Seeking Refuge

July 27, 2016 ...

I speak to evangelical congregations and conferences in the United States quite frequently on this topic, and I know that audience pretty well. My anecdotal experience confirms the findings of recent LifeWay Research polling: In a typical room full of American evangelicals, only a small percentage (12 percent) think about refugees and immigration primarily from …

The Better of Together

July 19, 2016 ...

The point is simple: Crisis focuses us on what is most important and brings us together. But there is a subpoint to this lesson as well. When life is easier and freedom abounds, we can easily drift into the luxuries of differences, criticism, separation, divisiveness and isolation. The linear firing squad of the enemy turns …

Reporting on Religion

July 15, 2016 ...

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Faith and spirituality are a powerful motivation or undercurrent in many stories of our day. Good religion reporting helps us understand these trends and motivations. In this podcast, you’ll hear a veteran and well-respected religion reporter share: The challenges of reporting on religion, …

Faith in the Voting Booth?

June 30, 2016 ...

While disagreements on the issues are expected, and indeed helpful in stimulating debate, policy differences have not been the center of attention in this year’s campaigns. Rather, the campaigns have highlighted the character flaws of the opposing candidates. In turn, some candidates’ appeals to fear, anger, and prejudice have tested the character of the voters. …

Update: Stormans v. Wiesman

June 29, 2016 ...

In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito warned, “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have great cause for concern.” Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas also dissented to the denial of the request to review the circuit decision.

The United States of Minorities

June 27, 2016 ...

By 2044 there will be no majority race in America. In 28 years whites are estimated to make up 49.7 percent of the population, Hispanics 25 percent, blacks 12.7 percent, Asians 3.7 percent and another 3.7 percent will be multiracial. The all-minorities make-up of the future has already arrived in 266 U.S. counties that are …

On Politics

June 27, 2016 ...

Joshua now leads a consulting firm, Values Partnerships, which creates community and faith-based partnerships for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is a frequent media commentator and has authored four cover stories for Newsweek magazine. A former associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Joshua originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee. He …

Reflections From Repenting

June 27, 2016 ...

They had good reason to do this. For 35 years, our mission at McLean Bible Church has been to get the gospel message to every person in the D.C. area. However, I was determined to do it alone. One church, by itself, trying to achieve such a goal. I know it sounds crazy, but that …

Attend Your Child’s Same-sex Wedding Ceremony

June 24, 2016 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) put this question to its leaders in the May Evangelical Leaders Survey. The majority of evangelical leaders (61 percent) would counsel Christians to attend their child’s same-sex wedding ceremony. “Protecting and maintaining the parent-child relationship drives the responses to this survey,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “The values evangelical …