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Was Carnival Rapture Warning Courageous or Inappropriate? Brazil Debates Eschatology
Christianity Today 2024-02-23 @ 19:05
After pop star's surprise witness ends with a bang, evangelical leaders discuss whether to axe apocalypse talk as ineffective evangelism. When two Brazilian pop stars began chatting on live TV two...
​​Trump on Track to Sweep South Carolina
Christianity Today 2024-02-23 @ 17:07
Despite some tension within churches over the candidates, evangelicals mostly side with the former president's track record over their former governor Nikki Haley. In the lead-up to South Carolina's...
Gender Difference Is Real, but Too Complex to Spell Out All the Specifics
Christianity Today 2024-02-23 @ 17:00
A theologian articulates an Augustinian alternative to the reigning perspectives on nature and culture. When asked to define time, Augustine remarked that he knew what it was until someone asked...
Picture Jesus: Is He Shiny?
Christianity Today 2024-02-23 @ 17:00
Christ's resplendence in the Transfiguration says more than we think. Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image is everywhere. But what did the God-Man from Nazareth...
The True Master of the Elements
Christianity Today 2024-02-23 @ 14:00
Netflix's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender speaks to a longing C.S. Lewis described—and can remind us of our promises in Christ. He can part water, command fire and wind, and move...
Must Christians Accept Money Earned Corruptly or Unethically?
Christianity Today 2024-02-22 @ 18:00
Indonesia ministries and churches navigate accepting donations from means that conflict with biblical ethics. Indonesia's Catholic community learned last year that the thousands of dollars it had...
'Continue to Remember' the Suffering in Ukraine
Christianity Today 2024-02-22 @ 17:00
Christians should be known for uplifting the afflicted before a distracted world. By now, two years after the initial conflict, many Americans have largely forgotten about Ukraine. As often happens...
Alabama Rules that Frozen Embryos Are Children
Christianity Today 2024-02-22 @ 15:43
The first-of-its kind decision affirms life at its earliest stages but complicates the future of IVF. Last week, Alabama extended protections beyond the unborn in the womb to the unborn outside it...
Like-Minded, Not Like Me
Christianity Today 2024-02-22 @ 14:00
Birds of a feather might flock together, but Christians must flock to Christ. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Forgive and forget. Growing up in my conservative, mostly evangelical, rural Texas...
God Says My Afro Hair Is Very Good
Christianity Today 2024-02-22 @ 13:00
An excerpt on identity, hope, and glory from My Divine Natural Hair: Inspiration and Tips to Love and Care for Your Crown. In Chad, the women say God left a gift in the mountains to make their hair...
What a Murdered Russian Dissident Can Teach Us About Moral Courage
Christianity Today 2024-02-21 @ 18:00
Alexei Navalny was willing to stand alone—knowing he'd never be alone in the bigger story. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore's newsletter. Subscribe here. Russian president Vladimir...
Report: Iran Arrested 166 Christians in 2023, Targeting Bible Distributors
Christianity Today 2024-02-21 @ 16:50
Four watchdog groups unite to urge UK parliament to hold Tehran accountable for "faceless victims" of Islamic reeducation and other religious freedom violations. Religious reeducation did not work...
Park Street Divided: Congregation Asked to End Conflict with a Vote
Christianity Today 2024-02-21 @ 16:30
A clash over leadership at the landmark evangelical church in Boston is testing the strength of democratic governance. A years-long fight over leadership styles and decision-making processes at...
He Enzheng: Female Missionary Pioneer in Xinjiang
Christianity Today 2024-02-21 @ 14:22
Her faith and sacrifices have inspired many Chinese Christians to devote their lives to mission in the Muslim region. In the 1940s, following a missiological vision of "Back to Jerusalem," a group...
Through Compassion Philippines, Locals Can Now Sponsor Children
Christianity Today 2024-02-20 @ 20:00
Following in the footsteps of South Korea, the most-Christian country in Asia opens its own fundraising office. Three years ago, a group of nearly 48 former Compassion...
