Black denominational leaders have formally asked for a national monument to the 1908 Springfield race riot, and a new national survey reveals more public lands Black clergy want memorialized. In Lower Manhattan, people in suits pass by a green space with a modest stone monument on their way to the city’s big courthouses. They rarely stop to notice the African Burial Ground National Monument, marking the historic site where more than 15,000 Africans were buried when the city banned slave burials in church cemeteries. The burial ground was discovered during a construction project in 1991 and was declared a National…

Five Christian leaders weigh the factors they hope are guiding the church as it prepares for the October presidential election. Since the start of Brazil’s 2022 presidential election, national and international electoral news has focused on the role that faith will play in next month’s race—and for good reason: Religious concerns have dominated the talking points of both Jair Bolsonaro’s and Luiz Inácio (“Lula”) da Silva’s campaigns. Whether it’s discussing COVID-19 church closures or the spiritual fight between good and evil, the candidates have seemingly preferred to prioritize these issues at the expense of others such as unemployment, inflation, climate…

We should continue to let ourselves be amazed by God’s good work whenever and wherever we find it. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. The concept of “quiet quitting”—refusing to do anything but the minimal effort—is all over media these days. Commentators are debating whether or not today’s workers, most notably Gen Z employees, are quiet quitting their jobs. Count me among the skeptical. Some of the quiet-quitting talk is just another generational caricature (one I’ve not seen any evidence for). And it may well be that workers are getting just as much or more done…

Have you ever considered what pleases God? In Ephesians 5:10, Paul charges his readers with this very task: “Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” Jesus Christ is not merely someone to believe in; He is Lord and Master over His people. He has saved us by grace through faith, and He has called us to serve, love, trust, and obey Him (Eph. 2:8–10; James 2:14–26). In other words, we shouldn’t think of faith as a basic package of salvation with optional add-ons for devotion. Part of God’s purpose in salvation is that we will live in a…

The latest ruling looks like bad news for evangelical higher education, but it’s not. The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Yeshiva University v. YU Pride Alliance may seem like it spells trouble for Christian colleges that hold conservative positions on sexuality and gender identity. After all, the court held that the orthodox Jewish university must formally recognize an LGBT student group. But a more complete reading of the decision forebodes a favorable outcome for Christian higher education in the future. The case was decided on what observers refer to as the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket,” where the justices make…

Do you know someone who has begun to second-guess the claims of Christ? Maybe you lived most of your life as a Christian, never questioning the truths of the Bible, until your world was turned upside down, and you’re now faced with doubts about what you believe. 7 Reasons to [Re]Consider Christianity will help you tackle common questions about the world’s brokenness and remind you why the Bible is not only true but also good news. Writing for those who are skeptical or curious, author Ben Shaw faced doubts himself about what he believed after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis….

Katelyn Beaty’s critique of evangelical fame-worship is wise but overly tame. There’s a scene in The Fellowship of the Ring in which Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the earlier book The Hobbit, has just received a small bit of counsel from his friend Gandalf the wizard. Gandalf tells Bilbo he needn’t attempt a task that would be challenging and quite likely deadly. And it makes Bilbo suspicious: “I have never known you to give me pleasant advice before,” he says. “As all your unpleasant advice has been good, I wonder if this advice is not bad.” Though Bilbo turned out…

Houston’s College of Biblical Studies, where three-quarters of students are Black or Hispanic, finds ministry partners in DTS and Tony Evans. In an era when conservative evangelicalism and multiethnic urban ministry increasingly find themselves in tension, the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) is combining them. The school averages 500 undergraduate students per semester online and across three campuses: Houston, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. As its bylaws require, the student body is strikingly diverse. In Houston—a majority-minority city—about half of the students are Black, a quarter Hispanic, and a quarter other ethnicities. The Indianapolis campus also has 50 percent Black…

The seminary’s sixth leader, David Emmanuel Goatley is an academic, pastor, and missions agency leader rooted in the Black church. Fuller Theological Seminary, the largest Protestant interdenominational seminary in the country, named Black church theologian and missions leader David Emmanuel Goatley its next president. Goatley, who leaves a post at Duke Divinity School to begin in January, says he wants to counter the “partisan poison” he sees in American evangelicalism, and turn students’ eyes to the testimonies of the global church. And like presidents in higher education everywhere, he also faces the problem of declining enrollment. He will be the…

