Church ‘Homelessness’ Must Not Be Grieved Too Quickly
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It’s okay to mourn what’s lost without losing hope for what’s to come. This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here. In his New York Times column this week, my friend David French wrote about what it was like to be “canceled” by his denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America. He later told me how stunned he was by how many people responded immediately—grieving their own “cancellations” from churches or ministries they’d loved and served. I was not surprised at all. Most people, of course, aren’t canceled in the way we typically use that word, but in a way more ..read more
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You Abused and Oppressed Me, Dad. I Forgive You.
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How a community’s example of radical forgiveness helped me relinquish my own rage. Father’s Day is a multibillion-dollar affair. In the weeks leading up to it, men’s ties, BBQ aprons, and golf-themed gifts fly off the shelves. My own view on Father’s Day has a complicated history. After an abusive, impoverished childhood (detailed in my recent memoir, Motorhome Prophecies), I sometimes felt an anger toward my dad as intense as what Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist painter, felt toward his own father. I first fell in love with this brilliant artist while visiting a museum dedicated to his ..read more
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Paternity Leave Made Me a Better Christian Dad
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Time off at the very beginning helps fathers prepare to bring up their children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord.” When our first daughter was born, in the fall of 2021, she couldn’t nurse properly. For my wife, feeding her was an every-few-hours exercise in pure pain. Lactation consultants were consulted, to little avail; a minor tongue-tie operation, newly trendy in such cases, didn’t help either. We thought about switching to formula, but my wife was dead set on seeing nursing through. So we triple-fed: She would nurse the baby through gritted teeth for as long as she could s ..read more
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Faithful Fathers
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Reports of the death of fatherhood have been greatly exaggerated. There are many good dads, like mine, quietly blessing their children. Problems with fathers are nothing new. They go back to the beginning. Genesis alone is a vast catalog of fathers’ sins, whether those of Adam, Noah, and Lot, or the patriarchs themselves. What about good fathers, though? Here is C. S. Lewis, writing in the 1940s: We have learned from Freud and others about those distortions in character and errors in thought which result from a man’s early conflicts with his father. Far the most important thing we can know a ..read more
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PCA Will Investigate ‘Jesus Calling’ Book
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The author of the bestseller died last year. The investigation will determine if the book is appropriate for Christians. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) at its annual meeting on Thursday voted to investigate the Christian appropriateness of the best-selling book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, who was part of the PCA and died in August last year at age 77. Young was one of the most-read evangelicals of the last 20 years. Pastors in the denomination are concerned that Young’s use of the voice of Jesus in the book undermines the concept of sola Scriptura and might amount to heresy. The b ..read more
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Interview: A Writer’s Creative Calling Isn’t Found in the Middle of a Crowd
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Award-winning author E. Lily Yu speaks about her faith, her deep love of language, and the perils of “moving with the majority.” E. Lily Yu is that rare creature: a writer of exceptional skill who is grounded in faith, literary history, and a lifetime of reading. Her short story collection Jewel Box was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, her novel On Fragile Waves won the Washington State Book Award for fiction, and Yu herself has received the LaSalle Storyteller Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. Her stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturge ..read more
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3 Ways I’ve Learned to Support China’s Christians Better as an American Pastor
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Don’t let political rivalry define our perspectives of each other. I serve as senior pastor of a medium-sized church in Cary, North Carolina. Besides being multicultural and multiethnic, we are also politically diverse: There are Democrats, Republicans, and many politically “homeless” people who have a difficult time identifying with either party. This year, like many pastors and church leaders in the United States, I find myself yet again leading my congregation through a season of deep division over the political future of our country. But I have received valuable lessons in navigating thes ..read more
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Southern Baptists’ Nuanced Divides on Display at Annual Meeting
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From a wider slate of six candidates, president Clint Pressley takes the “strange honor” of leading the convention’s growing factions toward missional unity. In the weeks before the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, newly elected president Clint Pressley finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s book on precision bombing in World War II, Erik Larson’s bestseller set in the lead-up to the Civil War, and a history of a 19th-century mutiny on a Royal Navy vessel. A few years ago, these stories could have been a metaphor for the convention. Back then, an even more conservative wing had e ..read more
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Why Does Southern Baptist Abuse Reform Keep Hitting Hurdles?
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Leaders and advocates are grateful for the convention’s support but frustrated at the inability to enact their plans. Jules Woodson remembers the spark of hope she felt when a sea of yellow ballots went up across the hall at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in 2022. The vote in favor of abuse reform following a watershed abuse investigation was her sign that the messengers cared about victims like her and were willing to listen and make changes. At this year’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, the recommendations on abuse reform passed again, with another wave of thousands o ..read more
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Charisma and Its Companions
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Church movements need magnetic leaders. But the best leaders need more than charm. Emad is an exception in many says. He grew up in a massive slum but rose to be the branch manager of a bank in a capital city. Most people in his area are Muslim and animist, but Emad’s devout Christian mother instilled in him a passion to reach the lost for Christ. This was at odds with the local church he pastored, where he found the believers to be uninterested in evangelism. After a few years of pastoral “failure,” Emad (a pseudonym) found himself dejectedly prayer-walking a dusty side street. There, he fel ..read more
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