Articles by 2014

Today, Americans celebrate a national holiday set aside to give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year. But there is more to Thanksgiving than you may realize. Here are five facts you should know about the holiday: 1. The... Continue...

Thanksgiving Day, commonly marked by celebrations with family, friends, feasts, and football, is one of those holidays rooted in tradition and firmly embedded in the American experience. Turkey may well be the staple fare, but gratitude is the dressing that... Continue...

“If I hear the word ‘Daddy’ again, I’m going to scream!” I've heard myself saying those words. And, in my defense, it was loud around here. I was trying to work on something, and all I could hear were feet pounding... Continue...

My husband and I like traditions. Part of it is owing to my own family’s love for all things familiar, but the other part is that we just enjoy doing fun things together. We like to celebrate, and like many... Continue...

Next month, believers in Jesus will celebrate the virgin birth of their sinless Savior. We will think of the annunciation and Mary’s hymn of praise, the cattle stall and the extraordinary star in the sky. How often do we think... Continue...

I haven’t spoken on race much since I’ve been a pastor. But like the great songwriter said, “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” (Ecc. 3:7 ESV) Now is a time to speak. My background I grew... Continue...

What can we learn from marriage that points us to who God is? David Platt explains. Platt is the president of the International Mission Board. He has authored several books, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God... Continue...

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:21) In some Christian circles, this verse is often accompanied by a warning against worldly wealth and/or a moral impetus... Continue...

This Washington Post report about Bill Cosby is profoundly disturbing. We have to acknowledge that he has yet to be tried in a court of law. Still, this story stirs up in me two feelings that I suspect are common... Continue...

“So why your interest in issues of race and theology?” The question was asked rather innocently of me in recent days. But it also betrayed some intrigue. Why would a thirtysomething white historian who spends most of his time working... Continue...