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9 Things You Should Know About Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Americans celebrate a national holiday set aside to give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year. But there is more to Thanksgiving than you may realize. Here are nine things you should know about the holiday (and the attitude) of Thanksgiving: 1. The Pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower and landed on Cape... Read more

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Loneliness

What just happened? Small indoor gatherings of families and friends are driving coronavirus outbreaks across the country, according to the governments leading health experts. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has even asked that we avoid family gatherings this Thanksgiving to lower the risk for vulnerable family members.... Read more

Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

With each passing year, it can seem that cultural developments are only getting worse. The unending creativity and output of Western debauchery is one of its hallmark industries. Live Your Truth and You Do You asininities ensure that critical investigation about the goals of human nature are subjugated beneath the hierarchies of nerve endings and... Read more

The FAQs: Are Fetal Cells Being Used in COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments?

What just happened? While being treated for COVID-19, President Trump took experimental COVID-19 treatments that have come under scrutiny because its development included testing using cells from the tissue that might have come from an aborted fetus. Several potential vaccines for the coronavirusincluding two promising vaccines produced by Pfizer and Modernahave also used the same... Read more

Keep a Close Watch on Your Mouth (and Your Thumbs)

For those of us who make a living by using wordsand thats pretty much everybody serving in local church and parachurch ministriesMatthew 12:3637 and James 3:1 have to be among the most frightening passages in all of Scripture: I [Jesus] tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word... Read more

9 Things You Should Know about Ruby Bridges and School Desegregation

Sixty years ago today, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. Here are nine things you should know about Bridges and the desegregation of U.S. public schools. 1. In a brief period after the Civil War, Black Americans in New Orleans gained numerous freedomsincluding the... Read more

Best Defense of Reformed Paedobaptist Covenant Theology

Since the incarnation and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, Christians have wrestled with putting together the Bibles overall metanarrative. Although differences exist among evangelicals, we agree more than we differ. Yet, our disagreements are significant since they lead to different conclusions regarding the newness of the new covenant, how Old Testament promises and typological... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About President-Elect Joe Biden

After winning 290 electoral votes to incumbent Donald Trumps 214, Joe Biden has become the projected winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election and is set to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Here is what you should know about the man who will be the 46th president of the United States. 1. Joseph Robinette... Read more

Review: Rethink Your Self by Trevin Wax

Human beings want help. They know something is wrong, even if they havent a clue what or why. Money, pleasure, and distractions cant fully smother what Thoreau famously called the quiet desperation of modern people. Even if every film, album, and miniseries told us this wasnt true, we would know our neighbors really do feel... Read more

TGC Q&A: Whats the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.?

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Russell Moore: Kristen, you and I worked together a lot on religious freedom issues, and one of the things that I’ve noticed is that most people aren’t attorneys. And even if they are,... Read more

The Three Screens in Your Life

Were all hoping the coronavirus pandemic ends soon, but when it does, well face a deeper wound in modern society: the epidemic of loneliness. My family and I witnessed an eerie portrait of modern disconnection in the first few weeks after the lockdown began. After those initial weeks of panic-buying toilet paper and figuring out... Read more

The FAQs: SCOTUS Hears Argument on Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption

What just happened? On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, an important religious-liberty case involving faith-based foster care and adoption providers. What is the case about? The plaintiffs in this case, Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch, are Catholic women who have extensive experience in... Read more

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Wendy Alsup

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Wendy Alsupblogger at Practical Theology for Women and author of books such as Companions in Suffering: Comfort for Times of Loss and Loneliness and The Gospel-Centered Womanabout what’s on her nightstand, favorite fiction books,... Read more

Unhelpful Perspectives on Race and Justice – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Christina Edmondson: A part of loving people is learning about who they are. Learning about the story of black people’s experience in the United States would lead most people to a deeper place... Read more

The FAQs: What You Should Know About 2020 Ballot Initiatives

While the nation was focused primarily on the presidential election, several states were voting on initiatives that will have significant ramifications on society. Here is what you should know about the ballot initiatives concerning abortion, criminal justice reform, drugs, gambling, and more. Which states voted on abortion restrictions? Two statesColorado and Louisianavoted on whether to... Read more

Where Do Demons Come From?

