The humanitarian aid organization works on the frontlines around the world and ranks among the largest charities in the US. Each week, in a hulking warehouse in this small, western mountain town, Samaritan’s Purse employees load semi trailers full of supplies for the people of Ukraine: medicines, food, tarps, blankets, hygiene kits and school bags for kids. The trucks are then driven 80 miles east to the Piedmont Triad International Airport where they are loaded onto the nonprofit’s DC-8 aircraft specially configured to carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo. From there the goods are airlifted to Poland and then…

As Christian families consider what it means to live for the Lord as families, one important question they should ask themselves is this: “What are we known for?” Within your neighborhood, you may be known for your dog, your mailbox, or the volume of the stereo as you drive home in the evening. Many houses are recognizable by the smell when you walk in the door—and similarly, households have a particular aroma. In Christian households, we hope to find an all-pervading fragrance of love. One of the great evidences of the fact that Jesus Christ is alive from the dead…

Independent artists like Montell Fish have found success on social media platforms rather than traditional labels. Montell Fish is a Christian musician whose songs took off with tens of millions of streams. But unlike artists who have risen through the ranks of CCM, his main platform isn't a worship stage. The 24-year-old artist went viral on TikTok from his bedroom, where he recorded himself, wearing a T-shirt and black bandana, playing the guitar, and singing in falsetto, “Why don’t you talk to me like you used to?” His calming, “lo-fi” (low-fidelity) music stands in stark contrast with the high production…

Without the ascension, Christ’s nativity, passion, and resurrection would have been pointless. The ascension is the defining moment that marked the end of Jesus’ personal ministry on earth and the beginning of the Great Commission. Alistair Begg walks us through the Gospel plan, the Holy Spirit’s enabling power, and the personnel God uses to accomplish His purposes. As every believer joins in His mission, Jesus continues to reign from heaven, seeking the lost through weak, fearful servants like us. Listen to the message “Mark 13: An Introduction” Read the full transcript

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While praying and turning wrenches, I discovered a rich Christian life. Ten years ago, I found myself at a vocational fork in the road. I had spent years praying and dreaming about pastoring a church—studying theology, writing sermons, visiting hospitals, and interceding with folks toward this goal. But like many millennials, I was tight on cash. With a growing family, I had to think frankly about the feasibility of seminary, how little money I’d make as a pastor, and how very little progress I felt I’d made in the Christian life. How was I to lead others down a path…

The appellate ruling sides with the Christian Medical and Dental Society and a Catholic hospital system that opposed the federal rule. The Biden administration has received another setback from a federal court—this time at the appellate level—in its effort to institute transgender rights even at the expense of freedom of conscience. The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans blocked last Friday a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that required doctors and hospitals to perform gender-transition procedures, as well as abortions. The unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel upheld a 2021 permanent injunction by a…

Slavic broadcasters take different approaches as legal and societal efforts to combat propaganda impact worship and evangelism. A new language law in Ukraine has complicated ministry to Russian-speaking citizens. Comparing restrictions to the Soviet era, one Christian broadcaster is relocating to Budapest, Hungary. “I don’t want our staff busted on the air for reading the Bible in Russian,” said Dan Johnson, president of Christian Radio for Russia, which operates New Life Radio (NLR) from Odessa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. “We were expecting bombs to wreck our radio operations, but it turned out to be this law.” Last month, Russian…

Arise Church leadership said it was going to “listen and learn,” but its senior pastors tried to stop publication of a report on allegations of intern abuse. New Zealand’s largest megachurch is being investigated by the country’s Department of Internal Affairs following a damning report that the church commissioned but then refused to release. According to the 49-page report, there were “egregious and systemic” failures in the leadership of Arise Church. The independent review, conducted by Pathfinding, a Christian critical response management company, called for board resignations and new leadership to address widespread problems, including the ill-treatment of volunteers and…

