International Religious Freedom Act Turns 20

November 6, 2018 ...

In 1996, the NAE issued its Statement of Conscience on Worldwide Religious Persecution, calling on the United States to make religious freedom a priority goal of our foreign policy, to publish detailed reports on religious persecution, and to withhold aid from countries that continued to persecute. Each of these goals was addressed in the version …

Loving Outside Our ZIP Code

October 22, 2018 ...

It’s called parochialism — “a limited or narrow outlook, especially focused on a local area.” The most famous verse in the Bible says that “God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son” (John 3:16). The Greek word for world is kosmos and includes the people I’ve never met and the …

Hope, Humility and History

October 16, 2018 ...

It is imperative that evangelicals study their past and come to terms with it. This requires us to lament the moments in which we have failed and celebrate the moments when the good news of the gospel has changed lives, set people on a course for eternity with God, and led them to act in …

Civility From Above

October 16, 2018 ...

These days there is little need to make that case. Evangelicals are active in the public square — even notoriously so. But we have not engaged in our activism in a manner that has endeared us to others. Some polls show that even our own younger generation of evangelicals see the white evangelical movement as …

A Guide for Evangelical Public Policy

October 9, 2018 ...

In the middle of the 20th century, the focus of evangelical civic engagement ranged from public morality at home to peace, freedom and security in the international arena. Toward the end of the 20th century, evangelicals became known for a strong commitment to religious freedom, the protection of the unborn, and traditional family values. The …

Why Racial Justice is a Priority for Today

October 9, 2018 ...

He asserts that we must be clear about the influence of family history and patterns, because the blessings and sins of families have lasting impact. The consequences of actions often repeat themselves in families through three to four generations. Undiscovered or unexamined, we often find ourselves unwittingly shaped, informed and influenced by forces and factors …

Image and Kingdom

October 4, 2018 ...

In his little book “A Practical View of Real Christianity,” William Wilberforce says that “the state of Religion in a country at any given period, not to mention its connection with the eternal happiness of the inhabitants, immediately becomes a question of great political importance.” As a direct outgrowth of his Christian faith, Wilberforce led …

On Advocating for the Vulnerable

October 2, 2018 ...

Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate,” serves as chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of …

Modern IT in the Bible

July 16, 2018 ...

Evangelicals like to find answers to our questions and seeds for modern trends in the Bible. But, we’re probably not seeking a link between Facebook, Twitter or even email to anything in the Old or New Testaments. Don’t give up so easily. St. Paul posted the ninth book of the New Testament to a network …

Christian Community in the Age of Internet and Podcast Preachers

July 16, 2018 ...

There’s a lot more to pastoring than developing and preaching sermons, and that is especially true for pastors who serve at small- to medium-sized churches run mainly by volunteers. Despite the dire warnings from church growth experts and leadership seminars, we are Jacks and Jills of all trades, intimately involved in our church and community. …