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In Christ Alone: Bernie Sanders Attacks Wheaton Grad’s Stance on Salvation
Trump appointee hearing turns into a religious test for office. The controversy over a former Wheaton College professor’s theological explanation for wearing a hijab in solidarity with Muslims during Advent was one of the biggest religion news stories of last year. Still, nobody expected...
A Broken, Dying World: Why Spiritual Hunger Is Real and How We Can Begin to Meet People Where They Are
Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee Saint Augustine’s often quoted statement from his Confessions—“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee”—assumes much about what it is to be human....
Hundreds of New Churches Not Enough to Satisfy Southern Baptists
Baptisms are at a 70-year low, while Sunday worshipers are at a 20-year low. Southern Baptists gained almost 500 churches last year, while taking in more than $11 billion. Such statistics would have most US denominations praising the Lord. But because of declines in other metrics that matter...
In 'The Keepers,' Harrowing Crimes Awaken Our Longing for Justice
Netflix's troubling true-crime docuseries wrestles with what happens when murder and abuse go unpunished. If you’ve eyed some of Netflix’s recent additions, you’ve probably spotted a picture of a young nun accompanied by the mildly ominous title, The Keepers. Or maybe...
Tragic Church Bus Crash Ends Student Mission Trip Before It Can Start
Accident kills teen girl from Alabama megachurch who felt God’s call to Botswana. On the way to the Atlanta airport for a student mission trip to Africa, an Alabama church bus flipped in a crash with two other vehicles, killing a teen girl and injuring dozens more. The bus carried 38...
Figuring Out the Millennial Christian Giver
Here's what an ECFA survey of 16,500 donors to 17 evangelical ministries learned about generosity. A tip for Christian ministries: Millennials will give you more money if you encourage them to make a “meaningful” gift rather than a “generous” one. The Evangelical Council...
Kay Warren: ‘We Were in Marital Hell’
Through God’s work in our lives, we’ve beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union. I’ve always been a church girl. Most of my earliest memories are tied to the people and the small churches my dad pastored in San Diego, California. I remember feeling the...
Commentary: What Do We Make of '90 Minutes in Heaven'?
Near-death experiences make for popular books and movies. But what should Christians do with them? Don Piper’s story, now made visible in the movie 90 Minutes in Heaven (out this weekend), records his experience of “dying” as a result of a head-on car crash and experiencing...
Interview: Pete Holmes: Believing in God Gave Me Hope as Comic
In his new HBO show 'Crashing,' the former evangelical winks to Christian fans. If Pete Holmes’s HBO series Crashing is his love letter to comedy, the church at least gets a tender PS. Inspired by Holmes’s life and evangelical background, the show follows a nice Christian guy...
The Quick Take for August 1, 2014
What the critics are saying about the mystical, whimsical "Magic in the Moonlight" and "Mood Indigo." Streaming Picks New to Netflix this week is the crime drama Out of the Furnace. Our friends over at Indiewire wrote a great review of the film starring Christian Bale and Woody...