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Why Russian Protestants Voted for President Putin

Though evangelicals’ freedom has worsened, Putin remains their best, or only, option. Even as persecution climbs for Protestants in Russia, most of its evangelicals continue to support President Vladimir Putin, who won his fourth six-year term in last week’s election. Given Putin’s stronghold in the former Soviet state, they don’t really have another choice. The […]

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Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

One evangelist’s influence on our nation’s leaders The Billy Graham Center Archives has just recently announced the opening of two new collections on the ministry of Billy Graham and the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). This opening comes at Graham’s wishes after his recent passing on February 21st. The first collection, #580, […]

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Two Marches for Lives

What I saw at two very different protests of violence against children. This year, I’ve attended two marches related to causes that matter to me: the March for Life in Washington in January, and the March for Our Lives in Chicago last weekend. They overlapped in many ways—not just in their names. But they differed […]

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Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders

John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. “The charges against me are false,” says Hybels of former friends’ “collusion.” When the #MeToo movement arose this past fall, Willow Creek Community Church sprang into action. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or harmed, your pain matters—to us and to God,” the suburban […]

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When Life Burst Out of Death

A theological imagining of how the Big Bang echoes Easter. Ironically, in defense of biblical faith, some Christians denounce the Big Bang—a theory originally rejected by many in the scientific community on the grounds that it smuggled a biblical view into science. Belgian Catholic priest and astronomer Georges Lemaître first proposed the theory in 1927 […]

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Taylor University Still Shaken by Unsanctioned Conservative Newspaper

Controversy over the anonymous handout, “Excalibur,” has the campus pushing for public dialogue. A month later, Taylor University is still buzzing about an underground publication, Excalibur, which claimed the evangelical college was becoming more liberal on sex, immigration, and race. True to its namesake, the controversial newsletter sliced through campus conversation, drawing students and staff […]

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When You Hear Sexual Misconduct Allegations About Your Pastor

What the church doesn’t know about ministry leaders and temptation. Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported on multiple allegations against Willow Creek Community Church founder and longtime pastor Bill Hybels: The alleged behavior included suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss, and invitations to hotel rooms. It also included an allegation of a prolonged consensual […]

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Sacred Domain: How to Keep the .Bible Holy

Critics accuse American Bible Society of being too restrictive with its corner of the internet. Ongoing net neutrality debates reveal the tensions between the Internet’s open-source, free access ideals and the commercial or private forces behind the web. The debate extended into the internet’s officially biblical realm—the .bible domain—in a recent dispute over its faith-based […]