The Things We Do To Women

When churches use sexuality to foster and motivate male commitment, women find themselves on the losing end. Sex sells. It might be hard to imagine a church harnessing this popular marketing technique for church growth, but that’s exactly what Mark Driscoll did in Seattle in the early 2000s. Whether condemning the Western erosion of manhood or elevating women as Christian pornographic ideals, preaching from the Mars Hill pulpit mixed toxic cultural messages with biblical theology in... Read More

Faced with Allegations, Anglicans Want to Change the Trajectory of Abuse Response

Mishandled case in Wheaton has been a wake-up call for the relatively young denomination. Priests and parishioners in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are expressing grief and anger over sexual abuse allegations against a lay leader in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest and the revelation that its bishop waited two years to notify churches in the diocese about the reports. Church leaders and advocates in Illinois and beyond see this case as a chance for the 12-year-old denomination... Read More

The River of Justice Flows Downhill

We can make modest progress through human effort, but only God can deliver true equity. We have a basketball hoop on a pole in our driveway. Our toddler cannot yet shoot or dribble, but he watches the big kids and chases the ball for great lengths of time. He tries to climb the pole to get closer to the net, and he waves his arms for someone to hold him up for a slam dunk. Fighting for justice in a broken world sometimes feels like trying to sink a goal that’s out of reach. We have... Read More

28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed in Nigeria

Parents reunite with sons and daughters at Bethel high school, yet more than 80 children remain with Kaduna kidnappers. Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi. Church officials handed those children over to their parents at the school on Sunday. But Israel Akanji, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, said more than 80 other children are still... Read More

Former Mars Hill Elders: Mark Driscoll Is Still ‘Unrepentant,’ Unfit to Pastor

Dozens of leaders from the preacher’s former congregation are calling for him to resign from The Trinity Church, where departing members are raising familiar concerns. Nearly 40 elders who served with Mark Driscoll during the final years of Mars Hill Church are publicly calling for him to step down from his current pastoral position and seek reconciliation with those he has hurt. “We are troubled that he continues to be unrepentant despite the fact that these sins have been... Read More

How Christians Are Rebuilding a Relationship with Colorado Springs

It’s one thing to tell the city that you’re there for its good. It’s another to show it. Six weeks after Stu Davis left his job as pastor at one of Colorado Springs’s largest churches in 2013, most of his kitchen appliances broke. Then his car broke. When his employee health insurance ran out, all three of his children had to make separate visits to the hospital. “There were definitely times when I was angry at the Lord,” Davis said. “It was just a super, super... Read More

No More ‘Evangelical Vatican’: Christians Rebuild Relationship with Colorado Springs

It’s one thing to tell the city that you’re there for its good. It’s another to show it. Six weeks after Stu Davis left his job as pastor at one of Colorado Springs’s largest churches in 2013, most of his kitchen appliances broke. Then his car broke. When his employee health insurance ran out, all three of his children had to make separate visits to the hospital. “There were definitely times when I was angry at the Lord,” Davis said. “It was just a super, super... Read More

Cheer on These Christian Olympians from Around the World

Meet the women and men who make their faith a priority as they compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Opening Ceremonies have just commenced, but the 2020 Tokyo Games already feel weird. The Japanese government made a last-minute decision to bar spectators, and a number of athletes had to drop out after testing positive for COVID-19 or quarantine after being exposed to those who have tested positive. Like their fellow Olympians, Christian athletes have made sacrifices, worked through... Read More

Tweeting While Black

Esau McCaulley on interpreting Scripture and making social media less confrontational, more invitational. This first episode of Viral Jesus, season 1, features Esau McCaulley, author of Reading While Black. Esau is a biblical scholar and assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois. In this episode, Heather and Esau discuss Black interpretation of Scripture, social media, and critics. You can find Esau active on Twitter. Also, in our #GrowingViral segment, meet Dorena... Read More

From Eric Liddell to Allyson Felix: Why Faithful Fans Are Drawn to Olympians

Christian athletes testify to the gospel in competition and beyond. “I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast,” Eric Liddell wrote in a letter to his sister Jenny before competing as a sprinter for Great Britain in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The 1981 film Chariots of Fire (for my money, the best sports movie ever made) follows the lives of the devoutly Christian Liddell and his Jewish teammate Harold Abrahams at the Paris Games, and actor Ian Charleson,... Read More