In these seasons of crisis, in our all-important busyness, there is often a subtle temptation to overlook the precious little lives that dwell in our very homes. You’re not the only one feeling the press. Little eyes, little ears, little bodies and tender souls are doing their best to process this COVID-19 experience alongside their parents – with far fewer tools. Try as we might to conceal it from them, a new “homeschool life,” coupled with a new “work-from-home-world,” or worse, a “no-work-at-all-world” – positions often anxious children in full view of life’s troubling complications. While we likely have ways…

Saudi Arabia and civil war ravaged Yemen. And now this. The first confirmed coronavirus infection in Yemen was identified in a 60-year-old man on Good Friday. No additional cases have been reported since then, but that can hardly be for lack of transmission, for it’s difficult to imagine a country more ill-equipped to fight COVID-19’s spread. This small Middle Eastern nation has endured five years of violence, blockade, starvation, and epidemic, and its medical system was ravaged before the pandemic began. The United Nations considers Yemen’s condition the world’s worst humanitarian crisis—and it’s a crisis to which our government contributes….

A growing industry in perinatal care allows parents a proper goodbye. When Emma Ping was 35 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, Selah, she thought she was in the clear. After suffering a miscarriage months earlier at six weeks pregnant, she had been nervous when she conceived again. But deep into her third trimester, her odds for a healthy birth were overwhelmingly positive. Then, at 36 weeks, Selah died in utero when her umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck. Ping joined the countless mothers throughout history left swollen with milk and yearning for an alternate reality after delivering a…

圣经如何谈论COVID-19?我们应该如何回应?在这里阅读。 这是一系列CT文章集,这些文章已翻译成中文,内容涉及冠状病毒和教会对抗这挑战的角色: 您觉得这些翻译的质量如何?您想要CT做更多翻译吗?您有兴趣帮助我们提高翻译质量和数量吗?在这里分享您的评论。 Continue reading…

聖經如何談論COVID-19?我們應該如何回應?在這裡閱讀。 這是一系列CT文章集,這些文章已翻譯成中文,內容涉及冠狀病毒和教會對抗這挑戰的角色: 您覺得這些翻譯的質量如何?您想要CT做更多翻譯嗎?您有興趣幫助我們提高翻譯質量和數量嗎?在這里分享您的評論。 Continue reading…

Cinco lições para ser igreja, juntos, enquanto vivemos separados. Quando eu tinha 15 anos, costumava escutar na rádio ao ensino evangélico conservador do programa Back to the Bible e assistir, na TV, ao Clube 700. Eu lia um livro dos pregadores de cura divina Frances e Charles Hunter, seguido de um livro do pastor romeno Richard Wurmbrand sobre perseguição. Também lia as Escrituras, com enfoque devocional, em uma tradução do Novo Testamento de J. B. Phillips e estudava minha Bíblia na tradução New American Standard. Aquela era uma abordagem discipular muito pouco convencional para uma adolescente que seguia a Jesus….

Bagaimana “teologis triase” menolong kita untuk memilih peperangan dalam hal iman. [Read in English | Read in Portuguese] Ekumenikal. Non-denominasi. Di kalangan evangelikalisme tertentu, ini adalah kata-kata najis. ("Katolik" adalah yang lainnya.) Para kritikus mengatakan bahwa kata-kata ini mewakili teologi yang lemah — keyakinan yang intinya adalah bahwa keyakinan tidak terlalu penting asalkan kita semua bisa hidup bersama. Bagi beberapa orang, mereka mewakili sebuah potensi ancaman terhadap misi gereja atau bahkan Injil itu sendiri. Sebagian orang percaya mengambil pandangan yang lebih bersahabat dari bahasa pendamaian. Tanpa mengkompromikan keyakinan inti mereka, mereka ingin membangun jembatan dengan berbagai gereja dan organisasi Kristen…

