Thoughts on a Church Closing

by Rev. Dr. David H. RobertsIt’s going to be a tough time for a couple of dozen people in western Oglethorpe County, where three tiny Methodist churches have existed for over a hundred years. All three churches will have final worship services in May and close officially by vote of the North Georgia Annual Conference of Methodists in June.One church's deed is dated 1886, the other two 1908 and 1915, and the congregations are older. Family members who were born and died in those co … [Read more...]

From “Animal House” to a House of Animals? Middlebury and Today’s Students

by  J. Nick Pitts Previous generations’ college experiences were satirized by the film Animal House, but today’s college campus seems more a house of animals. While Animal House depicted college as continual party that promoted promiscuity and debauchery with little time for learning, today’s college experience seems more like a continual protest. These demonstrations are caused by a distrust in institutions, endemic to the millennial generation, and an overarching lack of historical unders … [Read more...]

Why We Need the Benedict Option and How It Doesn’t Have to Return to Fundamentalism

by Heather Walker PetersonWhen I mentioned to a friend that I was interviewing Rod Dreher about his book The Benedict Option, my friend’s response was that Dreher struck him as “reactive.” Since then, I’ve read the book and multiple reviews. In light of my background and career, I believe that Dreher is being “pro-active” not reactive as long as direct measures are taken to avoid some of the sins of the kingdom building of past fundamentalists.A driving force behind The Benedict Option as … [Read more...]

Building Bridges Between the Black Church and the Israeli People

By Eliana RudeeOn a chilly Friday morning in Jerusalem, 14 American Baptist leaders filed into Colel Chabad’s Pantry Packers packing plant, ready to prepare food for Israel’s underprivileged. Despite the cold, Michael Seiler, Manager of Liaison Services with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), volunteered his Friday morning to brief the Baptist leaders, promising that this activity would warm everyone’s hearts.Indeed, hearts were warmed and bridges were … [Read more...]

5 Things You Need to Know About Lament

by Esther FleeceI leaned over and placed my hands over my face. The tears wouldn’t fall but my heart was shattered again. It was so hard to find joy and happiness after hearing of his death. I had just gotten married, I had just enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon, yet my heart of happiness so quickly diverted back to the deep, deep pain of loss and abandonment. What do we do when we are an unhappy Christian?When I received the news that my biological father passed away I felt crippled, yet a … [Read more...]

In the Age of Trump, What Will Evangelicalism Become?

by Philip YanceyIn its Person of the Year cover story, Time magazine gave Donald Trump the title “President of the Divided States of America.”  With good reason.  A glance at the electoral map shows solid blue on the west and northeast coasts and, in between, a huge swath of red extending across all but four states.  Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a healthy margin, Trump won 2,623 counties to Clinton’s 489.  The modern United States pits the coasts against the middle, urban … [Read more...]

Top 9 Evangelical News Stories of 2016

The Year of Our Lord 2016 has not been an easy one, including evangelical Christians. Many remarkable headlines have come and gone over the past 365 days. I thought I’d take time to highlight some big stories in the evangelical world, arranged in no particular order.The Trinity Debate One of the most intriguing and doctrinally important events was a debate about the nature of the Trinity, particularly on the eternal subordination of the Son to the Father, the eternal generation of the Son, … [Read more...]

“The Jesus Film” Will Reignite Your Faith

By Megan BaileyWitness the greatest story of our lifetime as it is told through “The Jesus Film.” Digitally remastered, “The Jesus Film” is a two-hour drama documentary on the life of Jesus Christ based on the Gospel of Luke.The film follows Jesus of Nazareth’s (Brian Deacon) life from birth to death. His parents, Mary (Rivka Neuman) and Joseph (Yossef Shiloah), are a strong presence in his early life. Later, as a young adult, Jesus begins to realize his destiny, and his apostles are grad … [Read more...]

Shepherdess: On Nadia Bolz-Weber

by Clinton CollisterMy sister moved from Rochester, Michigan to Royal Oak a few months ago. We are starting an Anglican mission parish in Rochester and meet for Morning and Evening Prayer, Eucharist, coffee at The Oasis, Saturday afternoons at the farmer's market, drinks at The Meeting House, and bee blessings in the woods. She soon felt the sting of living outside the parish and longed to come home. On account of her commute to Detroit, though, she had to stay put. I suggested attending an … [Read more...]