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When Healing Takes Time

Written by John Starke on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

In 1985, Henri Nouwen left his position at Harvard Divinity School to serve at L’Arche in Trosly, France, a ministry to the mentally handicapped. He was in a journey of giving up prestige for a vocation that was more “forgotten

God Is Not a Magic 8-Ball

Written by Bethany Jenkins on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

As a career coach, I often talk with people about their vocational decisions. Which job should I take? Where should I move? What’s the best next step for me?

Although we usually discuss the pros and cons of each option,

Ways to Welcome the Refugee

Written by Suzanne See on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Over the past several months we’ve witnessed the heartbreaking struggle for millions of Syrian refugees to reach a safe place to raise their families. Recently, the Obama administration has announced plans to include about 10,000

Why Women’s Ministry

Written by Kathleen Nielson on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Editors’ note: Today we begin a series addressing your specific questions related to ministry among women through the local church. We have a team of women eager to respond to a select number of questions. Please send

The Allure of Gentleness

Written by ​Ron Citlau on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Like him or not, author Dallas Willard is one of evangelicalism’s most influential voices over the last quarter-century. Though he died nearly two years ago, a significant amount of his material is still being released. One

Don’t Fear the Future

Written by Ryan Troglin on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The all-consuming campaign of the sexual revolution and individual autonomy marches on. Religious freedom is constrained. Many evangelicals fear the future. What will the world our children and grandchildren grow up in look like?

Do We Need the New Testament

Written by Gary Millar on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

John Goldingay is never less than provocative, and his latest book is no exception. Written out of a conviction that the church has often distorted the Old Testament by trying to force it into a Trinitarian and Christocentric mould,

TGC Launches New Podcast Network

Written by Betsy Childs Howard on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Are you looking for edifying audio to redeem the time you spend commuting, cleaning, or working out? Starting this month, The Gospel Coalition has expanded its offerings to three distinct podcasts updated regularly to bring you new episodes

Your Newsfeed Is Not New

Written by Nick Murray on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Judges is one of those books in the Old Testament where we’re regularly called to pause and stare in bewilderment at Israel. As we read we cannot help but ask, “How did they get here? How did things get so bad so

The Busy Christian Family

Written by Collin Hansen on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The start of fall means the start of the school year, which for many families means life will move at a breakneck pace until after Christmas. In addition to school and homework, many children and teens also take part in numerous

How to Survive World Religions 101

Written by Ryan Troglin <p><strong>Ryan Troglin&nbsp;</strong>is an editorial assistant in the Office of the President at <a href="http://www.sbts.edu/">The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary</a>. He and his wife, Stace on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Michael Kruger entered his freshman year at the University of North Carolina as a committed Christian. He thought he was ready for the intellectual challenges college would mount against his faith—that is, until he found himself

Sisters Beware the Cloning Wars

Written by Rebekah Hannah <p><b>Rebekah Hannah</b> is a writer, speaker, and biblical counselor. Rebekah and her family live in New York City, where she works for Christian Union at Columbia University. She is the editorial director and blogs regul on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I often feel like a fish out of water among women. I’m the woman who cringes when she gets an invite to a women’s retreat, especially if it has teacups on the cover. I was never the girl who daily dreamed of marriage or motherhood.

Working for Fairness and Transparency in Agribusiness

Written by Abigail Murrish <p><strong>Abigail Murrish</strong> is an agricultural writer who is passionate about encouraging people to know their food, eat well,&nbsp;and show hospitality. Since her time at Purdue University, Abigail has apprec on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Jason Kong is the General Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, who is also a chemistry teacher. He will

Openness Unhindered Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ

Written by Kelsey Hency <p><strong>Kelsey Hency</strong> is wife to Mat, mom to a 2-year-old daughter, Faye, and a master&#39;s degree student at Dallas Theological Seminary. She blogs inconsistently at <a href="http://atasteofsalt.com/ on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Rosaria Butterfield knits. Balls of yarn at her feet become fingerless mohair mittens for her family of six. But that’s not the only kind of knitting she does. She also wields her needles of theology and experience against the tangled

Cotton Mather’s Advice for Seminary Students

Written by Ryan Hoselton <p><strong>Ryan Hoselton</strong>&nbsp;is pursuing doctoral studies at Heidelberg University in Germany. He and his wife, Jaclyn, have one daughter, Madrid. You can follow him on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https: on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Scholars have had a field day with the complex character of the New England Puritan Cotton Mather (1663–1728). Psychoanalysts have construed him through his childhood speech impediment and complex relationship with his father, historians

