February (Web-only) 2024

Don’t Overexpose Kids to Mental Health Experts. Or Rule Them Out Completely.
Don’t Overexpose Kids to Mental Health Experts. Or Rule Them Out Completely.
Abigail Shrier’s critique of childhood therapy mixes a needful corrective with ideological hyperbole.
The Meek Inherit Nothing in ‘Dune: Part Two’
The Meek Inherit Nothing in ‘Dune: Part Two’
What happens when a savior chooses not a cross but a sword?
‘Dune’ Centers Islamic Imagery. These Muslim-World Novels Center Christ.
‘Dune’ Centers Islamic Imagery. These Muslim-World Novels Center Christ.
Drawing from their long experience in the Islamic world, evangelical novelists pen fiction to help Muslims and Americans better see Jesus.
‘Hell Is a World Without You’ Revisits Early 2000s Youth Group
‘Hell Is a World Without You’ Revisits Early 2000s Youth Group
Journalist Jason Kirk discusses his new novel, turn-of-the-century evangelicalism, and deconstruction.
Does Naming and Shaming Help the Cause of Indian Christians?
Does Naming and Shaming Help the Cause of Indian Christians?
Local and international activists discuss Voice of the Martyrs escalating the country’s religious freedom status to “restricted nation.”
Wang Zhiming: Miao Martyr Memorialized in Westminster Abbey
Wang Zhiming: Miao Martyr Memorialized in Westminster Abbey
He was tortured for his faith but remained steadfast through the Cultural Revolution.
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God Whispers to a Restless and Grief-Stricken Heart
God Whispers to a Restless and Grief-Stricken Heart
An excerpt on doubt, despair, and restoration from Land of My Sojourn: The Landscape of a Faith Lost and Found.
Picture Jesus: Is He Shiny?
Picture Jesus: Is He Shiny?
Christ’s resplendence in the Transfiguration says more than we think.
Gender Difference Is Real, but Too Complex to Spell Out All the Specifics
Gender Difference Is Real, but Too Complex to Spell Out All the Specifics
A theologian articulates an Augustinian alternative to the reigning perspectives on nature and culture.
The True Master of the Elements
The True Master of the Elements
Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender speaks to a longing C.S. Lewis described—and can remind us of our promises in Christ.
Can ‘Dirty Money’ Do the Lord’s Work? Indonesian Christians Weigh In
Can ‘Dirty Money’ Do the Lord’s Work? Indonesian Christians Weigh In
How churches and ministries in Indonesia navigate accepting—and refunding—donations from corruption and other sources that conflict with biblical ethics.
‘Continue to Remember’ the Suffering in Ukraine
‘Continue to Remember’ the Suffering in Ukraine
Christians should be known for uplifting the afflicted before a distracted world.
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Like-Minded, Not Like Me
Like-Minded, Not Like Me
Birds of a feather might flock together, but Christians must flock to Christ.
God Says My Afro Hair Is Very Good
God Says My Afro Hair Is Very Good
An excerpt on identity, hope, and glory from My Divine Natural Hair: Inspiration and Tips to Love and Care for Your Crown.
What a Murdered Russian Dissident Can Teach Us About Moral Courage
What a Murdered Russian Dissident Can Teach Us About Moral Courage
Alexei Navalny was willing to stand alone—knowing he’d never be alone in the bigger story.
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He Enzheng: Female Missionary Pioneer in Xinjiang
He Enzheng: Female Missionary Pioneer in Xinjiang
Her faith and sacrifices have inspired many Chinese Christians to devote their lives to mission in the Muslim region.
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Doubt Is a Ladder, Not a Home
Doubt Is a Ladder, Not a Home
Churches should welcome questions. That doesn’t require embracing perpetual doubt.
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The Quest for a Good Children’s Bible
The Quest for a Good Children’s Bible
A children’s ministry veteran explains where kids’ Bibles tend to go wrong—and highlights a few that get it right.
Big, Big Market: Why CCM Filled ’80s and ’90s Homes
Big, Big Market: Why CCM Filled ’80s and ’90s Homes
Recent histories, documentaries, and devotionals prompt fans to look back—and perhaps learn some lessons—from the genre’s heyday.
The Fault in Our Norms
The Fault in Our Norms
How do you decide what should be normal in a secularized, fragmented society?
‘God & Country’ Preaches to the Choir
‘God & Country’ Preaches to the Choir
Rob Reiner’s documentary makes a strong case against political extremism in the name of Christ—for those who already agree.
How a Radio Current Jolted a Christian Leader into Staying in Ministry
How a Radio Current Jolted a Christian Leader into Staying in Ministry
After an accident on a radio tower, Federico Magbanua went on to inspire a generation of pastors in the Philippines.
How Contemporary Christian Music Explains American Christianity
How Contemporary Christian Music Explains American Christianity
When the CCM business model faltered, it gave way to what sells even better: politics and fearmongering.
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Try to Talk Before You Go
Try to Talk Before You Go
Cutting off “toxic” people is social media’s go-to mental health advice. But Jesus commands us to seek conversation and reconciliation.
Are the Prayers of Righteous Fans Powerful and Effective?
Are the Prayers of Righteous Fans Powerful and Effective?
Ministry leaders—and Africa Cup football fanatics—from six nations weigh in on God’s role in sports.
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How the Church Can Help Black Women Heal
How the Church Can Help Black Women Heal
Being a “strong Black woman” was my badge of honor, until it almost killed me.
