Fight Conspiracy Theories and Welcome the Vaccines

February 24, 2021 ...

Both of us in recent weeks have hosted webinars with our friend and fellow Christian Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, answering every possible question we could imagine regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. We did so because we know that, according to surveys, roughly a quarter of the public …

Kaitlyn Schiess | Spiritual Formation for Public Life

February 15, 2021 ...

In Today’s Conversation podcast with NAE President Walter Kim, Kaitlyn invites us to expand our understanding of spiritual formation and examine what practices may be shaping our worldview. Walter and Kaitlyn also discuss: Why spiritual formation is broader than internal work; How different generations — particularly Gen Z — approach spiritual formation and politics; What …

Complicated for Us, Not for God

February 9, 2021 ...

But God specializes in the complicated. The gospel thrives in the complicated. A common hubris of modernity is assuming that we live in unprecedented times. We must remember that the Church was birthed amidst multiple complexities. Through conquests and consolidation, the Roman empire precipitated the greatest mass migration of people that the world had known. …

On Christian College Survival

February 9, 2021 ...

How do churches and the broader culture benefit from having leaders and members who have received a Christ-centered college education? Christian higher education produces committed, compassionate, convicted citizens who want to engage deeply in this world, not in spite of their faith but because of their faith. Christian colleges and universities focus on developing resilient …

Cultivating a Politically Diverse Church

February 8, 2021 ...

Less than a month before the national election in 2016 our church held a congregational forum. Two members — a Republican and a Democrat — shared how they were going to vote and why. They then answered questions from me, each other, and the congregation about their political thinking and what shaped it. Following my …

Where Do We Go From Here?

February 3, 2021 ...

On the first Easter day, Mary Magdalene was weeping in the garden outside Jesus’ empty tomb (John 20:1–18). To her astonishment, Jesus met her, spoke to her and gave her a commission. She was to go and tell the disciples, who were in hiding, that he was alive and that he was now to be …

Leaving the Building to Reap a Harvest

January 29, 2021 ...

As much as any time in history, I believe the Church today must be marked by unity and — as was said about the tribe of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 — an understanding of the times and the knowledge of what to do next. So, what are we to do? 1. Start a New …

Evangelical Leaders Say the Bible Influences Their Views on Foreign Policy

January 28, 2021 ...

“Evangelicals take seriously Scripture’s calls to care for the vulnerable and to love our neighbors, and we recognize that ‘neighbor’ extends to those on the opposite side of the globe,” said Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Many leaders noted that they don’t believe the Bible gives specific instructions regarding policies with foreign countries, but does offer principles of engagement. Bryan Chapell, stated clerk of …

A Pandemic Impact on the Church

January 27, 2021 ...

Guides for the Course Over the last few months, all of us sought understanding and answers on how to navigate the new normal. I gained significant help from three sources. First, Scripture. I have most often reflected on Philippians 1:12–14. Paul, writing from jail, addressed the church’s concerns about the effects of his “stay at …