Amazon Easy to Critique Easier to One-Click

Written by Lisa Slayton <p><strong>Lisa Pratt Slayton</strong> is the President of the <a href="http://www.plf.org">Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation</a>&nbsp;(PFL).&nbsp;PLF envisions leaders working together to transf on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Last week I received an e-mail from one of my clients, a CEO who hired us to launch a culture change initiative for his executive team. Linking to The New York Times

Should Women Wear Head Coverings

Written by Benjamin L. MerkleWhy <p>Benjamin L. Merkle serves as professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He is the author or co-author&nbsp;of numerous books, including <a href="http:/ on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Many complementarians build their case for rejecting women elders/pastors on Paul’s argument from creation in 1 Timothy 2:13–14. Paul’s prohibition cannot be culturally limited, they

9 Things You Should Know About Margaret Sanger

Written by Joe Carter <p><strong>Joe Carter</strong> is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Argue-Like-Jesus-Communicator/dp/1433502712/?tag=thegospcoal-20"><em>How to Arg on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Due to a variety of current events, the name of Margaret Sanger has repeatedly surfaced in the news the past few weeks. The focus on Planned Parenthood because of a series of investigative videos has brought renewed attention to the

How to Repent 5 Steps

Written by Joel Lindsey <p><strong>Joel Lindsey</strong> is lead pastor of Grace Church in Racine, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Melissa, have three sons. Joel is a contributor to <a href="http://ftc.co">For the Church</a>. You on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The importance of repentance is hard to overstate. After all, Jesus’s first public exhortation was “Repent!” (Mark 1:15)—and if it was that high on Jesus’s list, we probably should pay attention too.

Nurturing Hearts for Christ in West Africa

Written by Arna Lake Wilkinson <p>Arna Lake Wilkinson lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a member of <a href="https://www.hopeingod.org/">Bethlehem Baptist Church</a>. She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa an on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

As two young men rode donkeys toward their parents’ farm in the small West African country of Burkina Faso, they met Pingdewinde Sam, who was traveling to the village of Goumsin to assess results of an agricultural assistance program.

5 Ways Wendell Berry Is Making Me a Better Pastor

Written by Andrew Shanks <p><b>Andrew Shanks</b> is the pastor of Fontaine Baptist Church in Martinsville, Virginia.</p> on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I discovered late last year that the community in which I pastor is a real-life counterpart to Wendell Berry’s fictional town of Port William, Kentucky. Though I’ve pastored here for nearly seven years, I only discovered the

A Call for a More Reflective Christianity

Written by John Starke <p><strong>John Starke </strong>is pastor of preaching at <a href="http://www.apostlesnyc.com/">Apostles Church</a> in New York City and co-editor of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/One-God-Three- on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I remember sitting with a young man in our church in a diner near my office. He was frustrated with me. For two months now, we’d been meeting about his anxiety. It wasn’t chronic or crippling, but it tended to put

Making Music with Echoes of Eden and Longings for Heaven

Written by Ivan Mesa <p><strong>Ivan Mesa</strong> serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition where he oversees&nbsp;book reviews. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Louisville, Kentucky, and are members of Clifton Baptist Church. You can <a on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Soon after being a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol, Dave Radford went to college to study vocal performance and music education. He struggled

Is There Any Actual Demand for Same-Sex Marriage

Written by Joe Carter <p><strong>Joe Carter</strong> is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Argue-Like-Jesus-Communicator/dp/1433502712/?tag=thegospcoal-20"><em>How to Arg on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

[Note: This is the first in an occasional series on the marriage revolution. Because facts and evidence are essential for making gospel-centered arguments about the cluster of controversial topics related to marriage, the first few posts will

The Silencing How the Left Is Killing Free Speech

Written by Jennifer Marshall <p><strong>Jennifer A. Marshall</strong> is vice president for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at <a href="http://www.heritage.org/">The Heritage Foundation</a>&nbsp;and se on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Almost two centuries ago Alexis de Tocqueville concluded that the taproot of the country’s freedom was Americans’ “habits of the heart.” Today, journalist Kirsten Powers fears that root is at risk:

Children Race and the Gospel

Written by <p><strong>Brent Bounds</strong> (PhD, Fordham) is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and works for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.&nbsp;</p> on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

When events like those in Charleston, Ferguson, and New York City are brought to our awareness, we’re reminded that we’re still a country and a culture with deep divides along racial lines. These events make us

5 Myths and Truths in Loneliness

Written by Gary Barnes <p><strong>Gary Barnes</strong> is&nbsp;a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is&nbsp;ordained in the Anglican Church of North America and is a licensed psychologist with a specialization in marriage and fa on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Having been an ordained minister for 32 years and licensed psychologist for 18, I (Gary Barnes) have had the privilege of being entrusted with many personal stories of loneliness. As individuals from all walks of life

