No, Religious Freedom Doesn’t Send People to Hell

Why Christians should support our government staying out of religious affairs. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Last week an old video resurfaced on Twitter in which John MacArthur, pastor of Los Angeles’s Grace Community Church, announced he did not support religious freedom. In the clip, MacArthur argued that supporting religious freedom promotes idolatry and enables the kingdom of darkness—that “religious freedom is what sends... Read More

Church Leaders Are Still Waiting for Volunteers to Come Back

Gallup survey found involvement in religious service dropped again in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many churches and ministries to rethink how they recruit, train, and maintain the fleet of volunteers they need. Volunteering for religious organizations dropped during the first year of the pandemic, when in-person services were canceled and outreach events were put on hold, and has continued to decline. According to Gallup, 35 percent of Americans reported volunteering for a... Read More

Faith Leads Doctor Back to Zimbabwe

Amid ongoing turmoil in national health system, orthopedic surgeon practices “practical Christianity.” Tongai Chitsamatanga just finished treating an 8-year-old with dislocated hips, two children with bone infections, and another two with clubfoot. It’s hard work, requiring great patience and greater skill. The 41-year-old doctor could be earning a lot more for his expertise at his old hospitals in Oxford and Derby, United Kingdom. But instead he is here, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in... Read More

Died: George O. Wood, Who Led the Assemblies of God into Growth

As general superintendent, he brought women and minorities into leadership, added “compassion” to the denomination’s constitution, and set ambitious goals for church planting. Assemblies of God leader George O. Wood, who encouraged expansive growth in the Pentecostal denomination through a commitment to diversity, conservative doctrine, and church planting, has died at the age of 80. Wood served as general superintendent of the General Council of Assemblies of God from 2007 to 2017. In... Read More

The Case for Not Treating NFTs as a Scam

Proprietary gifs may seem silly, but Christians have reasons to think about digital ownership. “Why would I buy a jpeg I can copy and paste for free?” That is how most conversations about NFTs (non-fungible tokens) begin. And it makes perfect sense. People are purchasing NBA clips for thousands of dollars—which can be streamed without cost on YouTube. “Crypto degens” are changing their Twitter profile pictures to pixelated cryptopunks to signal their membership... Read More

As COVID-19 Death Tolls Rise, More Americans Want Religious Funerals

The trend toward secular memorials reverses for the first time in a decade. Death abounded in America in 2020 and 2021. According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 570,000 more people died in 2020 than in 2019, with about 350,000 of those attributable to COVID-19. Another 350,000 people died from the coronavirus by the fall of 2021, bringing the death total to 700,000—and counting. When roughly that number died over the four years of the... Read More

Your Pastor Cares When You Don’t Care

Apathy ranked as the single biggest pastoral concern in 2022. Pastors face unique difficulties inherent in their career, but what are their greatest needs? Pastors themselves say they’re most concerned about seeing their churchgoers grow spiritually and making connections with those outside of their churches. After speaking directly with pastors to gather their perspectives on their ministry and personal challenges, Lifeway Research surveyed 1,000 US pastors for the 2022 Greatest... Read More

Wanted: Church Planters. Reward: $50,000.

Q&A with Acts 29 president Matt Chandler on assessing narcissists, the challenge of COVID-19, and new opportunities for vibrant churches. Acts 29 announced a new funding initiative today to encourage more church planting in 2022. The network, which includes more than 700 churches in 44 countries, will give newly affiliated planters two gifts of $25,000 to help them get started. Currently, there are more than 500 men going through the Acts 29 assessment and affiliation process. CT talked... Read More

The Potter’s House Denver Sells Property, Goes Virtual

The congregation in T. D. Jakes’s network is one of the biggest to shutter its doors due to COVID-19 constraints. Online church and virtual campuses have become mainstays during the pandemic, and one Denver-area megachurch is making virtual services its only options—for good. Last week, The Denver Post reported that The Potter’s House Denver will sell its property in Arapahoe County and continue to worship exclusively online. The church—led by the daughter and son-in-law... Read More

Reformed Church in America Splits as Conservatives Form New Denomination

As Alliance of Reformed Churches begins, some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival. On New Year’s Day, 43 congregations of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) split from the national denomination, one of the oldest Protestant bodies in the United States, in part over theological differences regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT clergy. The departure of the theologically conservative congregations to the new... Read More