Pro-Life Protestor Acquitted in Federal Case

The case of Mark Houck was one of more than two dozen the DOJ has pursued against pro-life protestors since “Dobbs.” Update (January 30, 2023): On Monday, a jury acquitted pro-life protestor Mark Houck of federal charges related to pushing an abortion clinic escort. Houck’s federal case, where he faced up to 11 years in prison, was one of more than two dozen filed against pro-life protestors in the months after the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson. The charges... Read More

Report: Jean Vanier’s L’Arche Hid ‘Mystical-Sexual’ Sect for Decades

An independent commission concluded that dozens of women were violated by Vanier and his mentor under exploitative spiritual disciplines. Two years after abuse allegations against L’Arche’s late founder Jean Vanier were made public, an investigation shows the secret was “carefully maintained for decades.” From the famous Christian community he developed in Trosly-Breuil, France, the Catholic theologian and leader perpetuated a hidden “mystical-sexual”... Read More

God Is Not a Woman—or a Man

Two recent books discuss how our conception of gender relates to our perception of God. Two books published last year by Wm. B. Eerdmans are attempting to confront our assumptions about the gender of God from two different angles. God Is, by Mallory Wyckoff, is more personal and more expansive in its role casting of the divine, while Women and the Gender of God, by Amy Peeler, is more scholarly, systematic, and orthodox in its claims about God’s nature. To be candid, I nearly wrote... Read More

Is God a Woman or a Man?

Two recent books discuss how our conception of gender relates to our perception of God. Two books published last year by Wm. B. Eerdmans are attempting to confront our assumptions about the gender of God from two different angles. God Is, by Mallory Wyckoff, is more personal and more expansive in its role casting of the divine, while Women and the Gender of God, by Amy Peeler, is more scholarly, systematic, and orthodox in its claims about God’s nature. To be candid, I nearly wrote... Read More

America’s Brash Grandiosity

Looking to the monarchy can show us the pitfalls of prideful politics. This essay was originally commissioned for a private convening of British and American Christian leaders organized by The Center for Christianity and Public Life and the UK-based Faith in Public. After the death of Queen Elizabeth in 2022, many commentators insisted that the time for monarchy has passed. The crown is a gaudy bauble unsuited to the modern, utilitarian state, so arguments generally went, not to mention a... Read More

Under Municipal Regulations, UK Abortion Clinics ‘Safe’ From Silent Prayer

Two British citizens face criminal penalties for violating buffer zones. Prayer outside abortion facilities is drawing prosecution in multiple cases across the UK. Adam Smith-Connor prayed silently on a public street in Bournemouth, England, earlier this month, his back to an abortion clinic. When community safety officers asked what he was doing, he told them he was “praying for son, who is deceased.” The officers expressed condolences but then said Smith-Connor, a... Read More

Changing the Conversation on Climate Change

Q&A with evangelical organizer Tori Goebel on the difference 10 years makes and how a rising generation of Christians is looking for “avenues for action.” More than one-third of American evangelicals believe that climate change is a pressing problem, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. One of the groups mobilizing believers on this issue, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA), celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022. National organizer and spokesperson Tori... Read More

We Shudder at Abraham Sacrificing Isaac. But We Have Our Own Altars.

We may flinch at seeing the revered patriarch nearly end his own son’s life. But what do we miss when viewing this story through contemporary eyes? You’re reading the English translation of the winner of Christianity Today’s second annual essay contest for Christians who write in Spanish. Learn more about the competition and CT’s multilingual work and check out the winning essays written originally in Portuguese, French, Indonesian, and Chinese. One of the most dramatic... Read More

Read the Winners of Christianity Today’s Second Annual International Essay Contest

Wisdom, perspective, and theological understanding from Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, and Indonesian writers. Hagar’s unhappiness helps one Indonesian father become a better parent. A Mexican mother reflects on the parallels between Abraham nearly sacrificing Isaac and the false idols that tempt families to sacrifice their children today. A Chinese writer ponders the ramifications of Joseph’s decision to bring his brothers close after a life-changing betrayal. A... Read More

Joseph Forgave His Estranged Brothers. So Can You?

His response to his treacherous siblings invites us to reevaluate similar relationships in our lives. You’re reading the English translation of the winner of Christianity Today’s second annual essay contest for Christians who write in Chinese. Learn more about the competition and CT’s multilingual work and check out the winning essays written originally in Portuguese, French, Indonesian, and Spanish. — Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to... Read More