Josh Dickson: The Christian Case for Joe Biden

The National Faith Engagement Director for Biden for President on why Christians should support Biden for president. As a follower of Jesus, my faith informs my values, and my values inform my politics— which is why I work for Joe Biden. As the National Faith Engagement Director for the Biden Campaign, I spend my days talking to people of faith about why I believe Joe is the clear moral choice in this election. But I haven’t always been a Democrat. Like many Christians, I grew... Read More

Paula White: Of Course Evangelicals Should Vote for Trump

Paula White, Spiritual Advisor to the President, makes her case for reelection. Never before in the history of our nation, have we been at this type of a crossroads. There are two very distinct visions for America. At the end of the day those who we elect into office will legislate what happens to our children and future generations. A very beautiful and compelling opportunity is in our hands and we get to decide what America, and specifically the church in America, will be like in the... Read More

The Bible Passes the Bechdel Test. But It Also Goes Beyond It.

After a data-driven study of women’s conversations in Scripture, here’s what I found. Recently, a friend asked on Twitter if the Bible passes the Bechdel-Wallace test. Although this question has been asked on the internet before, my friend’s tweet made me wonder if I could use my Bible programming skills to do a deeper data-drive analysis than what I found online. (One of the best iterations comes from a blogger priest named Paidiske.) If you’re not familiar with it, the... Read More

From Persecuted to Polarized: What US Evangelicals Can Learn from Colombian Christians

In the Western Hemisphere’s longest armed conflict, suffering has often inspired evangelical solidarity. Now the body of Christ is succumbing to self-harm. For 70 years, Colombia has been a nation at war with itself. Marxist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, drug cartels, and national police and military have ripped families limb from limb and scarred the national consciousness, running up a death toll of over 1 million souls and driving more than 8 million people from their... Read More

More Pastors Endorse Political Candidates in 2020

But very few do so from the pulpit, according to the latest from LifeWay Research. Few pastors make political endorsements from the pulpit, but a growing number publicly back candidates when they step away from their church role. Among US Protestant pastors, 1 percent say they have publicly endorsed a candidate for public office during a church service this year, while 98 percent have not, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Those numbers are unchanged from a 2016... Read More

Trump Becomes the First President Since Eisenhower to Change Faiths in Office

Like many Christians switching churches, he now identifies as nondenominational. More than 180,000 people have stopped identifying with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the past four years, according to official church numbers. Now there’s one more: President Donald Trump. Trump told Religion News Service last week in a written interview mediated by spiritual advisor Paula White-Cain that he doesn’t consider himself to be Presbyterian. He was confirmed in the church and has... Read More

Chinese American Christians Are Becoming More Politically Engaged—and More Divided

The 2020 race brings out generational gaps within the most undecided Asian American demographic. Pastor Tina Teng-Henson, who co-leads a small, primarily Asian American church in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently preached about Jesus’ teachings on family from Luke 8. “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice,” Jesus says (v. 21). Her reason for choosing this passage? “This is a really hard time for a lot of... Read More

Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers

Together, we discover Deuteronomy’s Good News. I first met “Carmen” and her husband after church one morning in midsummer. Raised in Spain, Carmen had been baptized as an infant and had a nominally religious background. She’d recently moved to Canada and, after a series of events, including the death of a friend named Grace and an early morning Google search, she found Grace Toronto Church—and arrived the first time wearing her pajamas. Carmen kept coming back,... Read More

Ousted by Party, Former Democrat Holds to Pro-Life Platform in Tennessee

Longtime state legislator and Memphis pastor John DeBerry is now running as an Independent. Editor’s note: This profile is the fourth in a CT series featuring Christian candidates who are running for legislative office in November. John DeBerry insists he is not the one who changed; the Tennessee Democratic Party did. The 69-year-old politician and Church of Christ pastor has represented part of Memphis in the state House of Representatives since 1994. But this year, after 13... Read More

Will $335 Million Peace with Israel Secure Sudan’s Religious Freedom?

Sudanese religious leaders and American human rights experts examine the latest and symbolically powerful Arab normalization agreement with the Jewish state. Sudan’s Christians are relieved—and concerned. Their nation’s historic agreement, announced Friday, to normalize relations with Israel does not directly impact their minority community, nor the trajectory of their burgeoning religious freedom. But the symbolism is powerful, particularly to the North African... Read More