Thoughtful Christianity

By dgsinclair | Unexamined faith is not worth living.

7 Lessons from The Funeral Oration of Pericles

One of my new precious book acquisitions is another anthology by William J. Bennett, The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood. Today, I read …

The Empathy Fallacy: You can’t criticize us if you are not one of us

One of the main ways we can reduce the acrimony in our society is to stop proposing that government should solve all our problems. Specifically, …

Reflections on KJB: The Book That Changed the World (2011)

This past weekend, I was surprised to enjoy the narrated and re-enacted historical movie KJB: The Book That Changed the World.The story starred King …

Reflections on The Birth of a Nation (2016)

This past weekend I watched the film The Birth of a Nation – here’s the summary:Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat …

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, …

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material …

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 on the Physicality of Heaven, Necessary Beings, and the Arrow of Time

https://www.reasonablefaith.org/images/rf_podcasts/RF_Alleged_Injustice_of_Penal_Sub_2018.mp3Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:49:00 +0000Is The Penal Substitution …

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 …

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

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action. I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during …

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 …

Ephesus: Turkey's Ancient, Mysterious Masterpiece

Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus once said, “You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing for you.”<p>So it was with …

Ancient History

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Pedagogy

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 …

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 …

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 …

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?

By Katelyn Beaty<p>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 …

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, …

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>Here’s why Millennials are leaving the church: Millennials and church don’t seem to mix. The truth is no one has asked me why millennials …

Teens

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 …

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 …

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? …