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Sorry, Old Testament: Most Theologians Don't Use You
Should systematic theologies equally rely on Bible verses from the Old and New Testament? Experts weigh in. Do you ever feel that pastors are always preaching on the same Bible verses? Or that theologians always seem to reference the Gospels and Paul, but rarely the Old Testament? You’re...
Theology for Life, Episode 26
The Grand Story of God and Our Place in It The Grand Story of God and Our Place in It In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk about what it means that the Bible is the grand narrative–one story–of God and the Christian life. As we read the Bible, we must be faithful to...
10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity
moving from addition to reproduction In the West, if and when we see movements of churches planting 1,000 churches in their lifetime, 
then we believe the following ten characteristics will be present. Based on our observations, movemental Christianity will have some of these...
Why Are Evangelical Women at Planned Parenthood?
What a recent Marie Claire report gets wrong—and right—about evangelicals and abortion. She was a regular churchgoer who had grown up in a Christian family. But when Jackie* became pregnant after a divorce and a season of uncharacteristic promiscuity, she panicked and got an...
Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear
Last night, here in Phoenix at the Southern Baptist Convention, things got a bit unhinged. Emma Green explains in a story in The Atlantic, A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention. And she’s right. There was some chaos, but maybe not in ways...
Turning the World Upside Down, Down Under
As Americans debate the Benedict Option, anti-Christian fervor in Australia has convinced me that we need a more disruptive strategy. Australia is one of the most secular countries in the world. While 60 percent of the population identifies as Christian, only 15 percent are connected to a...
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)
Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus. Episode Eighteen | Two Practical Ways to Show and Share the Love of Jesus with Others Wes Holland, Program Administrator of the Rural Matters Institute at the Billy Graham Center, reminds us that God went on a rescue...
Three Reasons Why Evangelicals Stopped Advocating for the Environment
It's not theology, it's politics. The recent announcement by the Trump administration that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accord, an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions signed by President Obama and leaders from 194 other countries in 2016, has produced a flurry of...
Why Even Pessimists Can Embrace Hope
A social psychologist explains why fear and hope often work as a team. Patty Bruininks, chair of the psychology department at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, has studied hope for years. The word is stretched on a banner across a bookcase in her office. It’s printed on a sign...
Seven Things Evil Is Not: What the Death of My Son Taught Me
Evil is a lack of goodness as darkness is a lack of light. I held my son Enoch’s little hand as he died, and went through a suffering that no words could express. A perpetually wounded heart that would not mend, a broken body for which there is no antidote, or a destroyed home that can...