Taste and See That the Lord’s Supper Is Good

A biblical understanding of food whets our appetite for the fullness of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. Evangelicals need to thicken our theology of the Lord’s Supper, first by drawing more of the Bible into the discussion of the Supper, and second by drawing more of the Supper into discussion of the Supper. Even Read More

Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

One evangelist’s influence on our nation’s leaders The Billy Graham Center Archives has just recently announced the opening of two new collections on the ministry of Billy Graham and the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). This opening comes at Graham’s wishes after his recent passing on February 21st. The first collection, #580, Read More

Lord, Have Mercy on 67% of Us

A Lenten research roundup of what Americans think of sin. Pope Francis warned this year against “fake fasting” during Lent. “We must pretend,” Francis said with a smile during a Friday mass in February. “That is not showing others that we are performing acts of penance.” Those who fast should reflect on their sins and Read More

Hair Styles And Restoration

Beautiful Hair At Any Length Hair length, much like hair color, clothing styles and body art, are all very subjective. In the ever-changing social acceptability, pretty much anything goes now, from blue hair to full sleeve tattoos. Some older generations have some social mores that they cling to, like women over forty shouldn’t have long Read More

What Dostoyevsky’s Prostitute Can Teach Us About the Cross

Crime, punishment, and Christ’s easy yoke. The cross of Christ has sometimes been compared to the electric chair or other forms of execution, meaning we are wise to remember that it was an instrument of death in the ancient world. The cross is also often used to prompt us to give ourselves sacrificially for him Read More

Taylor University Still Shaken by Unsanctioned Conservative Newspaper

Controversy over the anonymous handout, “Excalibur,” has the campus pushing for public dialogue. A month later, Taylor University is still buzzing about an underground publication, Excalibur, which claimed the evangelical college was becoming more liberal on sex, immigration, and race. True to its namesake, the controversial newsletter sliced through campus conversation, drawing students and staff Read More

20 Truths from Small Church Essentials

Just because a church is small, doesn’t mean it’s broken. Karl Vaters’ new book Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 has just released and it’s a great read for pastors and leaders of smaller churches. Karl has been a small church pastor for 30 years, is the author Read More

Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders

John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. “The charges against me are false,” says Hybels of former friends’ “collusion.” When the #MeToo movement arose this past fall, Willow Creek Community Church sprang into action. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or harmed, your pain matters—to us and to God,” the suburban Read More

One-on-One with Brian Rosner on Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity

Being known by God brings significance, humility, comfort, and direction. Ed: How did you get interested in the topic of personal identity? Brian: It was for very personal reasons. Back in the 1990s I had my own crisis of identity of sorts. Some big changes happened in my life and I found myself asking some Read More

The Evangel-ist

Billy Graham restored a sense of goodness about the Good News. The fundamentalist church of my youth viewed the upstart evangelist Billy Graham with deep suspicion. He invited members of the National Council of Churches—and Roman Catholics!—to sit on his crusade platforms. He seemed soft on communism, especially in his comments about the church behind Read More

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