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The Night I Saw Billy Graham

I used to work at Wheaton College’s famous Billy Graham Center. In my three years there, I never had the opportunity to see the renowned preacher in the flesh—except once. Rev. Graham and his team had scheduled a June crusade at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, and I and other...

Persuasive Christian Parenting: A Q&A with Mike D’Virgilio

Mike has written a terrific book to equip our children for cultural apologetics—how to think and engage ideas of the day from a Christian perspective. It’s called The Persuasive Christian Parent: God's Provision for Building an Enduring Faith in Your Children. Here’s a Q&A I did with Mike.

Deeper Dimensions of Relational Intimacy: An Interview with Kelly Flanagan

As a pastor, I commonly encounter individuals and couples who desire deeper relationships, particularly with those who are closest to them. There are, of course, many challenges that stand in the way of such closeness, not least of which are our own selfish tendencies. Identifying and dealing with those tendencies...

Four New Year’s Resolutions for the Church in 2021

During 2020, a year that, for many of us, was the most stressful and painful we’ve yet experienced, our nation has been shaken by disease, political tension, and social upheaval. If we wish 2021 to be different, with God’s help, we must work to make it better. With that in...

A Frank Sinatra Christmas

At the dinner table during Advent about ten years ago, we were discussing the secularization of Christmas. My “indescribably beautiful” (and intelligent) wife suggested we should have two celebrations: a “winter holiday” for the masses who are more into Santa and materialism, and Christmas, for Christians. While I understand her...

This Is How Hope Wins

I had a birthday recently. Not a milestone or anything, just another passing year. Yet this birthday was significant in that not only did it bring with it the usual end-of-year introspection, it represented the close of the year when Covid-19 changed everything.

Living in the “Now and Not Yet” of Advent 2020

Why exactly do we celebrate Advent? For many people, the season exists mainly to mark off the days until Christmas. In 21st century America, this lead-up period is almost as much fun as the holiday itself: buying presents, decorating a tree, eating Christmas cookies, and gathering as families for an...

Hoping Against Hope

By Chris Castaldo The great English journalist and satirist Malcolm Muggeridge, reflecting on forms of despair in the 20th century—particularly among proponents of Stalin in Russia and Western nihilists devoted to materialism and abortion—said modern man has a “suicidal impulse,” a type of self-hatred. This impulse has spawned a bewildering...