Faith

What Does the Bible Say About War and Pacifism?

Read Time: 6 min.

Outside the United Nations building in New York, there is a famous statue of a man beating his sword—a weapon of war—into a plowshare, an instrument of peaceful farming. This statue captured the sentiment of many after the horrors of World War II, which left at least 50 million dead. After all that death, couldn’t our world live in peace? However, many drew a different lesson from World War II: in...

Do Faith and Politics Mix?

Read Time: 6 min.

In the United States, the First Amendment to the Constitution states that the government shall not establish a religion. And while not contained in the Constitution or Declaration of Independence, founding father Thomas Jefferson’s writings encourage the separation of church and state. Yet many Christians draw on their faith while making decisions, casting votes, or running for office. Is this app...

Does the Bible Really Condemn Same-Sex Marriage?

Read Time: 8 min.

Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are topics that have moved front and center in our cultural and political conversation. Facilitated by generational shifts, this discussion has moved extremely fast. Even proponents of same-sex marriage admit that the attitude shift toward accepting and legalizing same-sex marriage over the last three decades has been rapid. What’s more, from some perspectives, ...

Anxiety

Read Time: 7 min.

Never been anxious? Please share your secret with humanity. Anxiety is a part of life for most people.  At some level, we’ve all probably felt anxious about something: finding love, affording life, a future without our loved ones, deadlines, change—the list goes on, endlessly! Anxiety is a complex issue that affects people in different forms and with different levels of severity. It can look like ...

What’s the Biblical Ideal for Marriage?

Read Time: 4 min.

“’Til Definition Do Us Part” Our culture is currently spending a good deal of energy wrestling over the word ‘marriage’ and who owns it. Why are Christians spinning their wheels on this issue? It’s a big deal to us because we can trace a thread from our definition of the word ‘marriage’ to a host of our personal values—whether that be same-sex marriage, couples living together, family, cheating, s...

What Do Christians Think About Poverty?

Read Time: 5 min.

We can’t seem to make it go away. If you are reading this on a computer or tablet or smartphone—that you personally own—material poverty is not the defining force of your life. You might be part of the 71% of humanity that lives on less than $10 a day, but you are certainly not living in abject poverty. In most developing countries this would mean less than $2.50 a day—sadly the reality for ...

Is Consumerism So Bad?

Read Time: 4 min.

From the beginning of time, people have exchanged goods to fulfill needs; it’s fundamental to any healthy economic system. Those systems have become larger and more sophisticated with time, but they essentially fulfill the same purpose. Or do they? In our increasingly complex economic systems, many of our exchanges involve products we don’t need or products that are frivolous in the eyes of someon...

Is Fair Trade Fair?

Read Time: 4 min.

What is it? Let’s start with coffee. Coffee consumption has become so ubiquitous in American culture that many of us shudder at the thought of a day without it. But there’s more to that daily cup of joe than just a caffeine boost. Coffee is clearly a profitable enterprise for retailers, but it’s often a different story for the farmers themselves. Changing temperatures, weather patterns, droughts, ...

How Do Christians Respond to Suicide?

Read Time: 7 min.

If suicide has claimed the life of someone you love, you’re likely experiencing a whole host of emotions. Perhaps you’re ashamed that he couldn’t face his problems, hurt that she left you behind, confounded that death could possibly have seemed like the best option, or angry that she didn’t reach out to you for help. With so many questions that haunt us about death, suicide seems to yell its quest...

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