Southern Baptists to Launch New Org to Oversee Abuse Database
Christianity Today 2024-02-20 @ 17:20
After years of holdups, a task force says the work of abuse reform is too much for volunteers alone. Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention's abuse reform task force announced plans Monday to...
Doubt Is a Ladder, Not a Home
Christianity Today 2024-02-20 @ 16:00
Churches should welcome questions. That doesn't require embracing perpetual doubt. What makes Christianity hard? There are many possible answers to this question. How you answer it reveals a great...
The Quest for a Good Children's Bible
Christianity Today 2024-02-20 @ 15:00
A children's ministry veteran explains where kids' Bibles tend to go wrong—and highlights a few that get it right. The best children's Bibles are remarkable works of faith and art. They...
Meet the Iranian Christians Crafting an Evangelical Alliance
Christianity Today 2024-02-19 @ 18:20
Introducing 11 of the dozens of diaspora ministries working to unite one of the world's fastest-growing gospel movements. Last week in Tehran, thousands rallied to commemorate the 45th anniversary...
In the '80s and '90s, CCM Was a Big, Big Market
Christianity Today 2024-02-19 @ 16:25
Recent histories, documentaries, and devotionals prompt fans to look back—and perhaps learn some lessons—from the genre's heyday. The kids and teens of the 1990s are now in their 30s...
The Fault in Our Norms
Christianity Today 2024-02-19 @ 16:00
How do you decide what should be normal in a secularized, fragmented society? The destruction of America's political norms." "Don't normalize that." "This is not normal!" "Why can't you just be...
'God & Country' Preaches to the Choir
Christianity Today 2024-02-16 @ 15:00
Rob Reiner's documentary makes a strong case against political extremism in the name of Christ—for those who already agree. Heave an egg out a Pullman window," social critic H. L. Mencken...
How a Radio Current 'Jolted' a Christian Leader into Staying in Ministry
Christianity Today 2024-02-16 @ 15:00
After an accident on a radio tower, Federico Magbanua went on to inspire a generation of pastors in the Philippines. When the late Federico "Fred" Mission Magbanua Jr. preached a radio sermon on...
How Contemporary Christian Music Explains American Christianity
Christianity Today 2024-02-16 @ 13:00
When the CCM business model faltered, it gave way to what sells even better: politics and fearmongering. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore's newsletter. Subscribe here. A friend and I were...
Black Americans Who Leave Church Don't Go Far
Christianity Today 2024-02-15 @ 17:07
How their disaffiliation stands to have a bigger impact on their communities and why leaders are hopeful they'll come back. Black Americans are the most religious non-religious group in the country...
Can Self-Help Books Really Help?
Christianity Today 2024-02-15 @ 15:00
Self-help books are wildly popular, including among Christians. But can they keep their promise to improve us? Heaven helps those who help themselves." So opens Samuel Smiles' 1859 book Self-Help;...
Try to Talk Before You Go
Christianity Today 2024-02-15 @ 14:00
Cutting off "toxic" people is social media's go-to mental health advice. But Jesus commands us to seek conversation and reconciliation. Toxic. Abusive. Oppressive. Unhealthy. I'd never heard those...
As More Americans Leave the Church, Evangelicals Recenter Their Message
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 23:00
Leaders believe Christ still offers the answers that growing numbers of "nones" are looking for, even if religious baggage is driving them away. With 28 percent of Americans saying they don't...
Are the Prayers of Righteous Fans Powerful and Effective?
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 19:00
Ministry leaders—and football fanatics—weigh in on the divine's role in sports. Few saw a third African Cup of Nations title in reach for Côte d'Ivoire's men's national...
How the Church Can Help Black Women Heal
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 18:00
Being a "strong Black woman" was my badge of honor, until it almost killed me. There are many issues of pressing concern for Black Christians in America, such as ensuring Black lives matter in our...
My Students Are Reading John Mark Comer, and Now I Know Why
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 16:00
The popular pastor's latest works inhabit a fruitful tension between inheriting church tradition and rebuilding it for today's world. I'll begin with a confession: I was once very skeptical of John...
As Bodies Grow Cold
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 15:00
There is no resurrection without death It can be hard to hope and believe when everything you touch is cold. I've been praying about a certain situation for over three years. Recently, it has...
