Tens of thousands of pastors want to quit but haven’t. What has that done to them? Seven years ago, First Presbyterian Church of Deming, New Mexico, had to replace the rope hanging from its bell tower. After 75 years of regular use, it had finally unraveled. The bell has been ringing since the Pueblo mission-style building was constructed in 1941, and the church itself dates back further, to the turn of the 20th century. Not much else has endured like the bell. Today, the church building’s original adobe walls are covered by white paneling and a powder-blue roof. Out front,…

Devastating deflation means evangelical and Catholic schools can barely pay teachers and keep classes open. Yet it’s cheaper than ever for the global church to support them. The 2021 graduating class of the National Evangelical School in Nabatieh (NESN) is entirely Shiite Muslim. While certainly not the image of a typical Christian school in the United States, it is hardly an outlier in Lebanon, where 35 evangelical schools average student bodies that are two-thirds Muslim. Located 35 miles south of Beirut, Nabatieh originally had a 10 percent Christian population when American Presbyterian missionary Lewis Loe founded the school in 1925….

The incoming Taylor University president outlines a faith-filled, Spirit-guided approach to life’s biggest transitions. Sociologist and incoming Taylor University president D. Michael Lindsay has spent much of his career researching leaders at the highest levels of American society, producing landmark studies like Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite. In his latest book, Hinge Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Transitions, Lindsay turns his attention toward a subject affecting people of all ages and stations: the crucial decisions and turning points that shape who we are and what we’ll become. Leadership author and teacher Angie…

Taiwan’s acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society. Friday’s vote allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including taxes, insurance, and child custody benefits.

“They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 6:5) “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.” (Acts 6:8) What fills up your being? The book of Acts gives us a compelling description of Stephen. I long to be characterized as he was. Consider what these qualities would mean in a person’s life: Full of faith – Faith in God is not wishful thinking or hoping that all our personal desires will be fulfilled. Faith believes that God created us, loved us, redeemed…

The optimist generally looks at the measurable things in life as half full. For example, if they have a half bowl of fruit, they will say the bowl is half full. On the other hand, the pessimist will… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]