As satellite ministry becomes one of the few ways under the Taliban to reach local believers, SAT-7 Afghan pastor reflects on the gospel impact of the US military withdrawal. Afghanistan and its neighbor Iran share the Persian language. Now that the Taliban will rule from Kabul again, might the countries begin to also share a spiritual trajectory? In 1979, the shah of Iran was overthrown in an Islamic revolution. The crackdown that followed ended the Western Christian presence in the nation. Yet today the Iranian church is one of the fastest-growing in the world, as the ruthlessness of the mullahs…

After almost two decades, Joshua Harris left ministry battered and exhausted. A few years later, he left the faith altogether. In this bonus episode of the podcast, we try to understand why. Love it or hate it, if you grew up in a youth group after 1997, you probably had to reckon with Joshua Harris’s I Kissed Dating Goodbye, his treatise on dating and courtship. The book sold millions and made him, in Collin Hansen’s terms, an “evangelical boy wonder.” At 29 years old he became the lead pastor of a Maryland megachurch and a rising star in Sovereign Grace…

(UPDATED) Dozens of scholars praise the Scottish historian of missions for his groundbreaking research re-centering Christianity from West to South and for his personal support. Below is a selection of tributes for Andrew Walls from scholars of global Christianity in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, many of whom are former students of the Scottish historian of missions they knew and admired as “Prof.” Brian Stanley, professor of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, Scotland: It is impossible to capture the extraordinary richness of Andrew’s long life—a life that was devoted to Africa, the world church, to his…

How the son of a Hindu priest gradually made his peace with the “unfairness” of the Cross. Even at the distance of over 40 years, I still remember having my fingerprints documented for my criminal record. It was the first time in my life I had felt ashamed about anything. The young police constable was pleasant enough as he gently guided me through the process of fingers, thumbs, and ink pads. He was sensitive to the sense of grief originating from a single sound in the room: the uncontrollable weeping of my distraught mother sitting a few feet away, as…

I’ve accepted the role of general editor for Sermon Central, ChurchLeaders.com, and other publications at Outreach, including becoming editor in chief of Outreach Magazine. Earlier this week, the folks at Outreach announced that I will be joining them as editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine, and general editor of Sermon Central, ChurchLeaders.com, and their other web resources. They explained: Outreach Inc. will soon be welcoming a new face. As of July 1st, noted missiologist, evangelist, researcher, author, preacher and regular Outreach magazine contributor Ed Stetzer will be joining the team as general editor of Outreach media group and editor-in-chief of Outreach magazine….

The weekly podcast, blog, and video series Unbelievable? from Premier Insight, hosted by Justin Brierley (@unbelievablejb), is a unique meeting place that brings together people of radically different views. It seeks to build bridges and create a space for understanding where hard questions can be asked and discussed. The program believes the truth of the Christian faith has nothing to fear, and that being generous with those who don’t share the Christian faith makes that truth attractive and compelling. Bible Gateway interviewed Justin, author of Unbelievable?: Why After Ten Years of Talking with Atheists I Still Believe in Christianity (SPCK,…

The Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most. In each print issue, Christianity Today devotes the back page to stories of Christian conversion—from the quiet to the highly dramatic. If you missed any, here are CT’s 2019 top testimonies, including some online exclusives, ranked in reverse order of what readers read most. Embedded Article:163333 Embedded Article:162996 Embedded Article:163119 Embedded Article:161645 Embedded Article:160247 Embedded Article:161496 Embedded Article:161247 Embedded Article:163183 Embedded Article:160917 Embedded Article:158748 Embedded Article:162346 Embedded Article:162691 Embedded Article:161297 Embedded Article:160534 – Compiled by CT editors Continue reading…

Instructions for publishers. Each year, Christianity Today honors outstanding books of special interest to the Christian community. In the January/February 2019 issue, CT will feature the best books published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018, divided into categories according to subject and genre. We will also announce the winner of our "Beautiful Orthodoxy" Book of the Year. Here are the awards categories: Apologetics/Evangelism Biblical Studies Children & Youth Christian Living/Discipleship The Church/Pastoral Leadership Culture and the Arts Fiction History/Biography Missions/The Global Church Politics and Public Life Spiritual Formation Theology/Ethics CT Women* CT’s “Beautiful Orthodoxy” Book of the Year**…

Christianity Today has been the leading evangelical source of timely and insightful Christian news and analysis for over 60 years. Now you can get all of Christianity Today’s content digitized and integrated right into your Logos library at a great price while it’s still in Pre-Pub. Here are four reasons to take advantage of this deal now: 1. You’ll get 60 years of insights. Christianity Today was Billy Graham’s vision, and from its inception, the magazine has stayed true to its evangelical and biblical roots. For six decades, starting in 1956, CT has published articles and essays from many of…

Brian Stanley’s global history makes connections and draws lessons that others are apt to miss. A reader might well approach Brian Stanley’s Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History with a mix of intrigue and skepticism. How on earth, we might ask, can even the most skilled writer incorporate every major theme and movement, every key thinker and theological debate, in this action-packed era? How many thousands of pages would such a vaultingly ambitious project demand? How could such a book offer a proper and equitable balance between the worlds of Old and New Christendom? How dare any author…

It can be fun to flip through an old magazine and laugh at the outdated scientific predictions, bizarre health advice, and absurd trends long forgotten by history. But it’s a different experience with a magazine like Christianity Today. Open any issue and you’ll find in-depth articles based on biblical truth and a Christian worldview by many of the greatest Christian preachers, thinkers, and leaders of the past 60 years. Their writings in CT have become classics and the wisdom contained within—timeless. And now you can get over 60 years of CT content integrated right into your Logos library for less…

Christianity Today has been at the forefront of news and analysis from a Christian perspective for over 60 years. And now the most complete digital archive of CT ever assembled is coming to Logos. In this collection, we’ve gathered together every issue from 1956–2016, most of them previously unavailable digitally. And if you place your pre-order before June 15, you’ll get a one-year subscription to CT in print*, for free. Pre-order now to get your print subscription. 60 years of timeless insights, right in the Passage Guide Some of the greatest Christian minds of the last six decades have contributed to…

A scholar’s journey through the region reveals much more than Baptists and church barbecues. In the spring of 2008, my wife and I loaded up a truck and moved to Tennessee, where I’d taken a job as the religion writer at a newspaper in Nashville. I’ve spent the decade since then covering religion in the South, first at the paper and later as a magazine writer and freelancer. I thought I understood how things work here. But I was mistaken. A new book from Vanderbilt Divinity School professor James Hudnut-Beumler, Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table, helps explain why….

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Churches were divided. Leadership was concentrated in the denominations. Believers eschewed cultural influence. Liberal modernism was on the move. Then God made Billy Graham. The first time Ruth Bell saw her future husband, he was dashing down the dormitory steps two at a time. Now there's a young man who knows where he's going! she thought. But in fact Billy Graham had no idea where he was going; no idea that he would travel the planet preaching the gospel to more people than anyone in history. Ruth's second impression, however, was spot on target: "He wanted to please God more…