A Gift to the Church: International Students at Our Doorstep

God’s gift to us is the opportunity to touch the nations and be touched by them in a very warm, close, and personal way. It was an unusual opportunity. A new role, just ten hours a week, had been created at my local church and now it was my job to help our congregation welcome the nations through a ministry to international students. We began with a small group of volunteers and students. Sixteen years later, in cooperation with other local churches, we offered friendship, practical helps,... Read More

Why Consider a Formal Education for Ministry?

An intentional degree is one in which people who have gone before you have thought deeply on it and created a curriculum to give you greater direction. I write often about movements that are lay led and not requiring formal theological education. I though it might be helpful to explain that, in many circumsances, it is exactly what you might need. You will probably not be surprised that I think thing. I’ve earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, with much of my programs... Read More

London Leads UK in Prayer. But Only 1 in 10 Brits Prayed for Brexit.

Survey finds very few respond to #PrayFor… hashtag campaigns. The Bible repeatedly instructs on the value of regular prayer. “Pray continually,” Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Pray “in every situation,” he advises the church in Philippi. And to the church in Colossi he says, “Devote yourselves to prayer” (Col. 4:2). The message is largely lost in Great Britain, however, where nearly three in five adults (57%) now say they never pray, up from 49... Read More

Roe v. Wade: CT’s Response Over the Decades

Highlights from our archives. Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Christianity Today has featured many articles arguing for the sanctity of human life and examining how Christians can respond. Here’s a selection of some of our key articles on this topic over the decades. The Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. Christianity Today responded with this editorial in February 1973. Norma McCorvey—known as “Roe”... Read More

Should Church Planting Be Done Through People or Through Churches?

In today’s churches, we place more of an emphasis on church planting through people than we do church planting through churches. Jack Redford’s 1978 book Planting New Churches became one of the most influential church planting books for a decade following its release. He believed all churches should be involved in planting new churches as a normal part of their work. Ideas were adopted by many church planters, and his book quickly became the planting guide for many. Redford featured... Read More

Sorry, James and David: Silas and Obadiah Are Today’s Trending Bible Names.

Weird biblical names are on the rise. What’s behind the trend? You probably know someone who’s given their child, and especially their baby boy, an obscure biblical name. Sunday schools are increasingly filled with baby boys named Asher, Silas, Hezekiah, or Ezra. Meanwhile boy names like John, Michael, David, and James appear to be falling out of favor. The numbers back up this perception. According to current data from the Social Security Administration, “unusual”... Read More

20 Truths for ‘Unburdened’ by Vance Pitman

“The primary call on my life is not to do something for Jesus; the primary call on my life is to be with Jesus” 1. “The Christian life is not me living for Jesus, but Jesus living His life in and through me” (Page 22). 2. “When I look around the American Church today, I see two primary targets people are aiming at in their spiritual lives: activity and information” (Page 30). 3. “…we prefer a superficial system of religion over a genuine... Read More

Your Church Needs Boomers

How a hyper-focus on “attracting the young” can sideline the aging faithful. We rarely hear it put as bluntly as did the small congregation of Grove United Methodist Church, where some members recently claimed “age discrimination” over a service being cancelled, but there are many churches sending a similar message: “If you are an older adult, we don’t want you here.” As a part of denominational efforts to reboot the Cottage Grove, Minnesota, church, leaders... Read More

Abortion Regret Isn’t a Myth, Despite New Study

What women may refuse to disclose to researchers at a clinic, they’re confessing in Bible studies decades later. Pro-life advocates and ministry leaders are challenging the results of a new study that found that most women do not suffer emotionally after an abortion, and that over time, they are less likely to express regret. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco followed 667 women across 30 clinics after they received an elective abortion, finding that the... Read More

Supreme Court Reconsiders State Bans on Public Funding for Religious Schools

Could a Montana school choice case be the end of Blaine amendments? When a Montana tax credit program for private school scholarships was accused of being discriminatory because religious schools were not eligible, the state eliminated the program outright rather than fight the case. But now, the state has ended up at the US Supreme Court anyway, with a legal dispute centering around whether the legal basis Montana (and dozens of other states) uses to bar public funding of religious... Read More