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U.S. Ambassador Brownback on Chinas High-Tech Persecution of Uighurs

The worlds most technologically sophisticated genocide is happening in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, say Rayhan Asat and Yonah Diamond in a recent article for Foreign Policy. According to Asat and Diamond, The Uighurs [pronounced Wee-grz] have been suffering under the most advanced police state, with extensive controls and restrictions on every aspect of lifereligious,... Read more

Celebrating the ADA at 30and What Really Changes Hearts

Thirty years ago, when I was a member of the National Council on Disability, I was thrilled to see the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For too long, Americans with disabilities had been dealing with significant barriers to jobs, public transportation, and public accommodations. The year before, our Council had worked hard... Read more

COVID-19 Is Disrupting Americans Engagement with Scripture

The Story: A recent survey reveals how COVID-19s disruption of in-person church attendance is directly impacting Scripture reading. The Background: At the beginning of 2020, polling by the American Bible Society and Barna Group found that Scripture engagement by adults in the U.S. had risen to 70.9 million, its highest level since measurement by the... Read more

The Uighurs of China: A People in Peril

The Uighurs (pronounced “Wee-gers”) are a Central Asian people group relatively unknown to the Western world. The majority of them live in northwest China, in an area known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, which is their ancestral homeland. Xinjiang is home to about 10 million Uighurs. In ethnolinguistic terms, the Uighurs are a Turkic... Read more

The Evangelistic Power of Listening and Asking

When’s the last time you shared the gospel with someone, my friend Claire asked me recently. Not just talked about Jesus but really told someone the gospel story? Well, its been a while. In some ways, this feels like the wrong season for evangelizing. During the past two months in my city, weve had riots,... Read more

Don Carson Pays Tribute to J. I. Packer

James Innell Packer, known in his writings as J. I. Packer and by his friends as Jim, has today learned by experience what the apostle meant when he said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, which is far better. His influence on worldwide evangelicalism, especially through his... Read more

J. I. Packers Final Words to the Church

A self-described Puritan, theological exegete, and latter-day catechist, J. I. Packer for more than half a century of public ministry was a great popularizer of reformational theology through his writing and teaching ministry. He died at age 93. My Phone Call With the audacity of a 20-something, I picked up the phone and gave Packer... Read more

J. I. Packer: A Personal Appreciation from Ray Ortlund

Our dear friend, James Innell Packer, has been released from this life. Many of us will feel, as I do, deep personal loss. We will miss himand for good reason. Packer embodied the personal characteristics and ministry ideals we evangelicals most revere. He was saintly and sensible, brilliant and practical, faithful and peaceable, courageous and... Read more

J. I. Packer, Devotional Theologian and Churchman

It’s not unheard of to sleep badly the night before preaching. This night, however, was particularly bad. I was still only a few weeks into regular Sunday preaching, and I had a particularly complex passage to expound. I wasnt entirely sure Id understood the passage correctly. Id rewritten the sermon a number of times. I... Read more

Jim Packer: Man of Immutable Integrity

There are two autographed items sitting on my desk at home, each a reflection of a dominant passion in my life. The first is a baseball, signed by my boyhood hero Mickey Mantle. To Sam. Best Wishes, and Merry Christmas. Mickey Mantle. Many years ago, my wife had a young lady in her class at... Read more

The Supreme Courts 15-Case Winning Streak on Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court closed out its most recent term last week with three significant victories for religious libertycontinuing a ten year series of wins for religious freedom. Religious freedom is on a massive, decade-long winning streak at the Supreme Court, says Luke Goodrich, a religious liberty lawyer at Becket. This 15-case winning streak hits every... Read more

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Glenna Marshall

On My Shelfhelps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Glenna Marshallauthor of Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World (Crossway/TGC, 2020) and blogger at glennamarshall.comabout what’s on her nightstand, favorite fiction books, influential biographies, and more. What’s on your nightstand... Read more

Should Facial Recognition Be Used in Policing?

