The goal isn’t merely getting closer to God, but making a difference in everyday life. One crisp fall morning, I watched my son’s first-grade soccer team attempt to play soccer. Many of his teammates had not played the game before that season. Even a few weeks in, the young athletes were struggling. While watching, I… Continue reading Are We Missing the Point of Spiritual Disciplines?
How the church can come to the aid of sufferers and their loved ones. In the era of modern medicine, a great many human afflictions can be treated, if not cured outright. Medicines easily defeat diseases that once would have killed us, while prosthetics and pain-relief drugs help us adapt to disabling symptoms and incurable… Continue reading The Beginning of Dementia Isn’t the End of Grace
Why congregational worship is a feast we prepare all week long. The Christian musical landscape includes dozens of widely known worship leaders and recording artists but comparatively few hymn writers. Of these, Keith and Kristyn Getty are preeminent. Their songs are enormously popular (over 40 million people sing “In Christ Alone” in church services each… Continue reading Interview: Keith and Kristyn Getty: Singing Isn’t Just for Sunday
An excerpt from ‘Hope for the Prodigal.’ Having a prodigal in our lives can expose us—in a good way—although the exposure doesn’t always feel beneficial at the start. We might not be prodigal ourselves, but ultimately, the crisis shows where we may have gone off the rails or developed false beliefs. God may allow or… Continue reading Parents of Prodigals: Let God Work on Your Anger and Fears
Asylum seekers and immigrants are big part of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary in Germany. As a young man, Martin Luther had a persistent, obsessive fear that he was cast out from God’s grace and that it was his own fault. He saw himself as a figurative refugee from the love of God. “My sin lay… Continue reading Germans Are Welcoming Refugees as a Way to Honor Luther’s Legacy
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our September issue). Christian hospitals spared financial crisis Religious health care groups faced a crushing debt of billions of dollars’ worth of pension payments in the wake of three recent appeals court decisions. But this summer, the US Supreme Court overturned the decisions,… Continue reading Gleanings: September 2017
The debate over drums in church runs deeper for indigenous Christians. More than 20 years ago, Mohawk musician Jonathan Maracle says, God told him to use his drum—an instrument used in traditional religious ceremonies—while playing at a conference for First Nation Christians. The ensuing performance spawned his music ministry, Broken Walls. And it also sparked… Continue reading The Native American Worship War