A pastor’s perspective on recreational and medicinal marijuana. Movements to legalize marijuana are spreading across the country, changing laws and causing millions of Americans to reassess their convictions. With pot’s popularity on the rise, what should Christians say in response? Todd Miles, professor of theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, tackles this complicated question in Cannabis and the Christian: What the Bible Says about Marijuana. Pastor and writer Nathaniel Williams spoke with Miles about the relevant moral principles and medical facts. Why did you write a book about marijuana? This is a pastoral issue that my church has faced….

This Fourth of July, worship leaders work to focus devotion “In Christ Alone.” Around star-spangled holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day, churches have often faced pressure to feature a patriotic song or two in their worship service lineups. But this year, many worship leaders are thinking more carefully about those expectations and how they can recognize a national holiday while preserving God’s place as the sole focus of our devotion. Cole Willig, worship leader at The Crossing in Milton, Delaware, anticipates some criticism over the absence of patriotic content in this year’s Fourth of July service. “I’m not going…

By Christopher Reese The Bible is composed of 66 separate books that tell one overarching story and this story is The True Story of the World. This Story explains why the world exists, the reason you and I are here, and how it will all end. Thus, it’s the most important Story of all and one we should seek to read, study, and understand. It’s within this Story that we also find our own stories. One way to become more familiar with this Story is to get to know its main characters. Earlier in this series, we explored 11 major…

By Christopher Reese This is the final article in our series that introduces 7 major characters of the New Testament of the Bible. In the previous post, we surveyed the lives of Jesus, Mary (the mother of Jesus), and John the Baptist. Now, we’ll get to know Peter, Stephen, Paul, and John (the apostle). You can also find our posts on 11 major figures of the Old Testament here (Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph), here (Moses, Joshua, David), and here (Solomon, Daniel, Ezra). As we get to know the major characters of the Bible better, we also become better…

Victims’ advocates caution institutions against plans to “restore” fallen leaders. Another case of a leader with an abusive past moving from one evangelical institution to another has intensified scrutiny on Christian hiring practices and responses to abuse. In ministry contexts, the desire to keep fallen leaders out of positions where they might again abuse their authority is sometimes met with another perspective—a hope that a redemptive and forgiving God would allow people to be restored to leadership. Both victims’ advocates and community members worry that administrators weighing those considerations at Cedarville University made the wrong call. In 2017, Cedarville welcomed…

Over 1500 church leaders responded to our Covid-19 Church Survey. The coronavirus COVID-19 creeped onto the world scene only a few months ago and has spread at breakneck speed, disrupting societies, social units, healthcare systems, and entire economies. Only a few months in, the cost in lives has been too high—those infected and who have lost their lives as a result of the virus, and those suffering as a result of changes in how we daily function (e.g., an increase in suicide rates, domestic abuse cases, depression, and more). Many are wondering how the church, historically a beacon of hope…

The semicolon can inspire strong emotions. Kurt Vonnegut said “All they do is show you’ve been to college,” and George Orwell detested them.

Dr. Bill Mounce (@billmounce) is founder and president of BiblicalTraining.org. He’s a member of the Committee for Bible Translation, responsible for producing the very popular New International Version (NIV) Bible translation. He also served for ten years as the New Testament Chair of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation. He’s the author of bestselling books, DVDs, and other resources about biblical Greek, such as Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Greek for the Rest of Us. He blogs regularly about biblical Greek, the nuances and challenges of translating the Bible, and general issues of spiritual growth. In this first…

Singer R. Kelly and financier Jeffrey Epstein faced new charges of sexual crimes after journalists’ investigations. Both were denied bail this week.

In an issue like abortion, no side can claim a monopoly on conscience. Finding a deeper humanity, however, is a momentous step toward healing.

Is the full-throated Trump administration support for the uprising in Venezuela a vote for democracy or a reflection of the Monroe Doctrine?

The treatment the fast food restaurant has received for its “pervasive Christian traditionalism” is getting old and tired. Just a few days ago, an article was published in The New Yorker discussing the “infiltration” of a certain fast food brand throughout Manhattan: Chick-fil-A. The headline says they are creepy, but probably not in the way that some people talk about, say immigrant restaurants, since The New Yorker would be above such disparagement. But, Chick-fil-a is run by evangelicals who hold evangelical beliefs, which makes all the difference. Of course, some of the article is about its fried chicken and creative…