• Christian and Missionary Alliance Considers Calling Women Pastors

    Christian and Missionary Alliance Considers Calling Women Pastors
    Denomination survey finds 61 percent want to change titles, allow for ordination.
    Jennifer Ashby preaches and teaches regularly at Neighborhood Church in Rockville, Maryland. She baptizes people, disciples them, marries them, buries them, and counsels them in times of crisis.
    But one thing she won’t do, as executive director of ministries at the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) congregation, is call herself “pastor.”
    The CMA consecrates and licenses women for ministry bu
  • What Joe Biden Puts in the Collection Plate

    What Joe Biden Puts in the Collection Plate
    Tax records show gifts to three churches, two religious charities, a food bank, and more.
    Joe and Jill Biden gave $1,000 to St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church last year, the Greenville, Delaware, congregation where the president regularly receives Communion and visits the graves of his first wife and two of his children. The Bidens gave another $1,500 to the First Lady’s church, Westminster Presbyterian, a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in nearby Wilmington.
    According to
  • Christians Can Learn from Muslims. But There Are Lines We Shouldn’t Cross.

    Christians Can Learn from Muslims. But There Are Lines We Shouldn’t Cross.
    One writer’s attempt to relate Islam to her faith yields some lessons along with some stumbles.
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed firsthand how painful, exhausting, and occasionally frightening it is to live among people who passionately disagree. In this maelstrom of masks, quarantines, vaccines, and lockdowns, we’ve often forgotten how to love our brothers, sisters, and neighbors, to say nothing of our enemies.
    This makes me all the more thankful for the example s
  • The Fire This Time: Reflections on a Year of Racial Reckoning

    The Fire This Time: Reflections on a Year of Racial Reckoning
    A free webinar on how it has changed us, and where the church should go from here.
    One year after George Floyd's death, Christianity Today invites Christian scholars, ministers, and activists to discuss the meaning of a transformative era in American society. How has it changed us, and where does the church go from here?
    Panelists include: Cecilia Williams (president, Christian Community Development Association), Theon Hill (professor, Wheaton College), Noemi Vega Quinones (PhD student and Inter
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  • Punk Rock Priests Offer Up Their ‘Parallel Love’ in Music and Sacrament

    Punk Rock Priests Offer Up Their ‘Parallel Love’ in Music and Sacrament
    There’s no other band quite like Luxury, the evangelical indie rockers from the ’90s who journeyed through tragedy and faith to Eastern Orthodoxy.The evangelical indie rock scene of the 1990s can be difficult to explain. A rebellious, unhinged underground movement that emerged from megachurch basements and religious colleges? A generation of musicians who broke ties with conservative Christianity but maintained a fan base built through youth groups and Young Life? You kind of had to
  • Church Decline and Recovery During COVID-19

    Church Decline and Recovery During COVID-19
    A national project aims to understand the impact of the pandemic on church attendance.
    “Are people going to return to church after COVID?” This question, on the minds of pastors everywhere, is at the heart of the National COVID-19 Church Attendance Project (NCCAP). Posed directly to one of us by his brother, a pastor himself, it served as the genesis for this project.
    Most of us are aware of the effects of COVID on our home church. Many of us have heard accounts of various other chur
  • Christians Should Be in the News Cycle, but Not of It

    Christians Should Be in the News Cycle, but Not of It
    How believers can stay up on the day’s events without becoming prisoners of the moment.
  • Missions at Bay Area Community Church

    Missions at Bay Area Community Church
    Takeaways and learnings from local church visits
    I’m restarting my Sunday Journeys series, talking about different churches I’ve visited and taking away some learnings from each.
    Earlier this year, I was at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis for their missions conference. Despite the numerous health and logistical complications COVID presented through the planning process, the pastors, staff, and congregants at BACC creatively navigated these unique circumstances with precaution
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  • Fear the Lord. No Other Word Will Do the Trick.

    Fear the Lord. No Other Word Will Do the Trick.
    Even close relatives like "awe" and "reverence" don’t quite capture the passionate intensity of trembling in the presence of a holy God.
    American culture is full of fear. Although our country is profoundly polarized, the fact of fear and its driving and entrenching power unites us. The objects of our fears differ: We may be most afraid of the proliferation of gross injustice or of the government infringing on our personal liberties. We may fear persecution or the loss of the church’s
  • Our First Look at How Pompeo and Blinken See Religious Freedom Differently

    Our First Look at How Pompeo and Blinken See Religious Freedom Differently
    Four takeaways from this week’s release of the State Department’s 2020 IRF report.
    The rollout of the US State Department’s most recent report on international religious freedom (IRF) this week was a study in the contrasts between the Trump and Biden administrations.
    But there were also continuities.
    Here are two of each that stand out to me as a religious freedom scholar and former staffer in the IRF office:
    1. Humility
    At last year’s rollout, then Secretary of State Mik
  • Church Discipline in a Christian Non-Profit? Church Discipline Part 4