Pursuing Gospel-Shaped Worship in Your Church

Written by Ryan Troglin <p><strong>Ryan Troglin&nbsp;</strong>is an editorial assistant in the Office of the President at <a href="http://www.sbts.edu/">The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary</a>. He and his wife, Stace on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Can we assume that all true churches practice gospel-shaped worship? In one sense, yes. After all, the gospel forms the church and informs what it does. Christians gather together because the gospel brings us together. In this

Christianity and ‘The Good Wife’

Written by Mike Niebauer <p><strong>Mike Niebauer</strong> is&nbsp;a pastor in the Anglican Church in North America. After 10 years of planting churches in Chicago, he recently moved to State College, Pennsylvania&nbsp;to begin planting < on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Christians have often complained about the lack of intelligent portrayals of Christianity and Christian characters in popular media. We are often, if not dominantly, portrayed as prudish, saccharine, and hypocritical. One is left only with

Do All Infants Go to Heaven

Written by Sam Storms <p><b>Sam Storms</b> is lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also serves as a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.</p> on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Recent revelatory videos about the practices of Planned Parenthood have stirred many to ask about the eternal destiny of these precious unborn babies. So are those who die in infancy lost? The same question applies to those who live

Faithfulness in College Is ‘Life-Wide’

Written by Stephen Lutz <p><strong>Stephen Lutz</strong> is a pastor with Calvary Church, across the street from Penn State University. He is the author of two books,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/King-Campus-Stephen-Lut on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The student sat across the table from me with an incredulous, unbelieving look on his face. “What do you mean I should ‘reconsider my priorities?’ God brought me here to be a student, first and foremost.”

While his

Gaining by Losing Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send

Written by Matt Pierce <p><strong>Matt Pierce</strong> is a PhD student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and formerly worked as a missionary with the IMB in northeast Thailand. Currently, he serves as a deacon at Kenwood Baptist Churc on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

People who have been shuffled around from church to church make up most large churches today. They come together to hear well-polished sermons and expect a missions pastor or some other church leader to organize outreaches that accomplish the

How Great Books Teach Us to Love

Written by Collin Hansen <p><strong>Collin Hansen</strong> serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition.&nbsp;He is the author of of <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Spots-Courageous-Compassionate-Commissioned/dp/ on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Gary Saul Morson teaches the largest class at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Stereotypes about students

Why I Don’t Blame Planned Parenthood

Written by Camille Cates <p><strong>Camille Cates</strong> is the youth division director for <a href="http://www.healinghearts.org/">Healing Hearts Ministries</a> as well as a certified biblical counselor through ACBC. She i on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

When the first video came out exposing Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, I was deeply saddened. My thoughts immediately turned to

A Quarter of Americans Would Not Vote for an Evangelical Presidential Candidate

Written by Joe Carter <p><strong>Joe Carter</strong> is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Argue-Like-Jesus-Communicator/dp/1433502712/?tag=thegospcoal-20"><em>How to Arg on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The Story: A survey of American voters finds that one-in-four would not vote for an evangelical who was running for President of the United States. 

4 Verses that Transformed My Evangelism

Written by Rico Tice <p><strong>Rico Tice </strong>is associate minister of <a href="http://www.allsouls.org/">All Soul&rsquo;s Langham Place</a>, London, UK, and founder of <a href="http://www.ceministries.org/&q on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Paul’s trip to Athens is a goldmine for giving us a biblical approach to witnessing. We’re used to looking at Acts 17 and considering his approach in the marketplace and the synagogue, and to analyzing how in

Brothers Serve in the Nursery

Written by Samuel Emadi <p><strong>&#8203;Samuel Emadi&nbsp;</strong>is a member of <a href="http://www.thirdavenue.org/">Third Avenue Baptist Church</a> in Louisville, Kentucky and is a PhD candidate in biblical studi on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Six months ago I volunteered to do a stint as an assistant teacher in my church’s two-to-three-year-old Sunday school class. My main motivation for volunteering was to help my son adjust to the class. I hoped my presence would calm his

Two Books About—and For—Widows

Written by Gaye Clark <p><b>​Gaye Clark</b> works as a cardiac nurse at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and writes in her free time. She has two adult children, Anna and Nathan. You can follow her on Twitter: <a href="https://twitt on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

In 2001 doctors diagnosed Robert Ortega, a veteran firefighter of 22 years, with Lou Gehrig’s disease. For the next several years, his wife Susan and he lived with a death sentence. They watched Robert’s once strong body weaken

How Not to Be a Proud Parent

Written by Jack Klumpenhower <p><strong>Jack Klumpenhower</strong> is the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Show-them-Jesus-Teaching-Gospel/dp/1939946395/?tag=thegospcoal-20"><em>Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I don’t like Bible studies about how to be a good parent. I’m not a fan of Christian parenting books, seminars, or Sunday school classes either. I do my best to avoid all of these.

