The passionate storyteller spent nearly a quarter century developing written language and Scripture for a Papua New Guinea village. Marilyn Laszlo always considered herself a “Hoosier farmgirl.” The 88-year-old died last week just a few miles from her family’s nine-acre property outside Valparaiso, Indiana. But the news of her death was felt most deeply in a village on the other side of the world. A missionary and Bible translator known for her bold faith and powerful storytelling, Laszlo spent 24 years living in the Hauna Village in Papua New Guinea. There, she formulated a written language and translated the Bible…

In this global moment, we’re called to heed Christ’s command to open our hearts and hands. As we can see from the gut-wrenching images in Afghanistan, most of those wishing to flee the Taliban will never be able to escape, even many who faithfully helped the United States in the twenty-year war there. Some, though, will be able to make it to other countries—including the United States—to seek shelter and to start a new life. As evangelical Christians, we should resolve, even before our new neighbors arrive, to ignore those who would ask us to fear these refugees. Historically, those…

The need for asylum seekers’ religious (and other) freedom is as urgent as ever. In mid-July, after thousands of Cubans in multiple cities demonstrated against their government on a scale not seen in the communist nation in decades, US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told them not to look to the United States for sanctuary. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” he said at a press briefing. “To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: if you take to the Sea, you will not come…

One lesson from COVID-19: Don’t underestimate the model set by worshiping alongside your kids. Since last year, COVID-19 has asked all of us to adapt in myriad ways. As we begin to emerge from pandemic precautions, the pull to return to normalcy will be strong. Simultaneously, we will assess what we have learned: What practices do we want to maintain? For young Christian families, one pandemic practice in particular promises a huge discipleship yield. Like other families, the Wilkins turned to jigsaw puzzles to fill our unexpected hours of togetherness. In March 2020, it wasn’t just toilet paper that ran…

They will be our neighbors, and, if we are willing, our friends. What if you and your church could introduce Jesus to people who have never had the chance to hear about Him before? What if there was a way for your whole church to be directly and cross-culturally engaged in the work of the Great Commission? What if your church family could form real, deep, and lasting friendships with people from hard-to-reach places, unreached people groups, and countries that currently remain closed to the Church? What if you and your whole church could start doing all of that today,…

Come, thou long expected Jesus,Born to set thy people free;From our fears and sins release us,Let us find our rest in thee.Israel’s strength and consolation,Hope of all the earth thou art;Dear desire of every nation,Joy of every longing heart. Born thy people to deliver,Born a child and yet a King,Born to reign in us forever,Now thy gracious kingdom bring.By thine own eternal spiritRule in all our hearts alone;By thine all sufficient merit,Raise us to thy glorious throne. Listen to the message “Christmas in Genesis — Part Three”

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Pressure is growing to strip the names of Confederate officers from 10 U.S. military bases. Who were these men, and what were they really known for?

This is the one-hundred-second lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Mel Lawrenz will be offering daily online ministry during this health crisis. Sign up here. Most people who suffer something significant wonder whether there is any purpose in it. Our first responsibility to those who suffer is to show compassion and empathy. But are there answers to the question of…

By Ann Spangler People’s names in the ancient world did more than simply distinguish one person from another. They often conveyed the essential nature and character of a person. This is especially true when it comes to the names of God recorded in the Bible. The book Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide explores the primary names and titles of God in the Old Testament to reveal the deeper meanings behind them. El Shaddai, Elohim, Adonai, Abba, El Elyon—God Almighty, Mighty Creator, Lord, Father, God Most High—these are just a few of the names and titles of God…

Hiding from God (and neighbor) is dehumanizing, but honest prayer and confession bring healing and freedom. In February 1995, I confessed my sins publicly in front of 500 fellow students at the University of Texas at Austin. This took place at a concert of prayer sponsored by a parachurch campus ministry. Standing on the auditorium stage of a large classroom, I confessed the sins of lust, pride, impatience, anger, and others I have now forgotten. While I had previously confessed my sins to a pastor or a group of friends, I had never confessed my sins publicly. (It is rather…

The nation’s partisan divisions appear as entrenched as ever. Over the long term, the power of the presidency may have gained a significant boost.

Jesus warned his disciples that following him would cost them. Every year at the end of December, people begin to consider the exciting possibilities for themselves in the new year ahead. Whether we’ve resolved to read more, run a marathon, eat healthier, keep a journal, or take up a new hobby, we’re surrounded by resources and tips that promise to make our goals easy and attainable. Many Christians will set out to become more faithful followers of Jesus in 2020. It’s a worthy resolution. Jesus is Lord over everything in heaven and on earth, and he wants his followers to…

If you have prayed for a miracle of healing or good provision from God’s hand that did not come, not only are you anguished about your circumstance but—compounding that pain—perhaps you are now also grieving that your God did not answer your prayer. Expressing sorrow over both realities before the Lord for what He has not sovereignly deemed fit to give you can form the substance humble laments while suffering. While you lament, remember that God can undoubtedly accommodate our complexities. You may be confounded and sorrowing in one area of your heart. But the heart can experience more than…

Lemonade full of edible flowers? An octopus on a stick? Bug-covered ice cream? The Calgary Stampede takes boundary-pushing fare to a new level.

Why did the Apostle Paul say that Jesus will come like a thief in the night? Unexpected A thief naturally waits for the best time to break in and steal, but thieves won’t generally do things in broad… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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…

When the psalmists advise us how to heal spiritually, they do not tell us to purchase a television, car, house, self-help book or exercise equipment.

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The theologian’s memoir is refreshingly raw about the wounds he’s suffered—and the wounds he’s inflicted. What’s most endearing about Even in Our Darkness, the new memoir from theologian Jack Deere, is also what’s most difficult: its rawness. Before picking it up, be warned: You will hold your breath for pages at a time, even to the last page. The reader never really gets any sort of break, which, I suppose, is fitting, seeing as the author has never seemed to get one either. Deere was born the child of drinkers and drifters. Suicide and substance abuse, violence and anger, were…