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The Biblical Call for Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Role of the Church
America locks up more of its citizens than any other nation. A single mother is arrested and held in jail overnight for driving with a suspended license that she could not afford to renew. A prisoner with mental illness is languishing in solitary confinement. A young man who paid his debt for a...
Get Thee to a Swanky Tourist Trap
What missions-oriented evangelicals gain from seeing the richer side of a poorer country. My favorite coffee shop for the past nine months rivaled any Seattle has to offer. The barista would describe tasting notes from the latest batch of beans (roasted a few days earlier in the rear of the...
NHCLC: Thousands of Puerto Rican Churches Wrecked by Maria
Caribbean Christians try to offer sanctuary while working to repair their own. Just over a week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, reports are beginning to reveal its impact on the island’s Christian community, including more than 1 million Protestants. Approximately 3,000...
1 in 3 Protestant Churchgoers Personally Affected by Suicide
Survey also finds one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle. Suicide remains a taboo subject in many Protestant churches, despite the best efforts of pastors, according to a new study from LifeWay Research. Eight in 10 Protestant senior...
Think Fake News Is Scary? Try False Teaching
We learn to spot a lie by studying the truth. The headline hit my Facebook feed at the peak of lake season: “Freshwater Shark Caught in Lake Lewisville.” Purportedly, a shocked fisherman landed a shark in the lake adjacent to my town. By the time the local news debunked the story,...
Interview: I Met the Man Who Killed My Entire Family
How Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza found forgiveness. In many accounts of the Rwandan genocide, the church is cast as complicit in the killings that took one million lives in a country the size of Maryland. Indeed, since 1994, United Nations tribunals have found many church...
When Jesus Doesn’t Calm the Storm
As I faced the Houston floods, I found myself asking questions about God’s providence. As a missionary kid growing up in Guatemala, I survived the destructive effects of a massive earthquake and a major military coup. As an adult now living in Houston, I have survived the destructive effects...
Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Planterium’ Charts a God-Sustained Cosmos
The singer-songwriter’s latest collaboration sets a distinctly biblical course through the Created Order. Theologians often look to artists for inspiration—and, so long as the artist and the inspiration are right, this relationship can greatly benefit Christian thinking. Karl...
Wish You'd Done More to Help Houston with This Hurricane? Give Now, But Here's How to Get Ready for the Next One
The world has a growing need for well-informed, thoughtful engagement with natural disaster relief work. This morning in USATODAY, I wrote on the role of faith-based organizations in disaster relief. I explained, Government is essential in the rescue stage — they have the equipment and...
Commentary: It’s Not Only Bullies Who Boast
We’re too quick to ignore one of Paul’s most persistent warnings. This is a good year to think about boasting. That’s true for at least three reasons. Trivially, because American public discourse involves an unusual amount of boasting. (We’ll fix health care for good, or crush...
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