I will admit up front that the main reason I

In Peace or Crisis Instruct Your Children in the Lord

Written by William Ross <p><strong>William Ross</strong> is a doctoral candidate in Old Testament at the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on the book of Judges. He recently co-authored the <em><a href="http://www.zo on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Children are amazing. Uninhibited by the assumption that memorization is supposed to be difficult, their capacity for internalizing Scripture is incredible. Right around last Christmas, my wife and I began teaching our then two-year-old son

Gay Teens Have Higher Rates of Pregnancy Than Straight Teens

Written by Joe Carter <p><strong>Joe Carter</strong> is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Argue-Like-Jesus-Communicator/dp/1433502712/?tag=thegospcoal-20"><em>How to Arg on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

The Story: A new report on adolescent sexual activity in Minnesota has produced some seemingly counterintuitive findings: Lesbian and bisexual

Amy Winehouse and How to Watch Movies as a Christian

Written by Alex Duke <p><b>Alex Duke</b> is the editorial manager for 9Marks. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Melanie. You can <a href="https://twitter.com/evanalexduke" title="">follow him on Twitter</ on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

We first meet teenage Amy as she croons “Happy Birthday” to a friend. Even then, she wields her gift—that vocal volatility, that lilting smoke—with both surety and unease, a mixture that never vanishes despite her

Why Gay Marriage Proponents Can’t Appeal to the Abolitionist Movement

Written by <p><strong>Ben Reaoch</strong> is the pastor of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3riversgrace.org/">Three Rivers Grace Church</a>&nbsp;in Pittsburgh and the author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/ on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

I remember listening to Tony Campolo speak in chapel when I was a student at Wheaton College. His passion inspired me. His compassion for the downtrodden motivated me. I revered him as a biblical and prophetic voice.

So when

Living with Hope in Hard Times

Written by Ryan Troglin <p><strong>Ryan Troglin&nbsp;</strong>is an editorial assistant in the Office of the President at <a href="http://www.sbts.edu/">The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary</a>. He and his wife, Stace on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Assurance can be a struggle for believers. Certain situations, temperaments, and inclinations will cause some of us to wrestle with it more than others. Through the pendulum swings of life, we feel our spirits wax and wane within us.

“Theo Presents”—Teaching Big Theology to Little Kids

Written by Ivan Mesa <p><strong>Ivan Mesa</strong> serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition where he oversees&nbsp;book reviews. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Louisville, Kentucky, and are members of Clifton Baptist Church. You can <a on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

Sometimes Christian animation gets a bad rep for being either grossly subpar in quality or annoyingly cheesy. So I was surprised when I stumbled upon an online cartoon that was well produced, entertaining, and contained a clear explanation

3 Reasons Not to Homeschool

Written by Christina Fox <p><strong>Christina Fox</strong> is a licensed mental health counselor, coffee drinker, writer, and homeschooling mom, not necessarily in that order. She lives with her husband of 18&nbsp;years and two boys in sunny So on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

When I meet someone new and they learn we are homeschoolers, I get a variety of responses. Some simply stare at me,

Have the Planned Parenthood Videos Changed Anything

Written by Russell Moore <p><strong>Russell Moore</strong> is president of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.erlc.com/" target="_blank">Ethics &amp; Religious Liberty Commission</a>&nbsp;of the Southern Baptis on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

What I hope happens out of [these videos] is not just that we act in public justice and defund Planned Parenthood but also that we start to shape and form consciences to do away with the violence of abortion.

A pro-life witness is a

Forgiveness Is a Marathon

Written by Vermon Pierre on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

It’s the kind of video you watch with silent awe. There on your screen is Dylann Roof, clad in an orange jumpsuit, his stare cold and flat. As you watch, you soon hear the voices of the family members of the people he murdered at the

John Newton on Broadway

Written by Betsy Childs Howard on . Posted in The Gospel Coalition Blog

If you want to see a Broadway show this year, you can choose between one in which Mormon missionaries learn to blaspheme and one in which a Christian teenager has a relationship with a transgender adult. Or you can watch the earnest depiction of

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