Demons are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim, the wicked offspring of marriages between humans and angels before the floodso argues Michael Heiser in his latest book. If that sounds extremely weird, well . . . yes, precisely. Weird is Heiser’s specialty. Demons: What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness continues the... Read more

Searching for Solidarity and Starting with Facts

Im not an overly emotional person, outside of watching Duke basketball and seeing my kids grow up too quickly. But I confess to predictable tears this past spring with each new episode of John Krasinskis Some Good News. As we began a long season of pandemic shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, Krasinski brought us both ordinary... Read more

Why Christians Are Not Morally Obligated to Vote

On Tuesday, citizens across America will commit of the most egregious of civic sins: they wont vote. If their transgression becomes known they may suffer scorn and derision. They will be chastised for having let down their country and for failing to perform their civic duty. Regrettably, much of this disrespect will come from Christians.... Read more

Why Evangelicals Are (Still) Divided over Trump

Four years ago we witnessed the beginning of a new political divide, an intramural division within American social conservatism, which was felt most prominently within the evangelical wing of this movement. Evangelicalism has never been a monolithic entity, and there were always differences and disagreements on politics. Still, within the social conservative faction (which accounts... Read more

Closing the Case on the Gospel of Jesuss Wife

On September 19, 2012, the world awoke to a coordinated set of press releases. Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King had unveiled a papyrus fragment with a Coptic text: Jesus said to them, My wife . . . According to King, while this Gospel of Jesuss Wife fragment didnt prove Jesus had married, it did... Read more

Eat, Pray, Love: How Families Grow Stronger During the Pandemic

The Story: A new survey finds that the pandemic has drawn some families closer together. The Background: The American Family Survey (AFS) is a nationally representative survey of Americans sponsored by the Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy in connection with YouGov. The survey examines Family Life During a Pandemic... Read more

Hearing Tim Kellers Call to Action

I didn’t expect 2020 to motivate me to listen more closely to Tim Keller. I was already engaging with his thinking. Then again, none of us anticipated how 2020 would blindside us. Overnight, pastors and spiritual leaders faced the coronavirus pandemic: one of the most disruptive events to the church in the modern period. In... Read more

How the Gossip Machine Turns Desire Into Sin

What is the most frightening verse in the Bible? For some Christians it may be the command of the complete destruction of Canaanites in Deuteronomy 7:2 or the appearance of the beast in Revelation 13:1. But for me, the scariest part of Scripture is Jesuss words in Matthew 12:36: I tell you, on the day... Read more

How Should Christians Pray During Elections? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Mika Edmonson: Dr. Moore, what do you think? How should Christians pray during election season? Russell Moore: Well, I think there’s one part of it about praying generally, and then one praying in... Read more

Gods Design for the (African) Church

If you follow trends in Christianity, you may already know that Christianity is growing fastest in the Global South and, more precisely, in Africa. Baylor University professor Philip Jenkins writes that by 2050, Africa will be home to more than 1 billion Christiansby far the largest concentration on the planetand that between 1900 and 2050,... Read more

God Cares How You Eat

Along with countless other Americans during this pandemic season, I started my first edible garden. Two weeks into the adventure, my indoor seedlings sprouted small and bright green leaves. The joy was crushed by week three, though, when they all died. A second attempt proved fruitless (literally). One last-ditch effort had me throwing seeds into... Read more

How to Witness From the Furnace of (American) Babylon

The past decade has made one thing clear to evangelicals: the social, cultural, and political ground is shifting beneath us. Were not winning the day with our vision of the good life. Although weve seen incremental progress on the pro-life issue, were experiencing consistent regression on others, such as religious liberty, human dignity, gender and... Read more

The One Book on Racial History You Should Read (Ideally with Others)

We all know a good story reaches deeper than a pile of statistics. Sermons and TED Talks and books change lives because they tell poignant stories. Even Jesus displays storytelling power through his parables. And yet, we know we need statistics too. Compiling meaningful data is crucial for governments forming policy, as well as individuals... Read more

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About CRISPR Genetic Scissors

What just happened? Last week the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany and Jennifer A. Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, for the development of a method for genome editing. According to the... Read more