Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, is author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World and a columnist for Sojourners magazine.
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Gathering Around the Peace Table
"We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor
Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
"That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!"
Stunned and Hopeful
Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians.
The Common Bond of Blood
"Do you invest it in revenge, or do you think creatively?”
Gratitude for the 'Better Men'
I'm grateful to the men who use their power, money, and influence on behalf of women.
Lynne Hybels answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Increasingly, in meetings focused on a wide variety of human tragedies, I hear these words: "What are you doing here? I didn't think evangelicals cared about these things."
I understand those comments. I grew up in a form of Christianity in which "saving souls" was pretty much all that mattered. The God I discovered in that church was a harsh, demanding tyrant; I knew that if I wanted to earn God's love I would have to be very good, follow all the rules, and work very hard. As a devout adolescent I did that. As a young pastor's wife I did that.
Unfortunately, I worked a little too hard and eventually became utterly exhausted, seriously depressed, and physically sick. That plunged me into a total life crisis in which I felt compelled to give up the God of my childhood.
Fortunately, a wise friend said to me, "For a while, forget everything you've ever thought about Christianity; forget the Old Testament; forget Paul and the epistles-and just read Jesus."
So for months -- for years actually -- I just read Jesus. And slowly but surely, Jesus reshaped my understanding of what it meant to be a Christian.
'We Are All One'
Around the world, religious freedom is under threat -- but people of faith continue to reach across divides.
'Please Welcome Them'
There is a light in me now, and it is taking over the darkness.