When Do the Latest Hillsong and Bethel Hits Belong in Your Sunday Lineups?

How worship pastors decide whether to sing to the Lord a new song. “Learn these tunes before you learn any others,” John Wesley wrote in his Directions for Singing. “Afterwards, learn as many as you please.” The specified “tunes” were those included in the 1761 publication of the early Methodist hymnal, Selected Hymns. Wesley’s seven directions for singing have long been included in the opening pages of the United Methodist Hymnal. They include... Read More

Asking God to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Christians organize prayer campaign ahead of climate change conference in Glasgow. Christians in Asia, Europe, and North America will gather monthly from spring to fall to offer intercessory prayers ahead of the United Nations climate change conference scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November. The prayer campaign is organized by former Baptist missionary Lowell Bliss and includes leaders from the Lausanne/World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Network, A Rocha International, Youth With... Read More

David Garrison on Why We Must Pray for Muslims Around the World

I urge Christians to pray for Muslims, for their salvation, for their blessing in Jesus Christ I recently had the privilege of delivering the sermon at my local church. I took the opportunity to share from Acts 17:26-27, “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is... Read More

Interview: Gender-Identity Conversations Don’t Have to Be Scary

Preston Sprinkle gives guidance on thinking biblically and listening in love. Of the many books concerning Christianity and LGBT topics, most have addressed the front end of the acronym, leaving the back end woefully neglected. Yet questions of gender identity are growing in volume and urgency, both within and outside the church. In his latest book, Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say, Preston Sprinkle, president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality... Read More

Quarantine as Caretaker

How Andi Ashworth has cultivated patience while being separated from those she loves. When the pandemic began last year, there was no way to predict how profoundly it would affect all of us. This episode touches on some of the most difficult moments of a quarantined reality as Sandra talks to her dear friend Andi Ashworth. Andi and her husband, producer Charlie Peacock, officially established Art House in Nashville in 1991. Art House was not only a recording studio for Charlie, but it served... Read More

Died: Ashur Eskrya, Champion of Iraq’s Displaced Christians

President of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI) passes away from COVID-19 complications. Ashur Sargon Eskrya, president of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI), passed away today from COVID-19 complications. A champion of the Assyrian Christian minority, he was also a central figure in US efforts to shelter refugees from ISIS and later rebuild the Nineveh Plains. AASI was honored for its work with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2016. “Ashur has played a prominent role in... Read More

An Altar Call for Backsliding Book People

Two authors encourage Christians to rededicate themselves to attentive, artful reading. Among many evangelical literature-lovers (and likely many CT readers), Leland Ryken is a familiar name. Longtime (now emeritus) professor of English at Wheaton College, he is the author of numerous books, including The Christian Imagination and How to Read the Bible as Literature. In his latest offering, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading, he teams up with professional writer Glenda Faye Mathes to take on... Read More

Remembering Robert E. Cooley, Former President of Gordon-Conwell

He brought archaeological expertise to Israel, Egypt, and North America. If you met Robert E. Cooley, you remember his arresting handshake. If you sat in a meeting with him, you recall a brilliance that stopped committee chatter or—more improbably—made sudden sense of it. If you worked with him, you remember a measured decisiveness that could pull your organization back to its mission or lead a whole new movement. Cooley, a Near Eastern archaeologist and former president of... Read More

The Digital Devil Looks to Devour

Scripture and sermon can hardly compete with the charms (‘prelest’) of cable news and Twitter. The Eastern Orthodox have a word, prelest, a transliteration from Russian, where in common use means something like charm. In the Orthodox Church, however, prelest has a darker denotation. It’s a kind of spiritual delusion, the “wounding of human nature by falsehood,” using the phrase of the 19th-century Russian monk and theologian Ignatius Brianchaninov. “All of us are... Read More

Sherelle Ducksworth: Critical Theory and Precursors to Approaching Critical Race Theory

Part 2 of Sherelle Duckworth’s contribution to our Critical Race Theory series. In Part I, we walked through four precursors about sociological theory to consider before engaging Critical Race Theory (CRT). Those precursors included understanding that: Sociological theories are suggestions on how to see the world. Sociological theories show us what to look for in the world. Sociological theories morph into a multitude of ideas and assertions. Sociological theories are descriptive but... Read More