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Bringing Back Baylor

Baylor University president Linda Livingstone helps the school navigate one of the largest scandals in US collegiate athletics. As new jobs go, Linda Livingstone may have stepped into one of the year’s toughest. The newly…


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Is America’s Great Eclipse a Sign from God?

A reminder of humanity’s small part in God’s universe One day last week, a strange pack of 3D-like glasses showed up on our kitchen counter, and I remembered that on Monday, I will be in…




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Do We Need a Stronger Word for 'Faith'?

Why theologian Matthew Bates would have evangelicals profess ‘allegiance’ to Christ. In his provocative book Salvation by Allegiance Alone, Matthew W. Bates expresses deep concern that Christians—particularly North American conservative evangelicals—misunderstand what the Bible means…


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White Evangelicals Oppose Calls to Impeach Trump

President’s faithful want him to stay in office, and trust him on Russia. Even before the fallout over President Donald Trump’s remarks on the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, a growing number of Americans…



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Cover Story: Facing Our Legacy of Lynching

How a memorial could help lead America—and Christians—to repentance from a dark history. In 1902 a black man named Alonzo Tucker was lynched from a bridge in the coastal town of Coos Bay, Oregon, a…





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The Use of Nuclear Weapons is Inherently Evil

No earthly leader gets the ‘authority to do whatever.’ Much of the world has responded with “fire and fury” to President Donald Trump’s message to North Korea that continued threats will “be met with fire…



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The Gospel of Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook and others have started to imitate, but can’t replace, church community. From the late 1980s, many churches made the decision to run like businesses and now, in a surprising twist, businesses in 2017 are…



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Belonging Is About More Than Biology

As an adoptee and adoptive mom, God is teaching me about his welcoming love. Adoption stands incomplete until that moment when your child adopts you back. He calls you Mom not because it’s your name,…


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Thankfulness Protects Against PTSD

In the aftermath of tragedy, gratitude helps us grow. I can still remember with perfect clarity the moment I read the news about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. I was out for a walk…


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The Fight for Social Justice Starts Within

Only a vibrant inner life can sustain the activist’s soul. A little over a decade ago, no emblem of young Christians’ blooming justice activism flashed brighter than Invisible Children. It was born in 2004, shortly…


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How God Keeps it Together

When our life unravels, He holds the threads. Nothing is simple about navigating our overlapping identities in contemporary life. In any given situation, we find ourselves torn between our public and private selves, our roles…



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Joel Hunter Is Done Pastoring His Orlando Megachurch

Northland Church senior leader and Obama spiritual adviser has ‘completed his pastoral call.’ Joel Hunter, the tech-savvy megachurch pastor who spoke out on the national stage as an evangelical adviser to President Barack Obama, is…


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Man Shall Not Live on the New Testament Alone

No less than Jesus in the wilderness, we need every word that comes from the mouth of God. What do Christians do with the Old Testament, with its weird laws, brutal violence, and unpredictable God?…


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Why Christians Are Abandoning the Orphanage

A new focus on the family is changing how Christians care for abandoned and neglected children. One night in 2001, a prostitute in eastern Ukraine propositioned a preacher. Peter Dudnik turned her down and told…