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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

The Chronicles of Narnia Still Grips Our Imagination, 70 Years Later

As this month marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewiss The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Christians would do well to ask whether The Chronicles of Narnia might show us the way to address the generations to come. Narnia persists in our imaginations because Lewis knew something about us that... Read more

On My Shelf: Life and Books with J. T. English

On My Shelfhelps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I interviewed J. T. Englishlead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, Colorado, co-host of the Knowing Faith podcast, and author of Deep Discipleship: How the Church Can Make Whole Disciples of Jesusabout what’s on his nightstand, favorite... Read more

The Pro-Life Politicians Dont Ask, Dont Tell Approach to Abortion

In a recent debate for vice presidential candidates, Vice President Mike Pence was asked, If Roe V. Wade was overturned what would you want Indiana to do? Would you want your home state to ban all abortions? Pence was given two minutes to answer. He used the first minute to talk about a previous question,... Read more

As In Heaven: Why Should I Care? – 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. Isaac Adams: The easier thing to do is critique Black Lives Matter. The much harder thing to do is look in the mirror and ask why Christians aren’t leading out against racial injustice... Read more

Will SCOTUS Overturn the Ruling that Imposed Same-Sex Marriage on the United States?

The Story: Justices Thomas and Alito warn about the threat to religious liberty in the decision that cleared way for same-sex marriage. Could a conservative majority on the Supreme Court be on the verge of overturning that ruling? The Background: On the first day of the Supreme Courts new term, Justice Thomas wrote a scathing... Read more

Is the Church a Victim of Success? The WEIRD Truth

On the face of it, two of this years most stimulating books would seem to be saying precisely opposite things. Philip Jenkinss Fertility and Faith: The Demographic Revolution and the Transformation of World Religions argues that religions (including Christianity) are more successful when families are larger. Joseph Henrichs The WEIRDest People in the World: How... Read more

Were More Political Than We Think

Everywhere we turn, were confronted with politics. Political ads on our phones and televisions. Campaign signs on billboards as we commute to work. And politics dominate not only the news but also our neighborhoods, with flags, yard signs, and bumper stickers marking out political divides. As annoying as some of us might find all of... Read more

Methodism Yesterday, Today, and Forever?

Jeffrey Barbeaus The Spirit of Methodism is a helpful primer for non-Methodists seeking to understand a global religious movement now numbering about 70 million or more. The story is especially important for U.S. Christianity as Americas third-largest denominationthe largest Methodist body in the worldprepares for likely schism next year over sexuality. The story [of Methodism]... Read more

5 Things We Learned Recording a Podcast Season on Race and Justice

When Jesus taught us how to pray, he said, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. His prayer is our prayer. This coming Monday, October 5, we will launch season two of our podcast As In Heaven, with the title A Christian Conversation on Race and Justice. As... Read more

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Proud Boys and Antifa

What just happened? During the first presidential debate of 2020, moderator Chris Wallace said to President Trump, You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups. But are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand... Read more

Crossway+ Special: Up to 60% Off Lead by Paul David Tripp

An Exclusive Deal for Crossway+ Members We are pleased to offer the following discounts on Lead along with free shipping on orders of $30.00 or more: 14 copies: 40% off 519 copies: 50% off 20+ copies: 60% off In order to activate this discount, please: 1. Create a free Crossway+ account. 2. Visit the Lead... Read more

Why Christians Should Care About the Novels Decline

For most of my life, Ive taken my love of novels for granted. Ive taken for granted that such a love needed no explanation or justification. But the more Ive written in recent years about the pleasures and gifts of reading literary fictionparticularly writing about these topics in Christian spacesthe more Ive come to see... Read more

Sale: Popular Books from Reformed Thinkers

Zondervan has discounted over 30 books and video studies from top Reformed thinkers. This week only, you can save 50 percent on books and video lectures or save up to 80 percent on ebooks. Theres something for everyone in this sale: groundbreaking theological works, like Michael Hortons recent books on justification classic articulations of Bible... Read more

9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett will be his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here are nine things you should know about Judge Barrett. 1. Amy Coney Barrett, age 48, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her B.A. in English literature, magna cum laude, from Rhodes... Read more

Why Were Drawn to Conspiracy Theories

Christianity has always been associated with conspiracy theories. Jesus had only been out of the grave a few hours when his persecutors were paying off Roman guards to say the disciples stole his body. This was buried in the implausible lie that the guards knew the identity of the body snatchers, but had been asleep... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Shows How to Fight for Religious Freedom in a Pandemic

The Story: A prominent evangelical church in Washington, D.C., provides a model for how churches should fight for religious liberty during the pandemic. The Background: Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), an 850-member church led by TGC Council Emeritus member Mark Dever, has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel E. Bowser... Read more

Report: Christian Schools Instill a Protestant Family Ethic

The Story: A new report finds that students who attend private schoolsespecially Protestant Christian schoolsare more likely to forge successful families as adult men and women. The Background: A recently released report jointly produced by AEI and the Institute for Family Studies is the first of its kind to analyze the marriage and family outcomes... Read more

Review: Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland

Tom Holland has written a book that is not so much a history of Christianity, but a history of the complex role Christianity played in the formation of modern Western culture. He rightly calls that influence paradoxical because, first, the Christian church has often spectacularly failed of its ideals, and other times it has been... Read more

Americas Secession Threat – 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. Collin Hansen: It happened before. Can it happen again? I’m talking about secession. That’s the question that animates David French’s new book, Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our... Read more

5 Factors Fueling Dangerous Beliefs in America

The Story: A new survey on Holocaust knowledge reveals how many Americans live in alternative realities in which Holocaust denial and neo-Nazism are acceptable. Here are five factors shaping such radical and dangerous views. The Background: Earlier this week the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany released a survey on Holocaust knowledge among Americans... Read more

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

Rehman Chishti resigns as freedom of religion special envoy over PM’s Brext plans

Rehman Chishti(Photo: Channel 5)Rehman Chishti, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), has resigned over Boris Johnson's plans to override the Brexit deal and ignore international law. In his letter of resignation, Mr Chishti said he was "committed to delivering Brexit" but could not support the Internal Market Bill in... 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