    Church Discipline in a Christian Non-Profit? Church Discipline Part 4
    How to apply the biblical concept of church discipline in a non-profit environment.
    Although church discipline is reserved for the shepherds of God's people within the church, what about Christian organizations? Should they, like Christian schools or non-profits, exercise church discipline? The short answer is no. However, we believe there are some principles Christian organizations can extrapolate from the biblical purpose, pattern, and practice of church discipline.
    In this article, we want to
  • Why Having Babies Is Controversial in 2021

    Why Having Babies Is Controversial in 2021
    How the church can have a better conversation about the falling fertility rate and society’s changing expectations for mothers.
    Last year, the US birthrate experienced its largest single-year drop in nearly 50 years. For years, America’s 2.1 fertility rate made it an outlier to other developed countries. But for the last decade, the number had begun trending downwards, plummeting to last year’s figure of 1.6 children per woman.
    These numbers entered the news the same week the N
  • After Three Lockdowns, Irish Churches Can Finally Meet Again

    After Three Lockdowns, Irish Churches Can Finally Meet Again
    Pastors gear up to welcome evangelicals back to the “greater glory” of church life following 14 months of isolation.On Monday, Ireland emerged from one of Europe ’s strictest lockdowns, allowing Christians to return to in-person church services for the first time since December. Members of Solid Rock Drogheda couldn ’t wait until Sunday and met to worship together as soon as the restrictions lifted.
    The church, located in a town north of Dublin, started praying for Irelan
  • Just a Bill: Religious Freedom Consensus Rarely Voted into Law

    Just a Bill: Religious Freedom Consensus Rarely Voted into Law
    Latest IRF scorecard grades each member of US Congress, as State Department releases annual report on 200 countries and territories.
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken called out Saudi Arabia.
    The Gulf kingdom “remains the only country in the world without a Christian church, though there are more than a million Christians living [there],” he stated yesterday.
    Such high-level criticism of the key US ally is a departure from the foreign policy of the Trump administration, though the St
  • CCCU Says LGBT Lawsuit Is Frivolous

    CCCU Says LGBT Lawsuit Is Frivolous
    Evangelical association names itself as co-defendant to defend religious exemptions.
    The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) jumped into the legal fray over LGBT rights and religious liberties on Wednesday when it filed a motion to join a lawsuit against the US Department of Education (DOE) as a codefendant.
    Thirty-three current and former students from 20-plus religiously affiliated colleges filed the suit against the DOE in March to prevent the agency from granting religious
  • The Pattern and Practice of Church Discipline, Part III

    The Pattern and Practice of Church Discipline, Part III
    Church Discipline Does a Body Good
    In Part 1, the practice of church discipline was grounded in God's character and work as the Good Shepherd and how it informs church discipline. Part 2 considered the ultimate goal of church discipline: to redeem and restore the person to the church body. But when the person continues in rebellion, denial, or other ways that contradict the faith, church discipline offers a way to protect the church while still holding forth the hope of repentance.
    The Pattern o
  • The Pattern and Practice of Church Discipline, Part 3

    The Pattern and Practice of Church Discipline, Part 3
    Church discipline does a body good.
    In Part 1, the practice of church discipline was grounded in God's character and work as the Good Shepherd and how it informs church discipline. Part 2 considered the ultimate goal of church discipline: to redeem and restore the person to the church body. But when the person continues in rebellion, denial, or other ways that contradict the faith, church discipline offers a way to protect the church while still holding forth the hope of repentance.
    The Pattern
  • Read God’s Words. Then Write Your Own.

    Read God’s Words. Then Write Your Own.
    The spiritual discipline of recording our prayers and Bible reading reflections is a practice rooted in Christian tradition.
    Three crows bickering on a rooftop against the sunrise, reads my journal entry from July 22, 2019. Lord, how obnoxious I am!
    Aside from a list of prayer requests, that is the entirety of the entry for that day. Out of context, it makes no sense. But reading those two sentences now whisks me back to that sticky summer morning. The trio of argumentative crows on my neighbor&
  • The Purpose of Church Discipline, Part 2

    The Purpose of Church Discipline, Part 2
    The heart of church discipline is restoration.As we noted in Part 1, God compares himself to a shepherd and promises to seek the lost, heal the broken, judge between his sheep (Ezekiel 34:10–22). Despite thwarting God's authority as Shepherd and harming other sheep around them (Ezekiel 34:17–22), God earnestly seeks out sheep who've strayed from his flock and desires to restore them to his care (Ezekiel 34:11, 22).
    We see the culmination of this promise to seek and save the lost (Luk
  • Nominate a Book for the 2022 Christianity Today Book Awards

    Nominate a Book for the 2022 Christianity Today Book Awards
    Instructions for publishers.
    Dear Publisher,
    Each year, Christianity Today honors a set of outstanding books encompassing a variety of subjects and genres. The CT Book Awards, along with our Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year, will be announced in December at christianitytoday.com. They also will be featured prominently in the January/February 2022 issue of CT and promoted in several CT newsletters. (In addition, publishers will have the opportunity to participate in a marketing promotion orga
  • John Piper Goes Further Up and Further Into the Doctrine of God’s Providence

    John Piper Goes Further Up and Further Into the Doctrine of God’s Providence
    His latest book leans on the Reformed tradition while speaking to 21st-century questions.
    As a pastor and author, John Piper has long been known for singing the song of God’s glory with uncommon passion. His newest book, the massive Providence—written more than three decades after his signature volume Desiring God—confirms that Piper has even more Scripture-soaked verses to belt out.
    At this stage of his ministry, it might be helpful to imagine Piper playing the role of C. S. L
  • I Got Ordained So I Can Talk About Jesus. Not the Female Pastor Debate.

