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A Pastor Dies By Suicide: Three Things We All Need to Know
As many of us learned of Jarrid Wilson’s suicide, I’m reminded that pastors (and Christians) are not immune, and being honest about that is good for all of us. A pastor died by suicide. That’s a sentence that might cause us to look twice. We don’t expect pastors to take their own...
Why This Asian Presbyterian Can’t Quit the White Pentecostal Church
How I became convinced Christianity is more than ethnicity. As modern society careens to alarming levels of racial polarization, one has to wonder if the ethnic designations on many of our church signs bear any complicity. Korean Presbyterian. German Lutheran. Chinese Baptist. The monikers exist...
Churches Are Saving Ethiopia’s Last Remaining Native Trees
How Tewahedo Orthodox theology led congregations to become an oasis of forest conservation. In church, Getnet Alemayehu’s father liked to sit beneath a tree, one he had planted himself. In its shade the man would pray, worship, give thanks, and ponder the works of God. Getnet grew up...
Big Daddy Weave Frontman ‘Blown Away’ That His Song Led to Murder Confession
The Christian chart-topper “Redeemed” brought spiritual freedom for a man now serving a life sentence. A Tennessee man was recently dealt two sentences: freedom in Christ and life in prison. In a murder trial last Friday, defendant Danny Holmes opened with a 20-minute testimony where he...
In the Face of Sexual Temptation, Repression Is a Sure-Fire Failure
How do we solve the problem of desire? Christian asceticism offers an alternative way. My first relationship to desire was to give in to it. As a teenager in the early aughts, I believed that life was found by identifying my desires and rushing toward their satisfaction. I played this out in...
Lose Your Faith at an Evangelical College? That’s Part of the Process
Research shows that students at CCCU schools are more likely to face a religious crisis than their secular counterparts. It was quiet in the morning chapel when a Bethel University student took a pen and paper and put words to the fear: “Does God really love me?” Then another student...
Our Modern Ephesian Moment
Four markers of meaningful ethnic belonging in multiethnic congregations. Today, North America is seeing the multiethnic church movement go beyond just rhetoric and percentage-based diversity to actual sophisticated models and expressions. Multiethnic churches have in a way become incubators for...
Mexican Pastor and Priest Murdered at Their Churches
Cartel violence and threats escalated in August, and a Christian leader who ran a refugee shelter remains kidnapped. A Roman Catholic priest and an evangelical pastor in Mexico were killed this month, and another pastor was kidnapped, according to published reports. José Martín...
Bridges of God: The Church and the Rural-Urban Divide
Since the dawn of Christianity, God's people have been called to be a bridge across the barriers constructed by any given society. In 1954, Donald McGavran, a third-generation missionary in India who would go on to found Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission, published Bridges of God:...
Sharing the Gospel in a World Filled with Good News Messages
Here are five elements that makes people share good news. All people seem to possess an innate ability to share a gospel message. Whether it’s an exercise regimen, a holistic health remedy, a debt-reduction strategy, or any of a myriad of other supposed life-hacks, people of all...
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