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Faith-filled ‘transfiguration’ underway in Syria, one child at a time

ROME — Eighteen months ago, a family from Raqqa, a medium-sized city in north-central Syria that had been seized by ISIS and proclaimed its capital, …

Christianity

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Lawrence Mykytiuk looks for ancient personalities who have made an impression — be it on a signet ring or a monument

Archaeology

Study: Poverty not main cause of out of wedlock births

Freakanomics radio just published a fascinating interview entitled The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage. Melissa Kearney, …

Questions about A-Theory of Time and Abstract Objects

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Why the Hysterical Attack on James White for His Interfaith Dialogue?

One of the greatest needs in the Church today is for a stronger Christian witness in the Muslim world. Even here in America, where approximately 3.3 …

Islam

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

David Jones is Vice President of Next Generation Alliance, a ministry of the Luis Palau Association.<p>I’ve read many mission statements of churches and …

My Stance on Refugees and Immigration, and How They Intersect with Christianity

I answer some frequently asked questions. I have always believed that good discussion and debate over critical issues is helpful for those willing to …

Refugees

Ephesus: Turkey's Ancient, Mysterious Masterpiece

<i>PHOTO: The Library of Celsus, built in 117 A.D., is one of the most impressive structures at the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus. (photo via</i> …

Archaeology

Preaching to the Unchurched: 5 Essentials

In terms of seeing radical life changes in individuals, nothing can take the place of Spirit-anointed preaching. The message is still the most …

Theology

In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution

“The government won’t approve it, but the question is if they’ll shut it down.”<p>China, the world’s rising superpower, is experiencing an explosion of faith. The decades of anti-religious campaigns that followed the 1949 communist takeover are giving way to a spiritual transformation—and among the …

China

The Spirituality of Snoopy

How the faith of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, shaped his work<p>Charles Schulz was widely applauded for a long list of achievements. The creator of the <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and his comics earned him an Emmy, Peabody, and Congressional Gold Medal. …

Cartoons

The Most Dangerous Thing About Being a Missionary in a Hostile Country

It all depends on how you understand ‘safety.’ The obvious meaning of the title of Amy Peterson’s memoir, Dangerous Territory, is that she lived in a …

C.S. Lewis

Cease Squirming and Know That I Am God: Why Don’t We Share the Gospel?

We share the gospel because men and women need to know they are loved by God. I’ve seen people squirm and fidget whenever the topic of evangelism is …

Faith

Simple Rules

We agree with scientists who say that simple rules in natural systems lead to a healthy balance of consistency and creativity. That is why our Simple …

Learning

Five Lessons for Our Lives from the Parable of the Talents

How should Christians think about work, success, and wealth?<p>I was recently asked by <i>byFaith</i> magazine to write an article answering these tough …

Faith

The Unforeseen Consequences of Transgenderism

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter.<p>First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a …

Women's Basketball

Here's How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel

Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than …

GUIDE: Best Podcasts for Thinking Christians

I have subscribed to many podcasts over time, and most of them fail to enlighten significantly. However, a few have stood the test of time, and I …

Podcasting

The Atlantic

"Whatever the reason, when cultural conservatives disengage from organized religion, they tend to redraw the boundaries of identity, de-emphasizing …

Christians have lost the culture wars. Should they withdraw from the mainstream?

Conservative Christians in America are enjoying fresh winds of political favor. In his first month in office, President Trump upheld his promise to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice. Last week, his administration rescinded former guidelines allowing transgender students to use the …

Religion

Officially, China’s Communist Party believes in atheism, but it makes an exception for two religions

China has for decades feared the power of organized religion. But religious suppression has intensified in recent years under the rule of president Xi Jinping—alongside a broader crackdown on civil society—according to a report (pdf) by Freedom House released yesterday (Feb. 28). For example, …

China

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why

<i>By Sam Eaton</i><p>From the depths of my heart, I want to love church.<p>I want to be head-over-heals for church like the unshakable Ned Flanders.<p>I want to …

Millennials

Belong, Believe, Become: A New Process of Evangelism

The American evangelical process is shifting. “Churches aren’t growing because of conversions. Churches are just swapping sheep.”Have you ever heard …

Faith

Six resources that offer real help for post-abortive women

TeenVogue can’t make up it’s mind about abortion.On the one hand, they see the need to promote it as a nonchalant procedure that is a normal part of …

Catholicism

What Judaism Can Teach Islam About Reforming The Faith

Does Islam needs its own Martin Luther? Does it need its own “Reformation,” which will lead to the separation of the Muslim “church” from the state? …

Religion

Why anarchists find a home among progressives

This week’s violence at Berkeley would seem to support the conservative claim that the truly violent political group in America is not gun-toting …

Racism

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‘I Am Michael’ Review: James Franco Plays ‘Ex-Gay’ in Provocative Biopic

The first two minutes of Justin Kelly’s “I Am Michael” boil down the film’s ideological tension to one brief conversation. The titular character, an …

James Franco