What Maternity Leave in Ministry Means

I have a quick word on my approaching maternity leave.For the last four weeks I’ve been in hyper-nesting mode. You can look, but I doubt you find any dirt or grime around my house. Probably for the first time ever, the Tupperware cupboard and linen closet are organized and my work inbox is clear. It’s amazing how the Creator designs women with a herculean stamina on the cusp of giving birth. No doubt He is preparing us for survival mode—seemingly superhuman labor, delivery, and little sleep … [Read more...]

How Should Christian Schools Respond to Teen Pregnancies?

The New York Times ran a profile over the weekend that is catching the attention of pro-lifers and Christian educators. The article highlights an 18 year-old young woman, Maddie Runkles, who is a senior at a small non-denominational Christian high school where she holds a 4.0 GPA. Runkles is also expecting an unborn son. Because of her pregnancy, the school’s administrators have removed Runkles from student council and banned her from partaking in their upcoming graduation ceremony.Runkles’ s … [Read more...]

In Her Father’s Footsteps

Last week I attended the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA) World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.The summit was the first of its kind in America to my knowledge, and I have been doing advocacy for persecuted Christians for 23 years as Religious Liberty Director at the IRD. There have been many conferences about religious freedom and/or Christian persecution. Some conferences have brought in speakers from other countries, even a few survivors of persecution and … [Read more...]

Thank God for the Charismatics

“This is why I’m a Baptist now,” I whispered to my husband. Mother’s Day Sunday at my parents’ charismatic Pentecostal church. There I was standing awkwardly in the middle of the blacked-out sanctuary, begrudgingly competing in a game for perennials and a Starbucks gift card against other expectant mothers. One of the stylistic reasons this reserved introvert switched. Sort of.Two drum sets seemed unnecessary. And was it just me, or were there more people crowded on stage as part of the worsh … [Read more...]

Generation Z and the Socially Relevant Church

Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt recently posted an intriguing column about churches prioritizing outreach to Generation Z and cutting back the fuss over reaching the “Millennials.”“[A]s millennials age, get married, and start families, they are no longer the only ‘young people’ that churches must consider,” Merritt opens his interview piece with author and pastor James Emery White. “A new cohort has risen: ‘Generation Z’ or individuals born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s.” … [Read more...]

Not Just Men, Evangelical Women Guard Our Marriages Too

Down with the patriarchy! The driving force behind Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to dine with a woman alone must be his desire to oppress women! Or so much of my Twitter feed tells me.Like this one:They don't think men and women have business dinners. Men conduct business, women are wives. pic.twitter.com/VEKVkR6VJv — Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) March 30, 2017However, something is missing among much of the outrage and praise of Christians who set what’s being dubbed, “The Bil … [Read more...]

Czech Heroes and a Fight for Freedom

Petr Jasek is free.The Czech missionary and humanitarian had been sentenced to life in prison in Sudan. He was charged with "spying against the state," an eerie echo of the charge once used against Czechs and other Eastern Europeans behind the Iron Curtain.But an international outcry coupled with the determination of the government of Jasek's own Czech Republic persuaded the Khartoum regime to "pardon" him. After spending 446 days in a Sudanese cell, the 52 year old European Christian w … [Read more...]

A Christian Woman’s Take on A Day Without A Woman

March 8 could see fewer women in the office and market places, if the “Day Without A Woman” campaign is any success. It’s a one-day strike organized by the Women’s March calling on ladies to step away from our responsibilities and let society struggle without us.The purpose of the strike claims to “recognize the enormous value of women” and “highlight the economic power and significance” we have in our communities. Sounds great. And might be a positive act if these weren’t the same radical fe … [Read more...]

Jesus Feminists & Forbidden Discourse

There is much commotion in America (mostly using a Twitter megaphone) following the Trump Administration’s action to rescind President Obama’s transgender guidance affecting public schools. Essentially, the transgender directives expanded the definition of Title IX allowing students to use whatever bathrooms, dorm rooms, or overnight hotel rooms during field trips they say align with their gender identity.Despite the spin accusing conservatives of bigotry, women and girls’ safety concerns and … [Read more...]

Leaving the Ox in the Well, Pakistan Edition

 Then he asked them, "If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?" And they had nothing to say. Luke 14: 5 & 6 Last fall a sixteen year-old boy "liked" and "shared" a photo on Facebook. The photo in question was of the Kaaba in Mecca, the structure at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque. The boy was a Pakistani Christian, Nabeel Masih, and he is now in prison, accused of blasphemy for this … [Read more...]