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The American Political Parties: History, Problems, and Prospects

In an election year, Christian citizens are confronted with choosing between candidates the two major political parties put before them. While some voters have enduring loyalties to one party or the other, voting consistently along partisan lines from one election to the next, it seems increasing numbers are dissatisfied with the options, wishing they could... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About the Voyage of the Mayflower

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, which brought 35 Puritans to found the first permanent European settlement in New England. Here are nine things you should know about one of the most significant journeys in American religious history. 1. The religious group that made the voyage were Puritan Separatists, a... Read more

How to Navigate the Generational Divide in Politics

The 2020 election is already a trying season for the American church. And among the dynamics at play is a growing generational divide among conservative evangelicals. Im hearing more and more young, conservative-leaning evangelicals express disappointment at the political behavior of their conservative parentsa growing concern that theyre being radicalized into the conspiracy-spreading far-right by... Read more

When Bullets Start Flying in the Culture Wars

You dont need to stretch your imagination far to see how the following scenario could play out on election night. President Trump leads in enough states across the south and midwest in order to proclaim that he has secured re-election. However, mail-in ballots continue to be counted, and Vice President Biden doesnt concede. The television... Read more

Let Hobbits Teach You Humility

Everything in Middle-earth changes when that golden ring falls into the fires of Mount Doom. Sauron is vanquished, the power of evil is broken, and hope dawns anew. It only takes a few seconds; the journey to get there, though, was long and perilous. Frodo Baggins, a lowly hobbit, had to carry the corrupting One... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 Green Party Platform

Although minor partiesoften called third parties to distinguish them from the dominant twohave always been a part of American politics, the dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties in the past few election seasons has led some Christians to give them more consideration than usual. To help Christians think about voting in a way that... Read more

Does American Have a Caste System?

Alongside a few influential review magazines, Oprahs Book Club has become an important arbiter of significance for new books. And yet, even without Oprahs logo embossed as part of its cover, Isabel Wilkersons Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents wouldve drawn attention and wide readership. After all, Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her first... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 Libertarian Party Platform

Although minor partiesoften called third parties to distinguish them from the dominant twohave always been a part of American politics, the dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties in the past few election seasons has led some Christians to give them more consideration than usual. To help Christians think about voting in a way that... Read more

My Heart Breaks for Kenosha

I feelas I imagine you dothe dismay and sadness over what’s happening in and to our city. Peoples lives here have been forever changed. A man likely paralyzed. A police officer’s reputation at stake. Fires burning. Businesses boarded up. People having to evacuate their homes. Most of us live here. Many of us grew up... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 Constitution Party Platform

Although minor partiesoften called third parties to distinguish them from the dominant twohave always been a part of American politics, the dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties in the past few election seasons has led some Christians to give them more consideration than usual. To help Christians think about voting in a way that... Read more

Review: Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley

Nearly every book is a part of an ongoing conversation. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope steps into the dialogue around a question that has raged since enslaved Africans arrived on North American soil: to what degree is the Bibleand its messagereally good news for black people in this... Read more

The Impact of Kenyas School Shutdown Until 2021

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Tony Merida: Welcome to “Churches Planting Churches,” a podcast on the theology and practice of church planting. I’m your host, Tony Merida. One of the biggest changes the coronavirus has brought to our... Read more

Is America Still an Option for Christians Fleeing Persecution?

I recently started walking through the process of applying for asylum with a new friend. I cant say much about her situation, but her public profession of faith in Christ would endanger her life in her home country. Based on what I know about her situation, I was highly optimistic about her chance of being... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 American Solidarity Party Platform

Although minor partiesoften called third parties to distinguish them from the dominant twohave always been a part of American politics, the dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties in the past few election seasons has led some Christians to give them more consideration than usual. To help Christians think about voting in a way that... Read more

Riots in John Pipers Neighborhood

In the nights following George Floyds death, the sky along Lake Street in Minneapolis was bright with fire. Rioters burned an AutoZone, a cellphone store, and the Town Talk Diner. The next night, they destroyed a staffing agency, a Subway, and a Wells Fargo branch. Within 72 hours, they broke glass, stole merchandise, and set... Read more

