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The Cynic’s Guide to Sin

We’re not surprised when people fail us. But should we be? Wickedness should not surprise us. A robust view of sin prepares us for the reality that institutions grow corrupt, politicians fudge promises, and even…

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The Truth about Suicide

More and more Americans are taking their own lives. How the church can step up. In 2015, more than 44,000 Americans died by suicide—one death every 12 minutes, as the Department of Health and Human…


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Our Silence Is Music to God’s Ears

The most joyful noise God desires from us may be none at all. I visited a monastery in Kentucky for a quiet weekend earlier this year. The chapel and guest rooms perch on a wide,…


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Evangelical Christians Are Sick

The movement is driven by a painful awareness that the heart—each of our hearts—is desperately wicked. ‘The scene to me was new and passing strange,” wrote Presbyterian pastor Barton Stone as he witnessed a revival…



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Whatever Became of Repentance?

How we can change the angry cultural debates online and in church. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther is said to have posted 95 theses, or “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences,” on the door…


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What Does the Lord Require of You?

Micah’s most beloved verse is more than a spiritual to-do list. In the early 1960s, political writer Hannah Arendt attended the trials of Adolf Eichmann, the German officer who had orchestrated much of the Holocaust….





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Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels

Megachurch becomes biggest in America to appoint a female lead pastor. Since “no one person can replace” Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels, the influential megachurch has named two people: its current executive pastor…



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Why I Continue to Call God ‘Father’

I’m sympathetic to the arguments for female pronouns. But the linguistic alternatives leave behind a profound truth. I have only ever had a good father. Timothy Beaty is gentle, wise, affectionate, and regularly expresses pride…



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Evangelical Distinctives in the 21st Century

The first in a series on the meaning and place of a historic movement. The evangelical faith is going through another of its spasms of critical self-reflection. Every week, it seems another prominent person claims…


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God Made Our Brains to Need Others

Both science and Scripture invite us to share our suffering. As psychiatrist Curt Thompson has written, “To be human is to be vulnerable.” Suffering disinters vulnerability, illuminating a feature of our humanity we’d often rather…


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The Generous Soul

Why overcoming the Scrooge in all of us begins with gratitude. One of my not-so-winsome Christmas traditions involves complaining to family members about the relentlessness of The Christmas Carol. Every year it seems there is…




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A Punk Rock Rebel Returns to Church

I was parked between “spiritual but not religious” and “New Age dilettante” when depression threw me into God’s arms. I have always been a person of gloom. Even as a small child, I suffered bouts…


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The Most Dangerous Thing Luther Did

And other facts about Bible translation that transformed the world. At the very beginning of the Reformation, the only Bible available was the Latin Vulgate, the Bible Jerome had produced in Latin in A.D. 380….