“Jesus taught us by word and by his own example that the power of forgiving love is stronger than the hate of violent force,” says director of Christian Aid Ministries, which will keep working in Haiti. All the former hostages from a US-based missionary group kidnapped in Haiti have been flown out of the country after a two-month ordeal, the leader of their Ohio-based missions organization said Friday, as he also extended an offer of forgiveness to their captors. David Troyer, general director of Christian Aid Ministries, said in a video statement that a US-flagged plane left the Caribbean nation…

What an attention-starved son learned while reconstructing the life of his distant dad. Our family is a bit raw this week. Packing your whole life into a U-Haul and leaving behind everything called “home” has a way of putting everyone on edge. We moved several times during my childhood, but this was my first time doing it as a father. I remember moving to South Florida in the third grade—the tears, the uncertainty, the upheaval. It’s been hard to watch a familiar sorrow swell in the eyelids of my own kids. As fathers, we dream of passing down wisdom, character,…

How an ancient prophet’s prayer answers our modern outrage. Last fall, a friend from church was distraught. She forwarded me a video that has since gone viral and left her confused and alarmed. When I viewed it, I understood why. In the controversial clip, John MacArthur shares his thoughts about popular speaker and author Beth Moore, declaring she should “go home” and citing the dangers of “women preachers.” His theological differences with her came as no surprise, but the sharp personal disdain—all in the name of sound doctrine—undermined any gospel message that was there. Perhaps even more unsettling than his…

By Cynthia Heald My young friend Amy came to my home to share with me a deep hurt that she had been struggling with for years. The burden she carried had come from her father’s abuse. She had read several books, sought good counsel, and when she came to talk with me, I think she was finally ready to accept Jesus’ teaching about forgiveness. Her questions were normal. She said, “It doesn’t seem fair for me to let my father off the hook. He should be made to suffer for what he did to me. Everyone thinks he is such…