5 pelajaran untuk ber-gereja bersama di saat kita tinggal terpisah. Ketika saya berusia 15 tahun, saya mendengarkan pengajaran evangelikal konservatif dari Back to The Bible di radio, lalu menonton 700 Club di TV. Saya membaca buku Frances dan Charles Hunter, penyembuh iman, kemudian sebuah buku tentang penganiayaan yang ditulis seorang pendeta Rumania Richard Wurmbrand. Saya membaca Alkitab dengan sungguh-sungguh dari terjemahan Perjanjian Baru J. B. Phillips dan juga mempelajari New American Standard Bible saya. Itu adalah olahraga rohani saya dan pendekatan pemuridan yang sangat tidak konvensional bagi seorang pengikut Yesus yang masih remaja. Tetapi ketika orang tua saya yang adalah…

13 palavras transformadoras para liderar em tempos sem precedentes. Não sabemos o que fazer, mas os nossos olhos se voltam para ti. 2 Cr. 20.12 (NVI) Quando Josafá, um rei do Antigo Testamento, recebeu a notícia de que três exércitos haviam conspirado juntos e se opunham a ele em um ataque maciço, ele fez uma manobra decisiva e pouco convencional. Todo líder mundo afora se encontra hoje em situação semelhante. Diante do avanço em três frentes como a de uma pandemia global de saúde, uma economia mundial que está estagnada e uma crise de ansiedade e medo que atinge a…

Como a “triagem teológica” nos ajuda a escolher nossas batalhas em questões de fé. [Read in English | Read in Indonesian] Ecumênico. Não denominacional. Em certos círculos do evangelicalismo, esses são palavrões. (“Catolicidade” é outro). Os críticos dizem que essas palavras representam uma teologia fraca ou rasa – cuja convicção básica é que as convicções não importam muito, desde que todos possamos nos dar bem. Para alguns, esses conceitos representam uma ameaça potencial à missão da igreja ou mesmo ao próprio evangelho. Outros crentes têm uma visão mais amigável da linguagem conciliatória. Sem comprometer suas convicções fundamentais, eles querem construir…

Dua belas kata yang mengubahkan untuk memimpin di masa yang tidak terduga. Kami tidak tahu harus berbuat apa, namun mata kami tertuju pada-Mu. 2 Tawarikh 20:12 Di dalam Perjanjian Lama Raja Yosafat menerima kabar bahwa tiga pasukan laskar bersekongkol bersama dan melawannya dalam satu serangan besar-besaran, dia mengambil langkah-langkah yang menentukan dan kepemimpinan yang tidak seperti lazimnya. Setiap pemimpin di seluruh dunia berada di dalam kesulitan yang sama. Dihadapkan pada tiga cabang persoalan besar sebagai akibat dari kemajuan zaman; pandemi kesehatan global, ekonomi dunia yang menjerit, dan orang-orang yang hidup dalam krisis kecemasan dan ketakutan — apa yang dapat kita…

Saudi Arabia and civil war ravaged Yemen. And now this. The first confirmed coronavirus infection in Yemen was identified in a 60-year-old man on Good Friday. No additional cases have been reported since then, but that can hardly be for lack of transmission, for it’s difficult to imagine a country more ill-equipped to fight COVID-19’s spread. This small Middle Eastern nation has endured five years of violence, blockade, starvation, and epidemic, and its medical system was ravaged before the pandemic began. The United Nations considers Yemen’s condition the world’s worst humanitarian crisis—and it’s a crisis to which our government contributes….

