Bringing Birth Fathers Back into Adoption Narratives

This Father’s Day, more families are recognizing the God-given dignity of adoptees’ biological dads. When Darrick Rizzo was 18, his girlfriend of three years told him she was pregnant. With the couple on the cusp of their college careers and unprepared to parent, his girlfriend chose to pursue adoption. Despite opposing the decision, Rizzo ultimately acquiesced, hoping to offer the best life possible for his son. “I was willing to do anything for my boy, even if that meant... Read More

The Supreme Court Sets a Good Precedent in Fulton, But Questions Remain

The court sidestepped some of the major issues, but this is still a good day for religious liberty. This week the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) delivered an overwhelming ruling in favor of a Catholic foster care agency that may carry significant implications for the church, children, and families. In a surprising unanimous decision (9-0), the Court determined that the city of Philadelphia had erred in breaking a longstanding contract with Catholics Social Services (CSS) over their... Read More

Supreme Court Sides with Catholic Foster Care Agency

Majority declines to revisit rules for religious accommodation, over protests from justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Update (June 17): The United States Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of a Catholic foster care agency on Thursday, with all nine justices agreeing that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty when it ended a contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) over service to LGBT people. “It is plain that the... Read More

It’s Never Too Late to Forgive a Flawed Father—or to Ask How He Got His Scars

What an attention-starved son learned while reconstructing the life of his distant dad. Our family is a bit raw this week. Packing your whole life into a U-Haul and leaving behind everything called “home” has a way of putting everyone on edge. We moved several times during my childhood, but this was my first time doing it as a father. I remember moving to South Florida in the third grade—the tears, the uncertainty, the upheaval. It’s been hard to watch a familiar... Read More

The State of the Diaspora Church: Part 2

Cross-cultural diffusion of the Gospel through people on the move. The Impact of COVID-19 on Diaspora People and Churches The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all churches; however, it has had a disproportionate impact on immigrants, especially the Latino, and refugee communities as globally, borders have been closed. Refugees have languished in camps in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Within the global refugee community, we do not even know how many lives have been... Read More

Southern Baptists Approve Major Investigation Into Abuse Response

Pastors speaking on behalf of victims pushed for a task force to direct inquiry into the Executive Committee. Southern Baptists called on their denomination to launch what would be its biggest investigation into sexual abuse responses and coverup. While the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) recently commissioned its own independent inquiry through Guideposts, messengers voted at its annual meeting to transfer oversight of that investigation or launch an additional... Read More

Southern Baptists to Debate Oversight of Abuse Investigation

Pastors speaking on behalf of victims push for task force to direct inquiry into the Executive Committee. Some Southern Baptists are calling on their denomination to appoint a task force to oversee what would be its largest investigation into sexual abuse responses and coverup. While the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) recently commissioned its own independent inquiry, a motion being debated at the denomination’s annual meeting would transfer oversight of... Read More

Southern Baptists Elect Ed Litton as New President

The Alabama pastor, known for his inclusion of women and work on racial justice, beat out Mike Stone of the Conservative Baptist Network in a runoff. Pastor Ed Litton, championed by supporters as a force for gospel unity and racial reconciliation, was elected the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), overtaking the candidate backed by a passionate faction of conservatives in a runoff. Litton’s election is seen a signal of the direction of the nation’s largest... Read More

Southern Baptist Elect Ed Litton as New President

The Alabama pastor, known for his inclusion of women and work on racial justice, beat out Mike Stone of the Conservative Baptist Network in a runoff. Pastor Ed Litton, championed by supporters as a force for gospel unity and racial reconciliation, was elected the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), overtaking the candidate backed by a passionate faction of conservatives in a runoff. Litton’s election is seen a signal of the direction of the nation’s largest... Read More

Meet the Conservative Evangelicals Practicing ‘Strategic Hibernation’ in the American Northwest

They might embrace their marginal status, but they don’t plan on staying marginal forever. In September 2020, about 150 Christians gathered to stage an informal Psalm Sing in the parking lot of Moscow, Idaho’s city hall. They were there to protest the local mask mandate. Five individuals were cited by police for violating the local order to wear masks, and two were arrested “for suspicion of resisting or obstructing an officer.” One of the event’s organizers was... Read More