    I Got Ordained So I Can Talk About Jesus. Not the Female Pastor Debate.
    As a priest, I’m tired of a political battle that distracts from the gospel.
    Rick Warren’s Saddleback church recently made headlines by ordaining three female leaders. I was grateful to see these women recognized and lent both the public authority and institutional accountability that comes from ordination. But when I read the news, I also thought with a heavy sigh, “Oh, here we go again.” I knew the debate about women’s roles in the church would dominate conversati
  • The Way of the Shepherd: The Biblical Foundation of Church and Church Discipline

    The Way of the Shepherd: The Biblical Foundation of Church and Church Discipline
    Church discipline is an essential, often overlooked, and frequently misunderstood part of healthy congregational life.Church discipline.
    Those two words can bring a multitude of feelings and images to the reader who has had any experience with it. Frequently, people associate church discipline with "church hurt," evoking negative emotions of harsh, judgmental treatment which can cause division and church splits. On the other side, believers see discipline as something that Scripture speaks about
  • Burkina Faso’s 7 Army Chaplains Struggle Amid Jihadist Attacks

    Burkina Faso’s 7 Army Chaplains Struggle Amid Jihadist Attacks
    Once considered a beacon of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, the West African nation has been embroiled in unprecedented extremist violence.
    In the more than 15 years Salomon Tibiri has been offering spiritual succor as a military pastor in Burkina Faso, he’s never fielded so many calls from anxious soldiers and their relatives as in recent years, when the army found itself under attack by Islamic extremist fighters.
    “Before the crisis there was more stability,&rd
  • ‘Be Clean’: Jesus and the World of Ritual Impurity

    ‘Be Clean’: Jesus and the World of Ritual Impurity
    These biblical commands rightly remind us about the significance of our bodies.
  • Genocide in Tigray? Ethiopian Christians Debate Orthodox Patriarch’s Claim

    Genocide in Tigray? Ethiopian Christians Debate Orthodox Patriarch’s Claim
    US ambassador meets with Abune Mathias in Addis Ababa after provocative video released.
    The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in his country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s federal government, saying he believes its actions constitute genocide: “They want to destroy the people of Tigray.”
    The United States ambassador hosted him today to learn more.
    In a video shot last month on a mobile phone and carried out of
  • Ten Things That Aren't Evangelism

    Ten Things That Aren't Evangelism
    What does it mean for 21st century people to engage in evangelism?
    In Act II, Scene II of the classic work, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, there is a famous conversation between the couple. They love each other and want to be together, but they carry the burden of their surnames, and this means that they will be apart forever. In the midst of this complicated mix of feelings and emotions, Juliet uses a metaphor to persuade Romeo that their names do not matter; she says that if a rose had anothe
  • Christian Street Artist Honors Beirut Explosion Victims with 204 Illegal Portraits

    Christian Street Artist Honors Beirut Explosion Victims with 204 Illegal Portraits
    Inspired by Makoto Fujimura, an American evangelical partners with Lebanese art institute to equally dignify every death.
    Nine months later, Brady Black was fed up—and inspired.
    Last August, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in human history leveled Lebanon’s main port and thousands of homes.
    Charities and churches scrambled to help, as 204 people were killed.
    The government has done next to nothing.
    But now, each victim has a portrait across from Beirut’s fam
  • White Evangelical Pastors Hesitant to Preach Vaccines

    White Evangelical Pastors Hesitant to Preach Vaccines
    Advocates say more subtle approaches and one-on-one engagement may actually do more to inform the unvaccinated without further dividing the faithful.
    As COVID-19 vaccination rates slowed this spring, Americans’ attention turned toward the groups less likely to get the shot, including white evangelicals.
    Black Protestants were initially among the most skeptical toward the vaccine, but they grew significantly more open to it during the first few months of the year, while white evangelicals&r
  • Divided They Stand: Evangelicals Split Up in Politics to Keep Ukraine Conservative

    Divided They Stand: Evangelicals Split Up in Politics to Keep Ukraine Conservative
    Buffeted by Russia, corruption, and culture war pressures, believers surge in national elections.
    Like many in America, evangelicals in Ukraine feel under siege.
    It may be why people are starting to elect them—in record numbers.
    “Ukraine has become the epicenter of a global spiritual battle,” said Pavel Unguryan, coordinator of Ukraine’s National Prayer Breakfast.
    “Today, as never before, our nation needs unity, peace, and the authority of God’s Word.”
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