Support and Challenge Those Who Leave Church

How churchgoers can journey with their “done” brothers and sisters. I met recently with an old friend of mine. We’d gone to church together two decades ago and formed a relationship in the trenches of nursery duty and Vacation Bible School. After running through the menu of family and mutual friend updates, I asked her Read More

Interview: My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church. Sixteen years after Larry Nassar first sexually abused her, Rachael Denhollander decided to publicly reveal that she had been one of the many victims of the USA Gymnastics team doctor. The former gymnast, who Read More

Dear ‘Whole-Life’ Progressive Evangelicals, Did You Forget ‘Pro-Life’ and the Unborn?

Progressive evangelicals must speak into the abortion debate. On Monday, the Senate voted on a bill—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The ballots were cast and counted and ended in a vote of 51-46—an insufficient tally to end the Democratic filibuster for which 60 votes Read More

Understanding Korean-U.S. Relations through a Faith Lens [Theology for Life]

Dr. Kim teaches history at Wheaton College. Understanding Korean-U.S. Relations through a Faith Lens In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk to Dr. Hanmee Kim about North and South Korea—the history and current reality. What does this mean for Christians today? As we look at history, what do nation-states relationships and Read More

The Enneagram for Pastors

9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry. My husband, Joe, is a pastor. In other words, he is teacher, public speaker, counselor, children’s story teller, youth leader, HR director, master of ceremonies, facilities coordinator, volunteer coordinator, mission trip coordinator, hospital chaplain, creative designer, office equipment technician, Read More

Three European Alliances Warn Evangelical-Catholic Unity Is Going Too Far

World Evangelical Alliance explains why Italy, Spain, and Malta leaders shouldn’t fear that global group has fallen for the ‘Francis effect.’ During last year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many groups examined or asked: Is it over? The loudest “no” has come from the conservative Protestants closest to Rome. Last month, the national evangelical alliances Read More

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