Russell Moore: From Hesitancy to Wholeheartedness

How surrendering our identities to God helps our children do the same. On this week’s episode of Adopting Hope, Sasha and Joyce welcome Dr. Russell Moore. Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.He and his wife, Maria, have five boys—two of whom joined their family through adoption. Dr. Moore also authored, among several other books, Adopted for Life The Priority of Adoption for... Read More

Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?

What social media companies’ actions toward Trump mean about the state of the First Amendment. For years, one of the primary ways that people experienced Donald Trump was through his tweets. All of that changed on January 8, when, in the aftermath of the capitol insurrection, Twitter banned @realDonaldTrump. “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these... Read More

Waking Up After QAnon: How Can the Church Respond?

Untangling the evangelical QAnon connection. If the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all” is to be believed, it appears that the “all” are fading into history. You see, in a stunning turn of events, Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States. Well, for most people this was not surprising but simply the natural result of the November election. However, for those who bought into the conspiracy theories surrounding QAnon, this was not supposed to... Read More

The Pro-Life Project Has a Playbook: Racial Justice History

The anti-racism campaign is a model for the anti-abortion movement. The past four years of American public life have been marked by partisan tension between the pro-life movement and the racial justice cause. Politically, at least, the two have been cleft apart and set at odds. The pro-life campaign is viewed by some as a conservative “white men’s culture war,” while the anti-racism project is seen often as a solely progressive movement. The last election hinged in part on... Read More

Prayers and Praises from the World’s Hardest Places to Be a Christian

The struggles and joys experienced by believers in 11 nations on Open Doors’ Christian persecution watchlist. More than 340 million Christians live in places with very high or extreme levels of persecution, according to Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List. Since these believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ, we thought it might be helpful to hear from the church and those close to them in 11 different countries on how God is working—and how you can pray for them.... Read More

Black Churches Step in to Help Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

Florida pilot program could become model for other states. In his four decades as a minister, R. B. Holmes Jr. has never dealt with so much death. More than 24,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19, including more than a few of the flock that Holmes shepherds at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee. “No one is immune from this,” Holmes told CT. “The thief is winning. The virus is a thief.” The black pastor is especially concerned that the coronavirus has... Read More

Montenegro’s Churches Get a Religious Freedom Do-Over

Property dispute between Orthodox church and government that sparked mass protests in the Balkans ends—for now—with a strengthening of religious rights for evangelicals and other faiths. Europe’s second-newest nation made a second effort this week at greater religious freedom. And evangelicals in Montenegro, the Balkan nation independent from Serbia since 2006, couldn’t be more pleased. “This is a great blessing, we are out of the gray zone and drawn into legal... Read More

SBC President’s Church Reinvestigates Bryan Loritts’s Abuse Response

Seven months after hiring Loritts as executive pastor, the Summit Church has commissioned an independent review of how he handled voyeurism incidents at his former church. The Summit Church has retained the services of an outside firm to perform an independent review of specific actions taken by Pastor Bryan Loritts in his handling of 2010 sexual misconduct allegations against his then-brother-in-law at a Memphis church Loritts pastored. A statement released by the church acknowledged that... Read More

Missions and Missional: Remembering History

Part 3 of Ed Stetzer’s chapter from the recent release “Conversations on When Everything Is Missions” How do justice and evangelism co-exist? How do we manage to accomplish both demonstration and proclamation without repeating the perilous mistakes of the missio Dei movement of the middle last century while also avoiding an extreme restrictivism that is all faith and no works (cf. James 2:14-26)? I am what I call an integral prioritist. I believe in integral, holistic... Read More

Word or Deeds: Shiite Firebrand Pledges to Restore Iraqi Christian Property

Christians welcome the “solidarity” of controversial anti-American politician and militia leader in advance of expected visit by Pope Francis. If Pope Francis can avoid the complications of COVID-19 travel and get to Iraq in March, he will hear a lot about stolen property. Muqtada al-Sadr, a leading Shiite politician fiercely opposed to the US military presence, has told Christians he will do something about it. The issue is not new. As Iraq’s pre-Gulf War Christian population of... Read More