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Unexpected Turns by Diana Butler Bass

Autumn has arrived. If you live in a place with four seasons, you know what to expect. In the coming weeks, the days grow shorter, the leaves will change, and fall harvest will fill our markets with abundance. Familiar holidays … read more »

The Spirituality of Death

Just like parents say they don’t have a favorite child, editors try not to have favorite authors or books that they work on. But if I were to pick a favorite from the last couple years, Caleb Wilde and his … read more »

Why Are We No Longer Scandalized by Church Scandals?

A friend recently asked me, “Do you think evangelicalism has a future?” Like me, he was the father of adult children who were raised in the church but for whom it is an open question whether they will be there … read more »

Divisions in the Sixteenth Century and Now: Why the Reformation Still Matters by Brad S. Gregory

Americans today confront many concerns competing for their attention at a time of deep political division, cultural conflict, environmental problems, and socioeconomic inequality. So it’s reasonable to expect some justification, beyond escapist entertainment, for a book about what happened in … read more »

An Excerpt from Jenifer Lewis’s The Mother of Black Hollywood

I am a born entertainer. Even as a little girl, I dreamed of being a star. I went to Miss Vera and asked to sing a solo in the annual church program called “The Old Ship of Zion.” About ten … read more »

Up from Darwinism by J. Scott Turner

I can remember the day it happened: I could no longer be a Darwinist. It was a few months prior to the release last year of Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to … read more »

Where Have You Gone, C. S. Lewis?

“If you are right with Him you will inevitably be right with all your fellow creatures, just as if all the spokes of a wheel are fitted rightly into the hub and the rim they are bound to be in … read more »

Standing Up for Safe Spaces in Churches, Even When It Costs You Everything

In an age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo, it’s easy to become discouraged by some of the ways the church seems to be failing to lead the charge on issues that critically affect its members. The church is a place where … read more »

N. T. Wright on Paul: A Biography

I looked up at the “departures” board one more time. The flight from Cluj (Romania) back to the UK had been delayed by a further hour. A double frustration: First, would I make my connection at the other end? Second, … read more »

Being Grateful in the Age of Trump

Tumultuous—that’s my one-word summary for how I experienced the end of last year and the first few months of this one. If I allowed myself more than one word, I might add afraid, discouraged, angry, and somehow I would need … read more »