Why We Can’t Stop Talking about ‘Hipster’ Pastors

Hillsong’s celebrity pastors remind us how style can be both a status symbol and liability in ministry. The episode and transcript will be available on Wednesday. At the beginning of this month, Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was fired. A day after the news went public, he posted a picture of his family on Instagram admitting he was unfaithful in his marriage. Both before and after the news, Lentz made headlines across Christian and secular media for his popularity and successful... Read More

Advent: Living Hope

Advent devotional readings from Christianity Today. What does it mean to have hope amid trying times? Hope is more than a feeling; it isn’t simply being perpetually optimistic or having a “hopeful” attitude. Scripture offers us an understanding of hope that is much more robust. Christian hope has heft, endurance, and purpose—and God is its source. God, “in his great mercy … has given us new birth into a living hope” (1 Pet. 1:3). And it is our... Read More

A Thanksgiving Like None Other

The world may look different, but there is still plenty to be grateful for. Thanksgiving looks a bit different this year. Whether you’re celebrating alone, with a few close family members, over Zoom, or maybe a combination of all three, I’m sure things don’t feel quite the same. I grieve this loss alongside you, and with millions of others. You are not alone. In my family, and I assume in many of yours, at some point during usual Thanksgiving celebrations, every family... Read More

SCOTUS Gets It Right on Religious Liberty: Church IS Essential

But the right outcome here doesn’t mean all restrictions are invalid or that churches should reopen. Last night, the Supreme Court issued injunctive relief to houses of worship challenging New York City’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, the first time it has granted such relief during the pandemic. I have mixed views about the decision and early reactions to it. First, I don’t think this decision is as momentous as commentators are suggesting. It is fairly... Read More

SCOTUS Gets It Right on Religious Liberty: Church IS Essential, a Guest Article from John Inazu

But the right outcome here doesn’t mean all restrictions are invalid or that churches should reopen.” Last night, the Supreme Court issued injunctive relief to houses of worship challenging New York City’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, the first time it has granted such relief during the pandemic. I have mixed views about the decision and early reactions to it. First, I don’t think this decision is as momentous as commentators are suggesting. It is... Read More

Supreme Court Blocks New York’s Worship Service Restrictions

It’s the first time during the pandemic the high court has sided with churches and synagogues challenging the new rules on religious liberty grounds. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first publicly discernible... Read More

God Pops Up: Horn of Africa

When Juwan, a man from a tiny Ethiopian village, found Jesus, he heard about taking the gospel ‘to the ends of the earth.’ He knew exactly where to start. The movement in the Horn of Africa continues to make disciples, planting four new house churches every day. To date, they have seen more than 230,000 people become followers of Jesus. With a deep commitment to prayer and fasting, they follow Luke 10, looking for “people of peace” who then bring households, villages,... Read More

Coronavirus Kills Orthodox Leader Appreciated by Protestants and Catholics

Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church died after attending funeral of Montenegro counterpart who also had COVID-19. Church bells tolled and mourners flocked to light candles as the Serbian government proclaimed three days of national mourning for Patriarch Irinej. The 90-year-old leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who passed away November 20, became the world’s highest-ranking cleric to die from COVID-19. Evangelical leaders in Serbia described him as “kind”... Read More

Despite COVID-19, Evangelicals Mobilize for Mission in Europe

In challenging circumstances, European evangelicals share a message of hope. As the coronavirus pandemic continues its relentless march across the world, Europe battles a frightening second wave. New lockdowns, overwhelmed hospitals, and social unrest are increasingly the norm across the continent. But as a dark winter looms, European evangelicals can look back with gratitude and look ahead with expectation, thanks to a renewed rediscovery of fervent prayer, fresh creativity, and resilient... Read More

How a Pastor Got Fired Over Cranberries

Worry about present hardships and trouble distorts our faith in God’s future. Much has been made among Christians in 2020 about systemic sin—the collective fault of institutions, societies, and their norms and laws to engender injustice and cause harm. Most evident in heated debates over race, politics, policing, education, and the economy, systemic sin implies a capacity for wrong on the part of structures that individuals could not accomplish on their own. But racism still requires... Read More