First Baptist Church of Greenville moves to the left of left

In May, First Baptist Church of Greenville, already known as a more liberal church, took a step even more to the left when it agreed on a nondiscriminatory policy that would allow gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people not only to be members of the church, but to be ordained. The consensus statement of the […]

For AU prof, it’s all about advancing the kingdom

Tim McKnight, an Anderson University professor, brings a unique mixture of training, experience and passion to his ministry. His dad was in the Army, and the family moved often, allowing him to grow up in places like Germany and Japan. He says, “The military is so diverse. I have been around so many people of […]

In the wake of Supreme Court marriage ruling, what’s next?

The White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow, the recent symbol for the gay and lesbian political movement, following the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage. Our president sent the nation a message, and, for Christians, it was seen as showing incredibly bad taste. As most evangelical observers […]

Freedom-Fed Patriotism

In his essay, “The Czar’s Soliloquy,” Mark Twain wrote, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” As we approach our patriotic holiday on July 4, the idea of patriotism is displayed and discussed in our society. But what is patriotism, […]

‘What Satan meant for misery, God turned into ministry’

“What Satan meant for misery, God turned into ministry,” says Bill Randall. Randall, who lives in Buffalo, was caught up in a life of drugs, immorality and corruption that led to a stint in federal prison. His marriage was destroyed, and his daughter was alienated from him. But while he was in prison, things changed. […]

The Light from Charleston

The national media spotlight has been on Charleston for several days following the massacre of nine Christians during a Wednesday night Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church. A 21-year-old white supremacist, Dylann Storm Roof, joined in the service for about an hour before opening fire on the group. This act of racist […]

From the Editor: Encouraging One Another

Encouragement is such a powerful influence on a person’s motivation. It takes about 10 positives to neutralize one negative, but we live in a world full of negativity. That translates into an even greater need to encourage one another. In the book of Hebrews, the Jewish people who had professed faith in Christ experienced consequences […]

The Graying of America and What It Means

Robert Browning wrote a poem — actually, something more like a philosophical text — from the perspective of a 12th-century person, Rabbi Ben Ezra (also the title of the poem). He begins, “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made; Our times […]

The Islamic State

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan) is a terrorist movement that has taken territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Most of the world has felt dread and disgust at their tactics. Why does something like this even exist on […]