What is a Christian to do when there’s not enough to go around? The weeks slide from our fingers as the pandemic’s first wave moderates—whether due to our quarantined culture or the wiles of viral behavior. Pressure mounts to resume some sort of normalcy. On the one hand, normal is impossible as long as a vaccine eludes us. But on the other hand, surviving a sustained shutdown is economically and emotionally infeasible. Thirty million Americans have lost their jobs, nerves are fried, and happiness stays socially distant. Reopening America comes at a high price. Given what we know about the…

Despite failures, Spirit-filled theology can show us how to respond to the pandemic. It’s not exactly a secret: Many Pentecostals have responded to the current pandemic in ways that are both bizarre and troubling. These responses have overshadowed the sanity and generosity of many faithful, Spirit-filled Christians and reinforced the idea that Pentecostal theology is cheap and silly. This is unfortunate because Pentecostalism has many gifts to give. At its best, it is mystical and prophetic and teaches us to live deeply prayerful lives. Pentecostal theology teaches us that ministry must begin and end in prayer. It teaches us we…

Six medical professionals share their spiritual practices in the midst of a pandemic. In the past few months, scientists and doctors across the globe became public figures as people have sought the latest knowledge gained in the fight against COVID-19, and many of them are Christians. In the US, this is particularly true of those in the medical field. Sociologists Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher Scheitle reported in a 2017 book that when you look at those working at scientific jobs in the United States, such as doctors or nurses (and others), 65 percent identify as Christians, and 24 percent…

When life stressors overwhelm a person’s ability to manage his or her life, he or she will likely break down and may grow sad and anxious. Question 1: In light of recent high-profile pastor suicides, what safeguards should be put in place by church leadership to prevent this from happening in the future? What should supervisory boards do to support pastors? What can teams do to support each other? These questions assume that people in positions of power within church leadership (e.g., executive pastor, senior pastor, or elder board) take seriously the potential for pastoral suicide and believe that they…

USCIRF chair Tony Perkins gives CT a behind-the-scenes look at today’s annual report on “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” violations. A new report aims to “unflinchingly criticize the records of US allies and adversaries alike” on religious freedom. And there’s a lot to report, with more headlines each month confirming the Pew Research Center’s 10-year analysis that government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion have reached record levels worldwide. Today’s 21st annual report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) identifies significant problems in 29 countries—but sees “an upward trajectory overall.” “Our awareness is going to grow greater, and…

Victims’ advocates caution institutions against plans to “restore” fallen leaders. Another case of a leader with an abusive past moving from one evangelical institution to another has intensified scrutiny on Christian hiring practices and responses to abuse. In ministry contexts, the desire to keep fallen leaders out of positions where they might again abuse their authority is sometimes met with another perspective—a hope that a redemptive and forgiving God would allow people to be restored to leadership. Both victims’ advocates and community members worry that administrators weighing those considerations at Cedarville University made the wrong call. In 2017, Cedarville welcomed…

Online, millennial Christians embrace the absurd. In real life, Matthew Pierce is a normal adult. He has a wife, three daughters, and a boring job. He lives in Alabama, where he grew up, and he’s slowly becoming like his father. Online, it’s different. Online, Matthew Pierce plays a character named Matthew Pierce, and that character is a youth group kid hanging out with his homeschool crew, stuck forever in the evangelical subculture of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Steven Curtis Chapman looms large in his imagination, as do Carman, Beth Moore, VeggieTales, LifeWay Christian bookstores, his youth pastor’s ubiquitous…

Seis lições do presidente da Aliança Evangélica Espanhola para as igrejas. A Espanha enfrenta a pior crise de que se tem notícia desde que nosso país se tornou uma democracia moderna, há 40 anos. O novo coronavírus já matou mais de 22 mil pessoas e infectou pelo menos 220 mil. Nossas igrejas evangélicas não foram poupadas desta pandemia e eu estou entre os que foram hospitalizados com o COVID-19. Sou pastor de uma congregação com 350 pessoas em uma pequena cidade na costa do Atlântico. Também sirvo como líder nacional da minha denominação e como presidente da Aliança Evangélica Espanhola….

Discerning leaders should be wise to recognize the growing need to confront conspiracies in their midst and to equip believers to engage loved ones and friends who have come to believe some of the fake news flying around. One of the clearest memories from my time in school was learning of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Although it was a fascinating story, what remains indelible was my father later grinning and saying that was only the “official” story. In reality, Kennedy was killed by the CIA. Although my dad was only joking, I was completely sold. Being told that…