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

Why Didn’t God Make You More Beautiful?

The glorious gospel needs ordinary people. Perhaps you are one of the blessed few who are entirely content with their appearance. Perhaps you never stand in front of the mirror, as I did this morning, wondering as you take in the image before you, “Why didn’t God improve on that?” While we’re at it, why Read More

How Will Hollywood Handle the Spiritual Themes in ‘A Wrinkle in Time?’

Fans of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel are wondering whether the film will do justice to the “cosmic questions” the book raises. You’ve heard the buzz: A Wrinkle in Time, based on the classic children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007), hits theaters this week as a $100 million Disney movie. A lot more than money is riding Read More

Iranian-American Minister: Why the Bible Belt Is the Perfect Place for Muslim Refugees

Samira Page sees the church mobilizing to serve Dallas’s influx of new neighbors. When Samira Izadi Page arrived in Dallas nearly two decades ago, she experienced a generous Texas welcome from a local Baptist church that provided her Iranian family a fully furnished apartment. That first impression changed her life—setting her on the path to Read More

Doors and Broken Handles: Discerning Where God Wants Us to Go

How do we know when a door is really shut? How hard should we pull? I drive a minivan during the winter in Chicagoland. Last week, on a sleet-filled day in the grocery parking lot, I pulled the sliding door handle. In dismay, I found that the door was frozen shut. This was the third Read More

Evangelicalism Is Far Deeper, Wider, and Greater Than the Foibles of the Moment

An excerpt from ‘Still Evangelical?’ Editor’s note: This excerpt is taken from Karen Swallow Prior’s chapter, “Why I Am an Evangelical.” I came to Christian faith at a very young age and never wavered in my faith or in my trust in Jesus as my Savior. Sadly, the message from my evangelical tradition was that Read More

Jane the Uber Driver, and How God Uses Ordinary Events for Extraordinary Purposes

I recently had a good conversation with an Uber driver who is using her platform to share Jesus with others. Ed: How did you get into Uber driving? Jane: I got into Uber driving because my kids encouraged me to pick up a temporary job to make a little extra money as I am in Read More

Research: Feeling Loved by God Buffers Body Esteem in Men—But Not Women

Two psychologists at Hope College respond to Christian young adults who struggle with body satisfaction. Throughout history, women’s bodies portrayed in the media of the day— from billboard ads to TV screens to mobile phones—have influenced what we think about our identities. According to Mary Inman, a psychologist at Hope College, the early 1970s marked Read More

America’s Surrogacy Bump: Is Fertility a Blessing to Be Shared?

Pro-life carriers and Christian bioethicists navigate the patchy landscape for assisted reproduction. Following months of infertility treatments, Meg Watwood cried in joy when her first ultrasound revealed healthy twin babies. At the doctor’s office three years later, when a scan showed she was pregnant with twins again, there was another mom in the room celebrating. Read More

Pew: Pope Francis ‘Effect’ Has Failed Among US Christians

The Pope remains popular, but hasn’t inspired people to join his church—or even roused Catholics to go to Mass more often. The “Francis effect”—a phrase used to describe the presumed positive impact of Pope Francis upon Catholicism—has been used so often that it has inspired a book, a podcast, and a documentary. But it hasn’t Read More

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