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Can We Handle the Truth About Racism and the Church?
Before racial reconciliation can happen, says Jemar Tisby, American believers need to reckon honestly with the sins of the past. At the climax of the 1992 classic A Few Good Men, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) famously screams, You cant handle the truth! Responding to questions from Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) about a military cover-up, he confirms his role in the scandal but maintains that the public would rather not know the ugly and gory details of his job. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby (president of the black Christian collective The Witness) adopts the posture of Lt.
Jan 18 4:49PM Christianity Today

Clean Water or the Gospel?
The answer is both. Today, there are 844 million people around the world without access to clean water; 2.5 billion do not use a toilet to manage their waste.
Jan 18 4:49PM Christianity Today

Who Owns a Woman's Body? Not Who You Think.
Why treating the female body like property misses the gospel and fails the unborn. Modern feminism has spent the last century fighting to give women the freedom to have jurisdiction over their voting rights, their ambitions, and their bodies. Some of the movement has done great good.
Jan 17 9:03PM Christianity Today

How to Lead Well as a Church Planting Leader
Three tips from my own experience as a church planting leader. Many frequently joke about the turnover rate in church planting leadership. It seems that whenever Im at a conference or church event, someone new will come up and say, Hey, Ed.
Jan 17 9:03PM Christianity Today

Asia Rising: The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest to Follow Jesus
China's church raids drew headlines, but 26 countriesincluding Indiatreated Christians worse in 2018. Christian persecution has worsened in the most populous countries in the world, China and India, putting millions more believers at risk for their faith. The two Asian nations moved up on Open Doorss annual ranking of the 50 countries where its hardest to be a Christian.
Jan 17 5:23AM Christianity Today

Your Plan B Is Still God's Plan A
What a failed church plant taught me about God's purpose and provision. In 2015, my husband and I moved from rural Pennsylvania and left a church we loved to do something riskyplant a new church in suburban Texas. Our vision for the church was to welcome people with disabilities.
Jan 17 5:23AM Christianity Today

What Humans Have That Machines Don't
How a theology of personhood cuts against the mechanical metaphors we use to describe ourselves. As a literature and theology teacher, I train my students to see and hear metaphors, which are not just a matter of language. As George Lakoff and Mark Johnson argue in The Metaphors We Live By, our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.
Jan 17 5:23AM Christianity Today

Wheaton College, Controversial Speakers, and Some Factivism
Ryan Bomberger brings up another controversial speaker, but it just distracts from the real issue. Yesterday, I shared an article entitled Abortion, Black Lives Matter, and Wheaton. I was responding to several articles from Ryan Bomberger, who spoke at Wheaton College in November of last year.
Jan 16 4:48AM Christianity Today

Ministry in the #MeToo Moment
As abuse awareness grows, pastors are searching for ways to protect the vulnerable and care for survivors. Last summer Stephanie Lobdell, co-lead pastor at Mountain Home Church of the Nazarene in Idaho, started a sermon series on the forgotten characters of Scripture. One of the subjects she wanted to cover was Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, who was raped by a Hivite prince.
Jan 15 4:49PM Christianity Today

Running from the Lightand the Snakes
An opera heroine's conflict with her faith and family has dangerously high stakes. Serpent-handling churches are, for obvious reasons, perpetually fascinating to those outside them. Theyve been the subject of books, documentaries, songs, photography exhibits, and a reality show.
Jan 15 4:49PM Christianity Today

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again
In Christ, we are never alone in an ultimate and enduring sense, and that is great news to the lonely." Ed: Its hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The churchs influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions.
Jan 15 4:49PM Christianity Today

The Top Reasons Young People Drop Out of Church
Even with 1 in 4 leaving over politics, college kids are more likely to return after a hiatus than leave for good. Slightly fewer young adults are dropping out of church after high school, but those who do have more serious reasons for leaving than a decade ago. In a 2017 LifeWay Research survey released today, 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007.
Jan 15 4:49PM Christianity Today

Abortion, Black Lives Matter, and Wheaton
Let me shed a little light on the situation with Wheaton College and Ryan Bomberger. A tempest has arisen in the teacup that is the conservative blogosphere. Let me try to shed a little light in the midst of the heat.
Jan 15 5:51AM Christianity Today

Why I'm Optimistic Amidst a Cultural Crisis
Hope never emerges from easy answers to the questions of a broken world. Hope comes from a Person. We are prone to naivety in regard to reading our current cultural moment.
Jan 15 5:51AM Christianity Today

Spiritual Revolutionaries in an Age of Despair
These practices of Anna and Simeon kept them faithful in a time of seeming hopelessness. Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
Jan 14 4:49PM Christianity Today

The Rise of Women's Rights and Religious Liberties in the Muslim World
Tunisia is now the front runner in expanding women's rights and religious liberties in the Muslim nations. Tunisia is now the front runner in expanding womens rights and religious liberties in the Muslim nations. And the world is watching.
Jan 13 4:47PM Christianity Today

I Escaped from Iran, but Not from God
As a child of the Iranian Revolution, I wanted nothing to do with religion. I was nine years old when I decided that I hated God. I hated him because I believed he hated me first.
Jan 12 4:49AM Christianity Today

Pastor Matt Chandler on Going Back to School at The Wheaton Grad School
At 45, Matt Chandler enrolled in the graduate program at Wheaton College. I asked him why. Matt Chandler and I are both in class right now finishing up his first week in our graduate program.
Jan 12 4:49AM Christianity Today

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again
An interview with Trillia Newbell. Ed: Its hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The churchs influence is fading and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions.
Jan 12 4:49AM Christianity Today

When Great Writers Wrestle with Faith
Why have so many modern novelists and poets chased after (and fled from) God? The metaphors we use in given situations show us more about our assumptions than we often realize. In politics, we speak of the arena, our opponents, or even battle lines. Our language betrays a hostile environment filled with warring parties.
Jan 10 4:49PM Christianity Today