One-one-One with Eric Geiger on Building Leaders and Change Leadership

“Without a shared conviction, you will have systemic chaos.” Ed: Could you give us a brief overview of the book? Eric: There's one chart in the book that’s my go-to chart that I use if I'm ever asked to speak about leadership in a non-Christian environment. It's from Dave Ulrich and all the research he did about the common characteristics among leaders in the book The Leadership Code. It's a chart later in the book where there's a circle in the middle, and... Read More

What It’s Like When Your Wife Is ‘Christian Famous’

Hearing from the husbands of some of our favorite authors, teachers, and ministry leaders. By now, the church has come to recognize the challenges faced by pastors’ wives, a role weighed with expectations, attention, and personal sacrifice. But as women rise in prominence across areas of ministry, another question comes up: What about their husbands? There’s no template in our minds for what it looks like to be married to women in today’s generation of influential Christian... Read More

And Now, the Star of the Show….

How we inadvertently create a cult of personality around our preachers. Here is the “most effective” and terrible sermon illustration I’ve ever used: One day my wife and I were arguing about something—the exact subject has long been forgotten. In the course of the argument—probably when she was getting the best of me—I became so frustrated that I hit our dining room wall with my fist. The wall didn’t move, of course, but I expected to at least put a... Read More

Moonshot: What Barth, Tillich, and Tozer Thought of the Space Age

CT’s 1958 interview provides some bearing on today’s missions to the sun, Mars and beyond. It seems like so long ago that a moonshot was just a moonshot. Today, “moonshot” has come to mean an improbable mission—curing cancer, artificial general intelligence, or interstellar flight—a giant leap for mankind. Humanity’s current leap is toward the sun, as the Parker Solar Probe speeds toward its third perihelion—the point in an orbit closest to our... Read More

The 13 Persecuted Christians Chosen by the State Department to Share Their Stories with the World

At this week’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 30 survivors from 19 countries from all faiths were given a global platform in Washington DC. At this week’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, billed as the largest human rights event the US State Department has ever held, 30 people were invited to share theirs or their loved ones’ stories of religious persecution. Below are the 13 Christian survivors from 13 nations, followed by the non-Christian... Read More

Pompeo: Why We’re Hosting the World’s Biggest Event on Religious Persecution

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explains to CT why the State Department invited 100 nations and 1,000 participants to its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. This week, the US State Department invited more than 100 countries to come to DC and discuss how to stop the dramatic decline of religious freedom worldwide. CT’s global director, Jeremy Weber, interviewed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on what has changed between last year’s first-ever ministerial on... Read More

One-on-One with Gary Nelson on the Decline of Christendom

“The church needs to re-introduce itself as a place, as a possibility, and as a neighborhood impact, as opposed to a place people ‘attend’ or ‘go’.” Ed: One of the things you talk about in your book is the decline of Christendom in Canada. This has led to a clear sorting out—those who are in (Convictional Christians) and those who are out (Nominal). How does that shift impact the way Canadian church leaders lead their churches? Gary: For starters, church leaders can no... Read More

New England Cities Named Most ‘Post-Christian’

Barna’s rankings spur pastors in secularizing spots—in the Northeast and across the country—to continue working and praying for revival. Eight locales in the Northeast and New England, a region historically known for its “righteous roots” and religious freedom, along with two West Coast spots, top the Barna Group’s annual list of most “post-Christian” cities. Barna researchers use the designation to classify places where the fewest people follow... Read More

Korean Church Court Dodges Decision on Pastoral Succession

Denomination delays verdict on how Myungsung, the world’s largest Presbyterian church, passed its pulpit from father to son. The two-year saga embroiling the world’s largest Presbyterian church remained unresolved Tuesday, despite a scheduled ruling from the denomination’s court. The court of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK-Tonghap) failed to determine the legitimacy of the 2017 accession of Kim Ha-na as senior pastor of Myungsung Presbyterian Church, a 100,000-member... Read More

Are Evangelicals More Empathetic?

Analysis on recent survey results may provide Christians with some encouragement—and reproof. I got some terrific responses to my previous articlethat focused on how religious faith can lead to an increased level of altruistic behavior among various religious traditions. The surprising conclusion was that there were very small differences between evangelicals and those with no religious affiliation (often called the “nones”) in regards to the number of altruistic activities... Read More