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Interview: The Best Books Are Companions, Teachers, and Hope-Givers
A conversation on reading with an avid reader, “Book Girl” Sarah Clarkson. Every reader has a teetering “TBR” (to be read) pile that either entices or intimidates, depending on the moment. Between the vast array of reading choices and the army of “bookstagrammers” and...
Why Our Spiritual Gifts Might Not Be All That Spiritual
Spiritual gifts have little to do with innate personal strengths and far more to do with a yielded weakness. Terry and Janice were busy penciling in three sheets of computer dots in the spiritual gifts inventory they’ve been given by their local church. Nervously concentrating, Terry and...
Egypt Approves 168 More Churches
With around 500 out of 3,700 Christian applications approved since 2016 law, is government’s progress on legalizing worship sites slow or steady? Egyptian Christians now have an additional 168 legal church buildings. On November 30, a cabinet committee approved the requests of Egypt’s...
China Closes Megachurches Before Christmas
Raids on major congregations led by pastors Wang Yi and the late Samuel Lamb represent “the most horrendous evil of Chinese society ... hindering [non-Christians] from coming to Jesus.” A week after a prominent pastor in China released his viral letter on faithful disobedience amid a...
Reflecting on Heroes after the GC2 Summit Concludes: It's Only the Beginning
We have a long way to go, but many heroes are among us. There is much to lament in the church today. While God’s commands remain steadfast and true, we have looked away long enough to have been conformed to the world. This ought to be anathema. In moments of honesty, we must confess we...
Mary, Mary, Not Quite So Contrary
Finding common ground so that the Virgin Mary becomes less of a battleground. Many pastors feel nervous as the third Sunday in Advent, “Mary Sunday,” rolls around. What congregant will turn out to be suspicious of any unusual respect shown for her? What visiting Catholic will be...
Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it. During Advent, we hear passages of Scripture that are infused with the language of darkness, tribulation, and apocalypse. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each have one fully apocalyptic chapter. In Mark 13, Jesus says,...
Hundreds Accuse Independent Baptist Pastors of Abuse
Investigation by Fort Worth Star-Telegram finds 400 allegations against 168 leaders spanning almost 200 churches and institutions. Hundreds of women and men have accused leaders of independent fundamental Baptist churches of sexual misconduct in a major investigative report published last...
Karen Swallow Prior: Good Books Make Better People
Why history's wisest figures have seen a connection between reading well and living well. When I was a young girl, I gathered up all my books from my bedroom, carried them downstairs into our finished basement, arranged them on a bookcase, and opened my own little library. I’d like to say...
All Faith Groups, Evangelicals Included, Need to Reflect on #MeToo
We are going to hear the voice of survivors, trauma counselors, and Christian leaders who will call evangelicals to a better way. Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” The reality of that agony is more real than ever as this...
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