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Will Trump Sanctions Help Andrew Brunson More Than They Hurt Turkish Christians?
Religious freedom advocates consider if the need of the one outweighs the needs of the many. Governments are supposed to take care of their citizens. For Andrew Brunson, an American detained in Turkey for almost two years, it may be his best hope.
Aug 17 4:22AM Christianity Today

Richard Stearns: 'Every Day Is a Celebration'
After 20 years of tackling the hole in our gospel, World Vision's most recent president is fine retiring from World Vision with some tasks unfinished. Youve grown World Vision US from $350 million to $1 billion over your two decades as president and CEO. Today 40,000 international staff serve children in 100 countries, and you just visited Rwanda to launch a five-year plan to make it the first developing nation with universal access to clean water.
Aug 16 3:55PM Christianity Today

Aretha Franklin's One Faith
As her father once said, Aretha was still a gospel singer. Todays homecoming of Aretha Franklin prompted me to pull out her legendary double-CD live set, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism from 1987. While the live Amazing Grace set (1972) is the justly more famous, more satisfying collection, One Lord has moments of transcendent beauty and power, including her 10-minute tour de force with Mavis Staples on O Happy Day.
Aug 16 3:55PM Christianity Today

Christians to Science: Leave Animals the Way God Designed ThemExcept Mosquitoes
Pew finds 7 in 10 Americans, as well as highly committed evangelicals, say the pesky insects should be genetically engineered to reduce disease. When asked about five ways that science can use genetic engineering on animals, many Americans express a reticence to mess with nature or Gods plan. Except when it comes to mosquitoes.
Aug 16 3:55PM Christianity Today

Christian College Drops Sex Standards in Law School Bid
Trinity Western University abandons its community covenant after Canadian Supreme Court loss. Two months after Canadas Supreme Court ruled against what would have been the countrys first Christian law school, Trinity Western University (TWU) has dropped its controversial community covenant. TWUs quest to open a law school had stalled in court for years after several provincial law societies refused to accredit would-be graduates, citing the covenants prohibition of sex outside of traditional marriage.
Aug 16 3:55PM Christianity Today

The Places Where Church & Culture CollideA Look into New Churches, Stories, and the Many Forms of Gospel Witness
We should plant churches that plant churches, but also help these communities blossom into a life-giving presence in and for their cities. What would it look like for a local church to contribute to the culture around it? We should proclaim the hope of Christ in sermons, Bible studies, and church meetings, naturally. But what about those beyond our walls? Are we telling the best story ever only to ourselves? At Hopera Church in Rome, Italy, weve tried to nurture our congregation and plant new churches while seeking to understand and reach people that through storyhelping people share their stories, compare stories, hear the story of the gospel creatively, and broadcast their stories to the world.
Aug 16 3:55PM Christianity Today

How Fiction Fueled Madeleine L'Engle's Faith
How does a lonely kid understand that she's loved by God? An author's childhood holds the answer. Story, at its heart, is one of the primary modes in which God speaks to us, which means its one of the main vehicles for Gods truth. Its also formative truth: The best, most ennobling stories have the power to shape our actions and play a vital role in moral and spiritual formation.
Aug 16 3:56AM Christianity Today

Why You Got Blocked: What's Okay, and Not Okay, on Social Media
Social media is a place where we should first seek to be light and salt to a world that needs Jesus. I dont block a lot of people on Twitter. But sometimes I do, and people ask me why.
Aug 15 3:56PM Christianity Today

Why Zika, and Other Viruses, Don't Disprove God's Goodness
A microbiologist reflects on the problem of evil in human diseases. Its been two years since Christian missionaries and aid workers in Zika-infested areas wrestled with whether to stay or go after the virus triggered an international public health emergency. Last week, the CDC released a new report indicating for the first time what happens as babies exposed to the Zika virus grow olderthey may face problems when none presented at birth.
Aug 14 3:56PM Christianity Today

Evangelical Ethiopian Helps End Orthodox Schism
Africa's youngest head of state heals the wounds of one of its oldest churches. Ending 27 years of schism, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in their homeland and in America reunited the two feuding branches of one of the worlds oldest churches. Ironically, the push came from the Horn of Africa nations new evangelical prime minister.
Aug 14 3:56PM Christianity Today

