Saving Retirement

Growing old is not what it used to be. For millions of retirees, that may actually be good news. Pat Poole felt a mix of relief and uncertainty once he decided to retire from his sales management job at Halliburton at the end of March. An Oklahoma Sooners football fan and an avid golfer, Poole looked forward to more leisure time after leaving the Houston-based global oil service company. But he also had questions. One morning, he put down the TV remote and asked his wife with complete... Read More

More Church Signs!

We are getting back into the groove of posting some good church signs. More Church Signs! We are getting back into the groove of posting some good church signs. They never seem to end, and I think we all enjoy seeing them. So tweet me some good ones at @edstetzer and we will get them posted. In the meantime, enjoy the ones below. Two signs for the price of one, anyone? Thanks, Reformed Manbeard. God utilizing cultural elements to reach our world for Jesus? Yes! Thanks again, Reformed... Read More

Did Trump and Kim’s Summit Help North Korean Christians?

Experts analyze the impact on persecuted believers after the two polemic leaders walk away without a deal. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump referred to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as “his friend.” At extreme odds a year ago, the two leaders met this week in Hanoi, Vietnam, with a new agreement possibly on the table. This time, Trump made friendly overtures to Kim—even going so far as to say he believed the leader had not been directly responsible for the death... Read More

Southern Baptists Torn Between Bold Abuse Reforms and Caution

President J. D. Greear wants 10 churches investigated; Executive Committee subgroup wants only 3. But both agree on Sovereign Grace. Conflicting statements from Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders on the denomination’s approach to addressing sexual abuse have left victims, advocates, and pastors themselves with a sense of whiplash—and called into question the fate of proposed reforms to improve accountability among SBC churches. Those concerned about abuse within... Read More

The Peace Cross May Get to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’

After the Supreme Court’s oral arguments, Christian legal experts weigh in on the symbol. During yesterday’s oral arguments, the Supreme Court suggested it would allow a 40-foot memorial cross to stay on public land, despite a challenge from an atheist group concerned that the 83-year-old World War I monument represented a government endorsement of religion. The hour-long debate in the case of American Legion v. American Humanist Association didn’t just raise the question of... Read More

Willow Creek Investigation: Allegations Against Bill Hybels Are Credible

Independent Advisory Group releases report backing claims of pastor’s “sexually inappropriate words and actions.” An independent investigation has concluded that the sexual harassment allegations that led to Bill Hybels’s resignation last year are credible, based on a six-month investigation into the claims against the senior pastor and into Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) and the Willow Creek Association (WCA). The newly released 17-page report places the blame for such... Read More

Gospel for Asia Settles Lawsuit with $37 Million Refund to Donors

Major ministry ends class action with no acknowledgment of guilt and gives board seat to plaintiff. After three years in court, Gospel for Asia (GFA) announced yesterday that it would pay $37 million and a board seat to settle a class-action lawsuit. One of America’s largest ministries—in 2013 alone, it brought in about $93.8 million—GFA faced two lawsuits accusing it of sending only 13 percent of its donations to the field instead of the oft-promised 100 percent. GFA said... Read More

Willow Creek Investigation: Bill Hybels Allegations Were Credible

Independent Advisory Group releases report backing claims of “sexually inappropriate words and actions” from the former pastor. An independent investigation has concluded that the sexual harassment allegations that led to Bill Hybels’s resignation last year are credible, based on a six-month investigation into the claims against the senior pastor and into Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) and the Willow Creek Association (WCA). The newly released 17-page report also places the... Read More

Should ISIS Brides Be Treated Like the Prodigal Son?

N. T. Wright suggests Jesus would disagree with the British government. Other Christians in UK, US, and Middle East weigh in. N. T. Wright, the esteemed theologian and former Anglican bishop, recently offered brief reflections on the case of Shamima Begum—the British teen now seeking to return home after joining ISIS in 2015—in a letter to the editor of The Timesof London. He wrote that “as a tax payer” he couldn’t fault a previous writer who warned against... Read More

I Inherited a Failed Sunday School. Here’s How It Flourished

Four counterintuitive keys to successful discipleship. When I married a priest, I cut a deal with him. “No children’s ministry,” I made him swear. “Not now, not ever.” At the time we got married, my husband was serving at a large, wealthy, urban parish where the staff was stacked with priests and lay employees. While I’m sure my presence as a children’s ministry volunteer would have been welcomed, there was no need or expectation of my... Read More