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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

A Special Message for Those Who Haven’t Done Great Things for God

You were specially chosen for your role. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)The person preaching before thousands and the stay-at-home mom are both... Read more

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’ Will Be Adapted Into an HBO Special | RELEVANT Magazine

Ta-Nehisi Coates’Between the World and Me is one of the many books that have gotten renewed attention in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Coates’ book, which is written as a letter to his young son about the author’s own experiences growing up in Baltimore and coming to grips with the extent... 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

EU renews Special Envoy for religious freedom after coming under pressure

A worker adjusts the European Union flag at Farmleigh House in Dublin, April 30, 2004.REUTERS/Yves HermanThe European Union has renewed the function of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU after coming under pressure. "The forthcoming appointment shows our determination to ensure the rights of ALL faiths and... 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

Crossway+ Special: 40% Off New and Recent Releases

July 06, 2020 by: Crossway An Exclusive Deal for Crossway+ Members Starting today and running through July 20, 2020, Crossway+ members receive 40% off the following titles in addition to free shipping (in the contiguous US). Not a Crossway+ Member? Create a free Crossway+ account. Then, browse the list below to see updated pricing. Pictured:... Read more

For People with Special Needs, Every Church Is Accessible Now

For my family, social isolation isnt much different from normal life. Because of my sons social anxiety related to his autism, drive-thrus are our normal way of eating out. We rarely get invited to other peoples houses. And even though my church is one of the approximately 30 percent of churches in the country that... Read more