One-on-One with Joseph D'Souza on GAFCON
Despite the many severe challenges Christians face, the church is growing in India. Ed: What are some of the challenges Christians are currently facing in India? Archbishop DSouza: Since the time of the apostles, Christians have faced persecution and social and political oppression because of their faith. In India, things are not unlike the early days of the church.
Aug 14 3:56PM Christianity Today

The Healing of Willow Creek
Misguided loyalty harmed this historic congregation. True loyalty can redeem it. In light of the resignation of its pastoral staff and elder board, its time to rally around Willow Creek Community Church with support and prayers.
Aug 13 3:55PM Christianity Today

John Inazu: Why I'm Still Confident About 'Confident Pluralism'
The past two years have only strengthened my belief that tolerance, humility, and patience can help heal our fractious public life. Two years ago, I published a book called Confident Pluralism. In it, I argue that living together across our differences in this country must begin by acknowledging the depth of those differences.
Aug 13 3:55PM Christianity Today

So, What Comes After Church Growth?
Characteristics of the Church Growth Movement itself present challenges to church multiplication. The regrettable shortage of multiplying churches can be explained, at least in part, by the lingering implications of the wholesale adoption of business principles and pragmatic schemes that distinguished the church growth era. Today, we awaken to a church growth hangover that colors our thoughts on what we should do next.
Aug 13 3:55PM Christianity Today

Mattresses, Experiences, and Instagramming Your Worship Service
What place does social media have in our worship services? When was the last time you bought a mattress? Did you walk around a showroom and awkwardly lie down on several of them? Did you close your eyes, try to get comfortable, and imagine what it would be like to sleep on it day after day? Did you then pay too much, and wait too long for it to be delivered to your house? No wonder the mattress industry was ripe for disruption. In the same way that Amazon disrupted brick and mortar retail, Uber disrupted the Taxi industry, and smart phones disrupted camera, calculator, and flashlight sales, Casper has done the same for mattresses. Casper, an online mattress retailer, has been so effective at upending a $29 Billion industry that other companies have quickly followed suit.
Aug 11 3:55PM Christianity Today

John Piper Changed 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness.' Experts Weigh In.
Reformed tweaks to Methodist hit raise the question: Should hymns keep the theological orientation of their authors? The worship team at The Gospel Coalition's recent womens conference selected Great Is Thy Faithfulness to conclude speaker John Pipers remarks. But the prolific preacher and writer was concerned that the lyrics didnt thematically match his sermon. So, he wrote two additional verses: I could not love Thee, so blind and unfeeling; Covenant promises fell not to me.
Aug 10 3:55PM Christianity Today

One-on-One with Karen Swallow Prior on 'On Reading Well'
Reading good literature well is in itself a practice of virtue. Ed: The subtitle of your book is Finding the Good Life through Great Books. What do you mean by the good life? Karen: Some people think living the good life means having career or financial success, traveling the world, and owning lots of things.
Aug 10 3:55PM Christianity Today

Onward Christian Superheroes
Two of Netflix's Marvel heroes arise out of their respective Christian cultures. Blind lawyer Matthew Murdock (Charlie Cox) sits in the confession booth at a New York City Roman Catholic church describing his family historythat is, his and his boxer fathers violent natures, where they let the devil in and people get hurt. But instead of confessing past sins, Matt says, Im not seeking penance for what Ive done.
Aug 10 3:55PM Christianity Today

Moms Who Miscarry Benefit from Going to Church, Research Shows
National study ties church participation to improved mental health after a miscarriage. You may never know the woman next to you in church had a miscarriage. Pregnancy loss happens to as many as one in five pregnant women before the 12th week.
Aug 10 4:54AM Christianity Today

Renewing Your Church: The Power of Revitalization
There is nothing more exciting than a ministry that demonstrably requires the resurrection power of Jesus Christ from day one. Crossway Church had given themselves two years to die well. The question for us was, Were any other options possible? The answer was, Not necessarily.
Aug 9 9:10AM Christianity Today