The Glory of Weightiness
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 15:00
When life is too much to bear, our need for a savior becomes clear Have you heard the cliché Christian saying that goes, "God won't give you more than you can handle"? It's not that there isn't...
To Be Met at the Garden Tomb
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 15:00
Jesus lingers with us in our loss, both during and beyond Easter It's an eternal tension, a quintessential question Christians carry: How do we hold on to joy though this world gives way to grief...
The Reflexive Response of Grace
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 15:00
How Jesus reconditions our life even after we fail him At the turn of the 20th century, a Russian physician named Ivan Pavlov won a Nobel Prize. Dogs naturally salivate at the smell of food, but...
Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 15:00
God's mysterious work of consolation and concealment One thing I love about the Bible is its tendency to simultaneously shed light and to obscure, to comfort and confound. We find this unique...
Florence Li Tim-Oi: The First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 14:23
Western church regards her highly, but some Chinese Christians struggle with her affinity to socialist ideology and betrayal of coworkers in Mao's era. There have been many devoted female...
How We Learned to Hate Genocide
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 14:00
Caesar boasted of thousands of civilian deaths. Christianity is the reason we mourn even one. When he published his scandalous guide for picking up women in ancient Rome in A.D. 2, the elegiac poet...
A Path Not for the Faint of Heart
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 14:00
The cost of the cross in a world that loves pleasure In some of the most haunting words in Scripture, Christ tells his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up...
Be Still in the Middle of the Battle
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 14:00
With so much at stake, how can we follow the psalmist's instruction? On a sticky, steamy night last summer, I sat on my back porch in the dark and stared at a gangly potted cactus. This Epiphyllum...
A Meal We Won't Soon Forget
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 14:00
The hope and anxiety inherent in Jesus' last passover feast Can you remember what you ate yesterday? Maybe you had a bagel for breakfast or a burrito for lunch; whatever it was, the food most...
Life as a Fading Flower
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 13:00
Ash Wednesday breaks down our illusion of invincibility Every year around Ash Wednesday, a hillside near our home in the mountains of Western North Carolina erupts with the yellow of budding...
Living in a Season Without Answers
Christianity Today 2024-02-14 @ 13:00
Learning to have a quiet hope in the midst of heartache This year, I'm learning to have a quiet hope. My eight-year-old daughter has Down syndrome. Her already winding path took an unexpected turn...
The Data-Backed Case for Marriage
Christianity Today 2024-02-13 @ 14:00
Brad Wilcox's Get Married debunks misguided conventional wisdom and offers both challenge and hope to Christian singles. Marriage and family are much discussed today, and not only among Christians...
What Research Says About the Five Love Languages
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 15:00
Even Gary Chapman clarifies it's not about picking just one. When Katie Frugé and her husband, Lafayette, decided to get married in 2007, they were 21 and did not know what they did not know...
Big Trouble in Small Groups
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 14:00
A pastor offers practical advice for the top three hurdles of church small groups: childcare, commitment, and over-talkers. "Let's take a few minutes to pray together." 'SCREAMS. CRYING. YELLING...
The Tragic Injustice of the British Post Office Scandal, Explained
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 14:00
How a tech glitch ruined hundreds of lives … and what the Church of England is learning in the aftermath. In recent weeks, Britain has seen an outpouring of anger at what has been described as...
Aaron Ivey, Worship Pastor at Austin Stone, Fired Over Explicit Texts
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 13:12
The author, musician, and husband of podcaster Jamie Ivey showed "a very clear pattern of predatory manipulation" in messages to multiple males, according to church elders. The Austin Stone...
What the Asbury Revival Taught Me About Gen Z
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 12:00
A year ago, I saw the cure for casual Christianity. On February 8, 2023, a routine 50-minute chapel at Asbury University turned into a 16-day event that captured attention around the world. I...
Died: Henry Blackaby, Author of 'Experiencing God'
Christianity Today 2024-02-12 @ 03:12
The Canadian pastor's influential Bible study sold 8 million copies and pointed readers to trust God's plan. Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, passed away Saturday. He was 88. Considered...
 
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