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Listen to Morgan Freeman Read the Final Words of Rep. John Lewis | RELEVANT Magazine

On Thursday, Rep. John Lewis was laid to rest after 80 years of astonishing work of fighting for liberation and equality a journey that took him from the jail cells of Nashville, Tennessee to the House of Representatives, where he served Georgia for 17 terms. He left a legacy of “good trouble” and was,... Read more

Should Christians Pledge Allegiance? | RELEVANT Magazine

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran September during the NFL season. This week, the conversation around protests was renewed after Lebron James and other NBA players and coaches took a knee ahead of their games in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as a way of protesting racist police brutality. President Donald Trump tweeted... Read more

Ryan Coogler’s Fred Hampton Biopic Has a New Name: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Charles D. King (Just Mercy) have been behind some of Hollywood’s most stirring movies about the Black experience in recent years, and now they’re teaming up for a new biopic that promises to be every bit as interesting.Judas and the Black Messiahwill tell the true story of the Fred... Read more

The Heresy of Nationalism | RELEVANT Magazine

God doesn’t bless America. That’s not how this works. I’m sorry to break it to you, Bible Belt Christians—but that’s just how it is. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1483483577563-0'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptAdSlots[0]]); }); I know this kind of wrecks the convenient narrative you’ve been working for the past 60 or so years (and hitting especially hard the past 18... Read more

Seeing and Believing 258 | Dave Franco’s The Rental and Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place

This week, Seeing & Believing kicks off a new series on film noir! Our “Summer of Darkness” begins in a slightly unconventional place with the Humphrey Bogart-starring In a Lonely Place, about a hotheaded screenwriter whose romance with a neighbor hits a rough patch when the police accuse him of murder. The thing is, maybe... Read more

Jen Hatmaker and the Made-to-Order Gospel

A. W. Tozer once wrote about the problems he saw in the Christianity of his day. To counteract the phrases and mottos that on the surface look great but are not rooted in Scripture or that mostly bolster ones self-image, he suggested that Christians demand scriptural proof from every teacher for their teachings. Nearly 60... Read more

Shea Serranos Joy Ride – Christ and Pop Culture

Shea Serrano spent today dreaming up new ways to make you smile. The New York Timesbestselling author cant help ithe transmits joy like an antenna issues radio waves. Whether on the page, or in rapid-fire tweets dispersed to his 385,000 followers, the San Antonio native revels in the small things. Except, for Serrano, everything is... Read more

A Southern Baptist Pastor Has Resigned After Attending a Celebration for the Founder of the KKK | RELEVANT Magazine

Alabama State Representative Will Dismukes has said he will not resign from politics after it was revealed that he attended a celebration for Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder the Ku Klux Klan. However, the Washington Post reports that he will be stepping down from leadership at the rural Alabama church where he... Read more

John Kingston: 2020 Could Be the Beginning of an American Comeback | RELEVANT Magazine

John Kingston’s journey for public office took him on a journey through America. While gunning for the U.S. Senate seat held by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kingston was introduced to thousands of Americans experiencing pain, disillusion, anger and resentment. And while a lot of that energy tends to get poured into politics right now, Kingston... Read more

Henry Louis Gates Is Making a Documentary About the Black Church for PBS | RELEVANT Magazine

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a literary critic and academic who’s become well known as the host of the popularFinding Your Rootsseries, in which public figures and big names explore their ancestral histories often to surprising results. Now he’s turning his attention to a new documentary for PBS calledThe Black Church, which will study... Read more

Study: The Bible Is a Source of Both Confidence and Confusion for Churchgoers | RELEVANT Magazine

While most regular churchgoers agree that the Bible has the answer for doubts and spiritual questions they have, about half also say they have a hard time understanding the Bible when they read it alone. That’s according to a new poll from Lifeway Research, in partnership withExplore the Bible. They found that 57 percent... Read more

John Ortberg Has Stepped Down From Leadership at Menlo Church | RELEVANT Magazine

Popular author and speaker John Ortberg has resigned from his position at Menlo Church, the San Francisco megachurch he has led for nearly two decades. The resignation follows revelations about his handling of a church volunteer who had admitted an attraction to children. I have considered my seventeen years as pastor here to be... Read more

‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Are Preparing to Imprison George R. R. Martin | RELEVANT Magazine

Game of Thronesfans were widely disappointed with the lazy, shoddy final season of HBO’s mega-hit fantasy series, but there was some solace in the fact that George R. R. Martin, theSong of Ice and Fireauthor who provided the show’s source material was working on his own grand finale. Winds of Winter, the next installment... Read more

The 5 Friends You Need to Stay in Touch With Right Now | RELEVANT Magazine

“Social distancing” is poor phrase for what we’re going through right now. What it meansis good people should be physically distancing themselves to protect each other from COVID-19. But socially, we need to be closer than ever lovingly pouring into each other through whatever safe means we can. That can mean Zoom, backyards or... Read more

What Happens When Gods Timing Doesnt Make Sense? | RELEVANT Magazine

Taylor is a 33-year-old working on her masters in nutrition. Shes fielding several promising job opportunities, but shes starting to get anxious about marriage. Its been several years since her last serious relationship, and most of her close friends have been married for a few years now. Shes excited about the future, but shes... Read more

Star Trek: Discoverys Christopher Pike: An Old-Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Times – Christ and Pop Culture

**Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Season Two ofStar Trek: Discovery.** What are the three most salient facts about Captain Pike? asks Spock (Ethan Peck), in the Star Trek: Short Treks episode, Q&A. Rebecca Romijns Number One considers his words, then replies: One, his capacity for hearing out another point of view is exceeded... Read more

Remixed Religiosity in Our (Still Very) Religious Culture

Since the Enlightenment, it’s often been said that a decrease in religious adherence is coupled with a decrease in superstition. Where religions fade, reason, science, and progress take root. In recent years, however, such theses have been taken to task. As religions and their creeds are maligned in secular society, so too are all institutions... Read more

‘Watchmen’ Leads the Way in This Year’s Emmy Nominees | RELEVANT Magazine

There’s more than one reason it’ll be an unusual year at the Emmys. In addition to well, everything Emmy favorites likeGame of ThronesandVeephave moved onto greener pastures, clearing the way for newer shows to make some award show waves. The Mandalorian, Insecure and Schitt’s Creekall got a lot of attention this year.OzarkandSuccessiongot 18 nominations... Read more

Uh, Eric Metaxas Said That Jesus Was White? | RELEVANT Magazine

Eric Metaxas is a Christian radio show host who achieved some level of goodwill for his work onVeggieTalesand a popular (if historically dubious) biography about the life of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. But these days he’s better known for being an online provocateur who spreads contrarian and sometimes downright dangerous takes on race, religion and patriotism.... Read more

A Doctor Promoted by Trump Is Also Concerned About the Side Effects of Having Sex With Demons | RELEVANT Magazine

Stella Immanuel is a Houston doctor who’s become a minor celebrity on more conspiratorial internet corners, largely for espousing her contrarian views about the effectiveness of masks in stopping the spread of the coronavirus and praising the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. Both of beliefs have been debunked by the overwhelming majority healthcare... Read more

Max Lucado: If You’re Feeling Stuck, It’s Time to Make a Change | RELEVANT Magazine

On a trip to the United Kingdom, our family visited a castle. In the center of the castle garden sat a maze. Row after row of shoulder high hedges, leading to one dead end after another. Successfully navigate the labyrinth and youll discover the door to a tall tower in the center of the... Read more

When Dating Becomes an Idol | RELEVANT Magazine

My favorite nickname is JHarmony, an ode to my unrelenting capacity to talk about relationships. Some might call me obsessed. But actually its not dating or being in a relationship that Im obsessed with. Its how we navigate this area of our lives. Whenever Im discipling young leaders or speaking to young adults, its... Read more

Yvonne Orji: ‘I Cant Even Mention My Foray into Entertainment Without Mentioning God’ | RELEVANT Magazine

If youve seen HBOs hit comedy Insecure, then youll know what Yvonne Orji means when she calls her character Molly a beautiful mess. Shes a driven 30-something with a promiscuous, and oftentimes, hilarious romantic life. However, in many ways, the at-times scandalous scene-stealing character couldnt be more different than the Nigerian-American actress who plays... Read more

How to Train Your Dragon: Revision, Restoration, and Edenic Longing – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. In 2010, I was warned to stay far away from a newly released movie containing dangerous revisionist history. The movie was How to Train Your Dragonthe story of a boy who befriends a dragon... Read more

As Adoption Ages: How Parents Are Handling Teen Challenges

When Vanita Thomas met her future husband, Peter, for the first time, she asked if he would be interested in adopting a child with her. It wasnt a premature questiontheir marriage was arranged, and their first meeting was meant to see if they were compatible. Potential future children were important to discuss. But it was... Read more

Rep. Ted Yoho Has Been Removed From the Board of a Christian Charity Following His Vulgar Remark to AOC | RELEVANT Magazine

Bread for the World, the Christian advocacy group led by Eugene Cho, asked Rep. Ted Yoho to resign from its Board of Directors after he reportedly called Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez a f****** b****. The group said they made the decision to ask for Yoho’s resignation out of a desire to affirm our commitment to... Read more

Google Will Let All Employees Work From Home Until at Least Next Summer | RELEVANT Magazine

Google has previously said that all its employees will be working from home until the end of the year. But in a sign that large companies are coming to terms with the scope of the pandemic, Google has now announced that its employees will be allowed to work from home until “at least” July... Read more

Malcolm Gladwell: How I Rediscovered Faith | RELEVANT Magazine

When I was writing my book David and Goliath, I went to see a woman in Winnipeg by the name of Wilma Derksen. Thirty years before, her teenage daughter, Candace, had disappeared on her way home from school. The city had launched the largest manhunt in its history, and after a week, Candaces body... Read more

John MacArthur Is Drawing Scrutiny After Holding a Church Service in Defiance of Local Orders | RELEVANT Magazine

Famed pastor, author and theologian John MacArthur conducted services before a packed congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California in defiance of local social distancing orders. In a blog post, MacArthur wrote that California’s ban on in-person church services a ban which includes restaurants, bars, fitness centers, hair salons, barbershops and other... Read more

The United States of Privilege | RELEVANT Magazine

Say a space alien teleports into a classroom on a college campus. “Greetings,” he says to the stunned students. “I’m interested in studying life on your world and want to stay here a while.” Then he asks a question. “I want to enjoy my time here, so what features should I have to be successful... Read more