Christian health workers and pastors navigate stigma at Apostolic, evangelical, and Methodist congregations. Yvonne Binda stands in front of the congregation, all dressed in pristine white robes, and tells them not to believe what they’ve heard about COVID-19 vaccines. “The vaccine is not linked to Satanism,” she says. The worshipers, members of a Christian Apostolic church in Zimbabwe, are unmoved. But when Binda, a vaccine campaigner and member of an Apostolic church herself, promises them soap, buckets, and masks, there are enthusiastic shouts of “Amen!” Apostolic groups that infuse traditional beliefs into Pentecostal doctrine are among the most skeptical in…

When this passing world is done,When has sunk yon radiant sun,When we stand with Christ on highLooking o’er life’s history,Then, Lord, shall I fully know,Not till then, how much I owe. When I hear the wicked callOn the rocks and hills to fall,When I see them start and shrinkOn the fiery deluge brink,Then, Lord, shall I fully know,Not till then, how much I owe. When I stand before the throne,Dressed in beauty not my own,When I see thee as thou art,Love thee with unsinning heart,Then, Lord, shall I fully know,Not till then, how much I owe. When the praise of…

In today’s churches, we place more of an emphasis on church planting through people than we do church planting through churches. Jack Redford’s 1978 book Planting New Churches became one of the most influential church planting books for a decade following its release. He believed all churches should be involved in planting new churches as a normal part of their work. Ideas were adopted by many church planters, and his book quickly became the planting guide for many. Redford featured nine steps to planting a new church. These steps made church planting look something like this: form a missions committee,…

Billy Graham’s regrets, in his own words. For all of Billy Graham's remarkable accomplishments, he made his share of mistakes. These mistakes might have harmed his ministry if not for Graham's willingness to confess them and learn from them. “I've had to admit errors in judgment, and I've found Christian people more than generous in understanding my faults,” he told Christianity Today during the throes of Watergate in 1974. “It's better to show humility, and it's better to say ‘I'm wrong’ or ‘I'm sorry’ when you've made a mistake. … However, some of the criticism hurled at evangelical theology lands…

If we were to just take the phrase, “Your will, not mine,” and lightly skim over these words, it would be easy to miss the huge importance of what Jesus was saying to you and me today.