In the Bible and in history, crises in creation can lead to reformation. In September 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Irma struck Barbuda, forcing residents to evacuate to the neighboring island of Antigua and rendering Barbuda uninhabitable. Only ten days later, another hurricane, Maria, passed just south of Antigua, battering it with wind and rain on its way to also becoming a Category 5 storm. Antigua and Barbuda’s director of the Department of Environment, Ambassador Diann Black-Layne, told The New York Times that the carbon output of developed nations is a significant cause of the intense storms. But she said the…

Mishandled case in Wheaton has been a wake-up call for the relatively young denomination. Priests and parishioners in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are expressing grief and anger over sexual abuse allegations against a lay leader in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest and the revelation that its bishop waited two years to notify churches in the diocese about the reports. Church leaders and advocates in Illinois and beyond see this case as a chance for the 12-year-old denomination to establish better practices for preventing abuse and to care well for survivors. After admitting he made “regrettable errors”…

Approaching times of transition as opportunities. Over the years I've had the honor of both planting churches and helping churches revitalize. On several occasions, I've been the interim pastor at churches that eventually welcomed new pastors. In fact, summer of 2020, I finished an almost four-year interim at the historic Moody Church in Chicago. I'm often asked about how best to navigate change as a new pastor. Times of transition offers opportunities, and we never want to waste an opportunity. Nevertheless, times of transition are also always challenging. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to stepping into the…

Frank I. Williams of the Bronx is optimistic the convention can continue to address racism and promote diversity—if leaders like him commit to being part of the solution. When pastor Frank I. Williams thinks about diversity in the majority-white Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), he sees signs of encouragement and hope. Over his ministry career, the New York preacher has watched voices of Black leaders and other leaders of color become more prominent in the denomination. As the new president of the National African American Fellowship of the SBC, Williams is excited about the momentum around young, diverse pastors in the…

The football team in the U.S. capital recently gained a very literal name: Washington Football Team. It’s a placeholder for a more offensive moniker.

From Georgia and Texas to Michigan and Arizona, Democrats hope to flip some legislative chambers into their control, just in time for redistricting.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court hearings have been respectful. They could still result in escalation of the Senate’s judicial nomination wars.

Facing the flood of protests, legislators are renewing stalled efforts from 2014 to reform police training programs and regulate use of force. In the past, police unions have objected to law enforcement reforms.

Former Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder. What does data tell us about repercussions officers face after on-duty killings?

Six leçons pour les Églises par le Président de l’Alliance évangélique espagnole. L'Espagne traverse la pire crise dont nous nous souvenions depuis que notre pays est devenu une démocratie moderne, il y a 40 ans. Le nouveau coronavirus a tué plus de 22 000 personnes et infecté au moins 220 000 personnes. Nos congrégations évangéliques n'ont pas été épargnées par cette pandémie, et je fais partie de ceux qui ont été hospitalisés à cause du COVID-19. Je suis le pasteur d'une Église de 350 personnes dans une petite ville sur la côte atlantique. Je suis également leader national de ma…

Letters to the editor for the March 9, 2020 weekly magazine. Readers discuss anthropogenic climate change and Melinda Gates.

AMLO, as Mexico’s president is known, vowed to reduce violence and protect human rights. One year in, many say they’re still waiting for change.

How can the sentence “GOD is here” be the key to more happiness, less boredom, more rest, less rush, more love, less drama, more peace, less fear? How should you change your perspective from merely enjoying the good moments in your life to worshiping the God who is right here, right now? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Novotny (@timeofgracemin) about his book, 3 Words That Will Change Your Life: The Secret to Experiencing the Joy of God’s Presence (Bethany House, 2020). A changed life in just “3 words”? No offense, but that sounds like a bit much to promise a potential…

Scripture Union evacuates beach teams, Hillsong raises money, and A Rocha explores the biblical response to the blaze. Every summer, hundreds of young Australians devote two weeks to running Christian programs for families and youth on the beaches of New South Wales and Victoria. But cataclysmic fires in southeastern Australia have interrupted the efforts of Scripture Union teams in the nation’s most populous states. Scripture Union has served in the Victoria beach town of Mallacoota for more than 30 years. But when teams showed up to the vacation town this year, the winds changed and the fires began immediately threatening…

Critics of Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL focus on how former quarterback Colin Kaepernick was slighted. Is there another way to look at the deal?

With the Amazon on fire, the EU is testing new tactics to foment environmental action – especially via the use of its massive trade clout.

With the Amazon on fire, the EU is testing new tactics to foment environmental action – especially via the use of its massive trade clout.

More people are experiencing what some researchers call “ecological grief,” whether or not they believe climate change is caused by humans.

One reader wrote in about melting glaciers, with hopes that they will be a call to action. Another has questions about climate change.

Do you observe a need to instigate a change in your immediate environment but are unsure how to move beyond pity, helplessness, and outrage? Do you wonder what one person can really do to enact the profound change the world needs? Bible Gateway interviewed Hal Donaldson (@HalDonaldson), who, along with Kirk Noonan and Lindsay Donaldson, is the author of Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be (Zondervan, 2019). What message are you conveying by the title? Hal Donaldson: When followers of Jesus consider the condition of the world, we can’t be satisfied with what we see. Millions…

Andrea Wulf and Lillian Melcher’s “The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt” follows a prescient naturalist’s voyages in South America.