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My Students Are Reading John Mark Comer, and Now I Know Why
My Students Are Reading John Mark Comer, and Now I Know Why
The popular pastor’s latest works inhabit a fruitful tension between inheriting church tradition and rebuilding it for today’s world.
Florence Li Tim-Oi: The First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion
Florence Li Tim-Oi: The First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion
The Western church regards her highly, but some Chinese Christians struggle with her affinity for socialist ideology and betrayal of coworkers in Mao’s era.
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How We Learned to Hate Genocide
How We Learned to Hate Genocide
Caesar boasted of thousands of civilian deaths. Christianity is the reason we mourn even one.
Christ and Cancel Culture
Christ and Cancel Culture
A lesson from the Alistair Begg controversy.
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‘I Nosedived into Christianity’: How a President’s Daughter Found Jesus
‘I Nosedived into Christianity’: How a President’s Daughter Found Jesus
Once broken and desperate, Jerika Ejercito—daughter of former Philippine president Estrada—now wants to help others find wholeness.
A Call to ‘Wake Up’ 50 Years After Malaysia’s Bario Revival
A Call to ‘Wake Up’ 50 Years After Malaysia’s Bario Revival
A revival spread in a small tribal village in 1973. Its impact is still being felt today.
The Data-Backed Case for Marriage
The Data-Backed Case for Marriage
Brad Wilcox’s Get Married debunks misguided conventional wisdom and offers both challenge and hope to Christian singles.
UPCOMING WEBINAR - Black Leadership Lessons from across the Disciplines
Learn With Black Leaders - Upcoming Webinar
Celebrate Black History Month with a panel of church leaders as they discuss leadership, hospitality, faith, and the future of the church.
Family, Dumplings, and Jesus? Christians Navigate Mongolian New Year
Family, Dumplings, and Jesus? Christians Navigate Mongolian New Year
Believers are learning how to celebrate and evangelize amid Tsagaan Sar's Buddhism-infused rituals.
What Toby Keith Taught Us About the Songs We Need
What Toby Keith Taught Us About the Songs We Need
Angry Christians require angry songs—or better yet, angry psalms.
Tucker Carlson Interviewed Putin. Ukraine’s Evangelicals Explain More.
Tucker Carlson Interviewed Putin. Ukraine’s Evangelicals Explain More.
Following the former Fox News host’s attempt to probe the Russian president’s religious mindset, CT highlights the accumulated perspectives of local Christian leaders since the war began.
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Reading the Old Testament Through Ancient Egyptian Eyes
Reading the Old Testament Through Ancient Egyptian Eyes
Learning about the land of Pharaoh helps us understand the people of Israel in their context.
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The Cross Is Poetically Profound. But Prose Can Help Us See It Clearly.
The Cross Is Poetically Profound. But Prose Can Help Us See It Clearly.
Brian Zahnd’s meditation on cruciformity is theologically rich, but sometimes theologically risky.
The Selfish Ambition of Our Immigration Debate
The Selfish Ambition of Our Immigration Debate
Migrants, border states, and sanctuary cities alike are suffering because of our leaders’ spiteful rivalries.
What’s the Impact of Asbury’s Outpouring? John the Baptist Offers 3 Lessons
What’s the Impact of Asbury’s Outpouring? John the Baptist Offers 3 Lessons
How the prophet’s ministry helps us understand what may come next a year after revival broke out.
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The Case for a Journalism Tithe
The Case for a Journalism Tithe
Not a literal 10 percent—but the long Christian tradition of patronage of truth-seeking writers and artists is worth preserving.
Work Matters to God Because We Matter
Work Matters to God Because We Matter
The creation mandate fills a hole in the faith and work movement.
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Even Atheist Chinese Scholars Admire Alvin Plantinga
Even Atheist Chinese Scholars Admire Alvin Plantinga
The analytical philosopher’s Reformed epistemology is greatly helpful for Christian apologetics and theological education in China.
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All Hail the Power of … Stage Lighting?
All Hail the Power of … Stage Lighting?
Our congregations should be formed by the Word, not by the flashiest technology.
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From Painting Sean Connery to Writing Hit Indonesian Worship Songs
From Painting Sean Connery to Writing Hit Indonesian Worship Songs
When a hand tremor ended Herry Priyonggo’s career painting movie posters at 22, he turned the pain into singing. Now God has led him back to the canvas.
Jesus Freaks in the Taylor Swift Era
Jesus Freaks in the Taylor Swift Era
Blessed are those who are weird for righteousness’ sake, not just dabbling in baseless conspiracy theories about a pop star and the NFL.
Alistair Begg Meets the Politically Correct
Alistair Begg Meets the Politically Correct
How to love our LGBTQ family members is a difficult issue. But mob mentality is always a betrayal of Christ.
God Called Him to Preach with a Broken Heart
God Called Him to Preach with a Broken Heart
Preaching legend and longtime professor Robert Smith Jr. is retiring after years of scholarship, accolades, and personal loss.

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The Evil Ideas Behind October 7
The Evil Ideas Behind October 7
The Hamas attacks in Israel have a grotesque ideological history and deserve unflinching moral judgment.

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