Gerald McDermott challenges simplistic thinking about Israel’s past, present, and future. Christians have never been certain about what to do with Israel. This is certainly the case today. On the one hand, many mainline Protestants treat the nation of Israel as an international pariah. They pass resolutions urging boycotts and international sanctions, all while calling… Continue reading The Case for a ‘New Christian Zionism’
What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life and Gospel Opportunities In one of his landmark essays, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “The years teach much which the days never know.” The first time I read these words, I fell in love with them, but I wasn’t sure why. And then I had… Continue reading Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities
How unwelcome change can lead to a fuller life. Even when we should see them coming, layoffs tend to arrive like a thief in the night. Mine came on Election Day 2008. I was sitting at my desk that morning, still wearing my “I Voted” sticker, when my boss entered my office with a look… Continue reading Our July/Aug Issue: The Upside of Disruption
Jesus’ transformation on the mountain might have more to do with us than we think. We sometimes forget how strange Jesus was. He did a lot of odd things during his time on earth—he cursed trees, ordered his followers not to tell anyone who he was, associated with gluttons and drunkards, told parables to deliberately… Continue reading Christ’s Transfiguration Is a Sneak Preview of Our Future
Enjoying yourself is a spiritual discipline. I’m standing in the fourth fairway, addressing the ball. It’s over 100 degrees in central California and the course has been freshly watered, making the air unbearably humid. But here I am, standing over the ball and completely focused, sweat pouring off my brow and onto my hands and… Continue reading Thou Shalt Have a Good Time
Both pilgrims and pleasure seekers allow Arab believers to resist exodus amid ISIS. Call Ann Fink crazy, but the intrepid grandmother has a tradition to uphold. She’s toured Israel, Jordan, and Egypt with 8 of her 13 granddaughters. Victoria, a preteen, is number 9. “Her parents are not afraid,” said Fink, a Pennsylvania native, while… Continue reading Want to Help Christians Stay in the Middle East? Start with Your Vacation.
When helping hurts the professional helpers. Long before Google Maps, a couple of guys in a garage in California figured out how to use personal computers to create a digital map of the global church. It was 1983, and their two-year project—meant to help organizations see where to send missionaries and who still needed translations… Continue reading Are Evangelicals Donating Too Directly to Missions?