Russian Evangelicals Penalized Most Under Anti-Evangelism Law

The tight restrictions on minority faiths have increasingly gotten Protestants in trouble and continue to raise concerns over religious freedom. Following Russia’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses, evangelical Protestants have become the most-punished group under the country’s controversial “anti-missionary” laws. More than half of all cases of alleged violations last year were against evangelicals. Of the 159 individuals and organizations prosecuted for... Read More

Balm for the Religious-Freedom Lover’s Soul

Steven Waldman’s book helps “complainers” like me regain a sense of perspective. We evangelicals have been complaining quite a bit lately about increasing infringements on our freedoms as people of faith. I frequently join in voicing those complaints. My own worries tend to focus specifically on higher education. Evangelical colleges and universities benefit considerably from federally funded student loans—in many cases, three-fourths of a school’s tuition income is... Read More

Jean Vanier Made Us All More Human

The late founder of L’Arche showed the church how disability, vulnerability, and weakness bring us closer to one another and closer to Jesus. Jean Vanier, who died Tuesday morning at age 90, lived much of his life beside death. “Over the last forty-two years we’ve had many deaths, and we’ve spent a lot of time celebrating death. It’s very fundamental to our community,” he wrote, referencing his experience in L’Arche community of Trosly-Breuil,... Read More

Rachel Held Evans Had a Story

“Greg the Apologist” remembers his former student and interlocutor. If Twitter were an Olympic sport, Rachel Held Evans would’ve been a gold medalist. Maybe in the Hall of Fame, if there were one. She bested me in the exchange of short bursts more than once, most recently just a few months ago. Those of us who saw in Governor Northam’s comments an implicit, if not explicit, endorsement of infanticide were, she believed, guilty of misrepresentation, if not outright lies. In... Read More

Reflecting on Rachel: Why She Mattered

Watching the reaction to RHE’s death has reminded me that we need to be a safe place for people who wander, and for people who wonder. Yesterday, Beth Moore tweeted: Thinking what it was about @rachelheldevans that could cause many on other sides of issues to take their hats off to her in her death. People are run rife with grief for her babies, yes. But also I think part of it is that, in an era of gross hypocrisy, she was alarmingly honest. I noticed the same thing—people... Read More

We Set Off to Reach a Remote Tribe in the Amazon. Turns Out, They Were Waiting for Us.

As young Brazilian missionaries, we learned to depend on God and the people we journeyed to reach. Editor’s Note: Last year, John Allen Chau’s fatal mission to India’s North Sentinel Island, home to the world’s most isolated tribe, spurred new conversations about Christians making first contact with indigenous people. A majority of uncontacted and remote tribes remain in the Amazon jungles of Brazil, where for decades missionaries such as Braulia Ribeiro have stepped... Read More

From Marijuana to Magic Mushrooms: Weighing Drugs’ Benefits and Detriments

Neuroscientist William Struthers encourages wisdom as a flurry of drugs move from taboo to enrichment. No one would suggest we study the Bible while on drugs. But each week, many Christians go to church, go to small group, or have quiet time with the Bible in one hand and a stimulant in the other. We are not afraid to admit that coffee enhances our lives—yet the key ingredient in coffee that does the enhancing is a drug, caffeine. Because caffeine is a drug that society accepts, people... Read More

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 1 – Owning Our Commission

Over the next eight Mondays, we will examine each of these rules. We’ve all purchased a product that promised easy installation. The box explicitly stated that anyone—even the most hapless novice—could follow these simple, straight-forward instructions with little more than a flat head screwdriver and the included Allen wrench. Four hours later, you’re sitting in the garage with random screws and half-assembled parts strewn about, wondering why you didn’t just... Read More

An Unexpected Easter in Sri Lanka

The surprise of this attack is that the Muslim community did not have a history of attacking other faiths in Sri Lanka. In split seconds, 253 were dead and hundreds were wounded, churches and hotels shattered as Islamist suicide bombers launched their Easter Day slaughter in Sri Lanka. While this is horrifying, the defiling of human wellbeing on the most important day of Christian celebrations, is not new. On Easter of 2017, 47 Egyptians were killed and 126 injured when Coptic churches were... Read More

The Life of “Be”: Remembering Warren Wiersbe

Today many are mourning the loss of another brilliant man of God, a faithful pastor and Bible teacher. Billy Graham. David Hesselgrave. Lamin Sanneh. Nabeel Qureshi. Bob Buford. R. C. Sproul. Elisabeth Elliot. We’ve lost some incredible leaders in the past few years, great minds who contributed much to evangelicalism and who committed their lives in humble service to God. Today I, along with many, are mourning the loss of another impactful leader: Warren Wiersbe. Much of his texts and... Read More