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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 …

Faith

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

I have always believed that good discussion and debate over critical issues is helpful for those willing to engage in it. In the past few months, I …

President Trump

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 …

Faith

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

The obvious meaning of the title of Amy Peterson’s memoir, Dangerous Territory, is that she lived in a country where being a Christian was dangerous. …

C.S. Lewis

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

I’ve seen people squirm and fidget whenever the topic of evangelism is mentioned. Of course, the reasons vary from person to person.<p>Awkwardness<p>I …

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 …

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 …

Religion

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...

"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, …

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 …

Black Lives Matter

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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

John Donne

Current Issue<p>May 2017Subscribe<p>Read This Issue<p><b>The Science of Sinning Less</b><p>What to Make of Donald Trump’s Soul<p>Why Don’t the Gospel Writers Tell the Same …

Poetry

6 Things Every Christian Should Know about the Minor Prophets

Many Christians find the last 12 books of the Old Testament—known as the Minor Prophets—well, boring! Why? First, they don’t see how the books relate …

With His Choice Of Inauguration Prayer Leaders, Trump Shows His Values

The six faith leaders President-elect Donald Trump has invited to pray at his inauguration come from diverse backgrounds, but they have something in common: All have personal ties to Trump or his family or have in some way signaled their approval of him, his politics or his wealth.<p>The group …

Donald Trump

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.<p>There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing …

Productivity

What America’s Founders Really Thought About the Bible

<i>Today’s guest post is from Daniel L. Dreisbach, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. He has authored or edited 10 books, including</i> …