Elite believers often sound more like disciples of Jacques Derrida than Jesus Christ. That needs to change. A few years ago, I was asked to speak about the gospel’s justice imperative at a local Christian high school. Upon arrival, I was escorted through campus by a young administrator, who thanked me for coming to engage a topic the school’s elders had ignored for too long. With Dietrich Bonhoeffer–like resolve, he and another young teacher confided that they were subversively trying to change the culture at the school. I immediately, and perhaps hastily, commended their efforts. The truth is, too many…

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”1 The thought has surely passed into the realm of cliché since, yet the deeper truth behind the platitude is found in the apostle Paul’s teaching that “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction” (Rom. 15:4). While learning from the past does not necessarily eliminate trouble, it can provide important insight into how we should live in the present. This is true not only for countries and governments but for churches and pastors as well. With this in mind,…

Australia’s fires may prompt new cooperation on environmental policy, many hope, in a coal-dependent country where views on climate change diverge.

Some 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday to protest recent attacks against Jews in the New York area.

In different ways, God used them to lead me to Christ. I was a typical American kid, until I wasn’t. In high school, life revolved around sports and popularity. Then, after high school, I took a scholarship to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. By the end of college, most people were ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. Not me. My life got further out of control with each passing year. The weekend parties of my freshman year became weeklong parties by my senior year, as casual drinking metastasized into alcoholism. With no direction and no aspirations, I…

The two-night Democratic debates in Miami highlighted the divide between pragmatists and progressives. But offstage, there was more common ground.

The summit’s first day has highlighted inconsistencies in the values of world leaders. They aim to achieve cooperation around issues of globalization, trade, and Iran’s nuclear proliferation.

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