In a recent survey, Baptists are the least likely to endorse women in deacon or senior pastor roles. Most Protestant pastors say a woman could be the senior pastor at their church, but that varies dramatically among denominational groups. A Lifeway Research study asked US Protestant pastors about six potential leadership roles and if women are permitted to hold them in their congregations. While a slight majority say the position of senior pastor is open to women, a broader consensus exists for other positions. Close to 9 in 10 pastors say women could be ministers to children (94%), committee leaders…

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  The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade, has brought an old, familiar accusation before Christians around the United States: “The Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion.” That is true, but only in the strictest sense. The Bible never once uses the word abortion, nor does it refer to the practice of abortion as we know it. But it’s not true that the Bible has nothing to say that’s relevant to the devastating decision to terminate a pregnancy. Scripture teaches clearly that all human life is sacred to and protected…

The author and new director of Theos offers a look at the race and faith conversation from the other side of the pond. They didn’t teach her about James Cone at Cambridge. Chine McDonald says she came late to the Black theologian but wishes she had been reading him at university. Lately, more Black American authors have stacked up on her book shelf: Esau McCaulley, Austin Channing Brown, Dante Stewart. McDonald—the new director of the London-based evangelical think tank Theos—is one of the most prominent Black evangelical voices in Britain, but she has one eye gazing across the pond as…

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Historically, evangelicals have been ahead of the curve in women’s education and also way behind it. My pursuit of an MDiv is now part of that mixed legacy. This week I’m packing up my 18-year-old daughter as she heads off to college. In a twist of providence, I’m also returning to the classroom after 21 years away. While she’s navigating the firsts of freshman year, I’ll be navigating the firsts of a master of divinity. These last few months of applying to schools, securing funding, and planning out our schedules have been a sweet time for us. In God’s wisdom,…

To ring in the new school year, check out a selection of CT articles about pursuing life-long learning and religious education. Christianity Today’s first editor, Carl F. H. Henry, wrote an article in 1971 titled “The Rationale for the Christian College.” In that article, he stated, The image that evangelical colleges present to the world must embrace truth, justice, and grace as concerns indispensable to Christian education. We are debtors not simply to the evangelical community but to the whole modern world in which we live. Evangelical schools bear this global duty in respect to truth no less than evangelical…

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SBC has commited to cooperating with the federal investigation, which spans multiple entities. A federal investigation will look into the largest Protestant denomination’s response to abuse, following a bombshell report commissioned and released by the Southern Baptist Commission (SBC) in May. The SBC Executive Committee confirmed on Friday that the Justice Department “has initiated an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, and that the investigation will include multiple SBC entities.” The general counsel for the Executive Committee (EC)—which oversees day-to-day business for the convention and was the subject of the SBC’s own abuse investigation—said the EC has received a subpoena,…

A selection of the late author’s CT publications. This fall, a recently discovered collection of daily devotionals by Elisabeth Elliot will be published posthumously and released to the public. In the process of searching for a separate project, writes Michelle Van Loon, radio producers at Back to the Bible “made an extraordinary discovery: A long-buried computer file contained an unpublished devotional by Elliot called Heart of God: 31 Days to Discover God’s Love for You.” “We ran across it strictly by accident,” said Kathy Reeg, president of the Elisabeth Elliot Foundation. “But nothing is accidental. Everything is providential.” Read the…

Pay attention to the sin of passivity, especially in church leaders dealing with abused women. In a lot of undergraduate psychology programs, a legendary crime case comes up. Kitty Genovese was raped, robbed, and repeatedly stabbed outside her Queens, New York, apartment building in 1964. Although the killing was horrific, the case isn’t studied for its gruesomeness. Professors don’t generally focus on Genovese or her murderer but rather on the bystanders and neighbors who, according to reports, heard her screams for help but didn’t act to save her life. Their supposed indifference is explained by a social theory known as…

Overall, more than half of church leaders have seen members suffer depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Most pastors have seen mental illness in their pews, while some have seen it in themselves. A Lifeway Research study explores US Protestant pastors’ experiences with mental illness and how well their churches are equipped to respond to those who need help. A majority of pastors (54%) say in the churches where they have served on staff, they have known at least one church member who has been diagnosed with a severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia. Most of those…