With All Your Heart, Soul, Wi-Fi, and Websites

Stephen Lowe offers a biblical defense of online spiritual formation. Over the course of 30 years, the internet has inundated our lives, changing the way we access information, discover music, and shop for groceries. But has it also added a new medium for spiritual transformation? Stephen and Mary Lowe address this question in Ecologies of Faith in a Digital Age: Spiritual Growth through Online Education. For over two decades, the Lowes have witnessed the evolution of online education as... Read More

Welcome to Church. Want to Take a Selfie?

With photo booths for special occasions, Instagram-friendly congregations navigate the tension between sharing faith and showing off. More Americans went to church yesterday, Mother’s Day, than any other day in the past year besides Christmas and Easter. And thanks to church photo booths, more families than ever have the pics to prove it. In recent years, Instagram-friendly congregations have offered themed photo backdrops for attendees to mark special occasions. For Mother’s... Read More

Another Sunday Church Attack in Burkina Faso Kills Six

This time, terrorists interrupted a Catholic Mass in Dablo, separated men from women and children, and murdered the priest and five worshipers. For the second time since Easter, a church in northern Burkina Faso has suffered a terrorism attack during Sunday services. This time, the target was a Catholic church in Dablo, where the priest and five worshipers were killed. This prompted a series of déjà vu headlines among global media outlets as it matches last month’s attack... Read More

One-on-One with Matt Brown on ‘Truth Plus Love’

“Truth plus love, I believe, will give us influence with people around us.” Ed: How has the existence—and our use of—the Internet created a greater challenge for Christians to exhibit truth in love? Matt: For five to six years now, the concept of truth and love have rumbled around in my heart and mind. I knew I needed to write out my thoughts in a book. Several years in, I stumbled on an old Francis Schaeffer book, The Mark of the Christian, written more than a half century... Read More

Asia Bibi’s Cell Now Holds Another Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy

Victorious lawyer’s next case, the plight of Shagufta Mausar, shows how Bibi’s long-delayed reunion with family in Canada doesn’t end the widespread problem facing Pakistan’s Christians. Now that Asia Bibi has finally left Pakistan and been reunited with her family in Canada, her prison cell has a new resident: yet another Christian woman condemned to death over blasphemy charges. Bibi’s lawyer, Saif-ul Malook, told CT he will now take up the case of Shagufta Kausar, a... Read More

Harvest Halts James MacDonald’s Walk in the Word

Megachurch takes down sermons broadcast as part of former pastor’s 21-year teaching ministry. Three months after firing founding pastor James MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel has pulled the video and radio broadcasts of his popular “Walk in the Word” teaching ministry and announced that it will not move forward with plans for digital distributions of his sermons. “We understand the disappointment this may cause to you as someone who has been fed through this teaching and... Read More

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 2 – Taking Spiritual Responsibility for Your Jerusalem

The second key to multiplication is to take responsibility for our place. Most parents with young children have, more times than we would care to admit, stood at the threshold of their child’s room and stared in holy horror at the mess scattered in front of them. Who knew that one pint-sized tyke could independently spawn such a cataclysmic scene? A veritable plastic salad of Lego pieces, baby doll body parts, Jurassic Park creatures, and happy meal cast offs all tossed and strewn... Read More

Developing Effective Partnerships with Christian Organizations

Six practical steps to help bolster partnerships in the kingdom of God. A phrase that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles is “let’s partner together.” Sometimes, tasks and projects are too much for one person, church, or organization. Since no one wants or has the time to reinvent the wheel, why not maximize on each other’s strengths and knowledge? But we all know that is easier said than done. Once you sit down together to work through what needs to get... Read More

Parents Need Villages, Not Just Public Policies

American families are floundering for support. The church is a great place to start. I grew up in rural Idaho as part of a homeschool family with four kids. A lot of our neighbors had big families and most also had stay-at-home moms. In this atmosphere, getting married and having kids were frequent and encouraged practices. More generally, we had an integrated community where singles, kids, parents, and grandparents inhabited a shared world and together laid the foundation for neighborly and... Read More

Why Missions Experts Are Redefining ‘Unreached People Groups’

Fewer than 1 percent of missionaries end up among the world’s least-Christian peoples. New categories aim to highlight the areas most desperate for the gospel. The term “unreached people groups” transformed how evangelicals approach the Great Commission, revealing how it was not enough to have missionaries in every country if there were still populations with no chance of hearing the gospel. The call to global missions had to get more specific. But in the 45 years since the... Read More