The Cautionary Tale of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

Their sins and scandals were extreme, but it’s too easy to dismiss them as an aberration. The apostle Paul considered himself the “chief of sinners,” but then again, he never met Jim Bakker. The latter’s ministry got off to an inn

The (Other) Lord of Martin Luther’s Life

What we know—and what we can guess—about the reformer’s wife, Katharina von Bora. How do you write a book about a woman whose life story is vitally important to world history, yet almost completely unknown? It’s hard to overestima

God’s Man, for God’s Work: A Tribute to R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

Ligonier Ministries founder was a category 5 hurricane of declaration, persuasion, and instruction. It is singularly appropriate that R. C. Sproul would go home to be with the Lord in 2017, the year in which we are remembering Martin Luther’s p

Interview: My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church. Sixteen years after Larry Nassar first sexually abused her, Rachael Denhollander decided to publicly

Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life

I used to think resting from work was selfish, until I considered the example of Jesus. Nearly 10 years ago, as a college pastor at the University of Oregon, I toiled nearly 80 hours a week doing the “work of the Lord.” No boundaries. No

Stop Apologizing for Apologetics

But it might be time for it to grow up. In an episode of the second season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, the four junior-high heroes of the hit series dress up as characters from Ghostbusters for Halloween. In their ghost-fighting jumpsuits

Loving Our Neighbors Knows No Borders—Even Political Ones

Along the way, we may be able to show people Jesus. The recent immigration controversy—about the administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border—has ended, at least for now, with President Trump&rsquo

Surprise! A Conference for Gay Christians Has Sparked Controversy

Why Revoice has stirred debate about temptation and sin. Here’s how the Revoice Conference describes itself: “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while o

John MacArthur's ‘Statement on Social Justice’ Is Aggravating Evangelicals

Christians are talking past each other once again. What’s going on? Last week, John MacArthur and a dozen other Christian leaders launched a website presenting The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel. In the statement, the signatories

Interview: Eugene Peterson: A Monk Out of Habit

What spirituality has to do with place, creativity, community, and subversion. If Eugene H. Peterson was not a Presbyterian, he might be a monk. His best-known books, from A Long Obedience in the Same Direction to Earth and Altar, deal with the pract