Review: Dynamics of Spiritual Life by Richard Lovelace

Dynamics of Spiritual Life is a book we cant do without. Richard Lovelaces classic was amazingly prescient when first published 40 years ago, and it’s still relevant to many of todays ministry issues. Earlier in my ministry, when church planters came to me and asked, What should I read? I always gave them two books:... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 Republican Party Platform

Prior to next weeks Republican National Convention the GOP voted to adopt their partys platform (which remains largely unchanged from the 2016 version), a document that outlines the statement of principles and policies that the party has decided it will support. Why should Christians care about a document that few non-politicians will ever read? Because... Read more

What You Should Know About the 2020 Democratic Party Platform

During this weeks Democratic National Convention the delegates vote to adopt their partys platform, a document that outlines the statement of principles and policies that the party has decided it will support. Why should Christians care about a document that few non-politicians will ever read? Because of the influence the two major party platforms have... Read more

Praise and Polemic in Our Global Pandemic – The Gospel Coalition

By Daniel Strange The ninety-second psalm is an oasis in our COVID-19 desert, a one-stop-shop, not merely for our survival, but for our thrival needs. The only psalm in the Psalter dedicated for the Sabbath day, it is for those of us feeling withered and weary, diverted and distracted. It is for those of us... Read more

Why Christians Should Lead the Ban on Killer Robots

The Story: A new report highlights the attempts to ban killer robots. Heres why Christians should be leading that effort. The Background: In 2013, the international non-governmental organization Human Right Watch (HRW) helped launch the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots to ban fully autonomous weapons and thereby retain meaningful human control over the use of... Read more

The Answers Christianity Has That Science Doesnt

Humans have a unique capacity for wondering about meaning, purpose, and value. No other being on earth, or as far as we know in the entire cosmos, shares our reflective nature. In Born to Wonder:Exploring Our Deepest QuestionsWhy Are We Here and Why Does It Matter?, Alister McGrath sets out to explore the significance of... Read more

Black and Hispanic Churchgoers Concerned About Safety of In-Person Services

The Story: A new survey finds significant racial and ethnic differences in the perceived safety of attending religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Background: According the survey conducted by Pew Research in mid-July, nearly three-quarters of white adults (72 percent) who report they regularly attend religious services say they are very or somewhat confident... Read more

A Perfect Book for Our Polarized Age

When I was asked to write a book on conflict resolution, my first thought was, Write one? I need one! Tony Merida’s honest humor in the introduction to Christ-Centered Conflict Resolution: A Guide for Turbulent Times intrigued me. When later he humbly confessedIt took me a while to realize that one of the keys to... Read more

Should Christians Hope in Civic Engagement?

Three politically left-of-center evangelicals have written Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement as a primer on Christian political engagement. Justin Giboney is an Atlanta political consultant. Michael Wear is a former Obama staffer. Chris Butler is a Chicago pastor and community activist. The book is instructive for all Christians, but... Read more

The Future of World Christianity Is African

Stories published in the sober British medical journal The Lancet don’t normally inspire sensational headlines. But one recent piece on current and future trends in global fertility has called forth some stunned and stunning reactions. The article describes what the BBC terms a Jaw-Dropping Global Crash in Children Being Born, as most areas of the... Read more

Welcome and Farewell to TGC Editors

With summer comes transition, and we’re excited to welcome one new editor to The Gospel Coalition as we say farewell to another beloved colleague. Quina Aragonis not new to TGC, but in 2020 she’s new to our editorial staff as assistant editor and administrative assistant for women’s initiatives. For several years she’s contributed to TGC,... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About Death and Dying

Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more than 700,000 deaths, including the death of more than 160,000 people in the United States. Yet while death has become a daily focus for many Americans, we are often unfamiliar with terms and concepts related to mortality, such as how death is defined,... Read more

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Christopher Ash

On My Shelfhelps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Christopher Ashwriter-in-residence at Tyndale House, author of Married for God, Job: The Wisdom of the Cross, and many othersabout what’s on his bedside table, favorite fiction, favorite re-reads, and much more. What’sonyour coffee table and... Read more

How to Nominate a Book for TGCs 2020 Book Awards

Books selected for an award will be featured at both our Womens Conference (April 911, 2020) and our 2021 TGC National Conference in Indianapolis (April 1214, 2020). (See the 2019 award winners.) Publishers can submit up to two books per category; they can also nominate the same book in multiple categories, though no book will... Read more