By: Sean McDowell|Published Date: December 01, 2016
Recently I was speaking to a group of pastors, youth pastors, and other church workers in Idaho. One pastor asked a question that, in my experience, perfectly captures the thinking process of many students today. He said, “My younger brother, a Millennial, is constantly on his cell phone. When I try to talk to him about God, he says that people disagree and so we simply can’t have any confidence at all in our beliefs.” How would you respond? Can we know things or are we lost in a sea of endless information?
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 30, 2016
If you caught last week's "Gilmore Girls" revival on Netflix, you may be one of the many, many people wondering what on earth went wrong with Rory Gilmore, who went from confident Yale graduate to aimless drifter. Here's my theory.
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 23, 2016
Martin Scorcese's new film, dealing with the plight of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, comes out in limited release on December 23. You can get your first look here. (For more on the story of "Silence," see my piece "Hope in the Silence.")
By: Sean McDowell|Published Date: November 22, 2016
Our country is deeply divided. This, of course, is no secret. There are competing versions over how we need to proceed in terms of race, economics, moral issues and more.
Underlying many of these issues is a competing view of tolerance. As my father and I point out in our book "The Beauty of Intolerance," tolerance no longer means what it used to mean. Classically, tolerance has meant recognizing and respecting others when you don’t share their beliefs, values, or practices. By this definition, tolerance assumes disagreement. Otherwise, what is there to tolerate? But according to a new view, tolerance means recognizing and respecting all views as being equal. And by this view, if you think your view is superior, then you’re a hateful, intolerant bigot.
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 18, 2016
If you don't mind a bit of shameless self-promotion, my book "One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church" is now available for pre-order from Amazon! Please note that (1) it won't actually be released until June, and (2) this is only the paperback edition. When a Kindle edition becomes available, I'll let you know.
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 17, 2016
Whomever you voted for, this should concern you. It should concern everyone who believes God's Word, particularly the instruction against bearing false witness. How can we work to heal and transform a culture that believes, shares, and promotes lies, if we're not willing to work hard to discern the truth?
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 16, 2016
As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I recommend reading this piece from Christianity Today on why women's ministries and leaders have developed the way they have, and what that means for the church in general. It explains how the independence of "nationally known figures" like Jen Hatmaker -- driven by male leaders' lack of interest in or knowledge of women's ministries -- is both their strength and their weakness.
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: November 15, 2016
Only in 2016 could we see a headline like "A Christian mom blogger announces she’s dating soccer star Abby Wambach." Between the bulldozing of Christian sexual standards, the rapid change in sexual preference following a painful public divorce, and the burning desire to put every detail of one's private life online, the story seems perfectly representative of these tumultuous times. It will be interesting to see how Glennon Doyle Melton's followers respond.