Evangelical churches in Poland transform into care centers, seek more funds for heat and fuel. The United States will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression, President Joe Biden announced Thursday. Details of the plan are still being worked out, but both the US refugee resettlement program and the humanitarian visa program will be utilized, with an emphasis on reuniting families. The US hosts the third-largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, after Russia and Canada. Biden also pledged $1 billion in humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians internally displaced by the war. World Relief, which has resettled 7,300 Ukrainian refugees—representing 4…

For the country’s diverse Lutherans, the case tests the resolve to speak up, the boundaries of tolerance, and Christians’ ability to communicate. Some Finnish Lutheran leaders, their families, and a few politicians gathered under a tent in August 2021 for the elevation of Juhana Pohjola to bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF). The canvas protected them from the summer sun, but as they celebrated Pohjola’s investiture, they worried about facing a different kind of heat. Pohjola, 49, and one of his guests, politician Päivi Räsänen, 62, are facing criminal changes. According to the nation’s top prosecutor,…

As China’s government bans unapproved religious services, sermons, education, training, and videos online—even link sharing—starting in March, I turn to Psalm 90. Many Chinese Christians are lamenting that the winter of internet mission in China is entering its darkest and coldest hour. This week, Chinese state media reported the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) has announced its “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services,” which will come into effect on March 1 and will restrict online ministry to Chinese government-approved religious groups with special permits on government-approved websites. “No organization or individual shall preach on the Internet,…

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground, has been charged with second-degree murder. Three other police officers at the scene have also been charged. Minnesota’s governor said this is the moment to “fix this systematic issue.”

Europe’s schools are beginning to reopen as the coronavirus lockdowns end in a number of countries. But they face new challenges.

The Cross secured our salvation. But Jesus’ fate still breaks the Father’s heart. After I gave a lecture on the Old Testament, one of my students came up to me and asked, “Do you think it was more than a test of Abraham’s faith?” We had been discussing the story of God calling Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. “Maybe,” he continued, “if God knew he was going to give up his own son, Jesus, later on, then … what if he wanted to see how Abraham would react to this difficult plan?” I don’t remember how I responded…

Linda L. Kruschke writes a beautiful poem about the love of Jesus

As I write this post, major news organizations are reporting the global spread of the Coronavirus with what seems like fear and an increase in alarm compared to just yesterday. The media is broadcasting fears regarding the predicted negative effect on the global economy, the apparent misinformation about numbers of cases, the complex issues concerning everything from vaccination to mitigation. The simple fact is that people are afraid and for a very real reason. Pandemics like this and the Ebola crisis before it are difficult to contain. They remind us how small we are. But, though the reason for fear…

Money talks in a capitalist society. But amid rising inequality, some Americans are wondering whether there is such a thing as being too wealthy.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54) Here’s death, and death is the great devourer of the human race. One-by- one, death swallows every one of us up. One writer says about death: Gold cannot bribe it, wisdom cannot elude it, eloquence cannot charm it, greatness cannot awe it, power cannot resist it and tears cannot melt it. Death is everywhere; it has made the world a field of graves. (Adapted from Andrew Symington in “Precious…

Democratic prosecution began laying out their argument Wednesday against President Donald Trump in efforts to sway senators and the American public.

The missionary physicians of the 21st century will be Africans— and US missions agencies couldn’t be happier. As the rainy season nears an end in Africa’s Rift Valley, the boys harvesting avocados start falling out of trees. If a boy breaks a bone, he may go to Kibuye Hope, a rural mission hospital in the East African nation of Burundi. There, for the first time in the 73-year history of the hospital, he may receive care from a full-time, permanent missionary surgeon who is Burundian. That surgeon, Alliance Niyukuri, joined the missionary staff of Kibuye Hope in 2018, moving his…

State lawmakers passed a bill to give its regulatory body more leeway to curb marijuana production by limiting licenses. It aims to prevent growers from selling excess product illegally.

With European Parliament elections just around the corner, today’s contributor explores how seeing others the way God made them can help us keep our cool and foster harmony – even in contentious situations.

Online friendships cannot fill all our needs for community. There are some needs only a face to face, IRL friend can meet.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Thought Humility is not our culture’s most valued asset or most desired character quality. But, humility is what is demanded — not so much because it’s commanded (though that would be enough), but because we’ve “earned” our need of it. Every year brings another wave of major failures in morality, character, and spirituality. Even on our best…

Have you ever been afraid to fail? Today at Anchored Voices Karly Grant explores how she has wrestled with this common fear, and how she faces it when life looks differently than she thought it would.

How Civil War–era churches that avoided taking sides on slavery ended up siding with its supporters. In antebellum and Civil War–era America, churches and denominations along the border between North and South voiced what would have been considered “moderate” opinions on slavery. But as April Holm shows in A Kingdom Divided, neutrality was attractive but never really neutral. It was a political choice like any other. Border-region evangelicals were not proslavery ideologues; neither were they abolitionists. Mostly, they believed churches should focus on “spiritual” matters and avoid weighing in on controversial political debates. Slavery, however, was an all-encompassing system—the central…

AI may be familiar with all our ways, but God created our face for much more. I love my wife's elbows. And my kids’ little toes. But when I have been away on travel for a week and return home, it is not their elbows and toes that makes me feel at home. It is their happy, smiling faces that I connect with when I see them waiting for me to come in the door. When we meet people on the street, it is not their elbows or little toes that we use to identify them. It is their faces…