There is a reason I said God’s “Will(s)” (plural) instead of God’s “will” (singular). My focus in this installment of 10 things you should know is the question of whether or not there are two senses in which God may be said to “will” something.
Finding men of faith in the NFL is not hard to do. It is a profession of intense stress and high risk. For the majority of the players, it is a life spent on the bubble and on the move. For some, religion serves as a source of comfort and stability. With the Eagles, you don't have to look far to find players who point to faith as playing a primary role in their lives.
For far too many years and decades and even centuries, another pure whiteness has silently descended on our Western church families, blanketing our Advent celebrations and our Christmas Eve services, not to mention our 52 other Sunday morning services throughout the year. For far too long, as America has diversified beautifully, Christmas in so many American churches has stayed far too white.
Russell Moore is many things, but he is not a useful idiot for the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party. He has undoubtedly become the most prominent and credible spokesman for small-o orthodox Christianity in the public square than any other church leader, including Catholics and other non-Protestants. Why? Because he’s nobody’s man but Christ’s — and what a rare thing that is among senior Christian leaders who engage in politics and public policy.
Throughout the year Barna Research has been tracking these trends and attempting to make sense of American public opinion. We conduct tens of thousands of interviews every year, and much of that research is released online, so to celebrate the end of 2016 we’ve compiled our top 10 most-read articles of the year from our website:
For Christianity Today’s pastoral resources, this was a year of transitions. After 36 years serving pastors with remarkable ministry insight, Leadership Journal published its final issue in January. But its legacy (and entire catalog of articles) lives on here at CTPastors.com. Through this transition, we’ve been able to feature a bounty of wisdom and tools for working pastors, written by some of the most thoughtful, humble, and hard-working church leaders I’ve ever met.
Advent, followed by Christmas is a season of anticipation and hope. Israel’s hope for the coming Messiah culminates in the birth of Jesus, the Messiah or Christ. It is fitting in this season to consider the importance of hope in human experience. Tim Keller in Making Sense of God devotes a chapter to hope … a hope that can face anything.
What does a family Christmas look like after a divisive election? A little over a month out from the 2016 elections, this is the question I’ve been thinking about recently. As many Americans travel home to see family, many of you are bound to be on the receiving end of heated political conversations. Some of you may be visiting family who are upset about how you voted.
It’s that time of year again, folks. It’s time for the War on Christmas. What is that, you may ask? The short answer: a sometimes histrionic yuletide debate over whether the United States is a country that respects Christianity. For the longer answer, keep reading.
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When members leave [the church] for insufficient reason, the fellowship of the church is broken, its witness is weakened, and the peace and unity of the congregation are sacrificed. Tragically, a superficial understanding of church membership undermines our witness to the gospel of Christ.