Earlier this year, The New York Times broke the story and raised public awareness of a little-known facial recognition startup called Clearview AI, which sells their controversial technology to over 600 law enforcement agencies and police units around the nation. CEO Hon Ton-That says the benefits of the technology include allowing police to identify criminals... Read more

The Disregarded Door to Racial Reconciliation

Humanity has a deeply rooted desire for peace. Vocalists sing about it. Poets express their longing for it. Nations fight wars to secure it. Yet establishing peace between individuals, communities, and nations often seems like an elusive dream. It’s so difficult to achieve, in fact, that we can be fooled into believing we have peace... Read more

Supreme Court Delivers Two More Victories for Religious Liberty

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court delivered two more victoriesone narrow and one broadfor religious liberty. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on two important cases involving religious liberty The first case was Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Catholic group Little... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Supreme Court

Later this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release several potentially blockbuster decisions covering such issues as birth control, ministerial exceptions, and religious rights. Here are nine things you should know about the most important court in the federal judiciary. 1. Article III of the U.S. Constitution establishes the federal judiciary, stating that... Read more

How to Flourish Amid Moral Chaos and Outrage

Were in crisis. Currently this includes health, cultural, racial, and economic realities. Jonathan Dodsonpastor in Austin, Texas, and founder of Gospel-Centered Discipleshipargues in Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes that were also in a moral crisis. We struggle to distinguish good from evil. Our moral discernment barometer oscillates like a metronome. Should... Read more

Does American Patriotism Have a Place in Worship Services?

The Story: A majority of pastors believe its important to incorporate patriotic elements in worship services during July Fourth weekend. Yet a majority also believe their congregation sometimes seems to love America more than God. The Background: A survey by LifeWay Research finds that six in 10 Protestant pastors (61 percent) say its important for... Read more

4 Reasons to Wear a Mask, Even if You Hate It

I dont like wearing face masks. They fog up my sunglasses and make my beard itch. Its hard to talk intelligibly through them and nearly impossible to pick up nonverbal facial expressions that add vital texture to conversation. I have a growing collection of masks, but none of them fits great, I dont know where... Read more

Supreme Court: Religious Liberty Is Winningand the Pro-Life Cause Is Losing

The Story: In two rulings released this week, the Supreme Court signaled a pattern of preventing restrictions on both religious liberty and also abortion. The Background: The court issued rulings this week on important cases involving restrictions on abortion and on religious liberty. The abortion case was June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. In 2014,... Read more

5 Novels Christians Should Read

What makes a work of literature worth recommending to Christian readers? Writing 20 years before the birth of Christ, the Roman author Horace bequeathed a twofold criterion for determining the worth of a work of literature that has stood the test of time. Posterity has most often used the words wisdom and delight to capture... Read more

Americans Dont See Human Life as SacredBut See Humanity as Basically Good

The Story: A new study finds that a majority of Americans no longer believe human life has intrinsic value, with six out of ten rejecting the idea that human life is sacred. Yet a majority also say that humans are basically good. The Background: According to new research from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona... Read more

Another Unconvincing Case for Egalitarianism

Andrew Bartlett states the premise and purpose of his new book, Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts, at the outset: Bible-based Christianity is threatened with a needless schism. Devout believers line up under rival banners emblazoned “complementarian” and “egalitarian.” . . . The purpose of this book is to encourage... Read more

Ligon Duncan: Mississippi, Take Down That Flag

Mississippi Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunnhave asked me to make a statement on the issue of the Mississippi flag. The leaders of our state government and legislature are discussing and debating this matter right now in Jackson. This is what I said to our legislators: I have lived and... Read more

The Book on Black America That Couldve Been Written in 2020

Editors’ note:  Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, which, as he argued, can be done only by reading old books. To that end, our Rediscovering Forgotten Classics series surveys some forgotten Christian classics that remain relevant... Read more

Should Christians Support Removal of Confederate Memorials?

The Story: Over the past two weeks, numerous efforts have been introduced across the United States to remove Confederate flags, statues, and memorabilia. The Background: Some examples of monuments and memorials being removed include: The U.S. Marine Corps ordered the removal of all public displays of the Confederate flagincluding from things like mugs, bumper stickers,... Read more

Supreme Court: Employment Law Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

What just happened? In the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that employers who fire someone for being gay or transgender violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What was the case about? The court was asked to decide in three cases considered together if... Read more

J. K. Rowling, Latest Casualty in the War of Transgender Ideology

The storm surrounding J. K. Rowlings tweets on women and menstruation is as predictable as it is depressing. That her gracious response has, if anything, exacerbated the fury simply underlines the way civil debate is now apparently impossible on matters that areto put it mildlyhighly contestable (and the ability of a man to become a... Read more

Lessons from Bonhoeffer: Are You Standing Up to Injustice?

If you ever wonder what you would’ve done had you seen Hitler rise to power, or African American children barred from white schools, Laura Fabrycky reminds us that we’re currently acting in the exact same way we would’ve then. For our time is no less plagued with controversy, injustice, tension, or despair than the times... Read more