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In her seven-decade reign, she spoke regularly of the importance of her personal faith. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96. Throughout the course of her unprecedented reign, Queen Elizabeth II spoke frequently about her personal Christian faith. Delivering her first Christmas Address in 1952, a tradition started by her grandfather, King George V, the Queen requested prayer for her upcoming coronation. “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me on that day,” she said, “to pray that God may give me wisdom and…

“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

“This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”

Only walking in the Spirit can renew our fleshly thinking into a kingdom mindset. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Have you ever said something and then, moments later, cringed with shame as you replayed it in your mind? If so, you’ll know the sort of feeling I had a couple weeks ago. I was talking with an expert on social media polarization who was not a Christian. She made an insightful and compelling case about why so much radical, crazy content gets traction, including within the church. The algorithms recognize, she said, how emotions work….

Dear Friend, I recently noticed in a Scottish newspaper a letter from a Free Church minister in which he maintained that an increase in ferry breakdowns is a sign of “God’s displeasure” for sailing between the mainland and the islands on Sundays. The Free Church is calling on the ferry operators to “cease their breaking of the Lord’s Day for the sake of their business and the community as a whole” because it is the desecration of the Sabbath! It got me thinking about the fourth commandment. You may be interested to learn that I regularly hear from Seventh-day Adventists…

More and more, it’s causing broken relationships, burnout, and anxiety. But that doesn’t mean we’re called to “let go and let God.” Over the past few years, I started noticing a pattern in my life. If my housemates didn’t wash their dishes quickly enough, I would jump in and do them myself. If my fiancé didn’t communicate weekend plans enough in advance, I would barrage him with a half-dozen ideas and desires. If my boss started micromanaging me, I retreated into insecurity and passivity. If the circumstances in my life felt chaotic, I would focus extra attention on diet and…

Scientific data suggests that singing in community reshapes our physical selves and our corporate connections. One of the curious results of the COVID-19 lockdown back in 2020 was the opportunity to experiment with what I might call “soul only” worship. This approach prioritizes the invisible activities of the heart and mind over and against the visible activities of the body. According to this mindset, the “real” action of worship takes place in our immaterial spirits, not in these very earthy frames. But that’s not how God has designed us as human beings, nor how the Spirit of God has wired…

Christians are divided over whether Biden’s promise to cancel student debt is ethical and just from a scriptural standpoint. Once President Joe Biden followed up on his promise to cancel $10,000 to $20,000 per borrower in student loan debt for eligible households, Christians responded by invoking a host of biblical references from Old Testament concepts like jubilee to the parables of Jesus in the New Testament. Over a two-day period last week, searches for debt-related topics surged to 20 times above average on BibleGateway. Four verses—for and against loan forgiveness—were the top-gaining passages on the site: Exodus 22:25 — “If…

The gospel message redeemed my childhood pain. Over the last several years, the abuse crisis has brought the phrase trauma informed into our sanctuaries and homes. Pastors and layleaders are learning to understand trauma alongside the victims in their midst. Families and friends are doing it too. But what does awareness actually mean, and where does it start? In my experience, those who’ve experienced injury often struggle with realizing something simple: It’s not my fault. As a pastor, I’ve had many conversations with congregants who’ve been subjected to various kinds of serious abuse. Somehow in the process, they’ve internalized responsibility…

On national independence day, evangelical leaders reflect upon their answered and unanswered petitions to God. On the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion, today Ukraine marked a somber national holiday. Last year on August 24, large crowds flooded Kyiv to celebrate 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union. For year 31, Ukrainians were ordered indoors—yet remain defiant. “On Feb. 24, we were told: You have no chance,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky, encouraging the nation. “On Aug. 24, we say: Happy Independence Day, Ukraine!” President Joe Biden also bolstered Ukrainian spirits with an announcement of $3 billion in new military aid….

Hundreds of churches bless the world’s largest democracy as India celebrates 75 years of independence amid its many growing pains. After 75 years of independence, Christians in India are proud to be part of the world’s largest democracy. But they also know it could use lots of prayer. So on Sunday, hundreds of Protestant and Orthodox churches dedicated 30 minutes of their worship services to 40 prayer points, seeking God’s blessing for their nation as well as peace and prosperity in Indian society. The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) launched the National Day of Prayer (NDOP) six years ago, joined…