Shawn Smucker’s latest novel explores the burden of unresolved regret and the healing power of sacrificial love. Paul Elias is dying. The mass growing inside his head is beyond the ability of his doctor to treat, and he will be dead sometime between “anytime and three weeks.” It’s a burden he chooses to carry alone, not revealing it to anyone. In addition to his terminal diagnosis, he is faced with the unsettling fact that when he is gone, there will be no one to care for his flighty 11-year-old granddaughter, Pearl, for whom he is the sole guardian. Even more…

We must find new ways to live faithfully in places that have changed. If you’ve moved lately (or have tried to), you’ll know that there’s a shortage of available properties pushing prices to an all-time high. Many would-be buyers, including first-time buyers, have been priced out of the market and stuck in places they’d rather not be—and, in some cases, places they no longer recognize. It’s been nine years now since my husband and I bought our first home. After a decade of moving from place to place, we returned to his native Virginia to minister in a rural community….

Scripture portrays young women not as their father’s pets but as pillars in God’s kingdom. Last week, CCM artist Matthew West debuted a new single at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Nashville. Unlike his other hits, West’s latest offering is a satirical take on a piece of advice common among evangelicals: “Modest Is Hottest.” Written as a letter from a father to his daughters, West croons: Modest is hottest, the latest fashion trend Is a little more Amish, a little less Kardashian What the boys really love is a turtleneck and a sensible pair of slacks Honey, modest…

A spate of deadly terror attacks in Europe has some national leaders seeming to indirectly blame Islam. Experts warn that more care is needed.

What does the future of the COVID-19 pandemic look like? This comic shows how it depends on the model – and how people respond to it.

On Pennsylvania’s second annual 1-4-3 Day, residents focused kindness on first responders and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Pennsylvania’s second annual 1-4-3 Day, residents focused kindness on first responders and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

In good news this week: As part of its plan to be fossil fuel-free by 2030, Austria closed its last coal-fired plant – plus more positive headlines.

What is a Christian to do when there’s not enough to go around? The weeks slide from our fingers as the pandemic’s first wave moderates—whether due to our quarantined culture or the wiles of viral behavior. Pressure mounts to resume some sort of normalcy. On the one hand, normal is impossible as long as a vaccine eludes us. But on the other hand, surviving a sustained shutdown is economically and emotionally infeasible. Thirty million Americans have lost their jobs, nerves are fried, and happiness stays socially distant. Reopening America comes at a high price. Given what we know about the…

Data suggests that what you do with your free time affects your family’s long-term spiritual formation. The novel coronavirus now dubbed COVID-19 has struck fear around Asia and the world. As many as 760 million people in China have been quarantined, and perhaps 110 million are barred from even exiting their apartment, all as part of China’s effort to prevent a pandemic. In Hong Kong, where my wife and I serve as missionaries in the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod, school has been cancelled since late January. Kids began doing online classes last week, and they will not return to school…

Chaplain balances bipartisan alliances with trust in God’s will. What do you pray at an impeachment hearing? For Barry Black, a Seventh-day Adventist minister and the longtime chaplain of the US Senate, it’s a simple question. You pray that God’s will be done. And what do you pray after the US Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment, as it did on Wednesday afternoon? That same faithful prayer. “I think the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane provides us with the model,” Black told CT. “The preamble to saying, ‘Let your will be done’ can be…

For the second time, a court in Africa has annulled a presidential vote over anomalies. Judges with high civic principles may be crucial for democracy on the continent.

In the midst of a new virus outbreak, China works to avoid past mistakes by communicating information faster and restricting travel.

We cut down our Christmas tree in the pouring rain a week ago, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the bookend adventure of a multi-day trip with extended family. Drove it home on top of our car without incident and abandoned it in the front yard for a few hours while we scrambled inside to help our son, a senior in high school, submit one more college application that was due in…oh, two hours.

The pressure is on to make college admissions more equitable, with less weight on “legacy,” and more on leg work, like teens’ jobs that pay for food. 

Access to land is a major barrier to entering farming. One solution is land-link programs that pair landowners with those starting out.

Having such unbridled enthusiasm hasn’t always been considered a good thing. But baseball brought fan back.

By Patrick Morley We are made for relationships. A godly friendship can change everything. There is a peculiar math to friendship: shared joys are doubled, and shared sorrows are cut in half. Friendship is a central theme of Jesus’ life and teaching. He tells us to encourage each other: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:12–13). In fact, loving one another is the evidence of our identity as disciples: “By this everyone will know that you are my…

Kenneth Branagh returns to the Bard, this time playing him. With moments of true poetry, ‘All Is True’ is an honorable try.

“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.” In 2001 Eugene Cho and his wife, Minhee, founded Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational community in Seattle. He began his first year as a pastor without a salary, working as a janitor at Barnes & Noble. It was a hard beginning, but it proved formational for him and his congregation. In addition to fulltime ministry, Cho launched a nonprofit organization, One Day’s Wages, in 2009 to help alleviate extreme global poverty. On June 3, 2018, after 18 years of ministry at Quest Church, Cho announced to his…

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 (NLT). A man was walking down a dusty road on a hot, humid day. He was loaded down with a heavy backpack and carried a duffel bag in each hand. A pick-up truck came along. The driver stopped and called to the man, “Hop on. I’ll give you a ride.” The man got into the back of the truck. Several miles down the road, the driver looked into his rear-view mirror and saw, to his surprise,…