Section : Columns

  • Immigration Protest

    What is the True Meaning of Mercy?

    The world seems to be witnessing increasing levels of violence, fear and hatred that challenge us each day. There are ongoing debates about how or whether to welcome immigrants and refugees to the United States; news headlines remind us about the plight of Syria and about the horrors of the Islamic State.
  • Quebec Mosque Massacre

    Mourning with Muslims: A Reflection On the Quebec Mosque Attack

    The human condition-characterized by marvelous giftedness yet ugly sinfulness-has once again captured headlines. On Sunday, 29 January, a young man that some describe as bright, yet reserved, savagely cut down 6 Muslim men and injured 19 others as they worshiped at the Centre Cultural Islamique de Quebec. One cannot help but be reminded of Blaise Pascal's description of humanity as the "glory and shame of the universe."
  • Lamb

    Ravi Zacharias: Examining Religions and the Reason for Civil Discourse

    It was years ago when I was speaking at an openly and avowedly atheistic institution that I was fascinated by a questioner who asked what on earth I meant by the term God. The city was Moscow; the setting was the Lenin Military Academy. The atmosphere was tense. Never had I been asked before to define the term in a public gathering. And because I was in a country so historically entrenched in atheism, I suspected the question was both hostile and intentional.
  • John Ortberg: All the Places to Go

    John Ortberg: God Has Placed before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?

    A new year is just another number on the page, but it stands for something much deeper: that we serve a God of fresh starts and new beginnings. I can still recall my first day as a student at Fuller Seminary, thinking about all the possibilities that lay before me-and it fills me with great delight now to remember that day, and the promise of that open door I faced. Now we stand on the threshold of a new year, 2017. What might it hold in store for us? What great opportunities and possibilities might God hold out before us?
  • Christmas Lights

    Author Max Lucado: When December Is Difficult

    Do any of these words describe you? Hurried. Scattered. Stuffed. Forgetful. Busy. Behind. Broke. If they do, you aren't alone. Christmas is our annual reminder of why Santa takes the sleigh rather than the interstate and how the mall got its name. Strange how a season of peace so often becomes a season of panic.
  • Thinking

    Think Again: The Dying Art of Thinking

    The seventeenth-century French philosopher Rene Descartes is best known for his dictum "I think, therefore, I am." A cynic may well quip that Descartes actually put des cart before des horse, because all he could have legitimately deduced was, "I think, therefore, thinking exists." I do not intend to defend or counter Cartesian philosophy; I only wish to underscore that thinking has much to do with life and certainty.
  • Christ in Bread Line

    Anger, Peace, and God’s Mission

    On a number of occasions I have had a student, staff member, or faculty member sit in my office with fists clinched or teeth gritting as they describe an issue they are concerned about. Occasionally I will stop, look in their eyes, and make the observation: "You seem to have a lot of anger . . . where do you think that is coming from?"
  • Thanksgiving

    A Prelude to Joy: A Thanksgiving Meditation

    I recently attended the birthday party of a little girl who was too young to read the notes written on her presents. She did not know which gifts came from which guests. I watched as she conferred with the adult beside her to determine who had given her each package. She then searched for the giver to thank them before opening the present. She seemed to have an inherent trust in the givers, assuming that the gifts were good and worthy of gratitude before knowing the contents.
  • Cliff Barrows

    The Story and the Song: A Tribute to Cliff Barrows by Dr. Ravi Zacharias

    The man who got the world to sing, "This is my story, this is my song," is now face to face with the One whose story he sang around the world. Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham's song leader, died at the age of 93, having lived a life of preaching and music, the likes of which very few have lived.
  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

    Author Max Lucado: My Prediction for November 9 Election

    We are really ready for this presidential election to be over. We're ready for an end to the rancor and tackiness. Voters on both sides feel frustrated, even embarrassed by it all. There is a visceral fear, an angst about the result. What if so and so wins? When we wake up to November 9, post-election, when the confetti is swept away and the election is finally over, what will we see?
  • Billy Graham

    Billy Graham's Advice for Single Mothers: 'Turn Back on Past and Follow Jesus Christ'

    Evangelical crusader Billy Graham has advice for the mothers of the 15 million-plus American children being raised without a father: "Church is the best place for single parents." While Graham said he is convinced that being a single parent is one of the most difficult and demanding responsibilities anyone will ever face, he hopes single mothers will seek God's wisdom and help as they raise their children.
  • TD Jakes

    Bishop T.D. Jakes: Error, Exposure And Judgment

    You may be aware of the hell that broke lose just one week ago as Bishop T.D. Jakes stated in an interview with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill that "absolutely" the Black Church can coexist with the LGBQT community. Many of you also were aware of the clean up Bishop Jakes did in statements via Facebook and his blog upon being "shocked" at the alleged "manipulation" of his initial statement.
  • Alabama Gay Marriage Ruling

    How Can American Christians Live in a ‘Post-Christian’ Era?

    Thanks to changing demographics and various rulings from the Supreme Court, some Americans feel that the United States has entered a “post-Christian era.” Two columnists looked at the impact of this trend and how Christians in the United States can live within this new reality.
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