Illustration by Mark Fredrickson

Paying the price

Q&A | Hard decisions have a cost, but fighting for Christian truth is worth it
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/21/20, 04:58 pm

Albert Mohler earned a Ph.D. degree in systematic and historical theology. In 1993 he became president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is now a member of the World News Group board of directors. Here are edited excerpts of our Q&A at a staff conference in Asheville before the pandemic began.

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Faith vs. fatalism

Theology | A sovereign God gives us means to protect ourselves and others
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/18/20, 03:27 pm

Faith in God’s sovereignty has one thing in common with fatalism: Both words begin with the letter F. I’m impressed with the way many Christians are responding to coronavirus pressure, but depressed by those who blithely equate social isolation and theological surrender.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Questioning the survey

Religion | Barna Group’s latest research on faith and culture lacks precision
by Russell St. John
Posted 3/12/20, 04:45 pm

The research organization Barna Group reported in February that two-thirds of American adults who attend church “do so largely because of personal enjoyment.” That claim may not be sensational, but it is misleading.

Barna’s State of the Church 2020 study highlights five trends “essential in understanding the Church’s place in the U.S. today.” It offers little new or noteworthy: Barna concluded that many Christians “church hop,” that church membership is common but declining among younger churchgoers, and that many non-Christians believe church to be irrelevant.

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